Most Overplayed Songs in Sports

Zack Pumerantz@z_pumerantzAnalyst IIIMay 20, 2011

Most Overplayed Songs in Sports

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11:  Singer-songwriter Ozzy Osbourne tries to lead the fans into the Guiness Book of World Records for the all-time loudest and longest scream during an interleague game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Los Angeles
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    While sports fans are rowdy and energetic on their own, teams believe that catchy tunes and current hits can increase participation.

    From hypnotic beats that get the blood flowing to rap songs that cause the head to move back and forth, these arena songs always seem to make the crowd go wild.

    Some stadiums play music after the home team scores and others excite the speakers before and after the game itself, but each song brings about vigor in the stands that is harder to ignite without rhythm.

    While the home team routinely feeds off the crowd's excitement, the music can be annoying and repetitive, albeit exhilarating.

    Here are the most overplayed songs in sports.


25. Pump Up the Jam by Technotronic

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    If you're human, Pump up the Jam will get you moving.

    Starring in the 1996 film Space Jam in the scene where Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes are getting ready to play the game, this song can get the party started.

    Most fans won't resist pumping up the jam.

24. Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond

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    While this song is much clearer in this video, it rings a bell for Mets and Red Sox fans.

    Played at Fenway Park since 1997 and during Mets games whenever they feel like it, Sweet Caroline has become a euphoric celebration towards the end of the game.

    Precious family moments.

23. Chelsea Dagger by the Fratellis

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    Roberto Luongo hates this song more than anyone.

    Made famous by the Chicago Blackhawks during their Stanley Cup run in 2010, Chelsea Dagger is played at the United Center for all Chicago Blackhawks goals and wins.

    Sure it's catchy, but it's doubtful that Blackhawks players have this song on their mp3 players.

    The coaches might, though, because it sounds like victory.

22. Put on by Young Jeezy

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    While many of us love Jeezy, Eli Manning proved that some players don't when he threw himself head first into the dirt and fumbled to lose a crucial game against the Eagles.

    Played at most Giants games, this song is the perfect representation of city pride.

    Young Jeezy tends to motivate listeners with his beats and his vibrating vocal chords, making his songs ideal for the New York crowd.

    However, they need to avoid playing the song during a play.

21. Let's Get It Started by Black Eyed Peas

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    While the bass keeps running, teams hope their fans will keep chanting.

    This song may be overplayed and obnoxious, but still seems to excite the crowd.

    It helped a massive turnaround by the Tigers in Kicking and Screaming, so who can question it?

20. Till I Collapse by Eminem

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    Those goosebumps might not go away.

    Many athletes use this song to get ready for the game.

    Sports involves fighting and clawing until there is nothing left and then continuing to battle. And Till I Collapse, used in many football and basketball arenas, represents the deep yearning for more.

    It harkens back to when Eminem was great.

19. Tubthumping by Chumbawamba

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    Ideal lyrics, although Vodka and Whiskey drinks might knock you down and not allow you to get up again.

    Featured in the soccer video game, World Cup 98, this song has become synonymous with FIFA and professional soccer.

    Athletes always deal with getting knocked down and getting up again.

    Played at most arenas around the world, this song excites the crowd every time.

18. Song 2 by Blur

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    Performed at every stadium in the world, Song 2 gets the crowd in a frenzy.

    They love to scream "woo-hoo" and aren't afraid to shake the stands with their jumps.

    Easily the most mainstream song that this English alternative rock band created.

    Well done.

17. Strike It Up by Black Box

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    Played at Lambeau Field and the United Center most notably, this song mixes a house feel with soulful vocals.

    In case the crowd doesn't know how to react, they can dance, dance, dance.

    Strike it Up has been overplayed for 21 years.

16. Boom by P.O.D.

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    There is no better song to get the crowd excited than one with the lyrics "Boom, boom, ready or not."

    P.O.D. is known for their hard rock music, a perfect compliment to football games around the country.

    Most teams sing these lyrics to their opponents in between plays.

