(Unofficial) Billboard Top Five: Red Sox Edition

E ASenior Analyst IMarch 19, 2009

Creative name, huh?

I know it's cheesy, but it's the best I could do. Cut me some slack, I'm giving in to the Madness of March.

After reading a great article about baseball oriented songs by talented writer Todd Civin, I felt inspired to take a crack at my favorite songs. Only including (arguably, but for another time) the best team in baseball, of course. That team is the Red Sox.

So without further ado, "I want to tell you a big fat story, baby."


No. 5: "Lean Back Parody," original song by Terror Squad

I'm a huge Red Sox fan. The music I listen to most is rap. I remember the original song, and I thought was okay.

After the 2004 ALCS victory by Boston, this clever verse was tacked on to the then hit single "Lean Back" by Terror Squad on a Boston radio station.

It may not have the history of "Dirty Water," but after stumbling across this on YouTube, I couldn't refrain from including this one.


No. 4: "I'm Shipping Up To Boston," the Dropkick Murphys.

This is a great song. I love hearing this when Papelbon comes on to the mound. This song succeeds at pumping me up. When I'm on the edge of my seat come the ninth inning, it's a good sign to hear the riff and bagpipes of "I'm Shipping Up To Boston" start playing.

Enter Jonathan Papelbon from stage right.

If you aren't pumped up by hearing this song, featuring lead singer Al Barr screaming his lungs out, I would suspect that you don't have a pulse.


No. 3: "Sweet Caroline," Neil Diamond.

"Where it began, I can't begin to know when."

Since Neil Diamond is a little before my time, I can say that about this song.

I may not know how old the song is, but "Sweet Caroline" is a Fenway classic, without a doubt. To my chagrin, I have yet to visit Fenway Park, but every Red Sox fan should know to sing along to "Sweet Caroline" in the middle of the eighth inning.

"Ohh, sweet Caroline, good times never seemed so good."


No. 2: "Tessie," the Dropkick Murphys

The Dropkicks come in for the second time with their remake of Tessie.

Shot in 2004, guaranteeing a World Series victory for Boston that year, the Murphys were on the verge of being run out of town amidst the ALCS against the Yankees.

Luckily, things turned around for Boston, death threats were no longer sent to the Murphys, and this song is an infamous Red Sox classic.

Like the next song on the list, "Tessie" is played after every Red Sox victory.

"'We're not here to mess around, Boston you know we love you madly, hear the crowd roar to your sound"


No. 1: "Dirty Water," The Standells

This is the single greatest song played at Fenway Park.

Hearing this hit by The Standells means the Red Sox just won.

Like "Sweet Caroline", it is a must to stay around and sing the refrain "Oh, Boston you're my home."

I love the way those guys are dressed up in the music video. Wow, just wow. That's all you can say about their outfits.

"Dirty Water" is easily the best Red Sox song, and only "Tessie" has more history.

If you're looking for a good way to get the song stuck in your head, watch the Red Sox comeback clips found here in chronological order. It worked for me.

"'Nuff said,' McGreevey shouted."