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The 10 best basketball songs
Basketball has inspired a lot of good—and terrible—music. It's an exciting sport, so of course it's going to have a musical legacy, but separating the good songs from the bad can be a difficult task. Here's a look at ten of the best songs ever written about basketball.
1. Tag Team - "Whoomp! There It Is" - 1993 - Although this song wasn't written about basketball, it's unmissable if you've been to a basketball game in the last 20 years. Unfortunately for Tag Team, nobody can ever remember any of the words other than the chorus.
2. Lil Bow Wow - "Basketball" - 2002 - Bow Wow made this ode to the game for his awful movie, "Like Mike." Surprisingly, Lil Bow Wow's rap is pretty catchy, and this tune's easily the best thing associated with that movie. It's a remake of a Kurtis Blow tune later on this list, but it gets its own entry thanks to a few new verses.
3. Riff - "White Men Can't Jump" - 1992 - Written as a tie-in to the movie of the same name, this hot R&B song from Riff really managed to expand on its source material. It's a fun jam, and certainly a good song to shoot some hoops to.
4. G. Love & Special Sauce - "Shooting Hoops" - 1994 - The blues-jam-rapper is known for songs about light subjects and his blazing fast guitar work. G. Love's best work might be this tune about carefree summer basketball—it drives like a Stevie Ray tune and really captures the spirit of the game.
5. Five For Fighting - "Michael Jordan" - 2000 - This dark song looks at the relationship between basketball stars and the kids that idolize them. It builds on a great hook and some clean guitar lines.
6. Kurtis Blow - "Basketball" - 1984 - This early rap tune may be one of the most laid back basketball songs ever written, and somehow, it still sounds good over twenty five years after its release. The music video hasn't aged as well, unfortunately.
7. Public Enemy - "He Got Game" - 1998 - Public Enemy used basketball as a launching pad for this song about social issues. It's backed up by a great sample from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and it manages to be fun while still staying relevant.
8. Skee-Lo - "I Wish" - 1995 - Skee-Lo ruled the airwaves in 1995 with this tune about how bad he is at basketball. The song and its accompanying video are funky, fun, and hilarious, although everyone under the age of 30 has heard this song enough times on the radio to last a lifetime.
9. Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard, and Kenneth Casey - "Sweet Georgia Brown" - 1925 - This song is associated with basketball thanks to the Harlem Globetrotters, who adopted the jaunting jazz standard as their theme music. You can't hear this song without picturing ridiculous and unlikely basketball tricks.
10. Montell Jordan - "This Is How We Do It" - 1995 - Another so-called "jock jam," Montell Jordan's biggest hit doesn't really have anything to do with basketball. Nevertheless, it's used as the backdrop to just about every basketball highlight reel in existence.
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