The importance of a theme song to WWE's premiere event, WrestleMania, is often overlooked. Oftentimes, it sets the stage for the matches that will unfold on its grand stage. Others, it adds even more emotion to the most anticipated bouts on the card. A well-chosen song can accentuate the issues between the Superstars while simultaneously add to the electricity experienced by the fans. The most effective ones become universally associated with the event. Bands such as Saliva and Limp Bizkit will even namedrop the Showcase of the Immortals before blowing the roof off of arenas with their hit. Some songs transcend the broadcast, world-renowned hits handpicked by Vince McMahon to represent his product. This year, the WrestleMania 32 soundtrack will feature hits from hip-hop star Flo Rida and metal band Avenged Sevenfold. Throw in a little "Sympathy for the Devil" by the late Lemmy Kilmeister and Motorhead and you have an eclectic mix of singles that perfectly represent the atmosphere, as well as the high-profile matches, of this year's show. As you prepare yourself to hear "My House" on an unending loop across Raw, SmackDown and the WWE Network over the next couple of weeks, take a stroll through event history and relive these 11 WrestleMania songs that best represented the elements of the shows they were chosen for.
11. "Monster" By Imagine Dragons (WrestleMania XXX)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsX1ATcyQxU Regardless of one's feelings for pop stars Imagine Dragons, their contributions to the Daniel Bryan narrative that wrapped up at WrestleMania XXX are undeniable. For months, fans followed the story of Bryan, chanted "YES!" at events in arenas across the country and overwhelmed management to the point that they had no choice but to alter WrestleMania plans to include Bryan in the chase for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. His quest for gold, and his determination to prove to peers and employers that he could be the biggest star on the planet, was the lead angle heading into the show. WWE production and Imagine Dragons came together for a video package that told the story in a way that not only brought it into perspective but added an even more emotional edge.
Ever since I could remember Everything inside of me Just wanted to fit in (oh oh oh oh) I was never one for pretenders Everything I tried to be Just wouldn't settle in
The above was a reflection of Bryan's tribulations, the many times he had to face criticisms of his size or status as an 'Indy darling'. Then there were the lines documenting the YES! Movement and how it continued to intensify with every passing week, becoming a bigger "monster" than the powers-that-be could have ever imagined.
A monster, a monster I've turned into a monster A monster, a monster And it keeps getting stronger
WrestleMania XXX was a rare instance in which the company had a theme song picked out ("Celebrate" by Kid Rock), but their choices for feud-specific songs became far more ingrained in the minds of fans when it was time to revisit the show. Almost to the point that the Kid Rock song was completely forgotten, despite the fact that the company probably paid significantly more for the use of it than any other on the broadcast.
Erik Beaston is a freelance pro wrestling writer who likes long walks in the park, dandelions and has not quite figured out that this introduction is not for Match.com. He resides in Parts Unknown, where he hosts weekly cookouts with Kane, The Ultimate Warrior, Papa Shango and The Boogeyman. Be jealous.