From Three Lions to Vindaloo, you’ve probably heard lots of different songs over the past few weeks.
But it is Sweet Caroline that has become the soundtrack to England’s success in the European Championships.
Yesterday, on Sunday, July 11, the country got behind Gareth Southgate’s side in hope that they would make history by winning their first major tournament since the World Cup in 1966.
The fans blared out Neil Diamond’s classic in the hope that it would inspire the team to victory.
But unfortunately, England’s wait for a major trophy will continue, with Italy winning the Europe for the second time.
After England’s famous victory over Germany in the Euros, one thing continued to echo around Wembley, and probably around the whole country.
“Yeah, it’s special. I’m speechless, I don’t know what to say”, were just some of the things England captain Harry Kane said as a singalong classic rung in his ears.
A man who has felt pressure throughout his entire career, almost succumbed to the noise being made by the surrounding 40,000 England fans.
The chorus of Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline stunned the Tottenham Hotspur striker into silence during a post-match interview with ITV, holding back the tears following the unforgettable 2-0 win over their old rivals.
There have been many songs that have followed England’s side during international tournaments over the years.
The likes of Three Lions, World In Motion, and Vindaloo have travelled across the world with England supporters, but it was the 1969 classic that was hoped would keep Gareth Southgate’s side going strong in their quest for Euro 2020 glory.
Albeit a song that is bellowed during the early hours in nightclubs or sung badly on karaoke, one of the most unlikely places you would here Sweet Caroline is in the stands of a football stadium.
But that is where the apparent association with the beautiful game begun, with Aston Villa being credited with the anthem as one of their own.
The Villains begun singing the song following their 1-1 draw with Stoke City in 2019. Talk about doing it on a cold and windy night in Stoke.
The song has struck a chord with the Villa faithful ever since, with one of its more famous outings during the season in which they got promoted to the Premier League under Dean Smith.
Most notably sung when they beat West Midlands rivals West Brom on penalties at the Hawthorns in the play-off semi-finals.
The classic singalong was serenaded through the streets of Birmingham following the win and was also present at Wembley following their 2-1 win over Derby County in the final.
But they aren’t the only ones, with the song also a regular feature at the Emirates Stadium when Arsenal win, while Reading also have a strong affinity with the iconic tune.
In rugby league, Castleford Tigers fans are known to belt out the classic at full-time when they pick up two points, while across the world the Boston Red Sox play the song at every single home game.
It is said to be inspired by a young girl named Caroline, whose parents were lifelong Red Sox fans. The woman in charge of playing the music at the stadium was friends with the family, and to mark the birth of their child, asked her to play Sweet Caroline at the stadium.
The rest is history.
A little closer to home, the song can often be heard at cricket grounds up and down the country, often being a livelier atmosphere especially during the T20 season..