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Rank The Ireland Pre-Tournament Songs In Order From Best To Worst

Rank The Ireland Pre-Tournament Songs In Order From Best To Worst

As soon as qualification was assured against Bosnia, the finest minds in the Irish music and entertainment industries no doubt got straight to work on what promises to be the musical event of 2016 - Ireland's official Euro 2016 song.

Despite being sadly few in number, the 'Ireland pre-tournament song' represents a rich musical tradition. It has to be considered a genre all of its own.

The inaugural effort, 'We are the Boys in Green', premiered on the Late Late Show in advance of Euro '88. It was introduced by Gay Byrne and first performed before a crowd with an average age of 68.

The most famous attempt was Italia 90's 'Put Em' Under Pressure'. It is instantly recognisable thanks to its ethereal intro featuring the haunting, wistful voice of Moya Brennan. The song was produced by Larry Mullen and bears close resemblance to Horslips 'Dearg Doom'.

USA '94 is perhaps the least recalled pre-World Cup anthem 'Watch your house for Ireland'. A divisive little ditty, it nonetheless reached No. 1 in the Irish singles chart the week it was released.

2002 was simply a reworded version of A House's 1994 hit 'Here Come The Good Times'. The feel-good title was left intact, but the lyrics were changed. It was performed by Christy Dignam, Westlife's Nicky Byrne, a few members of the Irish squad and Dustin.

It's been a long time since the USA,

We've come this far, now we're going all the way.

With Keane to lead us, there is nothing to fear

This time 2002 is going to be our year

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The 2012 song, not favoured by this reviewer, was a reworking of the Rocky Road To Dublin, featuring Damien Dempsey, Bressie, Danny O'Reilly from the Coronas.

Naturally, vote up or down depending on whether you approve of the song or not.

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Conor Neville
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