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ESPN Presents

Top 10 Hall of Fame

25 years ago

ESPN released the first in series of popular compilation albums featuring songs played at sporting events across the world. To celebrate the anniversary, the list has been updated for 2020, using a combination of streaming data, Billboard Hot 100 chart performance and voting by an ESPN panel.

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This Grammy-nominated hit had everyone dancing in 2017, including the 55-plus crowd.

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Bodak Yellow

Cardi B

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Label Atlantic
Album Invasion of Privacy
Year 2017
Genre Hip Hop
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Cardi B told The Undefeated in 2016 that she wasn’t a huge sports fan but loves the Boston Red Sox despite her New York roots. “My father’s side of the family is Dominican, and Dominicans love the Boston Red Sox,” she said.

Hot 100 peak position 1
Singles Sold 9M
Weeks on Hot 100 35
Spotify Plays
609 MILLION
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“Bodak Yellow” was the first song by a solo woman rapper since 1998 to top the Hot 100.

Cardi B at the 2017 MTV VMAs

“Colin Kaepernick, as long as you kneel with us, we’re going to be standing for you, baby.”

Money Moves

When Cardi comes on, it's hard not to start moving. “Bodak Yellow” was the soundtrack to choreographed halftime performances by older folks and impromptu dance parties among Philadelphia Eagles and LA Clippers players during warm-ups in 2017 and 2018.

Milwaukee Bucks Grand Dancers

LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement

Tobias Harris, DeAndre Jordan and Boban Marjanovic

Label Atlantic
Album Invasion of Privacy
Year 2017
Songwriters Belcalis Almanzar, Dieuson Octave, Klenord Raphael, Jordan Thorpe, Anthony White, Laquan Green
Producers J. White Did It, Laquan Green
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When this song gets turned up at some stadiums, the ground literally shakes.

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Enter Sandman

Metallica

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Label Elektra
Album Metallica
Year 1991
Genre Heavy Metal
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Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera began using “Enter Sandman” as his walk-up music in 1999 and had an 89.7 save percentage in 15 seasons using it.

Hot 100 peak position 16
Singles Sold 1M
Weeks on Hot 100 20
Spotify Plays
491 MILLION
Facts & Figures

The single went certified platinum in 2009. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame presented Rivera with a gold “Enter Sandman” record on his last road trip to Progressive Field in Cleveland.

Enter night

Like Mo, Virginia Tech football leaves the tunnel to “Enter Sandman.” The Hokies' crowd has registered on the Richter scale multiple times while jumping around to it. MMA legend Brock Lesnar and former Mets closer Billy Wagner also used it during their careers.

Metallica with Mariano Rivera

Virginia Tech football

Brock Lesnar

Off to never-never land
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Metallica plays Mariano Rivera to the mound for his final outing.

Label Elektra
Album Metallica
Year 1991
Songwriters Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich
Producers James Hetfield, Bob Rock, Lars Ulrich
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When this bop blew up, it sparked a full-blown investigation among NFL players.

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Truth Hurts

Lizzo

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Label Atlantic/Nice Life Music
Album Cuz I Love You
Year 2017
Genre Hip Hop
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A Green Bay radio station edits out the line “New man on the Minnesota Vikings” every time the song plays, just so Packers fans don’t have to hear about their NFC North rivals.

Hot 100 peak position 1
Singles Sold 5M
Weeks on Hot 100 42
Spotify Plays
554 MILLION
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“Truth Hurts” is tied for the longest-running No. 1 song featuring a woman rapper.

Who'd wanna hide this?

At least three Vikings players have denied being Lizzo’s Minnesota connection, but they vowed to figure out who was. “I’ve been wanting to ask her that question since I heard the song. I need to know,” Stefon Diggs told SI.

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs

Tight end Kyle Rudolph

Linebacker Eric Wilson

M-------- V------
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NFL Countdown went to Wisconsin to meet the radio DJ who censored “Truth Hurts.”

Label Atlantic/Nice Life Music
Album Cuz I Love You
Year 2017
Songwriters Melissa Jefferson, Jesse Saint John, Steven Cheung, Amina Patrice Bogle-Barriteau, Eric Frederic
Producers Ricky Reed, Tele
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This song was played before every game of the past three UEFA Euros.

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Seven Nation Army

The White Stripes

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Label XL/V2/Third Man
Album Elephant
Year 2003
Genre Alternative Rock
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The melody of “Seven Nation Army” is chanted by soccer fans across the world, but it started in 2003 in Italy, where visiting Brugge KV fans heard the song in a bar before a match against AC Milan. They took the chant with them into the stadium and back home to Belgium.

Hot 100 peak position 76
Singles Sold 1M
Weeks on Hot 100 20
Spotify Plays
669 MILLION
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The song’s inclusion in the trailer for the Battlefield 1 video game propelled it to its highest chart position in 2016, 13 years after it came out.

