Best Football Songs

The greatest songs about America's favorite game.

Let the football games begin with this football-themed collection of country songs. Whether you're throwing a Super Bowl party or preparing a pigskin playlist for your tailgating festivities, you can't go wrong with these popular country tunes about 100 yards of action on the field -- and what goes on off it. America, these are your football anthems.

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Lee Brice: Parking Lot Party

Hard 2 Love album cover
Lee Brice - 'Hard to Love' (2012).

Curb Records

Lee Brice tailgates with the best of them. Inventory: Coleman Grill, 24 tall boys, lawn chairs, and "all the pretty girls…sitting right here." Yeah, he's actually talking tailgating before a concert, but football fans can relate.

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Doug Supernaw: 21 to 17

Doug Supernaw - 'Fadin' Renagade' (1999)
Doug Supernaw - 'Fadin' Renagade' (1999).

Tack Records

Doug Supernaw gives a play-by-play of what goes on behind the bleachers at the big game. And it's not what you're thinking. "Cheers went up/As she broke down." This song is perfect for adding a little pathos to your Super Bowl bacchanal.

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James Otto: The Ball

James Otto - 'Days of Our Lives' (2004)
James Otto - 'Days of Our Lives' (2004).

Mercury Nashville Records

James Otto one-ups Ray Bradbury's time-travel classic "A Sound of Thunder" and Gwenyth Paltrow's Sliding Doors with this speculative country song co-written by Horatio Alger. Dang, this one gets you thinking! The moral is that sometimes in life, it's all about fumbling.

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Brooks & Dunn: Indian Summer

Brooks and Dunn - 'Number 1s... and Then Some' (2009)
Brooks and Dunn - 'Number 1s... and Then Some' (2009).

Arista Nashville Records

Sing, Brooks & Dunn, of the all-American romance: football player and high-school cheerleader. The combination leads to classic heartbreak in this tune that bandmates Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks co-wrote with hitmaker Bob DiPiero. It's a good'un.

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Ray Johnston Band: Game Day

Ray Johnston Band - 'Against the Grain' (2012)
Ray Johnston Band - 'Against the Grain' (2012).

Lil Dude Records

GAME DAY or: The American Sabbath. This novelty anthem to touchdowns and tailgates is the distilled substance of every college football fan. There's a joke there about booze in there somewhere, but I won't make it.

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Brantley Gilbert: Friday Night

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Brantley Gilbert. Image courtesy of The Valory Music Co.

Small town folks would have nothing to do on Friday night if it weren't for Friday night lights. And I'm not talking about the TV show based on the movie based on the book. "This ain't no game around here," Brantley Gilbert sings. "It's more like religion." Preach on.

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Billy Ray Cyrus, Taylor Hicks, Waycross: Nineteen

I'm American - Billy Ray Cyrus album cover
Billy Ray Cyrus - 'I'm American' (2011).

Buena Vista Records

There are some things more important than football, but they're still way cooler if they're involved with football somehow. Waycross and American Idol alum Taylor Hicks both sung this song about an NFL hopeful who "takes one for the team" -- trading his football jersey for Army fatigues, and dying. Billy Ray Cyrus later recorded it for his album.

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Hank Williams, Jr.: All My Rowdy Friends (Are Coming Over Tonight)

Hank Williams Jr.
Image Courtesy of Webster and Associates Public / Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

This used to be the theme song for Monday Night Football before Hank Williams Jr. compared President Barack Obama to Adolph Hitler, killer of millions. File this under "trouble with analogies." But the song remains essential. Are you ready for some football?

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Kenny Chesney: The Boys of Fall

Kenny Chesney - 'Hemingway's Whiskey' (2010)
Kenny Chesney - 'Hemingway's Whiskey' (2010).

BNA Records

Feel the testosterone and inspiration build in this Kenny Chesney classic about high school football players. More importantly, check out the music video, which kicks off with a locker-room pep talk. "You've got plenty of time for tomorrow," says one coach inspiringly. "But these tonights -- they're going by fast." Another says: "Life is a team game. It's the big game." It's like being on the floor of a stock exchange in The Wolf of Wall Street.