When WWE introduced theme songs as wrestlers make their way to ring, it became an industry staple. It's at the point where if a wrestler doesn't have a unique theme song, that wrestler won't get as over with the fans as he could.
Why Wrestling Entrance & Theme Songs Work
Some of the greatest wrestlers in WWE history has had WWE entrance theme songs that are so ingrained in fans' minds. You can perhaps play a five-second sample of the song and fans would immediately recognize who the wrestler is. When you hear that glass shatter, you know Stone Cold Steve Austin is coming down to whip some ass and drink beer. When you hear "If You Smeeeeeellllll..." you immediately think Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. When you hear that proud and confident "Woo!" your eyes immediately start to look for Ric Flair stylin' and profilin' down to the ring.
Even in today's WWE landscape, there are several theme songs that fit the bill and below. You'll see Fightful's Top 10 list of the most recognizable WWE theme songs today.
Below we start counting down the list of great WWE songs, a few ground rules need to be established..
The Great Fightful WWE Song Checklist
1. Part-timer's theme songs are considered on this list. By part-timer, I also mean that they have to signed to WWE by the time of this writing. Chris Jericho is out due to him not being with WWE at this time.
2. Managers and on-screen authority figures who have an active role on television on WWE programming count. In this instance, Vince McMahon is also out. As for Triple H, while he uis no longer an authority figure on WWE television, he is still a part-time wrestler, He checks out on the first rule.
3. The songs on this list not only show how recognizable they to wrestling fans, but also how recognizable it is to a non-wrestling audience. The more a wrestler's song is recognized by non-wrestling fans, the more likely that song will get a higher spot on the list.
Remember, all music is subjective. My list will probably look much different than yours or anyone else’s. If I missed one of your favorites, put it in the comments and let’s reminisce together!
10. Glorious Domination
Wrestler: Bobby Roode
Notes: The former NXT Champion has not been able to achieve the same level of in-ring success as some of his current main roster colleagues at this point. However, his theme song is a large reason he became an overnight success from the moment he appeared on NXT. From the moment Roode’s entrance music was revealed, fans would immediately flock together to sing the lyrics to the song. Homeage to the band Queen can be clearly heard. It’s a song befitting of the “Glorious!” chants, helping turn Roode from a heel in NXT to one of the more popular wrestlers on SmackDown Live. The song even helped get other NXT wrestlers get notoriety outside the ring. Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampo would routinely make videos of them following Roode everywhere and blasting the song until Roode would acknowledge them. Whenever the song’s piano intro is played, all you can feel is an uplifting energy that you can only get from listening a choir band as Roode makes his way down the ring.
9. The Time Is Now
Wrestler: John Cena
Artist/Band: John Cena
Notes: Cena may not be everyone’s cup of tea as a professional wrestler or as the face of WWE for more than a decade, but one thing is certain: He’s the most popular wrestler in the post-Attitude Era. No other wrestler has elicited a stronger response of cheers or boos from the WWE Universe on such a consistent basis for years, so it stands to reason that his theme song carries that same notoriety. There is perhaps no song that best represents a wrestler than the theme song “The Time Is Now” for Cena and perhaps no wrestling theme song has represented the post-Attitude Era of WWE than Cena's song. The song even became a part of meme culture a few years ago, further cementing its status as one of the most recognizable wrestling songs today. For as much as Cena engages with the WWE Universe on a regular basis, his theme song has been to do the same in similar years to the point fans sing “John Cena suuuucks!” to the beat of John Cena’s theme song, similar to how fans sing “You Suck!” whenever Kurt Angle’s theme song is played.
Wrestler: Kurt Angle
Artist/Band: Jim Johnston
Notes: When Kurt Angle was first announced to be the new General Manager of Monday Night RAW, it was only a matter of time before fans would get to hear Angle’s theme song and chant “You Suck!” to the tune of the song. Angle’s theme song is one of the more endearing and memorable songs from the Attitude Era and newer fans today still pop whenever the song plays. It carries the kind of pro-American beat and rhythm that fits the former WWE Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist. It’s a song that pumps a crowd today, cementing its status as one of the most recognizable theme songs in WWE today, 20 years after the song first debuted.
7. Special Op/The Truth Reigns
Wrestler: Roman Reigns/The Shield
Artist/Band: Jim Johnston
Notes: Whether you hate or you love him, Roman Reigns is one of the few superstars in WWE that has entered the company in recent years to have a theme song that elicits a strong response from fans. Part of the reason was that Reigns’ current song is essentially the same as the Shield’s theme song, the group Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose founded when the trio joined the company back in 2012, the difference being Reigns’ version does not carry the Shield’s military alphabet intro. Since the theme song are more or less the same, it wouldn’t be right to separate the song into two different entries. Regardless of how you perceive Reigns or the Shield as a stable, once you hear the intense and heavy intro, you instantly know that a war could be coming to the WWE ring very soon.