I was watching the Shanghai Masters this week and I noticed something that made me meow! During a medical timeout for Dominic Thiem, they were playing “Down Under” by the 80’s Australian Band Men At Work. It got me to thinking…did they play the song because the physio was working on Thiem or was it just a happy coincidence? Well, either way, it got me thinking…wouldn’t it be fun to put together a playlist that could be a running narrative for a tennis match!
I’m not talking about the obvious songs like “We Are The Champions” or “Eye of the Tiger.” I really wanted to stretch my kitty imagination and come up with some obvious, but not so obvious choices. Here we go!
I’m a Survivor, by Destiny’s Child. This would be a good choice for when a player comes back from a break down and wins a set.
Anything By Swing Out Sister! This one could be twofold. One, if a player is just killing it with the forehand or a backhand, or just swinging at the ball to save her tennis life, she is “swinging out, sister!!”. If you play the song “Breakout”, this could be played when someone breaks someone else’s service game. Either way, I totally love this song, just like I totally love the 80’s!
The Distance, by Cake. This one is obvious! The would be played if the match was going to a fifth set! So much fun! And this song would be purrfect to be blasted in a stadium.
I Fought the Law, by the Clash. Now, I know this is a cover, so settle down. But it is still an awesome version. This could be played right after a player has an epic meltdown between the umpire, and of course, the umpire will win!
You Spin My Round (Like a Record), by Dead or Alive. I can see this being played after an imposing rally on clay…anyone against Rafa Nadal, or on grass…anyone against Roger Federer, or on hard court…anyone against Novak Djokovic! Those guys really make their opponents spin round like a record.
Anything by Ace of Base! Get it…Ace! This one could be played during a John Isner match. He’s the king of aces this days.
Safety Dance, by Men Without Hats. I specifically suggested Safety Dance because Men Without Hats were a bit of a one-hit wonder. But this could be played any time we see a man without a hat (which is pretty often!). And, it’s a super fun song, so I bet the crowd would get up a jam to this!
It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over, by Lenny Kravitz. One, I love this song, possibly his best song ever! Two, this is a obvious choice to be played to encourage the losing player to stay focused, get his/her head right and go out there and play like they still got a shot!
The Best, by Tina Turner. I’m purrty sure this would be most appropriately be played at the end of a match when they are announcing the winner!
What do you think of my list? Did I miss any songs that would really make a statement during a tennis match? I am most certain I did. As you can see, the 80’s and 90’s it truly my musical wheelhouse. Let me know what you would add. This could be fun.
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