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Aug 05/16

Favorite College Fight Songs Posted by: Drew Ford | 4 Comments

 

Texas A&M, “The Aggie War Hymn”: Written by an alumni stationed overseas during WWI, “The Aggie War Hymn” speaks to the rivalry between the University of Texas and A&M. When this song is played, students link arms and sway back and forth, symbolically sawing off the horns of the UT Longhorns. Another fun fact? NASA used to play this song to wake up astronauts.


United States Naval Academy, “Anchors Aweigh”: This song saw its debut at the Navy vs. Army game of 1906. A bitter rivalry, even today, when the Navy won, the song became an instant tradition.


Wisconsin, “On Wisconsin”: This song is so popular in the state of Wisconsin that it was adopted as the state song. Famous band leader John Philip Sousa called this song “ the finest of college marching songs.”


Notre Dame, “Victory March”: Perhaps one of the most recognizable and most used fight songs (Rudy, anyone?), “Victory March” was written in the early 1900’s by two Notre Dame alumni.  


University of Georgia, “Glory, Glory”: Set to the tune of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” this song is not technically the official fight song of Georgia, but is played at every home game. Depending on the opponent, lines may be replaced.

 

By Drew Ford 
Drew was born in Arkansas, but has been lucky to call several southern states home. She’s currently working on Masters in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi. She loves vinyl records, long road trips, and acquiring useless trivia.


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Mike Pavelka on August 09 2016 at 11:27PM

War Hymn was started overseas durin WW I but finish when JV Pinkey Wilson came back to College Station. Hullabulaloo is what the soldiers would say before they went over the top of the trench and caneck caneck was the sound the bolts placing a round in the chamber of the rifles.


Wendy on August 09 2016 at 07:14AM

This alum of The Golden Band from Tiger Land has some additions for you: Hey Fighting Tigers, Fight for LSU, and LSU Pregame?


Ned DeGalan on August 07 2016 at 11:07AM
Whatever you try to limit any subject to the five best, there’s bound to be disagreement. Three of your choices I completely agree with: Notre Dame, navy, and Wisconsin are all excellent choices. I cannot dispute that Texas a and M and Georgia also have excellent fight songs. But, as an alumnus of the University of Michigan I am quite surprised that “The Victors” did not make a list. John Philip Sousa ones called it the greatest fight song in history. I know this is all the objective, but I am Be Willder.
Ned DeGalan on August 07 2016 at 11:07AM
Whatever you try to limit any subject to the five best, there’s bound to be disagreement. Three of your choices I completely agree with: Notre Dame, navy, and Wisconsin are all excellent choices. I cannot dispute that Texas a and M and Georgia also have excellent fight songs. But, as an alumnus of the University of Michigan I am quite surprised that “The Victors” did not make a list. John Philip Sousa ones called it the greatest fight song in history. I know this is all the objective, but I am Be Willder.

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