Can you name the Instagram user who has the most followers? No, it’s not Beyoncé, Selena Gomez, or the members of BTS — it is Cristiano Ronaldo, who is one of the greatest footballers. It’s further proof that football is dear to the hearts of billions of people, making it the most popular sport in the world. Thus, it is not surprising that some people express their enthusiasm for football through songs.
Here is a hand-picked selection of the best songs about football:
Table of Contents
- 21. Are You Ready for Some Football — Hank Williams Jr.
- 20. The Ball — James Otto
- 19. Vindaloo — Fat Les
- 18. Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) — Shakira and The Hit Crew
- 17. The Boys of Fall — Kenny Chesney
- 16. World in Motion — England National Football Team and New Order
- 15. Friday Night — Brantley Gilbert
- 14. Together Stronger (C’mon Wales) — Manic Street Preachers
- 13. Drinkin’ Town With a Football Problem — Billy Currington
- 12. Hot Shot Tottenham — Ledley and The Kings
- 11. Had Me By Halftime — Morgan Wallen
- 10. South on Ya — Luke Combs
- 9. Lose Yourself — Eminem
- 8. Tubthumping — Chumbawamba
- 7. We’re on the Ball — Ant & Dec
- 6. You’ll Never Walk Alone — Gerry and the Pacemakers
- 5. World at Your Feet — Embrace
- 4. American Spirit — Thomas Rhett
- 3. My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over For Monday Night Football — Hank Williams Jr.
- 2. God, Girls, and Football — Mitch Rossell
- 1. Seven Nation Army — The White Stripes
21. Are You Ready for Some Football — Hank Williams Jr.
Let’s kickstart this collection with an energizing track: “Are You Ready For Some Football?” It is a country, yet funky song by Hank Williams Jr. He joyfully describes how wild people get when it comes to football games. The melody of this fun tune from ABC Monday Night Football is upbeat and fun, making anyone who listens to it feel pumped up too!
20. The Ball — James Otto
The next song to play is “The Ball” by country music artist James Otto. Its lyrics are written from the perspective of a player who beats himself up over missed opportunities and second chances. But then the last lines take a turn, and you will have that “awe” moment. You will be deeply moved by the melody of this song from his album Days of Our Lives.
19. Vindaloo — Fat Les
In 1998, Fat Les released a captivating track titled “Vindaloo” for his album Vin-Da-Loo and for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The song is named after a traditional post-match meal for football players, an Indian curry. The lyrics, written by Keith Allen, only consist of a few verses, and they repeat the lines “nah nah nah” and “Vindaloo” over and over again, giving listeners a case of “last-song syndrome.”
18. Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) — Shakira and The Hit Crew
Another track recorded for a big event is Shakira’s “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).” It is the official FIFA song for the 2010 World Cup held in South Africa. She performed it with Freshlyground. The song from Shakira’s Sale el Sol album is highly encouraging for players, and its title, “waka” means “do it.” It features an irresistible joyful and tribal beat and tune, making it a perfect song to shake your body as well. It’s
17. The Boys of Fall — Kenny Chesney
Songs like “The Boys of Fall” by Kenny Chesney are often played at high school football games. At the outset of this country song, a coach reminds his team that this moment in time will pass quickly and that they must make the most of it. It originally appeared on K. Chesney’s 2010 album Hemingway’s Whiskey. The tune and lyrics are both touching and inspiring.
16. World in Motion — England National Football Team and New Order
A mix of electronic pop, folk, and classic rock styles make up New Order and the England National Football Team’s “World in Motion.” It is a song of encouragement, as evident in the lines, “You know you can win; don’t give up the chase; beat the man; take him on; you never give up…” It was recorded in England and is from the 2010 album Retro. “World in Motion” can definitely boost its listeners’ spirits.
15. Friday Night — Brantley Gilbert
Brantley Gilbert’s A Modern Day Prodigal Son is a 2009 album. It features the country song “Friday Night,” which is about how a city becomes a ghost town on a football Friday night. It is a celebration of the history and significance of football beyond the realm of the game itself. This song will give you chills and make you feel like you’re really on your way to a football game on a chilly Friday night.
14. Together Stronger (C’mon Wales) — Manic Street Preachers
Released as a single by Manic Street Preachers in 2016 is the alternative rock tune titled, “Together Stronger (C’mon Wales)” This song is the official Euro 2016 anthem for the Wales national team and has an arrangement that is truly engaging and thrilling, making it a great football anthem.
