First impressions tend to be some of the most important moments for just about any stage in life. Just like you would not go into a job interview looking like you haven’t showered in a week, a wrestler cannot come out to the ring with an entrance theme that is boring and doesn’t match their gimmick. Could you imagine the Undertaker skipping down the ring while “Light it Up” echoed in the background? I know I can’t and if that ever did happen, I’d probably turn off the TV and walk away. Since the crowd hears the music before getting to see who is coming out to the ring, entrance themes are the first step in building an understanding between the fans and the wrestler. They serve to complement gimmicks, and if they falsely advertise, they can end up burying a career faster than you can say “what?!”.
So what is it that makes a great entrance song? As Jim Johnston and CFO$ have proven, it’s a multitude of different things with the relation to the wrestler being the most important one. Whether you stroll out to the ominous sounds of organ music and bell tolls or jump around to the upbeat groove of a dance number, it needs to be memorable and it needs to get fans pumped and ready for whatever is to come. Being catchy just doesn’t cut it by itself; it never has, and it never will.
The WWE has had and currently has so many incredible entrance songs that it is getting harder and harder to create (or pick, in some cases) one that will really stand out above all the others. Yet as new Superstars come in, we rarely end up disappointed. In all reality, I easily could have made a list of the top 100 best entrance themes of all time, but neither you nor we have the time to go through all of that. So we have narrowed the list down, regardless of the fact that it was one of the hardest lists we have ever made (and I’ve written up some pretty intense grocery lists in my day). Not everyone will agree 100% with this list and some might even be disappointed to see certain songs that didn’t make the cut, but that’s okay. This list is more about exploring the reasons why certain songs stick out more than others rather than which song is “better”.
With that being said, it’s time to face the music! Here are the 20 best WWE entrance songs of all time.
20 Bringin' Da Hood T U: Cryme Tyme
WWE has never been short on cheesy and goofy entrance themes. There are so many of those that I could have included on this list, that it would have taken up the whole thing. "Bringin' Da Hood T U" by Jim Johnston is the perfect song to represent the cheesier of the great entrance themes. With songs such as this one, the gimmicks and having fun were the main focus in the process of creating.
19 LoveFuryPassionEnergy: Lita
Divas typically do not have the best history with entrance themes. A good portion of them are bubbly pop or hip hop songs that try to be hardcore, but fail miserably. There are a few exceptions, of course. The biggest exception is Lita's "LoveFuryPassionEnergy" by Boy Hits Car. It was a heavy rock song that really emphasized that this was one chick you did not want to mess with. The song dramatically stood out from the rest of the themes for the divas division, and that was perfect because Lita herself stood out from the rest of the divas division.
18 Somebody Call My Momma: Ernest "The Cat" Miller/Brodus Clay
In case you haven't noticed, the WWE Universe really likes to dance any chance they get. We've seen it with the likes of the New Day, Emma, Fandango, and R-Truth, but more than that we saw it with the theme song "Somebody Call My Momma" by Jim Johnston. This theme song served as the entrance for two different male wrestlers as well as a diva tag team.
17 Some Bodies Gonna Get It: Mark Henry
Mark Henry's theme song, "Some Bodies Gonna Get It" by Three 6 Mafia, is the first of many theme songs on this list that can and will be described as "powerful". Ignoring Mark Henry's already intimidating size and strength, a song which has lyrics along the lines of breaking someone's neck and being a crazy blankity blank is scary enough. When they're combined with the repetitive beating of the bass drum as well as Mark Henry himself, it becomes obvious that we're about to see some serious destruction. That is exciting to WWE fans.
16 Wreck: Mankind/Mick Foley
Although I personally have some bad memories associated with this song (imagine having it set as your ringtone and someone calling you while you're driving), "Wreck" is an amazingly simple theme song whose popularity far surpassed anything I would have imagined. There are no lyrics. There doesn't seem to be anything that directly relates to Foley or any of his gimmicks within the song. It's just a catchy song. It has a nice little upbeat tune that you could bob your head back and forth to, but not too much else aside from the sounds of the car wreck at the very beginning.
15 Cult of Personality: CM Punk
CM Punk was one of the biggest WWE Superstars at the time of his departure from the company. It didn't matter which city or state the ring was located in, the sounds of static at the beginning of his "Cult of Personality" theme had fans jumping up into the air and screaming their lungs out. Of course, he got the same reaction when he had his previous theme ("This Fire Burns" by Killswitch Engage), which is why he is as low on the list as he is.
However, when you compare the pops heard from one theme to the pops from another, it definitely seems as if the crowd reacted much harder when Punk adapted the song by Living Colour. It fit him better.
14 The Second Coming: Seth Rollins
Fans were not too pleased with Seth Rollins after he turned on his fellow Shield members. That much was made obvious when he made his new debut as a (sellout) singles competitor and received a long and loud stream of boos that almost overpowered his new music. It goes without saying that the hard and chaotic sound of "The Second Coming" definitely fits the heel profile, but it's the force of each section of his song that drives it home.
13 Voices: Randy Orton
Randy Orton plays the role of a slightly demented heel extremely well, so in order to sell this gimmick it would make sense to give him an entrance theme that at least touches on that twisted side of his character's mind. Jim Johnston took it an extra step when he created "Voices"; a song that is sung from the perspective of a schizophrenic person experiencing voices talking to them in their head. The music even presents a squealing electric guitar, really adding to the eerie factor.
