What would television shows and live sports events be without those 20-second clips from songs that have secured their place in history? You know exactly what we mean by this. Certain songs’ mood, lyrics or verse fit specific moments that occur in the lifetime of any given live event or television show. How many scenes in movies or television shows would have come out a bit bland without the blessed few seconds of the hook of, say, I Feel Good by James Brown, or Never Gonna Give You Up by Barry White. We are going to mention few such songs, some famous, other not so much, that have nevertheless made their mark in various entertainment areas such as television, sports and shows.
I Feel Good
There is a reason why we mentioned this song above. It comes first to mind. Who wouldn’t be jolted up by James Brown’s raspy voice at the beginning of what is probably his most famous song? “I Feel Good”, with the antedating scream, and then the beat starts rolling and everyone knows what this song is all about. This bit has been played countless times at NBA and MLB games and those gardens that have their in-house organ players often times play the hook on that instrument – to a magical effect that rallies the audience.
Hit the Road Jack
The song was recorded in 1960 as an acapella and found its way to Ray Charles who gave it the best performance it deserves. This song could be heard at high-stakes NBA games when a player has fouled out and he is on his way out of the court. There couldn’t be a more fitting bit that this.
Few people would know what song we have on mind just from seeing the title. If we throw in the name of the leader of the bend that performed Take Five you may still be without a clue. Dave Brubeck – ring a bell? How about the fun fact that Take Five is the biggest selling jazz single ever? It looks like it’s listen to one of the most famous saxophone performances ever put on a record. The iconic Take Five has been made part of many movies and series, like The Sopranos, West Wing, Constantine with Keanu Reeves and so on. This unforgettable jazz standard can be heart at sports events and on television.
The British band New Order featured their most popular song on the Power, Corruption & Lies album, released in 1983 on the cusp of the synth-pop wave. Blue Monday became an instant hit. The history of the track is quite amusing, with some people saying it came as a result of Kraftwerk’s Uranium (the chords) and Disco (4×4 rhythm), peppered by acid house sounds and a vocal that recounts impressions from “the most depressing day of the year”. At any rate, Blue Monday has been listed as one of the most influential songs and has deservingly found its place in movies, shows and live events.