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10 Best Songs for the NFL Season

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A new football season is upon us, and it got us thinking how closely music and football go together. Whether it’s the latest batch of hard rocking bands turning up in the Madden video game, the amped-up anthems we hear at stadiums across the land, or just the blistering songs frequently chosen for NFL highlight packages, music definitely helps tell the story of the NFL season. With that in mind, we set out to choose the most hard-hitting, bone-crunching, face-melting tracks that closely represent the game itself. So let’s flip the switch on the new season by counting down the 10 Best Songs for the NFL Season.


Astro Creep: 2000
10

'More Human Than Human'

 
 
From: 'Astro Creep: 2000' (1995)

To make our best songs for the NFL season, you've definitely got to grab the attention right off the bat, and there may be no song that goes zero to 60 faster than White Zombie's '90s classic 'More Human Than Human.' The adrenaline-filled rocker is fueled by the speed-demon guitar play, some funky bass, and hard-hitting drums, while the idea of something 'More Human Than Human' characterizes the speed, skill and endurance level that the athletes of the NFL possess.

 
Tri Polar
9

'You're Going Down'

Sick Puppies
 
 
From: 'Tri Polar' (2009)

The attack mentality is on full display from both offenses and defenses in the NFL, and there may be no better song to showcase this attitude than Sick Puppies' 'You're Going Down.' Emma Anzai's killer opening bass lines set the tone here, offering anticipation of the battle to come. Going one-on-one with the best and doing so without fear is what it's all about, just like it says in the lyrics: "I'm not running, it's a little different now. Cause one of us is going down."

 
Smash
8

'Come Out and Play'

 
 
From: 'Smash' (1994)

Aggression sometimes gets the better of players and the yellow flags come out, and that's when the Offspring's 'Come Out and Play' is the perfect NFL track. Is there any better sentiment in this case than "You've got to keep 'em separated." The band's breakout '90s favorite has the high energy and immediacy to pump any player up and thus makes it a perfect song for any NFL soundtrack.

 
American Capitalist
7

'Back for More'

 
 
From: 'American Capitalist' (2011)

Five Finger Death Punch's 'Back for More' may be a newer track, but it's lyrical content makes it a certainty for NFL highlight films for years to come. With lyrics like, "Let's get it on. It's time to get in the game. You gotta fight til it hurts and then you do it again," it seems like the perfect theme for returning superstars ready to reclaim their past glories. You can just feel the burn in the song.

 
Indestructible
6

'Indestructible'

 
 
From: 'Indestructible' (2008)

When it comes to playing defense in the NFL, the mission is clear - stop the opposition. Whether it be a team effort or a solitary standout play, however the goal is accomplished the better it is for everyone. Disturbed's 'Indestructible' is the perfect song to soundtrack this mission, as the lyrics speak to the motivation of defending a sworn oath and completing the task at hand.

 
Satellite
5

'Boom'

 
 
From: 'Satellite' (2002)

"Here comes the boom, ready or not?" Is there any song that more appropriately expresses the sentiment for a receiver going over the middle and a defensive back or linebacker ready to lower the, um, "boom" than P.O.D.'s 'Boom'? This hard-hitting track featuring Sonny Sandoval's impactful delivery of the chorus is a lock for the best songs for the NFL season.

 
Every Six Seconds
4

'Click Click Boom'

 
 
From: 'Every Six Seconds' (2001)

If there is a song that can rival P.O.D. for its bone-crunching nature, it's Saliva's 'Click Click Boom.' The amped-up rocker is a natural fit for the NFL with its face-melting appeal and ability to synch up perfectly with helmet-popping hits. Singer Josey Scott sings to the reckless abandon with which these ballers play when he belts, "I'm coming down with a new style, you know it's buck wild. Click Click Boom!"

 
Sinner
3

'Bodies'

 
 
From: 'Sinner' (2001)

Drowning Pool is a perfect selection for our best songs for the NFL season, as 'Bodies' has become synonymous with the beatdown, power and violence that the game provides. As the physical nature of the gridiron takes over, the frustrations build and lyrics like "Push me again, again, this is the end, here we go, here we go, here we go" spell out the rough stuff to follow. Like the song says, "Let the bodies hit the floor," and you can bet they will.

 
Appetite for Destruction
2

'Welcome to the Jungle'

 
 
From: 'Appetite for Destruction' (1987)

With the hard rocking guitars, Axl Rose's opening howl, and the driving build of Steven Adler on drums is there any better motivational track to kick off a game than Guns 'N Roses' 'Welcome to the Jungle'? It's still a stadium anthem, whipping fans into a frenzy and getting players psyched for a game. The combination of a highly motivated defense and an extremely loud fan base can make it feel like a "jungle" for any visiting team.

 
Kill 'Em All
1

'Whiplash'

 
 
From: 'Kill 'Em All' (1983)

"Late at night, all systems go. You have come to see the show." That lyric from Metallica's 'Whiplash' makes it our top choice for our NFL soundtrack. With other lyrics like, "Adrenaline starts to flow, you're thrashing all around, acting like a maniac, whiplash," can't you just picture an overheated Ray Lewis about ready to bust through the line? Other Metallica favorites like 'Seek and Destroy,' 'Hero of the Day,' and 'Wherever I May Roam' may also tie in to the nature of football, but nothing captures it as fully as 'Whiplash' does.

 

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