FIFA Football, the football simulator by Electronic Arts, which began in 1993 and has been rolled out across a multitude of platforms since, is widely regarded as one of the most popular and most authentic sporting video game franchises on the go at present. Every year, Electronic Arts continue to improve the quality of game play within the games with innovative changes, while also being able to ensure that the team squads within the game are always up-to-date due to the official licence from FIFA, the world governing body of football.
In recent year, the series has began to also attract praise from fans for the quality of soundtrack that it features every year. Featuring on a FIFA soundtrack is now considered an honour for many bands, and many have benefited greatly from this extra publicity.
This article with take a look at some of the best songs that have featured across the FIFA Football franchise down through the years.
Blur – Song 2 (FIFA: Road to World Cup 98)
Easily one of the most popular songs of the last 25 years, the second track from the eponymous fifth album by London rock band, Blur, is an obvious inclusion on this list.
The Hoosiers – Goodbye Mr. A (FIFA 08)
This 2007 single from British pop rock band, The Hoosiers, would peak at number 4 in the UK singles charts in 2007.
Imagine Dragons – On Top of the World (FIFA 13)
This song by the Las Vegas band is a expression of celebration at the success that the band had began to enjoy after years of struggling to make that proper breakthrough, and the whole feel of the song fit perfectly for a FIFA soundtrack.
Chvrches – We Sink (FIFA 14)
The debut studio album by Scottish synth-pop outfit, Chvrches, The Bones of What You Believe, was one of the standout releases of 2013 and with tracks like We Sink it is easy to see why.
Beck – Dreams (FIFA 16)
Music fans were left feeling very excited when Beck released Dreams, the first release off his up-coming new album in June 2015. The upbeat and funky vibe throughout the song fit perfectly into a FIFA soundtrack and was one of the standout tracks on the 2015/2016 offering of the series.
Kings of Leon – Red Morning Light (FIFA Football 2004)
The 2003 What I Saw EP, from Southern Rock band, Kings of Leon, is one that is deeply treasured by fans of the band. Despite only being three tracks long, it boasts the classic KOL tracks, Talihina Sky and this wonderful offering.
Foster The People – Call It What You Want (FIFA 12)
After the massive global success of their single, Pumped Up Kicks in the summer of 2011, there was a lot of anticipation around the release of their debut album, Torches, in September of that same year. The album did not disappoint and included numerous excellent tracks including this fantastic composition, which would be released as the third single from the album.
Two Door Cinema Club – Sleep Alone (FIFA 13)
Beacon, the follow up to the 2010 album Tourist History by Northern Irish band Two Door Cinema Club, was one of the most eagerly anticipated releases of 2012, and it did not disappoint. Featuring singles, Handshake, Sun, and this fantastic banger, it was one of this writers favourite albums of that year.
Bloc Party – Helicopter (FIFA 06)
English rock band, Bloc Party, have a reputation for being one of the most exciting indie rock bands of the last twenty years and with songs like Helicopter, from their 2006 debut album, Silent Alarm, it is easy to see why.
Florida indie rock band, Black Kids, will be remembered for this 2008 track from their debut album, Partie Traumatic. This remix of the track by the Brazilian production duo, The Twelves, would succeed in bringing this fantastic song to an even broader audience.
Django Django – Hail Bop (FIFA 13)
The debut release from Scottish band, Django Django, in early 2012 was considered by many music writers, including this one, as one of the most enjoyable releases of the year. Lead single, Default, along with album tracks WOR, Hail Bop, among others would result in the album receiving rave reviews from critics and fans alike.
Glass Animals – Youth (FIFA 17)
The second single from the second album, How to Be a Human Being, by Oxford four piece, Glass Animals, the relaxed and funky vibe of the track, Youth, fit perfectly within the soundtrack of FIFA 17.
If there’s any songs that you think we’ve left out please feel free to leave a comment below.