Music and sports are two peas in a pod. They go together like peanut butter and jelly. Like few other things, a single song lyric is capable of transporting fans back in time to an incredibly specific sports memory.
So many songs have become synonymous with Miami sports teams that we decided to compile them all in one place — if only so our grandchildren can open up this vault of greatness in the future and see how cool we were. "Seven Nation Army." Right off the bat, we're covering the basics. The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" wasn't a song made specifically for the Miami Heat — and the team certainly wasn't the first or the last to use it — but the Heat will forever be known for kicking asses and taking names with it playing in the background.
When the 2011-2014 LeBron/Wade/Bosh iteration of the Miami Heat got hot and "Seven Nation" played, you knew it was a wrap. T-Pain's remix of the Dolphins' touchdown song. Back in 2009, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was still getting a feel for what the city was all about. Immediately after buying his way into the Dolphins in 2008, his first move was to create a celebrity "orange carpet" before games and sell minuscule minority-ownership stakes in the team to people like Serena Williams and Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas.
Then, there was this. The T-Pain remix of the Miami Dolphins' iconic fight song. A song so poorly received by fans that it was booed into outer space during the first preseason game.
I'm not gonna lie. This didn't slap in 2009, but it's sort of slappin' in 2021. "The U." Who can forget where they were when this song played during the opening credits for "The U," a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series? OK, that may be a little dramatic. I got carried away.
You probably don't remember where you were, but I think we can all agree this is song is an all-time Miami banger. "Marlins Will Soar" by Scott Stapp. Somehow, this classic isn't from the '90s. As Stapp tells it, he once met ex-Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria in an airport and, as one does, Loria pitched the idea of a fight song.
The problem? Baseball teams don't have fight songs. They all have the same fight song — it's called "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."
Anyway, thanks to a series of events that no one could have foreseen, generations of Marlins fans will have this song to bob their heads to. The seventh-floor crew Hurricanes rap. Kids, earmuffs. By continuing reading, you agree that you are over the age of 18. Adults, this is not safe for work.
The infamous early-2000 Miami Hurricanes rap song included appearances from future NFL players Greg Olsen, Tavares Gooden, Darnell Jenkins, and Jon Beason. The crew was named after their dorm, the seventh floor of Mahoney Hall.
Olsen went on to have a soon-to-be Hall of Fame NFL career. We wonder if he'll be introduced as "Three-Leg Greg" at the induction. "Can't Touch Us." Stop! Dolphins time.
Zubaz pants. '90s Dolphins vibes. A white guy covering an MC Hammer tune. What isn't to like about this classic?
Believe it or not, kids, this actually used to be a banger. Also unbelievable? This comes from a time when Dolphins fans actually expected the team to contend for a Super Bowl every season. Weird, I know. "We Already Won." Before LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh ever played a second of basketball together for the Miami Heat, there was a Flo Rida song about the team kicking everyone's asses. That eventually happened, but not right away, which made this song sort of cringey in retrospect.
Cockiness was the brand of the Heat's Big 3. This song is practically the anthem of that era in Miami sports. "Fins Up!" There was a weird point in time when the Dolphins played in Landshark Stadium and Jimmy Buffett was somehow king shit. There was this song. There was a #FinsUP hashtag, And there was a very divorced-and-drunk-in-Margaritaville vibe that came complete with an embarrassing baby shark dance.
From time to time, people still break this out. We need you to stop. We're all trying to suppress the memory of it, and you're not helping. Trick Daddy's "U Already Know." Another Hurricanes song. Another banger. Rinse and repeat. Of all the teams in Miami, the Hurricanes are the most Miami of the bunch. With that title comes anthems.
Trick Daddy laid down a track that was the epitome of the Canes' swagger. To this day, it holds up.
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Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.