Country music may be packed with heart and soul, but its songs aren’t always just about love and loss, they cover all aspects of life. And for many country songwriters, sport is a huge part of their life, whether they are following the big leagues, or, as is more often the case, cheering the local college side on a Friday night. With the trials and tribulations of following your team associated with everything from pain to parties, it’s no surprise that there have been a huge number of top country songs about sport, so let’s take a look at a few of the best.
Songs about just sport
From Carrie Underwood’s Waitin’ all day for Sunday night, to Brantley Gilberts’s Friday night, sport as the highlight of the week is dealt with in several songs. This small town, sports-centred lifestyle is perfectly captured in Billy Currington’s Drinkin’ town with a football problem which, while laying out the local social issues, goes on to admit that “we love ‘em both and don’t want to solve ‘em”. Lee Bruce’s Parking lot party and Alabama’s The cheap seats both capture the tribal, habitual elements of the weekly game that so enthrall the regular fans.
Inspiring sports songs
Many country songs use sport as a powerful metaphor. Corey Smith’s song, Baseball, compares life to the game, giving sage advice whether you are tipped as a future World Series winner, or just swinging at thin air. Similarly, the Kenny Rogers’ classic, The Greatest, is as much about having the courage to go on in the face of adversity, as it is about the featured Little Leaguer of the lyrics. Perhaps the most inspiring of them all is Carrie Underwood’s platinum selling hit, Champion, which she sang at the Super Bowl and which went on to be used as the theme to the Winter Olympics coverage.
Love and sport
Of course, country being country, love is never far away from the game or the stadium. Trace Adkins Swing may be mostly a baseball song, but he is still trying to sweet-talk the lady beside him, rather unsuccessfully, as the game goes on. James Otto’s The ball tells the sad tale of losing his love because he dropped the ball in the big game, while poor Doug Supernaw has to listen to the game progressing on the tannoy announcements while his love is telling him it’s over beneath the bleachers in 21 to 17. As you might expect from a true football fan, it’s hard to tell whether he is more upset about losing his love or missing the game.