Music in professional wrestling has an essential role. It helps build a wrestler’s character and make their gimmick more recognizable. It’s an element that determines, among other factors, their success or popularity. Without going further, we’re sure that legends such as The Undertaker, John Cena or The Rock wouldn’t be the same without their iconic entrance theme songs.
In today’s article, we’re going to set up a list of the seven WWE best theme songs. It’s important to mention that the list only refers to theme songs used by wrestlers, not to shows or events held by the company. Moreover, it’s been compiled under the mix of three parameters: personal taste, quality of the song and historical importance.
7. John Cena (The Time Is Now)
You can love him or hate him. But it’s beyond dispute that John Cena has been one of the most iconic wrestlers of all time. He’s been the public face of the WWE for a decade and took part in some of the most memorable feuds in the company’s history.
We can say the same about his entrance theme song, The Time Is Now. Composed and performed in 2005 by John Cena himself and his cousin Tha Trademarc, it became symbiotic to the WWE superstar. In fact, it’s almost inconceivable to see him make his entrance with a different song. Even those who don’t watch WWE have heard it at one point or another.
As a curiosity, The Time Is Now contains samples from the following tracks: “Ante Up” by M.O.P., “Attention” by Head West, and “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” by Pete Schofield and The Canadians.
6. Triple H (Motörhead – The Game)
Aside from having one of the most spectacular entrances, Triple H has one of the most impressive theme songs in the company. A song that, undoubtedly, makes him a feared and imposing wrestler.
“The Game” was composed by Jim Johnston and used for the first time in 2001. On the other hand, it was performed by the English rock band Motörhead. In that sense, there’s no doubt that without Lemmy Kilmister’s voice and its powerful guitar riff, the song wouldn’t be the same.
5. Shawn Michaels (Sexy Boy)
Another song that can’t be missing from this list is Shawn Michaels’ theme song. Likely the most danceable of all WWE songs.
Months after his turn heel in 1991, the Heartbreak Kid started to use “Sexy Boy” to emphasise his gimmick as a narcissistic and arrogant person. The first version of the song, with vocals by Sensational Sherry (his manager at the time), was first used in February 1992. However, in 1993, the version we all currently know, in this case, performed by Shawn Michaels, debuted in February 1993. In the new version, Sherri’s vocals in the hook remained, whereas Michaels’ were recorded over the already existing track.
4. The Undertaker (Rest in Peace)
The Undertaker is likely the greatest wrestler of all time. His incredible career, iconic gimmick and quality inside the ring make him a living legend of the profession. And his theme song is no slouch.
Over his career in WWE he’s had several gimmicks, but he’ll always be remembered because of his Deadman persona. In that sense, his theme song “Rest in Peace” gives his entrance a more funereal atmosphere. Who doesn’t remember the audience going crazy at the ringing of the bell? We have no doubts, watching him emerging from the fog and walking to the ring with that eerie symphony can be described with one word: epic.
The piece, composed by Jim Johnston, has been evolving over the years. Without going any further, the current version of the song is an update of the first one, “Funeral Dirge”, but with added organs, electric guitars and sound effects.
3. D-Generation X (Break It Down)
You think you can tell us what to do? You think you can tell us what to wear?
These rhetorical questions portrait the defiant spirit of the Attitude Era. A spirit perfectly represented by D-Generation X. The rebellious stable was initially composed of Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Chyna and Rick Rude. Originated in 1997, their fractious behaviour made them one of the most prominent factions in the late 90s.
“Break It Down” was composed by Jim Johnston with vocals by Chris Warren.
2. Edge (Alter Bridge – Metalingus)
The second place goes to Edge’s theme song. Used for the first time in 2004, Alter Bridge’s “Metalingus” has become another classic in WWE. In fact, the song was selected as the greatest in WWE history by the company in a 2013 list.
The song is a perfect fit for either of his facets, whether as heel or face. In addition, it takes his entrance to a higher level of awesomeness.
Undoubtedly, an amazing song for a legend with a career full of achievements and milestones.
1. Randy Orton (Mercy Drive – Burn in My Light)
And the first place goes to “Burn in My Light”! Performed by Mercy Drive, this catchy tune was used by Randy Orton between 2004 and 2008.
You may know him as a cold and calculating person. But the Randy Orton of the past was more of a self-centred, cocky person. That’s why this jovial-sounding piece was a perfect fit for his persona as The Legend Killer.
We still hope to see him enter the ring again with this song, performing his mythical pose holding his arms in front of the raining sparks.
Honourable mention: Jeff Hardy (Endeverafter – No More Words)
Although it’s not on our list, Endeverafter’s “No More Words” deserves to be mentioned in this post. Used for the first time in 2008, it has become one of the most loved and acclaimed songs by fans.
We consider “No More Words” a perfect tune for Jeff Hardy. Apart from being inspired by his previous theme song, “Loaded”, the track represents very well Hardy’s essence as a high-flying, daredevil wrestler.
More theme songs deserve to be on our list, such as The Rock’s or CM Punk’s. However, these are the main ones according to our criteria. But what about you? Do you agree with our selection? What tunes do you think are missing in our top 7?