Euros: Fans Spent 2.5 Million Hours Listening to Football Hits in Run Up to Kick-Off

Seven Nation Army is the UK’s pre-tournament anthem

Ahead of tonight’s tournament kick-off, Spotify data uncovers how UK footie fans have been warming up for a summer of football.

As Scotland and Germany prepare to face off at tonight’s match in Munich, another competition emerges between artists vying to be the unofficial pre-tournament anthem.

UK footie anthems on the rise:

Fire by Meduza, OneRepublic, and Leony may be the official song for this year’s tournament, but UK footie fans have been turning to The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army. Amassing more streams over the past fortnight than any other UK football anthem, it’s clear Brits are ready to chant its iconic opening sequence once the tournament begins.

Other classic hits are experiencing huge spikes in streams in the run-up to the first match:

  1. Come on England by 4-4-2: up by +206%
  2. Three Lions ’98 by Baddiel, Skinner & Lightning Seeds: up by +193%
  3. Southgate You’re the One (Football’s Coming Home Again) by Atomic Kitten: up by +176%

Football fever grips the nation:

Brits have been gripped with football fever as they’ve spent 2.5 million hours listening to football bangers over the past fortnight alone.

To ride the highs and lows of the tournaments, we have been getting our soundtrack prepared. Spotify data indicates that Brits have created over 14,000 playlists dedicated to a Summer of football – more than any other country in Europe.

To listen to the UK’s top football hits and warm up for the tournament, tune into Spotify’s playlist: Football anthems.

Old rivals, new battleground:

The sporting rivalry between the UK and Germany goes back decades, but, if music is anything to go by, UK fans won’t have much to worry about this tournament.

UK anthems have seen a bigger spike in streams, with “Come on England” (+206%) and “Three Lions” (+193%) both beating Germany’s “Schwarz and Weiss” which spiked by 187%.

However, Germany’s “Zeit, dass sich was dreht” (best known in its English-language version “Celebrate the Day” as the 2006 Fifa World Cup theme song) narrowly beat “Seven Nation Army” for overall streams.

But with the UK having created 14,000 footie playlists against Germany’s 13,000, the Brits clinch a 2-1 victory.

Dedicated football hub:

To enhance Europe’s football Summer experience, Spotify is launching its own football hub which can be found here.

Fans can discover podcasts, music, and editorial content to stay up-to-date with the tournament and everything else football-related. To get started, Spotify recommends listening to Euros Daily,  Football WeeklyFootball Ramble, or Stick to Football.


To delight and engage fans throughout the summer, Spotify has assembled a team of vibe experts, capturing each nation’s atmosphere to create the unifying FC EUROHYPE playlist . Each creator will submit a list of tracks to reflect the vibe in each country at the beginning of the tournament and continue to add tracks until their nation’s team is eliminated or ultimately wins.

Representing the UK is 2022 FIFA World Cup presenter Lirian Santos with the full lineup of vibe experts being:

●       @Nicocolombien (FR)

●       @aleandrafrerk (DE)

●       @LirianSantos (UK)

●       @lasagna.a_ (IT)

●       @llunaclark (ES)

●       @nevzatozkur0 (TR)

●       @kwolczii (PL)

Charlotte Giver

Charlotte is the founder and editor-in-chief at Your Coffee Break magazine. She studied English Literature at Fairfield University in Connecticut whilst taking evening classes in journalism at MediaBistro in NYC. She then pursued a BA degree in Public Relations at Bournemouth University in the UK. With a background working in the PR industry in Los Angeles, Barcelona and London, Charlotte then moved on to launching Your Coffee Break from the YCB HQ in London’s Covent Garden and has been running the online magazine for the past 10 years. She is a mother, an avid reader, runner and puts a bit too much effort into perfecting her morning brew.