Three rules for writing a great fight song

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Songwriters Wayne Kirkpatrick and Matt Huesmann made news this week by releasing the song “Titan Up!” Some are calling it the Tennessee Titans fight song. I’d call it a theme song for the 2008 Titans.

A few months ago, I discovered Young Hirsch’s “Titans Anthem“I like it, but it’s nearly impossible to sing along with because it’s a hip-hop song with lots of lyrics.

Earlier this season, Ryan Parker wrote “Tennessee Titans Fight Song.” I like it, but it sounds too much like “Houston Oilers #1.”

I’m providing three rules for the next person or group who tries to write a great fight song for the Titans:

1. The song must be simple. A fight song must have simple, memorable lyrics.

2. The song must be a march. Admittedly, there are “good” fight songs like “San Diego Super Chargers” that sound more like a Village People song than an anthem, but great fight songs, like “Hail to the Redskins” sound like military marches.

3. The song must be timeless. Under no circumstance can a player of any era be included in the lyrics of the song.

Whoever does this will have accomplished a great achievement, because “Houston Oilers #1” is arguably the greatest professional football fight song ever written.

Good luck, songwriters.

Here is an index of NFL fight songs, including audio and video links.

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