If you're a sports fan, specifically a basketball fiend, then you'll know the meaning of the phrase March Madness. If you're like us and have a head that's usually geared towards music, you might see the term and think..."what?". March Madness referes to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. Still not following? 64 US college basketball teams battle it out to determine the national championship in the top tier of college basketball during this time known as, well, March Madness! Of course, the first thing we thought of to pay homage to this prominent annual sporting event is to list out 5 basketball pump-up jams that the players most likely listen to during their pre-game warm-up. Let's count down our 5 fave choices, shall we?
5. Kanye West - Touch The Sky
"I gotta testify, come up in the spot lookin' extra fly / 'Fore the day I die, I'ma touch the sky / Gotta testify, come up in the spot lookin' extra fly / 'Fore the day I die, I'ma touch the sky"
The players need a warm-up song that helps them perfect the art of slam-dunking, and Kanye's "Touch The Sky" works ever so nicely.
4. DJ Khaled - All I Do Is Win ft. Ludacris, Rick Ross, T-Pain & Snoop Dogg
"'Cause all I do is win, win, win / And if you goin' in, put your hands in the air, make 'em stay there "
With the mentality "All I Do Is Win", how could you NOT rise to the top? Playing this epic jam by DJ Khaled and his famous rapper friends is a quick and easy way to shoot some positive energy in the player's direction.
3. T.I. - Bring 'Em Out
"Hands, hands in the, in the air, air, now / Put ya hands in the air, now / (I can't hear you) / Bring em out, bring em out"
If this song by T.I. (with Jay-Z's "Bring 'em out" chant samples) doesn't pump up the players during their pre-game warm-up, then we don't know what will. We guarantee the guys will be chanting these lyrics under their breaths as they come onto the court during an official game!
2. Eminem - Till I Collapse
"You gotta find that inner strength / And just pull that sh*t out of you / And get that motivation to not give up / And not be a quitter / No matter how bad you wanna just fall flat on your face and collapse"
It must get pretty rough out there when you're under so much pressure to compete. Blasting this inspirational tune by Eminem will help the teams remember that a winner never quits and a quitter never wins!
1. Nelly - Heart Of A Champion
"I'ma get what I can and more, even if / My blood, my sweat, and my tears don't mean nothin' / It's the heart of a champion (it's the heart of me) / (It's the heart of a ) in me"
We really can't think of a better song to pump up a young, hard-working basketball team that's in it to win it than the lyrics to Nelly's "Heart Of A Champion"! We guarantee that dozens of teams play this song extra-loud to remind them what's at stake this March Madness.
Bonus —> watch CBS News: Sports feature spoof the lyrics to Elton's John's "Rocketman" in "Bracket Man", a March Madness tribute song!