Nothing can make football more exciting than a great playlist of songs to get you pumped up. If you’ve been trying to find the best football hype songs to get you pumped, read on and find out what’s on our list to get you ready for the game!
1. We Will Rock You – Queen
First on our list is the most iconic football hype song of all time, We Will Rock You by Queen, released in 1977. This song has been a staple for football games everywhere, whether talking about professional, college, or pee wee. The song has pumped fans and athletes up for decades and is an upbeat, energetic song that gets you ready to beat your opponent within the first minute.
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2. All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over For Monday Night Football – Hank Williams Jr.
Next is Hank Williams Jr. with his classic song Are You Ready For Some Football which had been the ESPN Monday Night Football theme song for years until it was dropped. Even though ESPN no longer uses it, it remains one of the top hype songs for football and pumps up fans and players. It’s a classic that’ll never go away and will continue to make you feel like you can go out there and just win the game, no matter the score.
3. Waiting All Day For Sunday Night – Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood is the latest country music star to sing Waiting All Day For Sunday Night, the theme song for NFL Sunday Night Football. While most people will remember Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood does a lovely rendition that excites you for the upcoming game, even if you’re not a fan of the team playing.
4. Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor
Next up is 1982 hit Eye Of The Tiger by Survivor, which you may remember as the theme song in Rocky III, but it’s a great football song, too, that’ll make you feel like you can achieve anything. This is the perfect anthem for those that feel like they are being challenged and need a bit of motivation to get the job done. It remains one of the biggest and most iconic songs from the 80s.
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5. Jump Around – House Of Pain
In 1992 House of Pain released the song Jump Around, one of the most famous football songs out there, because it will get you pumped up like nothing else. The band may not have had any other hits, but Jump Around has stood the test of time and is routinely heard in stadiums across the country. The song reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and five on the Hot Rap Songs chart.
6. Thunderstruck – AC/DC
AC/DC makes our list with the classic song Thunderstruck which you hear all across the country in football stadiums, and is one of the best hype songs to get the team ready to play and win. It has drum and guitar riffs that’ll make you just want to get up and go pound the gridiron. Thunderstruck peaked at number five on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Airplay chart and hit number four on the Rock Digital Songs chart.
7. Right Now – Van Halen
Next on our list is Van Halen with the hit song Right Now which comes from their 1991 album called For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. The song is about maximizing opportunities and taking advantage of the moment. It’s powerful and has a guitar riff that’ll pump you up and leave you feeling like you can win the game all by yourself. When Right Now was released, it reached number two on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and 55 on the Hot 100.
8. Welcome To The Party – Diplo, French Montana & Lil Pump feat. zhavia ward
Diplo, French Montana, and Lil Pump released Welcome To The Party in 2018 as part of the Deadpool 2 soundtrack, and it’s been used by football fans everywhere ever since. The song is all about partying and having a great time with friends. It’s just an instant get-on-your-feet song that’ll hype you up. On the Billboard Hot 100, Welcome To The Party reached ninth place.
9. Get Ready – 2 Unlimited
The hit song Get Ready has been used by Michael Buffer for years as his intro music. Buffer, as you may not know, is a ring announcer that announces both wrestling and boxing matches, but the song is used in football and other sporting events. In terms of football songs to pump you up, this has been one of the most popular and well-known songs on our list.
10. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
In 1980, Ozzy Osbourne released Crazy Train, and this song has become a football staple that blares through stadiums across the country. It’s a song that will get you hyped up when he tells you to “get on the crazy train,” and it’s one of those songs that makes you want to scream as you run out onto the field. You often can hear this song playing in the background during NFL games, regardless of the team.
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11. TNT – AC/DC
AC/DC released TNT in 1975, and it’s still a song used today to pump you up and get you in the mood for some football. The guitar strum, in the beginning, gets you ready and will fire you up, just like the name of the song suggests. TNT has been used in movies and television shows such as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Napoleon Dynamite, and was used in video games including Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4.
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12. Who Gon Stop Me – Jay Z & Kanye West
Up next is the 2011 hit Who Gon Stop Me by Jay-Z and Kanye West, which has lyrics and a beat that will hype you up and get you ready for the game. It’s a song that will make you persevere through challenges and gives you that inner strength you need to continue. This song made it to number six on the R&B/Hip Hop Digital Song Sale`a chart, 21 on the Hot R&B Songs chart, and 44 on the Billboard Hot 100.
13. Never Give Up – Sia
Sia released Never Give Up in 2016, and this is a powerful anthem about never giving up on what your dreams are and pushing through adversity. It’s been used for multiple sporting events over the years, including football and the Olympics.
