It doesn't matter what sporting event you attend, it's the music they play that motivates you as well as the rest of the crowd. Some of these songs featured are a main staple, where others may be more specific for a particular sport. No matter what, the music can sometimes make or break your experience at a game, playoff, or championship. Let's take a look at these top ten classic rock sports songs of all time. You may recognize or heard them while at a sporting event or being featured on television. These songs are almost as important as the games themselves.
There's nothing like hearing these songs "live" in a sports venue with a massive crowd and boisterous sound system. They seem to take on a whole new meaning altogether. Besides the actual game, team, event, or whatever sport you’re attending, what truly matters is the classic rock songs they’ll be playing. Most likely it will be at least one or more of these top ten sport songs of all time.
"We Will Rock You" - Queen
From the moment you hear its opening foot stomping and clapping rhythm of “stomp-stomp-clap -- pause” you know this is the ultimate sports song. Queen’s guitarist Brian May wanted to write a song where the audience could participate. May was inspired by a documentary where the Liverpool Football Club featured its sports anthem by Gerry & the Pacemakers, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” The Liverpool fans were passionate in singing their team song. “We Will Rock You” is a great song to participate in at any sporting event.
"Sirius" - The Alan Parsons Project
Traditionally this is played at NBA games as the introduction for a team’s lineup. It’s best known when it was first utilized at Chicago Bulls games during the Michael Jordan era. You could say it was Jordan’s theme. When “Sirius” was initially being used as a sports intro song for Michael Jordan, someone told Alan Parsons about it. At the time Parsons didn’t know who Jordan was. It’s a safe bet to now say Parsons is well aware of the Chicago Bulls superstar.
"Twist and Shout" - The Beatles
The Beatles were the first rock band to have a concert at an outdoor sports stadium, Shea Stadium in August 1965 (nearly 50 years ago). Normally this song “Twist and Shout” was performed at the end of their shows since John Lennon virtually screamed out the lyrics. During their Shea Stadium concert, they did this song as their opener. It remains the first song ever played at a sports venue.
"Crazy Train" - Ozzy Osbourne
One of the best songs while waiting for kickoff at any football game (American or international) or when the puck’s about to drop at any NHL game. Randy Rhoads provides the exceptional opening guitar riffs, and Ozzy’s maniacal vocals make it the ultimate classic rock sports song. "Crazy Train" comes from Ozzy's and Randy's love of model trains.
"One Vision" - Queen
Originally this song was written specifically for a charity concert, Live Aid. Since then “One Vision” is played at sporting venues in the UK and globally. It’s also featured in many sports videos. Lyrically it does represent team spirit. Yes, Freddie Mercury does say “Fried Chicken” at the very end. That’s what makes this one stand out from all the rest.
"Wild Thing" - The Troggs
If you’ve seen the comedy sports film “Major League,” this song was featured extensively. Since that time “Wild Thing” has been used at other major league baseball games. It’s also a popular song to use as pro wrestlers enter into the ring. Incidentally the song was written by Angelina Jolie’s uncle.
"You Shook Me All Night Long" - AC/DC
It was the 1980s that ushered in arena rock and stadium anthems. AC/DC’s 1980 hit “You Shook Me All Night Long” fits in perfectly with that era. The song is about a sports car. Inevitably it's now played at sporting events too.
"Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" - Steam
Speaking of sing-a-long songs, the chorus to this classic sports song from the 70's has been, and still is, a main staple in sports arenas, basketball courts, baseball diamonds, and football fields. "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" is the prefect song to play and sing to when taunting the opposing team.
"Welcome to the Jungle" - Guns N' Roses
If ever there was a more appropriate song describing a sporting event, it is this one. You feel like you’re in the jungle with each team fighting for supremacy, but all in good fun. “Welcome to the Jungle” has a catchy hook, especially with its lyrics "You know where you are? You're in the jungle baby." In 2009 it was named the greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1. No doubt this is the perfect song to play for a sports crowd, because it seriously rocks.
"We Are the Champions" - Queen
Naturally the very best sports song is saved for last. The rock band Queen is certainly the queen of sport anthems with a total of three on this list. Their power ballad was written by Queen's front man, Freddie Mercury. It was another participation song at football (soccer) games for the sports fans to latch on to.
That is definitely what sports fans around the world have done ever since. It’s become an anthem to sports victories and championships, including the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning the Super Bowl in 2003, and the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning who won the Stanley Cup in 2004. "We Are the Champions" was played proudly. The song title simply says it all.