Jock anthems or jams are ubiquitous at nearly every major sports event. Old pop and dance tunes are recycled based on their ability to move the crowd.
With the assistance of Daniel Wolfe, I've compiled 10 of the best. In the immortal words of Michael Buffer, "Let's get ready to ruuummmmmmmble!!"
One of the top pop-dance hits of the 1990's is continually recycled as a jock anthem for its ability to get any crowd moving.
aka "The Hey Song." Gary Glitter first reached the pop top 10 in the US and UK with this song in 1972. It is believed the primal drum and chant piece was first used at sports events by the Colorado Rockies hockey team in the late 1970's. The song has since been adopted widely for its ability to have chants inserted into the mostly instrumental music. Often it is a variant of "we're gonna beat the hell out of you!" Gary Glitter's recent criminal conviction on child abuse charges has tarnished the song's reputation somewhat, but it is still widely heard.
The classic foot-stomping and hand-clapping Queen chant "We Will Rock You" never fails to rile up a crowd. "We Are the Champions" is convenient for celebration of a victory if "We Will Rock You" worked to the host team's advantage.
Reel 2 Real was the house music project of DJ Erick Morillo. "I Like to Move It" does exactly what the title says - helps get a crowd moving.
Steam was a fictitious band when its song "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" hit the top of the pop singles chart in 1969. A group was hastily put together in support of the hit, but the group didn't last. The song's use as a jock anthem is believed to date to the 1977 Chicago White Sox baseball season when it was sung as opposing pitchers were replaced by a reliever. Crowds now sing the classic when a game is nearly complete, or in cases of opposing players leaving the game whether through replacement in baseball or fouling out in basketball.
This simple, nearly nonsense level, hip hop chant classic is a multi-use tune for sports events. It can simply get a crowd moving, or be used to celebrate any success at scoring.
A classic Ozzy Osbourne sample from "Crazy Train" coupled with searing guest vocals from Lil Jon gives you one of the most recently recorded jock classics.
This is believed to be one of the most frequently played songs worldwide at the opening of sports events. The line "Y'all ready for this" is a sample from "It's Funky Enough" by the D.O.C.
Who would have predicted that a gay disco group's biggest hit single from the 1970's would become one of the favorite jock anthems of all time? Stadiums and arenas filled with crowds spelling out "YMCA" with their arms attest to the long-term appeal of this classic.