14. Jump – Van Halen
Up next is Van Halen with the hit song Jump which was released in 1984 and has been a classic hype song not only for football but for almost everything else as well. When you hear the lyrics, you feel like you want to just give it everything you have, regardless of what it is you’re doing.
A hype song for both fans and athletes, this song is going to give you the motivation to continue. When Jump was released, it topped the Billboard Hot 100 and Mainstream Rock charts, and it reached 17 on the Dance Club Songs chart.
15. Lose Yourself – Eminem
The beginning of this next song is iconic and immediately recognizable, which is Lose Yourself by famous rapper Eminem, released in 2002 as part of the soundtrack to the film 8 Mile. The song has been a favorite for football fans and returned to the spotlight after Eminem performed at the Super Bowl in 2022.
Lose Yourself was an incredible success for Eminem. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Mainstream Top 40, and Rhythmic charts. It landed at number two on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart, four on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart, and 14 on the Alternative Airplay chart.
The song has been used in several sports over the years, including rugby, UFC, cricket, wrestling, and football. It’s been featured on South Park, in commercials for Chrysler, in the video game DJ Hero 2, and in Minions: The Rise of Gru.
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16. All I Do Is Win – DJ Khaled feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & Rick Ross
Next is DJ Khaled with his anthem All I Do Is Win, which comes from the album Victory, released in 2010. The chorus is “All I do is win, win, win, no matter what,” and that’s why it’s become an anthem for football teams and virtually every other sport since it was released.
Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, and T-Pain are in the song, and it’s a song that will pump you up whether you’re the fan or the athlete playing the game. All I Do Is Win made it to number six on the Hot Rap Songs chart and eight on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart. It also reached 21 on the Rhythmic chart and 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
This song has become famous for sports and sports athletes, including the New York Knicks, using the song for the 2010-2011 season. When Tim Tebow played for the Denver Broncos, a remix was released that went viral, and it was dubbed “All He Does Is Win.”
17. Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
The Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen, makes our list with his song Born To Run, which was from his third album of the same name, released in 1975. Hope, determination, motivation, and faith are all conveyed in this song, as it’s about a guy leaving his small town and trying to make it in the world.
The uplifting, powerful message and its upbeat nature are why it’s used at sporting events, including football games. When it was released, Born To Run made it to 17 on the Cash Box Top 100 and 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song has been featured in Futurama and Blinded By The Light.
18. Enter Sandman – Metallica
Attention all rock and metal fans, next time you’re at a sporting event, you might want to play Enter Sandman by Metallica because this song is nothing but hype. This is one of the most iconic and famous songs by Metallica because of the intro guitar riff that will just get you ready for anything you have to face. Enter Sandman made it to 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 10 on the Mainstream Rock charts.
19. We Dem Boyz – Wiz Khalifa
Up next is Wiz Khalifa with his song We Dem Boyz, which was released in 2014 and has been played at multiple college sporting events ever since. This is the type of song you’d play in the locker room to get your team hyped up to win the game, whether it’s at the beginning or during halftime, and you’re down a score or two.
We Dem Boyz hit number four on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart and number 10 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart. It also landed at number 20 on the Rhythmic chart and 43 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Dallas Cowboys use this song regularly for promotion.
20. I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty and the heartbreakers
Released in 1989, I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on his album Full Moon Fever is the perfect anthem for trying to score a touchdown even when your team is down on the scoreboard. This was a hit single from his solo album, and it was actually about Tom being sued by a collaborator he worked with, and he didn’t back down during that lawsuit. When I Won’t Back Down was released, it hit number one on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and 29 on the Alternative Airplay chart.
21. Never Scared – Bone Crusher
Bone Crusher released Never Scared in 2003 on his debut album, which was called AttenCHUN! This song is about being fearless and facing any obstacle head-on, and the chorus “I’m never scared” is so catchy and upbeat.
When Never Scared came out, it reached 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, eight on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles & Tracks chart, and six on the Hot Rap Singles chart. The song has been featured in several episodes of the television show Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
22. Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Lorde
Lorde makes our list with her cover and remix of Everybody Wants To Rule The World, which is slower than the original but is a great football song. You may remember this version since it was part of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. When you hear this song, you want to make the journey to the end, which would be a win.
23. Stronger – Kanye West
Next up is Kanye West, who released Stronger in 2007, and this song has a hard beat and flows smoothly to get you ready for anything. While many people have heard the song, they may not know that Akira, which is an anime film from 1988, and the inspiration behind it.
