College Football 2011: Power Ranking the Top 10 Fight Songs
Tradition is one of the aspects of college football that makes it such a special sport. The rivalries, passion, and conference pride all add to the atmosphere surrounding college football in the fall.
However, the marching bands and fight songs of these teams are just as important when it comes to tradition.
Check out our Top 10 fight songs in college football.
No. 10: Wisconsin
Wisconsin's "On Wisconsin" is played after every touchdown at Badger football games and has become one of the most well-known fight songs in the Big Ten.
The song is also the State of Wisconsin's official song.
It was originally entered into a contest to be Minnesota's fight song, but the name was changed at the last minute and it became "On Wisconsin." It has been used as the school's fight song ever since.
No. 9: Northwestern
While Northwestern's fight song, "Go U Northwestern" lacks the history of "On Wisconsin," it is a very upbeat song that is recognized around the nation.
A number of high schools have adopted the song as their own.
Either "Go U Northwestern" or "Rise Northwestern" (the school's other fight song) is played after every Northwestern score, and "Go U Northwestern" has been played at football games since it debuted in 1912.
No. 8: Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech's fight song is known more for the on-field antics that accompany it than it is for the song itself.
The song "Ramblin' Wreck" is played after every Georgia Tech score. However, the name is also used to identify the students and alumni, as well as a Model A Ford that is painted in gold and driven onto the field.
No. 7: Iowa
It's not officially Iowa's fight song, but the "Hawkeye Victory Polka" is one of the greatest songs in sports.
It is played only after Hawkeye wins and it is an adaptation of "In Heaven There is No Beer." It's words...
In Heaven there is no beer
That's why we drink it here
And when we're gone from here
Our friends will be drinking all the beer
The song is a fan favorite among fans and "In Heaven there is no beer..." is a popular line among Hawkeye fans.
No. 6: Ohio State
The "dotting of the I" at Ohio State is one of college football's biggest traditions and has become a fan-favorite for Buckeye fans and opposing fans like at Ohio Stadium.
The band performs the "Buckeye Battle Cry" during the "Script Ohio" formation.
Each "i-dotting" is performed by a different fourth or fifth year sousaphonist. However, honorary i-dotters, such as Woody Hayes, Jack Nicklaus, and John Glenn have also performed the tradition.
No. 5: Army
In the days after Osama bin Laden's death, patriotism and sports have mixed once again, just as they have after 9/11 and during the Miracle on Ice.
"On, Brave Old Army Team" is an inspirational song that, in the end, is about much more than just football.
While it is a fight song, it reflects on the school's character as a whole, not just the football team.
No. 4: Auburn
Auburn's fight song "War Eagle" has become such a part of the school that the university has a live eagle mascot, even though the official school mascot is a Tiger.
"War Eagle" is a common saying among Auburn fans, much like "Roll Tide" for rival Alabama, It has been the "battle cry" for Auburn fans since 1916 and is one of the most recognizable sayings in sports.
No. 3: USC
Like "War Eagle," USC's "Fight On" is used as a battle cry by fans.
"Fight On" is the school's fight song as well and was written in 1922. It is a perfect backdrop for USC's Trojan-themed pregame festivities.
No. 2: Michigan
The top two fight songs on this list are far and away the most rich with tradition and are basically interchangeable. Michigan's "The Victors" comes in second position.
The song was written in 1898 and is perhaps the most recognizable fight song in the country. It was a favorite of former President Gerald R. Ford, who sometimes had it played by the Naval band in place of "Hail to the Chief."
"The Victors" is used by a number of high schools as well and has become a symbol of Michigan, both athletically and academically.
No. 1: Notre Dame
Notre Dame's fight song "Notre Dame Victory March" is one of the most recognizable fight songs in the country and is filled with football tradition.
Like "The Victors," it has become a symbol of Notre Dame on the field and around the country. The song has also been borrowed by a number of other sports teams.
"Notre Dame Victory March" has been a symbol of Notre Dame ever since it was written and will continue that tradition well into the future.