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.