Get Amped For Greatness
This year the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will air on Feb. 15, one week following the momentous Super Bowl 50. We're sure you've already bought game day snacks and brushed up on your 58 cool facts about the 58th GRAMMYs. While you're waiting to "Witness Greatness" before these two big events kick off, celebrate the intersection of sports and music with these GRAMMY-winning stadium hype songs heard at sporting events all over.
AC/DC, “You Shook Me All Night Long”
Back In Black, GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, Inducted 2013
Few bands can get the walls shaking in an arena like AC/DC. Driven by a meaty guitar hook and an instantly recognizable refrain, "You Shook Me All Night Long" was originally featured on the band's GRAMMY Hall Of Fame-inducted Back In Black. The NHL's Colorado Avalanche gets their home crowd quaking when using the song as part of their in-game playlist. Also an NBA crowd pleaser, in 2013 cameras caught Manu Ginobli and Boris Diaw of the San Antonio Spurs singing along to the classic during a game in Toronto. The Spurs ended up shaking off their competition that season, eventually earning their fifth NBA championship.
Ray Charles, "Hit The Road Jack"
Best Rhythm & Blues Recording, 1961
In 1961 the great Ray Charles appropriately hit No. 1 with "Hit The Road Jack" and earned the Best Rhythm & Blues Recording GRAMMY. It may have been the first true diss song, with the female singers kicking poor Ray to the curb. As such, the song makes a fitting in-your-face snub for sports teams. The Los Angeles Lakers started using "Hit The Road Jack" when opponents fouled out of games as long ago as 1998 and the NBA's Chicago Bulls do the same. Semi-pro hockey teams also serenade players sent to the penalty box with the tune, making it a perfect multisport put-down.
Destiny's Child, "Survivor"
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, 2001
While an empowering song for the trio, Destiny's Child's "Survivor" is also an undeniable sports anthem. Whether it's a player weathering a slump or a team in the midst of a losing streak, the song's underlying message is that success and prosperity are always within reach. "Survivor" earned Destiny's Child — Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams — their second career GRAMMY. Proving its lingering appeal, Rowland performed the inspiring song at a Miami Dolphins game in 2010 in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, providing a reminder that there are more important battles in life than those fought on the field.
Eminem, "Lose Yourself"
Best Male Rap Solo Performance, Best Rap Song, 2003
From the 2002 film, 8 Mile, "Lose Yourself" garnered Eminem five GRAMMY nominations, including Record and Song Of The Year. He won for Best Male Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Song. Word got out across the pond, and England's Rugby Football Union team chose "Lose Yourself" to pump up before their rugby World Cup finals match against Australia. The lyrics ask, "If you had, one shot … would you capture it, or just let it slip?" England answered by dominating Australia.
Kool & The Gang, "Celebration"
GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, Inducted 2016
If there was a perfect song to blast while a victorious team uncorks celebratory champagne, Kool & The Gang's "Celebration" might be the coolest of them all. In 1982 the MLB World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals tapped the tune for a series of TV spots and a commemorative vinyl album of season highlights. Proving its timeless quality, in 2014 four MLB teams — the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Oakland Athletics, and San Diego Padres — blasted "Celebration" after they locked down a victory.
LL Cool J, "Mama Said Knock You Out"
Best Rap Solo Performance, 1991
GRAMMY host LL Cool J's classic hit "Mama Said Knock You Out" has become a go-to walk-out song for UFC fighters and boxers alike. Last year, before he defeated Anthony Johnson in just over 2 minutes for the light heavyweight championship, UFC fighter Daniel Cormier walked out to the demanding track. In 2011 pro boxer Sugar Shane Mosely enlisted LL Cool J to perform the song live as he entered the MGM Grand Garden Arena for a bout with Manny Pacquiao. LL proved to have better luck than Mosely, who lost the fight. "Mama Said …" garnered the Queens, N.Y., rapper his first career GRAMMY.
Queen, "We Are The Champions/We Will Rock You"
GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, Inducted 2009
A natural choice for winners the world over, Queen's "We Are The Champions" has seemingly been used to salute champions of every sport. The song was selected as the official anthem for the 1994 FIFA World Cup and blared through Philips Arena when the Seattle Storm captured their second WNBA title in 2010. Of course, a winning team can't get to the top without the roar of the crowd, which is made easy with Queen's "We Will Rock You." The song's iconic boom-boom-clap beat practically guarantees audience participation. Both hits proved to be winners, earning induction into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2009.
Survivor, "Eye Of The Tiger"
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or A Group, 1982
Stabbing electric guitar chords announce the easily recognizable intro of Survivor's "Eye Of The Tiger." Conceived as the theme for the 1982 boxing film Rocky III, "Eye Of The Tiger" was born into the world of sports. The song was a hit, climbing with the strength of Rocky Balboa to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earning Survivor their only GRAMMY win. It remains a classic for rallying teams to knock out their opponents.
Kanye West, "Stronger"
Best Rap Solo Performance, 2007
If you're looking for a song to inspire victory, why not blast a hit from one of the top winners in GRAMMY history? With 21 total wins, Kanye West is tied with Jay Z for top GRAMMY-winning rap artist and his Best Rap Solo Performance winner "Stronger" can light a fire under anyone. In 2008 the New York Giants stormed the field to "Stronger" during Super Bowl XLII and emerged victorious. The track features West demanding listeners to "bow in the presence of greatness" and "work it harder, make it better, do it faster." If a pep talk from Yeezus doesn't make an athlete stronger, we don't know what will.
The White Stripes, "Seven Nation Army"
Best Rock Song, 2003
The catchy opening bass line of the White Stripes' alt-rock "Seven Nation Army" drove the song to the top of Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart and earned Jack White the GRAMMY for Best Rock Song for 2003. But it was the Italian national soccer team's use of the driving song as their unofficial anthem during their championship run at the 2006 World Cup games that brought "Seven Nation Army" to an international, and lasting, sports audience. It was probably one time Jack White didn’t mind getting kicked around a little.
Tune in to the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS.