Music streams of Three Lions surge as England triumphs over Colombia

Music streams of Three Lions surge as England triumphs over Colombia

Fans celebrate England's win over Colombia. Image: Getty

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Football anthem Three Lions was streamed over 450,000 times in the UK yesterday, according to Spotify.

Streams peaked just before 11pm, as England clinched their win over Colombia, triumphing 4-3 on penalties.

Three Lions, which was first released in 1996 by Baddiel and Skinner and the Lightning Seeds in support of England’s participation in the European championships that year.

The lyrics, which include the iconic line “football’s coming home”, have been sung by England fans to celebrate the team’s success in the World Cup so far.

It was re-released in 1998 as 3 Lions ‘98, as the unofficial soundtrack for England’s 1998 World Cup campaign.

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The song is currently sitting at number 42 in the UK Official Charts, having jumped from 72 the previous week.

Chart data is calculated a week in arrears, and a representative from the Official Charts Company told talkRADIO that they wouldn’t be surprised to see it climb even more by the end of the week when they crunch the latest numbers.

It’s also at number 22 on the Spotify chart, and 28 in the UK iTunes chart.

Users of streaming service Deezer also streamed the song in droves, with data showing that between July 2 (the day before the Colombia match) and July 3, its streams increased by 362%.

There was also a surge in Deezer streams when England played Tunisia (304%) and Belgium (100%).

Three Lions reached number one for two weeks on its 1996 release and three weeks on its 1998 release.

Streaming is counted towards chart positions with 150 streams equivalent to one download or sale.