Four Sports Movie Songs Getting You Fired Up

Sports movie songs is a great way to fire up a team, an event, or yourself. There are many sports movie songs that have appeared in films over the years. Some are just thrown into an overall soundtrack, but here are the top four sports movie songs that can get you fire up.

1. Wildthing (Major League)

In 1989, the Cubs had won the division for a second time in a decade, which at the time (and still today) is pretty unheard of. One of the star players on that team was Mitch Williams, or known by his nickname, Wild Thing. In the same year, the movie Major League opened in April at the start of the baseball season, and the character Rick Vaughn of Charlie Sheen was nicknamed, Wild Thing. Each enjoyed hearing The Runaways version of the song blaring through the loud speakers. FYI there are a couple F bombs in this movie clip.

2. Fight to Survive (Bloodsport)

Jean Claude Van Damn was a pretty awesome fighter before he became a household name, and before he became old and wrinkled. Bloodsport is one of the best demonstrations of his skills. Accompanying the martial arts montage is the first album title track Fight to Survive of the band White Lion.

3. Centerfield (Bull Durham)

The fun boys of summer song Centerfield by John Fogerty are always a great anthem for baseball. And Bull Durham encapsulates this song in the film. Baseball is meant to fun, carefree, and loose. The song Wild Thing fits the tough, intimidating pitcher; however, Centerfield embraces the fun of going to a ballgame, and the joy of baseball.

4. Eye of the Tiger (Rocky III)

Rocky series has some potential songs that can have made the cut for this list. The biggest hit of the six movies was Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger. It was the theme of the entire film, and one that can be heard in high school locker rooms and gymnasiums everywhere.

Joker’s soundtrack couldn’t resist going full Batman movie

The Joker score is straight out of a Batman movie. That may be an obvious option for a DC villain standalone movie; however, Todd Phillips, the writer-director of the movie, made one thing clear in the lead up to release: he did not set out to make a comic book movie.

But by the end, Joker takes a hard left into Batman territory, as if pushed there by the booming orchestra of Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir. The choice speaks to the conundrum faced by Todd Phillips’ referential drama, and future imitators that hope to have their massive win at the box office: what a prestige comic book movie sounds like?

Until the climax, the score of Joker leans on drawn-out strings in order to build a sense of dread. Although a few lilts up and down provide the barest thread of a melody, the music comes across as a drone. Because the unfolding events reach a critical mass, these almost formless sounds give way to a rhythmic echo and beat that bears a striking resemblance to the theme for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy that also tried to bill itself as anything but a comic book movie.

James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer concocted the first sounds for the caped crusader of Nolan in 2005’s Batman Begins, departing from the motifs and themes that defined the work of Danny Elfman in the 1989 Batman with a more operatic sound. They reinvented the sound of the Joker three years later with Zimmer composing a theme that was built around just two notes which defied any sense of melody for over a full minute.

The callback is all the stranger given that there are movies which Joker is trying to emulate that seem to have been ignored when it comes to musical influence. The jazzy score to Taxi Driver of Herrmann is nowhere to be heard, as is the sparseness of the music in The King of Comedy. The music plays almost like a parody of Zimmer’s work, aping his most famous scores by peeling out the loud, sustained noises and simple themes.

Trying to shy away from more obviously melodic themes, Joker reminds the viewers of its origins in comics as well as the history of Batman on screen. When Batman is inserted hamfistedly into Arthur Fleck’s story, it is no surprise – the soundtrack has been signaled the inevitable from the very first note.

Soundtracks that were just as awesome or even better than the movies

A great soundtrack can make the worst film out there a little more tolerable. There are times when a soundtrack can stand toe-to-toe in greatness with a movie.

Here’s our take on the movies featuring soundtracks as good or even more successful than the films that they’re associated with.

The Graduate (1968)

Considered as one of the greatest movies of all time, The Graduate boasts a soundtrack that is hard to beat. It’s loaded with some of Simon & Garfunkel’s most famous tunes like “The Sound of Silence” (used 3 times in the movie). Song placement is also critical to the movie and direction used by Mike Nichols, the Academy Award-winning director.

Cooley High (1975)

This bittersweet movie of black youth in Chicago paved the way for television hits of the same ilk such as “What’s Happening!!” and “Good Times”. From a soundtrack standpoint, it get nothing much better. It’s a Motown mix tape that features the likes of Diana Ross & The Supremes and the Four Tops (“Reach Out I’ll Be There”). Maybe the movie’s most poignant moment is led in by “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday” of G.C. Cameron.

