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Let’s make a bet: the marching band covers at least one of these songs at every college football game

“Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes

Cue the stomping, clapping, and banging. As soon as the first notes of this classic marching band cover begin, it’s impossible not to participate. “A seven nation army couldn't hold me back,” from pounding out the beat to this 2003 hit.

“Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations

Build Me Up Buttercup describes the feeling of being in love with someone who doesn’t reciprocate; which is appropriate for football games because that same feeling appears when your favorite team loses. 

“Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond’s inspiration for “Sweet Caroline” was a photograph of 11-year-old Caroline Kennedy. While the song was written years later about Diamond’s wife Marsha, the brainchild of the song is still adolescent Kennedy. I hope I didn’t ruin this marching band classic with this creepy image. 

“All of the Lights” by Kanye West

Although “All of the Lights” has a menagerie of contributing artists, only Rihanna is credited as a featured artist. Elly Jackson, Kid Cudi, Fergie, Drake, Alicia Keys, Elton John, and more can be heard of this track. Typical Kanye. 

“Come on Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners

On Spotify, four out of the five most popular songs by Dexys Midnight Runners is “Come on Eileen.” But this 1982 cult classic isn’t just for singing drunkenly on a night out with friends—it’s played by marching bands all over the country. 

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