Fight Songs: the good, the bad, the epically bad

Submitted by MBAgoblue on August 10th, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Playing NCAA 11 has forced me to mute the sound when I play USC, Oklahoma, and FSU.  My god, those songs are annoying. On the other hand, I often schedule Army or Navy because I like those songs. Also, I'm ashamed to say, the Bama song has grown on me. The list (with The Victors on top):


Army, Navy, Bama, Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, and as much as it hurts me to admit it, Notre Dame


Minnesota, Ohio State, Michigan State

Epically Bad:

Oklahoma, FSU, USC

Any others to add to the list?

EDIT: Worst line in any fight song is in Washington's:

It's harder to push them over the line
Than pass the Dardanelles.



August 10th, 2010 at 2:14 PM ^

Oklahoma has, objectively, the worst fight song ever. It's especially bad since they play it every 8 seconds during a 60 minute game.

I don't know how there aren't mass suicide issues with the Sooner Band...


August 10th, 2010 at 4:54 PM ^

Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner
Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner
Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner
Boomer Sooner, OK U!
Oklahoma, Oklahoma
Oklahoma, Oklahoma
Oklahoma, Oklahoma
Oklahoma, OK U!
I'm a Sooner born and Sooner bred
and when I die, I'll be Sooner dead
Rah Oklahoma, Rah Oklahoma
Rah Oklahoma, OK U!


August 10th, 2010 at 2:16 PM ^

Good:  Auburn, Georgia, Texas A&M, Wisconsin, Alabama, Penn State, Iowa (War Eagle tops the list for me)

Bad:  Clemson/LSU (same Tiger Rag garbage), Michigan State

Terrible:  Tennessee (Rocky Top isn't technically their fight song but it gets real old hearing it every two minutes in Neland)


August 10th, 2010 at 2:18 PM ^

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Notre Dame. Regardless of how I feel about the team and the school, the Victory March is pretty damn good.


August 10th, 2010 at 5:23 PM ^

Haha.  I like my school's fight song but we never play it at the game.

Instead we play a song called "Ay-Ziggy-Zoomba" after every good play... and it gets annoying as hell.  I hope I don't hear it too many times on Sept. 25th.  Actually never would be fine.

The lyrics to "Ay-Ziggy-Zoomba"

Ay Ziggy Zoomba Zoomba Zoomba 
Ay Ziggy Zoomba Zoomba Ze 
Ay Ziggy Zoomba Zoomba Zoomba 
Ay Ziggy Zoomba Zoomba Zi 
Roll along, you B-G warriors 
Roll along, and win for B-G-S-U.  

lol.  Don't know why they picked Ay Ziggy Zoomba.  So annoying.

Bando Calrissian

August 10th, 2010 at 2:42 PM ^

Call me crazy, but when you put them against the truly bad like Northwestern and Indiana and Purdue and some of the other major duds out there, I don't know how you could think either of the OSU fight songs are "bad."  I mean, there are some BAD fight songs out there.  Across the Field and Buckeye Battle Cry don't even compare.

Now, the one that's a guilty pleasure for me is Iowa.  Composed by Meredith Willson, the guy who did the Music Man.  It's hokey in a not-so-bad way.


August 10th, 2010 at 3:00 PM ^

I was playing NCAA '11 on my lunch break. M v. Texas and was thinking at the time how bad the song was...Woolfolk had a nice one handed int, btw. 

I may get negged for this, but I really don't have a problem with osu's fight song (save for when I hear it on game day relentlessly). I guess it just reminds me of that time of year and the anticipation of The Game.   

J. Lichty

August 10th, 2010 at 3:08 PM ^

for the other thread but, yeah, that probably was a bridge too far.

Still, regardless of the horror it still makes me laugh, just like Japanese game shows make me laugh despite Pearl Harbor.


August 10th, 2010 at 3:15 PM ^

I like USC's fight song...what I don't like is hearing it played after every positive yardage play.

Oklahoma's is without question the worst and unfortunately, like USC, they play it about 500 times per game.

This is Michigan

August 10th, 2010 at 3:23 PM ^

The frequency at which you here the USC fight song makes it annoying. I was at the 2008 Rose Bowl (U of I vs USC), they play that song every single down. It was in my head until my ears popped on the plane ride back.


"I hate this freaking song"...owner of Cleveland Indians


August 10th, 2010 at 3:25 PM ^

How many schools use the tune of "Battle Hymn of the Republic" for their fight song?  It seems like about half the schools in the SEC do. 


August 10th, 2010 at 3:49 PM ^

Does anyone know a good source of fight song mp3's?  They're certainly not on itunes, and going to each school's marching band website yields spotty results.


August 10th, 2010 at 5:01 PM ^

Perhaps the obnoxiousness of the ND fanbase is transferred to the song. A Domer once told me that the ND Fight Song was among the most recognized songs in the world - not fight songs, songs period.

Oh, and always call it the ND Fight Song in a presence of a Domer. It makes Catholic blood boil when you repeatedly "forget" to call it the Victory March. Good times.


August 10th, 2010 at 10:59 PM ^

Tell your Domer friend that there's only one fight song in the College Football Hall of Fame.  And it's not the Victory March.

You can also tell him that the guys who wrote ND's fight song were inspired to write it after a loss to Michigan on the football field in which they observed Wolverine fans singing a joyous march song called, 'the Victors,' and they figured that the Irish needed a school song of their own.

So basically, it wasn't enough that we taught them the game of football in 1887 or the fact that they copied their stadium off of ours in 1930. But we also had a direct result on the creation of their fight song.

We've certainly given them many things, haven't we?     


August 10th, 2010 at 8:08 PM ^

besides Michigan, I've been partial to CMU's. But then again, I heard that song a ton of times while drinking in the student section, so it grew on me and gives me great memories.

Is it football season yet?


August 10th, 2010 at 10:19 PM ^

I actually like ND's because it's my high school's. Some in the Big Ten I like are Northwestern's, Iowa's, Minnesota's, and Wisconsin's. I also like Toledo's and CMU's.

USC's, Texas's, and Penn State's kinda suck. Oklahoma's isn't too bad.


August 10th, 2010 at 10:38 PM ^

Florida State and Miami have epically bad fight songs.  I love to watch that matchup every year.  If there was some way to tune out their bands, everything would be perfect.  Especially when FSU plays that damn Braves chant after, good or bad.