Awesome Music / Sports

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    College Football 
  • CBS' college football theme, which debuted for Super Bowl XXI and was repurposed the following year for college coverage.
  • ESPN's previous college football theme. And then the new theme which debuted in 2015 for the College Football Playoff games (and taking over as the main theme the subsequent season). There is also a drum and bass remix sometimes used to go into breaks.
  • And ABC's college football theme from the 90's; it was revived for ABC's revived Saturday Night Football, and later became the main theme for all of ESPN's college football games until 2015.
  • The ACC Network, a group of local TV stations in the mid-Atlantic and South which syndicate Atlantic Coast Conference football and basketball.

    MLB 

    NBA 

    College Basketball 

    NHL 
  • Dolores Claman's "Hockey Theme", considered by many to be Canada's real national anthem. Used for 40 years on Hockey Night in Canada and currently on TSN's NHL coverage. Several arrangements exist; even Rush drummer Neil Peart arranged and recorded a version in 2009. It was also released as a downloadable song for Rock Band.
  • The original version of the current Hockey Night theme (pre-Rogers takeover), "Canadian Gold", might not have the same legacy, but it's a lot more raw in its energy. When Sportsnet took over HNIC, the theme was heavily rearranged with an orchestral sound, and additional cues to go along with it (including one that has an equally epic melancholic breakdown).
  • Who says Americans can't come up with their own hockey theme? This theme has accompanied NBC's coverage since their first season in 2006.
  • The old theme when ESPN had coverage of the NHL. Game version here. With the move of the NCAA Frozen Four final to ESPN proper in 2014, they brought it back for its coverage.
  • Goal horns and songs.

    Association Football 
  • It doesn't get much better than the Official UEFA Champions League Theme, adapted by Tony Britten from George Frederic Handel's coronation anthem "Zadok the Priest". And "Zadok the Priest" has itself been used for every British coronation since George II in 1727. The Bible verses that make up the lyrics have been recited at every English, then British coronation since Edgar in 973, so Tony Britten was following a truly awesome lead. To borrow the words of BBC Radio 5 commentator Alan Green as it played before the 2011 final:
    "Don't you just love that anthem? Doesn't it... make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? You feel special!"
  • The theme tune for Long Runner summary show Match of the Day was voted the most recognisable theme tune in British television history in 2010, and with such an immediately catchy, upbeat brass fanfare, it's not hard to see why it's so memorable.
  • In terms of fan anthems, the one adopted first and most famously by Liverpool FC, then by Celtic FC and most recently, Borussia Dortmund, is probably the most famous; 'You'll Never Walk Alone', originally by Rodgers and Hammerstein, before coming to popular notice in Liverpool when recorded by local band Gerry and the Pacemakers. It has, since then, been sung at every Liverpool match without fail and the title of the song has been sewn into the club's crest and added to the top of the famous Shankly Gates. It's also sung by about half the teams in the German Bundesliga, Dutch teams Feyenoord and FC Twente, Japanese team FC Tokyo, Belgium's Club Brugge and Spain's CD Lugo. This is not an exhaustive list, and the head of the Spanish Olympic Committee remarked in 2007 after witnessing a rendition of the song at Anfield, Liverpool's home stadium, that he felt inspired to seek lyrics for Spain's currently lyric-less national anthem, the Marcha Real. It's a catchy song.
  • ESPN's majestic World Cup 2010 theme by Lisle Moore. The EURO 2012/2014 World Cup intro remix didn't diminish its power and the proper 2014 version adds a spirited Latin beat.
  • The 2010 World Cup Anthem seen here. Pure, unbridled joy and triumph.
  • "Three Lions" by The Lightning Seeds, Frank Skinner, and David Baddiel, so much so that the line "Football's Coming Home" (especially during England's Euro '96 campaign, held on English soil, and where they went out in the semis, on penalties) can be heard at most England matches these days, and the song consistently charts every World Cup, in some cases consigning the official song to obscurity.
  • The old Pride FC opening theme. If the pure epic scale of that track doesn't make you want to go out and punch brick walls down with your bare fists, you may not be human, observe!
  • New Order's "World In Motion", written for the English campaign at The World Cup in 1990, is quite inspiring, even if you're not English. It was their only #1 hit in their native UK (this coming from the band which made "Blue Monday"!).
  • Thankfully, Fox did not use its other piece of football music for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, electing to instead go with a majestic theme that wouldn't sound out of place during the Olympics. Bonus points go to their image song, "Beautiful Life", the debut single of penultimate American Idol champion Nick Fradiani.
  • The English Premier League Anthem in the mid-2000s - for many fans rarely matched by the quality of the football.