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

The disco-themed film was a huge commercial smash that made John Travolta an international star. It also produced the second-best-selling soundtrack in the history with more than $50 million units of the double-album soundtrack being sold. Moreover, it won a Grammy for Album of the Year. Composed, produced and mostly performed by the Bee Gees, the movie is noted for the group’s lasting disco classics such as “Jive Talkin,”” Stayin’ Alive,”  and “Night Fever.”

The Last American Virgin (1982)

Although this early-1980s flick tends to get lost in the shuffle among more famous teen vehicles of the time, it is surprisingly poignant in spite of the overall theme of trying to score. For adolescent males, equally relatable. A stellar early-1980s soundtrack courtesy lends credibility to the picture. Other 1980s classics such as REO Speedwagon’s “Keep On Loving You” and Journey’s “Open Arms” also give the film a boost.

The most inspiring sports-movie soundtracks up to now (part 2)

7. ‘Miracle’ (Mark Isham, 2004)

The music by Mark Isham for the 2004 Hollywoodization of the Miracle on Ice in 1980 is a slow build, but offers a big payoff. It is heavy on warmth but not overly manipulative, and the large orchestral climax seems to be a bit restrained for the genre. However, the full unveiling of the main theme in the song “The Miracle” is enough to give you the chills. Amazingly, Isham’s “Miracle” track was also used to score the ending to “Rocky Balboa” found on that movie’s DVD.


6. ‘Chariots of Fire’ (Vangelis, 1981)

These days, although the Oscar-winning score of Vangelis is almost always used as parody, it was a groundbreaker in 1981 and the iconic main theme remains quite an inspiring piece. Besides the famous main theme, Vangelis’ other themes for the movie are also moving and offer evidence of the emotional range that electronic music can provide. The electronic approach to a sports drama has been the antithesis of convention. It works and has transcended the movie to log in the greater conscience of pop culture, inspiring would-be runners 34 years later.

5. ‘Hoosiers’ (Jerry Goldsmith, 1986)

The beloved period basketball drama offered a great opportunity for a composer to enhance the Americana through music with Jerry Goldsmith pulling it off through an usually effective mix of electronic supplements and warm orchestral arrangements, including the sound of a bouncing basketball as a percussion component. Jerry Goldsmith’s main trumpet theme for the town of Hickory is nostalgic and hopeful, meanwhile his scoring of the basketball sequences mirrors the intensity and energy of competition. The score sets up to the stirring and triumphant cue “The Finals,” where all themes are heard in their goosebump-inducing glory. In spite of its sometimes dated sound, Goldsmith’s Oscar-nominated score still offers a lot of appeal.

4. ‘Rocky’ (Bill Conti, 1976)

The iconic score of Bill Conti to the 1976 Best Picture winner ‘Rocky’ still feels omnipresent even after 43 years. From the well-known opening brass fanfare to the ‘1970s-heavy “Gonna Fly Now,” the music of the film has endured wannabe athletes and inspired athletes for decades. Although “Gonna Fly Now” is the signature piece from the soundtrack, the cue “Going the Distance” might be the best.

Guns N’ Roses Rumored to Have New Song in upcoming movie Terminator: Dark Fate

Do you remember that all of the instances this year where the members of the group Guns N’ Roses hinted that their new music was in the works? One fan might have figured it out – Guns N’ Roses are rumored to have a new song that is featured in the upcoming movie Terminator: Dark Fate.

Guns N’ Roses fan page Guns Over Oz in Australia initially posted the rumor on their Facebook account. “A source that was working on Terminator: Dark Fate has informed that four members of Guns Over Oz took part in a private viewing of a rough copy of the upcoming sequel movie of Arnold Schwarzenegger to see whether they want to put a song on the soundtrack. Meanwhile, Slash was at Axls house in order to record overdubs on a song for the rush release. Although at that point the song name is unknown, yes 100 percent verified. Guns N’ Roses new music.”

Guns N’ Roses Rumored to Have New Song in upcoming movie Terminator: Dark Fate

Over the last months, multiple sources announced that Slash had been spending some time at Axl Rose’s home, which insinuated that they were laying down guitar tracks for new music. Then Kruise Kontrol Amplification posted a since-deleted photo of an amp which the guitarist supposedly used to record new material in Rose’s home studio.

