Top 10 Super Bowl Pump-up Songs
Let's be honest, Madonna isn't quite the rager you had in mind when getting pumped up for Super Bowl XLVI this weekend. Luckily, we've taken the time to construct a more appropriate 10-song playlist to get the football flavor flowing.
Get ready to put this madness on blast, both leading up to and during the big game where the New England Patriots prepare for a rematch against the New York Giants. And, feel free to mute 'ol Madge and crank up our ditties instead, in case you're in a bit of a half-time slump.
"Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne
From the start of this classic rock track, Ozzy's intense presence offers a shred of insanity. The marriage of sadistic axes and upbeat drumming, combined with the Prince of Darkness' shrill tone and catchy chorus, "Going off the rails on a crazy train," makes this an addictive starter jam to get everybody's blood circulating.
"Enter Sandman" by Metallica
One of the most famous power jams out of the L.A. metal pioneers, this timeless piece of antique audio is explosive. James Hetfield's deep, haunting vocals, combined with his rhythmic strumming and Kirk Hammett's massive hell-raising electric guitar solos house this one high on a pedestal, as a tunnel-worthy headliner leading up to kickoff.
"Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses
What's a super soundtrack without a little Axl love? This famed late '80s hit is an ongoing energy spurt to keep everyone in the game. With Rose's signature soprano screech and Slash's epic shredding, this fired up frenzy is all about the hosting house. This one's for you, Indy.
"Riot" by Three Days Grace
The hidden treasure of this '90s thrashy-grunge effort is buried in its chorus. Adam Gontier's throaty vocals bleed, "Let's start a riot/A riot!" This one's a great way to get the fans riled up against each other. But stow the seven-layer dip away in a safe place during the three and-a-half minutes of destruction.
"Bodies (Let The Bodies Hit The Floor)" by Drowning Pool
This disturbing banger is a pure adrenaline rush. Transforming the field into a torture chamber, this new century, nu-metal chart-topper needs little introduction. Perfect for any play, "Bodies" is the ultimate end-quarter tackle track.
"We Will Rock You" by Queen
Known for its interactive stomp stomp clap beat, "We Will Rock You" is a song for the stands. From the lower level to the nosebleeds, the 50-yard line to the club V.I.P.s, Whether its mud or blood you're rhyming about, the lyrics to this royal hymn send fans amped up every time. There's something about "kicking your banner all over the place" that gets every spectator hard.
"Chapter Four" by Avenged Sevenfold
Though it's a little squeamish, this metal drumming prize is named "Chapter Four" for a reason. And, that reason is to light the fury under the feet of the wide receiver during the fourth quarter. This sprint-inducing battle cry drips with desperation, like a roller coaster of wrath, much like the adventure to the end zone.
"The Final Countdown" by Europe
Maybe it's the '80s track's synonymy with G.O.B. Bluth's magic tricks on Arrested Development, but there's something thrilling inside of the synthy goodness and glam guitar of this Bowie-inspired definitive dive. A last push in the end stretch, "The Final Countdown" is the urgent alarm that it's do-or-die time.
"All I Do Is Win" by DJ Khaled feat. Ludacris, Rick Ross, T-Pain & Snoop Dogg
A choice-track for celebration, this all-star-packed hip-hop anthem calls for a victory lap, and a few bottles of bubbly. With Snoop's slick lyricism and T-Pain's uppity autotune, you can't help but join in to honor the triumph of the team.
Vintage Trouble and Lizzo
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The Gipsy Kings Featuring Nicolas Reyes And Tonino Baliardo
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"We Are The Champions" by Queen
The only band to make a double appearance on our list is Queen, and with good reason. We're sure Freddy Mercury and co. were not envisioning gridiron mayhem back in the '70s when this glorious ballad hit the airwaves. Its massive buildup and recurring rise-and-fall restores faith in those rejoicing on a heroic win of their glorious pigskin idols. May the best team win!
Catch Super Bowl XLVI will air this Sunday, February 5, 2012 on NBC at 2 p.m.
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