15 adrenaline pumping songs that we want as our sporting entrance music
What's your entrance theme song?
It's one of those eternal debates that you always have with your mates when you're in the pub. If you were a boxer, MMA Fighter, WWE wrestler or professional athlete, what would your entrance music be?
I was thinking about this topic during the Superbowl but there's some rules that we're abiding to with our list of adrenaline pumping entrance songs. For example, the songs have to be loud, rousing and intimidating. If you're a fan of Kodaline or Garth Brooks then this article isn't for you!
FYI, we're also going to stay clear of orchestras, scores and more 'operatic' themes. With this in mind, here are some of our favourites along with a small description of why they would work so well.
Metallica - Enter Sandman
Goosebumps because: Look at this entrance from the players at Virginia Tech. Simpy incredible.
When you hear it: You probably won't hear anything because the crowd will be so loud.
Rammstein - Ich Will
Goosebumps because: There's the slow buildup before that explosion of pure aggression, intimidation and raw hatred. Just like their other songs Sonne and Du Hast, it's impossible not to be absolutely pumped.
When you hear it: The 0:10 mark will make you want to punch the entire world right in its stupid face.
Rage Against the Machine - Bulls on Parade
Goosebumps because: It's a relentless assault on your eardrums and Tom Morello's use of the wah-wah pedal is stunning.
When you hear it: It's angry as f**k but De La Rocha's chorus at 1:10 is the pinnacle of its anger.
Nas - Hate Me Now
Goosebumps because: It's a cracking anthem for anyone that's just about to step into the lion's den. It's like the middle finger to 80,000 people that are baying for your blood.
When you hear it: The intro teases you into until that cracking moment on 0:30 when the beat kicks in. Strings always make anything sound better.
Kanye West - Power
Goosebumps because: As a person, he's an egomaniac. As a musician, only an egomaniac can create a song like this. Catch 22, eh?
There's a resonance to Kanye's words though because you 100% feel that he believes them. Yes, he's delusional and opinionated but only someone in that mindset can make you feel like you're prepared to take on an army of 10,000 men with one hand tied behind your back.
When you hear it: The stunning bass drop that arrives after the most bravado of bravado-filled lyrics "screams from the haters gotta nice ring to it, I guess every superhero needs his theme music".
Public Enemy- Public Enemy Number One
Goosebumps because: Why give a s**t about what certain people think? Take their hatred and use it as something that drives you forward.
When you hear it: What goes on well.....
Black Sabbath - Iron Man
Goosebumps because: That slow and ominous build-up instantly creates the impression that s**t's about to go down. The descriptive lyrics are so clear that you'll also know not to f**k with anyone that has this song as their entrance music. Scary and strong in equal measure.
When you hear it: The two guitars sync at 0:28.
System of a Down - Chop Suey
Goosebumps because: The entire song whips you into a frenzy of anger and adrenaline. There's also a very brief interlude when the aggression drops, important if you need a moment to focus on the job that's at hand, before resuming again. Perfect for a walkout then.
When you hear it: The riff at 0:30 will make you feel like you want to run straight onto the pitch/ring/octagon and rip heads clean off.
Iggy and the Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog
Goosebumps because: There's everything in this track. Swagger, cockiness, distortion, pounding drums and a riff that you feel is building from the lowest pit of your stomach.
When you hear it: Those eight seconds from 0:08 to 0:16 are the sound of you taking over the world.
NWA - Straight Outta Compton
Goosebumps because: It's the ultimate f**k you to the world, a statement of intent and a promise that you're going nowhere except the top.
When you hear it: Your fists will clench at 0:20 and they won't relax until the song is over.
MIA - Born Free
Goosebumps because: It's the musical equivalent of lighting the fuse and waiting for the explosion. An anthem for when the revolution starts.
When you hear it: 1:10. That's all.
Oasis - Fu**ing in the Bushes
Goosebumps because: Every TV montage can't be wrong. It's time to step out with some swag.
When you hear it: That hypnotic bedding track will carry you out to meet any potential audience on a wave of 'I don't give a flying f**k what you think' euphoria.
Death in Vegas - Dirt
Goosebumps because: Just like Massive Attack - Angel or Rob Dougan - Clubbed to Death, there's something rousing about a thumping baseline that gets under your skin and makes you feel like you're 20-feet-tall.
When you hear it: After what seems like an eternity of a build up, that bass drop at 1:16 is worth it.
Jimi Hendrix -Voodoo Child/Chile
Goosebumps because: Doctors should use this song when they want to bring people back from the dead. It's a perfect piece of music on every level.
When you hear it: Imagine coming out to the pitch/ring/octagon at the 0:30 mark. Your opponent wouldn't stand a chance.
All this without mentioning tracks by Disturbed, Cyprus Hill, Drowning Pool, R Kelly, Slipknot, Stone Cold Steve Austin's theme song and thousands more. Let us know what your entrance song would be.
We know what Homer Simpson's is!