If these rumors are true, this will be the first new release from the original Guns N’ Roses trio of Slash, Rose, and Duff McKagan since their 1993 The Spaghetti Incident?. It also won’t be the first time they have had involvement with Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Terminator franchise because the Use Your Illusion II track “You Could Be Mine” was placed on the soundtrack for Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Guns N’ Roses also included the song “Oh My God” in End of Days, another Schwarzenegger flick.

The upcoming sequel movie is due for release Oct. 23, and Guns N’ Roses will kick off the next leg of their Not in This Lifetime tour on Sept. 25 in Charlotte, North Carolina, the United States.

Five Movies with The Beatles Music Being The Major Selling Point (part 2)

3. Give My Regards To Broad Street

In this maligned 1980s star vehicle, Paul McCartney performs some Beatles tracks, re-recorded with original producer George Martin.

After years toiling away in obscurity, McCartney has finally made it as a major recording artist. So he’s been offered a movie, in which he plays himself.

The Beatles were massive and McCartney was trading on those former glories. If there is anyone that should be allowed to cash in on The Beatles success, McCartney should be high on the list.

However, it would be hard to argue that our world really needed these new versions of Good Day Sunshine, The long and winding Road, or Eleanor Rigby without his erstwhile bandmates.

4. Across The Universe

Across The Universe has an attempt to twist the music of The Beatles into one long narrative musical style. It’s like Mamma Mia albeit bleaker in tone.

While the music of ABBA found success in a romance set on a picturesque island, Across The Universe covers death, conscription, deportation, and shell-shocked soldiers returning from Vietnam.

There is also space for some lighter stuff such as Eddie Izzard as trippy spiritual guru Mr. Kite. In addition to the leads are charming as various artists in the orbit of a 1960s New York City apartment owned by a suitably sexy Sadie.

The movie’s script finds room for all the Beatle references that you could ask for and find time to veer into the surreal territory in the final third.

The songs are given interesting arrangements that breath new life into old classics. Moreover, they’re all competently sung.

5. Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Another jukebox musical, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is based on an off-broadway stage show. This fantasy was produced by rock manager Robert Stigwood, who also cast his own band The Bee Gees as leads, alongside Peter Frampton.

The movie uses most songs from the Beatle album of the same name as well as most of the tracks from Abbey Road and some from other albums.

One mystery, given how many Beatle songs that are given actual names of the women like Michelle, Elanor Rigby, Julia, etc…, is why this movie’s love interest is called Strawberry Fields.

The most inspiring sports-movie soundtracks up to now (part 1)

An inspiring movie usually owes a lot of thanks to a similarly inspiring soundtrack. Especially in sports movies, the right music matched well with the images of competition can elevate a scene to greatness, stick in our heads forever, and remain in our memory to be replayed whenever we accomplish something special in our life.

Here is a list of the most inspiring sports-movie soundtracks up to now.

1. ‘Rocky IV’ (Vince DiCola, 1985)

Director Sylvester Stallone of the “Rocky IV” installment wanted a different musical sound and chose composer Vince DiCola over franchise staple Bill Conti. The result was a 1980s blend of synthesizers and drum machines, creating the perfect accompaniment for Cold War-inspired training montages. In spite of the dated approach, the music remains a fun listen with standout tracks “Training Montage” and “War.”

2. ‘Tin Cup’ (William Ross, 1996)

Although William Ross’ score to the Ron Shelton-directed golf film is an eclectic mix of musical styles, during the movie’s final act, the music with old-fashioned orchestral bombast gives the action a boost. Brass fanfares lead the way, helping provide momentum as the finale plays out. The standout track is “Master of the Game,” scoring the historic final hole in the dramatic and uplifting fashion of Roy McAvoy.

3. ‘Remember the Titans’ (Trevor Rabin, 2000)

The football drama ‘Remember the Titans‘ is inspired by a true story. Up to now, it remains a favorite among many sports fans 19 years after its release. A big reason is Trevor Rabin’s orchestral-rock score which adds to the movie’s emotional resonance. The music of Trevor Rabin is high on energy, adding to the uplifting nature of the film. It is also noteworthy for its inclusion in the presidential campaign of Barack Obama in 2008. Trevor Rabin’s one contribution to the CD soundtrack is the cut “Titans Spirit,” actually a suite of his music that was culled from various points in the film; however,  the seven-minute piece hits all the right highlights.

