Fall means football season in the South, and tailgating is an essential part of that tradition. This playlist — jam packed with rock and country classics, star-studded rap tracks, and a few wild cards — is the perfect soundtrack for grilling, corn hole-ing, and cheering on your favorite team. Scroll down to the bottom for a ready-to-play list of each of the songs below.
1. DJ Khaled: “All I Do is Win”
With backing from Ludacris, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg and T-Pain, this all-star track is the perfect pre-game hype song.
2. The Dixie Chicks: “Ready to Run”
Tight harmonies, sunny optimism, catchy lyrics — this late '90s jam from the Texas trio has it all.
3. Tom Petty: “I Won’t Back Down”
The rock icon may be gone, but his spirit lives on in timeless anthems like this one about persevering in tough times. It's perfect when you’re team is down a few points or more.
4. Avett Brothers: “Boys are Back in Town”
A twangy twist on the Thin Lizzy classic as only the brothers from North Carolina can deliver.
5. Corey Smith: “Carolina”
Relive your college years with this noglastic tune about a weekend getaway. Though born and raised in Athens, Georgia, Smith sneaks in a nod to neighboring state rival, Clemson.
6. Zac Brown Band: “Chicken Fried”
It doesn’t get more Southern tailgate than fried chicken, beer, sweet tea, and pecan pie — all of which Brown weaves into the lyrics of this modern classic.
7. Sylvan Esso: “Kick Jump Twist”
We dare you not to "dance for the camera” while listening to this funky, electronica-heavy track from the Durham, N.C.-based duo.
8. Jay-Z: “Run This Town”
Featuring powerhouses Kayne West and Rihanna, this song is perfect for pumping up a crowd.
9. Old Crow Medicine Show: “Wagon Wheel”
This feel good, sing-along tune from the Nashville-based band is always a crowd pleaser.
10. Margo Price: “Tennessee”
It’s not “Rocky Top,” but we’re partial to this love letter Price penned for her adoptive state.
11. Creedence Clearwater Revival: “Down on the Corner”
A great easygoing, toe-tapping track from the prolific Southern rock band.
12. John Moreland: “Sallisaw Blues”
The opening single from the Moreland’s latest EP, Big Bad Luv, is a slice of Americana served up in his signature rollicking, country-blues style.
13. Better Than Ezra: “This Time of Year”
Reminisce about the glory days of “football in the air” and “your first car on the road” with this wistful mid-'90s sleeper hit from the New Orleans alt-rockers.
14. John Denver: “Take Me Home, Country Roads”
“West Virginia. Mountain mama.” Whether you’re from the Mountain State or not, everyone knows and loves this classic.
15. Jason Isbell: “Alabama Pines”
A timeless ode to small town life and the pangs of homesickness from Alabama native and former Drive-by-Truckers frontman turned Grammy-winning solo act Isbell.
16. Van Morrison: “Brown Eyed Girl”
While a half-century old, this track is as timeless as the tailgating tradition.
17. REM: “Shiny, Happy People”
It’s silly, it’s simple, and it’s really darn catchy.
17. Lynyrd Skynyrd: “Sweet Home Alabama”
The title says it all.
18. Queen: “We are the Champions”
Win or lose, there’s no better closing anthem than this '70s cult classic.
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