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From Ed Sheeran and Pitbull to Ireland's Call and Vanilla Ice - what's Britain's most popular lullaby?

Published 09/04/2015

Ireland players line up for the anthems ahead of the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 21, 2015. AFP PHOTO / IAN MACNICOL (Photo credit should read Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images)
Ireland players line up for the anthems ahead of the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 21, 2015. AFP PHOTO / IAN MACNICOL (Photo credit should read Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images)

A survey of what tunes parents use to sing their babies to sleep has made a very interesting discovery.

The survey conducted by BT revealed that Dad's tend to sing soccer and rugby anthems to their children to help them snooze.

Amazingly, the top sporing lullaby across the Irish Sea is Ireland's Call followed by England rugby song Swing Low Sweet Chariot and Liverpool anthem You'll Never Walk Alone.

Ireland's Call was written in 1995 by Phil Coulter after the IRFU commissioned a song for use at International Rugby Matches.

The unifying tune which is used to represent the entire island divides opinion among rugby fans but appears to be a hit with sleepy kids.

The survey of 2,000 parents in February 2015 found that the most popular song for singing babies to sleep was Moon River from film Breakfast at Tiffany’s starring Audrey Hepburn.

 

Top 10 lullaby chart hits

 

1. Moon River, Audrey Hepburn

2. There Must be an Angel, Eurythmics

3. Ice Ice Baby, Vanilla Ice

4. My Way, Frank Sinatra

5. Islands in the Stream, Dolly Parton

6. Sing, Ed Sheeran

7. Sweet Child O’ Mine, Guns ‘N’ Roses

8. Timber, Pitbull Ft. Kesha

9. Groovy Kind of Love, Phil Collins

10. Stay With Me, Sam Smith

 

Top three sporting lullabies

 

1. Ireland’s Call - Ireland rugby

2. Swing Low Sweet Chariot - England rugby

3. You’ll Never Walk Alone - Liverpool

 

Top three lullabies parents sing to their babies

 

1. Humpty-Dumpty

2. Rock-a-bye Baby

3.  Three Blind Mice

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