Saturdays would not be the same without a marching band filling the ears of college football fans with their blaring trumpets, pounding drums, and clashing of various cymbals.
Whether you are a diehard fan or just a casual viewer, witnessing these college students perform songs that were written several decades ago and playing them, not only with deep passion, but with the sense that it is a rite of passage to being a true student, can be quite the sight.
While almost every school has a fight song, unless you went to that school or followed them for several years, getting fired up to another school’s fight song is not something that will strike the fancy of the masses.
However, there are a handful of college football fight songs that have the ability to make even the most distant fans hum a few bars or even pump that person up to take the moment by the horns and seize the day.
There are also those fight songs that when you hear them, it makes you think of the plethora of times that you had to suffer through every note while your hated rival stomped all over your heart. These songs have a way of standing out in our minds despite the disgust that accompanies it.
Determining a top ten list of fight songs is probably the most biased list one can write. Depending on where you grew up, your musical taste, which college you went to, and/or which team you choose to play with on EA’s NCAA Football, the melody of certain fight songs might rank higher on your favorites’ list then the guy sitting in the cubical a few rows down.
Therefore, in compiling this list, I put together the top ten fight songs that have struck a chord with me through the years, slightly persuaded by teams that get more national exposure (aka BCS Schools) and by a few songs that I have had the pleasure of seeing in person.
The experiences of witnessing these marching bands play their fight songs live definitely left an everlasting impression on my memory and thus make my list.
Here are My Top Ten College Football Fight Songs.