9 Country Songs For College Football Season

Whether you’re cheering for Tennessee, Alabama, or anyone in between, we compiled a list of 9 country songs for college football season.

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Melanie Rooten

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September 8, 2023

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Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy Instagram, Megan Moroney; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, Conner Smith; Photo Courtesy Instagram

College football season is officially underway, and Country Now has the ultimate playlist for your next tailgate.

While you are busy breaking out your cowboy boots, clear purses, gameday buttons, and more, what tunes will you have blasting? If you go to an SEC school, chances are it’s country music.

With songs about the University of Tennessee, the University of Alabama, and more, we compiled a list of the best country songs for college football season.

From Kenny Chesney to Luke Combs to Morgan Wallen and beyond, we promise that these songs will get you in the gameday mood.

Alabama – “Dixieland Delight”

We could not create a list of the best songs for college football season without including “Dixieland Delight” by Alabama, stemming from the band’s 1983 project, The Closer You Get….

If you go to school with a big tailgate culture, chances are that your university has its own version of the country classic, changing the lyrics to uplift your school’s team and tear down your opponent.

While this song was born in the ‘80s, it is still considered a staple for college football season, and it likely will be for years to come.

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Luke Combs – “South On Ya”

Luke Combs’ “South On Ya” is truly as football-related as it gets, serving as the official anthem for the SEC Network back in 2021.

Throughout the track, Combs name-drops every SEC school, mentioning “muddy Mississippi,” “swampy Louisiana” and more, despite the fact that he is a die-hard Tar Heels fan.

Combs expressed his love for the song in a press release, sharing what it truly means to him: “Man, this is pretty special. In the beginning of my career, I spent a lot of my time playing my music all over towns within the SEC. The fact that one of my songs is now such a big part of the network is really cool to me.”

“It feels like a full-circle moment, for sure. I am a huge fan of the SEC and am honored my song was chosen to be a part of it,” he concluded passionately.

Although this song rose to prominence in 2021, its lyrics remain relevant and applicable even in 2023. If you are tailgating prior to cheering on your favorite SEC school, be sure to scream the lyrics to “South On Ya” to get in the spirit.

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Megan Moroney – “Tennessee Orange”

Megan Moroney’s breakout hit, “Tennessee Orange,” tells the love story of a Georgia fan who trades her red and black for “Tennessee Orange” in honor of her new love.

With lyrics like “In Georgia, they call it a sin, I’m wearing Tennessee orange for him” and “Hell, I’m learning the words to Old Rocky Top,” Moroney alludes to switching to be a University of Tennessee fan after falling in love with one, which is sure to tickle every Tennessee Vol’s fancy.

If you are gearing up to go to Neyland Stadium this fall, you’ll want to crank up “Tennessee Orange.” It is sure to leave you feeling on top of the world prior to the big game!

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Morgan Wallen – “Tennessee Fan”

Morgan Wallen’s “Tennessee Fan” is another country love story centering around the University of Tennessee and the University of Alabama. Throughout the lyrics, Wallen sings about a man who falls head over heels for an Alabama fan.

“Guess the joke’s on Alabama ’cause they lost big this time/ I got the number one pick, blonde hair, red lips/ Brought her over to the other side,” Wallen sings in the chorus.

While the song alludes to a cheeky love story, “Tennessee Fan” is a college football song at its core. Wallen initially shared a teaser of the song on social media in celebration of the University of Tennessee’s 2022 win over the University of Alabama, breaking the school’s 15-game losing streak.

Morgan Wallen’s catchy tune is a tailgate must-have for fans of the Tennessee Volunteers.

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Morgan Wallen – “Had Me By Halftime”

Another college football anthem by Morgan Wallen is “Had Me By Halftime,” the third track on his 2018 album, If I Know Me.

Just like “Tennessee Fan,” “Had Me By Halftime” features numerous references to the University of Tennessee, with lyrics like “September Saturday in Rocky Top” and “they sent out the pride of the southland band,” making it a must-listen for all Tennessee Volunteers.

Regardless of what team you support, “Had Me By Halftime” is a fun song all about football season that you can insert your own story into, and with Morgan Wallen making waves on the charts right now, this song is sure to be a smash hit at your next tailgate.

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Conner Smith – “I Hate Alabama”

If you are sick and tired of hearing “Roll Tide” over and over again, chances are you will love “I Hate Alabama” by Conner Smith.

While there are strong references to Alabama football throughout the song, Smith has confirmed in numerous interviews that there is a tale of heartbreak hidden within “I Hate Alabama.”

Lyrics like “I Hate Alabama’ cause that’s where I lost you” and “then you had to go and break my heart in a beer-can-covered frat house yard” showcase that Smith was heartbroken by an Alabama girl, however, lyrics like “Ever since ’06 they get us every season” and “I hate how they yell ‘Roll Tide’ when I got a Braves hat on my head” showcase Smith’s hatred for the University of Alabama’s football team. The song has two separate meanings, which the listener can interpret as they please.

Fortunately, you do not need to be a fan of a certain team to enjoy this track. Anyone who despises the Crimson Tide is sure to get a kick out of “I Hate Alabama,” making it the perfect song to listen to before your school faces the University of Alabama.

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Jordan Harvey – “Alabama Girl”

If you are pro-Alabama, then “Alabama Girl” by Jordan Harvey is sure to be up your alley.

While it is not necessarily football-related, “Alabama Girl” deserves a spot on our list due to its strong references to the University of Alabama, including three mentions of the iconic phrase “Roll Tide.”

Throughout the track, the former King Calaway member sings about his relationship with an Alabama fan, referencing all of the little things he loves about her. He even shared that “in the fall, football’s got a new meaning” since falling in love with a girl who is a die-hard supporter of the Crimson Tide.

If you go to the University of Alabama, or if you are simply a fan, “Alabama Girl” is sure to make you feel on top of the world, making it the perfect song to listen to prior to entering Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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Darius Rucker, Lainey Wilson, & The Cadillac Three – “Comin’ To Your City”

Darius Rucker, Lainey Wilson and The Cadillac Three star in the brand-new College GameDay opening, which made its debut on Saturday, September 2 on ESPN. 

The opening features a brand new version of  “Comin’ To Your City,” which has served as the College GameDay theme song for nearly two decades.    

This song is the anthem to Saturdays, so it’s no surprise it earned a spot on our list.

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Kenny Chesney – “The Boys of Fall”

“The Boys of Fall” by Kenny Chesney captures the true essence of football itself, with lyrics that highlight everything relating to the sport: wearing jerseys on campus, huddling up with the team, calling the coin flip, singing the National Anthem and more.

Where a majority of the songs on our list are dedicated to fans of the sport, “The Boys of Fall” is dedicated to those who suit up and take the field, making it truly one-of-a-kind.

The music video adds to the song itself, opening with Sean Payton, the former New Orleans Saints head coach, giving the players a pregame pep talk in the locker room. For all former players, the music video (or should we say short film) is sure to give you the chills.

This song may be from 2010, but it is still a smash hit that needs to be on repeat this fall as it reinforces the true emotions that come with being a part of a sports team.

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Melanie Rooten

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Melanie Rooten

Originally from Southern California and currently residing in Music City, Melanie graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in Journalism before beginning her career as a music and entertainment journalist. Beginning to write for Country Now in August of 2023, she has also contributed to Holler, Music Mayhem, Country Chord, Celeb Secrets, Celeb Secrets Country, We Got This Covered and Decider throughout her career thus far. When she is not writing, Melanie enjoys going to concerts and music festivals, binging her favorite television shows, spending time with her friends and family and cheering on the Oklahoma Sooners (of course).