‘Three Lions’ set to top UK singles chart

Baddiel & Skinner and The Lightning Seeds' England anthem has seen a surge in popularity as England continue to progress in the World Cup

‘Three Lions’ is expected to take the number one spot on the UK singles chart this week.

The song, which was originally released by The Lightning Seeds and Baddiel & Skinner back in 1996 before being revamped and re-released in 1998 (and then spent three weeks at number one twenty years ago), has accompanied England’s progression through this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

After streams of both the 1996 and 1998 versions of the track achieved a record amount of one-day streams as England beat Colombia in the Second Round last week, the side’s subsequent victory over Sweden on Saturday – combined with the overall World Cup fever which is sweeping the nation – has now put ‘Three Lions’ on course to reach the top spot on the chart.

According to The Official Charts, the song is at number one on the mid-week charts – thanks to 24,000 downloads and 2.6 million audio streams since last Friday (July 6).

And, after George Ezra – who was last week’s number one – urged fans to get ‘Three Lions’ to the top spot, it appears that his reign at the top of the chart will come to an end this Friday (July 13) as ‘Three Lions’ is now projected to be the new number one.

England play Croatia in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday (July 11) – their first semi-final in the competition since 1990.

A huge screening of that game will take place in London’s Hyde Park in the grounds of the BST festival site, with The Lightning Seeds set to play prior to the big match.