Five Movies with The Beatles Music Being The Major Selling Point (part 1)

In 1964, people tried to convert the popularity of The Beatles’ music into box office success for the first time. With A Hard Days Night, United Artists attempted to cash in on the four lads from Liverpool as well as their “Mersey sound” before the bubble burst. As the decade wore on with Beatlemania refusing to become a passing fad, The Beatles were given some more star vehicles, the last of which was 1970’s Let It Be, which then won an Oscar for its soundtrack. Here I have created a list of films that rely on the enduring quality and popularity of Beatle music.

1. I Am Sam

”Major selling point” maybe a little unfair to such a touching, custody-battle movie like I Am Sam. Although The Beatles aren’t the film’s main focus, they run right through it like the name through a stick of rock.

I Am Sam was directed and edited with a Beatles soundtrack in mind. As director Jessie Nelson said, “I was so naive writing the script that I thought, ‘Oh, this wonderful. I will get 12 Beatles songs and we will just have them run through the movie’.”

Due to failing to secure the rights, he settled for covers instead. However, there wasn’t much space for the artists to experiment on their tracks. The film was already edited, so bands had to record to a click track to make their covers match the tempo of the originals.

2. All This And World War II

All This And World War Two is a collage of World War 2 newsreel footage and clips from old war movies. The visuals of the movie are backed by a collection of The Beatles covers, helping the film provide an anti-war message. The songs in All This And World War Two was intended to convey a commentary on the events onscreen.

Although the film has never been released on video or DVD, the soundtrack itself was released as a vinyl album.

The Greatest Hollywood Movie Soundtracks of the 2010s (part 2)


Although Taylor Swift doesn’t present a lot of movie soundtrack songs, all ones that are contributed by her are usually received the audience’s love. Her soft, thin, and beautiful voice is extremely attentive to the acoustic rhythms of Safe & Sound, forming a smooth lullaby as the characters expected when returning from the mortal arena. In a space filled with death and war, all we need is peace. That’s the reason why it is cold and blue through the MV but in the end, there is a burning fire full of warmth.


As impressive as the movie and novel The Fault In Our Stars, the soundtrack Boom Clap version of Charli XCX also receives a lot of love from the audiences. Boom Clap is not only a song with catch-up melody and easy to sing along lyrics but also the heart beat of the couple in the movie. Following the spirit of the song, the MV is also filled with cheerful and eye-catching images.


Besides the content and the character development, the factor that contributed to the success of the superhero movie Black Panther is the African-American cultured soundtrack album including the song All the Stars presented by Kendrick Lamar and SZA. Its creative MV with brilliant visual effects on a dark background also creates an interesting highlight. In addition, the lyrics is like the position affirmation of the colored people.


Known as a rock band but when Imagine Dragons released the soundtrack song Not Today for the love drama Me Before You, many viewers were surprised because they performed so sweetly. Not Today is a romantic song, recreating the encounter and affection process of Will and Lou couple. No matter how difficult it is, although today we have a quarrel, tomorrow will come with things getting better. And the memories will follow us to the end of the road.


2. Music Helps Regulate Our Emotions and Moods

Many athletes listen to music before their competition to help them get ready. Music can have a great influence on our emotions and moods by elevating positive aspects like vigor, happiness, and excitement, and reducing negative aspects like tension, fatigue, and anger. So, if you need to lift your mood and get in the zone to workout or perform, pop in headphones and listen to music to calm you down or psych you up.

Have you ever listened to a song that makes you want to dance? Most people used to synchronize their movements to the music that they’re listening to. This could be a simple tap of the toes or head nod. An athlete can synchronize their movements with the type of music he listens to during their workout. For example, a fast tempo song can help an athlete increase their movement to a faster pace. The opposite is also true, in that a slower tempo song will help produce slower movements.

3. Music Uses the Entire Brain

Music can help regulate our emotions and moods, and synchronize our movements. The reason is that music can activate several major parts of our brain at once. Some research show that music affects all the areas of our brain which are crucial for athletic performance, including the occipital lobe, the parietal lobe, the frontal lobe, the temporal lobe, and the cerebellum. For example, music can control stress by reducing the levels of stress hormone cortisol. Music can also help coordinate our limbs while doing exercise by helping with the motor cortex.

Music can be powerful, and there is no wonder why so many athletes use music as a preparation tip for their workouts and competitions. The impact on sports of music can be very useful for not only athletes, but also for anyone who wants to get active. Therefore, if you’re preparing for a big competition or going to workout, let the music help you succeed.