Jack White Former White Stripes guitarist and vocalist

“As a songwriter it is one of the things I am most proud of being a part of. Modern folk music around the world happens when groups of people gather together in larger numbers, not in small homes and villages like it used to in the past. And many times this will happen in sports arenas of course, particularly soccer.”

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It’s not just soccer fans who love a good melody. Miami Heat fans serenaded LeBron James and the gang back in 2014.

Po po po po

Italian fans adopted the tune they call the “po po po po” song after that Brugge game, too. It was heard all night through the streets of Rome after Italy won the 2006 World Cup. Soon after, two members of that title team led the chant at a Rolling Stones concert in Milan.

Fabio Cannavaro

Italian fans celebrating in Rome

Marco Materazzi and Alessandro Del Piero with the Rolling Stones

Label XL/V2/Third Man
Album Elephant
Year 2003
Songwriters Jack White
Producers Jack White
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At 171 beats per minute, this track has the fastest tempo among the 100 songs considered for this experience and is a favorite of Olympians and exercise enthusiasts.

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Lose Yourself

Eminem

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Label Shady/Interscope
Album 8 Mile
Year 2002
Genre Hip Hop
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In 2015, researchers in the U.K. studied a British swimmer’s training and musical accompaniment for three months. They concluded that songs with a fast tempo and “emotional resonance” like “Lose Yourself” increased power and speed during intense exercise periods.

Hot 100 peak position 1
Singles Sold 10M
Weeks on Hot 100 23
Spotify Plays
922 MILLION
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Spotify analyzed 43.5 million workout playlists on its platform in 2018 and found that “Lose Yourself” was the second-most streamed. It trailed only behind another Eminem motivational anthem, “Till I Collapse.”

Victor Cruz Former NFL wide receiver

“There’s probably not one guy that doesn’t play that before a game or before they get riled up.”

One shot
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Michael Phelps went full “8 Mile” on the Paramount Network competition show “Lip Sync Battle” with his rendition of “Lose Yourself.”

One opportunity

Eminem’s Academy Award-winning anthem was on a lot of Olympians’ playlists at the 2016 Rio Games.

American marathoner Meb Keflezighi

American table tennis player Lily Zhang

Canadian distance runner Mohammed Ahmed

Label Shady/Interscope
Album 8 Mile
Year 2002
Songwriters Marshall Mathers, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto
Producers Eminem, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto
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LeBron James got to hear this song before it was released to the public because of his friendship with the artist.

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Humble.

Kendrick Lamar

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Label TDE/Aftermath/Interscope
Album DAMN.
Year 2017
Genre Hip Hop
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ESPN and ABC used “HUMBLE.” during NBA playoff coverage in 2017. It was also featured on the NBA 2K18 soundtrack.

Hot 100 peak position 1
Singles Sold 7M
Weeks on Hot 100 37
Spotify Plays
1.2 Billion
Facts & Figures

“HUMBLE.“ won Grammy awards for Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song and Best Music Video. The album, DAMN., won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music.

LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers forward

“As an African American kid growing up in the inner city, they don’t believe that you can get out and become something, so that’s why I’m able to relate to a lot of his lyrics and relate to a lot of his stories.“

If I quit this season...
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Lamar played for 3,000 fans in Atlanta’s Centennial Park at halftime of the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship.

I still be the greatest

NBA folks show up in a lot of Lamar’s music. His song “The Heart Part 4” alludes to drama between two former teammates. His verse on Big Sean’s “Control” name-checks a Hall of Fame coach. And “Black Boy Fly” admits jealousy for a baller from his hometown.

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant

Phil Jackson

Arron Afflalo

Label TDE/Aftermath/Interscope
Album DAMN.
Year 2017
Songwriters Kendrick Duckworth, Michael Williams II, Asheton Hogan, Anthony Tiffith
Producers Mike WiLL Made-It, Pluss
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If you’ve ever been to a stadium or arena anywhere in the world, you’ve probably clapped and stomped along to this tune.

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We Will Rock You

Queen

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Label EMI/Elektra
Album News Of The World
Year 1977
Genre Arena Rock
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This Queen banger, known for its rhythm made only by clapping hands and stomping feet, was the most played song at NHL, NFL and MLB games during the 2008-09 season, according to BMI.com.

Hot 100 peak position 4
Singles Sold 4M
Weeks on Hot 100 41
Spotify Plays
536 MILLION
Facts & Figures

Billboard named “We Will Rock You” the greatest jock jam of all time in 2017.

Brian May Queen guitarist

“One of my favorites was when I went to see the Chicago Bulls versus the Lakers, and you had Michael Jordan going against Magic Johnson and that was outrageous to see. But then every time they stopped the game they played ‘We Will Rock You.’ I just smiled a lot.”

Sing it!
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Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Pink and starred in a memorable Pepsi commercial that debuted during Super Bowl XXXVIII.

Louder!

Those in attendance at the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremonies were treated to a sing-along with late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and performance of “We Will Rock You” from guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor.

