Sports are entertainment. There is no questioning about it. Sure, as a player, coach, or sports executive, you can learn a lot about people, money, and all facets of life, but at the end of the day, sports is about entertainment.
And that’s why sports and music almost go hand and hand. Music is the focal point of sports pre-game warm-ups, halftime shows, awards presentations, and even the athletes themselves tend to dibble and dabble in the world of music production.
Needless to say, sports wouldn’t be the same without music’s heavy influence on the games that we love to play and watch. Here are some of the songs that have come to be a big part of the sports world. And believe me, this is no comprehensive list. And feel free to post some of your favorites that I may have omitted.
Queen – “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions” – If you’re a youngin’, the first 15 seconds of this song will make you want to throw up incessantly. But even as a youngster, if you give it just a few more seconds, Queen hits you with one of the best ballads to every be introduced to the world of sports. And that soft, delicate, beginning serves as the perfect build up to the most beloved refrain in all of sports: “We are the champions, my friends…We will keep on fighting till the end… We are the champions… We are the champions… No time for losers, ’cause we are the champions, of the world!”
Is there any song that can make a sports champion feel better than that? Sure, it doesn’t do much for loser, but that’s what makes this song so great; it’s a direct mocking of the losing team. I know we’re not supposed to condone mocking, but if Queen can do it, why can’t the rest of the sports world!
Steam – “Na-Na, Hey-Hey, Kiss Him Goodbye” – It doesn’t get much sweeter than telling one of the key players of your favorite team’s archrival to be quite and take a seat, and while Steam may not have had that in mind when composing this song, I’ve never seen a song more tailored to one specific aspect of sports. Whether it’s telling a hockey player to take a seat in the penalty box, or waiving good bye to a basketball player on his 5th or 6th foul, …