My UVA Basketball National Championship Playlist

uva basketball national champsStill basking in the glow of the UVA Basketball national championship, I spent otherwise productive time coming up with a UVA Basketball National Championship Playlist.

Complete with liner notes.

  1. “We Are the Champions,” Queen (for obvious reasons)
  2. “Thunderstruck,” AC/DC (note to the folks in events: whatever their rate is, have them at JPJ for the banner ceremony in November)
  3. “Warehouse,” Dave Matthews Band (the live version, with the “woo!” from the crowd as the chorus)
  4. “Ain’t No Grave,” Johnny Cash (cowards die a thousand deaths; ain’t no grave can hold a ‘Hoo body down)
  5. “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Journey (it actually happened)
  6. “Forgot About Dre,” Dr. Dre and Eminem (Texas Tech, thankfully, at the end of regulation, forgot about Dre)
  7. “Happy,” Pharell Williams (the 2019 UVA valedictory speaker)
  8. “My Shot,” Hamilton soundtrack (a nod to Kyle Guy, a noted fan of the new classic Broadway musical, also known for being young, scrappy and hungry, and for not throwing away his shot)
  9. “Purple Rain,” Prince (a nod to Minnesota, and thankful for the good weather)
  10. “Started from the Bottom,” Drake (from UMBC to a national title; wouldn’t have happened without the whole team effin’ here)
  11. “Stayin’ Alive,” Bee Gees (aggregate score at the end of regulation of UVA’s final three NCAA Tournament games: ‘Hoos 201, Opponents 200)
  12. “It’s the End of the World As We Know It,” REM (I still say they were lamenting the end of Midwinters, and in any case, I feel fine)
  13. “The Good Old Song,” Cavalier Marching Band (we’ll sing it o’er and o’er)

Have one to add? Let me know in comments.

Playlist by Chris Graham

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