By McCray Sutherlin
Every year, tens of thousands swarm onto LSU’s campus in order to enjoy the festivities that game days provide. The campus comes to life early, even as early as 7 a.m. for the dedicated tailgaters. When the fog clears and the sun comes out, the air is filled mixed aromas of jambalaya, burgers, gumbo, and everything in between. But it’s the sounds of Saturday we’re most excited about this week. Music is what keeps the mood jolly, keeps the people dancing, and keeps the party alive. Don’t have a tailgate playlist? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a list – available for your use on Spotify – of the tracks that we’ll be listening to when tailgate season kicks off.
“Start Me Up” – The Rolling Stones
How can we have a tailgate playlist with no Rolling Stones? This is another one that can be enjoyed by everyone in town to get you started up.
“The Letter” – The Box Tops
Written by Wayne Carter Thompson, this song topped the charts in 1967. Starting off with a subtle snare drum intro, this catchy ballad tells the story of a man intent on getting back to his love. This one is perfect to get the party going during those early morning hours.
“Come on Eileen” – Dexys Midnight Runners
It’s impossible not to hear this song when strolling through the quad or the north side of campus. This game day favorite is fun, happy, and appealing to all ages. In case you’re wondering what those instruments are: it’s a Celtic-style fiddle being played over a drum beat, with a bass guitar and piano behind it.
“Wagon Wheel” – Old Crow Medicine Show
“Rock me momma like the wind and the rain, rock me like a Southbound train.” This one has been played over the speakers of many a tailgate since its release in 2004. Originally sketched out by the legendary songwriter Bob Dylan, it was completed by Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show and has been covered by many artists, most notably by country artist Darius Rucker.
“Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison
Yet another timeless classic released in 1967; regardless your eye color, this one just brightens up your day.
“Calling Baton Rouge” – Garth Brooks
Country great, Garth Brooks, belts out this Baton Rouge anthem with gusto. Everyone around town seems to adore this song, and it can definitely be heard upon entering Tiger Stadium.
“Double Shot (Of My Baby’s Love)” – The Swingin’ Medallions
This jukebox hit is an alumni favorite, but can also be enjoyed by anyone who likes to swing around and dance.
“Right Place Wrong Time” – Dr. John
Dr. John AKA “The Nite Tripper” brings the house down with this voodoo flavored jam. Not only is this a great tailgate track from a Louisiana artist, but a great song for any day party throughout the year. You’ll likely not find many with this on their setlist, so enjoy the originality.
“Good Vibrations” – The Beach Boys
From colorful clothes to sunlight on her hair, this beautiful track couldn’t be more fitting for LSU game days. In fact, it’s excellent for any celebratory occasion. Gotta keep those good vibrations happenin’.
“Have You Ever Seen the Rain” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Have you ever seen the rain in Tiger Stadium? We sure haven’t. Be sure to bump this classic CCR tune before walking to the stadium, umbrella-free.
“Build Me Up Buttercup” – The Foundations
It’s nearly impossible to hear this song and not tap your toes. When we think of this song, we think of grandma dancing around with grandson, everyone in purple and gold and here to have a good time.
“Bring Da Ruckus” – Wu-Tang Clan
For those looking to escape from the oldies, this Wu-Tang track will get you amped up. It also has some pretty good rhymes you can use to trash talk tiger bait.
“Rich Girl” – Daryl Hall & John Oates
One of our absolute favorite tailgate tracks, Hall & Oates supplies that up-beat, groovable sound that everyone is looking to dance to. Whether you’re a rich girl or a poor boy, give this one a try.
“Spirit In The Sky” – The Kentucky Headhunters
Originally written and recorded by Norman Greenbaum, hill country rockstars The Kentucky Headhunters crush this cover. Heavy guitar licks, filled with pounding drum work makes this a great song for anyone trying to rock’n’roll on game day.
“Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor
From Rocky IV straight to your tailgate. No explanation necessary. Take a jog to law school steps if you’re feeling particularly inspired.
“Hey, Fightin’ Tigers” – The Golden Band from Tigerland
Before the first three notes of “Pregame Salute” welcome Saturday night in Death Valley officially, enjoy this Tigerband classic. A re-write of Cy Coleman’s “Hey, Look Me Over” from the musical Wildcat, this song starts and ends every legitimate tailgate.