Hey Jack, it’s a fact, the show’s back in town. And, by show, we mean America’s favorite pro sport, football! So break out your favorite jerseys and beer koozies, and get ready to drop that bass, because we’re going to help you make a killer football song playlist.

But first, it helps to know what the real grid-iron gangstas are listening to. Billboard.com recently polled several pro-football players about which songs made their pre-game football playlists, and the answers are pretty surprising.

Sure, there was a lot of T.I., Drake, Wiz Khalifa, and Young Jeezy, but there was also Sum 41, Smash Mouth, and Everclear (from Minnesota Viking linebacker Audie Cole); some Whitney Houston and Sade (Really, Dallas Cowboy Justin Durant?); and a little Kaskade and Tiesto (Geoff Schwartz of The New York Giants).

But, seriously, football fans, even though hip-hop has been quickly eclipsing rock at many parking lot parties, Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC and Florida Georgia Line are still holding their own. And some of the hottest rappers, like Eminem, are combining the two for even more basspower.

So, here are some of the best, classic, tailgate-crashing, stadium-rocking, football pump-up songs we could find, along with some new jams and some feel-good country anthems for the Boys of Fall.

Got MyMusicCloud? By importing any of these into your music collection, or buying them from our Music Store (starting at 19 cents), you can flag these to a portable Football Playlist in no time.

First, log in to your account from a computer or tablet, select the PLAYLISTS tab at top, and click “Create New Playlist.” Once you name it, open any track and hit the blue triangle that appears at the bottom right. Select “Add to Playlist” and highlight the list you want. Just like that, you’ll have the honeys dancing in their seats at the pre-game party too.

  1. Juelz Santana – The Second Coming
  2. The Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil
  3. Kongos – Come with Me Now
  4. Eminem – Berzerk
  5. Kanye West GOOD Music — To the World
  6. T.I. featuring Eminem – Touchdown
  7. Meek Mill featuring Rick Ross – I’m the Boss
  8. DMX – X Gon’ Give It to Ya
  9. The Heavy – How You Like Me Now (Original)
  10. David Guetta featuring Sia – Titanium
  11. Jay-Z Featuring Rihanna, Kanye West – Run This Town
  12. Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger
  13. Jay-Z – Public Service Announcement
  14. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Dubstep Remix) – Can’t Hold Us
  15. Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise
  16. The Notorious B.I.G. — Hypnotize
  17. Kid Rock – All Summer Long
  18. Florida Georgia Line Featuring Luke Bryan – This Is How We Roll
  19. Avenged Sevenfold — Hail to the King
  20. AC/DC — Thunderstruck
  21. Ozzy Osbourne — Crazy Train
  22. Bon Jovi — This Is Our House by
  23. U2 – Elevation
  24. Foo Fighters — My Hero
  25. Don’t Look Back – Boston

Watch Carrie Underwood kick off NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” as the Network’s New Anthem Singer

 

Odds are you have more than 250 songs in your music collection, but you still want them all at your fingertips, because you never know when a romantic moment or a boring subway outage or a spontaneous office dance party will occur.

We get this, which is why we give you the power to move 250 songs in and out of our cloud storage and into your listening queue whenever you like. It’s always completely free to store all your music at MyMusicCloud. You can take advantage of our service and enjoy access to 250 songs at a time, or upgrade to our Unlimited membership for just $40 / year (less than the cost of 1 latte a month).

Tired of Calvin Harris or Frank Ocean? When your 250 songs get stale, simply upload new ones, or download existing songs from the cloud. Here’s how:

First, import your music collection into MyMusicCloud with our automatic sync agent (See “How to Import Your Music“), so you can listen to them on any computer, tablet, Smart TV or mobile device, regardless of operating system, with our app.

After logging in via the web, you’ll see a tab labeled “CLOUD” in the top navigation bar to the right of “PLAYLISTS.” That’s where your stored tracks live until you call them down for action. (If you don’t see CLOUD, don’t panic. It just means you haven’t imported more than 250 songs.) To see them, click CLOUD. Several tabs appear in the far left-hand column, indicating the number that are “Playable” and those that are “Stored.”

If you already have 250 songs in rotation, you’ll need to free up space by clicking the Playable tab, hovering over any track and clicking the ” – ” icon to send it to the cloud. To make any cloud-based song playable, simply press Cloud, hover over a title and click the “+” icon to the right.

That’s all it takes to refresh your playlists. To see more “How to” posts like this one, simply type “Help” in the search field in the upper right corner of this blog. Happy listening.

