Monday, August 22, 2016

Music Monday - Music to Watch Sports By

The 2016 Olympics are over.

There is music that many of us recognize from going to various sports events.  Some of these songs have almost become music cliches, having been overplayed at sports events.  Others, I enjoy no matter how many times I hear them.

Many were hits before they entered the sports arena. 

For several years, this song (Cotton-Eyed Joe, by Rednex) was played at our minor league baseball games here in Binghamton, New York.  The song actually has a fascinating history, if you have the time to look it up online.

I think the B-Mets played it because you can't help but dance, and it's great for a between-innings get-up-and-stretch.

We are the Champions, by Queen. (And we will keep on fighting till the time for losers, 'cause we are the champions of the world...perfect lyrics for a sports team.)

We Will Rock You, also by Queen.  (Let's get those feet going!)

Sweet Caroline (so beloved by Boston Red Sox fans).  I love Neil Diamond.  I've loved this song ever since it came out.

And two songs I must end with, in this Olympic Year.  These aren't so much sports stadium songs as sports movie songs.

Eye of the Tiger, by Survivor,  the theme song of the third Rocky movie.

Finally,  Chariots of Fire, performed by Vangelis.

Bonus track - as Chariots of Fire has become so associated with the movie of the same name, an old English hymn, Jerusalem, is played at the very end.  Even if you don't seek out religious music, you will love that organ.

Are there any songs you associate with sports?


  1. Honestly, I hadn't heard most of this sings but will do now after this post of yours :)

  2. As soon as I played Cotton Eyed Joe I was transported back to my childhood. It's been such a long time since I have heard the song. I didn't even know it was called 'Cotton Eye Joe' ... I just used to say katananana :P Eye of the tiger is my favourite :D

  3. High Hopes (of course, the Phillies song...)

  4. I no longer go to sporting events but I do remember often hearing the crowd singing "We will rock you". And of course the good old 7th inning stretch with "Take me out to the ballgame".

  5. Quite apt I must say. Had fun reading this. Cheers

  6. I think you got all the biggies. I don't have anything to add. (It would be hard for me, anyway. I don't pay much attention to music anymore.)

  7. Not heard many of them but it sure seems to be an interesting list. Will listen to it now.



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