Inside the NFL’s most iconic theme song

All the iconic NFL intro dads are completely dripping in lore.First, I composed Scott Schrierone of the most legendary jingle writers and also responsible for the music behind several NHL and NASCAR programming.

This jingle (which really deserves a more muscular name, Jongle?) has it all: heavy brass, heavy percussion, an opening fit to plunge into war. If it reminds you of a superhero song, it’s by design.In 1994, then-president of Fox Sports, David Hill, wanted a new NFL theme for him, and a California theme for him. I got an earworm while waiting for Batman’s ride on the . When the network tapped his Schreer, he was described as “enhanced Batman” in vibes.

According to Deadspin’s article on the conception of the songSchreer turned to a cinematic sound associated with gritty action movies, giving his new themes gravitas and “adding a really dark, manly, masculine football hue to it”.

NBC Sunday Night Football (“Wide Receiver”)

(Link to “Wide Receiver”)

Composed by John Williams, 2006

Yes, it’s John Williams. Who else? Heavy drum beats, bouncy trombone, it’s just “Star Wars” for his football fans. A film composer of all film composers, in 2006 he was composing the music for his NBC show The New Sunday Night His Football Theme. Naturally, they were very excited about the results.

“The music has to be very special, it has to have a sense of drama, it has to have a sense of power – it has to be unique to a professional football game. told the Los Angeles Times 2006.

CBS’s NFL (“Afterlife Zone”)

(Link to “Afterlife Zone”)

Composed by ES Posthumus, 2003

Even if you don’t know the origin of this theme and are given 100 guesses, you probably won’t get it right. ES Postmortem was a group of two brothers who combined the concepts of classical and mathematical music with modern orchestral instruments. (“ES” stands for “experimental sounds.”) CBS I also use other ES Posthumus Active in sports programs. Sadly, his half of the duo, Franz Vonlichten, died in 2010. Helmut von Lichten collaborates with Queen’s Brian May A special version of “We Will Rock You” performed at Super Bowl XLVII in 2013.

NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football (“Run to the Playoffs”)

(Link to Run to Playoffs)
Composed by David Robidoux, 2006
Football wouldn’t be the same without David Robidoux.this prolific sports composer They provided the official Super Bowl theme, the NFL Centennial theme music, all kinds of special NFL movie and programming music, and of course, the NFL Network’s main theme, “Run to the Playoffs.” (He’s also responsible for the NASCAR theme and other iconic sports sounds.)
Many artists and themes from the NFL broadcast world, including Robidoux It is owned by Associated Production Music.APM provides music for most of the NFL, including individual teams. The group definitely knows a thing or two about how to piss off a crowd.
“It’s all storytelling. It’s really drama, it’s a story,” said Adam Taylor, APM’s president and CEO. told Variety earlier this year“The purpose of our music is to inform and enhance our storytelling and capture the emotion of the moment.”

An element that sets this theme apart is the use of tubular bells, giving the piece a very ‘Carol of the Bells’ feel via the steamroller atmosphere of Mannheim.

ESPN/ABC’s Monday Night Football (“Heavy Action”)

(Link to “Heavy Action”)
Composed by Johnny Pearson, circa 1974
Ironically, the oldest of these current NFL themes weren’t actually made for the NFL. “Heavy Action” by British bandleader Johnny Pearson actually commissioned by the BBC For various TV purposes. But ABC knew how great it was when they saw it and featured it for his MNF broadcasts starting in 1975 (it became the main theme in the 80’s). Various updates and re-equipmentan MNF game launched in 2006. BBC sports program “Superstars”. Of course, all the best themes are easily recognizable, and “Heavy Action” is just the four notes it takes to light up the brains of sports fans around the world.


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