Nothing gets you more into the season of football than some pump-up jams. Start the party out right with this fool-proof playlist. This is sure to please all of your hip hop, 80’s rock or pop music football fans.

To get your San Francisco tailgate in the right spirit, start it out with a Scott McKenzie ode to the city around you. “If You’re Going To San Francisco” will go great with your breakfast bakes and coffee.

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It is imperative to have an uplifting tune that gets everyone in the right spirit. The second track on your list should be Andrew W.K.’s “Party Hard.” This will get you in the mood to jam all the way through the early-morning hours of tailgate. Tailgating requires a lot of leg work and this song will immediately alleviate all strenuous aspects of the dance party. Feel free to let loose and get crazy with the quick rhythm.

To move the dance party onward, set track 3 to “Jack Daniel’s” by Eric Church. No one can argue the delicious sting of a taste that this song leaves on the palate. Even though not all fellow tailgaters are country-music fans, this will dig into the roots of the fall festivities.

If no one is grooving quite in the direction of the 49ers, put on “Hell’s Bells” by ACDC and get the party moving. This will definitely be an all-ages pleaser as no on can refute the talent behind this beat.

When young ones are around for the pre-game fun, give them something that will make an afternoon with the parents a little less “grown up.” Kids can’t help but move to the Black Eyed Peas song, “Push It.” In no time, the young ones will be up and at ’em.

The next track on the list should be “Icky Thump” by The White Stripes. I’m sure everyone has seen someone rock out on Guitar Hero, thinking they were the best in the industry. This tune will provide the best backdrop for those days-past veterans.

To keep the hometown-team fans happy, put on Tupac’s classic.”California Love” will bring the regional ambiance onto the parking-lot pavement and cause everyone to bust a move. Even if you’re a transplant to San Francisco, you can’t help but enjoy this song.

If the tailgating still needs to perk up, put on “Jump Around” by House Of Pain. This will easily get everyone on their feet and moving in unison to 49ers camaraderie.

Rheba Estante is a freelance writer covering all things San Francisco. Her work can be found on


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