In between plays and during a timeout or with a score of some kind, stadiums that host sporting events have long turned to popular music to get the crowd energized or to celebrate for the home team. Some players even have specific songs that are played when they make an appearance or great play. Music also interludes and breaks from a baseball game when a stadium usually plays Take Me Out To The Ball Game for the seventh-inning stretch. Lets explore some of the more popular energy songs and anthems that are part of the sports landscape.
The group Steam has a song that is played at many sporting events, usually when the home team has secured a victory or if a player gets tossed from the game. The taunting Na Na Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye adds insult to injury for the losing team. The song, officially named Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye, was released in 1969 and spent two weeks at the number one position on the American Billboard top 40. Unfortunately, this is the only hit Steam could muster.
Glam-rocker Gary Glitters instrumental part of “Rock And Roll Part 2” has become a national sports anthem and is sometimes referred to as the Hey Song because the word fits so conveniently into the beat. A snippet of the song could be heard all across the land during timeouts or scores and as a rallying cheer. But the NFL has banned stadiums from playing the song because of Gary Glitters arrest and conviction of child molestation in Vietnam, forcing many teams to find a suitable substitute.
Freddie Mercury and Queen actually have three songs that I have heard. The boastful We Are The Champions is played appropriately at championship ceremonies or to taunt an opposing team. We Will Rock You is a superb song snippet that instigates crowd reaction, and participation and Another Bites The Dust has been played after an opposing player has struck out or been tossed from the game.
The ever-popular Bang On The Drum All Day, by Todd Rundgren, is a song I have heard at Lambeau Field, home of the NFLs Green Bay Packers. The Packers use an instrumental snippet of the song when a Packer scores a touchdown and performs the Lambeau Leap celebration.
The Rolling Stones have also chipped in and provided a rallying call for teams with the song Start Me Up, usually played right before kickoffs. Other popular song snippets that you can hear played at sports venues are the Romantics infectious What I Like About You, Unbelievable by EMF and Takin Care Of Business by arena rockers Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO).
I am not sure that the writers of these songs had this in mind when they composed the songs, but an infectious beat and a rousing snippet are sometimes needed to energize a crowd and get them more interested in a sporting event. This is a union that will go on forever.