Eagles or Patriots? Wentz or #BradyAllTheWay? Fictional character Marvin “Mouth” McFadden said it best on CW’s One Tree Hill: “Even with the ravages of sports in this corporate age where overpaid athletes expect prima donna treatment, there’s still something unifying about sporting in its purest form. Athletes rise above themselves and touch greatness, and in doing so remind us all that we have greatness inside us.” That’s what the Super Bowl’s all about.
Here are our top 10 tracks to get pumped for the game. We’ve got all the tracks that rocked hard and the halftime musts.
PURE TAILGATE ROCK
5. “All Along the Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix
- Why you should listen to it: “All Along the Watchtower” is clean and restrained. Three verses. No chorus. Saturated tones and trippy effects. The perfect fuel to get pumped for the big game.
- Fun fact: Jimi used a cigarette lighter as a slide.
- What Bob Dylan had to say about it: “[Hendrix] could find things inside a song and vigorously develop them. He found things that other people wouldn't think of finding in there. He probably improved upon it by the spaces he was using. I took license with the song from his version, actually, and continue to do it to this day.”
4. “Sultans of Swing” by Dire Straits
- Why you should listen to it: TWO WORDS: LEGEN (wait for it) DARY SOLO. Dire Straits wrote a textbook rock song: verse, chorus, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, solo, ½ verse, chorus, solo. Everything sounds completely real and unprocessed. It’s a rock band playing at its simplest and best.
3. “Run Like Hell” by Pink Floyd
- Why you should listen to it: “Run Like Hell” is a continuation of “In The Flesh”, glowing with musical style and grandiosity. Enjoy the drum played in the pulse of a heartbeat and Roger Waters’ iconic voice.
2. “Into The Great Wide Open” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
- Why you should listen to it: For Tom Petty’s songwriting. The Heartbreakers were the perfect versatile backing band for Petty’s vibrant Neil Young-esque energy. This is a song for all the dreamers.
- ARE YOU A DIE-HARD PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS FAN? Watch the rockumentary Runnin’ Down A Dream (a four-hour insightful documentary on Tom Petty’s 30 years of music) featured on Stingray iConcerts.
1. “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin
- Why you should listen to it: One of the most iconic songs from the legendary U.K. band. Jimmy Page’s giant relentless riff, Robert Plant’s signature wailing, and John Bonham’s thumping beats, this song rocks hard. Cue 3:05.
MORE HALFTIME CLASSICS THAT REQUIRE NO EXPLANATION
- “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga (she redefined the term halftime show)
- “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson
- “Live And Let Die” by Paul McCartney & Wings
- “Beautiful Day” by U2
- “Walk This Way” by Aerosmith