English football fans have a penchant for witty chants with dark, self-deprecating humour playing as big a part as the goading, crudeness and passion prevalent in numerous terrace songs.
Throughout the Premier League's 20-year history, players have come and gone.
But a select few—be it from glorious on-pitch ability, off-field activities or sheer uselessness—live on through the fans' voices, echoing off stadium walls.
To make a chant truly great, it needs a delicate mix of humour, introspection and reason. Not to mention a catchy melody—more often than not ripped straight from the charts.
There are no sustained high notes scattered with vibrato here but rather pop melodies, welcoming even the most inebriated of vocalists.
Here are the top 10 chants from the 2011-12 season.
“Oh...Balotelli, he's a striker, he's good at darts. An allergy to grass but when he plays he's ******* class, he drives around Moss Side with a wallet full of cash.”
Italian striker Mario Balotelli attracts attention as effortlessly as he scores goals.
Manchester City fans invented a chant which incorporated his throwing darts at youth team players, allergic reaction to grass during a Europa League match and an alleged incident in which he was questioned by the police over why the 20-year-old had thousands of pounds in his car, only to answer, “Because I'm rich.”
“We want five! We want five!"
Progressing well under new manager Owen Coyle, Bolton Wanderers played a progressive passing game throughout the 2010-11 season and sat only 90 minutes away from the FA Cup final.
Bolton capitulated under the pressure, enabling Stoke City to produce their most expansive performance of the season, demolishing Bolton 5-0 underneath the Wembley arch.
Safe from relegation, but with the prospect of European football mathematically impossible, Bolton were forced to play out the remainder of the season with little to play for.
And it showed in performances and results.
The rut continued into the 2011-12 season, with the Trotters struggling for form and points.
Redemption came on 6 November, as Stoke visited the Reebok Stadium. It was the first time the teams had met since the Wembley mauling.
Taking a third minute lead, the travelling fans let loose a chorus of, “We want five”. It would follow after each goal, as the home team hit a goal-glut.
They put five past a beleaguered Asmir Begovic in the Stoke City goal. Delight for Bolton, amazement for the neutral and one chant steeped in months of frustration.
“Are you Fulham in disguise?”
A chant nearly a decade in the making.
Between 2002 and 2004, Fulham shared Queens Park Rangers' Loftus Road stadium while Craven Cottage was being redeveloped to comply with Premier League regulations.
This season marks the first return of QPR to the same division as their Premier League-cemented neighbours.
“We've come for our scarves, we've come for our scarves, we're Norwich City, we've come for our scarves.”
Protesting the Glazer ownership of Manchester United, fans took to wearing yellow and green scarves—colours of the original Newton Heath football strip.
The movement lost momentum under criticism that the true meaning of the protest was being lost under a fashionista sideshow.
But come match day at Old Trafford, a number of supporters still wear the aforementioned garments.
Premier League new boys Norwich City adorn yellow and green as the club's official colours. The Canaries let the champions know they are the true owners in the Premier League.
“The city is yours, the city is yours, whilst blues are in Europe, the city is yours.”
Because they share a rivalry with fellow midlanders Birmingham City, West Bromich Albion fans recently took the opportunity to gloat over Aston Villa that their fierce local rivals were enjoying a journey in the Europa League group stage.
“Nani are you okay, are you okay, are you okay Nani?”
A favourite past-time of English football fans is discovering look-a-likes for their on-pitch stars.
With Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink long since departing the Premier League, his “You're just a fat Eddie Murphy” chant has died out.
But the parodies continue.
Once fans realised Manchester United's Portuguese winger bared a similarity to the late Michael Jackson, a Smooth Criminal-inspired chant was born.
Opposition fans are not as kind as his home supporters, spouting the rather crude, “You're just a **** Michael Jackson.”
“Huth! There it is! Huth! There it is!"
Standing at 6'3”, the German centre back has become a firm favourite at the Britannia Stadium due to his no-nonsense style of defending and commitment to the cause.
Often central to Stoke's infamous long throw assaults, the Stoke City 2010-11 player of the year comes complete with one of the catchiest songs in the Barclays Premier League.
Genius in its simplicity.
“He's quick, he's game, we can't pronounce his name. Russian lad. Russian lad.”
Although Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is out of favour with David Moyes, with a recent interview citing a requirement of first team football to book a place at EURO 2012 with Russia, the Goodison faithful have a humorous chant for the skillful winger.
“His name is Luis Suarez and he wears the famous red, I just can’t get enough, I just can’t get enough. When he scores a volley or gets one with his head, I just can’t get enough, I just can’t get enough. He scores a goal and the Kop go wild and I just can’t seem to get enough.”
In a short space of time, Uruguayan hitman Luis Suarez has quickly became Liverpool's most important player and one of the shining stars of the Premier League.
Netting seven times and assisting six in 14 games in all competitions this term, the Kop has embraced the role of controversial striker, with the Depeche Mode-inspired song often heard ringing out from Anfield.
“Giggs will tear you apart again.”
Using the iconic chorus from Mancunian band Joy Division's most famous track, "Love Will Tear Us Apart," Manchester United fans can often be heard singing the praises of the veteran winger.
Following this summer's public revelations regarding the Welshman's sexual indiscretions, opposition fans wasted no time in inventing their own version—“Giggs will tear your family apart again.”