Everything in sports has power rankings. But how do you rank NFL chants?
Online gambling site Betway took a run at it anyway.
“By identifying each team’s most prominent songs and analyzing Spotify data for intensity, loudness, and energy, we’ve been able to reveal which NFL fanbases boast the most powerful support,” the site’s blog, the Betway Insider, posted in May. “We’ve also explored which NFL slogan is the most popular among social media audiences.”
Who do you think won? Go ahead, guess.
Which NFL fanbase has the most intimidating chanting?
When we look at “intensity, loudness, and energy,” which NFL fanbase easily drowns out the rest?
DUUUVAL! “We can officially crown the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Duuuuval as the most intimidating chant in the NFL,” the post said, “with an incredible loudness score of 42. This is over 10 times the score achieved by fellow Florida team the Miami Dolphins, whose anthem is the second-least intimidating (4).”
Nobody who has ever been in the stands at TIAA Bank Field would be surprised.
The war cry of the Jags fans effortlessly topped the somewhat-scientific testing compared to the next loudest, the Tennessee Titans at a score of 35. Everyone else dropped fast after that, with most of the top 10
hovering around 13-14. The Philadelphia Eagles? A hard-to-hear 11.
When it came to the rest of the power rankings, the Jaguars didn’t fare as well.
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What’s the most popular NFL slogan?
The Los Angeles Chargers’ #BoltUp, the Green Bay Packers’ #GoPackGo and the Buffalo Bills’ #BillsMafia all scored higher than Jacksonville when Betway looked at total social media posts in the last 12 months and weeded out the negative ones. #DUUUVAL came in at #13.
The study does not say if they counted #DUUUVAL posts that failed to hit the regulation number of UUUs (3).
Which NFL teams have the best hype-up chants?
Betway turned to Spotify for this one, measuring the average beats per minute (BPM) and energy of the fans chanting.
“Philadelphia Eagles fans have the most intense chanting,” the study found, “with their support peaking at 196 BPM. The Eagles have enjoyed relative success in recent times, reaching a couple of Super Bowls since 2017 to double their overall tally, so the supporters are clearly playing their part.”
Super Bowl success also may have played a part in the other top performers. The Arizona Cardinals took second, but recent Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Rams took 3rd and 4th.
The Jaguars’ chant didn’t hit the top ten in hype-up chants, but that may be because Betway was measuring BPMs. The cry of “DUUUVAL!” tends to be slower and more powerful, both celebratory and, if you’re on the other side of the stands, ominous, but not a fast-paced number by any means.
Where did DUUUVAL come from?
“DUUUVAL” might be most associated with the Jaguars now, but it could be heard on local radio back in the ‘90s, when DJ Easy E, then of 92.7 The Beat, made it into a radio drop and popularized it, said designer Eric Moed.
After a group of hip-hop artists started calling it out at concerts, the rest of the Jacksonville community adopted it, whether they remembered or ever knew where it came from.
C. A. Bridges is a Digital Producer for the USA TODAY Network, working with multiple newsrooms across Florida. Local journalists work hard to keep you informed about the things you care about, and you can support them by subscribing to your local news organization. Read more articles by Chris here and follow him on Twitter at @cabridges