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Fight songs are the battle cries of college football, but some are better than others. John Phillips Sousa reportedly called University of Michigan's "Hail To The Victors" "the greatest college fight song ever written." But Notre Dame's “Victory March” is another iconic anthem, and it's arguably the most recognizable collegiate fight song ever, featured in "Knute Rockne, All American," "Rudy" and "Airplane." Which fight song is truly the best?

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Composed by UM student Louis Elbel in 1898, "The Victors" is considered the first significant college fight song. Alan Siegel of USA Today claims "It has just about everything: tradition, grandeur and a chorus that you will repeat over and over and over." The USA 125th Infantry Band played the song in 1918 as Michigan troops entered Germany. UM alumnus Gerald R. Ford often had the Naval band play the Michigan fight song prior to state events instead of "Hail to the Chief." And the Bleacher Report named it the #1 college fight song in 2011.

“[It] has no peer in style,” fight song expert Bill Studwell said. “The purpose of a fight song is to inspire emotion, and 'The Victors’ is a proud, stirring song. If you’ve ever heard 100,000 people at Michigan Stadium sing it, well, it leaves you breathless.”

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But Notre Dame's "Victory March" might be the most recognizable fight song in history. Written by two Notre Dame graduates in 1908, it’s shown up in countless movies and television shows. It was ranked number one in William Studwell's 1998 book “College Fight Songs: An Annotated Anthology.” College football historian Beano Cook ranked "Victory March" the fourth most well-known song of any kind in America, just behind "The Star-Spangled Banner," "White Christmas," and "Happy Birthday." Michael Collins writes:

To millions of Americans, the Victory March is a powerful touchstone [that] has resonated deeply among families and over generations. The Irish in South Boston, immigrant families in neighborhoods in New York, steelworkers in Pittsburgh, big shouldered Chicagoans, and schools and football programs throughout the nation have adopted the song. The Victory March unites families and generations with a university many have never visited.
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Which school has the best fight song: Michigan or Notre Dame?
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A festive crown for the winner
#VictoryMarchWins