'You only sing when you're winning': Football and chanting

Chanting at football games is as commonplace as goals and yellow cards. FourFourTwo has compiled a list of some of the most well-known chants and some you are sure to hear this weekend...

Many of the better chants are taken from popular, mainstream songs and are sometimes adapted to cheer on a certain player or team. They can also be an attempt to rile opposition supporters.

Here are 10 of the best known chants:

1. 'Go West', by the Village People/Pet Shop Boys

Chant – this was first adopted by Arsenal during the latter stages of George Graham's second tenure as manager:

"1-nil, to the Arsenal. 1-nil, to the Arsenal."

2. 'Winter Wonderland', by Richard Himber & his orchestra

Chant – used by many teams, the example below is for retired Newcastle great Alan Shearer:

"There's only one Alan Shearer. One Alan Shearer. Walking along, singing a song, walking in a Shearer Wonderland."

3. 'Guajira Guantanamera', by Joseito Fernández


"Sacked in the morning. You're getting sacked in the morning," towards a losing opposition manager.


"You only sing when you're winning. Sing when you're winning," to opposition fans.

4. 'Blue Moon', by various artists, including Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra

Chant – this is sung by Manchester City fans before kick-off:

"Blue Moon, you saw me standing alone, without a dream in my heart, without a love of my own…"

Luis Suarez often heard his name sung during his Liverpool days

5. 'Sloop John B', by The Beach Boys

Chant - there are many variations of this 1966 song, including:

"I wanna go home, I wanna go hooo-oo-ome.

"This is the worst trip I've ever been on.

"Doo doo doo dooo."

Or Arsenal fans towards Manchester City fans:

"You only have oil, you only have oil.

"We've got a history, you only have oil."

6. 'You'll never walk alone', Gerry and the Pacemakers

Chant – former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly adopted this song back in 1963. It has gone on to become the official anthem of the club and the song title adorns the 'Shankly Gates' at Anfield.

It is traditionally sung by fans before games and again nearing fulltime.

7. 'Take me home, country roads', John Denver

Chant – another song used by a number of teams, including Manchester United in the example below:

"Take me home, United road, to a place that I belong,

"To Old Trafford, to see United, take me home, United road."

8. 'Seven nation army', White Stripes

Chant – the riff is usually just chanted, i.e. "DUH… duh-duh-duh-duh-DUH… DUH" and repeat.

It has also been adopted for some players' names, such as:

"Ja-vier Mascherano… Ja-vier Mascherano".

9. 'Just can't get enough', Depeche Mode

Chant – this has been used by many teams, including fans from Celtic, Burnley and Bolton.

When he was plying his trade at Anfield, Luis Suarez also heard his name sung to this tune from the Kop.

10. 'That's Amore', Dean Martin

Chant – again there are many variations on this classic, some of which are below:

Opposition fans when their team is playing against Joey Altidore or Bobby Zamora:

"When the ball hits your head and your sat in row Z, that's Altidore/Zamora"

Manchester City fans on Sergio Aguero:

"When Kun runs down the wing all the fans start to sing - that's Aguero.

"When the ball hits the net it's not Torres or Shrek - that's Aguero."

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