The Top 10 Football Songs are those that you're likely to hear blaring out of the stadium speakers at college and pro football games. High-intensity rock and rap songs seem to work best when it comes to getting the adrenaline pumping and bringing fans to their feet, and many of these songs have been adopted by individual football teams as their signature tunes. Check out AOL's selections for the Top 10 Football Songs.
'Kickstart My Heart'
Mötley Crüe created a football favorite with 'Kickstart My Heart.' The high-octane rock song from the band's best-selling album 'Dr. Feelgood' was penned by bassist Nikki Sixx. The song's opening sounds of a motorcycle speeding down the highway -- actually created on guitar by Mick Mars -- are a great way to get fans fired up.
For an underdog football team, a song like Eminem's 'Not Afraid' can serve as an inspiration, due to its lyrical tale about perseverance and redemption. The track's dramatic keyboard swells can build up the tension and excitement in a stadium, and because the song hit No. 1, most everyone knows it and can sing along.
'Run This Town' Feat. Kanye West & Rihanna
In 2009, rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West joined up with Rihanna on the smash hit 'Run This Town.' The National Football League used an orchestral remix of the song to open its coverage of Super Bowl XLIV, mixing clips of Jay-Z performing with highlights from the Indianapolis Colts' and New Orleans Saints' seasons.
'Super Bowl Shuffle'
1985 Chicago Bears
The 1985 Chicago Bears were so cocky they recorded a 'Super Bowl Shuffle' in which star players Walter Payton, Jim McMahon and Mike Singletary took turns rapping about their skills on and off the field. The Bears backed up their actions with a 46-10 thumping of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX. Incredibly, the novelty song earned a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance.
'We Are the Champions'
There's no song football fans want to hear more than Queen's 'We Are the Champions,' because it means their team has won the Super Bowl. The song became a Top 10 hit in 1977 when it was released as a double-sided single with 'We Will Rock You,' and it will continue to live on for as long as teams are celebrating championships.
'Crazy Train' is one of the most recognizable sports anthems. Fans get excited the minute they hear Ozzy's maniacal laugh and the thumping bass and drum intro. The New England Patriots used the song as their entrance theme during their championship run in the 2000s, and Ozzy performed it live on the 'NFL Opening Kickoff 2005' special inside a giant Patriots helmet.
The menacing sound of bells announces the appearance of AC/DC's 'Hell's Bells.' Though not a big hit on the charts, the track from the 1980 album 'Back in Black' has gone on to become one of the group's most popular songs. Just before kickoff, the New York Giants play the beginning portion of the song to get the crowd rocking at every home game.
'Are You Ready for Some Football?'
Hank Williams Jr.
Country music outlaw Hank Williams Jr. has provided the theme song for 'Monday Night Football' for 22 years with 'Are You Ready For Some Football?,' an updated version of his 1984 Top 10 country hit 'All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.' Williams has rerecorded the song over the years as 'Monday Night Football' has changed announcers and networks.
The thunderous intro to Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' gets football fans psyched up with its minute-long buildup before its memorable guitar riff finally explodes. Everything about the heavy metal classic is aggressive, from James Hetfield's singing to Lars Ulrich's furious drumming to Kirk Hammett's searing guitar solo.
'We Will Rock You'
No song is better at pumping up sports fanatics than 'We Will Rock You,' Queen's epic hand-clapping, foot-stomping track. Freddie Mercury sings about "kicking your can all over the place," while guitarist Brian May finishes it off with a rocking solo. The song's short running time makes it an ideal choice to play during stoppages in the game, and makes it our pick for the Best Football Song.
FOO FIGHTERS: Now This Is an Ice Bucket Challenge Video!
Well, it looks like Foo Fighters have made an ice bucket challenge video that tops all others.
After a serious intro from frontman Dave Grohl challenging Jack Black, John Travoltaand Stephen King, the video turns into a parody of the 1976 film Carrie that starred Travolta and was based on the book by King. It's worth three minutes of your day to watch it now on YouTube.
Last month, “WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC scored his first ever #1 album. It wasn’t shocking that he’d never had one before, but it was a big deal that he got one now, after 30-plus years in the business. And last week, TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS landed their first #1 album in 37 years. That career-long drought was a little more surprising. Now, Billboard.com has put together a list of “10 Surprising Artists Without a #1 Album.” Check out the full piece here. http://bit.ly/1oEcStg
1. David Bowie. He’s had seven Top 10 albums, and four in the Top Five, but none that have topped the Billboard 200.
2. Marvin Gaye. His 1973 album, “Let’s Get It On”, reached #2.
3. The Who. They’ve had ten Top 10 albums, and they’ve hit #2 twice: With 1973′s “Quadrophenia” and 1978′s “Who Are You”.
