"Song 2" is a song by Blur, and the second single released from their eponymous fifth album, Blur in April 1997.
In the UK, "Song 2" built upon the success of Blur's prior #1 single "Beetlebum", reaching #2 in the charts. It was also the band's biggest hit in the USA, reaching #6 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks. Though it is decidedly atypical of Blur's trademark style, in America it is the song most closely associated with the band.
The song became quite popular upon its release in 1997 on college and modern rock radio stations in the USA. Due to its catchy chorus, it has been licensed worldwide on numerous occasions. Its first and most notable appearance came as the title music for the hit video game FIFA '98, contributing to its American success. It has been used in numerous advertisements, including commercials for the Pentium II, television spots for the film Starship Troopers, and is often heard in soccer and ice hockey stadiums when goals are scored. The song also gained recognition in Canada, as the theme for the Labatt Brewing Company. Famously, the American military requested to use the track at the launch of a new stealth bomber , but the band refused to allow this, as Albarn is an anti-war campaigner. Therefore people in the balkan region, where the B-2 was used during the Yugoslav wars, "greeted" the incoming Bombers with a "whoooohoooo".