This just in: The Denver Broncos will play in Super Bowl 50! Okay, you didn't need us to tell you that. You've got your jersey, your face paint, your orange-and-blue tortilla chips. You're well versed in the chants and cheers, and this Sunday, February 7, you will be ready. But how will you ever get truly pumped without a soundtrack?
Look no further than your fellow fans. Citizens of Bronco Nation, it seems, are not only fervent and loyal — but they know their way around YouTube production. One of the latest offerings by Broncs supporters trying to take their love viral is "United in Orange." Featuring a cast of Denver-area hip-hop artists including D-A-Dubb, M.I.G., The One and Only Quija, Silk Sence, Cryme and Aset Uno, and produced by Cheff Premier, the track sports growling vocals, but the verses remain positive and inclusive of fans in California, New York, Indiana, Ohio — as long as they're Broncos fans, of course. We rounded up the top Broncos anthems, which span different eras of the team and were made by some surprising (and famous) fans.
10. Make Those Miracles Happen, by Jon Keyworth
Former running back Jon Keyworth was a Denver Bronco for his entire NFL career, from 1974 to 1980, and before that, he played for the University of Colorado. In 1977 the Broncs made a surprise run to the Super Bowl — a miracle, some said — and Keyworth recorded this tune to celebrate the event. "Make Those Miracles Happen" was the fastest-selling single in Denver at the time. Obviously.
9. Denver Broncos: Modern Battle of New Orleans, '77-'78, by Jim Cunningham, Fred Rodgers and Chuck Warren
This jaunty ditty was inspired during that same exciting season, when the Broncos went to the Super Bowl for the first time. Jon Keyworth is name-checked in the lyrics by Bob Kapelke, which also includes gems such as "They mashed up Oilers like a bowl of sweet potaters."
8. Denver Broncos Soldiers, by Master P
After the Broncos won the Super Bowl in 1998, Terrell Davis was named MVP as rapper Master P's tribute "Denver Broncos Soldiers" plays (and Davis is feeling it). This isn't the only connection that Master P has with the team: former linebacker Randy Thornton competed as a professional wrestler as part of the Master P's No Limits Soldiers stable.
7. Who Let the Broncos Out?
An enterprising fan recorded a Broncs-centric take on the 2000 Baja Men hit "Who Let the Dogs Out?" No one asked for the Baja Men, and no one asked for this.
6. Go Broncos, by The Orangu-Tones
Maracas, an easy-to-remember chanting chorus, and fake beards to keep your face warm at Mile High — what's not to like? We guess?
Read on for more Broncos anthems.
5. The Mile High Anthem, by Venni the Venomous
This ode to the Broncos expands its scope by calling out different Denver neighborhoods and getting real about relevant issues concerning the city. "Welcome to Killorado," Venni the Venomous says. "We do more than ski here." Indeed: We watch football.
4. Go Denver Broncos Go, by Elroy Ball
This electro-fiddle jam is earnest. Elroy Ball sings his heartiest pep talk to the men on the field, and the lyrics reflect the high stakes: "You only have a few years to play this game / We'd love to see your name in the Hall of Fame."
3. Tim Tebow's Fire, by John Parr
John Parr, the English singer-songwriter and Bryan Adams hair-and-voice double, reworked his biggest hit, "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)," into a soaring '80s-style tribute to Tim Tebow. Maybe Parr can tell us where Tebow's fire went.
2. The Mad Fanatic
Andrew Young is a busy man. The artist known as the Mad Fanatic has dozens of videos and original songs dedicated to the Broncos, an ongoing project that he says saved his life and gave him purpose. Let's overlook the fact that Young is from Connecticut and still lives there; he's repping hard for Denver's team.
1. Timber parody, by That's Good Sports
This track was created in 2014 to cheer on the Broncos to victory over the Seahawks in the Super Bowl, but the lyrics are pretty clever, and the song's nearly as much of an earworm (emphasis on worm) as the original. The video features a woman wearing a horse mask and plenty of awkward dancing by a man in jorts. It's going down — I'm yelling DENVER!
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