Our editorial content is not influenced by any commissions we receive. Sports and music go hand-in-hand. Whether we're watching a hockey game, taking in a soccer match, or hanging out at the ballpark, when fans sit down in their stadium or arena of choice, we want something other than the in-game action to get our blood pumping.
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Some sports feature more than others. Baseball, for example, has walk-up music for all the hitters on the home team and every pitcher out of the bullpen. The NBA features a ton of music as well. That means there are quite a few songs that have gotten a lot of air time over the years. Here are the 25 biggest NBA anthems of all time. Stomp, stomp, clap. It seems like it may be law for every basketball arena to play this song at least once a game.
Now that it's late September, we're at last headed into that most hallowed time of the year for sports fans: That magical month or so where all four major American sports are active at once. Baseball is gearing up for its postseason, football is officially in full swing, pucks are being dropped in the hockey preseason and basketball practice gyms nationwide are finally seeing their doors creaked open. And for us sports fans who can't turn off the musical part of our brain, this time of the year means one thing above all else: a steady diet of jock jams. What is a jock jam? Well, in the '90s it was whatever ESPN defined it as for the purposes of their series of Jock Jams compilations : Most often, hip-hop-flavored dance-pop bangers which implicitly and sometimes explicitly promoted physical movement of any and all kinds. It's a canon that spans rock, hip-hop, dance and country, and still includes pop songs as old as the '50s and as new as last week. We tried to stay away from jams that only really made sense for one sport like John Fogerty's "Centerfield" or one city like Dropkick Murphys' "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" , in favor of the classics that could work in the most games in the most places. These are the songs that helped define sports culture in this country for decades, which may have fallen in and out of favor with music supervisors as hip songs of the moment, but which will forever produce a Pavlovian response of sports-readiness.
The perfect pregame intro song for any team with a wild animal as its mascot—think Lions, Jaguars or Cougars. Did you know Jim Carrey once performed the song? Well, almost. A recent addition to the arena music canon, Atlanta rapper T. Used by many teams around the country, but none better than the University of Wisconsin. The Badgers play the song before the fourth quarter of every home game at Camp Randall, and the stadium literally shakes as the many thousands jump in concert with the song. This might be the original stadium song.