ESPN continued its roundtable series ranking the top fight songs in each Power Five conference.
That may be a point of contention throughout the SEC as much as anything else in the ultra-competitive league. So ESPN is going to settle the debate.
ESPN’s Greg Ostendorf says “Rocky Top” is the best fight song in the SEC:
“Is there a more iconic song in college football than ‘Rocky Top,'” Ostendorf writes. “Technically, it’s not Tennessee’s official fight song. (That would be ‘Down the Field.’) But ‘Rocky Top’ has served as the school’s unofficial fight song since it was first played at a Volunteers football game in 1972. The song, first recorded by the Osborne Brothers in 1967, became Tennessee’s official state song in 1982. But there’s nothing quite like hearing 100,000 people sing the tune together inside Neyland Stadium on a Saturday in the fall.”
Opponents would certainly disagree for a number of reasons. One of which might very well be that it is about the only thing Tennessee’s band plays to the delight of the orange-clad fans each time the team scores a touchdown or makes a big play.
It is definitely a crowd-pleaser at Neyland Stadium. And, regrettably for opponents and delightfully for fans, really really really catchy.
It is hard to argue with this decision from ESPN. “Rocky Top” is undoubtedly identified with the University of Tennessee.
And even among a lot of the great fight songs in the SEC, it clearly stands out.