Sweet Caroline is a football chant that has been sung by fans of the Boston Red Sox since April 2019.
The Boston Red Sox baseball team’s recent World Series victory against the New York Yankees in June 2021 has led to a revival of one of their most famous chants. The team’s victory over the Yankees was their first World Series win since they defeated the St Louis Cardinals in 2013, meaning that they had lost three times in four years. It was also the first time that they had beaten the Yankees in a World Series since 1918, and they celebrated accordingly. The chant “Sweet Caroline” became popular at Fenway Park during this time, as it was played during every game at home games. However, following a moment of silence for former president Bill Clinton on May 2nd, 2019 (a day after his death), it began to be sung before every game.
After their historic victory against the Yankees in 2021, Sweet Caroline became even more popular than ever before. A petition on Change.org to make Sweet Caroline the official anthem of Boston went viral and attracted over 1 million signatures from all over America and Canada. The song also inspired other sports teams to adopt it as their own anthem – including basketball teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors – although none have achieved quite as much success with it as Boston.