Well, it is mid-to-late March, which for a lot of people is quite maddening. By this of course I mean that it is the time of year to celebrate college basketball. And whether or not you care about basketball, or even sports in general, March Madness will affect your life in one way or another. Maybe it’s picking up the slack of the co-worker watching games on his computer all day, or maybe you skipped a few classes at school to catch the games and missed a pop quiz, or maybe you haven’t watched anything on television in 3 weeks other than college basketball due to your roommates obsession. Some how, whether you watch the games, or you don’t, it will affect your life. So here at LxL, we decided to celebrate by listing our favorite songs that have made their mark in the sport world. Whether it’s the college basketball court, the football field (American or European), or maybe the karate ring … here are the songs that will jam your jock:
10. Joe Esposito – “You’re The Best”
In 1984, lil’ Daniel LaRusso and his mother moved to Los Angeles from New Jersey, and luckily for Daniel, his apartments handyman was none other than the most badass elderly Asian dude in all of cinema history … Mr. Miyagi. What was even luckier? Joe Esposito signed over the copyrights to the only song with the ability to pump up the original Karate Kid himself. It made it’s mark on athletes everywhere the minute the movie hit theaters and the novelty has yet to wear off.
9. Jay-Z featuring Rihanna & Kanye West – “Run This Town”
The holy trinity of popular hip hop/rap came together to create a song with so much amperage that it could “pump, you up” faster than Governor Arnold’s penis enhancer. One of the few redeeming qualities of Blueprint 3 and one heck of a song to use as the intro piece to any sporting event.
8. Guns n’ Roses – “Welcome To The Jungle”
Understand that Austin, Wes, and I all went to Leo High School, “Home of the Lions”, where we heard “Welcome to the Jungle” blasting through our high schools stadium/arena speakers every other weekend for roughly the first 18 years of our lives. Naturally, this is the only reason the song isn’t higher on our list … we have been burned out on it. It still kicks enough “A” to make the list though.
7. C & C Music Factory – “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)”
This song has been over-used and abused in every cliche moment dreamed to be possible in cinema and sports history since the moment the track was first recorded and assembled in the studio. And it will continue you to do so for centuries. It is just that good.
6. Zombie Nation – “Kernkraft 400”
Oh how I wish I would have been in the stands those first seasons this song began sweeping European football stadiums like the bubonic plague. The common misconception with this tack is that the song is titled “Zombie Nation” and the band is Kernkraft 400. This is largely due to the fact that after that season, this song spurred chants and body movements throughout stadiums across the world in which everyone was transformed into a legitimate zombie.
5. Gary Glitter – “Rock ‘n’ Roll Pt. 2”
Commonly refereed to as “the hey song”, this song is more recognizable at sporting events that balls, beers, or bleachers combined. The most probable reason for this is that the lyrics can easily still be remembered no matter how blacked-out drunk the listener may be.
4. Todd Rundgren – “Bang On The Drum All Day”
“I don’t want to work, I just want to bang on these drums all day!” Easily the most insightful lyrics to any song on this week’s list. The message Todd portrays in this song is one that I wholeheartedly agree with and would like to live by. Amen Todd, amen!
3. House of Pain – “Jump Around”
Yes, before he was telling us “What It’s Like” and how he makes his “Ends”, Everlast himself was telling us to “Jump Around” with the rest of his cronies in the group House of Pain. No song in the history of humankind can make a man physically “jump around” more than this one. It is the perfect combination of groove and gangsta. Thank you Everlast, for always being there to tell us what to do.
2. White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”
I still remember the first moment I heard Jacks thumpy guitar-bass-line turn into a screeching, gut-wretching, all-out-whale in this brilliant track. Awesomely enough, this song essentially replaced Zombie Nation’s “Kernkraft 400” as the European arena-death-chant. Years later (as per usual with the American/European relationship) it caught on in The States and it is now (still) one of the most used tracks to get athletes and fans alike pumped about the gaming activities.
1. Queen – “We Are The Champions/We Will Rock You”
The kings (pun totally intended) of rock ballads/anthems deservedly take home the trophy for the largest, most dominate, ground shaking, confidence shattering, prideful, deliberately cocky and victorious track in the history of song … and this video helps illustrate that perfectly.
The “Just Missed Our List” list ….
Austin: 69 Boyz – “Tootsee Roll”
I’ve held the debate many-a-time as to whether the tootsie in tootsie roll was pronounced toot-see or tut-see. In my mind, the answer can simply be found by listening to this song. Whether Austin agrees with that or not is quite irrelevant, but my goodness, does he love tootsie rolling to this track.
Wes: Barry White & Chris Rock – “Basketball Jones”
Wes is frequently “jonesing” for some B-Ball, and this track is how he deals with it. Written by Cheech & Chong and performed by the oddest vocal pairings ever thought up, Barry White (most soothing voice ever) and Chris Rock (most annoying voice ever). Wes and I fought so hard as to which gem from the Space Jam soundtrack should make the list, that ultimately we couldn’t come to an agreement and had to resort them both to the “just missed” pile.
Todd: Quad City DJ’s – “Space Jam”
As a 5th grader, this song shed the first light of inspiration into my life. After purchasing this soundtrack from Best Buy, I felt as if I could do anything in the world. To this day I put it on in those desperate times in which I lack all motivation and self-confidence … which is everyday … I listen to this song every single day.
So there is the list. Let us know what we unforgivably missed, or got right, but still feel free to just rip on us in general …