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By Jaime Lowe

Punk. Crunk. Techno. EMO. Whatever gets you amped. SIOC asked more than 150 celebrities and college athletes to give us their favorite get-hyped tunes. The end result: SIOC's top 25 jock jams.

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1. GET LOW
LIL JON

The people's choice. Who cares that this polyphonic burst of crunk is more instructional for your moves in a club than on the field? "I done came to the club about 50 11 times/Now can I play with yo panty line?" Come to think of it, if Lou Holtz admonished you to "stop -- then wiggle wit ya" during a goal-line stand, you'd feel a step faster, a few inches taller, wouldn't you?

2. LOSE YOURSELF
EMINEM

The backbeat alone could get a corpse bouncing. With its rap-battle lyrics that sound as if they were written just for the Big Game, the track still burns up MP3 players and stadium loudspeakers.

3. LEAN BACK
TERROR SQUAD

This menacing dance song is another crunk fave. Fat Joe got Miami and Florida State football players so amped during their Sept. 10 game that they just started shaking it right there on the field.

4. EYE OF THE TIGER
SURVIVOR

We thought it was only for hockey fans and VH1 junkies, but we've unearthed more than a few college jocks who admit to refusing to "lose their grip on the dreams of the past" while rocking to this '80s classic. Required listening for the underdog.

5. WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
GUNS N' ROSES

The intro to this late-'80s anthem will get even the tamest squash player fixing to open a drum of whupass on opponents.

6. WELCOME TO THE TERRORDOME
PUBLIC ENEMY

The chorus refrain alone -- sans samples, backbeat, bells and whistles, just Chuck D daring you to accept his villainous invitation -- is enough to get the blood pumping. The rest of the orchestration is just magnificent, tasty icing.

7. IN DA CLUB
50 CENT

Earlier this month former heavyweight boxing champ Lennox Lewis told us, "When I hear [In Da Club], it increases the pain. I start hitting harder." 50's staccato style and rolling rhythms are the rope-a-dope of gangsta rap. You wouldn't think lyrics about birthdays and hugs could be so menacing. Well, you'd be wrong. In Da Club is nothing less than a full-blown shortie riot.

8. SABOTAGE
BEASTIE BOYS

They put rap-metal hybrids on the map and invented the use of giant unmarked police cars in their Spike Jonze-directed video. Most important, they brought the heavy bass line back to the front, which makes a good guttural link to the ultimate conclusion: "Listen, all of y'all, it's a sabotage." Also good for scream therapy -- or conditioning the lungs for, say, Texas A&M yell practice.

9. JESUS WALKS
KANYE WEST

It's like finding yourself in a Pentecostal church, with the track's snare-drum thumping and tent-revival fervor that could rouse even a Vanderbilt fan. And doesn't every jock need a little religion in those silent, lonely moments before being brought to judgment before 80,000 -- or even 200 -- fans?

10. HELL'S BELLS
AC/DC

The chiming of those ominous church bells might be the most intimidating sound in all of sports, enough to buckle the knees of the stoutest visiting player or fan. And if someone tries to convince you that You Shook Me All Night Long is the better adrenaline track, ignore 'em. Nothing intimidates like frontman Brian Johnson's screeching about El Diablo.

11. RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW
FATBOY SLIM

Yes, it may be used to sell Oldsmobiles now, but this track still makes the earth pulsate. It's an infectious monster of electronica layers and soul grooves.

12. IGNITION [REMIX]
R. KELLY

How good is RK? Last spring hisR & B genius moved 61-year-old UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun to tell a pack of reporters, "In I Believe I Can Fly, Kelly says, 'If you can see it, you can be it.' Well, that's a great deal of what I can do. I don't necessarily see us on a podium or anything magical or mystical like that. But what I do see, I believe you can only [accomplish] if you truly believe in what you're doing."

13. DRAGULA
ROB ZOMBIE

Take a little bit of Nick Saban. Add a little bit of Bob Stoops. Shake and stir. Serve cold. 'Tis the recipe for Dragula, a snarling, wake-the-dead (literally) headbanger that could easily serve as a gridiron trenches anthem. "Dig into the skin/Knuckle crack the bone/Twenty-one to win." You couldn't have said it better, Mr. Zombie.