4. Cher. She hit #3 with her most recent album, “Closer to the Truth”, and got up to #2 with “Look At Us”, the album she put out with Sonny Bono in 1965.
5. Sting. He’s had ten Top 10 albums as a solo artist, with three of them hitting Number Two. But he DID have a #1 album with The Police. “Synchronicity” spent 17 weeks at #1.
6. Aretha Franklin. She’s made it to #2 twice . . . with “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You” in 1967 and “Aretha: Lady Soul” in 1968.
7. Willie Nelson. His 1982 album “Always on my Mind” spent four weeks at #2, but couldn’t reach #1.
8. Tina Turner. Her 1984 album “Private Dancer” spent 11 weeks stuck at #3 behind Prince and the Revolution’s “Purple Rain” at #1 and Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” at #2. And “All the Best” in 2005 hit #2.
9. Dr. Dre. “The Chronic” spent six weeks at #3 in 1993, and his album, “2001″ spent three weeks at #2.
10. KISS. They don’t have a #1 . . . but they’re the American band with the most top 40 albums, with 26. They got closest to #1 with 2009′s “Sonic Boom”, which debuted and peaked at #2.
10. “SUMMER” BY CALVIN HARRIS
9. “CHANDELIER” BY SIA
8. “ALL OF ME” BY JOHN LEGEND
7. “LATCH” DISCLOSURE FEATURING SAM SMITH
6. “MAPS” MAROON 5
5. “PROBLEM” ARIANA GRANDE FEAT IGGY AZALEA
4. “AM I WRONG” BY Norweigan pop duo NICO & VINZ
3. “STAY WITH ME” BY BRITISH SINGER SAM SMITH
2. “FANCY” BY IGGY AZALEA FEAT CHARLI XCX
1. “RUDE” BY THE CANADIAN POP/REGGAE QUARTET MAGIC!
There it is Rockaholics, I would like to take this moment to apologize to you. For the pop music blast.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: New Clip Promotes Helping Video
Five Finger Death Punch are using their new video to promote helping veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
The video for "Wrong Side of Heaven," which is now on YouTube, contains info on how vets can get help from various organizations. The band has also launched a new website,5FDP4Vets.com, which features that info and more for vets.
Also on the site is info on the band's plan to have fans to send in their fallen loved ones’ dog tags for a memorial wall. The memorial will travel with Five Finger Death Punch on their fall tour and serve as the backdrop of the show. After the tour, the band will find a permanent home for the memorial in a museum.
Sit N Spin 11 songs you WON’T HEAR FOR DUDE IT’S THE 80’S DAY ON FRIDAY!
We are stoked for Dude It’s The 80’s Day on Friday! Dig the link for what to expect and a rad playlist of what you’ll be hearing! (Which will sound NOTHING like today’s Sit N Spin!) http://bit.ly/1sdFyKu
Now for today’s Sit N Spin! Horrible songs you WON’T BE HEARING FRIDAY!!
Sit N Spin playlist to torture those you love with heh! http://bit.ly/1mkfN5t
Posted: Thursday 02:19PM Jul. 31, 2014 PT
Rob Zombie is looking to fans to help fund his next film 31.
Zombie launched the two month campaign on Thursday at rz-31.com. He's offering up such rewards as autographed posters, a chance for Zombie to follow a winner on Twitter, a winner's name in the credits and a lifetime laminate to see him, on tour, at any show.
The director-singer was wary of doing a fan backed campaign at first. He tells Rolling Stone, "People have come up to me over the years and asked, 'How can I get these props?' 'How can I come to the set?' So I realized a crowdfunding campaign is not a guy on a street corner with a hat asking for money."
Zombie also started work on a new album. He says, "I got off tour a few days ago, and right now I'm already working on the new album, which we'll have finished this year. I want to have it done before the movie starts. I don't want to come back to the record after the movie. It's too long of a break. We have a ton of stuff written and, little by little, we're finishing them up. We're more than half done at this point."
Great news Rockaholics!! Soundgarden will perform prior to Seattle Seahawks regular season opener vs Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Sept. 4 at CenturyLink Field.
Odds are you were already ecstatic about the Seattle Seahawks' 2014 regular season opener against the Green Bay Packers.
Pharrell Williams will perform live outside Seattle's CenturyLink Field on Thursday, Sept. 4 to help kick off the NFL's 95th season. The celebration marks the 10th ceremony honoring the defending Super Bowl champions with the League's opening game in their stadium on primetime.
