Best Rock Songs for a Sporting Event

Best Rock Songs for a Sporting Event

Rock Songs for a Sporting EventBest Rock Songs for a Sporting Event

Whether you want to get ready for the World Cup or the Super Bowl, here are the songs you can rock out to to get in the mood to be legendary on the field or court or cheer on your favorite team. These are the best rock songs for a sporting event, the big game, or the match.

20. Legendary by Welshly Arms

Welshly Arms is an American Rock band from Cleveland, Ohio. The song is about the struggle to get to the top and doing anything to get there.

“This is what we came for
And we couldn’t want it anymore
Could never turn back now
Got to leave it all on the floor”

19. Strike Back by We As Human

The now defunct band We As Human was a Christian metal band with heart.  They were discovered by the Christian band, Skillet’s leader, John Cooper.  This song is not so Christian but it makes the list by being a kick-ass song about fighting against a foe.  The former singer and songwriter, Justin Cordle, also penned the new hit, Judas by Fozzy.  

18. Face To The Floor by Chevelle

Chevelle is a band of brothers from Chicago, Illinois. Brothers, Pete and Sam Loeffler are joined by their brother-in-law, Dean Bernardini. This song was a statement about Bernie Madoff and one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history. He stole millions and Chevelle wrote this song as a reaction.

17. I Will Not Bow by Breaking Benjamin

Released by Breaking Benjamin August 12, 2009, the song has been certified double platinum. It was used at the end credits of the movie Surrogates starring Bruce Willis. The song lyrics say “I will not bow, I will not break, I will shut the world away, I will not fall, I will not fade, I will take your breath away”

16. White Flag by Bishop Briggs

Bishop Briggs is the stage name for Sarah Grace McLaughlin, a British musician.  Her sound has been described as Indie Rock.  This track is about perserverence in fight and never giving up.  The song shows up in Shadow of The Tomb Raider and also Wrestlemania’s Women’s Main Event.  

15. Take It All by Pop Evil

Pop Evil is a band that has many tracks about persevering so it was hard to choose just one. If you need motivation, you can listen to “Trenches”, “Last Man Standing, “Be Legendary”, ” Waking The Lions” and others I am forgetting now. Pop Evil just keeps getting better over time and I am sure they will create more inspiring music.

14. You’re Going Down by Sick Puppies

Sick Puppies is an Australian Rock band and this song was sung by their former Shimon Moore. Recently, Shimon Moore, created a new band called Screaming At Demons. Sick Puppies still survives with bassist, Emma Anzai, as the only original member from when the band formed in 1997. This track was used by WWE when it was released in 2009.

13. The Final Countdown by Europe

With a keyboard riff that is unforgettable, this song is one that marching bands play at almost every game. It is another one of those songs that gets into your ear and does not let go. Most recently, it was featured in a Geico commercial where the band plays during the countdown of a lunch room microwave.

12. Rock You Like a Hurricane by Scorpions

Many sports teams use the song as their anthem. The song was written by Klaus Meine, Herman Rarebell, and Rudolf Schenker. Scorpions are a German rock band best known for their song “Wind of Change” that signaled the collapse of the Soviet Union during the cold war.

11. Fight The Good Fight by Triumph

Triumph is a band that was compared to Rush perhaps because they are a metal band from Canada but they are a powerhouse in their own right. Another rock anthem that gets the crowd on their feet and the athletes excited.

10. Glory by The Score

This song had been featured in a Dude Perfect video.  The Score is an alternative rock band from New York City.  Glory is the perfect rock anthem for any sports match or fight.  

“(Oh-ohh-oh) I’m victorious
(Oh-ohh-oh) It’s my time
(Oh-ohh-oh) There’s no stopping this
‘Cause I was born for this
I do it for the glory”

9. Born For Greatness by Papa Roach

A track off their eight studio album, Crooked Teeth, that was released in 2017. The song is instantly a hit with infectious lyrics and a catchy refrain. Active since 1993, Papa Roach with Jacoby Shaddix and Jerry Horton still leading the way with an amazing amount of great music.

8. Missile by Dorothy

Dorothy is an American rock band from Los Angeles. This song was featured in the ad for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.  The lyrics are referring to something other than a sporting event but they tune is catchy and you can extrapolate to make the lyrics fit. 

I am a missile
I am the fire
Love is destruction
But this war is mine, this war is mine

7. Centuries by Fall Out Boy

Centuries by Fall Out Boy has been used in ESPN college football coverage, WWE, and in Chicago at numerous sporting events.  The song has the melody from the song “Tom’s Diner” by Suzanne Vega.  The “doo doo dodo” was recorded by singer Lolo specifically for the track.  The song is on the album American Beauty/American Psycho which debuted at number 1 on Billboard 200.  

6. Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne

This song was released on the debut solo album Blizzard of Oz from Ozzy Osbourne and is considered a guitar riff great from the late Randy Rhoads.  If we listen the lyrics, the song is a statement on war.  

Millions of people living as foes 
Maybe it’s not too late
To learn how to to love
And forget how to hate

5. Thunderstruck by AC/DC

Released in 1990.  Thunderstruck is from the album The Razors Edge by Australian metal band, AC/DC.  The song is played at every sporting event.  You recognize the singing part where the crowd is singing, “thunder, ahhhh-ahhh-ahh”.  The video is a surreal scene where the crowd almost looks like they are cheering on a gladiator match at the Coliseum in Rome.  But it’s the band peforming with Brian Johnson singing and Angus Young doing his famous duckwalk.  

4. Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar

In the 80s, there is Eye of The Tiger by Survivor and this song is the second most played. It launched Pat Benatar and has stood the test of time by being played at most sporting events. While the songwriter, Eddie Schwartz said the song can be taken metaphorically.

3. Eye of The Tiger by Survivor

Ah, is there another song that defines the Eighties and triumph over an opponent? Nope. The song was the theme song for the movie “Rocky III”. It was certified platinum and received airplay durin the entire decade. Now to this day, if you hear this song, you want to get up and do some shadowboxing in your seat as if you could be a prize fighter.

2. Welcome to The Jungle by Guns N’ Roses

If you have been alive the past thirty years, you may have heard this song at any event.  The track was released in 1987 on the album Appetite For Destruction.  One of the greatest rock songs of all time, the song shows Los Angeles as a gritty, dirty city where you can get anything but it will bring you down.  

1. We Will Rock You by Queen

I do not think I have been to single sporting event where this song was not played. Its played at football games, baseball games, basketball games and everywhere. The rock anthem gained resurgence after the blockbuster movie, “Bohemian Rhapsody” spotlighted the legendary life of Freddie Mercury.

Regardless of what event you are at, these songs will get you in the mood to battle the other team.  Are there other rock songs that should be included? 

Watch all the videos here.  There are some crazy hair in some of the older videos. 


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I Prevail The Trauma Tour Concert Review with Issues and Justin Stone

I Prevail The Trauma Tour Concert Review with Issues and Justin Stone
Cefcu Center Stage, Peoria Riverfront Park
July 16, 2019
Peoria, Illinois

I Prevail

I Prevail



I Prevail headlines the second show of the Summer Sonic Jam brought by 105.7 The X Rocks and Inked Entertainment. There was a threat of rain during showtime but by the time the opener reached the stage, the weather turned to what Illinois is known for in the summer, hot and humid. The weather did not deter the growing fans of I Prevail. The band have just returned for the second American leg of The Trauma Tour from Europe and some sold out shows there. The band posted on social media the massive crowds at Nova Rock in Austria and Rock Am Ring in Germany and their warm reception at both. Their second full length album, Trauma (Fearless Records) released March 29, 2019, reached 14 on Billboard 200. The album is aptly named Trauma and the songs are a mix of acknowledgement of depression and songs about perserverence and dare I say it, prevailing in their art.

Justin Stone a rapper from Columbus, Ohio started the night with some sick rhymes. He did not have a hype man but came on stage with a drummer and himself. Justin is a guest on I Prevail’s song, “Rise Above It”. Justin Stone has a presence that is larger than his young age. Oh, and he has abs so maybe that adds to his charm. He has a lot of albums and his newest album is being released August 2nd. This guy is always hustling and he gave away shirts after his set. He also posed for pictures with all the fans. You can see everything Justin has going on at Facebook: Justin Stone

Justin Stone

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Issues is an electronic metalcore band from Atlanta, Georgia. The band had a great set. It was my first time seeing the band without vocalist, Michael Bohn. Michael has a new band called WildHeart where he is a drummer not the vocalist. Issues has been a constant of the alternative metal scene. Their vocalist, Tyler Carter, is a vocal supporter of the LGBTQ community as he came out as bi-sexual. Their merch even has a pride flag with the band name on it.  Fans are ardently waiting for their new album. The band released a new single, “Tapping Out” about facing their personal demons. Their new album is set for release in November.

Issues band

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I Prevail is a metalcore band from Detroit, Michigan. Clean vocalist, Brian Burkheiser, was on hiatus with a vocal injury the last time the band was in Peoria. While guitarist Dylan Bowman filled in for him, Brian and his vocal ability was missed tremendously. The band recently released their video for “Breaking Down” and the portrayal of the emotions in it grab you whether you suffer from depression or know someone who does. Watch it here:



This was my sixth time seeing I Prevail.  I have been a passionate supporter of the band since they were playing to fifty people in a bar.  The band sounded great and have honed their live show. The songs consisted of a lot of tracks from the Trauma album and a few from their older catalog as well.

