The Top 10 Most Annoying College Football Fight Songs

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​I'm just gonna come right out and say it - college football is the best sport in the world. Unlike professional sports, where lockouts and strikes by multimillionaires are commonplace and players allegedly collude to form all-star teams in an attempt to "earn" an easy ring (I'm looking at you, LeBron), college football is steeped in history and tradition, with rivalries dating back to the 1800s.

College football has the most passionate fans and the most exciting regular season of any sport. Say what you will about the lack of a playoff, but with only two teams out of 120 getting a shot at a national championship at the end of the season, literally every game counts. You can't say that about the NFL, where just last year the then-undefeated Colts turned up their noses at a chance to make history and opted to rest their starters for the second half of a "meaningless" late-season game with a playoff berth already clinched.

March Madness might be the most exciting three weeks in sports, but it comes at the expense of a virtually meaningless regular season. When two Top 10 teams in college football square off in the regular season, the implications are enormous. When it happens in college basketball, it's greeted mostly with yawns of disinterest, since both teams will ultimately be in the "Big Dance" anyway.

"That's all well and good," you might be thinking to yourself right now, "but why the hell am I reading this in a music blog?"

Well, it just so happens that yet another reason why college football is so incredibly awesome is because of the marching bands and fight songs. Virtually every school in the NCAA features a marching band at home football games. The primary functions of marching bands are to provide pregame and halftime entertainment and keep the crowd fired up during the game, usually by playing the school fight song and a handful of other numbers after scores and big plays. Classic fight songs like Army's "On Brave Old Army Team," Michigan's "The Victors," USC's "Fight On," and Navy's "Anchors Aweigh" have come to epitomize the college football experience.

Not all fight songs are created equal, however. In fact, some of them are boring, repetitive, and downright annoying, especially when played ad nauseum after what seems like every three-yard gain. With that in mind, I have compiled a list of college football's most annoying marching band songs. Not all of these are the school's official fight song, but they all rear their ugly heads far too often on any given Saturday, forcing you to keep your thumb hovering over the mute button whenever any of these teams is on TV. Finally, in keeping with the college football tradition of arithmetic ineptitude, this Top 10 list actually features 11 songs. So without further ado, here are the Top 10 Lamest/Most Annoying College Football Marching Band Songs.

11. "Notre Dame Victory March" by the University of Notre Dame Marching Band Notre Dame Victory March by mdub5000

In a vacuum, this song is actually a great fight song, but with the Fighting Irish being on TV every week, pretty much everyone that's not a Domer die-hard has had more than enough of this song. Plus, the title is just too ironic, considering the Irish's woeful start this season.

9. (tie) "Blow Canes" and "Miami U How-Dee-Doo" by the University of Miami Band of the Hour
Blow Canes by mdub5000
Fight Song (Miami U How-Dee-Doo) by mdub5000

There's really not anything particularly annoying about either of these songs, but they have to be two of the most unfortunately named fight songs in college football history. The former sounds like it's encouraging the team to lose, and the latter sounds like the title of a Wiggles song. Double fail for the Hurrigangstas.

8. "There Is No Place Like Nebraska" by the University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band (aka The Pride of All Nebraska)
There Is No Place Like Nebraska by mdub5000

As a University of Colorado graduate and lifelong Buffaloes fan, I might be a little biased on this one, but I'm including this song on this list not because I personally find it grating as hell, but mainly because its title is patently false. There are, in fact, several places exactly like Nebraska - they're called Kansas, Iowa and South Dakota. Even the line "Where the girls are the fairest, the boys are the squarest" is only half true, as anyone who's spent time perusing the Tempe 12 calendar can attest. ASU might have a mediocre football team and a forgettable fight song, but the girls there are a helluva lot fairer than the ones in Lincoln.

7. "The Eyes of Texas" by the University of Texas Longhorn Band (aka the Showband of the Southwest)
The Eyes Of Texas Fanfare by mdub5000

Texas might not be as universally loathed as Notre Dame, but they're pretty close. They've already killed one conference (the Southwest Conference) and crippled another (the Big XII). The fact that their alma mater is sung to the tune of "I've Been Working on the Railroad" isn't exactly helping their case.

