SEC Football: Ranking all 14 fight songs

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Dec 31, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide marching band and color guard members perform before the 2015 CFP semifinal at the Cotton Bowl against the Michigan State Spartans at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Besides massive tailgates, multiple national championships and timeless rivalries, SEC football can also be recognized by some of the best – and worst – fight songs in the nation.

Recently, our friends over at Saturday Down South published a list of the best and worst SEC fight songs, and inspired by their list, we decided to compose a complete ranking for the entire conference.

SEC football teams have a lot of success on the field, and the bands who support those teams are an important ingredient to the success, fan interaction and overall experience for those watching the games.

A bad fight song can really be a drag.

So what makes a great fight song? Any number of different components can be measured.

Interesting music is key. Borrowing songs is fine to a point, but it’s more important to have a tune written specifically for a school. Fun, original and easy to remember lyrics also make a difference.

We gave a listen to the most common fight songs for every SEC team and graded them on musical appeal, lyrics and overall impression. While some of these are not necessarily the “official” fight songs for the school, they have become the most recognized tunes for touchdown celebrations and fan participation.

Remember, this is all in fun. If you love your school’s fight song, then sing it loud and proud, regardless of our opinion.

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