Music at sporting events is a given. But what happens when songs are played too often? Here are 15 songs sports has ruined.

Whether you’re tailgating in the parking lot or cheering on a fight at a hockey game, music plays a big role in sports.

Music is supposed to keep the crowd pumped and engaged with the events on the field. But what happens when sporting events ruin a song because they play it too much?

So we gathered our internet friends and started to debate. Perhaps some of these songs were initially created as a sports anthem or they just suffered a fate worse than death.



‘Sweet Home Alabama’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Ahhh the Southern anthem every teenager over the past 25+ years has grown up loving. But when you spend years around sports, you become well aware that this song has become a game requirement for some strange reason.

Former Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee agreed by saying, “Once you hear it start, it just sucks the life out of the entire stadium.”



‘The Waiting’ by Tom Petty

Every hockey game there are at least two occasions where this song is played. Every. Single. Game.



‘Sweet Caroline’ by Neil Diamond

It’s played at almost every sporting event and every wedding you attend and dear God WHEN WILL IT STOP.



‘Keep Em’ Separated’ by Offspring

If Tom Petty’s ‘The Waiting’ is played during a hockey penalty/goal review, then this is the song played after every fight.




Besides my personal list, many more people on various social networks had their own opinions as to what songs sports has ruined for them.


Take Me Out to the Ballgame

“It’s played at every damn baseball game!” -@theJaxStache



‘Enter Sandman’ by Metallica

“Because I hate Mariano Rivera and VA Tech.” -@Kimbyist



‘Crazy Train’ by Ozzy Osbourne

“Because it makes me think of Chipper Jones and then I get sad.” -@JoeCNC



‘We are the Champions’ by Queen

“Played way too damn much.” -@SMichaelReeves



‘Brown Eyed Girl’ by Van Morrison

“At every home Broncos game that song always wins the the fan jukebox.” -@Fastball_5



‘Zombie Nation’ by Kernkraft 400

“I have to hear it before every kickoff.” @AnthonyAbatte



‘Who Let the Dogs’ Out by Baha Men

“It was already a terrible song but sports made it that much worse.” -@andrew0285



‘Welcome to the Jungle’ by Guns n’ Roses

Enough already.



‘7 Nation Army’ by the White Stripes

“It’s like nails on a chalkboard now.” -@JockPost




‘All I Do is Win’ by DJ Khaled

This wasn’t particularly high on my list but many people seem to emphatically disagree with me.


‘Turn Down for What’ by Lil John

If I have to hear one more “Third Down for What” song played during a football game I might throw myself from the upper deck.


See any we missed? Send us a Tweet and let us know which songs sports has ruined for you.