A football chant is a chant or song mostly sung at football matches by fans. Football chanting is a show of general identity. Football chants are mostly used by fans to show their ego in the team or encourage their club, and they could be sung to celebrate a particular manager or player. Read on to find out more about the best football chants of all time.
With an estimated 4 billion fans, football is the most popular sport in the world and this amazing sport has lots of remarkable features.
Fans are important part of all sports and when it comes to football, fans in stadium can build an unbelievable atmosphere.
Fans may also use chants to slight the opposition, and many fans sing songs about their club rivals, even when they are not playing them. Occasionally the chants are natural reactions to events on the pitch.
Mostly, football chants are short lines of poems and sometimes longer songs. They are typically performed repetitively, sometimes accompanied by handclapping, but occasionally they may be more elaborate involving musical instruments, props or choreographed routines.
They are often adjustments of famous songs, using their tunes as the basis of the chants, but some are original.
Football chants are known to have been used by fans from the late 19th century onwards, but extended into the current popular shapes in the 1960s.
It should be mentioned that football chants are constantly changing and its tradition vary from country to country and team to team.
We are going to have a look at best football chants of all time,
famous football songs
and also some of the funniest football chants ever.
Blue Moon is a song written by Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart in 1934. At first it was sung by Crewe Alexandra’s fans but the more cheery edition of the tune became an anthem ofManchester City
and it is one of the famous football songs.
Lyrics of the song go: …City 'til I die I'm City 'til I die I know I am I'm sure I am I'm City 'til I die We are City We are City Super City from Maine Road We are City Super City We are City from Maine Road...
Glory Glory Man United is a very fetching chant used by many clubs, but mostly it's famous because ofManchester United
fans and they made it as one of the
best football chants of all time
The inspiration for the song was found in the American Civil War 1861 song The Battle Hymn of the Republic.
The chant goes like this: Glory glory Man united, Glory glory Man united, Glory glory Man united, as the reds go marching on on on! Just like the busby babes in days gone by, we'll keep the red flags flying high, your gonna see us all from far and wide, your gonna hear the masses sing with pride. United, Man united, we're the boys in red and we're on our way to Wembley...
This one is one of the world's oldest football chants and it is still in use mostly byNorwich City
It was written in 1890s and lyrics go like this: Kick off, throw it in, have a little scrimmage, Keep it low, a splendid rush, bravo, win or die; On the ball, City, never mind the danger, Steady on, now’s your chance, Hurrah! We’ve scored a goal. City! *Clap* City! *Clap* City! *Clap*
One of the
famous football chants
is the classic chant of Manchester United, which praises the club and also bangs their longtime rivals Manchester City.
The chant goes like this: United are the team for me, With a knick-knack, paddywhack, give a dog a bone, Why don’t City f*** off home?”
Ocean Finance on the Phone is among the
best football chants of all time
. Manchester City fans changed their rival's U-N-I-T-E-D chant and made one of the
funniest football chants ever
Due to Manchester United's takeover by the Glazers, and their reported money troubles, City fans mocked their rival with these lyrics: U-N-I-T-E-D, That spells f*****g debt to me, With a knick-knack paddywhack give a dog a bone, Ocean Finance on the phone!
By the way, Ocean Finance is a British finance company offering debts.
The next famous chant is for another big English club with many loyal fans, Arsenal.
This popular chant is coming from the Pet Shop Boys song Go West which is actually a cover of the 1979 song by Village People.
Parts of the lyrics are: … You are my Arsenal You are my Arsenal, My only Arsenal, You make me happy, When skies are grey, You'll never know just, How much I love you, So please don't take, My Arsenal...Away Na na na na na (ooh) Na na na na na (ooh ooh) na na na na na... We hate Nottingham Forest We hate Liverpool too we hate West Ham United But Arsenal we love you…
Good old Arsenal is another famous chant of ''The Gunners''. It was made by theArsenal
player after the British patriotic song Rule, Britannia only to rival Liverpool’s hit you will never walk alone. The song was in the charts for seven weeks. The lyrics go good old Arsenal, We're proud to say that name, and while we sing this song, we'll win the game.
You will never walk alone is among the best football chants of all time. It is originally a song from Rodgers and Hammerstein 1945 musical Carousel.
There is still an argue betweenLiverpool
fans over who adopted the song first but it's probably the best football chant ever and also the most famous one.
The words of the song are inscribed over the gate of Liverpool's stadium, Anfield. Lyrics: … Walk on through the wind Walk on through the rain though your dreams be tossed and blown Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart and you’ll never walk alone you’ll never walk alone...
Among the best football chants of all time is the Blue is the color.Chelsea
is another big club from England and their official song is, Blue is the color, which is still in use. This song was made by club players in 1972 and played at every Stamford Bridge game and cup final.
Lyrics: Blue is the color, football is the game We're all together, and winning is our aim So cheer us on through the sun and rain 'Cause Chelsea, Chelsea is our name Here at the Bridge whether rain or fine We can shine all the time Home or away, come and see us play You're welcome any day.
