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7/10/2006 04:10:00 PM

10 Greatest Sports Songs

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Bruce Springsteen's Glory Days ranks No. 8 in our list of 10 Greatest Sports Songs.
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Everyone's a critic, including us, so we've taken a crack at picking the 10 greatest sports songs of all time, judging them entirely on their merits as music. Some were written specifically about sports, others have acquired their power by association, but all make for good listening even when you're not at a game -- which is why we've nixed Take Me Out to the Ballgame.

Arguably the greatest sports song by dint of its longevity, familiarity and popularity, "Take Me Out..." has been croaked by Harry Caray, butchered by Ozzy and warbled by crowds everywhere since Jack Norworth took 15 minutes to scribble the words in 1908 and Albert Von Tilzer tacked on a melody. But do you really want to hear it when you're not standing with a head full of warm, flat ballpark suds in the middle of the seventh inning? Didn't think so.

So here's our Top 10 countdown. Feel free to agree, argue or add your own.

10. My Old Kentucky Home, Stephen Foster (1853)
If you don't get dewy-eyed during the post parade for the Run for the Roses on the first Saturday in May, either the ponies have yet to Hoover your wallet or your heart is missing. For those who've blown the rent money by the fourth race, there's Randy Newman's curdled version (Brother Gene is big and mean and he don't have much to say).

9. Joltin' Joe DiMaggio, Alan Courtney and Ben Homer (1941)
The hit version by Betty Bonney, backed by the Les Brown Orchestra, swings as sweetly as the Yankee Clipper did during the 56-game hitting streak that inspired the song.

8. Glory Days, Bruce Springsteen (1984)
This rockin' ode to better days gone by is still as infectious as athlete's foot.

7. Centerfield, John Fogerty (1985)
A No. 1 hit that's as crisp and sunny as a day on the diamond. This song benched Terry Cashman's Talkin' Baseball as THE modern standard. You can smell the cut grass and pine tar whenever you hear it.

6. Bugler's Dream, Leo Arnaud (1958)
Better-known as Olympic Fanfare, the horn-and-tympani intro to The Charge Suite is all stirring pomp and circumstance. Updated and embellished by Star Wars composer John Williams for the 1984 Summer Games, it truly conjures the magnitude of the occasion and rivals Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man for sheer infectious grandiosity.

5. Winners, Joe Raposo (1973)
Recorded by Frank Sinatra for his Old Blue Eyes Is Back album, this is the epitome of class -- Ali in Madison Square Garden, Lombardi at Lambeau. Here's to the winners, lift up the glasses/Here's to the glory still to be. Brilliant!

4. Gonna Fly Now, Bill Conti (1976)
Of the renowned cinematic tunes, Chariots of Fire by Vangelis is a little too sleepy and now a cliché. The theme from Rocky is more accessible than the Olympic anthem, which it summons, and twice as rousing. It makes you want to drink raw eggs and run five miles while tossing jabs.

3. Sweet Georgia Brown, Freeman "Brother Bones" Davis (1925)
Hip-hop may be the official soundtrack of hoops, but no one song says "basketball" like this jaunty, finger-snapping, free-flowing masterpiece that has been the Harlem Globetrotters' theme since 1952.

2. O Canada, (Calixa Lavallee and Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier, 1880; English lyrics by Justice Robert Stanley Weir, 1908)
Yeah, it's a national anthem, but most national anthems sound like dirges and this one is lump-in-the-throat gorgeous. It summons images of gleaming ice and players on skates, heads bowed under Stanley Cup banners -- even when it's played in baseball stadiums. Lest we be accused of treason, we hereby bestow honorable mention to Ray Charles' version of America the Beautiful.

1. We Are the Champions, Freddie Mercury (1977)
Queen's bombast brilliantly captures the been-through-it-all experience of the champion and always sounds good on the radio. It's the one you reach for first after your team wins it all. The piece that precedes it (We Will Rock You) is still beating crowds to death.

OK, your turn.
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350 Comments:

Posted: 12:06 PM   by PPP
You'll Never Walk Alone - Liverpool's Anthem. Much like 'O Canada' (Great choice by the way) it conjures up images of championships and great fans.
Posted: 12:26 PM   by Jonny M
Hava Nagila ~ Ice Hockey.
Posted: 12:30 PM   by Anonymous
don't tread on me - metallica
du hast - rammstein
the theme some from rudy - rudy
Posted: 12:31 PM   by Anonymous
The Who's "Baba O'Reilly" is a Yankee Stadium standard, especially during the recent title runs...

Paul O'Neill always had it played during pivotal at bats.

Good times.
Posted: 12:37 PM   by Anonymous
"The Boxer" by Simon and Garfunkel
Posted: 1:12 PM   by runzmark@yahoo.com
"No Mercy" by Nils Lofgren captures another side of boxing as brilliantly as "The Boxer". Acoustic version not as got as the "plugged in".
Posted: 1:16 PM   by Anonymous
"Backfield in Motion" (1969) by Mel & Tim

classic piece of pop wordplay
Posted: 1:24 PM   by Anonymous
"Rebirtha" - Widespread Panic:

- She said, "I know a town where real life's a game
Baseball's all that's real
At night all the faces light up
As the players take the field"
- "Gonna take you to a town
Where real life's a game
Baseball is really real
At night all the spirits lighten up
As the heroes take the hill"
Posted: 1:27 PM   by Eric
Not that I'm a Vil fan, but what about Conway Twitty's Rocky Top?
Posted: 1:33 PM   by Anonymous
"I want to drive the Zamboni" is the best, and probably only, hockey song.
Posted: 1:34 PM   by Anonymous
Big Leage - Tom Cochran
Posted: 1:51 PM   by Joe
THe Hockey Song by Stompin TOm Connors is a must.
Posted: 2:05 PM   by Anonymous
I'm not even a Cubs fan, but...

"A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request" by Steve Goodman is the greatest sports song I've ever heard.
Posted: 2:33 PM   by Anonymous
Eye of the Tiger-Foreigner, how can this be left off
Posted: 2:34 PM   by Anonymous
I know it's from a cartoon but how about "I believe I Can Fly"
Posted: 2:34 PM   by Anonymous
ditto Goodman's Dying Cub Fan's....
Posted: 2:36 PM   by Anonymous
Stompin Tom's - The Hockey Song
Tom Cochranes - Big League

and how about the Dropkick Murphies, Tessie, which was played live at Fenway before the Yankees/ Red Sox classic with the Varitek and A-Rod brawl.
Posted: 2:45 PM   by Anonymous
Want to comment more so on the "players who dabble in music" photo gallery.

Obviously missing- Shaq's mediocre rap career.

Shamefully missing- Waymon Tisdale, the Grammy nominated jazz bassist and former NBA star.

