February 25, 2011
A song written before most professional athletes were born was played more than any other at sporting events last year. According to music licenser BMI, Queen's "We Will Rock You" topped the list of sports anthems during the 2009-2010 season. The track, written in 1976, beat out newer songs by Lil' Wayne and Nickelback for the top spot.
• If you want to have your song played at sporting events, it helps to have "rock" or "burn" in the title. Make a track called "Burning Rock" and you're set.
• Though I had never heard the Sean Kingston or Nickleback songs prior to five minutes ago, I can see the mass appeal they might have for large, family-based audiences. Kingston, like the Black Eyed Peas, provides high-energy beats with safe lyrics, while Nickelback gives off a large-stadium sound and isn't Creed. But for the life of me, I can't figure out what allures stadium DJs to the Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliott remake of "Car Wash." It was bad in the '70s and it's bad now.
• Speaking of "Car Wash," it's the No. 1 song played at baseball stadiums. (How? Why? Are teams running car wash promotions in the parking lot? Does Armor All have a secret licensing deal with MLB? Did Rose Royce, the track's original singer, play baseball? Somebody needs to explain this to me.)
• The NFL favored "We Will Rock You." The song "Twilight Zone" (you may not recognize the name, but you've heard it) was most popular in the NHL, which is fitting given that hockey always seems to be about 15 years behind the times.
• "Machinehead" is a good tune, but it's hard to believe it's played more than Metallica's "Enter Sandman," which seems to introduce dozens of college football teams and baseball relievers every year. Similarly, no "Welcome to the Jungle," "Don't Stop Believin'," "Let's Get It Started" or that "I like to move it, move it" song?
• Super Bowl performers Christine Aguilera and the Black Eyed Peas both made an appearance on the list. If I'm Kevin Rudolf or Soulja Boy, I'm not holding my breath for invites to next year's game, though.
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