1. The Fall: “Theme From Sparta FC”
We could have picked the George Best tribute that is “Kicker Conspiracy”, but instead we chose “Theme From Sparta FC”, because of the fine lyrics Mark E. Smith cooked up for the track.
2. Beady Eye: “Blue Moon”
Before some fakers jumped on the Man City bandwagon because of the amount of stars some crazy sheikh signed, Oasis were the most famous fans of Manchester's “smaller” side. Recently, Liam's new band recorded a cover version of “Blue Moon”, the unofficial club anthem.
3. New Order: “World In Motion”
Absolutely essential. We don't know whether New Order are football fans or if this commission was a tough job for them, but they did an excellent one either way. Indisputably the best song ever recorded for a World Cup (Italy '90). And the video is priceless.
4. Primal Scream: “The Big Man And The Scream Team Meet the Barmy Army Uptown (Feat. Irvine Welsh & On-U Sound)”
In 1996, Primal Scream, after a few years of silence, released this single with the collaboration of writer Irvine Welsh ( “Trainspotting”, among others). The song caused a bit of a stir because it said some stuff about Glasgow Rangers and their fans.
5. Los Planetas: “Un Buen Día”
“Un Buen Día” is about the noble Spanish custom of going down to the cafeteria for breakfast and reading football newspaper Marca - and about a goal by Gaizka Mendieta, who recently became an unusual indie icon because of his DJ set at the Festival Internacional de Benicàssim 2011.
6. The Wedding Present: “Getting Nowhere Fast”
We admit we're cheating a bit here, because the song has nothing to do with football. But it's worth including it on the list because it's part of The Wedding Present's debut album called “George Best”. That alone deserves all our respect.
7. Morrissey: “Munich Air Disaster 1958”
Morrissey stated in an interview he's no football follower, which makes us doubt if he ever was a Red Devils fan or not. The thing is, as the good Mancunian that he is, he dedicated a song to the most tragic event in the history of Manchester United, the Munich air disaster of 1958 in which a big part of the team lost their lives.
8. Luke Haines: “Leeds United”
Luke Haines dedicated this 2007 EP to Leeds United, a landmark English side now living hard times. As at the time there wasn't much to say about the club, he focussed on the glory years of the seventies, when they won a League Championship, an FA Cup and lost the European Cup final to Beckenbauer's Bayern Munich.
9. Billy Bragg: “God’s Footballer”
This song, from the 1991 album “Don’t Try This At Home”, is about Peter Knowles, a footballer who played for Wolverhampton for twenty years before becoming a Jehovah’s Witness.
10. James: “Goal Goal Goal”
James recorded “Goal Goal Goal”, produced by Brian Eno, for the 1994 World Cup compilation. These two lines are worth their weight in gold: “I'm a member of an ape like race in the final days of the 20th century / When we don’t win I go insane”. Now that the season has started all over Europe, we give you a selection of the best track about football. Gaizka Mendieta, 1970's Leeds United and the Manchester United air disaster are some of the subjects.