'Kickstart My Heart'
Mötley Crüe created a football favorite with 'Kickstart My Heart.' The high-octane rock song from the band's best-selling album 'Dr. Feelgood' was penned by bassist Nikki Sixx. The song's opening sounds of a motorcycle speeding down the highway -- actually created on guitar by Mick Mars -- are a great way to get fans fired up.
For an underdog football team, a song like Eminem's 'Not Afraid' can serve as an inspiration, due to its lyrical tale about perseverance and redemption. The track's dramatic keyboard swells can build up the tension and excitement in a stadium, and because the song hit No. 1, most everyone knows it and can sing along.
'Run This Town' Feat. Kanye West & Rihanna
In 2009, rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West joined up with Rihanna on the smash hit 'Run This Town.' The National Football League used an orchestral remix of the song to open its coverage of Super Bowl XLIV, mixing clips of Jay-Z performing with highlights from the Indianapolis Colts' and New Orleans Saints' seasons.
'Super Bowl Shuffle'
1985 Chicago Bears
The 1985 Chicago Bears were so cocky they recorded a 'Super Bowl Shuffle' in which star players Walter Payton, Jim McMahon and Mike Singletary took turns rapping about their skills on and off the field. The Bears backed up their actions with a 46-10 thumping of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX. Incredibly, the novelty song earned a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance.
'We Are the Champions'
There's no song football fans want to hear more than Queen's 'We Are the Champions,' because it means their team has won the Super Bowl. The song became a Top 10 hit in 1977 when it was released as a double-sided single with 'We Will Rock You,' and it will continue to live on for as long as teams are celebrating championships.
'Crazy Train' is one of the most recognizable sports anthems. Fans get excited the minute they hear Ozzy's maniacal laugh and the thumping bass and drum intro. The New England Patriots used the song as their entrance theme during their championship run in the 2000s, and Ozzy performed it live on the 'NFL Opening Kickoff 2005' special inside a giant Patriots helmet.
The menacing sound of bells announces the appearance of AC/DC's 'Hell's Bells.' Though not a big hit on the charts, the track from the 1980 album 'Back in Black' has gone on to become one of the group's most popular songs. Just before kickoff, the New York Giants play the beginning portion of the song to get the crowd rocking at every home game.
'Are You Ready for Some Football?'
Country music outlaw Hank Williams Jr. has provided the theme song for 'Monday Night Football' for 22 years with 'Are You Ready For Some Football?,' an updated version of his 1984 Top 10 country hit 'All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.' Williams has rerecorded the song over the years as 'Monday Night Football' has changed announcers and networks.
The thunderous intro to Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' gets football fans psyched up with its minute-long buildup before its memorable guitar riff finally explodes. Everything about the heavy metal classic is aggressive, from James Hetfield's singing to Lars Ulrich's furious drumming to Kirk Hammett's searing guitar solo.
'We Will Rock You'
No song is better at pumping up sports fanatics than 'We Will Rock You,' Queen's epic hand-clapping, foot-stomping track. Freddie Mercury sings about "kicking your can all over the place," while guitarist Brian May finishes it off with a rocking solo. The song's short running time makes it an ideal choice to play during stoppages in the game, and makes it our pick for the Best Football Song.