The NRL Match-Up: Best team songs

Posted: 1 August 2019 11:30 am

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Which side has the best victory song in the NRL?

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It's always satisfying to see your side belting out their team song after a big victory, but who can lay claim to the best song in the NRL? We compare our favourites.

The contenders

2010 NRL Round 26 - Brisbane Broncos v Canberra Raiders, Suncorp Stadium, 2010-09-03. Digital image by © NRL Photos

The Mighty Green Machine – Canberra Raiders

Their viking clap may have caught the headlines in recent years, but the Raiders' team song remains a crowd favourite in the nation's capital. Dating back to the 1980s, it's fist-pumping power rock at its very best, with suitably kitschy lyrics to match.

2012 NRL Round 03 - Penrith Panthers v South Sydney Rabbitohs, Pepper Stadium, 2012-03-18. Digital image by © NRL Photos

Glory Glory to South Sydney – South Sydney Rabbitohs

Sung to the tune of "Battle Hymn of the Republic", Souths' victory song packs all the triumphant punch you'd expect from a song that dates back to the American Civil War.

While the lyrics may be a tad outdated nowadays, the song recalls the club's proud past and was even committed to vinyl following the Rabbitohs' Grand Final win in 1967.

2018 NRL Round QF - Sydney Roosters v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Allianz Stadium, 2018-09-08. Digital image by Gregg Porteous © NRL Photos

Up, Up Cronulla – Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Like South Sydney, the Sharks' team song dates all the way back to 1967, the year the club was founded. According to the potentially apocryphal story, the song was created by Brother Florence, principal of the local De La Salle Cronulla, who penned the lyrics to the tune of "Roll out the Barrel".

Along with the club itself, the song celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017 and still remains one of the catchier team songs in the NRL.

The verdict

Glory Glory to South Sydney

It has everything you want in a victory song: simple lyrics, a stirring chorus and even long-winded verses detailing every team the Rabbitohs got the better of in the 1960s.

It has also been adopted by dozens of football teams from around the world, giving it universal recognition.

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