John Barnes' Rap Is Still The (New) Order Of The Day

World Cup Anthem Top of the Pops for Euro 2004™, according to Hyundai survey

England/New Order’s 1990 World Cup song, World in Motion, which features the infamous John Barnes rap, has been named the nation’s favourite football song of all time in a poll by Hyundai, official sponsor of UEFA Euro 2004™.

The song, which reached number one in the charts in 1990, was voted the number one football anthem in Hyundai’s poll of over 10,000 football fans, netting 36 per cent of the votes. The song, which featured backing vocals from the England squad – including Paul Gascoigne and Chris Waddle – and comic actor Keith Allen, beat off stiff competition from Fat Les’ Vindaloo (26 per cent), which also featured Keith Allen, Ant and Dec’s On the Ball (21 per cent) and the theme from the Great Escape (12 per cent). Skinner and Baddiel’s Three Lions came fifth with just 5 per cent of the votes.

Hyundai spokesman, Rodney Kumar, commented: "Football songs are a great way for fans to express their passion and emotion for the team. The fans in Portugal were singing their hearts out during the France match and I am sure that they will be doing the same during future matches."

The current crop of Euro 2004™ songs has failed to live up to England/New Order’s World In Motion, which spent two weeks at number one. The official England song, The Farm’s All Together Now and 4-4-2’s Come on England are currently occupying the number five and two positions, respectively, in the charts.

Published : 18/06/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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