Peace
Posted: 2:47 PM   by Anonymous
Piazza, New York Catcher - Belle and Sebastian
Sample lyric - " Is he straight or is he gay?"
Posted: 2:53 PM   by Anonymous
Eye of the Tiger by Survivor, that song from Rocky, when ever i hear it, just makes you want to suck it up and finish hard.
Posted: 2:58 PM   by Anonymous
One Shining Moment
Posted: 3:01 PM   by Anonymous
I have to agree that Steve Goodman's Dying Cub Fans Last Request leaves all the other songs on your list in the dust. Particularly when you know that Steve was a huge Cub fan and he wrote it while dying of cancer.
Posted: 3:09 PM   by Anonymous
Foreigner didn't sing 'Eye of the Tiger'. Survivor did!
Posted: 3:15 PM   by Anonymous
How bout Dirty water by teh Standels and Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond? Bothe are Fenway classics and nothing gets more pumped up then when Pappelbon gets that last out and u hear that sweet guitar rift of Dirty Water start to play.
Posted: 3:40 PM   by Anonymous
"Cheap Seats" by Alabama about a minor league ball team.

"We don't care about the pennant none,
we just like to see the boys hit it deep."
Posted: 3:42 PM   by Anonymous
"Bullet Fever" by Nils Lofgren
Posted: 4:13 PM   by Anonymous
You missed Zevon
"boom boom mancini"
and
"Hit somebody 'the hockey song'"
Posted: 4:21 PM   by Anonymous
sporting life - the decemberists
Posted: 4:29 PM   by mbroo1
What about "Hail To the Redskins" I know it's only designated for one team, but it's still a great song!! I'm a Skins fan so I had to put that up there, lol.
Posted: 4:48 PM   by Anonymous
It's amazing that no one has mentioned Rock and Roll Part 2 by Gary Glitter. It's the original stadium anthem.
Posted: 5:31 PM   by Anonymous
Heinz Field goes wild when "Renegade" by the Styx comes on.
Posted: 5:35 PM   by Anonymous
HOW ABOUT "ONE SHINING MOMENT" AT THE END OF NCAA FINAL FOUR? HOW ABOUT "HAIL TO THE VICTORS"?
Posted: 6:25 PM   by John
Tom Russell has a cool song about Mickey Mantle.

The Chili Peppers had one about Magic Johnson, perhaps not one of their all-time classics.

And what about "The Super Bowl Shuffle"? That was great.

I don't know who does it, but there's a good alt-country song about a boxer called "Tiger Tom Dixon," and there's the Dylan classic "Hurricane."
Posted: 6:58 PM   by Anonymous
"Right Now" by Van Halen
Posted: 7:01 PM   by Anonymous
"Let's Go! Batter Up! We're taking the afternoon off! It's a beautiful day for a ballgame, for a ballgame today..."
Posted: 7:04 PM   by Anonymous
What about "Dream On" by Aerosmith
Posted: 7:48 PM   by Anonymous
"Helmethead" ~ Great Big Sea

ditto "The Victors"
Posted: 7:57 PM   by Anonymous
I vote for "Winning it All" by The Outfield
Posted: 8:10 PM   by Anonymous
Scrum by slayer
Posted: 8:13 PM   by Anonymous
As for You'll Never Walk Alone, it's far better when sung by Celtic fans.
Posted: 8:34 PM   by Anonymous
I love it when they play "Hell's Bells" at Petco as Trevor Hoffman warms up.
Posted: 8:49 PM   by Anonymous
Welcome to the Jungle
Posted: 8:52 PM   by Anonymous
Put Me in Coach
Right Field-Paul Simon (for everybody who ever dreamed of playing baseball, but was never particularly gifted at the sport and was consigned to right field, that most boring of positions when one is playing against 8 year olds (and one is also 8))
Posted: 9:05 PM   by Thierry Nihill
As a French Canadian (who is more "Canadian" than "French"), I don't believe there was a finer moment in our nation's sporting history than the night the fans in Edmonton took over from Marcel Lorieau (sp?) and sang "O Canada" at the top of their lungs in front of an international television audience ... unless, of course, you include the night during the Stanley Cup Finals when they showed their camaraderie with our beloved American cousins and sang "The Star Spangled Banner" just as proud and just as loud. I've never been prouder to be "Canadian" than that night ... That being said, who can forget Kate Smith and "God Bless America" during Philadelphia Flyers games? She was even "performing beyond the grave" by videotape for the Flyers to inspire them ... Truly majestic ...
Posted: 9:27 PM   by Anonymous
Enter Sandman -M. Rivera
Posted: 10:04 PM   by Anonymous
wow, no one has said anything about "we will rock you" by Queen yet, I can't believe it.
Posted: 10:32 PM   by Anonymous
National Anthem: None better than "Advance Australia Fair"

Song about sports: John Fogerty's "Centerfield"

Can't forget the New Zealand "All Blacks" Rubgy team pregame "Haka" ritual........
Posted: 11:06 PM   by Anonymous
"We Can't be Beaten" by Rose Tattoo (Australian band)

Can't be defeated
Don't know the word
Shoulder to shoulder
We'll face the world
Posted: 11:07 PM   by Anonymous
"Back Home Again In Indiana" by Jim Nabors before the Indy 500 gives me goosebumps
Posted: 12:13 AM   by Anonymous
"Lets Go Go Go Go White Sox" or "Bear Down Chicago Bears"

So I'm a homer.
Posted: 12:24 AM   by Ken
I can't believe no one's mentioned Van Halen's "Right Now" yet. Hasn't that been played in just about every stadium/arena at least once?
Posted: 12:52 AM   by Anonymous
"Time to Go", a song written by Boston's Dropkick Murphys about their beloved Bruins.
Posted: 1:21 AM   by Anonymous
Not sure Springsteen's Glory Days is legit -- how many pitchers throw a "speedball" anyway? It's a high school prom song, nothing more nothing less. Replace it with Tom Cochrane's Big League.
Posted: 4:15 AM   by Anonymous
"Fireworks" by The Tragically Hip

Not all about sports and certainly not in the same league as "O'Canada" or "Glory Days" but the first verse is perhaps the best synopsis of that point in time as a teenager when you realize that 1) girls don't care about sports and 2) they are still interesting.

- If there's a goal that everyone remembers, it was back in ol' 72
-We all squeezed the stick and we all pull the trigger and all I remember is sitting beside you
- You said you didn' give a f@ck about hockey and I never saw someone say that before
- You held my hand and we walked home the long way, you were loosenin' my grip on Bobby Orr.
Posted: 6:33 AM   by Anonymous
Queen's "Bicycle Race?"
Posted: 8:27 AM   by Anonymous
Eye of the Tiger is by Survivor!
Posted: 9:14 AM   by Anonymous
The theme song from "Chariots of Fire" just makes you think about running and dramatic athletic achievement.
Posted: 9:23 AM   by Anonymous
"Song 2" by Blur
Posted: 9:35 AM   by Anonymous
Rock and Roll Pt.II has been swept under the rug by most folks because it turns out Gary Glitter is a pedophile.
I agree with the Canadian anthem and to find out why go to YouTube and search for O Canada Edmonton - awesome.
And the Star Spangled Banner should be on the list particularly if the Marvin Gaye verson before the 83 NBA All-Star game is the version. Search that on YouTube as well - gold!
Posted: 9:46 AM   by Anonymous
I think three obvious ones were missed.

