“The Bengals Growl” is not on Spotify or Apple Music.
But that shouldn’t stop the most devoted Bengals fan from creating a playlist to belt out at a football watch party, a Kansas City tailgate, or just everyday things like commuting to work.
But what songs, from the obvious to the less obvious, need to be included in this Bengals playlist?
When the Bengals last played in the AFC Championship Game when they defeated the Buffalo Bills on January 8, 1989 at Riverfront Stadium, Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” was the #1 song on the charts.
Should that be on the list?
No? Was it something I said or did? The words didn’t come out right
Even though I tried not to hurt you?
Here are some songs that every Bengals fan should consider adding to their playlist.
“Welcome to the Jungle”: Guns N’ Roses
If you need that explained, you might just be jumping on the bandwagon, which is great.
Released in 1987, “Welcome to the Jungle” was one of the biggest songs in the world as the Bengals began their run to the 1988 Super Bowl.
And that’s probably why we call Paul Brown Stadium The Jungle, the “ruler of the jungle” and have #rulethejungle.
It’s played before all kick-offs, and pretty much after half-time at Paul Brown Stadium you’ll likely turn to that pesky opposition fan next to you and yell, ‘Do you know where you are? You’re in the jungle, baby!”
“Eye of the Tiger”: Survivor
Bengals are tigers. The Bengals have tiger stripes on their helmets. It’s pretty cool. The song is called “Eye of the Tiger” and is the theme for one of the greatest sports movies ever made.
Get up and put that in the playlist and don’t change your bengals passion for stardom.
“Beating the Drum All Day”: Todd Rundgren
The Bengals scored a touchdown… Music plays like Ja’Marr Chase the griddy… It’s Bang the Drum All Day.
It’s correct. This is the song that is usually played right after these officials’ arms have been raised and the Bengals have crossed the end zone.
Rundgren’s classic was released in 1983 and the Bengals share this ditty with the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts as touchdown celebration songs (there was a time when this wasn’t the song for the Bengals, but it was in the 2000s and it is since 2017).
Because why not? When you hear the chorus for the ninth time, you’ll understand.
“Fear Da Tiger”: Bootsy Collins
OK, “The Bengals Growl” may not be on Spotify, but you better believe Bootsy Collins’ “Fear Da Tiger” is available there and on Apple Music.
Collins updated the song recently this year, because why wouldn’t he?
Collins is the funkiest Bengals fan around. He was in the Parliament Funkadelic for shouting out loud. And he’s also a Cincinnatian.
„Joe Burrow“: Lil Gav
Yes, Lil Gav is a rapper. He has a song called “Joe Burrow” and it’s a modern classic predicting that the Bengals will win the 2022 Super Bowl.
He compares Burrow to Jesus in the song.
Some people will pray to both against the Chiefs on Sunday.
„Jungle Boogie“: Kool & the Gang
In 2014, the Enquirer was tracking which songs were being played the most during a Bengals game when we were trying to create a playlist back then.
“Welcome to the Jungle” was played 11 times (must have been a game – it was a 37-37 tie against the Carolina Panthers) and “Jungle Boogie” was played after every extra point.
(sound of gong, screaming gets louder)
The 1973 hit was from the band’s album Wild and Peaceful.
Hey, this game also featured an instrumental of a Nickelback song after every touchdown this year.
Can’t make up for that. You probably don’t need a Nickelback song in your playlist.
For some grizzled Bengals fans, the sound of the third down bells pealing at Paul Brown Stadium causes flashbacks to every third down conversion converted over the years. But AC/DC is the song played before every third down for the Bengals’ defense.
Well, the Bengals aren’t unique in letting The Undertaker-esque bells play before third downs (Ohio State Buckeyes looking at you). But it’s the Australian rock band’s 1980 song that plays, though we hardly get to the choruses and guitar licks of “Hells Bells,” if at all.
Other Bengals playlist options to consider:
- “Wait for Sloopy”: Die McCoys: It is played at Bengals games and is Ohio’s official rock song.
- “Jump around”:house of pain: Is it too cliche to have this? I don’t know, did you come to win? Tell your mothers Joe Burrow came to drop bombs.
- “Thunderstruck”: AC / DC: Isn’t that on every football playlist?
- “Run Through the Jungle”:Creedence Clearwater Revival: “Jungle” is in the title, check. Cool guitar lick, check. Menacing sound but easy to sing? Check. (Bruce Springsteen’s “Jungleland, Don’t Do That”)
(Note: Some songs contain explicit lyrics.)