Is there anything quite as stirring as strolling across campus on an autumn afternoon, slowly making your way through the crowds to the blessed stadium, all while you hear the strains of a collegiate band calling you closer? Yes, the university band is the font of spirit music that stirs our souls, fires our passions and musically embodies and then releases our zealousness. The college fight song has been around since the mid s and has served as a means of exuberant celebration ever since. Yes, in the throes of hallowed triumph we sing our song proudly, arm in arm with our compatriots in a celebration that even words cannot properly express.
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The college football fight song has existed for more than a century, so it's no wonder that a school's signature sound always rouses the crowd during a game. In honor of the sport's th anniversary , here are the best fight songs in the sport's history. By its ability to rouse a team to victory!
Fight songs are among the oldest traditions of college football, and many of them have become tunes known to Americans across the country. You might not even know exactly what some of them are, but when you hear them, these fight songs are as familiar as music comes. Some of these fight songs are surrounded by rich history, others are modern and the rest fall somewhere in-between. But they're all great in their own way. Here are the top college football fight songs of all-time, with audio files of course. Mitchell in , is often believed to be the Owl's fight song. Written and composed by Louis Gerard in , the Rice Fight Song has been the school's official fight song for over 60 years. Wilkins in , though the lyrics have been altered slightly over the years. Originally composed for Oregon State College, the fight song was changed when the school became Oregon State University. Today, it's played at every football and basketball game.
What's "best" in any type of music is extremely subjective, and we get that every fan's favorite fight song is the fight song of their favorite team. Still, these are easily identifiable even if you don't like the school involved. The song: "On, Wisconsin! But it never was entered, and the lyrics were rewritten to spotlight Wisconsin instead. With a different set of lyrics, it also is the official state song of Wisconsin. Random fact: There was a version of the tune done by the Percy Faith orchestra in on an album called "Touchdown! For those who are so inclined, the album is available on CD. It includes the line "Eleven warriors, brave and bold," and perhaps the best Ohio State-centric website is called Elevenwarriors. The song: "Glory, Glory" The lowdown: The song is sung to the tune of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," and the school says a version of the tune was sung at games as far back as the s.