My palms are sweaty. I can’t stand or sit still. I’m hallucinating and unlocking parts of my memory I thought I’d buried a long time ago. My voice is hoarse. I’m an addict, but I’m having the time of my life. My name is Thomas Smith and much like the rest of the nation, I’ve got World Cup Fever.
Let’s cut to the chase: this Fifa World Cup Russia 2018™ has been a bloody belter. There have been giant killings, fantastic goals, Robbie Williams flipping the bird and the introduction of a confusing, but usually hilarious assisted-refereeing system: VAR. However, nothing compares to England’s penalty shootout win over Colombia last night (July 3). Our Brave Boys™ won England’s first shootout since 1996 and the first in a World Cup ever. To celebrate we’ve been pontificating and England’s manager and very tasty snack, Gareth Southgate and snooping around to see what gets our heroic goalie, Jordan Pickford, psyched up for the big moment.
But we want more. For weeks we’ve had ‘Three Lions’ blaring out in the office every 18 minutes, then following it up with ‘World In Motion’ and, er, ‘Three Lions’ again, but we know there are plenty of other football-related bangers out there: songs that will remind of us the good times and songs that will remind us of the best times.
Some are in there because of the references to the beautiful game, and others just because they fit the vibe. It’s pretty clear, though, that every song in NME’s World Cup Fever playlist absolutely bangs. Oh, and we wouldn’t normally stick Atomic Kitten in a list, but you lot will keep singing it…
A playlist featuring New Order, Baddiel, Skinner & Lightning Seeds, A Tribe Called Quest, and others