13. Drinkin’ Town With a Football Problem — Billy Currington
Country singers like Billy Currington seem to be big fans of football. He penned a song titled “Drinkin’ Town With a Football Problem” for his album Summer Forever. This song’s lyrics emphasize the unifying theme of football and its ability to bring together people from all walks of life. It is a really pleasant and feel-good song to enjoy listening to.
12. Hot Shot Tottenham — Ledley and The Kings
The song “Hot Shot Tottenham 2015!” by Ledley and The Kings opens with almost a chant-like line, “Pochettino’s blue and white army,” repeated over and over. It belongs to the album titled Hot Shot Tottenham 2015! and features the original music of Chas & Dave. This is an exciting and upbeat song with a tempo of 169 BPM, surely enough to get everyone pumped up.
11. Had Me By Halftime — Morgan Wallen
A love story that sprouted at a football stadium is the narrative of Morgan Wallen’s “Had Me By Halftime.” It is a country song off his album If I Know Me. He describes how a girl she saw took his attention away from the football game. Listening to this soothing love song may induce butterflies in your stomach.
10. South on Ya — Luke Combs
We have yet another country song on the list. It is the title track, “South on Ya,” by one of the most influential country artists, Luke Combs. This song was chosen as the Southeastern Conference’s 2021 college football anthem. The incredible combination of the song’s engrossing tune and Luke Combs captivating voice will have you put “South on Ya” on repeat.
9. Lose Yourself — Eminem
Our collection of great football songs now includes a rap song. It is “Lose Yourself,” composed and performed by Eminem. This song serves as the soundtrack to his biographical film 8 Mile and was featured in the halftime show of Super Bowl LVI. The song’s incredible flow, clever word choice, and infectious melody have earned it more than 1.9 billion views on YouTube.
8. Tubthumping — Chumbawamba
Chumbawamba released the title track “Tubthumping” for his 1997 album. It is an upbeat indie pop song that was featured at the FIFA World Cup ’98 and also received a nomination for the Brit Award for Song of the Year and the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist. It’s a rousing anthem to perseverance, rising again and again after falling.
7. We’re on the Ball — Ant & Dec
Ant & Dec, a popular duo, dropped a song titled “We’re on the Ball.” It’s part of their album, The Collection. This entertaining song was selected as the official England song for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. “We’re on the Ball” has a bouncy rhythm section and an infectious chorus, giving it a joyous, bright vibe.
6. You’ll Never Walk Alone — Gerry and the Pacemakers
Here is a jazz classic that’s sure to enthrall you: “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” It was recorded by Gerry and the Pacemakers in 1963 for their album How Do You Like It? Oscar Hammerstein II penned the touching and motivational lyrics. This emotive football anthem will stir the listeners’ emotions and make them shed a tear.
5. World at Your Feet — Embrace
The 2006 FIFA World Cup England song “World at Your Feet” is a beautiful release by Embrace. The line from its lyrics, “With the world at your feet, there’s no height you can’t reach,” is a fitting encouragement to players and to everyone. It is an alternative rock song from This New Day that is comforting and uplifting to hear.
4. American Spirit — Thomas Rhett
Back to the country genre, Thomas Rhett’s “American Spirit” is an excellent song to listen to when you need to both unwind and get inspired. It’s a country tune from his Tangled Up 2015 album. Here are some lines that celebrate America:
It’s Friday night freedom, football game
It’s proud of where you from, it’s your last name
It’s thirteen stripes and fifty stars in the wind
The tune is pleasant and calming to listen to, conjuring up thoughts of a breezy day where everyone is proudly waving their flags.
3. My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over For Monday Night Football — Hank Williams Jr.
Country singer Hank Williams Jr. also has an entry for the best songs about football. It is his upbeat country-folk song “My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over For Monday Night Football” off his album America (The Way I See It). This funky tune from 1990 is perfect for jamming out to while drinking beer and watching football with your buddies.
2. God, Girls, and Football — Mitch Rossell
A song capturing the golden years of school days is Mitch Rossell’s goal for his song “God, Girls, and Football.” The lines of this country track center on reflecting on the past. “God, Girls, and Football” serves as the title track of his 2014 album. Mitch’s silky voice and the song’s wistful tone make the listener long for a drive down memory lane.
1. Seven Nation Army — The White Stripes
Our final track won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song. It belongs to The White Stripes’ album Elephant, which was released in 2003. This classic rock tune’s title is “Seven Nation Army.” The infectious beat makes you want to grab a guitar and start jamming. Even the rock duo who recorded the song were taken aback when it became a football chant several years after its initial release. They are unsure how, but what’s clear is that it has the power to stay in your memory after hearing it.