It’s game time. What popular songs are best to strike up the band, crank up the tunes, and raise sports fans to their feet during the big game? From basketball to football, hockey to soccer, these 10 familiar and high-energy hits are sure to start sports fans’ feet tapping and their hearts pumping.
Raise a cheer for these top 10 songs for sports fans, and see team spirit erupt in the stands.
A rowdy roster of 55 additional stadium-appropriate sports fan songs is included at the end. Is your favorite cheer-worthy song listed here?
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Here are 10 popular sports fan songs for big game crowd appeal.
The top ten sports fan songs are listed alphabetically here (by title), for easy reference. Each title link leads to an online music video for that favorite sports fan song.
1. “Centerfield,” by John Fogerty
Remember John Fogerty from Creedence Clearwater Revival? The singer, songwriter and guitarist recorded “Centerfield” as the title track for his 1985 solo album. “Centerfield” has become a baseball anthem. In fact, the tune is played non-stop at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
“Put me in, coach. I’m ready to play,” sings John Fogerty. And baseball fans sing right along with him.
2. “Eye of the Tiger,” by Survivor
“Rocky” movie fans know this rowdy sports song by heart. Survivor included “Eye of the Tiger” as the title track of their 1982 album. Actually, “Rocky” star Sylvester Stallone is said to have urged the band to write the popular tune for “Rocky III.”
“It’s the eye of the tiger. It’s the cream of the fight, rising up to the challenge of our rival,” chimes the stadium crowd when this song is played at sporting events.
3. “Get Ready for This,” by 2Unlimited
“Y’all ready for this?”
This energetic dance number, recorded by 2Unlimited (from Belgium and Holland) wakes up and shakes up sports stadium crowds every time. Although few folks know more than the opening bars of the song, “Get Ready for This” is a top pick for revving up sports fans.
4. “Hey, Hey, Goodbye,” by Steam
First, an apology is due to several unnamed school bus drivers for this one. Who knows how many times these patient adults had to endure busloads of excited youngsters, hollering out the lines to this popular sports stadium song, recorded in 1969 by Steam.
“Na – na – na – na, na – na – na – na, hey – hey, goodbye.”
Have other lyrics ever taunted an opposing sports time as much as these do?
5. “Shout,” by the Isley Brothers
The rowdiest sports fans may measure the excitement of a game by the hoarseness it produces in those who attended the event.
The Isley Brothers’ 1959 single, “Shout,” is a favorite choice for sporting events, school dances, wedding receptions, and more.
Nearly any sports fan feels peppier to hear these lines:
You know you make me wanna (Shout!)
Kick my heels up and (Shout!)
Throw my hands up and (Shout!)
Throw my head back and (Shout!)
Come on now.
6. “Start Me Up,” by the Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones’ “Start Me Up,” which first appeared on the British rockers’ 1981 Tattoo You album, is not about sports at all. But the song is a perennial sports’ fan favorite.
Sporting spectators may only wonder how players on the court or the playing field might be energized by such lyrics as, “If you start me up, I’ll never stop.”
7. “This Is How We Do It,” by Montell Jordan
American R&B singer Montell Jordan recorded “This Is How We Do It” in 1995, and the rap-swing song has become a sports stadium staple.
Only the most adept linguists and enunciators may be able to keep pace with all of the lyrics, but only a few phrases are needed to make sports fans roar with enthusiasm.
This is how we do it.
All hands are in the air.
And wave them from here to there.
Go team, right?
8. “We Are the Champions,” by Queen
Freddie Mercury may have been the poster boy of sports stadium songs. With Queen, Freddie Mercury produced several sports crowd favorites. (See additional titles listed at the end of this article.)
Perhaps the most popular sports stadium song from Freddie Mercury and Queen is “We Are the Champions.” This power ballad appeared on Queen’s “News of the World” album in 1977.
“No time for losers, for we are the champions … of the world.”
