Leitmotif / Sports

  • Fight sports like Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts usually followed the Professional Wrestling example where a fighter's entrance is accompanied with a song. While most fighters usually used different songs for their entrance, some fighters would usually end up being associated with one particular song.
  • In the US at least, many high schools and colleges have fight songs and official hymns. Most Americans are probably at least passingly familiar with the Notre Dame fight song as an audio shorthand for college football, especially if they have ever seen Rudy. They may also be familiar with the tune of the Notre Dame Fight Song if they recall junior-high algebra, since some math teachers set the quadratic formula to the tune of that fight song to make it easier to remember.
  • San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman and AC/DC's "Hells Bells".
    • Similarly, Yankee Stadium will erupt when the opening riff of Metallica's "Enter Sandman" plays. They know that relief pitcher Mariano Rivera is coming into the game, and much like Hoffman's appearance, this typically meant the game was over. Billy Wagner had the same song played from his days with the Houston Astros.
    • In contrast to the high-energy "walk-up music" used by most baseball players, starting in May 2014, Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick opted for "Careless Whisper" by George Michael. The fans seem to approve.
  • You'll Never Walk Alone from Carousel has primarily been affiliated with Liverpool FC.
  • The Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL have all but made their goalsong, The Fratellis' Chelsea Dagger this.
  • John Williams wrote the Olympic Fanfare and Theme, which was used in several Olympiads in the 1990s and 2000s.