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Are there musical sports cliches?  No question about it!  Our vote for the most pervasive, over-played stadium anthem goes to the ancient Queen song  We Will Rock You.  It's a good bet this one will be blaring moments before the start of the big game, or after a touchdown or goal.  It is heard all the time in every stadium.

Gary Glitter Ranking right up there is 70's glam artist Gary Glitter's Rock & Roll Part 2.  You've heard it a zillion times - it's blasted on the P.A. every time the home football team scores a touchdown.  The guitars sound more like kazoos and there's not much in the way of lyrics except "HEY!"  College pep bands play the "all brass" version during timeouts in basketball games.

Another one used to pump up the crowd before a game is Get Ready for This by 2 Unlimited, although this one seems more at home in basketball-hockey arenas than in football stadiums.

Village PeopleThen there are those incessant media timeouts.  They drag on forever when the home team is losing.  Football, in particular, subjects the fans to many, many minutes of "dead time" before and after every kickoff, after every punt, at the end of every quarter, at the 2-minute warning, during replay reviews, and during the called timeouts. The public address system plays a limited assortment of worn-out tunes such as What I Like About You by the Romantics or Billy Idol's Mony Mony.   Fans are obligated to clap, sing, or dance along with the cheerleaders or the team's animal mascot - or worse - use their arms to spell out the letters of The Village People's YMCA.

If you've made it this far, you might be interested to know that all these songs and more can be found on single audio CD compilations -- we recommend Drew's Famous Sports Jams available at

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