So Sweet Caroline, the anthem that has been ringing out across terraces for the past few years has been selected by listeners of BBC Radio 2’s Zoe Ball Show as the uplifting song for the Platinum Jubilee.
The song Sweet Caroline is a classic but is it right for the occasion? Should it remain at Wembley for England games or Fenway Park for Boston Red Sox games only?
Like many of you we love the uplifting soft rock classic from Neil Diamond. But we asked our Springchickens did they think it was appropriate?
We decided to put together 10 alternatives suggested by the ever-creative Springchickens that could be considered or at the very least should make your Platinum Jubilee Playlist for the celebrations. Let us know what you think and what others you would include in the comments section below.
The Springchicken Platinum Jubilee Jukebox
Whatever you decide to do on the June weekend to celebrate the Queen’s phenomenal achievement. We hope you enjoy your platinum party over the bank holiday weekend.
Hopefully our 10 handpicked songs will give you something to enjoy alongside Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond. If you haven’t been invited to a party at the palace with the Royal family make sure you add these classics to your street party play list and make the most of those big Jubilee lunches.
Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
This Nat King Cole classic arranged by Nelson Riddle is a beautifully timeless classic which seems fitting for a timeless Monarch.
A Life Lived with Grace Military Wives Choir
This rousing song is a modern day classic sure to live on at celebrations for years to come.
In A Golden Coach – Dickie Valentine
Unfortunately, this lovely song is often forgotten but was in the hit parade back in 1952 and managed to reach number 7. The very same year Dickie Valentine was voted Top UK Male Vocalist. Another wonderful song echoing back o simpler more innocent times.
Simply The Best - Tina Turner
A controversial choice but one that will get the crowds going in much the same way as Sweet Caroline.
Congratulations – Cliff Richard
A celebration is not a celebration without the King of Pop himself singing Celebrations. Cliff Richard has been in the hit parade for just about the same number of decades the Queen has been on the throne. This Eurovision entry from 1968 is always a favourite and will get everyone singing along that’s for sure!
Celebration – Kool and The Gang
This Kool and The Gang 80s floor filler is guaranteed to get the party started so be ready for ‘a good time’.
Knees Up Mother Brown - Elsie & Doris Walters
This East end favourite dates way back to the 1800s and is another one that will fill the dance floor. Young and old alike will love the fun and frolics involved when this one hits the turn table!
The Wonder of You – Elvis Presley
It seems only right that the King of Rock’n’Roll appears with this homage to his Queen.
We Are the Champions – Queen
We are The Champions has regularly appeared at sporting events for obvious reasons. In 2011 after much analysis acoustic scientists declared We Are The Champions to be the catchiest pop song ever! There is something unequivocally British about that seems fitting to the occasion.
Jerusalem – Last Night at The Proms
Blake’s unofficial English anthem is one to round the night off with. There won’t be a dry eye in the house as this masterpiece reaches it crescendo, a fitting and wonderful finish to any platinum jubilee pageant.
Whether you’re in the UK or not, we hope you take a moment to listen to some of these classic tunes and reflect on the lasting legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.