There have been dozens of great entrance songs throughout WWE history, but there are 10 that stand out more than the others. A big thanks to Jim Johnston, who is responsible for so many of the songs heard on TV and in arenas worldwide.
10. “One of a Kind” (Rob Van Dam)
This had a hint of the ECW grittiness that Van Dam brought with him when he joined WWE.
9. “Pomp and Circumstance” (“Macho Man” Randy Savage)
This song made me jump out of my church pew as a 7-year-old boy. But I was disappointed to find out that, instead of the Macho Man, a group of recent high school graduates entered the church.
8. “Crank the Walls Down” (Jeri-Show)
This mash-up of Chris Jericho’s “Break Down the Walls” and Big Show’s “Crank it Up” is almost as good and Jericho’s song and superior to Show’s. It’s so good I had to add it to my iPod and “WWE ’13” video game.
7. The Rock’s songs
The Rock’s music has been so good over the years, that I had to include all variations of it between 1998 and 2013. Some are better than others, but they’re all great, even that kind-of-crappy slow one he used in 2003.
6. “Assman” (Billy Gunn, “Mr. Ass”)
This one is a timeless classic and one of the catchiest earworms that remains in my head today.
5. “Smoke & Mirrors” (Cody Rhodes)
He had the cheesy-but-cool 1980s version as “Dashing” Cody Rhodes. That gave way to the slow, dark, maniacal version Rhodes used as a deformed, masked wrestler. And today’s harder version for the villainous Rhodes is equally awesome.
4. “Break Down the Walls” (Chris Jericho)
From the moment I first heard this song during Y2J’s then-WWF debut in May 1999, it has been one of my all-time favorites. After each return to WWE, Jericho seems to debut a slightly tweak version of the original; all are great.
3. “Ministry” (The Undertaker and the Ministry of Darkness)
This song fit the evil and scariest Undertaker persona and his faction of creepy minions perfectly with its heavy guitar that made it better than any other previous or subsequent Undertaker song.
2. “Sexy Boy” (Shawn Michaels)
This song has stood the test of time, debuting in 1992 when Shawn Michaels broke away from Rockers tag-team partner Marty Jannetty and went on to become one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. “Sexy Boy,” which is poorly sung by Michaels, stayed with him through the crappy WWF years of the mid-’90s, survived the Attitude Era and remains with the Heartbreak Kid today in retirement. My favorite line from the song: “Eat your heart out, girls. Hands off the merchandise.”
1. “Glass Shatters” (“Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s song done by the band Disturbed)
As if Stone Cold Steve Austin’s song wasn’t cool enough. WWE had metal band Disturbed and frontman David Draiman’s signature screech turn it up to 11 on the scale of awesomeness in 2000. If my life had a soundtrack, this would be the song that plays when I’m walking. And running. And driving. And getting dressed. It was fitting that the best wrestler in WWE history got the best song.