Prepping for the NFL season with the league’s biggest pump-you-up songs

For a couple of years, I was the music director for the Toronto Maple Leafs, selecting the music played before, during, and after home games. That gig plunged me into the world of major league sports game operations and took me to arenas across North America to study what music was used by other NHL teams. It was a cool job.

With the NFL season starting next Thursday, an online gambling site (OGUS) analyzed a series of playlists on Spotify and Tidal to find out which songs are biggest with the football crowd.

The number one most popular track? No surprise: “Thunderstruck” from AC/DC. Combined with “You Shook Me All Night Long,” AC/DC appears on 28 NFL team playlists. I’m a little surprised at how well “Bangarang” from Skrillex did.

Top 50 Most Played Songs by NFL Teams

1Thunderstruck – AC/DC26Till I Collapse – Eminem
2Bangarang – Skrillex27This Is Our House – Bon Jovi
3Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N Roses28The Time Is Now – John Cena
4The Champion – The Score29The Final Countdown – Europe
5Legend – The Score30My House – Flo Rida
6You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC31Glory – The Score
7Shut Up – Montana Brawl32Feels Great – Cheat Codes, Fetty Wap, CVBZ
8Eye of the Tiger – Survivor33Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 
9Cinderella Man – Eminem34Gladiator – Zayde Wølf
10Rock The Beat – LMFAO35Enter Sandman – Metallica
11Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO36We Got the Power – Zayde Wølf
12Mas Tequila – Sammy Hagar37We Are the Champions – Queen
13All I Do Is Win – DJ Khaled 38Water Me – Lizzo
14Nonstop to Mexico – Montana Brawl39Sweet Child O Mine – Guns N Roses
15Jump Around – House of Pain40My Way – Limp Bizkit
16Jump – Armin van Buuren41Levels – Avicii
17Champion – Bishop Briggs42Let’s Get it Started – Black Eyed Peas
18Burn the house Down – AJR43Let It Rock – Kevin Rudolf, Lil Wayne
19Bonfire – Knife Party44Turn Down For What – DJ Snake, Lil Jon
20Best Life – Spencer Ludwig45Ride Wit Me – Nelly, City Spud
21We Will Rock You – Queen46Pound The Alarm – Nicki Minaj
22I Don’t Wanna Be In Love – Good Charlotte47Night is Young – Montana Brawl
23Hand Clap – Fitz and The Tantrums48Jump – Kris Kross
24Fight For Your Right – Beastie Boys49Hymn for the Weekend – Coldplay, Seeb
25Uprising – Muse50Hells Bells – AC/DC

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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