Short clips of licensed music by popular artists are usually played at NFL games, while college football games are usually accompanied by the marching band of the home team. The songs played can vary widely by stadium, but there are some that are commonly used.
"We Will Rock You" by Queen is played at many football games as it serves as both a taunting sing-a-long for fans and an opportunity to stomp to the beat.
"Start Me Up" by the Rolling Stones is a popular pregame or prekickoff song. "Welcome To The Jungle" by Guns N' Roses is also popular before kickoffs due to its instantly recognizable guitar riff and howling. It can be heard at many different stadiums, but it is consistently used at each home game by the Cincinnati Bengals.
The song "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes first gained popularity at European soccer matches but has also been heard at NFL games, particularly at Baltimore Ravens home games where it has become the go-to "pump up" song.
Other songs that are very commonly played at football games are "Don't Stop Believing'" by Journey, "Jump Around" by House of Pain, "Song 2" by Blur, "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor and "Everybody Dance Now" by C & C Music Factory.