Crazy Train by Ozzy

Machine Head by Bush

Hero by Foo Fighters
Posted: 9:52 AM   by Mike Pintzuk
An unheralded and mostly unknown song that will tear you up (particularly if you love baseball) was sung by Frank Sinatra and is called "There Used to be a Ballpark Right Here". Just great.

Mike P
Posted: 10:05 AM   by Anonymous
Even if he is pretty scummy - Gary Glitter's Rock & Roll Pt. 2.

And if you were a Cleveland Indian's fan in the 80s - Bad Moon Rising.
Posted: 12:05 PM   by Anonymous
Queen should get another one with "Another one bites the dust" Dominant winner's tune.
Posted: 12:06 PM   by Kevin Ogilvie
Gary Glitter - Rock and Roll Part 2. How could you not list this anthem? The greatest ever. Period.
Posted: 12:08 PM   by Anonymous
Steve Goodman's - Dying Cub Fan's Last Request is the best as others said.
Posted: 12:09 PM   by Anonymous
Centerfield is #1

We Will Rock You is #2
You can hear the high schoolers filing out of the locker room when you listen to it
Posted: 12:09 PM   by Anonymous
You're The Best Around, by Joe Esposito. It's the song at the end of the Karate Kid when Daniel is mowing through the tournament. If you can hear that song and not want to karate chop something, then you probably suck
Posted: 12:09 PM   by Anonymous
Rick Hansen's Man in Motion tour - St. Elmo's Fire. How about "Final Coutdown" by Europe. And cudos to those who mentioned:
- Cheap Seats - Alabama
- Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
- Big League - Tom Cochrane
- Centerfield - John Fogerty

And what about that famous 7th inning stretch number "The Ole Ball Game".
Posted: 12:10 PM   by Anonymous
"Heave Away" -- It's the Song they play at the Air Canada Centre when the Leafs win.
Posted: 12:11 PM   by Anonymous
Can't forget "Hit Somebody", the Hockey song by Warren Zevon and featuring David Letterman.
Posted: 12:12 PM   by Anonymous
Jet Set by Mike Vickers (Intro to This Week in Baseball 1970's)

Gathering Crowds by John Scott (Concludes This Week in Baseball 1970's)

Theme to Monday Night Football by Johnny Pearson

World Champions by Keith Mansfield (ABC Wide World of Sports 1970's)

Fan Fare for the Comman Man by Aaron Copland later re done by Woody Herman and many others.
Posted: 12:12 PM   by Jay
"Hit Somebody" by Warren Zevon, with words by Warren Zevon and Mitch Albom.

Greatest hockey song of all time.
Posted: 12:13 PM   by Anonymous
All Star by Smashmouth...didn't they sing that live at one of the MLB All Star games? Heard it a few times at the ball park.
Posted: 12:13 PM   by Anonymous
"Thank God I'm a Country Boy"
Baltimore Orioles 7th inning stretch song.
Posted: 12:13 PM   by Anonymous
Anvil - Blood on the Ice - the DJ that came on after games at the station I used to work at always played that song first.
Posted: 12:14 PM   by Anonymous
How about Rock n Roll Part 2?
Da da da da da da da daaaa da HEY da da
Posted: 12:15 PM   by Anonymous
"Kick start my heart" by Motley Crue is one to get the blood pumping.
Posted: 12:15 PM   by Anonymous
Ben Folds Five - Boxing

An interpretation of Ali talking to Cossell as they are both old and retired.
Posted: 12:16 PM   by Anonymous
Lazy Mary- 7th inning stretch after take me out to the ballgame
Posted: 12:17 PM   by Anonymous
Me and My Girlfriend - Tupac Shakur... great sports song of all time... lol
Posted: 12:18 PM   by Anonymous
COME ON! Europe's "Final Countdown" is both rocking as a stadium anthem and as music for kick ass magic of Gob Bluth
Posted: 12:18 PM   by Anonymous
"I play right field, it's important you know
You gotta know how to catch
You gotta know how to throw
That's why I'm playin' right field
Way out where the dandelions grow"
Posted: 12:19 PM   by Anonymous
Tubthumping (I get knocked down, but I get up again...) by Chumbawamba.
Posted: 12:20 PM   by Anonymous
How can "Tessie" not be included? The greatest victory in sports history, the Red Sox defeat of the Evil Empire, and then the Cardinals, in '04, was all due to one song!
Posted: 12:21 PM   by Anonymous
WHat about the song that plays at the end of each and every Super Bowl.... TINA TURNER'S "SIMPLY THE BEST"!!!
Posted: 12:21 PM   by Anonymous
"All Kinds Of Time" by Fountains of Wayne. About a QB being in the zone.
Posted: 12:21 PM   by Anonymous
Your forgot...

Eye of the tiger

One Shinging Moment from the NCAA

and one I think of

AC / DC Thunderstruck
Posted: 12:21 PM   by Anonymous
What about the theme to Chariots of Fire.
Posted: 12:21 PM   by Anonymous
The best hockey song of all time has to be "Hit Somebody (The Hockey Song)" by Warren Zevon, from his 2002 album "My Ride's Here." David Letterman sing's the chorus on this awesome, telling tune. fp
Posted: 12:21 PM   by Anonymous
Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na,
Hey, Hey Hey good bye!!
Posted: 12:22 PM   by Anonymous
"What Would Brian Boitano Do?"

And for all those who post about "Rock and Roll, Part 2," "Right Now," "Song #2," etc., the list is of songs ABOUT sports, not songs that you like to hear at a stadium or arena. Duh!
Posted: 12:22 PM   by Kurt
Isn't "Glory Days," though, about how empty those "better days" really were, and how glorifying them makes you less happy in the present? Kind of a downer of a sports song, really.
Posted: 12:23 PM   by Anonymous
The Fields of Athenry

Go On Munster!!!!!!
Posted: 12:23 PM   by GetReal
Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Hey, Hey, Hey,good bye!
Posted: 12:24 PM   by Fra
You'll Never Walk Alone

In the WORLD of sports, this needs to be included.
Posted: 12:24 PM   by Anonymous
Might not meet your "not at the game" criteria, but I happen to like "Talkin' Baseball" by Terry Cashman. How can you not get at least somewhat sentimental when you hear "Willie, Mickey, and the Duke"?
Posted: 12:24 PM   by Anonymous
Thunderstruck- AC/DC
Walk of Life- Dire Straits
Posted: 12:24 PM   by Anonymous
Michigan's Fight Song
Posted: 12:28 PM   by Anonymous
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When I was in college (DIII) we played a tournament hosted by Chowan College in North Carolina. Every time they hit a home run (quite a few that weekend), they played the Gap Band's "You Dropped a Bomb on Me". We got pretty sick of it, but if I were them, I would have loved it.

