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50 Best Football Chants

"You only sing when you're... watching?!" Except you don't: we all hum our club's most memorable tunes at some point. Here's our celebration of the best...

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Terrace chants have been common since football began, the crowd often being cited as that mythical '12th man', spurring on the players to extra effort.

Go to any match with a decent-sized crowd and you'll hear shouting and co-ordinated songs, and there have been many such chants throughout the years.

We've put together a list of the best judging them on these five criteria:

  • Originality
  • Humour
  • Durability (has it stood the test of time?)
  • Ubiquity (have other clubs adopted it/changed the lyrics?)
  • Power (that hairs-on-the-back-of-the-neck-raising effect/also is it catchy?)

Pop back here to find links to all our Best Football Chants features over the next five days. Here's our first batch of 10 to get you going, and the best submissions we've collected from Twitter and Facebook so far:

We've gone for a balanced selection of club anthems, classic hymns, bawdy banter and all-out songs of worship, all of which have been sung high and mighty at a ground near you at some point.

It was tough to whittle them down to just 50, but to whet your appetite here are two that were close and almost made the list...

1) Just can't get enough (Depeche Mode) - the Luis Suarez vintage; the song is also belted out at Celtic Park, among many other grounds.

2) God Save the Queen - sung badly by many an England fan over the years...

Thanks to the brilliant FanChants.com for the chants here.