NFL: 5 Replacements for the Monday Night Football Theme Song
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past week (and if you have, why the hell are you on the Internet right now?), you've probably heard all about the drama that unfolded surrounding Hank Williams Jr.'s comments on President Obama.
The bigwigs at ESPN didn't appreciate how vocal he was on the matter, and he has subsequently been dropped entirely, along with his now iconic "Are You Ready For Some Football?" jingle that has played before Monday Night Football for years. Opinions differ on whether this was a good or bad decision, but now the important thing is: What will become the new theme of MNF? Sure, ESPN could go out and hire someone to write a new song, but why go to all that effort? It could be just as effective to use a timeless classic (or at least a very "pump-uppy" song) in its place. With that being said, here are five alternatives to the now defunct theme song.
(Note: These aren't necessarily the best choices, nor are they in any order. Leave your own choices in the comments section below)
"Can't Stop" (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
I was debating back and forth between using either this song or their equally popular "Higher Ground," but I stuck with the more recent of the two. RHCP has been in the news recently with the release of their new album, and although some tracks on there might be good replacements in their own right, this one just seems to capture the football spirit the best out of all their tracks. Plus, ESPN kinda has a thing for pop music, so putting in a band that just recently sent out an album could gain some exposure. Also, it's just an awesome song.
This is the only non-rock song on the list, and with good reason. I listened to a bunch of rap-ish songs to see if one would fit, but this was the only one I could legitimately see as the intro to Monday Night Football. It has the obvious connection to the sport with its lyrics, and it's a very loud, catchy pump up song. Isn't it easy to imagine a Ray Lewis highlight reel being played with this music? Exactly.
The slowest song on my list, it would work just as well as the others. Like with my first slide, I was having a little difficulty choosing which song in their repertoire would be most fitting as an intro to Monday Night Football. In the end though, I felt as though it was just the right pace that it doesn't seem plodding (like "Hell's Bells" does) nor does it come across as too frantic (a la "Thunderstruck"). It's a great football song, whatever that means.
"I Don't Wanna Stop" (Black Sabbath)
Catchy tune, check. Fitting lyrics, check. Ozzy freakin' Osbourne, check. Some might cry foul that I chose this song over "Crazy Train." However, go back and listen to it. Sure, it's got that sweet intro, but what else? Apart from that, it isn't nearly intense enough to capture the excitement of the sport. At least, it isn't in comparison to this song. This is an underrated classic that, in my opinion, might be Ozzy's best post-Black Sabbath work.
"Welcome to the Jungle" (Guns N' Roses)
Yeah, it's cliche. Yeah, everyone's heard it a million times. And yeah, Axel Rose is kinda a jerk nowadays. It doesn't matter. This is my personal favorite to fill in the vacant seat left before MNF. It is personally welcoming the audience to the extravaganza that is about to take place. The music itself is hyper enough that it can make anyone excited. And Slash's solo? Fahgeddaboudit. This is my choice as the replacement for the Monday Night Football intro.