15. Enter Sandman by Metallica

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    Not only does Mariano Rivera enter the field to this song in the ninth inning, but it is played in many football, basketball and hockey arenas as well.

    Metallica can always be a successful last resort for pumping up the crowd if nothing else works.

14. Sandstorm by DaRude

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    Stop listening before you get too excited.

    Sandstorm is not only played at many NFL stadiums, but it is also used to wake up the crowd during one-run baseball games.

    It often works and it's easy to hear why.

13. Sirius by Alan Parsons Project

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    Don't worry, those goosebumps will go away soon.

    Used as the introduction song of the Chicago Bulls during their 90s dynasty, "Sirius" was also an entrance theme for wrestler Ricky Steamboat during the 80s.

    Thank Michael Jordan for this one.

12. I Like to Move It by Erick Morillo

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    While it makes a special appearance in the Madagascar series, I like to Move It has clogged sports arenas since 1994 and continues to ignite crowds around the world.

    With a dance beat and reggae vocals, this unique tune keeps the fans on their feet and their hands in the air.

    It might be stuck in your head for the rest of the month.

11. Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z

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    He may have made the Yankees hat more famous than a Yankees can, but he's made Empire State of Mind more famous than Billy Joel can.

    This Jay-Z hit has become the theme song of every New York team.

    From Yankee Stadium to Madison Square Garden, this Brooklyn native might be the biggest star in the Big Apple.

10. Thunderstruck by ACDC

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    Aside from being played at almost every football stadium, this song has become the theme song for many baseball players as well.

    It's used when the Chicago White Sox take the field and was played when pitcher John Smoltz would come up to the plate.

    Cole Hamels likes it as his entrance song as well.

    It's almost impossible to find an arena that has never played Thunderstruck.

9. Mony Mony by Billy Idol

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    The big screen shows "Yeah" and the crowd shouts "Yeah."

    This happens repeatedly with every shot hit by the home team in NBA arenas.

    Mony Mony is used as an enthusiastic representation of how the fans feel.

    "I said yeah."


8. Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N' Roses

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    In 2008, Rolling Stone asked readers to vote for the top sports anthem song and this Guns N' Roses hit won the top spot.

    It seems that any song with an epic guitar riff in the beginning is bound to make it to most sports arenas.

7. Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones

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    The name says it all.

    An anthem for sports teams across the country, this song's lyrics seem to get the crowd going.

    Blitzkrieg Bop may be most known for being featured in sports video games such as MLB 08: The Show, NHL 11 and NHL 2K9.

6. Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne

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    Played multiple times during most sporting events, Crazy Train has become the signature theme of many arenas.

    Another intense guitar riff, this vigorous beat always gets the crowd fiery.

5. Rock and Roll Part 2 by Gary Glitter

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    After being charged with child sexual abuse in 2005, the NFL made teams discontinue use of the ubiquitous chanting song that has been used in almost every sports movie.

    However, the song was so crucial to fan happiness that the NFL allowed a cover of the song to be played despite the fact that Glitter had already been charged and convicted of child pornography in 1997.

    What to think of this song now?

4. We Will Rock You by Queen

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    This cliche hit was made famous by the Mighty Ducks and set the standard for crowd enthusiasm.

    To intimidate opponents, stadiums will play this song and ask the crowd to slam the ground to the beat.

    They don't need to be asked.

3. YMCA by the Village People

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    Perhaps the most overplayed song in history, YMCA is used to get the crowd out of their seats.

    As they form the letters of the word, participants begin to realize how cliche the song truly is.

    Still, always a classic.

2. Whoop There It Is by Tag Team

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    With a name like Tag Team, it's clear this band was ready to switch it up.

    Prevalent in basketball arenas and during various sporting events, this song has set the standard for motivating a crowd.

    All we can picture is an alley-oop happening in slow motion.

1. Everybody Dance Now by C & C Music Factory

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    This video reminds us all of the scene in "Old School" when Will Ferrell and his crew are dancing in harmony.

    Another song that gets the crowd fired up, Everybody Dance Now has continued to fill stadiums with its vigorous and overplayed beat.

    No doubt that this one came out of a factory.