Also, Baltimore fans have to love John Denver's "Thank God I'm a Country Boy"
Posted: 12:28 PM   by Benny Ayala
I will second You'll Never Walk Alone. I will also throw in Thank God I'm a Country Boy - the Baltimore Orioles' unofficial theme song during their glory years.
How can you exclude Roundball Rock by John Tesh? It defined NBA basketball for 12 years and was the perfect climax for the overly-dramatic Playoff introductions of the early '90s.
Posted: 12:30 PM   by Thinker
How about Right Field by Peter Paul and Mary. Its an ode to the poor guys stuck in right.

Right field its important to know
you can be ackward, you can be slow,
thats why I'm in right field watching the dandilions grow.
Posted: 12:30 PM   by Mike R.
THE "HEY SONG: - ROck and Roll BY GARY GLITTER - YOU MISSED ONE MAJOR SONG/THEME - Probably played at more stadiums, teams and games in the United States!!! "Rock and Roll" is a perennial popular stadium anthem at sports events. Mostly an instrumental piece, it is particularly played when home teams scores (or win). For example, in hockey games, like the LA Kings, Tampa Bay Lightning, Kansas City Chiefs and numerous movies.etc. etc.
Posted: 12:30 PM   by malcolm
Eye of the Tiger ... It's impossible to play poorly while you're listening to that song.
Posted: 12:30 PM   by Anonymous
Start me up by the Stones used to kickoff the NFL games for along time.
Posted: 12:35 PM   by Anonymous
the late Warren Zevon's song "Hit Somebody" is quite a funnys song about an hockey enforcer.
Posted: 12:35 PM   by Anonymous
"Eye of the Tiger" Are you kidding me? This is the all-time greatest pump up song and is synomous with boxing and the underdog Rocky. Should be top 5.
Posted: 12:35 PM   by Anonymous
How can you not even mention "Back Home Again in Indiana" played before the Indianapolis 500??? I'll concede the KY Derby has been around longer, but at least give Back Home Again its due!

One Shining Moment is the one that really surprised me by not being on your list.
Posted: 12:36 PM   by Anonymous
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Posted: 12:36 PM   by mkon74
Guns N' Roses - "Welcome to the Jungle." That and the quote from the movie "Rudy" where coach Dan Divine says "...Nobody, I mean NOBODY, comes into our house and pushes us around" epitomize the passion that fans and players feel about defending their home turf.
Posted: 12:38 PM   by Anonymous
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Posted: 12:44 PM   by Anonymous
It has to be---- You'll never walk alone... Pink floyd also used this at the end of on of there songs.... I was walking the streets of Amsterdam at 3:00 in the morning. and heard about 50 English guys were echoing it through the ally ways... It was one of the coolest moments ever... Really a heart felt song......Liverpools anthem... "Never walk alone".. is #1
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Posted: 12:48 PM   by Anonymous
Ummm.. isn't "take me out to the ball game" played during every baseball games 7th inning stretch?
Recently, it's been loved to play Wild Thing (Joan Jett style) thanks totally due to Major League and Charlie Sheen.

I agree with Margaret Whitton when she quoted "I hate this F******* song!"
Posted: 12:50 PM   by Jon Jepko
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Posted: 12:55 PM   by Anonymous
WHOA WHOA, Is THUNDERSTRUCK by AC/DC not the best song to enter the field, court, ice EVER!! Starts slow, and ends with BANG!
Posted: 12:56 PM   by Anonymous
Enter Sandman, not just for baseball closers, but it's become quite popular to start college football games ...

/Baba O'Reily & "recent" Yankee title runs?!? They haven't won since 2000, since that they've lost to *two* expansion franchises that aren't as old as Steinbrenner's socks, and O'Neill is up for Cooperstown next year. Better re-examine "recent" ... if you ask most folks about that song these days, they'll say: CSI!
Posted: 12:56 PM   by Anonymous
FINAL COUNTDOWN - Also the greatest song ever for a magician to open his act too.
Posted: 12:56 PM   by Anonymous
Eagles Fight Song
FLY EAGLES FLY

E A G L E S
Posted: 12:57 PM   by Anonymous
Come on !!! Have you attended a West Virginia University Home Football Game and heard the fans sing John Denver's " Take me home country road." It is truly fantastic.
Posted: 12:58 PM   by myles
a lot of shows now play fort minor's remember the name... the chorus is pretty good. a nice beat too...

This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name!
Posted: 12:58 PM   by Anonymous
How about Philadelphia Freedom written by Elton John for his pal, player-coach of the Philadelphia Freedoms World Team Tennis team, Billie Jean King? A little obscure from the sports perspective, but still a song I can tolerate outside the arena.
Posted: 12:58 PM   by Anonymous
No doubt, the "Zamboni" song by Martin Zellar. Find a hockey arena that doesn't play it.
Posted: 12:59 PM   by Anonymous
Pump it - Black eye peas
Posted: 1:00 PM   by Anonymous
For Those About to Rock - AC/DC
Posted: 1:00 PM   by Anonymous
Across the field ... Ohio State and Hang on Sloopy ... Ohio State songs rock the stands. Mike
Posted: 1:00 PM   by Anonymous
hello??? the rocky theme song? how can you not include this?

also the theme song for the italy 94 world cup everywhere but in the US would be considered
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Posted: 1:01 PM   by Anonymous
"Did you see Jackie Robinson hit that ball?" by Buddy Johnson &
Count Basie

"Life is a Ballgame" by Sister
Winona Carr
Posted: 1:01 PM   by Anonymous
Some Fenway favorites!
Tessie by the Dropkick Murphys
Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
Dirty Water by The Standells
Posted: 1:02 PM   by Anonymous
that song from chariots of fire
Posted: 1:02 PM   by Anonymous
Glory Days is an awful song. How can that possibly be on the list?
Posted: 1:03 PM   by Anonymous
Lunatic Fringe - Red Rider

Can't believe this one was missed.
Posted: 1:03 PM   by Pete
Don't forget "Walk of Life" by Dire Sraits...
Posted: 1:03 PM   by Anonymous
This doesnt top the all-time list unless you are a white sox fan....

Journey's Dont stop believin was the 05' Championship Sox anthem after Crede, Rowand and Pierzynski heard it in a bar on the road in Baltimore
Posted: 1:03 PM   by Anonymous
Phil Collins, "In The Air Tonight" That song is football, ask Ray Lewis... Picking songs based on a single franchise, as storried a franchise as they may be, doesn't fit here. The article is about universal Sports songs... Anything that is a "Yankee Stadium or Fanway Standard" really isn't a song that speaks of sports, it speaks of a single branch of sports.
Posted: 1:03 PM   by Anonymous
Everyone pretty much covered it...but the Flyers use Joan Jett's - Do ya wanna touch...sounds kewl
Posted: 1:04 PM   by Anonymous
Tennis songs by "Binge" from Hoboken..."Anna Kournikova" and "Grand Slam Man (Roger Federer)."
Posted: 1:04 PM   by Eric
Any one of a number of ACDC tracks, 'Hell's Bells', 'For Those About to Rock', 'Thunderstruck', and 'TNT' all come to mind to just name a few.

