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Top 10 Sports Intro Theme Songs

Updated on June 15, 2010

CTV - 2010 Winter Olympics on CTV

CBC - Hockey Night in Canada on CBC

ABC - Monday Night Football on ABC



CBS - NCAA Basketball on CBS


NBC - Wimbledon Tennis on NBC


This article lists the Top 10 intro sports theme songs. Some of these intro theme songs are part of the pop culture in their respective sports such as CBC's Hockey Night in Canada theme song and ABC's Monday Night Football.

Here is a list of my Top 10 sports introduction theme songs and off to the right, you can listen to each of the introduction sports theme songs.

1) CTV - 2010 Olympics on CTV

The opening intro for Canada's CTV network for the Winter Olympics 2010 in Vancouver, BC Canada based on the Nikki Yanovsky song "I Believe". The instrumental introduction theme song was played during the 16 days of the Winter Olympics 2010 and most likely be part of the next Olympic Winter games.

2) CBC - Hockey Night in Canada (HNIC) - NHL on CBC

This is part of Canadian pop culture listening to the intro to Hockey Night in Canada from CBC. CBC decided not to use this song for its introduction to Hockey Night in Canada back in 2007 due to not wanting to pay for the royalty fees for using the song. When many Canadian hockey fans had heard of this bad news, there was a public outcry to save the Hockey Night in Canada theme song as this song represented what hockey meant to Canada. Luckily, TSN saved the day for many Canadians as they decided to pay the royalties and is using it for their introduction to NHL Hockey on TSN.

3) ABC - Monday Night Football (MNF) - MNF on ABC

ABC's Monday Night Football has been the staple of primetime television since its inception in the early 70's. The chosen MNF theme song for the Top 10 Sports Intro Theme Songs is based in on the song played in1989. As of 2006, ESPN owns the broadcast rights to show Monday Night Football, but ABC's MNF theme song lives on.

4) CBS - NBA on CBS

This was the theme song for the NBA in the 1980s in the era of the dominated by the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. This song reminded me about the days of watching Julius Erving (Dr J), Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson play in the NBA.

5) NBC - NBA on NBC

This intro theme song was introduced after NBC picked the rights to broadcast NBA games in the 1990s. This intro theme song was played in the era dominated by the Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls and their six NBA Championships.

6) CBS - March Madness - NCAA Basketball on CBS

This intro song by CBS was played for the NCAA Men's College Basketball in the early 90's. The current version of the intro song is similar to the one played in the 90's with some minor modifications. So depending on your tastes, you may like the current version better. My preference for the March Madness song is from the 1990s compared.

7) FOX - NFL on FOX

This was the catchy intro theme song that FOX uses to broadcast NFL football and debuted in the early 90's after they won the broadcast rights to show NFL games in the National Football Conference (NFC).

8) NBC - Wimbledon Tennis on NBC

This is introduction theme song for Wimbledon Tennis on NBC. There are several versions of the Wimbledon that were considered such as the BBC version and the ESPN version, but I ultimately chose this one to be the best of the bunch.

9) ESPN - Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN

When I hear the introduction theme song for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, it makes me think of the ESPN's long time play-by-play announcer Jon Miller saying Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.

10) FOX - Major League Baseball (MLB) on FOX

The catchy upbeat intro theme song for broadcasting Major League Baseball on FOX which debuted in 1996 as FOX took over the rights to show baseball from CBS.


Final Thoughts

That is my list of the top 10 intro opening theme songs. What are some of your favorite opening sports theme songs? Please feel free to leave comments or provide some of your favorite intro theme songs.

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Which of these intro theme songs do you like the most?

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    • pacojr profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      you know a lot about sports

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      8 years ago

      NBA on NBC theme (aka Roundball Rock). BEST sports theme song ever written, HANDS DOWN!

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      8 years ago

      I like all of those introductory theme songs but nothing is better for me than the closing song "One Shinning Moment" at the conclusion of 3 emotional weeks in March.

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      8 years ago

      The Monday Night Football theme was written by an English guy called Johnny Pearson, it was the Theme for a British show called Superstars in the 70's, long before MNF used it. I knew it straight away when I heard it in the US, brings back some great childhood memories!

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      8 years ago

      UEFA Champions league's theme is the best.

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      9 years ago

      I believe that ,the Olympics Los Angeles'84 fanfare ,should be included in your list

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      9 years ago from Canada

      Sandyspider, thank you for the comments.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      These are some great intro sports songs.

    • sportyfunster profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Canada

      Hi Lady_E

      Yes the NBA is certainly big in the US, but National League Football (American Football) is the No 1 sport. The NBA Championships are starting on Thurs with the Lakers vs Celtics. That's going to be a great NBA final. Hope you have a chance to tune in from the UK.

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      9 years ago from London, UK

      I can't think of a song but I enjoyed reading this Unique Hub. NBA is so big in America, unlike UK.


    • sportyfunster profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the comment, I did consider ESPN's College football song and NBC's Sunday night football, but it was hard to narrow it down to 10 songs.

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      Patrick King 

      9 years ago from Springfield, IL

      You have a good list of sports theme music. Ones you did not have that good are the old ESPN NHL theme and FOX NHL themes. Also, the current NFL on CBS and Sunday Night Football on NBC themes are good. ESPN's college football theme is pretty good. I bet it was hard to choose the best.


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