THE TEAM-SPECIFIC ANTHEMS
Wiz Khalifa, “Black and Yellow” (Pittsburgh Steelers)
As if Da Burgh needed more ways to brag about its football team (six Super Bowl championships and counting…) Wiz gave the musically bereft city something to cheer about.
Jay Z Feat. Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind” (New York Yankees)
The Blueprint 3 featured one of the most commercially viable diddies ever to be classified as hip-hop. Jay’s ode to the city that made him might as well be featured on the NYC tourism bureau, minus a few lyrical mentions of dope and stash houses. With a swooping chorus courtesy of Ms. Keys, it’s a track that’s so empowering and heart-warming, you’ll actually start to believe Times Square is the most beautiful place on Earth. His team of choice adopted the song in 2009, and ran with it all the way to their 27th World Series title.
Neil Diamond, “Sweet Caroline” (Boston Red Sox)
Diamond hails from Brooklyn, but for some reason or another, Fenway Park sound engineers chose this track as their seat-clearing, stadium sing-along soundtrack. It’s so fun it makes us almost want to be Red Sox fans. (Almost.)
Future Feat. Drake, “Tony Montana” (San Francisco 49ers)
The 49ers kickoff squad adopted the 2011 hit as their unofficial warmup jam. So it only made sense that the Atlanta rapper flew out to the Bay to perform the song not once but twice during their playoff run.