Top Five Songs You’ll Hear In The Sweet Sixteen

Surely, a team’s odds to win March Madness doesn’t have much to do with their fight song….or does it? A team can get very inspired by hearing their band play their school’s song, and along with singing from their fans, it could be a spark. Here is a look at the top five fight songs left in the NCAA Tournament.

North Carolina

“I’m A Tar Heel Born” is instantly recognizable and was born in the 1920s, and will usually be played after “Hark The Sound”, which is the Tar Heels’ alma mater (a school song or hymn). The final “rah rah rah!” in the song is now usually replaced with “Go to hell Duke!”.

Florida State

The “FSU Fight Song” was written by student Doug Alley (lyrics) and professor Thomas Wright (music) in 1950 at their homecoming, and although it may be second fiddle to the “War Chant”, this fight song still holds a place in the heart of FSU fans.


“On, On, U of K” was actually written for the football team if you listen to the words, but it is now associated with the hoops program since that is their bread and butter. And honestly, who cares about words when Ashley Judd is singing it?


“Orange And Blue” is the fight song of the Gators, and you’ll usually only hear the chorus played by the band. Even a Florida State fan can admit this is a solid fight song.


“The Cougar Song” was copyrighted by Clyde D. Sandgren in 1937 and replaced “The College Song” at BYU, who also had to change some lyrics due to pressure from women’s groups. It is also called “Rise and Shout”, which are both things we believe you are allowed to do under BYU’s Honor Code”.


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