12 Real American: Hulk Hogan
If there is one song on this list, or even in WWE all together, that will likely be recognized and remembered forever, it's "Real American". Although it could be argued that this theme song is only as big as it is because of the fact that it's Hulk Hogan's, that's also the very reason it makes the list.
11 Break It Down: D-Generation X
Are you ready? D-Generation X was very well known for being one of the more controversial factions within the WWE. That being said, it was highly appropriate for the song "Break it Down" by Jim Johnston to directly ask the crowd if they were ready for this group. The song is another one that has a beat you can't help but move to and it never once failed to rile us all up and turn us into an army who was very 'down with the man and screw the rules'.
10 Lie, Cheat, & Steal: Eddie Guerrero
As far as entrance songs that perfectly sum up a gimmick go, "Lie, Cheat, & Steal" by Jim Johnston takes the award. Eddie Guerrero was known for his lying, cheating, and stealing in order to make his way to the top and he was not ashamed to admit that. This theme song is one of those which is still fun to listen to today whenever we start to really feel the whole left in our hearts by his passing. It has a completely unexpected mix of Latin pop and rock that could not have been pulled off any better. What makes this song even better is the way that the crowd would go nuts whenever the phrase "viva la raza!" blasted through the arena.
9 Sexy Boy: Shawn Michaels
There are some entrance themes that are, simply put, timeless. "Sexy Boy" by Jim Johnston is one of those songs. It's also iconic. Legendary. Downright fantastic. If you listen to the song on its own and completely disassociate it with wrestling, it wouldn't be all that fantastic. However, as a theme song it brings on an enthusiasm that is hard to match, much like the way Hulk Hogan's does. Michaels' theme is upbeat enough to dance to, but it isn't like others which only offer that to the audience.
8 Break Down the Walls: Chris Jericho
7 Electrifying: The Rock
Everyone loves the Rock. Even those who hate the Rock love the Rock. He's exciting, he's fun, and he always sparks a crazy reaction no matter what it is that he's up to. This is why his theme song, "Electrifying" by Jim Johnston, is so high on this list. It's exciting, fun, and I promise that every time it plays you are going to hear the biggest pop you have ever encountered from the WWE Universe. The intro is what really gets fans hyped.
6 Out of the Fire and Rollin’: Brothers of Destruction
As I am sure you've noticed by now, this list is rather long. Well it could have been much, much longer had we not managed to convince myself to cut out a lot of very deserving songs that I wish I could have included. There were two songs in particular that we couldn't bear to cut and in order to make sure we kept both of them, we took advantage of one of their tag team themes.
Although Undertaker’s current theme, Rest in Peace by Jim Johnston, can easily be argued as the best theme song he’s had (I'd agree), some of us personally prefer the way Rollin’ by Limp Bizkit sounds when combined with Kane’s "Out of the Fire" intro. This combination is the perfect amount of creepy and badass tied up into one awesome package. It was so good that before the Brothers of Destruction were even able to come out from the curtain, the crowd would be dripping with excitement when the song started playing.
5 The Game: Triple H
Much like the majority of the songs on the rest of the list, one of the biggest draws about this song is the fact that it works no matter what angle Triple H is playing. This is why it's particularly disappointing that HHH has chosen to use another theme song, "King of Kings", when he's playing the role of a heel.
4 I Won't Do What You Tell Me: Stone Cold Steve Austin
The one thing that sells a theme song more than anything is its ability to excite and entice the crowd. In that case of Stone Cold Steve Austin, the sound of glass breaking is something that is worshipped because everyone knows that a can of whoop ass is about to be opened. Another theme created by Jim Johnston, "I Won't Do What You Tell Me" is both perfectly named (in relation to Austin's gimmick) and has a powerful sound that emphasizes the strength and attitude of one of WWE's all-time best wrestlers.
3 No Chance in Hell: Vince McMahon
There's a huge difference between being scared of disappointing your boss and straight up being scared of your boss. When it comes to Vince McMahon, the fear is typically brought on by the fact that it's damn near impossible to please him. Well, that and the fact that he's 70 years old and could whoop our butts if he wanted to without having to put a dent in his fortune to hire anyone to do it for him. This theme is yet another example of Jim Johnston hitting it out of the park.
2 Metalingus: Edge
There isn't a whole lot to say about this song that hasn't already been said. The general population of the WWE fan base seems to be in agreement that Edge's theme song has earned its spot in at least the top five, if not the top spot. This is one of the few themes that actually offers everything that a theme song needs to as well as taking it a few steps further.
1 Next Big Thing: Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar is one of the most intimidating wrestlers to ever step foot in a WWE ring. His physical appearance alone is enough evidence to back that up and when you combine that with his in-ring abilities, it's almost hard to believe that it's possible for him to actually lose a match. Jim Johnston played on the fear that followed Lesnar when he created "Next Big Thing" and, while Brock can stand alone as an intimidating factor, there's something extra thrilling about him being paired with this song. It's almost like watching a horror movie — when the music picks up, everyone is trouble.
This particular entrance theme is a strong instrumental that is sure to get your heart racing — especially if you don't realize it's coming in the first place. One of the more underrated theme songs; it excels at tasks such as selling the "Beast" gimmick, triggering all kinds of emotional reactions from fans, and having a strong enough presence to ensure that we never forget who follows the terrifying sounds. In fact, "Next Big Thing" accomplishes all of this more so than just about any other theme song that has come through the WWE. This song is powerful and if you need further proof of that, try setting it as your alarm clock ringtone. Mornings will never be the same again.
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