Top 20 Songs Played in Sports Arenas
Songs to Get the Crowd Pumped Up
There are certain songs that always pump-up the crowd in a sports stadium.
Many of them are classic rock songs that may just never die, but these days were are seeing more and more variety when it comes to genres played in event venues.
A lot of modern-day pop/hip-hop style songs are what get the crowds revved up at a game. Rap may not be as common but it is typical to hear at least one song during the game.
The one thing you will not find on my top-anthems list: country music. The only country song that even came close to making it was Lynard Skynard’s “Sweet Home Alabama.” Although this does catch the attention of most fans, I don’t really see it as one that gets the crowd pumped up for the game.
Most of these are played during variety of sporting events and in a plethora of venues throughout the world. And the majority of these songs have hit viral, whether it was in the 70’s, or as recently as 2012.
Although there is one band that appears multiple times on the list, I am going to give it special recognition here too; AC/DC will never die. They were popular back then and their songs continue to be played now. Their rock songs aren’t necessarily used completely for their lyrics but their intros are still going strong in the sporting world.
I tried to include the songs that will be popular for the years to come, younger generations may enjoy some of them more than their elders; but there are also the classic rock songs that the elders will enjoy more than today’s youth.
Either way, these songs are heard on a weekly basis in stadiums throughout the United States and even the World.
I’ve even included YouTube clips of the songs in case you don’t recognize the titles.
20. Stronger (Kanye West)
There are a ton of Kanye haters out there but this song is commonly played at a variety of venues. After all, what team wouldn't want to be better, faster, stronger? Of course it's edited and cut differently in stadiums but the song is definitely played often.
19. Remember the Name (Fort Minor)
This song isn't quite as popular as most but it's commonly used in basketball stadiums. Kids of the 90's and 2000's era can relate mostly to this song due it's presence in the movies: Gridiron Gang, The Karate Kid, Pride and NBC's Friday Night Lights series.
18. Enter Sandman (Metallica)
The list of college football teams that use this for when their team first enters the stadium could go on and on for days. Let's just say that the intro music for this song gets athletes and fans adrenaline pumping so much that the song will never die in sports stadiums.
17. Hells Bells (AC/DC)
This one is simply a classic rock song that every typical stadium has played at some time or another. A lot of stadiums still have it in their game-day song lineups. It's a great buildup for team entrances onto a football field in particular but is commonly found in hockey games as well.
16. Song 2 (Blur)
I first heard this song back in high school when it wasn't very popular. Since then, it has become extremely popular to use for home teams when celebrating a goal during hockey or soccer and when scoring a run in baseball.
15. Lose Yourself (Eminem)
There are multiple Eminem songs that are commonly played during sporting events but Lose Yourself is probably the most heard. I know it's not common for a rap song to take over the entire stadium. It became popular when Eminem's movie, 8 Mile was released.
It talks about overcoming your fears and succeeding in the one moment that is absolutely necessary so it is perfect for stadiums. And yes, many college aged kids can fully rap the song because it's fairly easy to catch onto compared to some rap songs these days.
14. Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes)
This song is fairly often played for team entrances, when hockey players get sent to the box or when close games get intense as the time runs out. You don't normally here the whole song but you probably recognize the beat for the first minute as many teams have turned it into a game day tradition to build up tension.
13. Let's Get it Started (Black Eyed Peas)
The name of this song pretty much states the intention: it gets the crowd started. It can be used for any game to get the crowd involved into the game; not to mention the lyrics of the course are extremely simple to catch onto.
12. Welcome to the Jungle (Guns and Roses)
This one is pretty much used in any sporting event, at any point of time. Its a rock classic that will be around for quite a while. It can get the adrenaline pumping at the beginning of a game, when a team returns from halftime or even at the end when the score is close.
11. Dynamite (Taio Cruz)
I've seen this one most commonly used in baseball and football stadiums. It's an upbeat pop song that catches the crowds attention. Sometime you just gotta throw your hands up in the air and say ay-yo, let's go.
10. Jump Around (House of Pain)
When you hear a song that consistently says "Jump Around," wouldn't you jump up and down too? The beginning tricks you a little bit but once that record scratches, you know that it's time to jump around. Although I do have to admit, the Wisconsin Badger Fans do it the best as it is their game day tradition.
9. Eye of the Tiger (Journey)
One of the biggest build-up songs to this day, Eye of the Tiger is recognized among people of multiple generations. It's commonly used during starting lineups but is often a song played by high school and college bands during the game as well.
8. I Gotta Feelin' (Black Eyed Peas)
This song has been an extremely catchy one in arenas in the last few years. It pretty much sums up that you're going to have a good night but has a unique beat and easy lyrics to catch onto.
7. Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne)
It's one of the classic rock songs that almost everyone knows. Even little kids can grasp on to the "Ay Ay Ay" which makes it one of the most recognizable stadium anthems. It all starts with Ozzy's signature laugh which leads to the thumping bass and drum intro; fans are sure to get their adrenaline running.
6. Zombie Nation (Kernkraft 400)
When this song first debuted in the early 2000's, people had no hope for it. However, once sports teams grasped onto the chorus it became viral during basketball and football games. Most teams now have their own chant with the beat, along with unique hand/arm motions that get the whole crowd moving.
Some teams use it when the defense makes a good play, others use it to celebrate a successful offense. When the song first hit big it was commonly used when basketball games were close or tied and only seconds remained. (You can skip to the 40 second mark in the video to hear the popular beat)
5. All I Do is Win (DJ Khaled)
It's one of the more recent, modern pop songs that has taken over almost every sports stadium out there. It's one that is catchy and easy for fans to sing along to the chorus. It doesn't necessarily get the fans all rowdied and ready to stomp the other team, but it definitely grabs the crowd's attention. This song has pretty much taken over the old school classic, "Celebrate Good Times" for home team wins in many stadiums.
4. Back in Black (AC/DC)
AC/DC is always going to be known as one of the greatest rock bands alive and this song will be heard for many generations to come. The beginning of the song can get a crowd ready to stand up and cheer during any point of a game but it's commonly used in stadium entrances as well. Kids that consistently attend sporting events when they're young will have this song etched into their brains forever.
3. Gangnam Style (PSY)
Don't hate on this choice too quick. I know it only went viral a few months ago but think about how often you are hearing it. Just days after it hit the United States, college and professional teams were mimicking the popular horse-riding dance move in their own YouTube videos.
The song became the most popular YouTube video, passing up Carly Rae Jepson's "Call Me Maybe" video. Now the original Gangnam Style YouTube video is approaching an astonishing 1,000,000,000 views. You have to admit that the majority of stadium crowds join in the dancing when this song begins to play.
2. Thunderstruck (AC/DC)
We can pretty much all agree that AC/DC songs will never die. Thunderstruck is one song in particular that I predict will always be played in stadiums. It's a more versatile song because the beginning can buildup for a stadium entrance yet the chorus is commonly as well during a variety of sporting events.
1. Party Rock Anthem (LMFAO)
LMFAO may not be everybody's favorite group but you have to admit that crowds enjoy the music. This song always gets the crowd up and dancing with many fans attempting to make an appearance on the jumbotron. It's one of the songs that you can dance to and make a fool of yourself because LMFAO is a one-of-a-kind, crazy group.