They are all pretty standard fare in nearly every football stadium and hockey arena from coast-to-coast.
Posted: 1:06 PM   by Anonymous
Magic Carpet Ride... Great with sports and beer
Posted: 1:07 PM   by Anonymous
I agree that "Here in Right Field" is a great sports song (our family knows it by heart), but it was incorrectly credited to Paul Simon. It is sung by Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul, And Mary.
Posted: 1:07 PM   by Anonymous
"walk of life" and "the bug"-dire straits, line from "the bug" "sometimes you're the lousiville slugger sometimes you're the ball";
"we're talking softball"-the simpsons;
theme from "the natural"-randy newman;
Posted: 1:07 PM   by Anonymous
So many of these songs suck. Centerfield is just awful. Fogarty laid an egg with that one. MNF theme song was great until the Hank Williams nonsense came along. That theme song made MNF feel like an event. Next time I hear YMCA at an arena, I will ask security to arrest me before I kill the nearest loser dancing for the Jumbotron camera.
Posted: 1:07 PM   by Anonymous
"Bang On The Drum All Day" by Todd Rundgren!
Posted: 1:07 PM   by Anonymous
Glory Days is one of the most repetitive, boring and unoriginal songs of all time. Bruce Springsteen's lowest poing. "Welcome to the Jungle" should be on this list.
One Shining Moment has to be on there. It's such a brilliant song. Because my team, Stanford has a tendency to choke, one shining moment often ends up being my favorite part of the tournament.

Another great song is Say Hey Goodbye.
It's such a brilliant song to play after you've eliminated a team at your home stadium.
Posted: 1:09 PM   by Anonymous
"Roll out the Barrell" sung during the seventh inning stretch of brewers games!
Posted: 1:09 PM   by Anonymous
Our Team, Out Time - NY Mets theme song this year...worst song ever.

Talkin' Baseball is by far the best baseball song and should have made better than honorable mention.
Posted: 1:09 PM   by Anonymous
To the guy who said Glory Days isn't legit - get a clue.
Posted: 1:09 PM   by Anonymous
The S.F. Seals "Baseball Trilogy" includes Joltin' Joe Dimaggion...and The Ballad of Denny McLain and a song called Dock Ellis, about the pitcher's acid induced no-hitter. A great disc.
Posted: 1:09 PM   by Anonymous
I like "Ballad of the Bengals" by Ryan Parker...but then again, I'm a Bengals fan and I hate the Steelers!
Posted: 1:10 PM   by Anonymous
Meatloaf--"Paradise by the Dashboard Life"-- solo by Phil Rizzuto

Talkin' Baseball
Posted: 1:10 PM   by Anonymous
Anyone ever heard of Pittsburg - we are family
Posted: 1:10 PM   by Anonymous
Gary Glitter's song that is played at all basketball games
Posted: 1:11 PM   by Anonymous
"Roll out the barrell" sung at brewers games during 7th inning stretch
Posted: 1:11 PM   by ZF
Welcome To The Jungle - Guns N Roses
Anything by Metallica
Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
Thunderstruck, Back in Black and Hells Bells - AC/DC
Intro to Hot for Teacher - Van Halen
Jump and Right Now - Van Halen
One Shining Moment
Rudy
ND Fight Song
Hail to the victors - Michigan
Rocky Top - Tennessee
On Wisconsin
Florida State tomahawk chop
USC Fight On
In Heaven There Is No Beer
Eyes of Texas
Posted: 1:11 PM   by Anonymous
the steelers fight song

"here we go, steelers, here we go, pittsburgh's goin to the superbowl!" changed many times over the years and inserts players names...they even also have the steelers polka...

and how about the bears super bowl shuffle? 1985 is classic
Posted: 1:11 PM   by Anonymous
the irony of "we are the champions" is great. the term "champion" was/is slang for the dominant male in a homosexual couple. cheekily, freddy mercury created a song bombasted through sports arenas which is actually a play on words that suggests something far more perverse.
Posted: 1:12 PM   by Chris
How can we not have the theme music from Monday Night Football. Not the current one, but the one from the early to mid-80's that put hairs on the back of your neck when Howard Cosell would talk about your team in the intro. That music put you in the right frame of mind for football (like you were going to war)!
Posted: 1:12 PM   by Anonymous
The song from The Natural, when he hits the home run into the light tower.
Posted: 1:12 PM   by Anonymous
"I want to drive the Zamboni" by the Gear Daddies is awesome. You may have heard it on Mystery, Alaska
Posted: 1:13 PM   by dwight jellison, canton, oh
hang on sloppy as played by tbdbitl...and yeah...i AM an ohio state fan

GO BUCKS!
Posted: 1:13 PM   by BT
Number 2 is the Canuk anthem. This is pure horse shi_!. The hell with the canuks, this is THE UNITED STATES and you don't put our anthem in there. Go back to hell and rot with the devil.
Posted: 1:13 PM   by Anonymous
One Moment In Time by Whitney Houston, performed for the broadcast of the Soeul Olympics. Nothing, and I mean, no-thing more captures the hope, prayer and soaring glory of the Olympic ideal than the combination of Whitney's soaring vocals sending chills down the spine with uplifting lyrics that embody the spirit, no matter what your flavor of spirit happens to be. It is better than her version of our National anthem at Super Bowl XXV, and that's saying something!
Posted: 1:14 PM   by Shockey-NYG
Hell's Bells - At kickoff at Giant's Stadium, Hell's Bells would start playing...and my uncle would turn to my cousin and ask 'why are these bells playing?'

GO BIG BLUE!!!!
Posted: 1:14 PM   by Anonymous
A national anthem? NO - CANADA'S NATIONAL ANTHEM! I like the rest of the list, but seriously?
Posted: 1:14 PM   by Anonymous
How about the theme to the original "Rocky", I think it's called "Gonna Fly"
Posted: 1:15 PM   by Anonymous
"Wild Thing" from the movie Major League always makes me think of baseball, now.
Posted: 1:15 PM   by Anonymous
Geez. a lot of the songs you guys are listing aren't even ABOUT sports, they just play them at games, that DOES NOT make them sports songs.

How about "Talkin' Baseball" by Terry Cashman? The only song that references Eddie Gaedel, Bobby Feller, Mel Parnell, Roy Campanella, and even Duke Snyder.
Posted: 1:15 PM   by Anonymous
The Boxer and Boom Boom Mancini are both inspired selections. Glory Days really isn't about sports so much as, in part, a high school jock living in the past. The title is another example of Springsteen irony. How about "Tell Laura I Love Her" (auto racing). Just kidding. My irony.
Posted: 1:15 PM   by Anonymous
How about Kool 'n the gangs CELEBRATION? This was the MLB theme song during the 82 post-season (Go Cards!).
Posted: 1:16 PM   by Anonymous
How about "Walk of Life", by Dire Straits (didn't the video have a lot of American football?)
There also was a Hootie and the Blowfish song that had a lot of sports shots in the video. By the way, my 6 year old daughter sings "take me out to the ballgame" and I could listen to that anytime and anywhere!
Posted: 1:17 PM   by Anonymous
Are we forgetting about "TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME"

the most traditional of all baseball songs it is still played in virtually every baseball game both pro's and minors
Posted: 1:17 PM   by Anonymous
"All kinds of time" by Fountains of Wayne is a great football song that gives wonderful imagery - can play it over and over again.
Posted: 1:18 PM   by Anonymous
Shootin Hoops - G. Love and the Special Sauce.

