From Ron Artest's inspirational "Champions" to the energetic "Out Here Grindin'" by DJ Khaled, motivational songs for football are aplenty. Good motivational songs for sports typically fall into one of three categories: inspirational, swagger and fight. The lyrics are the most important aspect of inspirational songs, whereas fight songs tend to encourage adrenaline and power. Swagger songs have pride-centric lyrics that increase confidence.
The announcement of its release came after a sensational NBA Finals game victory on live television, leaving 2006 rap song "Champions" to instantly qualify as an inspirational song. Basketball player and songwriter Ron Artest claimed the single was a prediction of the championship, one that he played an instrumental role in winning for the Los Angeles Lakers.
As the theme song for ESPN's bowl week in 2011, "I Am the Champion" by B.O.B. is an enthusiastic, modern version of Queen's similarly titled song. With football's emphasis on blood, sweat and tears, "Bleed It Out" by Linkin Park conveys a toughness appropriate to the sport.
Said to be playing through Marshawn Lynch's mind as he enters "Beast Mode," "Move" by Ludacris brings out the appropriate fight needed to win. Following the powerful metaphor for an explosion commonly used in sports, AC/DC's "TNT" helps bring out the power in players.