One of the best and also most popular football clubs in the world is Spanish club,Barcelona
. The archenemy ofReal Madrid
is always a claiming club in Spain and Europe.
Barca fans have got several chants but this one is one of the best football chants in history. The club's most famous chant is el Himne Del Barça turned into chant.
The main lyrics: Blue and claret blowing in the wind, one valiant cry, we’ve got a name that everyone knows: Barça, Barça, Baaarça.
This is another one of most popular chants of Barcelona. It is more chanted in away games by the fans than home games.
Lyrics: Ole-le, Ola-la, being a Barça fan is the best (thing) there is!
In 2007, Newcastle United's manager, Sam Allardyce, signed Senegalese defender, Habib Beye, for his team.
Newcastle United fans impressed by his great performance, worked his name into the theme tune of the classic American sitcom “Happy Days” to celebrate their Senegalese defender which became one of the best football chants.
Lyrics: “Sunday Monday Habib Beye, Tuesday Wednesday Habib Beye, Thursday Friday Habib Beye, Saturday, Habib Beye, rocking all week with you!”
A spiritual chant is among the
best football chants of all time
. The English midfielder, Paul Scholes, spent his entire career with Manchester United and played for the club for 20 years from 1993 to 2013.
The old-style Christian hymn Kumbaya was worked into a loving chant by United fans, honoring Paul Scholes. Out of respect for his superb technique, United fans would sing “he scores goals, my lord, he scores goals”.
In 2009, the English club,Huddersfield Town
, signed Lee Novak which caused to making one of the funniest football chants.
The fans made a pun about a vacuum cleaner out of his name (a “vac’” in some parts of the world is a colloquial abbreviation for a vacuum cleaner).
Lyrics: “We’ve got Novak, We’ve got Nova-a-ak, Our carpets are filthy, We’ve got Novak.”
This one is one of the most famous chants. In 2016, Iceland shocked viewers around the world when they celebrated their win against England with a thunderous clapping chant.
Many people took it to be some kind of ancient Viking war cry, but they were wrong and it turned out that this chant isn’t actually a Viking chant at all.
Icelandic team Stjarnan actually learned the chant while competing in the Europa League in 2014 against Scottish club, Motherwell. They liked it so much that they brought it home and it spread like wildfire around the 330,000-person country.
This song is one of the
most popular football songs ever
. It is sung by fans of the English clubMillwall
in the late 1970s, and it is sung to the melody of (We Are) Sailing by Rod Stewart.
Millwall club was one of several English teams that saw elements of hooliganism develop within its fan base in the late 1960s.
Millwall fans made the chant in reaction to sustained criticism of their manner from the press and media, who perpetuated an icon of them as hasty hooligans.
Lyrics: No one likes us, no one likes us, No one likes us, we don't care. We are Millwall, super Millwall. We are Millwall from The Den!
Millwall fans sang this in tribute to the player they dubbed “The Peckham Beckham,” Darren Ward, to the tune of “My Old Man’s A Dustman” by Lonnie Donegan and of course this song is one of the funniest football chants ever.
Lyrics of the song go: "Posh Spice is a slapper, She takes it up the a**e, and when she’s s******g Beckham, She thinks of Darren Ward."
This famous chant is about many footballers who were considered to not be the most gifted, but have hit a piece of form and it has been sung to the melody of popular Christmas time song “Winter Wonderland”.
The name of player in lyric is replaceable, but maybe the most fitting player is former English striker, Emile Heskey.
Lyrics: "There's only one Emile Heskey, One Emile Heskey. He used to be sh**e, But now he's all right, Walking in a Heskey wonderland."
Liverpool fans celebrated signing contract with Dutch player, Dirk Kuyt, to the tune of “Let’s All Do the Conga” by Black Lace and made one of the
funny football chants in history
Lyrics: “Rafa’s got his Dirk Kuyt, Rafa’s got his Dirk Kuyt, Nah nah nah nah.”
It's traditional for fans to sing this song to the tune of Blue Moon when their team is dominating:
“Brazil! It’s just like watching Brazil! It’s just like watching Brazil! It’s just like watching Brazil!”
However fans of English club, Queens Park Rangers, sung their own special version to appreciate their captain, Clint Hill which was one of the most popular football songs.
Lyrics: “Clint Hill! We just like watching Clint Hill! We just like watching Clint Hill! We just like watching Clint Hill!”
This chant is one of the best and also funniest football chants ever.
Most football fans know about the great rivalry between Celtic and Rangers in Scotland.
Celtic fans sang this song to the tune of “Guantanamera", for Rangers keeper, Andy Goram, who was reportedly suffering from a multiple personality illness.
Lyrics: “There’s only two Andy Gorams, Two Andy Gorams! There’s only two Andy Gorams! Two Andy Gorams!”
This chant is about Arsenal's Belgian defender, Thomas Vermaelen, when he played for the club and it’s to the tune of American Western folk ballad “Oh My Darling, Clementine”.
Lyrics: “Tom Vermaelen, Tom Vermaelen, Tom Vermaelen Number 5, F*** your Rooneys, F*** your Drogbas, ‘Cause he'll eat those c**** alive!"