6. "Rock and Roll Part 2" by the University of Colorado Golden Buffalo Marching Band (and countless other marching bands)
Colorado Band Cheer 3 (Hey Song) by mdub5000

Just to show that I'm not totally biased, I've included this song, which is a favorite among many marching bands, CU's included. Originally written by Gary Glitter in 1972, this song has become ubiquitous at sporting events around the globe, making it one of the most played-out songs in the history of music. The CU version, with its fan-improvised finale of "Fuck 'em up, fuck 'em up, go CU," appeals directly to the rebellious 13-year-old boy in all of us ("Ooh, look at me, I just said 'fuck'"), but this Alabama version that specifically calls out Tennessee might be the dorkiest one of them all.
Alabama Rammer Jammer (Hey Vols) by mdub5000


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44 comments
Bigg3469
Bigg3469

Since Colorado's now a member of the Pac-12 when they play USC (No matter what sport it is)The Buff are going to here "Tribute of Troy" over and over and over and over and over again!

Alex Horton
Alex Horton

Typical Buffs Grad/Fan.....The song you heard more of when you played the Huskers wasn't "There is No Place like Nebraska,"  it was "Hail Varsity." 

You probably got sick of hearing it because it's played everytime the team scores a touchdown.  Hence you hearing it so many times.

Go Big Red CUSUX

"Go play intermurals, brotha....go play intermurals....."

ProfJimUCLA
ProfJimUCLA

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Jessawunder
Jessawunder

FYI the warchant is not the school fight song. It's just the warchant. The Florida State University has a fight song, with words.

"You got to fight fight fight for FSU!You got to scalp 'em Seminoles!You got to win win win win this game,and roll on down to make those goals.For FSU is on the warpath now,and at the battle's end she's great.So fight fight fight for victory.The Seminoles of Florida State!

F-L-O-R-I-D-AS-T-A-T-E

FLORIDA STATE!!FLORIDA STATE!!FLORIDA STATE!!

WOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!"

Guest
Guest

Please excuse all the lame comments from the Longwhorn fans. They are still butthurt from being violated two weeks in a row.

Trailblazer
Trailblazer

Tribute to Troy and FSU's indian chop are definitely the worst in existence. ND's victory march not only has the most musical substance but is easily the best fight song ever written.

bullockrm
bullockrm

What an idiot.

1 - The Eyes of Texas is not our fight song (yes I know he says some might not be fight songs but that also is stupid

2 - The song played isn't even The Eyes of Texas... It's called Eyes Fanfare

Get your facts straight

Rebcom68
Rebcom68

The Eyes of Texas is not our fight song.

SierraYukon
SierraYukon

Boomer Sooner is a fight song. If you aren't an Oklahoma football fan why wouldn't you hate it? That the tune came from Yale's Boola Boola (in 1905) is irrelevant, unless you want to trash our National Anthem for the same reason. And OUBLOWS comment about mullet-headed fans? Pot, meet Kettle.

Anon
Anon

Nothing racist about the War Chant, what a blatantly slanted article.

Oublows
Oublows

Boomer Sooner sucks ass and so do their mullet headed white trash fans. That pos song should be number one. The amount of suck in all others combined doesn't come close.

frank
frank

horrid list. war chant is awesome, so it boomer sooner. you failed bud.

Guest
Guest

That is not the CU fight song. That is a song they play. The CU fight song is much better.

Dcb992005
Dcb992005

thats the alma mater of Texas, not the fight song.

Rufus
Rufus

The Seminole war chant is approved by the Seminole Nation, as is everything else involving the FSU Seminoles.

So, unless the Seminoles are somehow "vaguely racist" toward themselves and are approving of "stereotypical" behavior, the author can suck it.

The Braves, however, are totally racist since they are just using Native Americans as mascots. As are the Redskins. And the Cleveland Indians - actually the worst, due to the racist cartoon mascot.

Mogreenz
Mogreenz

ROCKY SLOP is the most horrible collection of musical notes ever cobbled together by the hand of a hillbilly.

