Nothing sends a euphoric football stadium crowd into downright delirium like a well executed song choice. So I decided to research what each NFL team uses as their go to celebration jam. Some are totally boring. Some are awesome. So here is a definitive ranking of each team’s touchdown song. Not all jams are created equal!!
#32. Indianapolis Colts – Horn
Yup, the Colts don’t play a song when they score a TD. They just let a horn do the celebrating.
#31, 30, 29 and 28. Atlanta Falcons, Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, New York Jets – “Song 2” by Blur
Three of these four cities have incredibly rich musical history and resort to the most overused sporting event song of all time. Laaaaaame.
#27. Denver Broncos – “Get Ready For This” by 2 Unlimited
Another one that has been used to death at sporting events.
#26 Baltimore Ravens – “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes
Not entirely cliche because it’s played by The Marching Ravens and not the recording but I think it’s about time to retire this one too.
#25 Houston Texans – “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC
..This song for the Houston Texans? Why?
#24 Seattle Seahawks – “Jump Around” by House of Pain
Classic song, but another city with a lot of musical history that has the means to be much more creative.
#23 and #22 Kansas City Chiefs and LA Rams – “Let Me Clear My Throat” by DJ Kool
The horn build up is cool, the “Somebody make some noise this this joint MAAAN!!” is awesome, but the actual meat and potatoes of this song just isn’t pulsating enough to be a celebratory sports thing.
#21. San Francisco 49ers – “49ers Fight Song”
For a team with 5 Super Bowls this is remarkably.. un-fight song like.
#20 Tennessee Titans – “This Is How We Roll” by Florida Georgia Line and “Tighten Up” by Archie Bell & The Drells
Fits well because one is name centric (more or less) and the other is a country song for a team in Nashville. The half time groove in “This Is How We Roll” makes me a little skeptical about it as a sports anthem though.
#19 Jacksonville Jaguars – “Bro Hymn” by Pennywise
Definitely a fitting title. There isn’t a lot to this other than fast guitar playing and “woahs” that arent really melodic or rhythmic enough to galvanize a large group of people.
#18 Carolina Panthers – “Boom Boom” by Big Head Todd and The Monsters
Musically this works well for the area but aside from two non hooky “heys” and “woahs” that bookend, it’s an instrumental. Not really much of a rallying cry.
#17 Dallas Cowboys – “Cowboys & Cut Cigars” by The Burning of Rome
The song has Cowboys in the title, it has a big “oh oh oh and hey” chorus and otherwise stays out of the way.
#16 Chicago Bears – “Hey Hey Yeah Yeah” by Boss Martians
The lyrics are “Hey Hey yeah yeah come on let’s go!” This might be the best generic rock/sports song ever.
#15 New England Patriots – “This Is Our House” by Bon Jovi
“Woah oh” chorus, “Don’t come into our place” taunt in the lyric. It’s fine. The Patriots organization has a fascination with Bon Jovi and it’s weird.
#14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – “My Songs Know What You Did in The Dark (Light ‘Em Up)” by Fall Out Boy
Cannons famously go off when the Bucs score a TD so the song they play is probably a moot point.
#13 Miami Dolphins – “Miami Dolphins Fight Song”
Doesn’t really have the same prestige as some other team fight songs. It’s good, but ranges on the corny side. Could probably use a facelift.
#12 and #11 Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals – “Bang The Drum All Day” by Todd Rundgren
A borderline cliche choice that doesn’t have anything to do with either city or sports in general but an awesome song to jam around to nonetheless.
#10. Los Angeles Chargers – “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC
The only song used by more than one team that I decided to split up because for a team called the Chargers this is a fantastic pick.
#9. Cleveland Browns – “Cleveland Rocks” by The Presidents Of The United States
This song gets really old fast because they say “Cleveland Rocks” over and over and over again. But the Browns should never use anything else.
#8. Pittsburgh Steelers – “Black and Yellow” by Wiz Khalifa
Local artist sings local song. Pretty cool. Also could work for every other team in Pittsburgh..
#7. New York Giants – “New York Groove” by Hello
A great chorus with a simple tempo that everyone can clap along to.
#6. Oakland Raiders – “California Love” by Tupac
“California knows how to party.” A low key, grooving track. It’ll be sad when the team moves to Vegas and can’t use this anymore.
#5. Washington Redskins – “Hail To The Redskins”
Perfect fight song. Never change.
#4. Philadelphia Eagles – “Fly Eagles Fly”
Also a perfect fight song. Gets the tiebreak over the Redskins because of the chant-ready moments built in (“1-2-3!!”).
#3. Minnesota Vikings – “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince
Only knock on this otherwise perfect pick is that this song doesn’t really have a chorus that everyone can sing along to.
#2 Buffalo Bills – “Shout!” by The Isley Brothers
A best of both worlds – a well established tune EVERYONE knows that’s also a customized fight song.
#1. New Orleans Saints – “When The Saints Go Marching In”
Works for the team, city, and the occasion it’s celebrating. An undeniable #1.
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