Every Premier League team’s current situation summed up by one song
A light-heated look at how music can capture the situations surrounding each of the Premier League clubs.
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This Premier League season is as exciting as ever, with unpredictability returning to England’s top division.
Over recent years, we have seen a little too much predictability, with the title race usually involving just two teams, and while they have been exciting, they have left some fans missing the craziness of some of the years gone by.
This season, Arsenal have burst onto the scene after years of disappointment, while Liverpool are off to a disappointing start. Newcastle United are back from the beyond, Brighton are on a mission of their own and Leicester City, who have been excellent over recent years, are battling relegation in the early stages.
It has been one of the most unpredictable starts to a campaign we have seen in some time, and with that in mind, we’ve decided taken a look at where each of the 20 Premier League teams are at this moment in time. But this will be no ordinary analysis of the clubs’ situations. Instead, we have picked a song for each of the clubs in an attempt to capture what is going on up and down the Premier League.
Headphones on, let us begin...
Arsenal - On My Way (Axwell/Ingrosso)
A left-field one to get going, but some of the lyrics to this song perfectly sum up Arsenal’s ascent this season, and their project under Mikel Arteta and Edu. The lyrics read ‘Go tell everyone under the sun, I’m on my way.’ Gunners fans are not afraid to shout about their success, either, so this one suits.
Aston Villa - Stuck in a Moment (U2)
There was so much excitement around Aston Villa following their return to the Premier League. They enjoyed a good start to life in the top tier, but they fould themselves battling the drop for a portion of last season, and they have started this one poorly. There is so much potential, with big-money owners financing the club, but they seem to be ‘stuck in a moment’ and they ‘can’t get out of it’.
AFC Bournemouth - Never Gonna Give You Up (Rick Astley)
Bournemouth didn’t give up on their Premier League dream, suffering relegation in the season before last, and given the size of the club, many would have expected them to stay away from the Premier League. They were wrong.
Brentford - Greatest Day (Take That)
A simple one, but this is one of the best times of Brentford’s existence. They are living the dream in the Premier League, becoming a solid top flight club.
Brighton were forced to break up with Graham Potter after some successful times under the now Chelsea boss. There’s a classic Taylor Swift song that captures the break up.
Chelsea - My Way (Frank Sinatra)
Graham Potter is determined to experiment early in his Chelsea days - Raheem Sterling at wing-back, anyone? - and he’s not interested in criticism from the outside. This classic also goes with new owner Todd Boehly’s approach, with the American billionaire used to getting things his way.
Crystal Palace - I’m Alright (Kenny Loggins)
Crystal Palace are in a safe era, battling it out around the middle of the Premier League, and they have to be pleased with that given the number of years they spent out of the top flight ‘I'm alright. Don't nobody worry 'bout me’,” the song says.
Everton - Don’t Give Up On Me (Andy Grammer)
This is one more specifically for Frank Lampard. The former England star is desperate to prove himself with Everton, and he refuses to give up, now starting to manage improvements. Equally, Everton seem desperate not to give up on the ex-Chelsea boss after some disappointing times of late.
Fulham - That’s Life (Frank Sinatra)
“I've been up and down and over and out, and I know one thing. Each time I find myself layin' flat on my face. I just pick myself up and get back in the race.” Need we say any more? Every time Fulham get relegated, they seem to bounce back up, and here they are again. Credit to their spirit.
Leeds United - In Your Eyes (The Weeknd)
“You always try to hide the pain. You always know just what to say. I always look the other way. I'm blind, I'm blind. In your eyes. You lie, but I don't let it define you.” Leeds fans are making a valiant effort to get behind Jesse Marsch, but deep in their eyes, you can see they miss Marcelo Bielsa sorely, and they long for his return.
Leicester City - Those Were the Days (Mary Hopkin)
This song is about the lost days of youth, but in Leicester’s case, it’s about the lost days of success. Amid a disappointing start to the season and failure to qualify for Europe last season, it feels a long time since that Premier League title triumph. That could have Foxes fans singing: “Those were the days, my friend. We thought they'd never end. We'd sing and dance forever and a day. We'd live the life we choose. We'd fight and never lose.”
Liverpool - The Party’s Over - Hopelessly in Love (Journey)
This heartfelt classic tackles the topic of fighting for a love that has passed by. We don’t want to write Liverpool off completely, but it feels as though Jurgen Klopp needs to restart his project after a number of brilliant years of the Reds being back at the top.
Manchester City - Don’t Stop Me Now (Queen)
City are ‘having such a good time’ at the top of English football, and they have no interest in stopping any time soon, as signalled by the signing of Erling Haaland. We would pay good money to see Pep Guardiola tackle this classic on a karaoke night out.
Manchester United - There’s Light at the End of the Tunnel (Keith Whitley)
We’re going old school country for Manchester United. Just take note of the lyrics to find out why. Amid the arrival of Erik ten Hag, there’s fresh hope. The lyrics read: “There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. There’s a chance that it ain’t gonna rain. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. And for once it ain’t a fast moving train.”
Newcastle United - It’s Time (Imagine Dragons)
‘It’s time to begin, isn’t it?’ Newcastle are building something new and something big under their mega-rich new owners, and this song opens: “So, this is what you meant when you said that you were spent? And now it's time to build from the bottom of the pit. Right to the top, don't hold back. Packing my bags and giving the academy a rain-check.” The Toon Army have been through some mighty lows, and they are now climbing back towards the top.
Nottingham Forest - Without Me (Eminem)
‘Guess who’s back? Back again’. Nottingham Forest are back in the Premier League after 17 years, and however it goes, they will be determined to enjoy it. Eminem failed to include a lyric on the perils of signing 22 new footballers in one summer, but it’s probably there somewhere in the subtext.
Southampton - I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)
Southampton are always getting tangled up in relegation scraps going into the final third of the season, but they always seem to survive. This song suits them nicely.
Tottenham - Freak On a Leash (Korn)
Some of the lyrics for this one are a little X-rated, so we’ll let you check them out, but this one is about excitement building only to be let down. Antonio Conte is holding his side back with an unwillingness to attack, some have said - is it time to let Harry Kane and co. off the leash?
West Ham - Have a Little Faith in Me (John Hiatt)
West Ham have enjoyed successful over the last couple of years, and there seems to be an unbreakable trust with manager David Moyes. Moyes knows best at the London Stadium, and Hammers fans have plenty of faith in the experienced boss.
Wolves - We Don’t Talk About Bruno (Encanto)
Alright, we’re having fun with this last one. For Wolves, this is ‘We Don’t Talk About Nuno’. Wolves are on a dark path, and they will be regretting the day they allowed Nuno Espirito Santo to leave the club.