Not as well known as the others, but should be a sports classic.

I mean come on:
"I can pass like Magic,
And I can shoot like Bird,
After a Dr. J dunk
the courtside drunk said Good Lord"
Posted: 1:18 PM   by Anonymous
A song that always makes me think of sports is Walk of Life by Dire Straits. Especially if you watch the video, it's all sports bloopers.
Posted: 1:18 PM   by Anonymous
Does no one remember "Talkin' Softball"? The reworded "Talkin' Baseball" from "The Simpsons".

Hi-lary-us
Posted: 1:18 PM   by momwick
It's the Victors, hands down.
Posted: 1:18 PM   by Anonymous
I agree with Song #2 by Blur ("Wooo Hooo!") Everyone knows it, but no one knows who sings it
Posted: 1:18 PM   by momwick
It's the Victors, hands down.
Posted: 1:19 PM   by Anonymous
I'm a diehard Badger fan, but I think Michigan's "Hail to Victors" is the best fight song ever.
Posted: 1:19 PM   by Anonymous
I'm a diehard Badger fan, but I think Michigan's "Hail to Victors" is the best fight song ever.
Posted: 1:19 PM   by Timmy D.
Guys...come ON....the Theme from "The Natural"...how can you not get chills listening to that as Redford rounds the bases amongst all those sparks flying!
Posted: 1:19 PM   by Anonymous
"Centerfield" by Fogerty

"Eye of the Tiger " - Survivor

"Seasons in The Sun" - Terry Jacks

"Back in Black" - AC/DC - it is not about sports but it will pump you up for any sport

"In ther air tonight" - Phil Collins - similar effect as Back in Black

"Winner Takes All" - Sammy Hagar

"Right Now" - Van Halen.
Posted: 1:19 PM   by Anonymous
Come on guys. “Country Roads” by Bob Denver. If you don’t get misty eyed singing it with 60,000 of your closest friends after a big win, then you haven’t drank enough. Let’s Gooooooooo, Mountaineers.
Posted: 1:19 PM   by Anonymous
Come on guys. “Country Roads” by Bob Denver. If you don’t get misty eyed singing it with 60,000 of your closest friends after a big win, then you haven’t drank enough. Let’s Gooooooooo, Mountaineers.
Posted: 1:20 PM   by Anonymous
"Right Field" Peter Paul & Mary, the essence of true baseball
Posted: 1:21 PM   by Anonymous
What?! No tribute to Alexi Lalas and his epic anthem "Kickin Balls?"
Posted: 1:21 PM   by Anonymous
Thunderstruck--AC/DC
The beginning of Final Countdown--Europe
Posted: 1:22 PM   by Anonymous
jump by van halen
Posted: 1:23 PM   by Anonymous
To get pumped up right before a football game--the chorus of "Lose Yourself" by Eminem works like a charm
Posted: 1:23 PM   by Anonymous
There isn't anything satisfying to hear "Hit the Road Jack" and the "nana" song on your own home venue...
Posted: 1:23 PM   by Anonymous
Best Sports Song? Any piece of NFL music with the glorious voice of John Facenda. The Power and the Glory!
Posted: 1:23 PM   by Anonymous
Scummy charges..yes. But a basketball game it is not, until Gary Glitter's rock and roll pt 2. is played
Posted: 1:24 PM   by allenjd
The correct name of the Canadian national anthem is "O Canada" as some commenters have picked up, not Oh, Canada as written in the article.
Posted: 1:24 PM   by Anonymous
Chicago's "Feeling Stronger Everyday"
Posted: 1:24 PM   by emc99
"Bullets Fever" by Nils Lofgren...recorded during the Washington Bullets 1977-78 championship run.
Posted: 1:24 PM   by Anonymous
Chicago's "Feeling Stronger Everyday"
Posted: 1:25 PM   by Anonymous
The sports song that sends chills up and down my spine? BACK HOME AGAIN IN INDIANA. If you have not witnessed the Indianapolis 500, you have missed the best event on earth, since 1911 I might add, and before NASCAR was a sparkle in a moonshiners eye! - Robert Indy
Posted: 1:25 PM   by Anonymous
"I Wanna New Drug" - Huey Lewis
Posted: 1:25 PM   by Anonymous
I love the song played in the last karate match of The Karate Kid.

"You're the best around. No one can ever take you down..."

It's greatness!
Posted: 1:26 PM   by Marty
The opening licks to the Who's Babba O'Riely always give me goose bumbs when I'm sitting in the rafters at Key Arena and the announcers bellows "And now, ladies and gentle, please welcome your Seattle SuuuuuuuuuuuperSonics."
Posted: 1:26 PM   by Anonymous
Aerosmith - Dream On... haven't you seen ESPN's Sports Century? Very inspirational.
Posted: 1:26 PM   by Anonymous
Three Words: HANG ON SLOOPY!
Posted: 1:26 PM   by Anonymous
You'll Never Walk Alone - Liverpool may use it but it was stolen from West Ham.
Posted: 1:26 PM   by emc99
"Bullets Fever" by Nils Lofgren...recorded during the Washington Bullets 1977-78 championship run.
Posted: 1:27 PM   by Anonymous
"Heart of a champion" by Nelly...takes maybe the most recognizable sports them song (John Tesh's NBA on NBC tune) and adds in perfectly-flowing lyrics ALL ABOUT SPORTS.
Posted: 1:27 PM   by Anonymous
Although not a sports song in the classic sense, it is frequently heard in many sporting events from little league to college to professional stadiums: "Na-na-na-na, hey-hey-hey, goodbye!" (I believe it's a 70s song from Steam)
Posted: 1:27 PM   by Anonymous
The Star Spangled Banner is, by far, the best national anthem for sports. It's a fight song. A group of underdogs surviving through the night against superior forces and overwhelming odds. Real emotion stirring stuff. The rest are tame by comparison.
Posted: 1:28 PM   by Anonymous
You have to mention "Tessie" by Dropkick Murphy's--Should be Red Sox anthem--about the "Royal Rooters" when they were the Boston Pilgrims
Posted: 1:28 PM   by Anonymous
Rock & Roll Pt 2 has to be up there, and for my fellow Badger fans, you know there is nothing like House of Pain's "Jump Around"
Posted: 1:28 PM   by Anonymous
"The Hockey Song" by Stompin' Tom Connors is played during the third period of every hockey game I've ever been to. A great sing-along favorite.

