‘Three Lions’ breaks all time UK singles chart record as World Cup fever sends it to Number One

'It's coming home, it's coming home, it's coming'

‘Three Lions’ has shot straight to number one after England’s successful campaign of reaching the semi-finals in the World Cup.

Although they never brought the trophy home, it was the team’s greatest achievement in 28 years.

‘Three Lions’, which was originally released by The Lightning Seeds and Baddiel & Skinner back in 1996 and was re-released in 1998, topping the charts 20 years ago, has accompanied England’s progression through the tournament in Russia.

The song returns to the top spot 22 years after it first hit number one with an impressive 80,000 combined sales this week, made up of 43,000 sales, 6.8m audio streams and 5.2m video streams, according to the Official Charts Company.

It is the first time in the Official Chart’s 66-year history that a song has scored four spells at the top of the charts with the same artist line-up, the original 1996 version had two one-week stints in 1996, while the 1998 re-work had one three-week spell at the top.

England’s recent run of form in the 2018 World Cup has propelled it to a record-breaking fourth outing at the top.

Speaking to BBC Radio 1 Official Chart host Scott Mills, Baddiel joked: “Well, this is awkward,” before Skinner chipped in: “I must say, as consolation prizes go…”

Other singles that have managed four separate stints at the top are ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ in 1984, 1989, 2004 and 2014, albeit with a different cast of artists each time.

George Ezra, who was last week’s number one and urged fans to get ‘Three Lions’ to the top spot, fell to number two with ‘Shotgun’.

In the official UK albums chart, Tom Grennan went in at number five with his debut album ‘Lighting Matches’.

It’s also the biggest vinyl album of the week, and the best-seller in UK independent record shops, hitting number one on the Official Record Store Chart.