Top 10 Best Football Pre-Game Pump-Up Songs


  1. Thunderstruck – AC/DC

This is a classic fire-up song for football teams that goes back almost 30 years. It is usually used as an introduction as the team runs down the tunnel because of the guitar solo lead up right in the beginning that leads into the hard driving beat.


  1. Jungle – X Ambassadors

This song was actually used the World Cup of Soccer in Brazil, and the lyrics speak directly to an athlete and how everything plays out in an athlete’s mind prior to the big game. It is more for each athlete to listen to on their own with their own Beats on to get psyched and ready for the game.


  1. Champion – Flypside

This anthem-like sounding sound exudes a lyric of how the athlete knows the other team “…wants to bring him down…and be number one.” But, “he moves like a champion…and there’s nothing I won’t do…to be champion.”


  1. Right Here, Right Now – Fatboy Slim

This has a slow but steady lead in and crescendos very quickly into a rhythmic chant of “right here, right now…” over and over. Then, instrumental breaks descend on the listener that pound a brass beat leading into more of the same until the athlete is in a winning frame of mind.


  1. POWER and Stronger Mix – Kanye West

“Power” is an appropriate name for this strong hip-hop chant. The lyric is not directly related to sports, but it talks about the hands of power in the hands of one person and the beat is enough to get any athlete moved to action. Coupled with stronger whose lyrics say, “…that that don’t kill me…can only make me stronger.”


  1. Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

This has a sci-fi vibe at first with synthesizing moogs, then the beat ensues at a smooth and raspy-voiced singer backed by a chorus and singing…”heads will roll…on the floor.”


  1. Believer – Imagine Dragons

This song is like a chant sung as a solo in the beginning with a chanting lyric that says, “I’m fired up and tired of the way that things have been…you break me down and build me up, believer.” And at the very end, the spoken words: “I wanna stop.” Someone answers: “We can’t.”


  1. Hall of Fame – The Script/

It isn’t a thumping beat, but it’s a seriously inspirational rap lyric that says, “Yeah, you can be the greatest…you can be the best…you can be the King Kong banging on your chest…standing in the hall of fame.”


  1. Heart of a Champion – Nelly

The song begins with Nelly talking to himself as he appears to be pushing himself to his physical limit and saying out loud, “C’mon you can do it.” Then, it goes into a rap chant that includes the lyrics, “My last stance be a stance of a General Custard…I hot dog cause I can, I got the cheese and mustard…” that leads into a choral chant of the chorus: “…Ain’t no way they can stop me now… My blood, my sweat, and my tears don’t mean nothing…It’s the heart of a champion.”


  1. Til’ I Collapse – Eminem

This is a rap chant that speaks to endurance and not letting anyone get the best of you. It is bleak and contemplative but moves quickly into a big bass beat of inspirational sound. The lyrics say, “And when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up…But you gotta search within you… gotta find that inner strength”

Jessica Kane is a writer for SoundStage Direct, the number one online source for the best vinyl records and turntables.

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