Ten Most Annoyingly Overplayed Songs at Sporting Events


There are some stadium songs that are just over the top or just plain annoying. Then there are certain tunes that make you wish murder of the music director were legal. Some of these “jams” are meant to make you happy and worry-free, “getting in there,” but that’s quite difficult when you’ve heard something so many times that it makes you feel like your ears are bleeding.

The following list is the evil identical twin (because those two lists are evil, it’s not an evil twin and it’s not a good twin) of the five most annoying stadium sound effects we’re going to release tomorrow. LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” what the band self-apologized for and then disbanded is a category all its own. It’s probably more exaggerated than all ten combined.

Not to mention that it turned out such a horrible fake as posted above.

10. “Open” black box.

It’s amazing how a song from 31 years ago can be dubbed like that! It just never died out like most one hit wonders do. Actually, they’re a two-hit house music wonder, as they’ve also scourged the earth with that “do de do, OWWW.” de do do do de do do OW!” song; officially titled “Everybody, Everybody”. Yes, the United Center’s music selection is brutal.

9. “Everybody Dance Now” C&C Music Factory (or C&C “Music Manufacturing Plant” as Borat called it)

The Simpsons parodied this song twice: over a decade ago. So didn’t we realize many years ago that it had to be phased out? The same goes for “Get ready for it!” Or something from 2 Unlimited for that matter.


8. YMCA Villagers

This jam is older than me, so how annoyingly overplayed was it when it first came out? When it was at the peak of its popularity? That’s a scary thought because it’s such a terrible cliché these days. Yes, I know many consider this a timeless classic, and to a certain extent that’s true. But again, no matter how good something is, if it’s overdone, it’s overdone.

7. Everything else on Jock Jams Vol. 1

Like I said, United Center’s “Dee-Jay” needs to be canned this second. All they do is play worn out crapola from an album designed to be a cliché.

6. “Bad Romance” Lady Gaga

Need to make a hit? Just take the last part of your stage name, rhyme it with troglodytic gibberish, and whoops, there’s your chorus. Pretty soon it will be picked up by every marching band in the nation.

5. “Poker Face” Lady Gaga

I understand why every college band picked up their music right away. Because it is so easy to learn for everyone. Too bad her background music is so simple because her voice is really unique.

4. “Dynamite” Taio Cruz

I think music writers will look back to the early 2010s, when every R&B and hip-hop song was performed by someone who sounded like they had a voice box. A bunch of wannabe T-Pain. Interesting concept – anyone can get a record deal just by changing their voice anyway. This song encapsulates the “era” perfectly.

3. “Let’s Get It Started” and “Boom Boom Pow” Black Eyed Peas

I think I’m going to puke in my mouth just thinking about it. These songs are on albums by people who actually despise the concept of music.

2. “All I Do Is Win” DJ Khaled

What makes this song such a particularly hackneyed platitude is that YOU KNOW it was written/composed for one purpose only: to be the most annoying overdubbed stadium song ever. Khaled is beyond overrated, And yet….

1. “I Gotta Feel” Black Eyed Peas

There it is. I just threw up on my shoes. This terrible song is Pavlovian to me.

I know there are a few more that I missed. SO PLEASE add yours below. There’s a whole classic rock subcategory to explore, and we could write a whole volume about it all by ourselves.

Paul M. Banks is the owner/manager of The Bank (TheSportsBank.Net) and Author of “Transatlantic Passage: How the English Premier League Redefined Soccer in America” ​​as well “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons from Life in the Sports Media Industry.”

He has appeared regularly in WGN, Sports Illustrated and the Chicago Tribune, and he is co-host of the After Extra Time podcast, part of Edge of the Crowd Network. Follow him and the website on Twitter and Instagram.

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