The setlist:

Bow Down
Rise Above It
Stuck in Your Head
Face Your Demons
Goodbye (Interlude)
Every Time You Leave
Breaking Down
Come and Get It


Before the song “Breaking Down”, Brian Burkheiser talked to the crowd and told them that he struggled with depression and that talking about our problems can help.  The band said in an interview with that their focus is going to be on cutting the drama from their lives.  As they grow and mature as people and a band, I am excited to see how they evolve in the future.

I Prevail

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Find where to see them on their website: I Prevail Website



I Prevail The Trauma Tour Photo Gallery

I Prevail The Trauma Tour Photo Gallery
Cefcu Stage, Peoria Riverfront
July 16, 2019
Peoria, Illinois

I Prevail

I Prevail

Brian Burkheiser of I Prevail

Brian Burkheiser of I Prevail

Eric Vanlerberghe of I Prevail

Eric Vanlerberghe of I Prevail

I Prevail

I Prevail

Brian Burkheiser of I Prevail

Brian Burkheiser of I Prevail

Eric Vanlerberghe of I Prevail

Eric Vanlerberghe of I Prevail

Eric Vanlerberghe of I Prevail

Eric Vanlerberghe of I Prevail

Brian Burkheiser of I Prevail

Brian Burkheiser of I Prevail

Gabe Helguera of I Prevail

Gabe Helguera of I Prevail

I Prevail

I Prevail

Steve Menoian of I Prevail

Steve Menoian of I Prevail

Brian Burkheiser of I Prevail

Brian Burkheiser of I Prevail

Dylan Bowman of I Prevail

Dylan Bowman of I Prevail

I Prevail

I Prevail

Spring Fling 2019 with headliners A Day To Remember and Incubus and Buckcherry

Spring Fling 2019 with headliners A Day To Remember and Incubus and Buckcherry
May 31 and June 1
Riverfront Festival Park
Peoria, Illinois

Spring Fling 2019

Spring Fling 2019










Spring Fling has grown from a one night small show featuring three bands to a two day large festival. Central Illinois has been plagued this spring with neverending rains. It had been so long with rain every day that the surrounding farmland sat unplanted. So going to an outdoor show is a gamble. In this day and age, no one wants to sit outside in the rain possibly getting their phone wet and being wet for hours on end. The weather could not have been more perfect. The temperature was in the seventies and it ranged from cloudy to sunny the entire festival. The music was heavy on local bands. Peoria, who is known for local artists like Dan Fogelberg and Mudvayne.  There has been a market for hard rock in the area supported by one of the largest radio stations of 105.7 the X Rocks.

Friday night featured headliners A Day To Remember. The opening bands were locals 3AM Project from Peoria, Illinois are an independent band with a heavy rock sound. They had a solid set with dedicated fans from the area. Burden of The Sky is a local alt-metal band from Bloomington, Illinois. They released their debut album independently called Cinis ad Cinis (Ashes to Ashes). You can listen to it here. Burden of The Sky Website

Burden of The Sky

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Next up were heavy hitters, Memphis May Fire a metalcore band from Nashville, Tennessee. The band is a Warped Tour veteran and their sound has evolved over the years. Their newest album, Broken, is “both a perfect distillation of everything the band has achieved creatively, with the group’s signature passion and diversity, and a bold leap into the future”. Their singles, “The Old Me” and “Heavy Is The Weight” resonates with listeners who may be going through the same questions about being better people. While their new music has a certain radio quality, there is still a breakdown for the old fans who need to let go in the pit.

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Asking Alexandria is the next huge band graced the stage of the first night of Spring Fling 2019. Asking Alexandria is now considering themselves a rock band and their sound has made a distinguishable turn to more radio hits. The band is from York, England. They parted from their original singer, Danny Worsnop in 2015 when Worsnop left to work with his rock band, We Are Harlot. The band recruited singer, Denis Stoff, who toured with them extensively. Then in 2016, Danny Worsnop, rejoined the band. They have release an eponymous album that contains more introspective songs such as “Alone In A Room” and “Into The Fire” with a theme about reflecting and becoming better people. Danny Worsnop was sporting a hat, t-shirt and sweat pants and commented about being tired from a 30 show tour they just come off of. He apologized for looking homeless but the band performed well.

