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The 10 best songs to motivate your team and get gloating rights
Former Green Bay Packer coach, Vince Lombardi has been quoted as saying, "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." I'm a bit of a "it's how you play the game," girl myself, but I must admit it is great when your team wins. And what wins ball games? Talent? Perseverance? Steroids? Bribery? Sure, all of that can help - but the fans and the music play a big role too.
Here's a list of the ten best songs to get (and keep) the ball rolling:
10. Take Me Out to the Ball Game: What would the 7th inning stretch be with out this song? It's as classic as apple pie and good old fashioned McCarthyism. Sorta makes me want to hide under my desk and stock up on canned peas, but as a baseball fan I am honorbound to include it in the list. So here it is. Short and sweet. Stretch out the fans, change pitchers, let's bring this baby home!
9. Celebration - Kool and the Gang: Okay, so technically if this song is playing, you've already earned your gloating rights. But often it is playing after really big games— like playoff qualification games. While getting into the playoffs is great, it's no time to let down your guard. Pop the cork and vicariously party with the team, but make sure you're prepared for the next game.
8. The Final Countdown - Europe It's the fourth quarter, and the two minute warning buzzer has just sounded. Your team is up by four, but anything can happen. Do you hear it? "Da da Daaah da. Da da da da da…." Yeah, you do. There's no way your opponent is getting past your defensive line.:
7. Let's Get it Started - Black Eyed Peas: You gotta start somewhere, and the Peas are certainly experts in getting you moving. This song will not only get your team startedm, but will propel them to victory.
6- Centerfield—John Fogerty: This song is just awesome. Although the lyrics are specific to baseball, it brings back memories of being a kid and just wanting to play, which is what makes it fun to follow sports to begin with. Put me in coach, I'm ready to play.
5. Tubthumping - Chumbawamba: In case you don't recognize it, this is the "I get knocked down, but I get up again" song. How in the world did it wind up with Tubthumping as a title? Somewhere in the twisted band logic that caused the band to name themselves Chumbawamba, but the song is catchy, and get's you moving if you find yourself in a coming from behind situation.
4. Born to Be Bruce Springsteen (aka Born to Run/ Born in the USA): If there ever was a guy who was happy to be born, it's Bruce Spingsteen, but the players of a winning team riding on adreneline come pretty close too. There's something about the driving beat of a Springsteen song that wil translate into the next down in a football game, a strikeout in baseball, pull you through the next leg of a race. Keep your eyes on the flag, your team colors on your mind. Baby, you were born to run.
3.We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister: What? You think you can sack my quarterback? Hit the batter, or WALK the guy intentionally that would've hit a Grand Slam? Not on this "Sister's" watch. We'll show you. Go ahead, just TRY and get away with crossing us. We're not gonna take it!
2. Eye of the Tiger/ Let it Fly Now—(Survivor/ Bill Conti): These are two songs and two artists, but I think it's fair to lump them together since they are both Rocky songs, and whether you're delivering a knockout punch or running up a whole lot of stairs this song will lift players and fans alike to Cloud Nine. Note to New Directions (Mash Up Masters from Glee) perform a mashup of these two songs and you've got sectionals in the bag. Perform it at halftime at the big football game, and you can't lose.
1. We Will Rock You/ Another One Bites the Dust/ We are the Champions (Queen): I hereby mark this trio of songs, as Queen's trio of opponent doom. Sound off with We Will Rock You while you're team is charging onto the field, count all your rocking plays with Another One Bites the Dust, and rub it it with We are The Champions. Unsportsmanlike conduct? Who cares? You've just won. Game over.
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