Why We’re Excited About The New ‘Monday Night Football’ Anthem
The new anthem for Monday Night Football not only covers an awesome song. It brings three totally different music genres together.
Every football fan (and player) knows that the energy you bring to the game can totally alter the whole experience. And the new Monday Night Football anthem is definitely bringing the energy. As we reported earlier in the week, ESPN dropped a press release on Monday teasing the new song that would air that night.
The song is the iconic In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins. Which, if you know the history of that song’s relationship to football, is an obvious choice. As ESPN reported, the song has been named more than once in the past as one that has helped football players get into their game time mindset before kickoff.
But the trio that collaborated to cover the song might not have been so obvious.
Country singer Chris Stapleton and hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg partnered up for the lyrics on this one. Stapleton has won eight Grammy Awards, including Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance, and has been nominated for 17 altogether, according to Grammy.com. But he’s also a southern rock artist. And he brings every ounce of that prowess into delivering the melody of this cover.
And then we have Snoop Dogg bringing his one-of-a-kind brand of elevating the song with his verses. That, of course, are all about the game. Snoop Dogg has been nominated for 16 Grammy Awards, including for Album of the Year twice. And he’s been nominated more than once in the past for his collaborations (grammy.com).
So already the new Monday Night Football anthem had the recipe for an awesome cover.
And even then, we add Cindy Blackman Santana on the drums. With such a famous drum solo, it had to be someone iconic playing that part. And she does it with her own flair that brings it to a whole new level. Santana has been rocking the drum kit since the 80’s (cindyblackmansantana.com), and is the regular touring drummer for the band Santana. Which she plays in with her husband, Carlos Santana.
So what does a Monday Night Football anthem backed by this much talent sound like? It sounds like this.
The new anthem will open every Monday Night Football game of the season (ESPN Press Room). As well as ESPN’s Week 18 Doubleheader and their Enhanced Playoff Schedule.