Football's Coming Home: Three Lions tops Spotify charts after England win against Sweden

Song also kept Drake off the top spot on the Spotify UK chart as England sailed through to the World Cup semi-finals

Roisin O'Connor
Music Correspondent
Monday 09 July 2018 10:04
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England fans singing 'Its Coming Home'

The football song "Three Lions" has managed to top the Spotify charts with over 1m plays, the streaming service reports.

Following England's victory against Sweden taking them through to the World Cup semi-finals, the track by Baddiel, Skinner & the Lightning Seeds racked up 1m plays in a single day on 7 July, smashing its previous record from the England v. Colombia game. "Three Lions" also kept Drake off the top spot on the Spotify UK charts.

"Three Lions" also managed to top the Big Top 40 chart following England's success, leaping 32 places to surpass last week's No.1 "Solo" by Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato.

Big Top 40 presenter Marvin Humes said: "What an incredible day! It's only right that Three Lions is number one on the chart. Our boys in Russia are doing us so proud. The nation has come together and hopefully this is only the beginning of the celebrations.

Writing for The Sun in response to the song's success, David Baddiel said: "When we wrote the song, the refrain 'football's coming home' referred to both the fact the tournament was being held in England, and to the more mystical idea that we might win.

"But now the song seems to mean only we might win, and as the week went on, and the jubilation rose, yes, we are going to win."

He added: "I am daring to hope because I think this is a team marked by joy and newness and youth and Gareth Southgate's deep emotional intelligence. We have shrugged off, for the moment, the suffocating burdens of our history.

"Let's go further, to belief. We still believe, says Three Lions '98, so yes, all right, I believe - it's coming home."

England fans have hopefully learned the correct lyrics ahead of England's game against Croatia on Wednesday 11 July.

The Independent ​previously reported that many people have been singing the wrong lyric to the famous song, confusing the line "Jules Rimet still gleaming" for "Jewels remain still gleaming."

The line refers to the Jules Rimet trophy - the original name of the World Cup prize - which the English team won back in 1966.

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