Kenny Chesney’s “Boys of Fall” Top Sports Song?
We've all heard the music blaring from speakers at ball games. From the Rolling Stones to House of Pain, most music at games is hip hop or rock. Rarely is country music a focal point of stadium soundtracks, despite being one of the top music genres in America.
Obviously, Kenny Chesney's "Boys of Fall" isn't exactly a song to get you on your feet at a game, but ask the guys playing on Friday nights and you'll likely hear the song mentioned as one that is listened to often before and after games for motivation. What about getting the crowd pumped up?
As the PA voice for the Baylor Bears baseball team I've seen a few songs that work. I've also seen songs crash and burn in regards to pumping up a crowd.
Here are my top 5 songs to get me pumped up watching a game in person:
5. Guns n Roses- Welcome to the Jungle
Every home team wants to imagine their place as an intimidating place to play. Whether it is or not, the home PA team will make it appear so by blasting the opening wails of Axl Rose.
4. Survivor- Eye of the Tiger
Come on, admit it. Every time you hear that opening guitar riff, you do a little fist pump (even if it's just in your head). It's a song most of us have only heard the first 60-seconds of before it's faded out at the stadium, but it's the ultimate in 80s cool (or uncool depending on your views).
3. Village People- YMCA
I've personally never spent a night at the YMCA, but from the sounds of it, it's a great place to be. So, if you're down on your luck, go right in and make yourself at home. Otherwise, just throw up the letters as the chorus comes around.
2. Rolling Stones- Start Me Up
Whether it's the Kansas City Chiefs prior to every kickoff, or your hometown team in between innings, this classic tune from rock's aging bad boys continues to be one of the most played anthems at stadiums around the world. Even if it's in Zimbabwe and no one speaks English, the opening guitar riff is instantly recognized.
1. Queen- We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions
It's like Oreo without the filling. It's like peanut butter without the jelly. You've got to have "We Will Rock You" back to back with "We Are the Champions". Two songs come together as one in the powerhouse stadium anthem. The boom-boom-clap drum beat is played more often than any of us could possibly ever imagine. It's the first song my son every learned lyrics for. Throw in Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust", and Freddie Mercury seemed to have a fondness for anthems that inspire the sporting masses.
And for you die hard Kenny Chesney fans--don't worry. The song may not have made my list, but US105 still has you covered with free tickets to see the country mega-star live in Seattle and meet him in person!