Why “Major Tom” is Poised to be the Anthem of Euro 2024

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The catchy tune of “Major Tom” by German popstar Peter Schilling is making a comeback as Germany gears up to host Euro 2024. The song, which topped the charts in the 1980s, has now become a favorite among German fans and is set to be the unofficial anthem of the tournament.

Originally released in 1983, “Major Tom” captured the essence of the German New Wave scene and gained international popularity. It had a resurgence in 2015 when it was featured in the TV series Deutschland 83 and later in popular shows like Breaking Bad. Now, the song has been included in Adidas’s kit launch video for Germany’s Euro 2024 jersey, further solidifying its status as a fan favorite.

The song has struck a chord with both older fans who remember its original release and younger audiences who find it relevant and fitting for the current times. Following its use in the kit launch video, a Change.Org petition was started to make “Major Tom” the official goal anthem for the German national team, which was eventually approved by the Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB).

The lively atmosphere at recent games, fueled by the enthusiastic rendition of “Major Tom,” has reignited hope and optimism among German fans, who are enjoying watching their team play once again. Despite UEFA’s restrictions on when songs can be played during matches, fans are still expected to sing along to “Major Tom” at fan zones throughout the tournament.

With its resurgence in popularity and widespread appeal, “Major Tom” is poised to be the standout song of Euro 2024, leaving a lasting impression on visitors and fans alike.

Peter Schilling, born Pierre Michael Schilling, is a German singer-songwriter known for his hit song “Major Tom” released in 1983. He began his music career in the 1970s and achieved international success with his debut single. Schilling continued to release music throughout the years and gained recognition for his contributions to the Neue Deutsche Welle scene. In addition to his musical career, Schilling has also ventured into acting and has appeared in various TV shows and films.