Doors to CenturyLink Field's North Plaza open at 2:30 p.m. PT with the performance to take place prior to the matchup between the Seahawks and Packers. The Emerald City's own Grammy Award-winning rock band Soundgarden are set to kick off the free event with simulcast coverage of the 60-minute pregame show airing from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. PT on NBC and NFL Network.
We’re obviously over the moon about Soundgarden!! Are you? Here’s more details! Keep it locked to The Rock for even more! http://bit.ly/1xVlcW4
Metallica’s 30th Anniversary of Ride The Lightning!!!
Tonight to mark the 30th Anniversary of Metallica’s masterpiece “Ride The Lightning” nothing but Ride The Lightning tracks for Dude It’s The 80’s @ 8!!!
Rolling Stone released a really good interview with the bands time in Denmark and the recording of the album. Sh*t I even found out something I didn’t know.
Lars Ulrich: “Mercyful Fate's rehearsal room was right next to Sweet Silence Studios. We actually finished the last couple of songs we did for Ride the Lightning – like "Fade to Black," "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "Escape" – in their rehearsal room. We were obviously huge fans of theirs, but we also became friends and they were our peers.” For the full article peep the link. http://rol.st/1rw4xGI
For those that don’t know Danko Jones is a MASSIVE rock historian, who’s love for the early San Francisco bay thrash scene is HUGE! I’m a big fan of his podcasts and his that featured Harold Oimoen author of “MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW: Shots From the Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter’, by Harald Oimoen and Brian Lew is a MUST LISTEN FOR METAL FANS. Seriously, If you love THRASH at all, listen. The sh*t you will learn will blow your mind. Podcast via the link. http://bit.ly/1qHW07y
Speaking of “MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW”: The book is amazing!!!! A must have!! For more go here. http://bit.ly/1tkbrTe
1984, when Metallica were first called sellouts. I think they got the last laughJ Dig the video’s and tune in tonight for all “Ride The Lightning” edtion of Dude It’s The 80’s @ 8!!
SIT N SPIN: MOTLEY CRUE FAREWELL!! âKISW PRESENTS MOTLEY CRUE’S “ALL BAD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END” TOUR. SUNDAY AT WHITE RIVER AMPITHEATER WITH ALICE COOPER!! Tickets are still available! http://bit.ly/1rzpMLe
With so many Motley memories today we went down the old dusty debaucherous trail!! Dig the playlist of the songs below Crue fans!! http://bit.ly/1pbts2o
Too Fast for Love (1981) "LIVE WIRE" (if you have one of the 900 original pressings of Too Fast For Love on Leathur Records its’ worth $$$) Ian Gillian of Deep Purple funded their demo after he saw them in a LA Pub. )
Shout at the Devil (1983) "SHOUT AT THE DEVIL" The bands breakthrough album. “Looks That Kill” & “Too Young To Fall In Love” were both singles. The band thanks Krell in the liner notes….Crue slang for cocaine. Motley Crue's preformance at the 1983' US Festival was a breakthrough. Check out their WHOLE SET!
Theatre of Pain (1985) "HOME SWEET HOME". Released in the aftermath of singer Vince Neil’s arrest for manslaughter on a drunk driving charge that took the life of Vince’s friend Razzle, the drummer for beloved Finnish glam rock band Hanoi Rocks. The album moved more towards glam rock vs heavy metal. Pink, lace….. The album was orginaly to be called “Entertainment Or Death” name was also said to be inspired by the Christian Death album “Only Theater Of Pain”. “Home Sweet Home” is one of the few Motley hits with Vince Neil credited with the songwriting.
Girls, Girls, Girls (1987) "GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS". Harley’s drugs, life on the Sunset strip.
Dr. Feelgood (1989) "KICKSTART MY HEART" Last album to feature Vince on vocals till his return in 1997 for Gen Swine. Bob Rock produced. Their best selling album….first album to feature a mostly sober Crue.
Mötley Crüe (1994) "HOLLIGANS HOLIDAY". First and only album released w singer John Corabi.
Generation Swine (1997) "AFRAID" Vince Neil returns and Generation Swine is Tommy Lee’s last album till his return for “Saints Of Los Angles”
New Tattoo (2000) "HELL ON HIGH HEELS" The band returns to its 80’s roots. Ozzy drummer Randy Castillo fills in on drums. This was also when Tommy Lee was serving jail time for his assault on Pamela Anderson.
Saints of Los Angeles (2008) "SAINTGS OF LOS ANGELES" With all the original members back in the fold the band announced its first Cruefest tour!
Justin Moore Feat Vince Neil "HOME SWEET HOME"
Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe, an upcoming collection of countryfied Crüe covers that officially hits the shelves on August 19th.