College football is more than two teams facing one another on the gridiron. It's two institutions. Two unique and distinct spirited groups. The students, the faculty, the alumni, the band, the cheerleaders...the 11 players have more riding on the game than the standings. These unpaid athletes play for the love of the sport and the love of their school.
That love is manifested not only by the players, but by all of the aforementioned groups. The pagentry of a single college football game is unmatched in the world of sport. Sure, the NFL has the Super Bowl, but until the New York Giants start holding pep rallies, marching band skull sessions, and processions to the stadium, college football shall reign supreme when it comes to pageantry.
Perhaps the most recognizable aspect of this pageantry—and perhaps the most storied—is the collegiate fight song.
Boston College is generally accepted as the birthplace of the collegiate fight song. "For Boston" was introduced in 1885. Since that time, thousands of songs have been composed, ranging from traditional marches to modern riffs.
Determining which fight songs are the best, and which of those is the best of the best is no simple task. Several aspects must be taken into consideration. For our purposes, the methodology used was a meshing of originality, history, spirit, appeal, musicality, and the ever-popular "intagibles."
Without further delay, here are the top 15 college football fight songs!