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My Sporty Playlist — Gerald Sturgill

by lupu alexandra 4 months ago in playlist
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The ultimate list of musical sports lists

Your Blue Jay pal has compiled a list of his favorite sports music. Also, I just referred to myself in the third person and I absolutely don’t know how to feel about that. Oh well, thanks for the prompt and the shoutout. You shared with us your seven musical sports songs. I’ve got a couple of the same ones but a few different ones as well.

“Tubthumping”: Chumbawumba

I get knocked down, but I get up again

You are never gonna keep me down

This song is the ultimate reminder for me about competition. This could apply to any team or individual competition sport. This song definitely gets me in the mood to watch a competition for sure. I sing along with this song in many different contexts though. Definitely one of my favorite upbeat songs from the 1990s in general.

“Centerfield”: John Fogerty

Oh, put me in coach, I’m ready to play today

Put me in coach, I’m ready to play today

Look at me, I can be centerfield

Baseball has been one of my favorite sports throughout my life, especially during my childhood. My favorite baseball team as Mike had stated is the Toronto Blue Jays. The team has always had immense talent in the outfield, especially at that position. This song always gets me in the mood to watch baseball and is a song heard regularly over the loudspeakers in our tiny home.

“YMCA”: The Village People

Young man, there’s no need to feel down

I said, young man, pick yourself off the ground

I said, young man, ’cause you’re in a new town

There’s no need to be unhappy

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As a gay sports fan, I had to include at least one song by a gay band, especially during Pride Month. This song is so inspirational and is a call to my childhood when I would spend many summers going over to my local Y and playing sports with plenty of the young men in my community. Every time this song comes on during a match or just randomly, I always feel compelled to do the hand gestures of the letters with the song.

“All Star”: Smash Mouth

Hey now, you’re an all-star, get your game on, go play

Hey now, you’re a rock star, get the show on, get paid

And all that glitters is gold

Only shooting stars break the mold

How could a song about being an all-star and a rockstar not be inspirational, especially to an avid sports fan? This song is a must-play around all of the sports seasons in my home. The song is still so popular almost 25 years after it was first released. I sing along to the song every time I hear it.

“Welcome to the Jungle”: Guns N’ Roses

In the jungle, welcome to the jungle

Watch it bring you to your sha-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n knees, knees

Mwah, I, I wanna watch you bleed

This song is so high energy and the hook in the chorus with the “sha-n-n-n-n knees-knees” part is so catchy. I’m not a huge fan of boxing or wrestling but many of the other sports can cause an athlete to bleed as well. Basketball, football, baseball, etc. This song also reminds me of summer and being in a heated battle so it’s definitely an intense and necessary sports song for my playlist.

“One Shining Moment”: Luther Vandross

And when it’s done

win or lose

you always did your best

cuz inside you knew…

(that) ONE SHINING MOMENT, YOU REACHED FOR THE SKY

ONE SHINING MOMENT, YOU KNEW

ONE SHINING MOMENT, YOU WERE WILLING TO TRY

ONE SHINING MOMENT….

This song was recorded and released in 1987 by David Barrett and has been used in the NCAA Basketball Tournament since then. It’s also been recorded by Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, NeYo, and Jennifer Hudson. This is the iconic March Madness tournament song. Luther’s version has been used the most often and is the current one used in the last tournament. March Madness has always been a big part of my sports life. I make a bracket and watch the tournament every year. The smooth vocals and the emotion make this a must-listen for any sports fan.

“We Will Rock You”: Queen

We will, we will rock you

We will, we will rock you

Buddy, you’re a young man, hard man

Shouting in the street, gonna take on the world someday

You got blood on your face, you big disgrace

Waving your banner all over the place

This song is probably the one I’ve sung to and foot-stomped to the most at live sporting events. This is one of my favorite sports songs because of its simplicity and high energy. I could also think of a few other Queen songs to use including “We Are The Champions” but this song is the iconic Queen sports song. And again, Freddie Mercury was included again because of another shoutout to Pride Month.

I think you noticed that this list was seven songs, equal to the amount that

Mike Butler

did on his list, but I couldn’t leave one off so I had to make a statement and a separate part for the final song I want to include in here. I’m not a huge wrestling or boxing fan, as I had previously mentioned, but the final song holds the most special place in my heart because of when it was released, the summer of 1982.

Yeah, that was the year I was born. In fact, the song I’m about to mention was #1 on the Billboard 100 charts the week I was born. I’m talking about the song from “Rocky” that we all associate with the movie when we hear it. It’s one of my favorite songs altogether but definitely one of my favorite musical sports songs.

“Eye of The Tiger”: Survivor

Rising up, back on the street

Did my time, took my chances

Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet

Just a man and his will to survive

So many times it happens too fast

You change your passion for glory

Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past

You must fight just to keep them alive

It’s the eye of the tiger

It’s the thrill of the fight

Rising up to the challenge of our rival

And the last known survivor

Stalks his prey in the night

And he’s watching us all with the eye of the tiger

I know we all see that scene in the “Rocky” movies, the montage of Rocky training for the big fight, and ultimately running up the long steps to the top. “Eye of the Tiger” for me is reaching the goals you set out for yourself and also making a comeback. You’re reaching the pinnacle of success in whatever you do. This is the perfect sports song to listen to, even if you’re not a huge fan of wrestling or boxing, or even of the “Rocky” movies. As I said, this song has always had a special place in my heart because of when it was released.

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