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 ThePowerOfRock!

This is a trope that is OlderThanYouThink, as a sufficiently profound musical instrument (say, an organ) carries farther than the human voice alone. Some songs have been so ingrained into certain sports that it becomes a CrowdSong or CallAndResponseSong.



[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/AKnightsTale'' infamously uses several anachronistic {{Crowd Song}}s (including Queen's "We Will Rock You") at the jousting tournaments.
* ''Film/{{Drumline}}''
* ''Film/MajorLeague'': Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn, former starting pitcher relegated to relief, comes to the mound [[ with "Wild Thing" playing on the PA,]] which becomes a CrowdSong. [[LifeImitatesArt This inspired MLB to do it]] (per Arvine's RealLife example).
* ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'': The archery contest is presented as a sporting event, with the crowd at least doing the tomahawk chop.
* ''Film/SlapShot'': "Don't ever play 'Lady of Spain' again!"
* ''Film/TheReplacements2000'': Since the kicker used to play soccer, the crowd sings "Olé" whenever he comes up to kick.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' the Academicals ask the school's Music Master to come up with some chants. He doesn't quite get the essence of a FootballFightSong and writes them too long and complicated. That's even before Bengo Macarona insists that the chant [[LargeHamTitle include all his titles and honors]].


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' - Robin's ex best friend is the organist for the New York Rangers hockey team.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Pretty much every American sporting event ever. 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 SeriousBusiness; in pro-sports, music is either played by an organist or broadcast by a DJ.
** Most schools have a [[FootballFightSong fight song]] and an AlmaMaterSong (sung either before the halftime break or at the end of the game).
*** Many schools will play their fight song in response to scoring a touchdown, or sometimes even a field goal.
*** Halftime shows in general, and for college and professional football in particular.
** Many of the older NFL teams also have official fight songs.
** Baseball's two most famous are the "Charge" fanfare and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" sung during the [[{{Intermission}} Seventh Inning Stretch]].
*** Individual players sometimes even have theme music that's played when they come out. For examples, reliever Trevor Hoffman was famous for entering the field to the sound of [[Music/{{ACDC}} AC/DC's]] "Hell's Bells". Pants-wetting by the opposing team often ensued at the sound of the first bell.
** The Kentucky Derby's famous opening trumpet riff (AlsoKnownAs "Call to Post").
** "The Star Spangled Banner" is sung at the start of most pro sport events in the United States, though occasionally they might substitute "America the Beautiful" or "God Bless America" instead.
*** Don't forget that if one of the teams is Canadian--possible in the [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL]], [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]], [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} Major League Baseball]], and UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueSoccer--they'll play "O Canada" as well. In fact, in the NHL, it's a rule that the arena must play both national anthems if the teams playing are from opposite sides of the border. The Buffalo Sabres take it a step farther and play both anthems before every game, regardless of the opponent, in recognition to Buffalo's proximity to Canada and the team's large (by American standards) Canadian fan base.
** Music/TheWhiteStripes' "Seven Nation Army" experienced a resurgence in popularity as a football song in Europe; after a group of fans of the Belgian Brugge K.V. team heard it at a bar, they used it as a chant during an upset game at A.C. Milan. Subsequently, the song spread back to Belgium. A few years later at the 2006 UEFA Cup, A.C. Roma fans returned the favor, and it soon became the unofficial theme song of Italian football.
** Every NHL team has a goal song [[CaptainObvious played after the home team scores a goal]]. Some, like the Blackhawks' use of Music/TheFratellis' "Chelsea Dagger" have reached MemeticMutation status.
*** Meanwhile, in 2013, the Edmonton Oilers started using Music/{{Pitbull}}'s "Don't Stop The Party", which probably became the MostAnnoyingSound for the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild (and people who just ''hate'' Pitbull to begin with), who got subjected to it [[CurbStompBattle 6 and 7 times]] respectively in a single game.
*** Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll (Part 2)" (a.k.a. "[[FanNickname the hey song]]") is ''definitive'' sports music to many. Especially in New Jersey, where chanting "HEYYYYYYYY, you suck!" to it at Devils games became a tradition. But then to [[ExecutiveMeddling quell the tradition]] ([[TropesAreNotBad probably because Gary Glitter was arrested for indecent assault and statutory rape in 2012]]), the team randomly switched it out for Music/BonJovi's self-described 'sports anthem' "This Is Our House" at the start of the 2013-14 season (a.k.a. the 2011 National Rugby League theme song for Australians), and people were heard ''[[ booing]]'' it. Even more ironic is that New Jersey fans were ''booing a native of their own state.'' They ultimately replaced it with the aforementioned "Seven Nation Army".
