NFL on Fox Theme vs. Sleigh Ride

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This is an odd one, but it’s been bugging me for years. Since 1994 NFL on Fox has used the same theme song produced by Scott Schreer (NJJ Music). Every time I hear it I want to sing “giddy up, giddy up let’s go” from the classic winter orchestral piece “Sleigh Ride” (Originally composed in 1948 by Leroy Anderson). Perhaps Schreer purposely incorporated this melody just for this reason. Below is a version of  “Sleigh Ride” by Bing Crosby.

Scott Schreer - "NFL on Fox Theme" (1994)

Bing Crosby - "Sleigh Ride" (1948)

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13 thoughts on “NFL on Fox Theme vs. Sleigh Ride

  1. avatarTito

    This is a hilariously unexpected surprise. I always thought the same thing about the Fox theme. Glad I’m not the only one. A manly, menacing version of “Sleigh Ride.” “Giddyup giddyup giddyup, let’s kill, let’s step up, give 110%, and leave it all on the field.”

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    Keith Reply:

    Even with this post I still having trouble convincing my friends. At least I know I’m not crazy now. Or… we just both are!

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  2. avatarTessy

    OMG!! this is sooo going to FACEBOOK… THOUGH I Was the only one!!!!

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    Keith Reply:

    I thought I was the only one too!

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  3. avatardennis

    i have a good ear and yet don’t hear the least bit of sleigh ride in the NFL on fox theme.two different melodies / compositions completely.

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    Chris Tiggis Reply:

    Then you don’t have a good ear

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  4. avatardennis

    update–okay,i gave it a couple listens,but it’s only couple bars at the most.but i do hear the similarity.

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    Keith Reply:

    Thanks Dennis. Some of the music on the site isn’t necessarily a super close match but sometimes things just sound close enough to make that bulb go on.

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  5. avatarAaron

    I’ve been watching more NFL during the Christmas season, enjoying the “Giddy-Up, Giddy-up” words in my head to the dramatic FOX tune. I’m apparently one of several thought-they-were-the-only-ones.

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