England: The Album 2010 is a 22-track compilation of English football favorites from yesteryear that was released in anticipation of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. A similar compilation with many of the same tracks, England: The Album 2006, was released four years earlier and became a commercial blockbuster, thereby warranting the release of this follow-up. Like its predecessor, England: The Album 2010 is more or less reserved for football fans only, as the majority of its inclusions were written and recorded specifically with football in mind. Though few of the songs are official anthems, all have been championed by English football fans at one point or another. For instance, "Hurry Up England (The People's Anthem)" by Sham 69 & the Special Assembly and "Is This the Way to the World Cup" by Tony Christie were anthems of the 2006 FIFA World Cup; "Hey Baby" by DJ Otzi was an anthem of the 2002 FIFA World Cup; and "Vindaloo" by Fat Les, "Carnaval de Paris" by Dario G, and "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba were anthems of the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Also included on England: The Album 2010 are songs associated with the UEFA European Football Championship (aka Euro) such as the Farm's "All Together Now" from Euro 2004, Fat Les' "Jerusalem" from Euro 2000, and Collapsed Lung's "Eat My Goal" from Euro 1996. Other inclusions such as Queen's "We Are the Champions," Tina Turner's "The Best," and House of Pain's "Jump Around" are perennial favorites that were appropriated by football fans as anthems at one time or another.
AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier