NFL Fight Songs: The Good, The Bad, The Awesome

Good morning football fans. For those of you who aren’t aware, I’m a Bolts fan. I talk a big (albeit vague) San Diego game, own some decent swag, and have, at one point, had our fight song as my phone ring.

In the spirit of honesty though, I thought I’d take the Instagram filter off my life (#lo-fi, duh) and admit what is absolutely obvious to 99% of men- feel free to apply this to the majority of inconsistent Sunday bar going chicks at this time of year. I’m the girl who wears the jersey once a month when I decide Sunday Funday trumps a nice yoga sesh, you know, to start the week off right. I pause a beat after something… anything happens to make sure I’m making the right sound (#cheer or #thatwasbullshit call). I can get into/understand it if I really focus, can’t fathom how people get so worked up for teams they’re not fans of, and really, truly don’t get how anyone has time to know as much as they do about every player, his high school record, and his mom’s favorite quiche for that matter.

Now, what’s the point of all this? Football isn’t going anywhere so I will try my best to understand, like and hell, maybe look forward to this American made sport. What’s the best way to get into the spirit you ask? Well, I’m starting with the fun part: FIGHT SONGS.

I assumed San Diego has the best – few will argue otherwise – and it’s on there don’t worry. But I threw back to the olden days and found some gems… and a few fumbles.

9. Buffalo Bills “Shout”

I can’t. This pains me and I can’t imagine this is played anywhere at any game. Shame on you Bills. Be more original.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers “Here We Go”

Catchy rock ballad? Sure, but I have a few bones to pick with the lyrics, which have consistently been updated for the last 20 years. The most recent version has the line, “We’ll go to Mendenhall to get a touchdown/And if you get in his way, he’s gonna knock you around” – which obviously isn’t the case considering his recent retirement from the NFL (yes, I did real research). Also, you’d think they’d hire someone with a better voice for the official youtube video… but that’s just me.

7. Philaldephia Eagles “Fly Eagles Fly

Short, sweet and the fans know all the words, it’s a little early 1900s marching band-y but I like it.

6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers “Hey Hey Tampa Bay”

Welp, Disco got a hold of the Bucs fight song. Sorry guys. Complete with ‘pew, pew’ laser shooting sounds, a decent amount of repetition for one minute, and a few distinct sexual innuendoes, it’s only a matter of time before this puppy gets re done.

5. Chicago Bears “Bear Down”

Complete with rhymes, “You are the pride & joy of Illinois”, and a cheesy marching band tune, this old school song isn’t intimidating to say the least. That said, it’s a classic and it probably works beautifully when paired with a lovely fall parade in Chicago.

4. Oakland Raiders “The Autumn Wind”

I hate the Raiders. Sorry, but I do and I won’t stop. This though, is kind of amazing. You sure as shit can’t sing along to this Poe-esque monologue but it’s creepy and I like it. My question is, when and where do they play the first part? I hope always and everywhere. I also hope every Raiders fan knows it by heart like the pledge of allegiance. That and only that will make me hate them less.

3. New Orleans Saints “When the Saints Go Marching In”

So. Much. Swag. NOLA knows it and their fight song is living proof. Minus points for a preexisting song but the ‘who dat’ chant / instrumental integration is sweet – and you know everyone everywhere knows, lives and breathes the song.

2. San Diego Chargers “San Diego Super Chargers”

You can’t beat it. It’s snappy, its jazzy, you oh-so-naturally shimmy your hands up to the sky when the “Super Chargers” lyrics hit, it has a SAX SOLO…. I mean come on. It’s. So. Good.

1. Miami Dolphins “Dolphins Fight Song”

Rhymes? Check. Banjo? Check. Grandma Got Over By A Reindeer melody? Check. It’s a throwback gem so good I gave it the number one spot. Also, there’s a T-Pain version. Yea, that helped.

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