The Top 10 Greatest Tailgating Songs
Being a fanatical fan of all things football, it's easy to understand the importance of having a perfect parking lot playlist before the big game. The songs don’t necessarily have to be about the game of football itself, but they do need to get you in the mood to watch warriors go to battle on the gridiron.
10. "Jailbreak" - Thin Lizzy
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Hot damn, is this a great song.
The '60s was a great era for football, but the success and popularity that the game rose to in the ‘70s made the NFL what it is today. That’s why I have no choice but to choose a number of ‘70s classics that can’t help but be eternally fused to America’s greatest game.
What would be better than sucking down an icy cold brew-dog to Phil Lynott’s amazing bass chops and unmistakable vocals? Answer: Nothing. This 1976 masterwork has to be a favorite for any blue-collar worker hitting the football stadium parking lot to work out a solid buzz before kickoff. I know my Dad did. “Bad Reputation” would do the trick nicely, as well.
9. Metallica – “Master of Puppets”
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You may not think that Metallica goes well with drinking booze in a parking lot before a football game, but have you ever seen Heavy Metal Parking Lot? It’s the most perfect thing ever! Your entire experience at the game would be tainted if you didn’t down an extremely light beer while taking in some of the greatest thrash metal ever created.
You should also feel free to crack a dude’s skull if he’s listening to St. Anger instead of this.
8. “Living in America” – James Brown
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This may not seem like your average tailgating song, but there really needs to be a track that’s about America and all its awesomeness. This be it, people.
Who better than James Brown to give love to the good ol’ U. S. of A. while screechin’ and hollerin’ over some funky horns? The best part of the song has to be when he gives shoutouts to almost every major city in the United States of America. Just the idea of James Brown giving propers to my hometown while I'm scarfing down some grilled polish sausage in the city of my birth before a big game makes this ol’ hound dog very, very happy. Get down!
7. “Welcome To The Jungle” - Guns N' Roses
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If you have ever seen this song cut into a video montage, you know how powerful it can be. Now imagine using it as aggressive motivation before a football game. Just thinking about Axl howling during the buildup of the introduction makes me want to rip an out-of-towners’ head off.
If I was in a parking lot drunk before a crucial regular season game that will put my team in the playoffs, I couldn’t think of a better song to prepare myself for the fight ahead. Right?
6. “Walk” – Pantera
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I’m gonna go ahead and guess that "Walk" was blasting out of the Dallas Cowboys parking lot as soon as it was released back in February of ’92. I’m sure it had a lot to do with the fact that Pantera is from Texas, but you kinda have to think that the song itself had a little to do with it.
The aggressive, confrontational premise of “Walk” seems like it was made for warriors ready to go to battle. The iconic Dime riff combined with Phil’s manly vocal work makes for not only one of the greatest heavy metal songs ever made, it also supplies fans with the perfect amount of inspirational energy and rage that’s a necessity for any crazed football spectator.
Walk on home, boy!