This song has been featured in The Hangover Part II and Never Back Down. When it was released, it landed at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on the Pop 100 and Mainstream Top 40 charts. It reached number three on the Hot Rap Songs and Rhythmic charts. Stronger also reached number 21 on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay and 30 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart.
24. Party Up (Up In Here) – DMX
Calling all rap fans, a party anthem that has turned into a football hype song is the iconic DMX hit from 1999 called Party Up (Up In Here). The song comes from the album … And Then There Was X, his second album. This is a very high-energy song that has been played at so many different sporting events because it is catchy, upbeat, and just gets your juices flowing.
When it was released, it landed at number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, 11 on the Hot Rap Songs chart, eight on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart, and seven on the Rhythmic chart. Party Up (In Here) has been in multiple television shows and movies, including Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Broken City, Ghostbusters: Answer The Call, Shaft, Bad Trip, Cursed Friends, and A Teacher.
25. Pump It – The Black Eyed Peas
Next up is The Black Eyed Peas with the hit song Pump It, which comes from Monkey Business, the 2006 album released by the group. There are so many energetic elements to the song, from the chorus that’s catchy to punk rock and hip hop, and it’s sure to get you ready for any game!
When Pump It was released, it landed at number 35 on the Billboard Rhythmic chart, 18 on the Billboard Hot 100, and 11 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. Video games, television shows, and movies have used this song, including Yours, Mine & Ours, Hellcats, and Love Island.
26. The Boys Of Fall – Kenny Chesney
Attention all country fans, we’re going to talk about Kenny Chesney and his 2010 hit song The Boys of Fall from his album Hemingway’s Whiskey. You can tell right away this is a football song because football begins in the fall.
You feel the emotions that are conveyed about football, including how it makes the community, fans, and players feel when football season starts. The Boys Of Fall is celebratory and upbeat and goes into how the players and fans bond together over their love of the sport. This was a huge song for Chesney, reaching number one on the Hot Country Songs chart and 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
27. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
We can’t make a list without bringing up Sweet Caroline, which is one of the most famous songs by soft rock icon Neil Diamond that came out in 1969. It is used routinely in football games and other sporting events. While the song was written about Caroline Kennedy, who is John F. Kennedy’s daughter, the song has since been turned into an anthem at sporting events because of the catchy chorus.
Often, you’ll see crowds at sporting events singing along to the upbeat chorus of Sweet Caroline, and it’s played during halftime or intermissions. When the song was originally released, it reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the Adult Contemporary chart.
28. Here Comes The (Boom!) – Nelly
Attention all rap fans, have you heard Here Comes The (Boom!) by Nelly? This is a staple football song because it’s Nelly, and he already brings hype in all of his music, but this one is turned up to 11. The beat of the song is going to make you want to move your feet and want to drop the book on the opposition. You may recognize this song from the football movie The Longest Yard in 2005.
29. Work Remix – A$AP Ferg
Up next is Work Remix by A$AP Ferg, released in 2013, about a year after the song’s original version was released. The remix version features ASAP Rocky, Trinidad James, Schoolboy Q, and French Montana. Trap Lord was the debut album released by ASAP Ferg, and the remix is the version that was released on that debut album.
This song will get you ready for any sporting event, and it’s so hype that you’ll have the confidence to keep going even when your team is down on the scoreboard. As with most of life, winning a game takes work, and that’s what this song is all about. Work Remix reached number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 30 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart, and 23 on the Hot Rap Songs chart.
30. Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore
Next is Macklemore with his hit song Can’t Hold Us from 2011, and the piano with the drums in this song will get you pumped for a game! No matter what’s in your way, when you hear this song, you’re going to want to keep pushing forward to get that extra yardage or reach to get the ball into the endzone.
When Can’t Hold Us was released, it was a huge hit, commercially hitting number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart, one on the Mainstream Top 40 chart, and one on the Rhythmic chart. It also landed at number five on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart. It also won Best Hip Hop Video at the 2013 MTV Music Video Awards.
31. The Final Countdown – Europe
In 1986, Europe released The Final Countdown, and this is the perfect song to get you pumped up for football. This song is often played at high school and college pep rallies and spirit rallies because it’s become such a popular song for sporting events.
We all recognize the keyboard at the beginning of the song, and you can feel the energy from that point on. This iconic anthem was inspired by Space Oddity by David Bowie and you can feel that throughout the entire song. When The Final Countdown was released, it reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and hit 18 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart.
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