    Other 
General
  • The opening theme music for ABC's Wide World of Sports. Combined with Jim McKay's narration, and you have the perfect representation of "The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat!" (Cue poor ol' Vinko Bogataj going off the ski jump...)
  • The now-retired BBC Grandstand.
  • NBC Sports had a great instrumental theme in the '70s, used for its NFL coverage as well as college football, baseball, hockey, etc. It was so popular that a group called Midnite Flite turned the piece into a big disco hit called "Don't Turn Away".
  • Edd Kalehoff composed an entire music package for Turner Sports (both TBS and TNT) in the mid-1990s. Here's the full version. Also try the horn-flavored Hip Version.

Aussie Rules Football

Competitive Video Gaming / eSports

Cricket
  • "Up There, Cazaly" was created by Channel 7 as an attempt to outdo Channel 9's Cricket theme, "C'mon, Aussie, C'mon".
  • As should be becoming evident by the now, the BBC has a reputation for sporting theme tunes that pass into the English sporting consciousness. Here is "Soul Limbo" by Booker T & the MG's, the definitive intro to Test Match Cricket. While not as awesome, "Mambo no. 5" was still a catchy intro when Channel 4 acquired the rights.
  • "Howzat" by 1970s Australian rock band Sherbet was used as a popular choice of song for limited-overs cricket matches.

Golf
  • The Masters is a tournament that is steeped in tradition. Dave Loggins' iconic theme music is just one of them. It stands out as a significant contrast to almost every other entry on this entire page, trading the bombastic orchestras and synthesizers for piano and acoustic guitar.
  • Yanni is a popular choice for TV networks' sports themes, and for good reason: "In Celebration of Man" (NBC's USGA championships theme) and his PGA theme for CBS are both epic. NBC lost the U.S. Open to Fox in 2015, but made up for it by getting the (British) Open in 2016, which uses a slight remix of the Yanni theme with bagpipes added.
  • For the PGA Tour's Players Championship (it's not a major, but it's a de facto major in such a way that the PGA Tour always singles it out, and it has a pretty large purse), NBC always brings out the theme from The Man from Snowy River.
  • When Fox won the rights to broadcast United States Golf Association events from 2015 to 2026, people feared they would use the network's NFL theme for golf. While the Franklin Templeton Shootout does, everyone's fears were put aside when Fox debuted this for their first U.S. Open.

Horse Racing
  • Before the running of the Kentucky Derby horse race, it is traditional to play the Stephen Foster song "My Old Kentucky Home" (Kentucky's official state song). And during this, the entire crowd in the stands (which is usually well over 100,000 people) joins in and sings along. They even put the lyrics on the TV screens, so those watching at home can join in.
  • The other two U.S. Triple Crown races have similar traditional prerace music:
    • The Preakness Stakes, held in Baltimore, is preceded by that state's official song, "Maryland, My Maryland".
    • The Belmont Stakes, held just outside New York City, has changed its music a couple of times. Through 1996, "The Sidewalks of New York" was played during the post parade. Then, it was changed to Frank Sinatra's recording of the "Theme from New York, New York". This has remained the official song ever since, except in 2010 when Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" was used instead.

Motorsport
  • Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain", used for BBC's Formula 1 coverage This fan intro shows why it's so good. THIS is how it was reintroduced when the BBC got the rights back off ITV. Having not heard "The Chain" as the theme tune for 13 years, and not being sure if they were going to bring it back or not... CMoA?
  • In Brazil, Globo uses an original fanfare for F1 that's also awesome. And repurposed a good song by one of Keith Mansfield's former bands for one of their sports shows.
  • The BBC's outro to the 2010 Formula One season had some pretty epic music to go with the video. So epic that Sky Sports F1 have used it as their theme tune since taking over the main coverage.
  • The FIA's F1 jingle that plays 5 mins before the race was pretty awesome back in the 90's.
  • The Indianapolis 500 traditionally opens with the singing of "Back Home Again in Indiana". From the early '70s to 2014, this had almost always been done by actor Jim Nabors (of Gomer Pyle fame).
    • The theme of The Delta Force was associated with Cold Opening montages for the 500 narrated by Paul Page, who was formerly ABC's lead commentator. They became so synonymous with Page that he apparently told ABC not to do Delta Force intros unless he was the one narrating. When Page returned to the booth to call the radio broadcast of the 2014 race, he even brought the song with him (for that year, anyway. The radio broadcast returned to its own signature theme, "The 500", the following year).
    • On the television side, ABC's IndyCar Series theme (heard on the 500 and several other events) is also quite epic.
  • Again, from Edd Kalehoff, the NASCAR on TBS theme.
  • Fox's NASCAR theme maintains a lineage with the NFL on Fox theme, yet still manages to convey the spectacle of race day. For a time it was, unfortunately, replaced by said NFL theme outright, but the original music was reinstated in 2016 with the arrival of new commentator Jeff Gordon.
Olympics

Rugby Union
  • "World in Union", which has been the theme song for every Rugby World Cup since 1991.

Snooker

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