Attending a live sporting event is an experience like no other. The atmosphere, teams/athletes, and thousands of fans in an arena/stadium, coupled with a bumping soundtrack, provide invaluable entertainment at the highest level.
The music that plays throughout a sports game isn’t a random playlist; the songs chosen are by design. And if a music artist or band is lucky enough to become a regular selection, their melodies, beats, or riffs could become famous for a lifetime.
We’re taking a preview at some of the most recognizable songs in professional sports, and where better to start than with the American National Anthem?
The Star Spangled Banner
The American National Anthem is the most melodic hype song of all time, and even non-American sports fans can relate to the aura this patriotic jam can generate.
Originally known as “Defense of Fort M’Henry,” the Star-Spangled Banner is regularly sung/played at military exercises, state functions, and of course, sporting events in the United States.
Whether you’re an NHL, MLB, NBA, or football fan, you have likely witnessed thousands of Americans rising to their feet, waving flags, or placing their hands over their hearts while singing along to the well-known lyrics of the anthem’s first verse.
The NFL Superbowl 2022 saw the Cincinnati Bengals take on the Los Angeles Rams in California. Known for its halftime show that delivers a music spectacle, this year’s Super Bowl saw California’s finest, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, and Kendrick Lamar perform alongside Eminem, Mary J Blige, and 50 Cent in one of the most memorable rap performances in the last twenty years.
However, nothing expresses American pride and patriotism in sports like the National Anthem. This song has shared the center stage in America’s most-watched sports final – the Super Bowl – since 1967.
Football fans each year are presented with a different music artist set to perform the anthem. Notable names such as Whitney Houston, Faith Hill, and Renée Fleming have all performed the Star-Spangled Banner during a Super Bowl final.
And as American sports and sports betting is like bread on butter, US sports betting sites have lines for music events like the Super Bowl every year. Bettors are tasked with guessing how long the National Anthem will take, and the Super Bowl performances of the anthem have averaged 1 minute 56 seconds.
Before the Super Bowl show, the betting line is set, and sports fans can bet over/under on the time it will take for the song to be completed.
Queen – “We Will Rock You”/“We Are The Champions”
Freddy Mercury was – and still is – one of the most polarizing lead singers of all time. Alongside his band, Queen, they’ve owned a global presence in pop culture for over five decades.
A rock classic, ‘We Will Rock You,’ has long been the perfect song to accompany sports games worldwide. The lyrics speak for themselves, and as its clapping dance can involve the entire audience, it’s an idealistic hit for sports fans.
Queens guitarist Brian May wrote the song with crowd participation in mind. And without question, he achieved this accomplishment. Queen didn’t produce just one song that is still played at sporting events more than three decades after its initial release; they’ve made two!
As the foolproof song for championship games, ‘We Are The Champions’ is another Queen classic that speaks for itself: “We are the champions, we are the champions, no time for losers, cause we are the champions of the world!”
DJ Khaled – “All I Do Is Win”
Fully loaded with hip-hop stars, this modern stadium anthem by DJ Khaled, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, T-Pain, and Rick Ross was an instant hit with sports stadiums upon its release in 2010.
The Miami Hurricanes particularly appreciate the verse from Snoop Dogg, ‘We like the U in the 80s,’ as he’s referencing the Miami football team that dominated college football in the eighties and nineties.
Tim Tebow from the Denver Broncos also received a remix of “All I Do Is Win” labelled “All He Does Is Win.”
Thin Lizzy – “The Boys Are Back In Town”
Should a sports stadium really want to riffle up the crowd, Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back In Town” boasts engaging lyrics and melody to achieve this.
Hailing from Ireland, Thin Lizzy didn’t stumble upon such an engaging song by mistake; this No.1 hit was written to connect with their fans purposely.
The song has found tremendous success – not only at sports games – in movies, advertisements, and television shows.
Black Eyed Peas – “Pump It”
With “Pump It” by the Black Eyed Peas, sports fans receive exactly what’s advertised – motivation to pump it!
This song personifies a no-care attitude and is often played during pre-game entertainment at sports events. It creates the perfect atmosphere for excitement and delivers that big-game feel.