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The best & worst sports anthems

Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 | 11:35 AM

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The The "Organ Grandma" plays during the DEL Bundesliga game between Hamburg Freezers and Sinupret Ice Tigers in 2006 in Hamburg, Germany. You think she knows "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida?" (File/Getty Images)

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The time between whistles at sporting events aren't always reserved for advertisements, or cheerleaders armed with t-shirt guns. It's supposed to be time to rile up the crowd, to actually enforce the signage around a sports stadium to "MAKE SOME NOISE," and create some home field/ice/sheet/pitch advantage.

And what is the key to uniting a crowd of strangers behind a sports team? Music.
The time between whistles during sporting events aren't always reserved for advertisements, or cheerleaders armed with t-shirt guns. It's supposed to be time to rile up the crowd, to actually enforce the signage around a sports stadium to "MAKE SOME NOISE," and create some home field/ice/court/pitch advantage.

And what is the key to uniting a crowd of strangers behind a sports team? Music.

The Jock Jams franchise was the first to cash in on mixing songs and sports, and helped popularize the playing of something other than pipe organs at events.

While it gave us a mix of some of the best pump-up songs, that franchise was also to blame for how I was subjected to constant sonic attacks from the DJ blaring Cotton-Eye Joe in-between whistles at the Aitken Centre during Fredericton Canadiens games (R.I.P., Baby Habs).

Seventeen years after the first compilation was released, what type of Jock Jams-esque compilation could be put together with the arena anthems of today?  Which ones should be blindfolded, led into the desert, and released into the wild, never to be heard from again? (Think of Reggie Dunlop's reaction to the Charlestown Chiefs' organist playing Lady of Spain.) Also - what could be the anthems of tomorrow, today?

Enough with all the questions already, geez.

The CBC Sports gang has mulled it over and has a few suggestions. Since we can't list them all, send in your picks of what you think we missed, tell us if we're totally off base or what we got right, in the comments section.

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Jesilou Tongio, Senior Writer, CBCSports.ca

Instant classic

Howlin' For You by The Black Keys

Why: I call it the reincarnation of Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll" (minus the rap sheet) dipped in blue cheese on a hot summer day.
 
Retire it already

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Kanye West

Why: As a starting lineup song, it's obnoxious. Might as well have the players come out wearing shutter shades, too.
 
The next wave

Change of Seasons by Sweet Thing

Why: Usually, songs with "da-da-da-da-da" as their hook earn an automatic spot on these lists. The Toronto band is also known for their great live shows, which would make them the perfect musical guests for events like the NHL Awards, All-Star Game, Winter Classic. Just watch them perform the catchy song live, the crowd gets really into it (I was at this show and this was the first time all of us had heard the song and we found ourselves singing it the rest of the night):



Gustavo Garcia, Senior Writer, CBCSports.ca

Instant classic

Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne

Why: What do you mean why? Because it's by far the best overplayed song among arenas worldwide and it can get everyone pumped, even at a Houston Astros game.



 
Retire it already

Everybody Clap Your (Cha Cha Slide) by Mr. C.

Why: Not only because they usually play just a very short clip of the song (the clapping part), but you can also hear it five to eight times during the event. Besides, I don't like songs telling me what to do. Pump Up The Jam by Technotronic came really close.
 
The next wave

All Of The Lights by Kanye West

Why: Already being played in many arenas, and the Miami Heat used it as their intro song during the NBA Playoffs. It has a great fast-paced beat and intense bass, which is always loved by crowds.

Jordan Shifman, Associate Producer, CBCSports.ca


Instant classic

Thunderstruck by AC/DC

Why: Is there a better song to get the juices going? I think not. Any good sporting arena or stadium plays this song at least once per game.



 
Retire it already

New York, New York by Frank Sinatra

Why: No offense to Sinatra personally, but every time I hear this song I can't help but hate whatever New York-based team played it.
 
The next wave

Titanium by David Guetta feat. Sia

Why: I was going to go with Ready, Steady, Go by Paul Oakenfold, but perhaps we need something a bit newer. So how about David Guetta? Lately, many of the songs by Guetta are fast-paced enough for sports, like his newest song Titanium.

Doug Harrison, Senior Writer, CBCSports.ca


Instant classic
 
Elevation by U2

Why: Good beat and song about love lifting someone out of despair. Was Vancouver Canucks' old goal song.
 
Retire it already

 
Don't Stop Believin' by Journey

Why: Sure, it works in Motown ("Born and raised in south Detroit") but the song is already played enough outside of arenas. Must be another song out there all these years later for fans to keep believin' in their team, no?



The next wave
 
Know Your Enemy by Green Day

Why: Good song about finding personal empowerment, standing up to the enemy and saying "no more!"

Justin Piercy, Senior Writer, CBCSports.ca

Instant classic

Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes

Why: I'm going to go with the elephant in the room (literally, it's on an album named Elephant - GET IT?). This song from 2003 has taken over the "stomp-stomp-clap" of We Will Rock You as the go-to stadium sing-along.



Retire it already

Chelsea Dagger by The Fratellis

Why: The Chicago Blackhawks' goal anthem is possibly the most annoying earworm-type song in the world, and I'm not even a Canucks fan. They should have retired that song once they won the Cup in 2010.

The next wave

Chicken Soup for the (Eff) You by Shout Out Out Out Out

Why: We need some Canadian content in this list, plus the Edmonton band seems to have already had its song full of hand claps and pounding bass synched up (rather inadvertently) by this cat:


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