On Nov. 27, the Hoos and Hokies will clash on the football field in one of the most highly anticipated games of the season for both schools. Virginia fans have been waiting for this moment for months and deserve the right music to jam to before the big game. Below, we have picked songs meant to appeal to the tastes of all different kinds of Hoos to ensure everyone can get excited for the upcoming game.
“AMERICAN MUSCLE” by Thouxanbanfauni
With a heavy bass following the undercurrent of the melody, Thouxanbanfauni reveals the way that he moves through life quickly, making the most of the experiences around him and taking crap from nobody.
“Nonstop” by Drake
Drake demands respect and admiration in this song, preaching that he “... don’t know nobody else that’s doing this.” All of his drive, his desires and his prosperity will continue forever, because this “s–– don’t ever stop.”
“Started From the Bottom” by Drake
Reeling in yet another hit, Drake praises himself and his friends in the ever popular hook, “Started from the bottom, now we're here / Started from the bottom, now my whole team f–––n’ here.” From humble beginnings to fame and riches, Drake says that he has done it all and wants to be commended for how far he’s come.
“Congratulations” by Post Malone and Quavo
To the tune of haunting electric guitars, synths and Post Malone’s gravelly voice, a story of overcoming hardship and greeting great achievement is revealed. “Now,” Malone sings, “they always say ‘Congratulations.’”
“Miss the Rage” by Trippie Redd featuring Playboi Carti
Don’t get too comfortable. Trippie and Carti are missing the rage, and they’re out to find it any way they can. A pounding bass and a winding synth melody mark this song’s desire to be free and be powerful.
“Sky Walker [Niko The Kid Remix]” by Miguel and Niko The Kid featuring Travis Scott
Remixing the popular original, Miguel sings the way he is constantly, “Luke Skywalkin' on these haters / [Celebrating] every day like a birthday” to a poppy EDM background. Regardless of his enemies, Miguel is going to have a good time all day, every day.
“RUNITUP” by Tyler, The Creator featuring Teezo Touchdown
After working through trials and tribulations for years, Tyler is grateful for his successes in the present. Speaking plainly and from the heart, he raps, “When you in your room, then you starin' at the ceilin' / Dreamin', I want you to know it's no ceilings / I want you to notice that feelin' / I want you to leave and go for it / I want you to reach with no fearin,’” encouraging his listeners to stay brave and take a leap of faith for the things they want in life.
“One More Time” by Daft Punk
Don’t stop the dancing! For Daft Punk, the celebration never ends — and neither do the good tunes. With a jazzy beat and their quintessential auto-tuned voices, the group takes this song to higher levels.
“Peso” by A$AP Rocky
Taking it back to old school A$AP, “Peso” explores A$AP’s “pretty motherf–––r” status, his glory and his money flow through a unique, glittery beat.
Featuring some of the biggest names in rap back then and today, “Champions” explains that nobody can slow them down or diminish their energy. In fact, they “... say a prayer for [their] enemies / They cannot slow down what's meant for me.”
“Run This Town” by JAY-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West
Who gon’ run this town? According to JAY-Z, Rihanna and Kanye, “we gon’ run this town.” Through major strength and perseverance, the crew claims that their “... whole team got dough / So my banquet is lookin’ like millionaires’ row.”
“Remember the Name” by Fort Minor featuring Styles Of Beyond
One of the most classic hype-up songs, “Remember the Name” lays out the exact percentages and qualities needed to succeed in anything that someone sets their mind to.
“POWER” by Kanye West
Soul-stirring choral singing. A forceful clap driving the beat. Electricity. This is “POWER.” Kanye’s lyrics ignite the spirit of the music and allow for his desire to achieve anything he wants to be heard.
“Hustlin’” by Rick Ross
No matter what, Rick Ross will be hustlin’ — all day, every day. To him, working past his daily struggles is vital for his survival and success.
“Stronger” by Kanye West
By remixing another Daft Punk song, Kanye creates a whole new atmosphere and pressure to prevail through the obstacles in his life. He even raps that whatever “... don’t kill me / Can only make me stronger.”
“Look What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift
Yes, the Swifties deserve to get hyped up, too. Directed at her enemies, Taylor sings sweetly yet menacingly, “But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time / Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time / I got a list of names, and yours is in red, underlined,” unafraid of doing whatever it takes to exact revenge.
“OHFR?” by Rico Nasty
Rico has the energy, the hype and the punch in her voice to make anyone stop in their tracks and listen to what she has to say. She knows that she is wholly different from her competition, rapping “I do the same thing that you do, it's just with me they feel it.”
“Five More Hours” by Deorro and Chris Brown
A synth-laden EDM jam with a real vibrancy coursing through the entirety of the song, “Five More Hours” is not only exhilarating but also intensely fun to listen to.
“Boss B––h” by Doja Cat
Doja Cat isn’t afraid to call out someone who is less than her in every way. In her second verse, she raps, “Said, b––h, I'm the after, you've been the before / I been the stallion, you been the seahorse” and continues this confident attitude throughout the rest of the song.
“INDUSTRY BABY” by Lil Nas X featuring Jack Harlow
Through true adversity, Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow stay coming out on top. In fact, Lil Nas X reminds his listeners in the chorus that, “I don't run from nothin', dog / Get your soldiers, tell 'em I ain't layin' low.”
“All The Way Up” by French Montana, Remy Ma, Fat Joe and Infrared
Like the title states, this group is at the top of their game in this song. Flexing wealth and good fortune, they agree that, “Nothing can stop me, I'm all the way up.”
“HUMBLE.” by Kendrick Lamar
Still an incredible banger all the way from 2017, Kendrick Lamar demands that those who aren’t at his level stay humble, sit down and shut up. They will simply never be good enough.