JMB9039
JMB9039

So basically, this is a self serving article about songs you don't like? Great. I've never read one of these on the internet before... sheesh. You'd think for a writer who is paid to write something they'd come up with something a bit better than "here's my opinion on something that really doesn't matter".

fuck you
fuck you

The warchant is NOT the florida state fight song you fucking dumbass

NotanFSUfan
NotanFSUfan

Ok, since FSU has the backing of the Seminole nation and carries on a lot of their traditions in the pagentry of the football games, I find it hard to see how the War Chant is "vaguely racist." What IS racist however, is referring to NATIVE AMERICANS as INDIANS.

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Super Filmizle

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Super Filmizle

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Slomojohn
Slomojohn

guys, if you actually read what he wrote before the list, you would see that he knows that a lot of these are not the officcial fight songs, but they are still played ad nauseum.

Doc Savage
Doc Savage

Author is a moron.

"Texas Fight" is our fight song"The Eyes of Texas" is our Alma Mater

Macdaddyfsu
Macdaddyfsu

The "WAR CHANT" is not FSU's fight song.

Thegame83
Thegame83

8. "There Is No Place Like Nebraska" by the University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band (aka The Pride of All Nebraska)

Um, as a Buff fan you should know better. "There Is No Place Like Nebraska" is NOT the Nebraska fight song. Nebraska's fight song is "Hail Varsity". "There Is No Place Like Nebraska" is simply one of several Nebraska Band songs.

"Hail Varsity" Lyrics:Hail to the team,The stadium rings as everyone sings The Scarlet and Cream.Cheers for a victory,Echo our loyalty;So, on, mighty men,The eyes of the land, upon every hand, are looking at you.Fight on for victory,Hail to the men of Nebraska U!

123
123

I agree with all of them except the War Chant. Come on that shit is classic!!!

Nebraska's deserves to be on this list too, by the way.

-Husker Fan

cu buffs suck!
cu buffs suck!

Did you say you're a colorado grad? That tells enough right there why you are a dick. you've probably heard these songs so many times because these teams win a lot of games, unlike your piece of crap cu buff-a-holes.now, go out and get a real diploma, dipshit.

Trojanrich09
Trojanrich09

As an SC fan, i love that Tribute to Troy made the top 3. I hear opposing fans all the time crying about this song. I thought ASU playing ironman and finishing it with the espn jingle the whole game was annoying, but i am sure no one really cares what their band plays cause they are irrelevant. nice uniforms too. ha

The Icus
The Icus

Agreed. The Seminole tribe gave the blessings to the Mascot/Theme/etc.

newswoman
newswoman

You must be a longwhorn fan. I'll bet you got to hear it plenty on Saturday.How's that whorn ranking, btw?

sonntagbilly
sonntagbilly

@Rufus What, all twelve of them approved it? How many Seminoles are left? I don't doubt that the Seminole Nation approved it as well as the mascot but you have to consider the circumstances. Every Indian nation in the country has been so beaten down and abused over the years, what with all the genocide and ethnic cleansing, herding them onto reservations of unwanted land then when gold or oil or something else of value is discovered on their reservations the parts with the valuable natural resources get shaved off and the Indians pushed onto ever smaller plots of even more undesirable land.

So in the modern era you find two types of Indians: ones who rightfully loathe the white culture and the United States in general for the hellish treatment visited upon them and want nothing to do with the U.S. And on the other hand you find those with Stockholm Syndrome, Indians who are so psychologically debilitated from the repeated abuses and the dwindling of their population to almost nothing that they will accept any mascot, fight song, costume etc. no matter how racist and stereotypical as they are so desperate to not be left out of the national discourse that they willingly accept their role as sports mascots as it seems that the only alternative is to oppose this role and be left with absolutely no role in the dominant society or culture whatsoever, to be basically forgotten about in the modern era as if they never existed. Not a psychologically healthy mindset at all.

