Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Sports Songs

I have spent the past hour trying to find mp3 files of "Metsmerized" by the '86 Mets-- along with "Chocolate Strawberry" by Darryl Strawberry--to no avail. I have therefore settled on watching the "Superbowl Shuffle" video, and thought I might pass it along.

God damn, Willie Gault is a good looking man. I am not ashamed to say it.

It appears that ESPN3 has compiled a whole series of articles on music and sports. I remember reading some of these, but there are plenty of excellent additions that I never read. I started here, but every page opens up new pleasures. Like Pete Gammon’s favorite albums, Eric Neel’s Best/Worst stadium songs list, or a whole list of awful music made by athletes. You can even hear sound clips with that one. My favorite page, however, is the one where they tell you the at-bat and intro songs for all 30 MLB teams. I have never seen all of them gathered together like this. Simply awesome. For some reason, Keith Foulke’s intro music--“Mother” by Danzig--is not on this list. A huge oversight, in my not so humble and increasingly vital opinion. I thought I would take the time to look at every team’s songs, and pick out a roster based on music played when players enter a game.
C Michael Barrett--"Take 5" by Dave Brubeck
1B Jason Giambi--“Wolfpack Theme” from WCW Wrestling
1B Mike Sweeney--“Jesus Freak” by DC Talks
2B Brett Boone--“Thunderstruck” by AC/DC
2B Roberto Alomar--"Dirt Off Your Shoulder” by Jay-Z
3B Cory Koskie--“Tom Sawyer” by Rush
SS Orlando Cabrera--"For the Love of Money" by The O'Jays
SS Miguel Tejada-- "Hit 'em Up" by Tupac
DH Travis Hafner--“Du Hast” by Rammstein
OF Matt Stairs--“Glassbreaker” (Stone Cold Steve Austin’s Theme Music)
OF Raul Ibanez--“Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon
OF David Dellucci--"The Godfather Waltz" by Nino Rota
OF Jody Gerut--“Lucipher” by Jay-Z
OF Moises Alou--"Louie Louie" by The Kingsmen
RP Tom Gordon--“Flash Gordon” by Queen
RP Keith Foulke--“Mother” by Danzig
RP Trevor Hoffman--“Hell’s Bells” by AC/DC
All of these songs are from the 2004 season, and many may have changed. Usher’s “Yeah” was clearly the most popular song, but I doubt it was still in favor this year. I should add “Big Poppa” to the list as well, as it is the song I sing every time David Ortiz comes up to the plate. I don’t think they play it for him at Fenway, though, which is mind-boggling. It’s like the Oilers never playing The Rock’s theme music whenever Georges Laraque makes a big hit, wins a fight, or scores a goal. How can you not “Smell What La Raque Is Cooking”? The Oilers used to have the worst music at hockey games. I haven’t gone in a while, so I don’t know if it has changed, but it seemed like they used to play four Tom Petty, John Mellencamp and Dwight Yoakam songs a game. Just, like, the whitest music ever.

As for the best pump up sports songs of all-time, I have a list of songs not covered by ESPN. They would include:
“Little Sister”--Queens of the Stone Age
“Hockey Night In Canada Theme Song”
“Real American” –-Hulk Hogan’s Theme Song
“NWA Theme Song”
“Vodoo Child”—Jimmy Hendrix/Hollywood Hogan’s Theme Song (just picturing Hogan playing his belt like a guitar gives me the shivers)
“Eye of the Tiger”--Survivor
“What’s My Name?”--DMX
“Separate Ways”--Journey
“The Hockey Song”--Stompin’ Tom Connors
“Zombie Nation”--Kernkraft

Also, anything by NFL Films, until it is remixed by Da Riffs. Don't believe me? Just listen to this bad boy.
I am sure I am missing many, but Abboud (and others) will assuredly fill in the gaps.


At 11:19 AM, Blogger Alex said...

Some great pump-up songs that may or may not have been covered:

"Hot in Herre" by Nelly (does anyone else remember the wild card game from a few years ago where Ray Lewis was introduced to this song, and danced for about a minute at the bottom of the tunnel before running out. Vince McMahon himself couldn't have scripted it better.)

"TNT" by AC/DC. Classic hockey arena song. Ideally used during timeouts and right before crucial faceoffs late in the 3rd period.

"Get Over It" by Ok Go. If this isn't a staple, it should be. It was the class of a great Madden 2004 soundtrack. If you don't believe me, download it. You'll be pumped up for days.

"Dirty Water" by The Standells. This is the one they play at Fenway after every Sox win.

"Sirius" by the Alan Parsons Project. You probably know it best as the Chicago Bulls intro music. Check it out here. This is a midi version that sounds pretty similar to the actual music.

"The Final Countdown" by Europe. Classic NBA song played during timeouts late in the game, or during those over-the-top Detroit Pistons intros (good times!) Bonus points because it doubles as a great strip club song.

"Living in America" by James Brown. It worked for Apollo Creed...oh wait.

Those are a few standard pump-up songs that come to mind. I'll post more as I think of them.

At 1:24 PM, Blogger sacamano said...

Celebration? You don't have Celebration?

I put up some Hockey related songs over at our place.

At 2:05 PM, Blogger andy grabia said...

I gave a list of songs NOT on any of the ESPN pages. "Celebration" and "Hot In Herre" are covered. "TNT" is a gooder, and so are "Sirius" and "Living In America."

At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your forgetting about of course alex, What about
Welcome to the Jungle, A guns and roses hit played before the bruins drop the puck every night.

What about Crazy Train or Warewolves of london.

At 5:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You Gotta do better stuff dude, how do I sign up for this

At 7:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

best pump- up songs:
Let's Go by Lil' John
Till i collapse: Eminem
Here Comes the Boom: Nelly (The Longest Yard Sountrack)

At 11:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone's leaving out one of my favorites, which I hear quite a bit at sports arenas as well:


At 5:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worlds greatest- R Kelly

the way i am- eminem

gladiator theme tune- enya

move bitch- ludacris

thats just scrapping the surface

At 1:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are lots better sport songs,...

Oh! - Union Turnpike
Bring the noise - Public Enemy Vs. Benny Benassi

Drop - Ying Yang Twins

Cant be touched - roy jones jr.

At 3:15 PM, Anonymous Swanseaboii2009 said...

My favourite

Get ready for this by 2 unlimited

At 1:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like the song "Break Stuff" by limp bizkit=D its a cool song to listen to and tear stuff up=D

At 2:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this list of songs is really fantastic but best pump up song is Let's Go by Lil' John. O shit i forgot. i was searching for holabird sports code to save on my sports purchase.

At 2:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

move bitch - lil jon and three 6 mafia

At 3:29 PM, Anonymous Pump Up Songs said...

Some great songs in the post, and some even greater ones posted by Alex in the comments!

I came across this pump up songs list yesterday. There's a few clashing with this list, but some great lesser known ones as well. Check it out!

At 7:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

stronger~ kanye west
My life be like~true grit
Outa your mind~ lil jon
remember the name~ Fort minor
NBA ballers~on the line
All the lights~kanye west
Go getta~lil wayne
im a swimmer and these are a few of the songs on my playist i listen to before swim practice every day

At 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out "IT'S ON, BABY!!" by Sum of Squares. That song will get you pumped up.

A video is below:

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