10 Dr. Dre Hits You Will Never Stop Hearing at Sporting Events

  • 1. “CALIFORNIA LOVE (REMIX)”

    2Pac and Dr. Dre

    If there is one song that all rap lovers can agree on, regardless of personal tastes, it is “California Love.” With its rousing horns, sunny vibes, and infectious vocoder-driven chorus, it’s the complete feel-good anthem. It has become a staple during sporting events, being used to rally the crowd and create a dynamic atmosphere. The San Francisco 49ers used the song at Super Bowl XLVII as they entered the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. It has also been used as a walk-up song by Baltimore Orioles All-Star player Adam Jones.

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  • 2. “THE NEXT EPISODE”

    Featuring Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Nate Dogg

    No party or event playlist is complete without this cut. The dramatic beat creates a sense of urgency, while the dynamic duo of Dre and Snoop set the tone for a celebratory occasion. Almost any NBA game you attend, particularly in the California area, will be bumping this one.   

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  • 3. “NO DIGGITY”

    Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre & Queen Pen

    “No Diggity” holds the distinction of being one of the most well known hits to feature Dr. Dre but not have him on production. The Compton O.G. takes to the mic and lays down one of his best-remembered verses as the boys from Blackstreet do their thing. Having being featured at sporting events constantly, along with appearances in movies and TV, this is a sure-fire, hands down party-starting anthem.

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  • 4. “THE REAL SLIM SHADY”

    Eminem

    The good doctor has created some real magic with his fiery protégé over the years. While Slim Shady has gone on to unrivaled success and popularity, few have been able to inspire him lyrically as much as Dre. This bright, bouncy, almost mind-boggling beat has also gone on to inspire athletes and sports fans all over. In 2000, some intrepid Indiana natives were inspired to record the anthem “The Real Pacers Fans” as their hometown Pacers played the L.A. Lakers in the NBA Finals.

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  • 5. “KEEP THEIR HEADS RINGIN’”

    Just as the title says, this Dr. Dre solo hit captures your attention and leaves a lasting impression. Released at the height of his success behind the scenes at Death Row Records, the track reminded fans that Dre could still get it done on the mic. It has gone on to serve as a motivational anthem for listeners and players alike.

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  • 6. “FAMILY AFFAIR”

    Mary J. Blige and Dr. Dre

    It’s one big happy family when this jam comes on. Smoothing out his raw g-funk sound, Dre hooked up with the queen of hip-hop soul to deliver something that is guaranteed to put you in a good mood, no matter how tense the game might be getting.

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  • 7. “STILL D.R.E.”

    Featuring Snoop Dogg

    All it takes is the opening note and you know exactly what’s about to go down. Linking up again for one of their most loved collaborations, Dre and Snoop take you on a journey through sun-soaked L.A. Possibly the most cinematic beat the Doc has ever orchestrated, it changes the tone of what’s happening and gives any occasion a grand feeling.

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  • 8. “IN DA CLUB”

    50 Cent

    Even if you’re not in a club, you’ll be ready to celebrate when this banger starts playing. The energy it creates is undeniable, making your heart thump and your body want to get up and move. The image of 50’s shirtless workout from the music video may also drive you to hit the gym.

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  • 9. “BOYZ-N-THE-HOOD”

    Eazy-E

    Dr. Dre and the iconic Eazy-E put their crew, and Eazy’s signature nasal vocals, on the map with this harsh slice of Compton living. The stadium-friendly, minimalist beat has lent itself to countless sporting events, particularly when the action reaches a crucial moment.

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  • 10. “GIN & JUICE”

    Snoop Dogg

    With this track as your musical intoxicant there is no need for anything else to get the blood pumping. Despite being released in the mid-90s, “Gin & Juice” remains the ultimate party song when you want to get things going. It sounds particularly perfect when cascading around an arena.

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The rap game has long been considered a youth sport, with so many new faces popping up on the scene every day. With the advent of online streaming and social media, that ideal has been taken to new levels. There is one name, however, that you will constantly see aligned with the biggest artists and hits coming out. That name is Dr. Dre.

The man and the legend born Andre Young helped shape the sound of hip-hop, and in turn mainstream America, since he first appeared in the late ‘80s as the mastermind behind N.W.A.’s gritty production.

From his solo work to his collaborations with Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Eminem, and countless others, Dr. Dre has become instantly recognizable thanks to his signature sound. Yet a lot of his success and longevity has come from the fact that he knows how to switch his sound up depending on the artist and the vibe.

Much of his work has a cinematic, and at times somewhat sinister quality, while at the same time proving to be highly motivational, for both the artists working with him and anyone listening.

You would be hard pressed to go to an NBA or NFL game without hearing one of his signature tunes. Many athletes today not only get hyped up to his tunes, but are also listening to them through his Dr. Dre headphones. If that’s not the ultimate sign of success than what is?

To celebrate the birthday of the hip-hop god, we are proud to present 10 Dr. Dre Hits You Will Never Stop Hearing at Sporting Events to always keep our heads ringin’ wherever we go.

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