Iconic songs and Monday Night Football go hand in hand. I mean, for how many decades did Hank Williams Jr.’s “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” open each game? Last night, we were getting supper together and had the television on, ready for Monday Night Football’s match-up here in the Queen City between The New Orleans Saints and our Carolina Panthers. The game hadn’t started yet, so I wasn’t really paying attention. Then, I heard something familiar, yet not familiar.
If I was to list my top 100 favorite songs of all-time, any genre, Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight” would no doubt make the list. It is haunting, foreboding, implies with its lyrics that violence is a distinct possibility, and has that iconic drum cadence.
So, the music was familiar. The lyrics too. But that wasn’t Phil Collins coming out the speakers. There are very few times that a cover version of a song lives up to, much less surpasses the original. That being said, Chris Stapleton absolutely CRUSHES “In The Air Tonight.” It is the new opening for Monday Night Football. And coming before the Panthers’ game last night, it totally fired me up.