Friday, July 27, 2012

Van Halen's Jump voted top sports song

Just in time for the start of the London Olympics, a UK music industry organization has named Van Halen’s “Jump” as the most popular sporting song in a new poll of its members.

NME reports PRS for Music [Performing Rights Society] polled its members recently to determine their selection, with the US rockers’ 1984 hit landing in top spot.

"We are so excited about the Olympic Games and music plays such a classic role for both the spectator and participant,” said PRS Chairman Guy Fletcher. “As a Brit I would have to vote for Spandau Ballet's 'Gold' being a personal favorite. We have such a strong team of athletes this year too - I think we might get a few of those, fingers crossed."

“Jump” remains Van Halen’s only #1 US single; it also topped the charts in Canada and Italy and was Top 10 in many countries – including the UK, where it reached #7.

PRS for Music's Top 20 sporting songs:

01. Jump – Van Halen
02. Start Me Up – Rolling Stones
03. Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson
04. Gold – Spandau Ballet
05. Thriller – Michael Jackson
06. Wake Me Up! – Wham!
07. The Winner Takes It All – Abba
08. Silver Machine – Hawkwind
09. We Are the Champions – Queen
10. Shine – Take That
11. Tracks of My Tears – Smokey Robinson
12. The Long & Winding Road – The Beatles
13. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
14. Simply the Best – Tina Turner
15. Jump Around – House of Pain
16. Gonna Fly Now – from Rocky
17. Another One Bites The Dust – Queen
18. Don't Stop Believin' – Journey
19. Chariots of Fire (Theme)
20. We Will Rock You – Queen

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