The FIFA soundtrack to our lives

Some songs from the last twenty years have had a chicken and the egg with their success and their appearance on a FIFA soundtrack. Did the chicken hatch before the egg or did it play in the menu right before you scored a pacey counter-attack goal with Gervinho 8 years ago?

Despite also being most likely focus-grouped and with the input of major labels that send the music to the creators, the series has had songs with much longer lasting staying power than others on other video games.

Some may think that the songs mainly cater to jock, lad culture, but fans of the series will know that great artists such as Radiohead and Foals (multiple times) have both featured in some of the games.

Artists such as Grouplove and Passion Pit have also appeared multiple times in the game’s music.

Although it may seem throwaway to some players of the games, something to pass the time in-between matches, if you look back at the best songs from the last twenty years of the FIFA series, it’s almost a soundtrack to growing up.

From The Caesars’s Jerk It Out in 2003 to Two Door Cinema Club’s I Can Talk in 2010 to Childish Gambino’s Feels Like Summer in 2018, it’s played throughout many football fans lives at times of stress, love and everything that happens as you age.

Much like hearing a children’s TV theme from when you were younger, songs from FIFA soundtracks bring you back to the place you were when you played the game it was on.

From your first kiss to moving away from home for the first time, if you play a lot of FIFA, you can probably associate that time with a song from the game.

It’s somewhat uncomfortable to give such a corporate entity such high praise, especially given the association that gives its name to the video game series. However, when kudos are due, they’re damn well due.

Although the soundtracks to the FIFA video game series have chronicled the epitome of landfill indie, they have also featured some of the best artists of their time.

They highlight just how much nostalgia plays a part in the human experience. Luckily for those that have this feeling, the songs are pretty good looking back on it now.

Peter O’Neill

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