It’s fair to say England has an impressive history when it comes to pop music and its myriad styles. Indeed, from the British Invasion to Britpop and beyond, English artists have often led the field – and some of the most singular have relished the chance to write songs about their native land and English society’s many wonderful quirks and eccentricities. Whether you’re celebrating St George’s Day on 23 April, or just looking for some of the finest observations on Old Blighty, the best songs about England celebrate the redoubtable spirit of Albion.
Best Songs About England: 10 Spirited Tributes To Old Blighty
10: The Clash: This Is England (from ‘Cut The Crap’, 1985)
Vilified – and sometimes even ridiculed by the critics – The Clash’s final album, 1985’s Cut The Crap, is largely best forgotten. It did, however, bequeath one absolute gem courtesy of This Is England. Written late in 1983, around the time Margaret Thatcher returned to power for a second time, this bleak and remorseless hymnal addressed the sorry state of the nation, reflecting upon everything from inner-city violence to racism, nationalism, police corruption and even the UK’s dying motorcycle industry (“I got my motorcycle jacket/But I’m walking all the time”). Capable of touching a nerve both then and now, the stirring This Is England was Joe Strummer’s last truly great Clash song.