If you’re tailgating without music, you’re not really tailgating. Same goes for pre-game Super Bowl parties, like the one you’ll be attending next Sunday. Chest-bump and chug-out all you want, there’s nothing like a solid hour of pump-up jams to set the mood for football’s biggest game of the year. With that in mind, here’s a playlist designed specifically for that purpose. Click the button below to hear the full set on Made Man’s Spotify.
1. “We Will Rock You” by Queen
Let’s start with the obvious. “We Will Rock You” has been a stadium favorite for years, and will be for years to come. You’re probably hearing the track’s ubiquitous stomp-stomp-clap in your head as you read this. Couple it with follow-up number “We Are the Champions” and you’ve just set the scene for an epic day of athletics.
2. “Spread Your Love” by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Native San Francisco rock outfit BRMC offers the perfect track to get Niners fans riled for the game. The slow build leads to a hard-driving guitar line that’ll put anyone in the mood to win a championship. Or destroy a hotel room.
“E-Pro” is a hard and heavy anytime anthem aimed squarely at kicking listeners into overdrive.
3. “E-Pro” by Beck
Beck doesn’t mess around on “E-Pro.” From the second you hit play, it’s a hard and heavy anytime anthem aimed squarely at kicking listeners into overdrive. Try not to jump up and down too much during this one. You might spill your beer.
5. “Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys
Of course, you don’t have to turn to the classics for a classic sound. The Black Keys are rock and roll in its purest form, and “Lonely Boy” delivers a driving, fast-paced chorus that’ll have you on your feet and toasting your team in no time.
6. “POWER” by Kanye West
Speaking of choruses, Kanye West’s “Power” boasts a choral clap-and-wail beat that might as well have been sampled from the stands at a rowdy football game. If you were to watch an emotional montage of the past NFL season, it would be set to this song.
7. “Galvanize” by The Chemical Brothers
Rock and hip-hop alone make for a mighty fine game day playlist, but why not mix things up a little? The Chemical Brothers’ contemporary big beat sound is a perfect addition, and “Galvanize” is too well tailored to sports to leave off this list.
“Power” boasts a choral clap-and-wail beat that might as well have been sampled from the stands at a rowdy football game.
8. “Joker and the Thief” by Wolfmother
In case you haven’t had your fill of aggressive rock yet, Wolfmother is here to help. “Joker and the Thief” leads off with a charged guitar line that gradually builds up, making way for a galloping verse that’ll set you and the rest of your game day gang in motion.
9. “Let’s Go” by Trick Daddy
It’s not hard to picture some oversized linebacker sitting in a locker room, piping “Let’s Go” through a pair of iPod headphones and pumping himself up before the game. Which is why you should listen to it, too.
10. “Rock and Roll Part 2” by Gary Glitter
Since we started with a stadium classic, we might as well end with one, too. Gary Glitter’s “Rock and Roll Part 2” might take the award for most overplayed track in sports history, but with good reason. The clapping? The pounding drum? The communal shouting? This song is basically a sporting event in music form.
11. “Locked Out” by Mullyman
Since San Francisco got its own track, it wouldn’t be right to leave Baltimore hanging. This one by local Baltimore rapper Mullyman appropriately begins with the sound of a crowd cheering, then ramps up into an energetic rap anthem interspersed with smooth R&B vocals.