The world’s most elaborate celebration of football is nearly upon us. And it deserves an equally great playlist.
The Denver Broncos will battle the Seattle Seahawks on February 2 at MetLife Stadium with the game’s highest honor hanging in the balance. The matchup features the NFL’s best offense against its best defense. Something has to give; will Peyton prevail or will Richard Sherman and Company steal the show? Here are the top 10 songs to get you prepared for the big, potentially snowy showdown in New York. The songs are hyperlinked within the subtitles.
10. I Want You Back – The Jackson 5
This song comes straight from the heart of the quarterback that the Broncos just eliminated from the playoffs. “I Want You Back” is what Tom Brady will be singing to himself all day long on Super Bowl Sunday. He misses Wes Welker, and now he’s forced to watch him compete for a ring with Peyton. Manning had the pleasure of throwing to Welker all season, and things went very well. Brady, on the other hand, was just eliminated by his former go-to guy. His lack of an offense was exposed, and he probably wants Welker back.
9. Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer
Surprise! The Super Bowl will be played in cold conditions! I don’t understand all the distress about the potential weather problems. The NFL knew exactly what it was getting into when it scheduled the Super Bowl at the beginning of February in New York. It gets cold in the winter, I’m not sure if the NFL was aware of that, but now it’s faced with a problem. The conditions could not only throw a wrench in the quality of play, but also travel, lodging, entertainment, etc. And we all know Peyton isn’t the best in the cold, let the conspiracy theories begin!
8. Wake Me Up – Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc
For those unfamiliar with this song, the refrain features this declaration: “So, wake me up when it’s all over!” This is what Eli Manning is singing about the Super Bowl. Eli’s more famous brother Peyton will be playing for another ring at his own home field in New York. Now, as a brother, I’m sure he’s happy for Peyton. But, also as a brother, I’m sure he’s super jealous. Nothing like turning in a terrible season only to watch your big bro compete for a title in your backyard. But hey, Eli will always have those two rings, no matter how random that seems.
7. Last Dance – Donna Summer
As you probably guessed, this one is for Peyton. The song starts out by saying, “last dance, last chance for love,” and that’s exactly what the Super Bowl is for Peyton. This game could be his last chance at another ring. Obviously he still has the talent, but he’s always one hit to the neck away from retirement, and that thought has to be lingering. It would be great if he could pull a Jerome Bettis and ride off into the sunset, but the Seahawks don’t want to be on the wrong end of that situation twice.
6. Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys
This song just had to be included. New York will host the Super Bowl for the first time since 1962 and both teams will be in the extreme spot light. As Alicia Keys beautifully proclaims in the song, “New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of!” One team will fulfill those dreams.
5. I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow
This is for Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. His love for Skittles is well-known, and he will be fighting for the greatest treat of all in New York. There’s no doubt that he wants candy, and he usually gets what he wants. I’m not sure if the world is ready to see him go full Beast Mode.
4. Sticky Fingers (the entire album) – The Rolling Stones
The Seattle Secondary gets an entire album dedicated to them, because the entire unit is composed of dynamic ball-hawks. Peyton will face his toughest test of the season against “The Legion of Boom.” The Seahawks’ defensive backs pride themselves on taking the ball away, and they definitely have some sticky fingers. They hold the key to Seattle’s title hopes. Can’t you hear them knocking?
3. Respect – Aretha Franklin
This should be Peyton Manning’s anthem. He needs to have this on repeat. Questions about his legacy had been swirling for weeks before the Patriots game, and he has silenced them for now. He has to go out and conquer Seattle’s vaunted defense in order to secure his second title and permanently quiet the critics. Does he have it in him? I believe so, but only time will tell. He’ll have to win the big one outdoors. It’s the problem that has haunted him the most and this seems like the perfect ending to that tale.
2. Hate It or Love It – The Game ft. 50 Cent
“Hate it or love it, the underdog is on top.” That’s the message this song is famous for and the Seahawks’ Richard Sherman should be shouting it from the rooftops. In an interview immediately after the biggest game of his life, one in which he also made the biggest play of his life, he was unabashedly honest. His fearlessness scared many, people got jealous and racist insults were thrown at him. This game gives Sherman the opportunity to prove so many wrong, and hate it or love it, he’s on top.
1. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Honestly, could we have asked for a better Super Bowl? This game will be undoubtedly be awesome. What a wonderful world.