Blame it on the Luis
The Uruguayan striker, Luis Suarez, played four years in Liverpool and he had lots of mistakes during that time.
After abuses of bad behavior and racism against Luiz Suarez, the fans came up with this song.
Lyrics: “He cheats, He dives, He hates the Jackson Five, Luis Suarez, Luis Suarez.”
This funny chant is made by Wigan Athletic fans when they noticed the likeness of Bulgarian striker, Dimitar Berbatov, to professor Snape from the Harry Potter films.
The song is to the tune of “Guantanamera” and the lyrics go: “There’s only one Alan Rickman!”
Alan Rickman was a famous British actor who played role of professor Snape in Harry Potter movies, he died in 2016 at the age of 69.
Liverpool fans are known for their sense of humor in making funny chants. They made this chant for their narrow striker, Peter Crouch and this chant is one of the funniest ever.
Lyrics: “He’s big, he’s red His feet stick out the bed Peter Crouch, Peter Crouch.”
Peter Crouch's height is 2.01m and he's one of the tallest strikers in football history, he retired in 2019.
The Argentinean defender, Fabricio Coloccini, played 8 years for Newcastle United and he was always a strong defender during his appearances with the club.
The Newcastle fans honored their curly hair defender with this song to the tune of Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”.
Lyrics: “Oh Coloccini, you are the love of my life, Oh Coloccini, I'd let you s**g my wife, Oh Coloccini, I want curly hair tooooooooooo!”
English defender, Rio Ferdinand, joined Red Devils in 2002 and played 12 years for them. He is a legend between Manchester United fans and his great performances caused that, fans make one of their best and also funniest chants for him.
The chant was sung to the tune of Duran Duran's 1982 hit 'Rio' and it went: "His name is Rio and he dances on the grass/ Don't take the ball from him, he'll kick your f****** ass."
The Dutch defender, Virgil Van Dijk, is regarded as one of the best defenders in the world and his exemplary performances for Liverpool club has made him very popular among fans.
Liverpool fans made a chant for Virgil which is one of the most popular chants and it is to the tune of 'Dirty Old Town'.
Lyrics: "He’s our centre-half, he’s our number four/ Watch him defend and we watch him score/ He can pass the ball, calm as you like/ He’s Virgil Van Dijk, he’s Virgil Van Dijk"
John Terry was a great defender during his football career but his immorality caused many troubles for him.
In 2010, his affair with his teammate Wayne Bridge's ex-girlfriend Vanessa Perroncel made front page news and immediately it provided football fans their chance to create one of the funniest chants ever.
Rival fans sang to the tune of 'Lord of the Dance': "Chelsea, wherever you may be, keep your wife from John Terry".
The English defender, Harry Maguire, moved fromLeicester City
to Man United for £80 million in 2019 to become the most expensive defender ever.
His great performances for his clubs and also the England national team has made him very popular among the fans.
England fans have developed their own song for the tough defender. Lyrics: "Oh,Harry Maguire
's magic/ He wears a magic hat/ And if you throw a brick at him/ He'll head the f***** back/ He heads it to the left/ He heads it to the right/ And when we win the Euros we'll sing this song all night!"
The Senegalese winger,Sadio Mane
, joined Liverpool in 2016 and became one of the most effective players in main squad after a brief time.
His remarkable performance for the club has made him a hero between fans and he's the favorite player of many Liverpool fans.
Liverpool fans have made their own unique chant for Mane which is "Oh Mane Mane", to the tune of Sugar, Sugar by 1960s hitmakers The Archies.
'When the ball hits your head and you're sat in row Z'
This is another one of funniest football chants ever which is made by English supporters.
The cruel West Ham fans didn't think much of Bobby Zamora's bravery in front of goal. Despite scoring 40 goals in 152 games for hammers, the fans didn't stop from ridiculing his shooting ability.
The chant is to the sound of Dean Martin's 'Amore' and it went: "When the ball hits your head and you're sat in row Z, that's Zamora, that's Zamora"
When Bobby Zamora played forBrighton
club he was favorite between fans and they sang for him: ''When the ball hits the goal, it's not Shearer or Cole, its Zamora''.
Liverpool-Steve Gerrard chant is among the
best chants in football history
. The importance of Steven Gerrard to Liverpool needed his own song and this one’s famous to fans in England and around the world and it is one of the best football chants ever.
The Liverpool legend devoted seventeen years of service to his boyhood club and despite winning many major trophies like UEFA Champions League; he never won the domestic competition.
Lyrics: Steve Gerrard Gerrard, he can pass forty yards, He's big and he's f**ing hard, Steve Gerrard Gerrard , Steve Gerrard, Gerrard, He'll pass the ball 40 yards, He's better than Frank Lampard, Steve Gerrard, Gerrard, Steven Gerrard is a f**ing goal machine, a f**ing goal machine (repeat), Stevie G, Stevie G, Stevie G, Stevie G, Look who we've got Chelsea, Stevie G, Stevie G, Who put the ball in the blue sh*tes net?, Who put the ball in the blue sh*tes net?, Super Steven Gerrard.