World in Motion (4:26)

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“World in Motion” is a song by New Order. It is New Order’s first and only single to reach number one in the UK Top 40. The song was released under the name Englandneworder, and was produced for the England football team’s 1990 World Cup campaign. As a result it features several members of the 1990 English team, as well as comedian Keith Allen, who co-wrote the lyrics. Originally it was going to be called E for England but the FA, worried by the reference to the drug ecstasy, vetoed that title.

The backing track for the chorus of World in Motion bore similarities to the instrumental theme tune for the DEF II current-affairs show, Reportage. This had been written for the show by Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert, also of New Order (and who would later be known as The Other Two). The song was produced by Stephen Hague, who had also produced one of the group’s earlier hits, “True Faith”.

The single’s B-side, in reality an early version of the A-side, was cleverly titled “The B-Side”, extending the football theme of the release, and was produced by former Swans member Roli Mosimann. The single was released in May 1990 with the catalogue number FAC 293. It was New Order’s last release on Factory Records.

In 1996, a remixed version appeared on a various artists album called The Beautiful Game, released to tie in with Euro 96.

The single was re-released for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, this time with the track “Such a Good Thing” replacing “The B-Side”.


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  • JakeyWHFC


    22 Mar 12:34pm Reply
  • southstarmusic

    love it :)

    16 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Tahula

    This song makes me quite happy. I guess that is the intention why New Order composed this.

    10 Sep 2013 Reply
  • bluemondayuk


    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • UnfortunatelyGr

    If Carlsberg made football songs... [2]

    24 Feb 2013 Reply
  • thedrew24

    NEW ORDER FTW!!! ;}~

    13 Sep 2012 Reply

    LiamEBM: you must really like the instrumentals then.

    19 Jul 2012 Reply
  • pjbird

    I concur

    24 Jun 2012 Reply
  • dgmiller17

    Still the best ever football song, bar none.

    15 May 2012 Reply
  • ralicia

    The rap in this is classic! We used to be at school taking the mickey out of it with no mercy... we secretly enjoyed it!

    17 Apr 2012 Reply
  • lecornu1982

    If Carlsberg made football songs...

    28 Mar 2012 Reply
  • LiamEBM

    Would be okay without the rap/football stuffs, but whatevs

    21 Mar 2012 Reply
  • TommySniper182

    Best footy song in existence. Who can hate on the legendary John Barnes rap? Haha.

    22 Dec 2011 Reply
  • kikikirsche


    11 Sep 2011 Reply
  • isjoe10

    So good. Even with the awkward rap.

    10 Aug 2011 Reply
  • ItsaJawbreaker

    Damn, New Order can do no wrong.

    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • promisedeyes

    Stop tagging this as '80s' people *grrrrrrrr*

    8 May 2011 Reply
  • Neon_Spadezzz

    I love New Order. This song is great.

    16 Apr 2011 Reply
  • MrMetroid

    The only good England football song out there

    2 Apr 2011 Reply

    "You've got to hold and give But do it at the right time You can be slow or fast But you must get to the line They'll always hit you and hurt you Defend and attack Theres only one way to beat them Get round the back Catch me if you can Cos' I'm the England man And what you're looking at Is the master plan We ain't no hooligans This ain't a football song Three lions on my chest I know we can't go wrong" Yeeeeeeeeah, John Barnes. [2]

    10 Mar 2011 Reply
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