There are songs that send chills down a fan's spine when they hear them. These songs signal that it is time for sports—that it is time for baseball, football, basketball, or others.
Bleacher Report now takes a look at the theme songs that send chills down your spine; these are the top 10 sports broadcast theme songs!
The main theme song for the 2010 World Cup is Wavin' Flag by K'naan. The song is being played all over the place; whether it's an ESPN commercial, on the radio, or in NBA 2K10. The song is very well written and an excellent addition to the history of past World Cup themes.
Also shown here is the intro for the 2010 World Cup.
This song takes me back to the postseason. It has been around for a while, but the beat and the song has an October-like feel to it. Baseball is on Fox on the weekends, but this song just gives any game a playoff feel. The downfall of this song comes when Joe buck starts to speak.
It is interesting to see how big ESPN has become. They cover just about everything in sports. They have excellent announcers and excellent television hosts—it is one of the most interesting channels to watch. But let's face it, their baseball theme is a standout among not so great baseball themes. Just like Fox, their theme gives any game a playoff feel.
I can always picture Jon Miller and Joe Morgan coming up right after this tune.
One Shining Moment is an excellent way to end the NCAA basketball tournament. It brings out the best and most memorable moments of the tournament. Luther Vandross has been the voice of the big dance for quite some time now. This year, Jennifer Hudson was the singer of this traditional theme and was not received that well by fans or the media afterwards.
The NCAA tournament should have ended with Luther Vandross singing it at least one more time.
This song is a classic in Canada, although it may not be a classic in the United States. Hockey is religion in Canada and this is their theme. CBS decided not to pay the fee to use it anymore in 2007, but the song lives on. TSN decided to keep the song alive and pay the fees. Even a diehard American hockey fan would not have this song on the list, but a Canadian would have it as first. I will be neutral here and place it seventh.
Sports Center has excellent commercials and their theme song is not that bad either. Many people, like myself, enjoy hearing it to signal the start of one of the best sports programs on the air.
This song has been around since the 90's and is synonymous with the NFL playoffs and broadcasts. A word to the wise NBC—don't retire this.
The song has been around since the 70's. It has been around for a long time now, but will probably be around for an even longer time. Parents know the song and even little babies can do the bum-bum-bum-bum at the beginning. Long live Monday Night Football!
This theme song harkens back to the very entertaining days of basketball, when Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls were introduced to this John Tesh classic. The 90's were a great time for the Bulls and the NBA and the song lives on today. NBC brought it back for USA's basketball team during the Olympics. Classic song by John Tesh even though it was created through an answering machine.
This is the best sports theme to open a broadcast; it not only gives you the chills, but also that patriotic feeling for your country. It gets fast-paced towards the middle and gets your blood running, but it is also a very peaceful song. The newer version is just as good as the original Bugler's Dream as they combine Leo Arnaud with John Williams.
It is very fitting for a large scale sports competition like the Olympics.