How cool was Apple’s Tuesday product event? The tech giant blew the roof off by announcing newer and bigger iPhones, introducing the Apple watch, and then bringing out Bono and the boys to give away U2’s latest album, “Songs of Innocence,” free to iPhone and iTunes users.

It’s all good news for “iFans.” Except for. Well, it’s just that … Now, you have to camp outside an Apple store, or fight the trolls online, to pre-order your iPhone 6 (starting today), and just pray to the ghost of Steve Jobs that they don’t sell out before they ship on Sept. 19. And those cool Apple watches? They’re not out till 2015.

Or — just a thought — you could check out the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smart watches, which are already in stores and do more things than the Apple watch. Both have sleek square faces, but instead of a clunky knob on the side like Apple’s, the Gear 2 has a button on the watch face, plus a 2-megapixel camera. (Apple’s watch doesn’t offer a camera.)

Besides enabling you to place calls and text, the Samsung Gear watches free you to listen to your entire digital music collection anywhere with the MyMusicCloud app. Our free music storage app works on- and off-line, and syncs your music across any smart device – tablet, phone, laptop, Smart TV – regardless of brand (Apple, Android, Blackberry, Windows, etc.).

With a Bluetooth headset, you can kick it to Kenny Chesney, or whomever you love, via your Samsung Gear 2 and cell phone. And that free U2 album? You can only hear it in iTunes, right? Nope.

Once you’ve downloaded “Songs of Innocence” to iTunes, you can easily add it to your MyMusicCloud library and listen on any smart device. Just launch the MyMusicCloud app and hit the “Import Music” button (it looks like an arrow pointing up). Once you’ve installed our Sync Agent software, it automatically imports it for you.

Or you can manually select the album from your iTunes music folder on your hard drive and import it. That way, your music is always together in one place, not scattered around different devices. See how easy it is to listen to your music on all your gadgets in our demo video below.

Or you could just stick with only Apple devices, and wait, because waiting is cool too, right?

You may know Adam Levine as the wisecracking judge on “The Voice” and the singer of Maroon 5’s annoyingly addictive “Moves Like Jagger.” But did you know he’s also an incredible song impressionist?

This week on “The Tonight Show,” host Jimmy Fallon dared Adam to play a game called “Wheel of Musical Impressions.” The game randomly assigned each of them a famous singer and a song, often a nursery rhyme, which they had to sing like that performer.

Adam did a spot-on impression of Frank Sinatra crooning the childhood classic, “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes,” and of Eddie Vedder singing “The Muffin Man.” As in: “Do you know the Muffin Man, the Muffin Man, Muffin Man?” He also did a funny impression of Michael Jackson singing the “Sesame Street Theme.” (Watch below.)

Adam’s making the TV rounds to promote Maroon 5’s new album “V,” which came out Tuesday.  The album provides more of the band’s bouncy, falsetto pop (examples: singles “Maps” and “Animals”) along with a duet featuring Gwen Stefani (“My Heart is Open”).

Maroon 5 also announced its 2015 world tour with special guests MAGIC! (“Rude”) kicking off Feb. 16 in Dallas, Texas. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 13, on the Live Nation website. See dates following Jimmy and Adam’s video below.

Maroon 5 World Tour 2015 Dates (courtesy Live Nation):

2/16 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
2/17 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
2/19 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
2/24 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center
2/25 – Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Times Forum
2/27 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
2/28 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
3/2 – Washington DC @ Verizon Center
3/3 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
3/5 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
3/8 – East Rutherford, NJ @ IZOD Center
3/9 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
3/11 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
3/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ CONSOL Energy Center
3/14 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
3/16 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
3/18 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
3/19 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
3/21 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
3/23 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
3/25 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
3/26 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
3/28 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
3/29 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
3/31 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
4/1 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
4/3 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
5/26 – London, UK @ Wembley Arena
5/31 – Birmingham, UK @ LG Arena
6/1 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
6/3 – Amsterdam, NTH @ Ziggo Dome
6/9 – Oberhausen, GR @ Koenig-Pilsener Arena
6/10 – Munich, GR @ Olympiahalle
6/12 – Milan, Italy @ Mediolanum Forum
6/14 – Barcelona, Spain @ Palau Sant Jordi
6/15 – Madrid, Spain @ Palacio Deportes
6/17 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Meo Arena

They have big, curly hair and questionable fashion taste. And now, both Redfoo, formerly of LMFAO, and Weird Al Yankovic, music parody all-star, have new music videos out. Redfoo dropped his “New Thang” this week, and Weird Al’s “Tacky” has been burning up YouTube since July 15.

