College Football 2011: Power Ranking the Top 10 Fight Songs

Kevin TrahanAnalyst IMay 4, 2011

College Football 2011: Power Ranking the Top 10 Fight Songs

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    SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 25: Members of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish band perform before a game between Notre Dame and the Stanford Cardinal at Notre Dame Stadium on September 25, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Stanford defeated Notre Dame 37-14. (Photo
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    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

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    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Bucky Badger of the Wisconsin Badgers looks on during the game against the TCU Horned Frogs in the 97th Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    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

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    INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 11:  Mascot 'Willie the Wildcat' of the Northwestern Wildcats performs during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers in the first round of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 11, 2010 in Indianapolis,
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    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

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    ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 15: The Ramblin Wreck Georgia Tech car rides in during pre-game ceremonies before the game between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Boston College Eagles at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field September 15, 2007 in Atlant
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    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

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    IOWA CITY, IA - OCTOBER 30- Dressed as Captain American Univeristy of Iowa mascot Herky the Hawk takes the field for the Michigan State Spartans NCAA football game at Kinnick Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 37-6 over Michigan Stat
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    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

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    COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 13:  The Ohio State Marching Band performs on the field before a game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    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

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    WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 02:  The U.S. Army Color Guard displays the Colors before the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals on Military Appreciation Night at Nationals Park on May 2, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/
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    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

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    AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 13:  War Eagle, mascot of the Auburn Tigers, against the Georgia Bulldogs at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    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

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    PALO ALTO, CA - OCTOBER 09:  The USC Trojan band performs before their game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    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

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    ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 27:  The Michigan Wolverines marching band performs during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on September 27, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    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

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    SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 21: Marching Band of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish enters the field before the game against the Univeristy of Connecticut Huskies at Notre Dame Stadium on November 21, 2009 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty
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    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.