Ranking the ACC Football (Official) Fight Songs

We Ranked All 14 ACC Fight Songs. Where Does Your Team’s Fall?

Big thanks to Mike for the initial idea for this post a few months back. As we grow even closer to the 2012 college football season, it only seemed appropriate we start ratcheting up the school spirit around here. And what better way than with each of the 14 ACC school’s fight songs? Obviously, these also had to be ranked. So not only do you get to listen to all of them, but then argue about whose fight songs are best.

As far as descriptions go, explore the interwebs and most comprehensively, Wikipedia, if you’re looking for additional information on any of these tunes. Trust me, you’ll enjoy exploring all of that on your own, rather than reading a plagiarized version of each of those individual posts here. Listen, and go (insert your respective team)!

Ranking the ACC Fight Songs

1. Boston College Eagles — “For Boston

2. Syracuse Orange — “Down the Field

3. Miami Hurricanes — “Miami U How-Dee-Do

4. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets — “Ramblin’ Wreck From Georgia Tech

5. Florida State Seminoles — “FSU Fight Song

6. Clemson Tigers — “Tiger Rag

7. Wake Forest Demon Deacons — “O Here’s to Wake Forest

8. Maryland Terrapins — “Maryland Fight Song

9. Virginia Cavaliers — “The Cavalier Song

10. North Carolina Tar Heels — “I’m a Tar Heel Born

11. Pittsburgh Panthers — “Hail to Pitt” (UPDATE: new, accurate link now embedded)

12. Virginia Tech Hokies — “Tech Triumph

13. Duke Blue Devils — “Blue and White

14. NC State Wolfpack — “NC State Fight Song

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17 thoughts on “Ranking the ACC Football (Official) Fight Songs

    • We actually don’t. See, we’re not “just another basketball school.” Haha.

      I honestly haven’t heard the words to “Down the Field” sung at a game in years though, which contributes to why it can be played throughout every basketball game too. Some might argue the “Hey Song” is our basketball song, but it’s declined in use of late, and is also used during football games.

      • It’s just the one fight song. And traditionally we’d insert the nickname of whatever team we were playing. “Each loyal son knows The Eagles will lose!” Same for basketball but it’s usually just played at those games and not sung. The words are sung for football games before each game on the Quad.

        • For some reason, I never spent time on the Quad before games when I was at SU. Was either in the Dome hours before, or would walk over from Euclid right before kickoff (forgoing the Quad completely). I’ve always been fine with “Down the Field” being the ONLY fight song, though. More tradition, very recognizable even outside the SU community.

  1. Interesting idea. As far as official fight songs go, I wouldn’t argue too strongly with anything in this list, although I would probably put Miami first. But for songs in general, I don’t think anything beats Florida State’s War Chant. That song is chilling, even outside of Tallahassee–my favorite experiences as a Clemson fan were the FSU games at Death Valley in 2007 and 2009, and the War Chant somehow filled up a stadium packed with 80,000 orange-clad fans in a way I’ve never heard anything else approach. (They were both Clemson wins–I guess having a cool song makes beating you feel that much better)

    • Oh, the War Chant’s a classic. Would definitely be on the list of songs associated with programs overall. I enjoy Miami’s well enough, and definitely kept it top three. Just have a greater appreciation for the tradition of BC and SU’s.

  2. I love that B.C.’s fight song is so old that it’s just called “For Boston” since it was written before the Boston Red Sox or any of the city’s other professional teams were even founded … and that it and totally ignores the fact that there’s now another school just down the street that also has Boston in its name (Boston U.)

    • That’s the best part about it, I think. Fun to look at all these and see how school pride was displayed in different ways over time. If a school came up with a fight song today, I think it would be guaranteed to be a joke.

  3. BC’s fight song has to get bonus point for the Dropkick Murphys including it on 2001’s Sing Loud, Sing Proud.

    • It’s a novel moment for a fight song, for sure — I’d be curious to see what other fight songs have been covered by popular recording artists. Probably not a ton (I’d suppose).

  4. To pitch in my own two cents- I can’t place a judgement on the other schools’ songs (because I haven’t really listened to all of them well enough) and rank them on my own, but For Boston is amazing. Like Sean said, it has history to it- it’s the oldest college fight song in the US. It’s a big campus staple, but I wish it had a bigger role. Most students don’t know that it’s the oldest fight song out there! BC needs to step up its emphasis on tradition

    • I’ve stressed similar sentiments about a lot of schools — including Syracuse, too. They’ve only recently began to embrace their history again, and I think similar actions would help BC and others with their national perception.

      • The link for Pitt is not the Pitt Fight song. It was the “Panther Song”. You should rate “Hail to Pitt” or the “Pitt Victory Song”.

        • Several links I found (and it wasn’t easy to track these down at all) played the same song above and listed it as “Hail to Pitt.” But if that’s not the case, by all means, pass a long a link and I can make the correction.

        • This is a you tube video of the Pitt Band performing Hail to Pitt and then the Pitt Victory song outside of Heinz Field.

        • Attached is a link for a you tube performance of the Hail to Pitt and the Pitt Victory Song performed by the Pitt Band outside fo Heinz Field. These two songs are normally performed together. The Panther song is primarily used only when the band enters the stadium marching on to the field.

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