Can you feel the bleachers rocking yet?
9. “Whoomp! There It Is,” by Tag Team
Since 1993, Miami bass/rappers Tag Team have been rocking sports stadium crowds with their popular recording, “Whoomp! There It Is.”
If you want to get down,
I’m gonna show you the way.
Whoomp! There it is.
Let me hear you say,
Whoomp! There it is.
Just try not to sing along. You can’t help it with this smash sports chorus.
10. “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” by Bachman Turner Overdrive
Sports fans like me love to chant merrily menacing lines at the opposing team, as we sit safely in the stands. This 1974 hit from Bachman Turner Overdrive is a prime example of such a song.
“You ain’t seen nothing yet. B-b-b-baby, you just ain’t seen nothing yet.”
Look out, opposing team! The crowd is roaring now, and the team is on the move.
Here are 55 more crowd-appeal songs (listed alphabetically by title) for sports stadium spirit.
- “All Star,” by Smashmouth
- “Another One Bites the Dust,” by Queen
- “Back in Black,” by AC/DC
- “Bad,” by Michael Jackson
- “Bang on the Drum All Day,” by Todd Rundgren
- “Be True to Your School,” by The Beach Boys
- “Blitzkrieg Bop,” by The Ramones
- “Born to Be Wild,” by Steppenwolf
- “Born to Run,” by Bruce Springsteen
- “Celebrate Good Times,” by Kool and the Gang
- “Dance to the Music,” by Sly and the Family Stone
- “Don’t Look Back,” by Boston
- “Dude Look Like a Lady,” by Aerosmith
- “Everybody Dance Now,” by Bob Sinclair
- “Everybody Have Fun Tonight,” by Wang Chung
- “Final Countdown,” by Europe
- “Get Down Tonight,” by K.C. and the Sunshine Band
- “Get on Your Feet,” by Gloria Estefan
- “Get Ready,” by Rare Earth
- “Gonna Fly Now (Rocky Theme Song),” by Bill Conti
- “Gonna Make You Sweat,” by C & C Music Factory
- “Hip Hip Hooray,” by Naughty by Nature
- “Hold On. I’m Comin’,” by Sam and Dave
- “I Feel Good [I Got You],” by James Brown
- “I Get Around,” by The Beach Boys
- “It’s All in the Game,” by Tommy Edwards
- “Kung Fu Fighting,” by Carl Douglas
- “Let’s Get It Started,” by The Black-Eyed Peas
- “Louie, Louie,” by The Kingsmen
- “Macarena,” by Los Del Rio
- “Macho Man,” by The Village People
- “Mony Mony,” by Billy Idol
- “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” by Starship
- “Pump Up the Jam,” by Technotronic
- “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.,” by Aretha Franklin
- “Rock and Roll All Night,” by KISS
- “Rock and Roll, Part 2,” by Gary Glitter
- “Simply the Best,” by Tina Turner
- “Super Bowl Shuffle,” by the 1985 Chicago Bears
- “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” by Harry Carey (and many others)
- “Takin’ Care of Business,” by Bachman Turner Overdrive
- “Tequila,” by The Ventures
- “The Impossible Dream,” by Luther Vandross
- “The Power,” by Snap
- “U Can’t Touch This,” by M.C. Hammer
- “Walk Like an Egyptian,” The Bangles
- “Walk This Way,” by Aerosmith
- “We Are Family,” by Sister Sledge
- “We Will Rock You,” by Queen
- “Welcome to the Jungle,” by Guns N’Roses
- “What I Like About You,” by The Romantics
- “Who Let the Dogs Out,” by Baha Men
- “With a Little Help from My Friends,” by Joe Cocker
- “Woolly Bully,” by Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs
- “Y.M.C.A.,” by The Village People
Whether the stadium organ cranks out a few bars, marching bands strut their stuff, or the sound system blasts the entire song, each of these tunes is sure to boost sports fans to their feet during the big sports game.