So sure, you'll find some Indians, like the four worthless sellouts who disgraced themselves by appearing as tokens for Dan Snyder's Washington R******s football team the other night, pretending to show the world that Indians are totally fine with the racist name and logo of Snyder's team, who will like dogs gladly lick the hand that has slapped them repeatedly, just to, in their minds, continue to have a place at the table. When you look at the history of the treatment of the Indian population in this country it should come as no surprise that some of them, apparently including what passes for the leadership of the Seminole Nation, will accept reducing their proud people to the status of sports mascots and stereotypical caricatures because what alternative has been left to them? Nonexistence. Being forgotten. If anything the acceptance by some Indians of this nonsense is another indictment of the pattern of abuse and its psychological effect on some of them, not an affirmation that it's O.K. to stereotype people. I say get rid of all Indian sports mascots. If it's not O.K. to have a Brooklyn Jews or Detroit Blacks or San Francisco Chinamen then it's not O.K. to reduce any other ethnic group to being sports mascots. End the double standard.

sonntagbilly
sonntagbilly

@fuck you Whatever it is it sucks ass and is the most annoying and tedious "song" associated with any college sports team. Period.

sonntagbilly
sonntagbilly

@NotanFSUfan Did it occur to you that many of them, as in the ones who have self respect, don't want the word "American" in any way associated with them because of the genocide and ethnic cleansing of their population at the hands of Americans? "Native" sounds backwards in the modern era and "Americans" are the people who basically wiped these people out and stole their land. I don't know about you but I wouldn't want that in my name.

Mike R. Meyer
Mike R. Meyer

Good lookin' out, Slomo. Nice to see someone's actually reading. I'm not surprised that the Husker fan missed that disclaimer. I guess the "N" on the helmet really does stand for "Nowledge." Apparently, reading skills aren't too important at Texas or FSU either.

I keep waiting for someone to respond with "This author is an idiot. He calls it a Top 10 list but there's 11 songs. What a dummy."

Dcb992005
Dcb992005

exactly! i just posted the same thing, and then read yours. This list sucks, although any song played by Oklahoma is just plain horrible.

Bobbbbb
Bobbbbb

Ya, the FSU war chant isn't the fight song either. There is a separate piece of music with words.

sonntagbilly
sonntagbilly

@123 "Classic" like dog shit that has turned white from age and exposure to the elements. Time to retire it. It is the most tedious and annoying "song" associated with any college team.

The Icus
The Icus

Hey Guys, I'm gonna list the top ten soda's in the world! (some may not be sodas)

1. Coffee2. Bricks3. Coke4. Water.5. Jesus blood6. Pepsi.7. Mt. Dew8. Pizza9. Candlewax10. Milk

Like I said, they may not all be soda's, but that is the top ten soda's in the world.

The Icus
The Icus

While some may have skipped reading the fine print, that doesn't change the fact that this isn't what it claims to be (a list of fight songs).

You can read the disclaimer all you want, that doesn't make the title of the article any less misleading.

P.J.
P.J.

Although you did state that most of these songs are not official fight songs in the beginning, let me quote you as saying "they might be the world's largest marching band, but they also have the world's shittiest fight song."... I think you tripped up there. Insulting FSU fans that apparently can't read just makes you look bad.

YFBUSOSUAND
YFBUSOSUAND

Boomer Sooner is an awful version of Yale's Boola Boola, which, by the way, is the birthplace of college fight songs.  For crissakes, they had Cole Porter writing them!

Mike R. Meyer
Mike R. Meyer

It was hardly "fine print," and calling the title "misleading" is a bit of a stretch. I was trying to be concise with the headline. I clearly laid out in the introduction to the article that not all of the songs are official fight songs. Hell, in the very last sentence before the list starts, I even used the phrase "Top 10 Lamest/Most Annoying College Football Marching Band Songs." I expected people to get riled up about the list, but if I'd known that "that's not our fight song" would make up 80 percent of the comments, I would've just used that same phrase as an admittedly more accurate (but considerably more awkward) title.

Your Top 10 sodas list is cute, but are you really trying to say that "Fight On" is to "Tribute to Troy" as Mr. Pibb is to bricks? And Mountain Dew should be way higher. That shit is the nectar of the gods...

mike
mike

"they might be the world's largest marching band, but they also have the world's shittiest fight song.".

"It has no lyrics, consisting only of a stereotypical Native American war chant"

I agree with PJ.

No shit it has no lyrics, it's not even their fight song! I admit that war chant is awesome and I'm a UM fan! This list is ridiculous.

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