As a Canadian, I far prefer the American national anthem to ours. But, only when sung properly and not these 10 minute scat-versions.
Posted: 1:29 PM   by Anonymous
super bowl shuffle - chicago bears shufflin' crew - hands down the best ever by a team.
Posted: 1:29 PM   by Anonymous
It has to be The Victors - Hail to the Victors baby!!!
Posted: 1:29 PM   by Anonymous
How about arguably the best motivational song ever...EYE OF THE TIGER!!!!
Posted: 1:30 PM   by Anonymous
The anthem for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, "One Shining Moment"..........
the lyrics give me chills just thinking about it....

"The ball is tipped
and there you are
you're running for your life
you're a shooting star
And all the years
no one knows
just how hard you worked
but now it shows...
(in) ONE SHINING MOMENT, IT'S ALL ON THE LINE
ONE SHINING MOMENT, THERE FROZEN IN TIME
Posted: 1:30 PM   by Anonymous
Its not a song, but Pealjam's original name was Mookie Blaylock.
Posted: 1:30 PM   by Anonymous
"Run Like Hell" Pink Floyd
Posted: 1:31 PM   by Anonymous
While not a national anthem, you should have seen Kate Smith sing "God Bless America" at the Flyers home games in the 70's. Nothing like it!!
Posted: 1:31 PM   by Anonymous
OK, I can't believe it. WILD THING, by the Runaways. Is there any better scene than when Charlie Sheet comes out for relief in the movie "Major League"? It's been played in every stadium 100 times, and get's everyone going right now!
Posted: 1:32 PM   by Anonymous
How can you forget Hank's "Are you ready for some football"?
Posted: 1:32 PM   by Anonymous
I Love LA...created during the 80's Glory days of the Lakers and Dodgers
Posted: 1:32 PM   by Anonymous
No doubt, one of the greatest songs ever is the Notre Dame Victory March. Just look at how many high schools copy it! Go Irish!
Posted: 1:33 PM   by Anonymous
walk of life - dire straits
Posted: 1:33 PM   by Roger from St Louis
My God!

Far and away, the very top of this list should be only one group of songs that no one can name, but any football fan or fan of sports will never, ever forget.

It's the songs of NFL films. Practically THE soundtrack to professional football.
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Posted: 1:34 PM   by Anonymous
Talkin' Baseball by Terry Cashman

"Scooter, Drysdale and The Duke"
Posted: 1:34 PM   by Anonymous
First to the person who complained about We Will Rock You not being mentioned, that is because it was mentioned in the story moron.

Eye of the Tiger is by Survivor not Foreigned, please consult Google before you post moron.

Finally, just to prove I am way smarter than all of you I offer these two choices:

Welcome to the Jungle by GnR

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT by some lame group from Jamaica.
Posted: 1:34 PM   by Anonymous
The theme from "Hoosiers" is pretty stirring!
Posted: 1:35 PM   by Anonymous
"Like Mike" should be on there
Posted: 1:35 PM   by Dave
No question greatest intro ever: Eye of the Tiger

However, nothing celebrates a home run like the Roy Hobbs theme from The Natural (unfortunately used by the Evil Empire).
Posted: 1:35 PM   by Anonymous
Oh Canada is junk. Play some lose yourself by eminem
How could you miss the glaringly obvious "Rock and Roll Part 2" by Gary Glitter? It's only played everywhere, all the time. Two others that are always played but that I can't stand are "Who Let the Dogs Out" (Baja Men) and "The Twilight Zone" (by some techno group... you'd know it if you heard it).
Posted: 1:35 PM   by Anonymous
Houston Oilers Fight Song, for it's unintentional comedy...
"Houston's got the Oilers, the greatest football team.
They take the ball from goal to goal like no one's ever seen.
They're in the air, they're on the ground, always in control.
And when you're talking Oilers, you're talking Superbowl..."
Posted: 1:35 PM   by Anonymous
I've also gotta give ups to Metallica's Enter Sandman. As a Yankee fan, I can't think of a better theme song for a closer. (Oh, c'mon... you try.)
Posted: 1:36 PM   by STLSmoke
"Nah nah nah nah. Hey hey hey Goodbye".......Next verse same as the first.

Go Baseball Cardinals
Posted: 1:36 PM   by Anonymous
No mention of "Basketball" by Kurtis Blow? I can't believe it.
Posted: 1:36 PM   by Anonymous
This used to be my playground - Madonna.

Come on!!! Are you all sleeping or something.

"There's no crying in Baseball!!!"

Classic.
Posted: 1:36 PM   by Anonymous
I agree - "Tessie" is one of the best sports songs. Written by the Drop Kick Murphy's. The song gets ya fired up not like "Oh Canada" ? I cant beleive thats even on the list. So un American.
Posted: 1:36 PM   by Anonymous
Bryan Adam's...can't beat it for a pre-game locker roon song..'WE'RE GONNA WIN'
Posted: 1:37 PM   by Anonymous
Nothing beats "Who Let The Dog's Out" after Buc's Defense sacked an opposing QB.
Posted: 1:37 PM   by Lightoller04
Agree with comment re: Steve Goodman's "Dying Cub Fan's Last Request" but The Arrogant Worms' "Me Like Hockey" and Warren Zevon's "Hit Somebody" are the best hockey songs ever, NOT "Drive the Zamboni"
Posted: 1:37 PM   by Anonymous
Kenny Loggins's "This Is It" was an NBA staple during the 80s.

"Barcelona" by the late FABULOUS Freddie Mercury and Monserrat Caballe, another great Queen sports anthem moment. My only regret is that Freddie didn't live to see the video shown.

"Na Na Hey Hey" (Goodbye) was a big fan-led song in Boston Garden when someone got ejected or it was a low-scoring game with the Celtics in the lead.

And of course, the great SNL celebrity paroday song, "Play On, Michael" in the attempt to keep MJ from retiring.
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If you take a wide view of "sport", then "Pinball Wizard" byt The Who has to be considered.
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Posted: 2:19 PM   by Buster
I hate to say it, but Paradise by the Dashboard Light - one of those songs that gets stuck in the noggin - hey, it got Rizzuto into the HoF, didn't it?!?
Posted: 2:20 PM   by Anonymous
Aggie War Hymn
Posted: 2:20 PM   by Anonymous
"Hail To The Redskins"
Posted: 2:20 PM   by Anonymous
ELP's "the Nutrocker", and "Black Betty"...both hockey anthems in Boston.
Posted: 2:21 PM   by Anonymous
Right Field, it's easy you know
You can be ackward, you can be slow
That's why I'm here in Right Field
Just watching the dandelions grow.
Posted: 2:21 PM   by Buster
what about the old closing song for TWIB? the one that gracefully shows Pete Rose diving head first into homeplate!

