Newly crowned World Boxing Heavyweight Champion, Tyson Fury gained much media coverage and social media reaction after his impromptu serenading of his wife following his recent victory over Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf.
Generous souls may be able to excuse the cringeworthiness and put it down to it being a heat of the moment thing. A few might even have moved by the sentiment as Fury completed his crooning with a very touching, ‘I love you, my wife.’
However, there are footballers who, far from being caught up in the moment or overcome with emotion, have actually gone through a schedule of meetings, rehearsals and recording sessions and still come to the conclusion that it would be a great idea for the world to hear them burst into song.
Here’s five of the very best/worst…
5. Kevin Keegan ‘Head Over Heels in Love’
At number 5 is Kevin Keegan with this undeniable classic. In 1979, King Kev was at the top of his game and the biggest footballing heartthrob this side of George Best. A marketer’s dream. Unbelievably, this was Keegan’s only foray into the world of pop. Stalling at No 31, it failed to kick start his pop star career. Somehow.
4. Glenn Hoddle & Chris Waddle ‘Diamond Lights’
Fast forward to the Eighties. A decade already notorious for some of the worst music ever known to mankind. The year is 1987 and shining like a beacon in a fog of musical naffness with their ‘Diamond Lights’ comes ‘Glenn & Chris’ – better known as Glenn Hoddle and Chris Waddle.
Trying to tap into the growing electronic music sound of the time. And failing spectacularly. Staggeringly, this reached number 12 in the hit parade.
3. Paul Gascoigne ‘Fog on the Tyne (Revisited)’
Just 3 years after Chris Waddle broke into the top 20, another North East football hero did even better and smashed his way into the top ten, becoming the first footballer ever to do so. Credited as Gazza and Lindisfarne, this actually reached No 2. It joins a distinguished list of all time classics just missing out on the top spot: The Beatles ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, Oasis ‘Wonderwall’ and The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl ‘Fairytale of New York’ to name just a few.
Just take that in for a moment.
2. Ian Wright ‘Do the Right Thing’
1993 and out of the ashes of Acid House the UK Top 40 is awash with cheesy dance tracks as acts desperately try to cash in by jumping on the back of the bandwagon. Here’s one such example. Although, it’s so genuinely bad that it didn’t actually make it into the Top 40. Heaven knows why.
1. Andy Cole ‘Outstanding’
Naturally, the best of the worst is saved til last. At No 1, in with a bullet but sinking faster than a lead balloon into musical obscurity, comes perhaps the most inappropriately titled song of all time. This is not ‘outstanding’ in any way, shape or form. Unsurprisingly, it failed to make much of an impression on the charts reaching No 68. An so ended Cole’s bid to be the British Jay Z.