So whose video is more tacky?

Interestingly, both videos show clothing choices so blinding, you might want to slip on one of those giant solar visors before viewing (Google V. Stiviano).  Example:  In “New Thang,” Redfoo steps out in brown, leopard-spotted shorts and one of his sleeveless muscle Tees as honeys dressed in pink and blue spandex, knee socks and hair scrunchies dance around him. Yow!

But, wait – Here comes Weird Al in vomitous orange and brown patterned pants topped with a blazer splattered in pink, green and blue polygons. And joining him in this crime against fashion are his famous pals: comedians Margaret Cho and Aisha Tyler, Eric Stonestreet (the chubby dad from TV’s “Modern Family”), and Jack Black in tie-dyed pants and Birkenstock sandals. Dancing to the tune of Pharrell’s “Happy,” Al and his friends are gloriously “Tacky.”

Believe it or not, these two aren’t related – Redfoo, real name Stefan Kendal Gordy, is the youngest son of Motown Record Company founder Berry Gordy, Jr.  Weird Al, age 54, is an accordion-playing prodigy from Lynwood, Calif. (His 14th album, Mandatory Fun, came out in July). All these brothers from different mothers share are a love of hair products and all things tacky. So tell us which video makes you cringe more …

Redfoo’s “New Thang”

Weird Al’s “Tacky”

We’ve all mis-sung popular lyrics before (“moves like dragons, anyone?”), and this music blog has even dedicated several posts to the hilarious results (See our “Funny Misheard Lyrics” articles). But what about misheard album titles? What would those look like?
The funny folks at photo lending agency Shutterstock imagined just that.
Using stock images from their photo library, they designed spoofs of classic album covers with easily misunderstood names. Care to see what Bruce Springsteen’s “Barn in the USA” might look like? (Actually, “Born in the USA.”) Or Dr. Dre’s “The Colonic”? (A misinterpretation of his 1992 landmark album, “The Chronic.”)
Check the photos out below and see more on Shutterstock’s blog “Misheard Album Titles: Hilariously Redesigned Cover Art.” And never mangle a song again with our “Lyrics” button feature, available on MyMusicCloud apps for all your listening devices.

courtesy of: Shutterstock.com

courtesy of: Shutterstock.com

courtesy of: Shutterstock.com

courtesy of: Shutterstock.com

Does it feel like the music world is obsessed with “Fancy” rapper Iggy Azalea? Or like the four horsemen of the apocalypse are named 5 Seconds of Summer? When even the guitar-spinning frontmen of ZZ Top are teaming up with electronic dance king David Guetta (true!), it’s easy to think that rock has one foot planted in Tommy Ramone’s grave. But fear not, rock fans, rock’s not dead yet. Here’s proof:
1) On Monday, veteran axe men the Foo Fighters announced details of their upcoming album, Sonic Highways, due out Nov. 10. The band explored 8 different U.S. cities (Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and New York) and recorded a new song in each. There are even going to be 8 different album cover photos. Cooler still, you can see their sessions in Dave Grohl’s new HBO show of the same name, “Sonic Highways,” debuting Oct. 17.
2) Who ruled the best-selling album charts last week? No, not Pitbull. It was a 63-year-old rocker named Tom Petty. Petty’s new Hypnotic Eye album sold 131,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Rolling Stone calls Hypnotic Eye the “toughest, most straight-up rocking record in many years,” and it’s the best debut for the toothy troubadour since 1994’s Wildflowers, the album with “You Don’t Know How It Feels” and “You Wreck Me,” which sold 161,000.
3) Boston rockers Godsmack just landed No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart with their new album: 1000hp. Out this week, the music video for the single “1000hp” is a gloriously high-octane rocker featuring retro concert footage and vehicles blowing up and going really fast. Watch here:

4) In the funniest “rock-lives” news, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler stole L.A. concertgoers’ cellphones last week while singing a cover of “Been Caught Stealing.” The band has been covering various classic rock anthems, including Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Guns N’ Roses “Welcome to the Jungle,” on tour. If you’re a Guns N’ Roses fan, you’ll also be glad to hear that Axl Rose says the band has two, new full albums ready to roll, a sequel to Chinese Democracy and a remix. Release dates are still to come.
Watch Arcade Fire steal fans’ cellphones while performing “Been Caught Stealing” and “Welcome to the Jungle” below …

Explore more new and old rock in our MyMusicCloud Recommended Artists pages and bios, and if you enjoy music news and streaming updates like this, click on the “Follow” tab in our blog’s right-hand corner.

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