The 25 Best Songs About Athletes

David DanielsSenior Writer IFebruary 24, 2011

The 25 Best Songs About Athletes

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    Sports are often described as poetry in motion.  

    Musical artists often attempt to take that poetry and put it into a song.  More often than not, the song doesn't end up being about the sport, but an athlete.

    Tracks that are jokes, disses or idolize athletes are released every year.  

    Here are the top 25 songs written about athletes.

25. Wayne Gretzky (Goldfinger)

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    Psych!  I had to start off with a laugh.

    You'd be hard-pressed to find another song written about an athlete from that disturbing, yet comical, angle.

25. I Love Mickey

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    This song takes corny to a whole new level.

    Focus on each punch line and you won't be able to keep a straight face.

24. Teach Me How To Jimmer

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    This is a remix of a song later in this list.

    "Chuck Norris even has a Jimmer poster."

23. I'm a Raven (Jynx and Akira The Great)

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    You'll find songs about athletes written by no-name rappers all over the Internet.

    About one out of 50 times, the song turns out good, like this Terrell Suggs tribute.

22. LeBron James (Debonair)

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    This is actually a response to a song later on this list.

    Let's just say, LeBron's rival had a song, so you know his fan base couldn't leave him hanging with no ring and no song.

21. Lights Out (Tony Corleone)

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    "Lights Out" refers to Shawne Merriman's sack dance.

    I'm disappointed that I didn't hear this line: "You really wanna rumble? Make Tila Tequila crumble."

20. Ima Go Getta (Lil Wayne)

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    For some odd reason (he shows up at sporting events?), Lil Wayne is known as the most knowledgeable rapper about sports.

    Hmm, I wonder if the same rapper that wrote "!@#$%&, Money, Weed" happened to be around when this picture was taken.

19. Paul Pierce (Damani)

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    No one with a head as big as Paul Pierce's needs a song written about him like this.

    First, he thinks he's the best player in the league, then, arguably the greatest three-point shooter ever, now this.

18. One Clap (DJ Steve Porter)

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    DJ Steve Porter has a hundred songs like this, but "One Clap" is the best of the bunch.

    "Straight cash homie."

17. Ray Lewis (Terry Motivation)

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    Another Baltimore Raven, but I'm surprised there's not one about Ed Reed out there, too.

    I tried to tell 'em, we murder the opposition...

16. Derrick Rose

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    This beat is so intimidating, I'd expect it to be on Ray Lewis' song.

    It's almost intimidating as this picture.

15. Do the John Wall (Troop 41)

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    Ah, the music industry and its creativity at its best.

    "Do the Dougie" turned into "Do the John Wall," "Do the Jimmer" and about a billion other cheesy songs.

14. Song for Sonny Liston (Mark Knopfler)

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    Tired of all the rap? Well, here come some classics.

    I thought if I ranked "Do the John Wall" before some of these I would get taken out by a shotgun. 

13. I Love Me Some Me (NFL Films)

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    This song is priceless.

    This track alone got Ed Sabol into the Hall of Fame. 

12. Joltin' Joe DiMaggio

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    Yes, the good ol' days when the Yankees weren't the most hated franchise in professional sports...

    I'm sure a song was written about every player on their roster.

11. Boom Boom Mancini (Warren Zevon)

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    "Boom Boom" is probably the most generic nickname you could've given a boxer, but it's still a classic.

    Bobby Chacon only lasted three rounds, by the way.

10. Magic Johnson (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

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    This song is pretty hardcore to be written about the flashy, Showtime Lakers.

    Can someone explain to me what is going on at 2:43?

9. Say Hey Willie (Dennis Massa)

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    This song had me tapping my foot, and I usually hate this type of music.

    I'm sure Mays has this song softly playing in his home at all times, at least I do.

8. I May Be Wrong (T-Mobile)

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    Auto-tune ruins everything, but this song is an exception.

    This should be the default ringtone on every T-Mobile phone.

7. Pau, Phil Is Your Father (Ryan Parker)

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    If you've never heard of Ryan Parker, you need to check out some of his other stuff.

    All his songs are jokes like this one, but you may not find one better.

6. Black Superman (Johnny Wakelin and The Kinshasa Band)

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    The Black Superman, you would think Ali himself came up with the song title.

    "Muhaaammad, Muhaaammad Ali."

5. Kobe Bryant (Lil Wayne)

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    This is by far the best rap song about an athlete out there.

    It has everything: the LeBron disses, Stephen A. Smith carrying the intro, etc.  

4. Time To Shine (Andrew Cassanova)

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    While everyone is obsessed with Australian accents, Jamaicans are communicating with pure awesomeness coming out of their voice boxes.

    I'm filling my mp3 up with Jamaican music as soon as this song is over.

3. Hurricane (Bob Dylan)

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    This song is written as a protest to the imprisonment of boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter.

    It helped raise money to get Carter a new trial.

2. Be Like Mike

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    Hasn't every basketball player sung this song at least once in their lifetime?

    "F-U-N-K-Y is his overall dress," classic.

1. We Stand Together (Chris Paul)

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    It's a shame this list has to end on a sad note, but I couldn't put this song any lower than No. 1.

    R.I.P. Sean Taylor

     

    David Daniels is an NFL Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report and a Syndicated Writer. Follow him on Twitter.