Freddie Mercury video tribute

Roger Taylor and Brian May

Brian May

Label EMI/Elektra
Album News Of The World
Year 1977
Songwriters Brian May
Producers Mike Stone, Queen
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This track has become an anthem for women competing in sports and life over the past decade.

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Run The World (Girls)

Beyoncé

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Label Columbia
Album 4
Year 2011
Genre R&B
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Mo’ne Davis, the first girl to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series, used “Run the World (Girls)” as her walk-up music.

Hot 100 peak position 29
Singles Sold 500K
Weeks on Hot 100 13
Spotify Plays
337 MILLION
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Beyoncé has played two of the most loved Super Bowl halftime shows in recent memory at Super Bowls XLVII and 50. After the former, 14 of her songs shot up the iTunes charts, including “Run the World (Girls).”

Endless power

These multiple-time champions and Olympic legends are the greatest to do it in their sports while advocating for equal rights within their games and their communities.

Most decorated American gymnast of all time, Simone Biles

Four-time WNBA champion and six-time All-Star Maya Moore

Two-time FIFA World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Megan Rapinoe

Repping for the girls
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Hilary Knight not only won gold with the U.S. women’s hockey team in 2018, she also has led the fight for equal pay between the men’s and women’s national teams.

Label Columbia
Album 4
Year 2011
Songwriters Terius Nash, Beyoncé Knowles, Wesley Pentz, David Taylor, Adidja Palmer, Nick van de Wall
Producers Switch, The-Dream, Nash, Beyoncé Knowles, Shea Taylor
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The next artist lives up to his nickname, playing sporting events from Miami to Brazil.

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Timber

Pitbull featuring Ke$ha

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Label Polo Grounds/RCA/Mr. 305
Album Meltdown EP
Year 2013
Genre Dance Pop
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Pitbull recorded a new verse of “Timber” for the 2014 NBA playoffs on ESPN promo. It used the word “playoffs” seven times in a minute.

Hot 100 peak position 1
Singles Sold 6M
Weeks on Hot 100 39
Spotify Plays
658 MILLION
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This collaboration between Pitbull and Ke$ha topped the charts in 20 nations.

Mr. Worldwide

Pitbull seems to pop up everywhere, even in the sports world. He has played the World Cup in Brazil and MLB All-Star breaks in Miami and New York. His outfits have been the talk of all those performances.

Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez at the 2014 World Cup

Pitbull at the 2017 Home Run Derby

Pitbull at the 2013 Home Run Derby

It's about to go down
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Pitbull has performed at two WWE events, WrestleMania 33 in 2017 and Monday Night RAW in 2011 -- to celebrate Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson's birthday.

Label Polo Grounds/RCA/Mr. 305
Album Meltdown EP
Year 2013
Songwriters Kesha Sebert, Armando C. Perez, Lukasz Gottwald, Aaron Davis Arnold, Priscilla Hamilton, Jamie Sanderson, Breyan Isaac, Henry Walter, Pebe Sebert, Lee Oskar, Keri Oskar, Greg Errico, Steve Arrington, Charles Carter, Waung Hankerson, Roger Parker
Producers Dr. Luke, Cirkut, Sermstyle
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When down late in a World Series game or leading in the third period of a Stanley Cup clincher, this song is a reminder that anything can still happen.

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Don't Stop Believin'

Journey

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Label Columbia
Album Escape
Year 1981
Genre Rock
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“Don’t Stop Believin’” was a standard at Joe Louis Arena during the Red Wings’ four championship runs in the 1990s and 2000s. When it closed its doors on April 9, 2017, fans sang it goodbye with one last in-unison belt of “born and raised in south Detroit.”

Hot 100 peak position 9
Singles Sold 5M
Weeks on Hot 100 16
Spotify Plays
818 MILLION
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Many people relate the resurgence of “Don’t Stop Believin’“ in the late 2000s to the 2007 series finale of “The Sopranos.” The song shot to No. 1 on iTunes the week after it accompanied the show's final scene.

Steve Perry Former Journey lead singer

“That was a thrill to hear that become such a rally song, for sure. But the thing about the song is that it seems to belong to everyone, which is a dream come true. It doesn’t belong to anybody. It really belongs to people who want to believe, and want to keep hoping and keep reaching, and not give up.”

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During their 2010 World Series run, the Giants began playing “Don’t Stop Believin’” or another Journey classic, “Lights,” in the eighth inning. If San Francisco Bay Area native Perry was in the crowd, he would conduct it.

Hold on to that feeling

“Don’t Stop Believin’“ was an anthem for World Series championships on the South Side of Chicago and along the San Francisco Bay, as well as for those Stanley Cup runs in Detroit.

Perry at the 2005 White Sox championship parade

Perry at the 2014 National League Championship Series

Joe Louis Arena closing ceremonies

Label Columbia
Album Escape
Year 1981
Songwriters Steve Perry, Jonathan Cain, Neal Schon
Producers Kevin Elson, Mike "Clay" Stone
Photography Getty Images
Research Sandra Fish and Alecia Hamm