Created By: dotchan on October 28, 2010 Last Edited By: dotchan on November 4, 2010
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Music At Sporting Events

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(Do We Have This? This will probably go under Useful Notes once it's done. It could use a catchier re-direct, but this title is sufficiently informative.)

How do you fire up an unenthusiastic home crowd or engage an already excited one into even higher emotional investment? How do you taunt the opposition or cheer on your own team? Add music and cue The Power of Rock!

This is a trope that is Older than You Think, as a sufficiently profound musical instrument (say, a vuvuzela an organ) carries farther than the human voice alone. In college and high school, adding thematically appropriate music is the marching band's job while they're in the stands and in some circles considered Serious Business; in pro-sports, music is either played by an organist or broadcasted by a DJ. Some songs have been so ingrained into certain sports that it becomes a Crowd Song or Call-and-Response Song.

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Film

Real Life
  • Pretty much every sporting event ever:
    • Most schools have a fight song and an Alma Mater (sung either before the halftime break or at the end of the game).
      • Halftime shows in general, both for college and professional football in particular.
    • Baseball's two most famous--the "Charge" fanfare and "Take Me Out To the Ballgame" sung during the Seventh Inning Stretch
      • Individual players sometimes even have theme music that's played when they come out. For examples, reliever Trevor Hoffman enters the field to the sound of AC/DC's "Hell's Bells".
    • The Kentucky Derby's famous opening trumpet riff.
    • The "Olé" song in soccer.
      • When was the last time Liverpool played without the crowd doing a rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone"?
    • It's traditional in international rugby and Football World Cup matches (probably friendlies as well) to sing the national anthems of the teams before kickoff.
    • "The Star Spangled Banner" is similarly sung at most pro sport events in the United States, though occasionally they'll substitute "America the Beautiful" or "God Bless America" instead.
    • Formula One uses the anthem of both the winning driver and constructor - leading to interesting segues, or extended play if both are the same nationality.
    • International games (the Olympics, for example) also have the tradition of playing the national anthem of the winning team.

Music
  • In Taylor Swift's "You Belong To Me", the Hollywood Nerd plays on the school marching band and can be seen playing music (or at least cheering) from the stands in the music video.

Western Animation
  • Family Guy - While auditioning for the church organist position, one of the potentials plays a tune more appropriate for a sporting event instead.
  • On The Simpsons the church organist is also the organist for the local minor-league baseball club.
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • October 28, 2010
    randomsurfer
    On The Simpsons the church organist is also the organist for the local minor-league baseball club.
  • November 2, 2010
    halfmillennium
    I think the 'every sporting event ever' and 'every school' sections might be a little bit We All Live In America. My school was hugely competitive on the sports field and rarely sang at sport events.
  • November 2, 2010
    SonofRojBlake
    On the other hand, when was the last time Liverpool played without the crowd doing a rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone"? Not quite this trope, as this trope seems to be implying that the music is the owners of the stadium trying to gee up the crowd, whereas in most British sporting events singing is the crowd trying to gee up the players (or distract them, or insult them, or insult the opposition, or the opposition crowd, or whatever).
  • November 2, 2010
    randomsurfer
    Super Bowl Halftime shows in general.
  • November 3, 2010
    Arivne
    Real Life
    • In U.S. MLB (professional baseball) games, individual players sometimes have theme music that's played when they come out. For examples, reliever Trevor Hoffman enters the field to the sound of AC/DC's "Hell's Bells".
  • November 3, 2010
    dotchan
    @Sonof Roj Blake:

    Rewrote the trope description to cover both instances.
  • November 3, 2010
    halfmillennium
    Liverpool (that Liverpool, anyway) isn't an American team. You might be better off listing things by sport as opposed to country.

    • It's traditional in international rugby and Football World Cup matches (probably friendlies as well) to sing the national anthems of the teams before kickoff.
  • November 3, 2010
    randomsurfer
  • November 4, 2010
    halfmillennium
    To clarify the use of national anthems at international sporting events, the national anthems are sung by the relevant teams and any patriotic fans who wish to join in. They're not sung by everyone there, as is presumably how it works with American songs in American matches.

    National anthems are also used to congratulate the winners of events at certain tournaments, such as the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games and (I think) Formula One.
  • November 4, 2010
    MasoTey
    Film
    • Slap Shot: "Don't ever play 'Lady of Spain' again!"
  • November 4, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Formula One uses the anthem of both the winning driver and constructor - leading to intresting segues, or extended play if both are the same nationality.
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