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Tiësto To 2 Chainz: 11 Anthems To Get You Pumped For The Super Bowl
It's official: Super Bowl LII is just days away, and the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles are all set to duke it out for all the marbles and year-long bragging rights in Minneapolis' U.S. Bank Stadium on Super Sunday, Feb. 4.
Whether you are a Philly fan or Pats fan, any lover of the game of football can agree that the Super Bowl always brings in a special extra level of excitement, even for viewers who don't necessarily have a horse in the race.
With GRAMMY-winning artist Justin Timberlake set to kick the party into high gear during the Super Bowl LII halftime show, we are reminded that music plays almost as big a role in the players' mental preparation as it does in getting the fans in the mood to see a great game.
Take a listen to our playlist of tailgating pump-up jams to help you get prepared for the biggest sporting event of the year.
"BOOM," Tiësto, feat. Gucci Mane, Sevenn
Get loose for kickoff with this crossover dance track courtesy of Tiësto, a producer still at the top of his game, with support from Sevenn, a pair of newcomers who are just starting to make a splash, and the inimitable Gucci Mane, whose club trap verses ties the works together. This is the perfect tune to get in the mood to see some hard NFL hits and goal line stands.
"Alive," Lil Jon, Offset, 2 Chainz
When it comes to club anthems, few can match the talents of any one of the three artists attached to this track, much less all at once. With production and hooks from Crunk godfather Lil Jon and rappers Offest, of Migos, and 2 Chainz trading verses, this celebratory slice of Southern party trap will make for the perfect victory chant for whichever team comes out on top.
"Corporation," Jack White
The funk-rock rhythms of Jack White's new single "Corporation" rip and roar along like a marching band in full game-prep fervor, and it's difficult to listen to this song and not come away with your game face on.
"Stir Fry," Migos
In case they hadn't made it clear by the time their 2017 summer anthem "Bad And Boujee" was finished conquering radio charts and festival dance tents nationwide, Migos make very, very good party music. Philadelphia Eagles fans might find themselves partial to this Pharrell Williams-produced new release of theirs, "Stir Fry," even if only for the lead-in to the second verse: "Take it/ whip it/intermission/ let the birds fly."
"Dura," Daddy Yankee
Fresh off his shared nominations for Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for his contributions to unstoppable viral sensation, "Despacito," Latin rapper Daddy Yankee is back with his first new track of 2018. Though literally translated and "hard" or "firm," the infectious repeated hook line "dura" here is used instead to mean "hot," as Yankee spits his game towards a woman he has his eye on. Doubtless, both teams feel the same lust about getting their chance to take home the Lombardi Trophy.
"Finesse (Remix)," Bruno Mars, Cardi B
Along with being one of the most exciting performances at the 60th GRAMMY Awards, Bruno Mars' "Finesse (Remix)" featuring Cardi B makes for a particularly apt theme track for this weekend's game. Only one team will come away with a win, and their players will absolutely need to be drippin' in finesse if they want to come out on top.
"Let You Down," NF
Despite the certainty both team's fans surely possess that their team will be the one to win the day, the fact remains that only one of the two teams gets to go home a winner on Super Bowl Sunday. Be sure to have this track on deck if things don't go your wayin the Big Game – you can pretend that rapper NF is speaking for your team's players when he sings, "I'm sorry that I let you down."
"Ultimate," Denzel Curry
Denzel Curry's flow on "Ultimate" hits harder than an NFL linebacker, and each time the chorus rips in, it feels like watching Rob Gronkowski catch a long bomb from Tom Brady for an easy touchdown. I challenge you to listen to this song and not get hyped to go out there and win one for your hometown.
"Machika," J Balvin
Translated as "Smash," J Balvin's hard-hitting "Machika," featuring Arubian singer Jeon and Brazilian rapper/singer Anitta, brings the noise in the best way. Loud, aggressive and groovy, "Machika" brashy declares, "vamo' a romper/ no hay tiempo pa' perder" ("we're gonna tear it up/ there's no time to lose"), and when kickoff time comes, that's exactly the mentality both teams will need.
"Feel It Still," Portugal. The Man
There's an inescapable feeling that goes along with experiencing a Super Bowl from inside the stadium. For days and weeks afterwards, that feeling of mixed excitement, fear and determination is sure to persist long after the concessions stands closed down and the stands have been swept clean. Portugal. The Man's "Feel It Still's" infectious hook line, "Let me kick it like it's 1986," feels extra appropriate for this year's NFL championship, as it sometimes feels like 1986 was the last time Philly made an appearance at the Big Game (it was actually 2004), and at least twice that long since the New England Patriots haven't made a Super Bowl appearance.
"HUMBLE.," Kendrick Lamar
No surprises here. Kendrick Lamar's GRAMMY-winning smash hit "HUMBLE." pretty much encapsulates every aspect of the road to Super Bowl glory – hard work, dedication, hustle, humility, and just a little dab of barely-checked aggression. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has even named-checked Lamar in a recent interview, listing the Compton, Calif., rapper's sound among his favorite jams for getting his game face on.