With October and the Major League Baseball playoffs here, we at AOL Radio could think of no better time to determine the Top 10 Baseball songs. With our team going through the lineup, we picked the greatest, both new and old, from your suggestions. Ranging all the way from Dropkick Murphys, to Eddie Vedder and even to John Fogerty... The classics are all here. Check out our list of the Top 10 Baseball songs!
'Dropkick Murphys, Tessie'
The 2004 re-make of 'Tessie' kicks off our countdown at number ten. Originally from the 1902 Broadway musical, The Silver Slipper, 'Tessie' became popular in baseball as the Royal Rooters fan club sang the song at Boston Americans games. The singing helped drive the Americans to win the first World Series in 1903. Rerecorded by Dropkick Murphys in 2004 with the intent of helping the Bo-Sox get back on top in the MLB, the Red Sox ended up winning the World Series later that year, breaking their curse of 86 years. Since then, the song has officially become the longtime anthem for the Boston Red Sox.
Steve Goodman, 'A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request'
Chicago folk music singer-songwriter, Steve Goodman, keeps things rolling at number nine with his song, 'A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request.' The song is about an old man on his deathbed surrounded by his closest friends. The dying Chicago Cubs fan gives his last requests to his friends, including his wish to have his coffin carried around the bases. The irony of the song is at the end. The old man says to his friends, "I've got season tickets to watch the Angels now/ So that's just what I'm gonna do/ But you the living, you're stuck here with the Cubs/ So it's me who feels sorry for you." Though the Chicago Cubs have used other Steve Goodman songs for the organization (due to the GM Dallas Green considering 'A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request' to be too depressing), we can't forget about the timeless classic about one of the nation's oldest organizations.
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Bob Dylan, 'Catfish'
Recorded as a tribute to Jim "Catfish" Hunter, in 1975, Bob Dylan's, 'Catfish,' was released 16 years later in 1991 on the album 'The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991.' "Catfish" Hunter was a pitcher for the Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees during his 15-year career. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987. The song describes the life of Hunter and even predicted his hall of fame induction. "Catfish, million-dollar-man/Nobody can throw the ball like Catfish can." Though "Catfish" Hunter was an incredible pitcher, Bob Dylan hit a grand slam with 'Catfish' and landed at number eight on our countdown.
Terry Cashman, 'Talkin' Baseball'
Originally released in 1981 during the Major League Baseball strike, Terry Cashman's, 'Talkin' Baseball' was a huge hit for baseball fans everywhere. With references to some of the biggest names in baseball (Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Duke Snider, etc.), 'Talkin' Baseball' was a song of hope and inspiration during the strike. Different versions of the song have appeared in countless organizations and are updated with the times and new players. A modified version of the song, sung by Cashman of the song was even featured in an episode of The Simpsons ("Homer at the Bat"). With the lyrics naming the likes of Bobby Thomson, Barry Bonds, Jackie Robinson, Pete Rose, etc., it's no wonder that 'Talkin' Baseball' continues to be a fan favorite among baseball fans.
Kenny Rogers, 'The Greatest'
Kenny Rogers's 1999 single, 'The Greatest' spoke to the optimism and determination of athletes. The entire song speaks about a young boy who claims he's "the greatest player of them all." After striking out, he still says, "I'm the greatest, that is a fact, but even I didn't know I could pitch like that." The song even inspired a commercial from values.com about optimism showing a young boy experiencing the same feat as the little boy in 'The Greatest.' All in all, 'The Greatest' proves to be a favorite among baseball fans to this day, and has landed at the number six spot on our countdown of the Top 10 Baseball Songs.
Eddie Vedder, 'All The Way'
Lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, Eddie Vedder, breaks the halfway point on our countdown with his song, 'All The Way.' Vedder wrote the song as an encouragement to the Chicago Cubs, and some of the notable players of the time, such as Ernie Banks. Though 'All The Way' didn't have the same effect for the Cubs as Dropkick Murphys song 'Tessie' did for the Boston Red Sox, it still pushes towards the notion of a possible World Series win in the future. "Someday we'll go all the way/Yeah, someday we'll go all the way." The Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908, but Eddie Vedder and Chicago Cubs fans still have their fingers crossed that they will break the longest streak in baseball history.
Alabama, 'The Cheap Seats'
Grammy-winning, multi-platinum selling, southern country rockers, Alabama, take the number four spot on our countdown of the Top 10 Baseball songs with their 1994 single, 'The Cheap Seats.' Written by Marcus Hummon and Randy Sharpy, 'The Cheap Seats' depicts a group of friends sitting in the "cheap seats" in a medium-size town stadium, watching a AAA ball team play. The friends focus more on the experience of being together and enjoying a game, even though they don't know any of the players or the outcome of the game. They're there to drink beer, eat hot dogs, and have a good time. Still to this day, many fans go to the game just to enjoy being with good company and having a good time. Remembering what baseball can do for a community is more important than how the team does in a game, and for that, Alabama's 'The Cheap Seats' lands at number four.
Bruce Springsteen, 'Glory Days'
Bruce Springsteen's incredibly successful seventh studio album, 'Born In The U.S.A.' helped Springsteen burst into the mainstream spotlight. Though the album spawned some of Springsteen's biggest songs, such as 'Dancing In The Dark' and 'Born In The U.S.A.,' it was the song 'Glory Days' that appealed to many sports fans across the world. With variations of the song being made for the 2009 Super Bowl, and for the New Jersey Devils for the National Hockey League, it's still known for being one of baseball's anthems. The first verse of the song talks about bumping into an old friend who used to be a huge baseball star in high school. The encounter was based on a real life experience from Springsteen when he bumped into a former Little League player from Springsteen's childhood in 1973. The entire song is about reminiscing on the past and reliving the "glory days" after they have come and gone, but at the same time it's a way of pushing the listener to go live their dreams and live each day as glorious as the others. The inspirational message helps 'Glory Days' land at the number three spot on AOL Radio's Top 10 Baseball songs.
John Fogerty, 'Centerfield'
After the 1984 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA, John Fogerty left his seat in center field with a new song idea. The opening hand-claps of the song can be heard at virtually every baseball game today. 'Centerfield' names off some of the greats from the game including Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, Ty Cobb, and even the fictional Casey from Ernest Thayer's 1888 poem, Casey At The Bat. The song just so happens to play on repeat on the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, and a baseball shaped guitar from Fogerty was given to the Hall of Fame after Fogerty played his iconic song for the induction ceremonies in 2010. Still to this day, 'Centerfield' is one of baseballs most recognized and celebrated songs, but there's still one more song that everyone has been thinking about since the beginning...
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Jack Norworth & Albert Von Tilzer, 'Take Me Our To The Ball Game'
Ok, it's probably the most obvious song about baseball ever. 'Take Me Out To The Ball Game' has become the unofficial anthem of baseball, and the traditional song for the "seventh-inning stretch." Though everyone knows the lyrics to the chorus, most people don't know that the authors, Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer didn't attend their first Major League Baseball games until 32 and 20 years (respectively) after the song was written. The original 1908 version depicted a young woman named Katie Casey who would agree to a date with her lover if he would, "take her out to the ball game." Since it's origination, 'Take Me Out To The Ball Game' has become one of the most popular sign-along songs of all time, and can be heard everywhere during baseball games. It's a solo shot to number one on AOL Radio's Top 10 Baseball songs.