and the NBA jingle on NBC - does any other sport have it's own identifiable jingle like that?
Posted: 2:21 PM   by Anonymous
since it late summer and football season is coming;
University of Michigan's
"hail the victors"
University of Sothern Cailifornia's
"tribute to Troy"
But the greatest sports song by far
the University of Notre Dame's
"Victory March" which if you're a fan, you'll be hearing a lot this fall.
Posted: 2:21 PM   by Anonymous
Surfing Safari, by the Beach Boys should be listed. Also, "Everyone was Kung Fu fighting". "Grandma got ran over by a reindeer". This for all the folks on the "tundra racetrack" up North.
Posted: 2:21 PM   by Anonymous
anyone who has ever been to a cornell hockey game will agree with rock and roll pt. 2 being way up there
Posted: 2:22 PM   by Anonymous
Personal issues aside, "Rock and Roll Part II" by Gary Glitter is a ubiquitous sports theme; also "Welcome to the Jungle," especially for us long-suffering Bengals fans!
Posted: 2:22 PM   by Anonymous
Right Field, it's easy you know
You can be ackward, you can be slow
That's why I'm here in Right field
Just watching the dandelions grow.
Posted: 2:22 PM   by nic
Who's grandpa made this list? You left off Ozzy's 'crazy train' into and the ever loving 'we will rock you', a fix at all sporting events with a speaker system...
Posted: 2:23 PM   by Anonymous
While Oh Canada is a great choice you missed "The Good Ol' Hockey Game" by Stompin' Tom Conners.Goggle it and I think you'll see you missed one of the best of all time.
Posted: 2:23 PM   by Anonymous
Yeah, Gary Glitter is incredibly gross, but "Rock and Roll Part II" should be on the list.

How about "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" by Steam? It had it's moment in the sun a few years ago.
Posted: 2:23 PM   by Anonymous
"Hurricane" by Bob Dylan. Not necessarily a "sports song," per se, but a great tune about the horrible wronging of an amazing athlete.
Posted: 2:25 PM   by Anonymous
Fifty Mission Cap - by the Tragically Hip. A song about Bill Barilko scoring the cup winning goal for the leafs and then disappearing that summer. Kick ass song!!
Posted: 2:25 PM   by Anonymous
Like someone else said..

Rebirtha - Widespread Panic

It doesn't get any better!
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Posted: 2:26 PM   by tom pardue
Gotta be Rocky Top. If you have ever played against the Volunteers, you have heard it enough to know every word

ALL COLLEGE FOOTBALL FANS RECOGNIZE ROCKY TOP.

10% could not hum the famous Notre Dame Fight Song
Posted: 2:26 PM   by Anonymous
Steve Goodman's "Dying Cub fan's last request" and the Troggs "Wild thing" from Major league need to on there too.....
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Posted: 2:27 PM   by Anonymous
How come "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC didn't make it?
Posted: 2:27 PM   by Anonymous
The Greatest by Kenny Rogers , now there is a baseball song for baseball players!
Posted: 2:28 PM   by Anonymous
Are you ready for some football Hank Williams Jr.
Posted: 2:29 PM   by Anonymous
Willie, Mickey, and the Duke....
Posted: 2:30 PM   by Anonymous
Hail to the Victors valiant
Hail to the conquering heroes
Hail,
Hail to Michigan
The Champions of the West!!
Posted: 2:32 PM   by Kendra
I wholeheartedly agree with The Superbowl Shuffle, just because it's so ridiculously cheesy.

Also...

"Thunderstuck" by AC/DC
"Dead or Alive" by Bon Jovi
Posted: 2:32 PM   by Anonymous
There's no better sports song than "take me out to the ballgame"........none. And better if Harry Cary is singing...
Posted: 2:32 PM   by Matt
1)Y'all Ready For This- Jock Jams
2)The Hockey Song- Stompin Tom Connors
3) Final Countdown- Europe
Posted: 2:33 PM   by Anonymous
what about the notre dame fighting irish song.the one from knute rockne with pat o brien . take me out to the ballgame cmon.meet the mets .many many more.but you had some good ones. it was a good ? mook53lhd
Posted: 2:33 PM   by Anonymous
Chicago Bears Fight Song!!
Bear down, Chicago Bears, and let them know why you're wearing the crown.
You're the pride and joy of Illinois, Chicago Bears, bear down.
Posted: 2:34 PM   by Anonymous
Bruce Hornsby's "Rainbow's Cadillac" is the best pick-up hoops, street-ballin' song ever.

Also "Wild Thing."
Posted: 2:34 PM   by CYNIC (Anthony Gutierrez)
Are you intentionally leaving out Gary Glitter's Rock and Roll Part II (the "hey" song), Take Me Out to the Ball Game, the Notre Dame fight song and Na Na Hey Hey (by Steam) just to get people to blog?

If this list is going for classical and historical, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and the Notre Dame fight song are ridiculously omitted.

If this list is for contemporary but universally prominent, the "hey" song and "Na Na Hey Hey" are ridicuclously omitted.

Maybe I don't understand the intention of your list.
Posted: 2:35 PM   by chuck hansen
Dan Fogelberg's "Run for the Roses"-poignant, beautiful images of a young colt destined to run in the Kentucky Derby
Posted: 2:35 PM   by jeffdogg
Have to agree, One Shinning Moment, should be number one, and not even in the top ten.
Posted: 2:35 PM   by Anonymous
Its newer, so not a classic yet, but U2's Elevation is way up there on my list.
Posted: 2:35 PM   by Anonymous
You'll Never Walk Alone-The only sports song that matters. (When sung by Liverpool, no one outside Scotlands watches the SPL...)
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What about Rockand Roll Part 2, currently played at every game in every sport in the great USA!!
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Posted: 10:43 PM   by Anonymous
i must say "We are Family"....


Pittsburg will understand
Posted: 12:39 AM   by Anonymous
Best thing to play before a big play? "Thunderstruck," just for the opening riffs.
Best thing to play after your team's victorious? No brainer. "ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST"!!
Posted: 1:45 AM   by Anonymous
"Will Lee" by Warren Zevon. An ode to the Spaceman.
Posted: 10:45 AM   by DAVE
RENEGADE (STEELERS)

THE HEY SONG (PENGUINS)

THUNDERSTRUCK (SOCCER WARM UP)
Posted: 12:56 PM   by phydeaux
Gary Glitter's "Rock & Roll part II. Its played at baseball, football and hockey games. How can you forget this one????
Posted: 2:28 PM   by Anonymous
Where the Streets Have No Name by U2.
Posted: 2:44 PM   by Bill
Hey, if this is dealing with songs that talk about sports, how about one of the most unusual set of lyrics of all times that obliquely references a pseudo-sport...yes, Camper Van Beethoven's "Take The Skinheads Bowling".
Posted: 10:30 AM   by Anonymous
Had to laugh when I saw this...

Come on guys. “Country Roads” by Bob Denver. If you don’t get misty eyed singing it with 60,000 of your closest friends after a big win, then you haven’t drank enough. Let’s Gooooooooo, Mountaineers.

...I didn't realize the Gilligan's Island star had performed that song. Perhaps the poster should have had a little less to drink ...
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