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Three Lions suffers record-breaking chart fall

By | Published on Monday 23 July 2018

Three Lions

The huge bubble of national optimism brought on by the England football team’s progress through the World Cup was burst too late to stop soccer song ‘Three Lions’ getting to number one in the singles chart last week. But on Friday’s chart, in a move more representative of that sudden deflation, the track fell from the top position so hard that it’s broken a record.

‘Three Lions’ broke a record last week too, of course. It became the first song performed by the same line-up to reach number one four times. Now it’s got another accolade for the biggest ever fall from the top spot on the singles chart. A week after achieving the pinnacle of sales (or equivalent) success, it only just scraped into the top 100 on the latest list, coming in at number 97.

Like last week too, George Ezra sits one place below ‘Three Lions’. Although not with the same song, obviously. While Ezra’s track ‘Pretty Shiny People’ is at 98, the song the football hit knocked off the top of the chart last week is still at number two this week. That being ‘Shotgun’. Because you may not be able to rely on English football, but you can always rely on George Ezra. And Drake as well, who is predictably now filling the number one spot. And the number five spot. And the number fifteen spot.

If you split streams and sales, a slightly different picture of the performance of ‘Three Lions’ emerges. While it’s nowhere to be seen in the streaming top 100, it only fell to number 59 in the sales-only chart. So, while enthusiastic streaming of the track apparently halted the moment England went out of the World Cup, there were still some people out there who felt the need to download the song. Possibly in readiness for the next time football looks like it might ‘come home’.