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Tis the season… for NFL football! The official 2014 NFL Season started on Thursday, September 4th, and baseball season will continue until Sunday, September 28th (just over one week away!). A month after that, basketball season will start on October 28th, and FIFA’s World Cup had us all rearranging our schedules to watch the matches live this past summer. One of major components of sports games is the music that amps you up for them, and the U.S. really knows how to do this right, utilizing marching bands and pep bands and all manner of epic PA systems to get the crowd in the game, so to speak. Below is FDRMX’s list of five best sports songs to get your stoked on.
Number Five: Football season just wouldn’t feel right without the familiar NFL theme song, but this year, Thursday Night Football had been planning on playing Jay Z, Kanye West, and Rihanna’s “Run This Town,” from Jay Z’s The Blueprint 3 with narration by Don Cheadle. Unfortunately Roc Nation decided not to grant the song’s usage, and today CBS announced they’re going in a different direction, according to The Wall Street Journal. “We will be using our newly created Thursday Night Football theme music to open our game broadcast.”
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Number Four: For baseball, we selected “Centerfield,” John Fogerty’s 1985 salute to the American Game. Yes, there is the classic “Charge” ballpark organ fanfare music, and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” traditionally sung during the middle of the seventh inning, but we wanted to also include this slightly lesser-known tune about the good old sport. Fogerty’s song is deserving of mention – it was included in the baseball movie Bull Durham and was honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, PA. The song is also known as “Put Me In, Coach.” Are you ready to play?
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Number Three: You can probably guess the first song that comes to mind when you think of basketball themes. Yep, you guessed it – “I Believe I Can Fly,” R. Kelly’s 1996 hit song that was featured in Warner Bros’ Space Jam with star basketball player Michael Jordan, who could soar to that net like none other. R. Kelly received a Grammy Award for Best Male R ‘n’ B Vocal Performance for this track.
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Number Two: As FIFA’s official theme song for the 1998 World Cup, Ricky Martin’s “The Cup of Life” not only takes the cake as a great soccer anthem, but also made Martin a star in any language when he performed the track at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony. Coincidently, he won the award for Best Latin Pop Performance for “Vuelve” at that same ceremony. The introduction’s horns and drums have become a World Cup theme as iconic as the NFL’s theme.
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Number One: Queen’s 1977 “We Are The Champions/We Will Rock You,” could be a fight song for just about any sport. The A side single “We Are the Champions” was chant written in response to an emotionally heartwarming event that took place on their British Tour that year. “We Will Rock You” was written as the opener for the B side of their album News of the World These days it is practically impossible to go to a sporting event and hear one without the other.
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Honorable mention goes to Weird Al’s “Sports Song.” This comedic tune is not only applicable to any sport, but also embodies the essence of most sports theme songs, even if it is slightly on the silly side. Why not have some fun, though? Tell us what your favorite pump-up sports songs are in the comments below!