OS Drafts: The Best Songs & Sounds Of Gameday In Beaver Stadium
There’s nothing like a game in Beaver Stadium.
Part of what makes the atmosphere in Beaver Stadium are the songs, sounds, cheers, and chants that students and fans alike will sing in the harmonious unison of 107,000 people.
There are so many iconic songs, so four of our staffers set out to pick their favorites in a snake-style draft. First, take a look at the whole draft board and then hear from each staffer themselves.
Now, let’s hear from each individual team captain.
Heading into the draft, I knew I had a lot of very good options for what I could take in the first round. After I won the first pick, I knew there was only one correct selection. I wanted a song and what better song to pick first overall than the staple of Penn State: “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond. No matter the scenario, no matter the score, Happy Valley will erupt for the entire song and sometimes will even keep singing after it’s stopped.
My round two and three picks were back-to-back, and I wanted to get a few more staples. Somehow, the other big crowd singing song, “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi, fell to me, so I thought that was a no-brainer pick. I also decided to grab the Lion King Circle of Life Remix that plays before every Penn State kickoff.
In the fourth round, I felt I needed some other type of music, and with most of the band’s songs off the board, I went with the best one available — the Lion Fanfare. I then felt I had a good amount of songs and went with a saying that is screamed by the Penn State mic man before every game: “ARE YOU READY FOR PENN STATE FOOTBALL?” Rounding out my draft, I decided to go with another classic song that plays right before the team steps out on the field for the second half, “Bring Em Out” by T.I.
I went into this draft with an unmeasurable amount of confidence. As a person who’s always given the aux privilege, you better expect that I have every Beaver Stadium sound saved in a playlist. I used this to my advantage as I got a pick that I wanted in each round of the draft.
In the first round, I was lucky enough to have “Kernkraft 400” slip to me with the second overall pick. Unlike “Sweet Caroline,” Kernkraft is known to be Penn State’s song by many other schools and fans across the country.
When round two came around, I had a decision to make. Do I go with the best choice available or pick a theme and stick to it? I decided to choose to draft White Out-themed songs going forward. “In The Air Tonight” and “Kernkraft 400” is the perfect one-two punch for a Penn State football entrance.
In rounds three and four, it was more of the same, following the White Out-themed sounds. When Beaver Stadium plays “All of The Lights” during a night game and all 110,000 fans put on their phone flashlights, there aren’t many better sights. “The Greatest Show” being played in the background of a White Out hype video on the jumbotron was a core memory for me and deserved a spot on my roster.
The final two rounds are where I felt I won the draft. Back-to-back steals of the draft, and if you don’t think so, then open up Spotify and give them a listen. You won’t be disappointed.
For the third draft in a row, I landed the third pick, the ideal spot to be in for a snake format. After a couple of songs were selected, I went with a Penn State staple. The “We Are” chant was a no-brainer for my first-round pick.
Then, I took one of the Blue Band’s best, “Rock and Roll Cheer.” This is the song that many folks know from chanting the letters PSU during the song’s breaks.
My next two selections were songs, with my third round pick being James Franklin’s walk-out song, Meek Mill’s “Ima Boss.” After that, I decided to go with a different genre and take “Crazy Train” but more specifically, its famous intro.
I went down a different path for my fifth-rounder. If you’ve been to a game at Beaver Stadium, there’s a good chance you’ve heard Drew Allar’s clap, no matter where your seats were.
Lastly, I landed “All I Do Is Win:” a classic for every Penn State football W.
My roster is very Blue-Band-heavy. Why shouldn’t it be? The blue band is awesome.
With the fourth overall pick, I selected the Fight Song. I was really glad this fell to me because it’s such a fun, iconic, and energetic song to hear after every touchdown. Next, I selected “Mo Bamba.” This song has been a bit overplayed in recent years but has contributed to some iconic moments over the years.
With my next pick, I picked the Alma Mater. Penn State is known for its school spirit, and you can’t have school spirit without a solid Alma Mater. Next, I picked “Seven Nation Army.” Zombie Nation’s, “Kernkraft 400” is iconic at Penn State, but this is the next best hype-up song, and in my opinion, an absolute steal in round four.
For my last two picks, I stayed in the school spirit category. In round five, I picked “The Nittany Lion,” which is the song the Blue Band plays when they perform the floating lion routine at the beginning of every game. Lastly, I selected the iconic lion sound effect.
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