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Stadium anthems or sports anthems are a musical genre identifying songs that are played over the public address systems at stadiums and arenas during breaks in the action to rally the fans. Unlike college fight songs, stadium anthems were not written for use at sports events.

Stadium anthems are characterised by a catchy up tempo rhythm and a repeated vocal catchphrase, often a statement of pride or arrogance. Most stadium anthems are drawn from popular rock and roll or rap hits. Others are drawn from familiar movie scores, particularly elements of the Star Wars and Jaws soundtracks.

Some stadium anthems are popular in a particular region, or with a specific team because of a reference in the song's lyrics. The Stormers run onto the pitch with Will Smith's Men In Black playing, because of their all black kit. The Dallas Cowboys made heavy use of "Should've Been a Cowboy" by Toby Keith in the 1990s, while sports teams in Alabama often use "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd. (The University of Alabama marching band often plays Deacon Blues by Steely Dan due to the school's mention in its lyrics.)

At college football games, the schools' marching bands often add stadium anthems to their repertoires.

Some of the more popular stadium anthems include:

AC/DC - "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)", "Thunderstruck", "Hell's Bells", and "You Shook Me All Night Long"
Baha Men - "Who Let The Dogs Out"
Beastie Boys - "Intergalactic "
Benny Benassi - "Satisfaction"
Black Eyed Peas - "Let's Get It Started"
Black Sabbath - "Iron Man"
Blur - "Song 2"
Chumbawamba - "Tubthumping"
Crystal Method - "Name Of The Game"
Darude - "Sandstorm"
Dream Theater - "Metropolis (Part 1)"
Europe - "The Final Countdown"
James Brown - "I Got You (I Feel Good)"
Gary Glitter - "Rock and Roll Part 2" (sometimes referred to as the "Hey" song)
Guns N' Roses - "Welcome to the Jungle"
House of Pain - "Jump Around"
Kool and the Gang - "Celebration"
LL Cool J - "Mama Said Knock You Out"
MC Hammer - "U Can't Touch This"
Ted Nugent - "Cat Scratch Fever" (especially among teams with feline nicknames)
Opus - "Live Is Life"
Ozzy Osbourne - "Crazy Train"
P.O.D. - "Boom"
The Prodigy - "Firestarter"
Queen - "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions"
Rolling Stones - "Start Me Up"
Scorpions - "Rock You Like A Hurricane"
Steam - "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"
Survivor - "Eye Of The Tiger"
Tag Team - "Whoomp, There It Is"
Tina Turner - "Simply The Best"
Twisted Sister - "We're Not Gonna Take It"
2 Unlimited - "Get Ready For This"
Village People - "YMCA"
Zombie Nation - "Kernkraft 400"

List of songs that might be heard at sporting events From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search

"Ace Of Spades" by Motorhead "Big City Nights" by Scorpions "Cowboys From Hell" by Pantera "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne "Cum On Feel the Noize" by Quiet Riot "Final Countdown" by Europe "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Metallica "Hells Bells" by AC/DC "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar "Jump" by Van Halen "Let's go Crazy" by Prince "Live Wire" by Motley Crue "O Canada" by Various Artists "Paradise City" by Guns N' Roses "Rock and Roll Part Two" by Gary Glitter "Rock You Like A Hurricane" by Scorpions "Round and Round" by Ratt "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC "Walk" by Pantera "Walk This Way" by Aerosmith "We Are the Champions" by Queen "Welcome To the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses "We Will Rock You" by Queen "Wild Side" by Motley Crue "You Shook Me All Night Long" by AC/DC


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