There are few more thrilling moments in sport than the moment just before kick-off when a packed football stadium erupts into a rousing rendition of the team’s anthem.
Some clubs have their anthems specially written from them while others adopt popular songs or classical songs. Either way, these anthems eventually become part of the fabric of the stadium as well as a reminder of what is special and unique about the club and its supporters.
You’ll Never Walk Alone
Arguably the most famous football anthem of all, You’ll Never Walk Alone often brings a tear to the eye on emotional nights at Anfield. As well as Liverpool, fans of teams such as Celtic, Feyenoord and Borussia Dortmund love nothing better than to belt out this tune on special occasions.
The song was written for the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel but the most famous version in the UK was recorded by Gerry and Pacemakers in the 1960s. The rousing melody and emotive lyrics quickly struck a chord with the Liverpool fans, who soon made it their anthem and have sung it ever since.
Stern Des Südens
If you ever pay attention during a Bayern Munich game then this is a song you are likely to hear the crowd singing heartily. Stern Des Südens translates from German as Star of the South and it is the team’s anthem.
The song was written by Willy Astor and the lyrics ask us if we know which Munich team is known throughout the world and has won everything there is to win. Of course we do.
Cant del Barça
As one of the most famous and widely supported football teams in the world, it is no surprise to see that Barcelona have a great anthem to sing along to. Cant del Barça translates from Catalan as Barca Chant and it was released in 1974 as part of the club’s 5th anniversary year.
The song is often sung in the Camp Nou before matches kick off. The lyrics talk about one flag uniting the fans in brotherhood and how everybody knows the name of Barça.
Glory Glory Man United
Back in the UK, this famous football anthem was written by Frank Renshaw in the early 1980s. A version was then recorded by the team’s 1983 FA Cup Final squad.
Since then it has become a firm favourite among fans at Old Trafford. It has also become popular with other UK clubs such as Leeds and Hibs.
I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
This classic song has been linked to West Ham all the way back to the 1930s. Yet, the lyrics are nothing to do with the Hammers or even football, so how did it end up becoming their anthem in the first place?
The story goes that the team’s manager, Charlie Paynter, met a young trialist with a strong resemblance to the Bubbles character in a popular soap commercial of the time. Somehow, this turned the early 20th century tune into the club’s anthem all the way through to the present day.