The Super Bowl hits today with a giant wallop of testosterone, from the on-field battling to the at-home screaming to the face-painting to the cheap beer and nachos. Of course, that doesn’t stop us from piling on even more masculine energy with this list of the greatest rock and metal stadium anthems. Whether you’re rooting for Seattle or Denver to triumph in the end, or you just don’t care at all, there’s at least one song on this list that you’ve cared about at some point in your life. And while these songs have been played at stadiums of all sports ad nauseam and can now be considered quite Velveeta-cheesy, they’re still some of the most motivating, inspiring and adrenaline-rushing songs we’ve ever known. From AC/DC to Queen to The White Stripes, they’ve all hit us hard with melodies and messages of hope, belief and victory. So to celebrate Super Bowl XLVIII, here’s a list of the 10 Greatest Rock & Metal Jock Jams of all time – songs that are the musical equivalent of a kick in the pants. Hope you’re wearing your cup.
The song’s opening guitar riff, vocal chants and eventual crash into the chorus make it an ideal song to kick off games.
Metallica “Enter Sandman”
The 1991 behemoth from “The Black Album” has most commonly been used as entrance music for athletes due to its driving, building intro.
Europe “The Final Countdown”
The Swedish band’s hit contains a signature keyboard riff that’s used to rally crowds at stadiums of many different sports.
Queen “We Will Rock You” / “We Are The Champions”
This 1-2 punch has been a staple of stadiums for years. The competitive and celebratory nature of the songs make them a perfect fit for rabid sports fans.
Blur “Song 2″
Though mostly known for their Britpop/alternative rock sound, the band’s monster hit from 1997 carries an energetic and catchy ‘woo-hoo!’ vocal hook and heavy guitars and bass that work perfectly for stadiums.
Gary Glitter “Rock ‘N Roll, Part 2″
Also known as “The Hey Song,” the British glam rocker’s hit may very well be the most recognizable stadium chant on the list.
Guns N’ Roses “Welcome to the Jungle”
Though the song may be about big-city seediness, the title and hook work as a perfect, menacing threat to any away team.
Ozzy Osbourne “Crazy Train”
The 1980 hit from Ozzy’s debut solo album, Blizzard of Ozz, contains a catchy riff and lyrics referencing war and battle – enough to get any sports fan riled up.
Survivor “Eye of the Tiger”
Though best known as the theme song for Rocky III, it is almost as well known for being an anthem to competitive athletes and sports fans everywhere.
The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army”
The garage rock band’s hit pairs a fuzzed-out, catchy guitar riff with a simplistic drum beat and lyrics about armies being unable to withstand the writer, making it an ideal track to get both fans and athletes going.