The “College Fan Index,” run by USA Today, has named Rocky Top the top college fight song in the country.
Here’s an excerpt from USA Today:
“Here’s an open secret about “Rocky Top”: it’s not Tennessee’s official fight song*. But that fact doesn’t matter to Volunteers fans. The catchy, beloved tune is practically synonymous with their school.
*UT’s official fight song is “Down the Field.”
“Rocky Top” has been played at Tennessee football games since 1972, but before we get there, let’s talk about how the song came to be. It sprung from the minds of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, a husband-and-wife country songwriting duo that penned hits “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “Bye Bye, Love,” and “Love Hurts.” For a stretch in 1967, the Bryants stayed at the Gatlinburg Inn in Gatlinburg, Tenn., while they worked on a record for Hee Haw star Archie Campbell.”
Rocky Top beat out others such as “The Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech” and “The Victors” in the poll.