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  • 12 non-embarrassing songs for your pregame playlist

       October 01, 2010

    As part of my own personal 90's revival, I may have been listening to Jock Jams lately (don't judge me). Oh sure, it's cheesier than Widmer's and the Rudolph cheese factory combined, but pumping up these jams really does do a great job of pumping yourself up for a game.

    With another big football weekend ahead of us, I decided to dig through my iPod and come up with an exciting football pregame playlist that you won't be embarrassed about. Enjoy!

    1. Fantasy, by Aldo Nova: Okay, so maybe I should be a little embarrassed by this, but I'm not. The first 1:20 of the video is pretty much perfect and the song has great driving guitars and keyboards. Rock out with your crocs out!

    2. Heads Will Roll, by Yeah Yeah Yeahs: I know I've used this song for other lists, but tell me you aren't just a little psyched up when you hear her sing "OFF WITH HEAD!". That's right, we're talking to you, Sparty!

    3. Wire, by U2: This old U2 song is a family favorite for psyching ourselves up. I think this song works because it's probably Bono's best "soaring" vocal and the ending is just as abrupt and cool as a kickoff.

    4. Tell 'Em, by Sleigh Bells: Sleigh Bells make exactly the kind of tough, aggressive, exciting music that's perfect to listen to just before the game starts. It makes you want to kick somebody's ass.

    5. 1901, by Phoenix: It might seem almost sacrilegious to have a song by some twee French rockers on this list, but this song works because of how it combines a tough driving rhythm with a melody that builds and builds upon itself until the song concludes.

    6. Jet, by Paul McCartney & Wings: This is literally on the list because it's so much fun to shout out "JET!". Shouting stuff out is a key ingredient to a successful pregame song.

    7. Fire Woman, by The Cult: Pretty much any song by The Cult would fit on this list. I like Fire Woman precisely because you can yell out "FIRE!!!!!!!!!!", which is awesome and fits in with my whole "shouting stuff is cool" theory of pregame songs.

    8. Unsung, by Helmet: I just rediscovered this 90's rocker. I love how there's no preamble to the song. It just gets straight down to the business of blowing your mind so you can get ready to watch your team do the same.

    9. Bad Romance, by Lady Gaga: If "You Give Love a Bad Name" can be a tailgate staple, there's no reason this song doesn't belong too. I know all of my siblings will pooh pooh this, but I bet you anything I'd catch even them nodding their heads along to this.

    10. Under Pressure, by David Bowie & Queen: Was there ever a better gameday singer than Freddie Mercury? No. Of course there wasn't - the man is in a class by himself.

    11. America, F*ck Yeah, by Team America: Oh sure, it's satire, but that doesn't mean that it's not a perfect pregame song. Personally, I like to substitute "Wisconsin" or "Green Bay" for America and "Vikings" for terrorists.

    12. God Bless America, by Kate Smith: No really. She kicks so much ass that after listening to this song you'll want to either take the field yourself or maybe go take down a few terrorists. Whatever. Just take my advice and make it the last song you play before the game.

    Posted by kris at October 1, 2010 12:13 PM

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