Asking Alexandria

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A Day To Remember (ADTR) is a post-hardcore band from Ocala, Florida. Post-hardcore is screaming and melodic singing with punk roots. The band has built up success since their formation in 2003. They put on one of the best live shows of any band. A Day To Remember has interactive fan participation. They usually have crowd surfing galore, beach balls, a t-shirt cannon launching t-shirts to not just the front of the crowd but the far reaches. The first night of Spring Fling 2019 in Peoria was no exception to the amazing show that ADTR puts on but the set list was brief. One of the best moments of the show was the crowd singing along to “Sometime You’re The Hammer, Sometimes You’re The Nail” off of their album Common Courtesy. The band was embroiled in a dispute with their record label and going through a lawsuit when the album was released. The lyrics on that album relate back to their battle so it must be so rewarding to hear the lyrics back from the crowd.

“I reserve my right to feel uncomfortable reserve my right to be afraid
I make mistakes and I am humbled every step of the way
I want to be a better person I wanna know the master plan
Cast your stones, cast your judgement, you don’t make me who I am”

The encore consisted of their acoustic song “If It Means a Lot To You” and their staple song “The Downfall of Us All”

A Day To Remember

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Day 2 of Spring Fling started early with a pre-party stage beginning with local bands, Cole Hollow, Dark Lit Sky, and Beyond Threshold. Opening for the headliners, Buckcherry, was their tour mates, Joyous Wolf. Joyous Wolf is from Orange County, California and they are bringing back good rock n’roll. Their guitarist, Blake Allard may look very familiar as he stars in a Verizon commercial about talking with his dad before shows. The vocalist, Nick Reese, is a tireless, spirited performer who starts their set by doing forward flips and does not slow down from there. Their music is self-destribed as alternative. I am reminded of Mother Love Bone in their sound. You can see my interview with Nick Reese, here:
Joyous Wolf Interview

You should see the band live. I can describe their show to you and you can watch all the video clips you want but nothing is like seeing them live.
Joyous Wolf Website


Joyous Wolf

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Peoria favorites, Buckcherry headlined the early show. Buckcherry has been a band for twenty years. Their hits span a lifetime that started with “Lit Up” and “Crazy Bitch”. Did you know their name is a play on Chuck Berry? The band just released their eighth studio album called Warpaint. The album contains some ballads and a cover of “Head Like A Hole”. While the band has changed their lineup over the years, the founder and vocalist Josh Todd remains. He reminded us during the show to “Live with passion. Do what you love because you only do this shit once!” There is always a good time when Buckcherry performs. Everyone loves their realness and no bullshit attitude.

You can pick up their latest album on tour or at their website: Buckcherry



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The main stage started with local favorites, Autumn Rove. They have been gaining fans with their no-nonsense alternative rock. The band, Spirit Animal, was next. I had never even heard of them before. I must say at first I was not exactly sure what I was listening to and then as they went on. I could not help but dance along. I especially liked their songs”The Truth” and “Painkiller”. Their music was somewhere between the Eighties and Vance Joy. They sell their t-shirts and they made a point to make sure not to call one yellow because it is banana fucking cream.


Spirit Animal

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The Glorious Sons were the next opening band. The band comes from Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Their hit S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) is burning up the airwaves. A song about being down on your luck. Everyone can relate to the bad luck anthem.

The Glorious Sons

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Badflower is a rock band from Los Angeles, California. They released their debut album OK, I’M SICK on February 22, 2019. Their singles “Ghost” and “Heroin” have been met with rave reviews. Their songs are haunting and ethereal. “Ghost” is about self-harm and “Heroin” is about a relationship that is bad for you. Badflower reminds me of a medicated Highly Suspect. The physical similarities between Badflower vocalist Josh Katz and Highly Suspect vocalist Johnny Stevens further confuse the two bands. However Badflower is making their own way and their songs resonate with fans. Katz did some crowd surfing Saturday night.


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The headliner, Incubus, has been around since 1991. The alternative rockers also hail from California. Best known for their hits of “Drive”, “Pardon Me”, and “Wish You Were Here”. “Drive” is the soundtrack to so many peoples lives. The band’s success is partially due to the god-like beauty of vocalist, Brandon Boyd. He had been voted as one of the ‘hottest guys in rock’. He writes and also paints lending to the sensitive art guy who captivates us all. Tonight the music captivated the fans. They had a large stage set with three L.E.D. screens with scenes from sunsets and oceans in the background. Most of the band stayed in the shadows during the show with the spotlight on Brandon. The band has had the same line up since 2003. Founding members Brandon Boyd, guitarist Mike Einziger and drummer José Pasillas II are joined by turntablist Chris Kilmore and bassist Ben Kenney. The band is working on new music this year and the fans are looking forward to hearing new music. The night could not have been more perfect. The weather was fantastic. The music sounded great.

Brandon Boyd Incubus

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We are looking forward to Spring Fling 2020.