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Monday, August 8, 2011

Sports Illustrated's Best Sports Songs

Greg Kelly and Sports Illustrated recently compiled what they believe is the ultimate sports playlist ("Sports Illustrated's Ultimate Playlist"). The story at SI's website is more than a list, however. It's an annotated bibliography that contains interesting background about all the songs and the artists who sang them. The website also includes links to iTunes for those who may want to download any of the songs. Here's the list:
  1. WHO KILLED DAVEY MOORE? -- Bob Dylan (1963) 
  2. SURFIN' USA -- The Beach Boys (1963) 
  3. ALL KINDS OF TIME -- Fountains of Wayne (2003) 
  4. RACING IN THE STREET -- Bruce Springsteen (1978) 
  5. THE BOXER -- Simon & Garfunkel (1969) 
  6. FIFTY-MISSION CAP -- The Tragically Hip (1992) 
  7. CENTERFIELD -- John Fogerty (1985) 
  8. HIGH EXPECTATIONS -- Common (1997) 
  9. 3RD BASE, DODGER STADIUM -- Ry Cooder (2005) 
  10. MUHAMMAD ALI -- Faithless (2001)
  11. GOD'S FOOTBALLER -- Billy Bragg (1991)
  12. BOOM BOOM MANCINI -- Warren Zevon (1987)
  13. DUK KOO KIM -- Sun Kil Moon (2003)
  14. SONG FOR SONNY LISTON -- Mark Knopfler (2004)
  15. THE BALLAD OF BJORN BORG -- Pernice Brothers (2001)
  16. BOXING -- Ben Folds Five (1995)
  17. SPEEDWAY AT NAZARETH -- Mark Knopfler (2000)
  18. FUGUE FOR TINHORNS -- Guys and Dolls (1950)
  19. TOURNAMENT OF HEARTS -- The Weakerthans (2007)
  20. TESSIE -- Dropkick Murphys (2004)
  21. HOCKEY -- Jane Siberry (1989)
  22. THE HITTER -- Bruce Springsteen (2005)
  23. QUEEN'S GAMBIT -- GZA and DJ Muggs (2005)
  24. LAUGHING RIVER -- Robert Earl Keen and Greg Brown (2009)
  25. MUDFOOTBALL -- Jack Johnson (2001)
  26. DREAM TEAM -- Spearhead (1994)
  27. MUNICH AIR DISASTER 1958 -- Morrissey (2004)
  28. A DYING CUB FAN'S LAST REQUEST -- Steve Goodman (1983)
  29. SHOOTING HOOPS -- G. Love and Special Sauce (1994)
  30. THE WARRIOR'S CODE -- Dropkick Murphys (2005)
  31. BASKETBALL -- Kurtis Blow (1984)
  32. DARRYL DAWKINS' SOUND OF LOVE -- Screaming Headless Torsos (2001)
  33. CHESAPEAKE -- Mike Aiken (2003)
  34. VAN LINGLE MUNGO -- Dave Frishberg (1969)
  35. STEWBALL -- Leadbelly (1940)
  36. AMERICA'S FAVORITE PASTIME -- Todd Snider (2009)
  37. LET THE BIG HORSE RUN -- John Stewart (1975)
  38. DID YOU SEE JACKIE ROBINSON HIT THAT BALL? -- Buddy Johnson Orchestra (1949)
  39. THE BALLAD OF EDDIE KLEPP -- Chuck Brodsky (1996)
  40. LEVITATE -- Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, 2009

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