If you missed Part I of Six Songs, Chicago Sports Edition, you can read it here. Those six were the game songs that we most associate with the ballparks and stadiums of our beloved Chicago clubs. Now we will celebrate a different six: the tribute songs that augment the team's musical selections or became smash hits highly associated with a single season.
1. Super Bowl Shuffle
First up is the Super Bowl Shuffle, AKA The Greatest Piece of Trash Talking in the History of Trash Talk. We all know the story, and the Wikipedia page does a bang up job recounting the throes of songs born in the wake of the Shuffle. So I'll just add this: The '85 Bears were so good, they won a Super Bowl and nearly a Grammy too.
2. White Sox Fitted
Its official name is "Chelsea Dagger," and it is a song from 2006 by The Fratellis, but here in the Windy we know it as "That Blackhawks song... you know, the one they play after goals." The song was adopted by the team in 2009, and gained prominence in 2010 when the Hawks skated their way to the franchise's first Stanley Cup victory since 1961. Da, duh-da-da, duh-da-da, duh-da-da da-da-da!
Unlike "White Sox Fitted," which was recorded by a friend of mine, "The D-Rose Song" by RoMarvelou$ is new to me. No matter: the song's love of Rose and his Bulls shines through in every lyric. My favorite:
"He always told cats he'd be in the NBA/ they was like 'no way'/ now they sit and watch him play."
6. A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request