*** The Hartford Whalers had the Brass Bonanza. It was such a serious EarWorm that, since it's introduction, it has spread a lot. Comes in both [[ short]](i.e. played after a goal) and [[ long]] versions. About the only NHL team you ''won't'' hear play it is the Carolina Hurricanes, because they used to be the Whalers (something they are lukewarm at best about acknowledging).
*** The Detroit Red Wings' default goal song is their Hockeytown theme, but they tend to mix it up a bit more. For example, when a Wing scores his first career goal at home, he might get "Feels Like the First Time" by Music/{{Foreigner}}. The third Wings goal of the game is usually followed with "ABC 123" by Music/TheJacksonFive, while the fourth goal gets the opening of Music/BillyJoel's "A Matter of Trust". And, if an opponent breaks a shutout late in a [[CurbStompBattle one-sided game]], they'll get treated to Three Dog Night's "One Is the Loneliest Number".
** {{UsefulNotes/Boston}} has a few songs associated with its sports teams, mostly the Red Sox. "Tessie" (revived when the Music/DropkickMurphys covered it) "Sweet Caroline" traditionally sung in the eighth inning and performed by Music/NeilDiamond himself at the first game after the Boston Marathon Bombings, and "Shippin' Up To Boston" also by the Dropkick Murphys, which serves the same purpose as a FootballFightSong at Bruins' games.
* There's a whole list of them which are often used in association football, but among the most famous is the "Olé" song. British football in particular has a variety of songs, one of the best known of which consists of chanting 'one-nil, one-nil' repeatedly when the appropriate result is in the team's favour.
** Football [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup World Cup]] matches and friendlies have national anthems of the teams before kickoff.
** National football matches often include songs as well. [[UsefulNotes/EnglishPremierLeague Liverpool's]] [[Theatre/{{Carousel}} "You'll Never Walk Alone"]] is one of the most famous.
* It's traditional in international rugby to sing the national anthems before the game as well. Ireland represents both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, so they have their own team anthem, "Ireland's Call".[[note]]When Ireland plays in the Republic (almost always in UsefulNotes/{{Dublin}}), the Republic's anthem, ''Amhrán na bhFiann'', is played, followed by "Ireland's Call". When Ireland plays outside the Republic, including rare home matches in Northern Ireland, only "Ireland's Call" is used.[[/note]]
* UsefulNotes/FormulaOne uses the anthem of both the winning driver and the winning constructor -- leading to interesting segues, or extended play if both are the same nationality.
* International games also have the tradition of playing the national anthem of the winning team. The Summer and Winter [[UsefulNotes/OlympicGames Olympics]] both do it, as do the [[UsefulNotes/TheCommonwealthOfNations Commonwealth]] Games. The Commonwealth Games is particular fun as the UK enters as its constituent parts. Since these parts haven't been independent for centuries the National Anthem is often whatever the competitor say it is. The England 2010 team, for example, had a vote to decide what the English National Anthem would be for the games ("Jerusalem" won).
* Every UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball team has a theme song. In the AFL, it's played when the teams enter, and the winning team's song is played at the end of the game. At every level from the AFL down to grass-roots football, the winning team sings it in the rooms after the game.
* Pro darts players usually come out to their own theme song, often one which ties in with their stage name.
* In the last few years at [[UsefulNotes/{{Cricket}} Test matches]] involving England, "Jerusalem" has been played at the start of the day's play. And then there's all the [[CrowdSong compositions produced by the Barmy Army]]...
* The use of "Down Under" by Music/MenAtWork as the theme for the Australian America's Cup team that won the cup in 1983.
** Other notable America's Cup team theme songs-- [[Music/JimmyBuffett Jimmy Buffett's]] "Take It Back" for the winning American team in 1987, David Dobbyn's "Loyal" for Team New Zealand's defense in 2003, [[Music/{{ACDC}} AC/DC's]] "Back in Black" for Oracle Team USA in 2013, and David Dallas' "Runnin'" for Team New Zealand in 2017.
* Each of Japan's professional baseball teams have a team song, but the most well-known is probably Hanshin Tigers' ''Rokko Oroshi''. The stereotypical [[TheIdiotFromOsaka idiot from Osaka]] knows the whole song by heart.
* English rugby fans have a tradition of singing "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" in matches played at Twickenham Stadium.


[[folder: Music Videos ]]

* In Taylor Swift's video for "You Belong With Me", the HollywoodNerd plays in the school marching band and can be seen playing music (or at least cheering) from the stands.


[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* When has a wrestler ''not'' come out into the ring to his own theme song?
** Prior to 1985 (and Wrestling/WrestleMania 1), very few wrestlers had entrance music.
** Gorgeous George more or less started that in the 1940s ("Pomp and Circumstance").


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': While auditioning for the church organist position, one of the potentials plays a tune more appropriate for a sporting event instead.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', the church organist is also the organist for the local minor-league baseball club.
** Parodied in "Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge"; during a town-wide riot, several people loot a musical instruments store and march out playing a university fight song.