14. ALL EYEZ ON ME
TUPAC

We won't comment on whether Tupac roams the earth. (He was last "spotted" in the East Village a few weeks ago.) All we're saying is, he gets the crowd up -- and if it's from the grave, we think that's pretty impressive.

15. KILLING IN THE NAME
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE

Zack de la Rocha screams bloody political rants while Tom Morello shreds his guitar. Killing in the name of ...? Fill in the blank with your school.

16. PARTY HARD
ANDREW W.K.

Does anyone question how hard W.K. wants to party? Does anyone question how hard Ann Arbor-bred Dub-K wants you to party? "So let's get a party going, let's get a party going/Now it's time to party and we'll party hard, party hard." He's willing to break his nose and get his all-white outfits dirty just for you. Returning the favor is the least you can do.

17. PUSH IT
SALT 'N' PEPA

In an almost Beverly Hills Cop synth explosion, the ladies cook up something good for "working up a sweat" with laser rhumba, some cowbell clanging and what sounds like pots and pans. Who can ignore the gelatinous "oooh, baby, baby" background vocals that resonate in this old-school jam? "This dance ain't for everybody/Only the sexy people/So all you fly mothers, get out there and dance."

18. WE'RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT
TWISTED SISTER

Just looking at Dee Snider is an adrenaline rush. The man spits out the song's anarchist chorus with so much glee. "We're not gonna take it/No, we ain't gonna take it/We're not gonna take it anymore."

19. SIRIUS
ALAN PARSONS PROJECT

The anthem worked for the Nebraska football team through three national championship seasons, and that's good enough for us. Dust off the haunting '80s synth tones and the built-in clap-along crowd. This lyricless, almost creepy song says one thing: "I'm in the zone."

20. 99 PROBLEMS
JAY-Z

More rock than rap, this song punctuates Jay-Z's feminist roots -- or at least his not-having-a-problem-with-bitches roots. He's so down with his Gloria Steinem self, this track could be the new anthem for the North Carolina women's soccer team.

21. ROCK & ROLL, PART 2
GARY GLITTER

The only word in this '72 song is "Hey." Over the years, college fans have added a few more not-so-nice words, which recently prompted both Maryland and Syracuse to ban the song from home games. No adrenaline track has ever brought equal pleasure to 18- and 80-year-old fans.

22. BABA O'RILEY
THE WHO

Another representative from the '70s, this track is like an overcaffeinated scat singer or a keyboard's malfunctioning and producing too many notes. Then simple piano chords work into a crescendo of instrumental riots. May be the only track that includes an amped fiddle.

23. ENTER SANDMAN
METALLICA

There's a reason big league closers (the Yankees' Mariano Rivera, the Phillies' Billy Wagner) and corn-fed Big Ten linemen alike use this guitar-heavy masterpiece as hype music: It's pure energy, constantly building, repeatedly exploding. Don't be fooled by the sleepy opening guitar; this antilullaby serves as a fine opening track to an entire album of adrenaline-builders.

24. FIRESTARTER
PRODIGY

Who'da thunk techno -- that girly stepchild of rap and punk -- would ever hold a place in the sports world? This tune knocked down locker room doors with punishing, bouncy bass; soon rave-goers and running backs were mimicking the Brit accent: "I'm a fiya-stahta, twisted fiya-stahta...."

25. IT TAKES TWO
ROB BASE AND DJ E-Z ROCK

This tune is on the verge of sounding a little too C+C Music Factory but saves itself with some cat-calling and random screaming. And, honestly, isn't it enough that pro angler Ish Monroe chose the song as his anthem last year at the first-day weigh-ins of the Super Bowl of bass fishing?


Issue date: September 30, 2004

SI On Campus: September 30, 2004 issue 
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Cover Story: The greatest playlist of all time
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Top 10: Campus Indie Music Stores
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