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20 Best Cheerleading Songs (Cheer Dance Songs)

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Written By Will Fenton
Entertainment & Playlists

20 Best Cheerleading Songs (Cheer Dance Songs)

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Good cheerleaders share many things in common.

They are confident, physically strong, and effective team players. 

But as it turns out, cheerleading isn’t just about physical strength and a good social life.

You must play by the rules and have a good cheerleading playlist.

We understand that choosing the right cheer dance songs isn’t a one-size-fits-all affair. 

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the 20 best cheerleading songs to make your selection easier. 

Go through it and create a playlist that your squad will be proud of. 

1. “Cheerleader” by OMI

OMI has found himself a cheerleader in this song, and it looks like he’s living his best life.

Everybody knows he’s talking about a special someone. 

And he is so smitten by this one person he can’t imagine spending his life alone. 

This song has excellent lyrics for budding cheerleaders around the world. 

2. “We’re Good” by Dua Lipa

This one sounds just like the right song to pull that cheer dance too. 

The rhythm is excellent. 

Then, there’s Dua Lipa’s voice.

The killer voice to get any squad moving. 

Just make sure you have your dance crew ready. 

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3. “Vibez” by ZAYN

Zayn’s “Vibez” isn’t your ordinary cheerleading song. 

But what we love most about it is the cheery yet tranquil vibe. 

The lyrics describe Zayn’s strong sexual desires, and it’s the perfect track to get a little naughty on the stage. 

Attempt slick dance moves to match the upbeat tune and get everybody craving more.

4. “1, 2, 3, 4” by Coolio

A good cheerleading song doesn’t need complex lyrics.

And when people talk about Coolio, they instantly remember the “1 2 3 4 get your woman on the floor” line from this 1996 rap song.

Sure. This may not be an outright choice for some cheerleaders. 

But it certainly deserves your attention if you have a taste for great cheer dance songs. 

5. “Cold Heart” by Elton John, Dua Lipa

This one should be a pretty obvious selection. 

When The Rocket Man speaks, everybody listens. 

And when he sings a great pop song, it’s sure to top the US charts and more. 

Cold Heart” is a contemporary cheerleading song that would suit the younger generation. 

And one of the reasons it’s become so popular is because it features a certain Dua Lipa. 

Of course, Elton’s high-tenor-range vocals still grab everyone’s attention. 

6. “Party In The U.S.A.” by Miley Cyrus

Everything seems to work in this popular pop song from Miley Cyrus’ The Time Of Our Lives EP. 

The lyrics, the tone, the beat.

And then there’s Miley’s husky voice that everybody raves about. 

Listening to the song, we no longer have to worry about Miley’s trip to Los Angeles. 

But we certainly would be worried if we ignored it when creating the ultimate cheerleading playlist. 

7. “Get Back” by Demi Lovato

Jack Lawless’ drumming makes Demi Lovato’s song a natural selection for any cheerleading crew.

We won’t tell you that the song is about a toxic relationship because that may kill the mood. 

But we will openly admit that it is one of the best cheerleader songs of all time.

This punk rock song earned positive reviews from critics and peaked at #43 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

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8. “We Will Rock You” by Queen

Now, this is a must-listen.

Everybody remembers Queen for “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Fat Bottomed Girls.” 

But “We Will Rock You” gets in the mix if you need the perfect cheerleading song from the 70s. 

The beat will get you on the dance floor. 

And the lyrics are sure to hold your attention. 

Then, there’s the simple rhythm that has made the song popular in major sports events the world over. 

9. “Run the World” by Beyoncé 

The only reason “Run The World” doesn’t appear at the top of the list is that this is a random selection of the best songs for cheer dances. 

Beyoncé’s dance song is a straightforward female empowerment anthem that ignited many controversies worldwide. 

But the message aside, this is one of the best songs for any cheerleading playlist.

Just get some killer moves and at least master the lyrics. 

10. “I Need Your Love” by Calvin Harris

No complex lyrics here.

Just someone smitten by their better half. 

Ellie Goulding’s guest vocals make Harris’ narration even more beautiful. 

The repetitive chorus, the instrumental break, and the short verses qualify it as a great cheerleading song. 

11. “Fake A Smile” by Alan Walker

This one stands out with its powerful message.

“Fake A Smile” talks about those individuals who wear a big smile when deep inside, they are badly hurt. 

The lyrics resonate with many people, and that’s why it suits modern cheerleading squads.

12. “Levitating” by Dua Lipa

This empowering song by Dua Lipa expresses a powerful message of new romance.

It’s about falling in love with someone and thinking this could be the perfect time. 

Every experience with this one person is better than the previous one.

It is as if you’re levitating, exploring this new adventure with someone who completes your life. 

13. “Monster” by Shawn Mendes ft. Justin Bieber

This Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber classic is about the cost of stardom.  

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It is sure to leave all fans craving for more.

And the heavy drumming makes it the perfect cheer dance song. 

The song has an incredible beat to get everyone pumped up. 

14. “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

Everyone loves to sing along to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ lyrics in their award-winning collaboration. 

The beat is captivating.

And when you listen to the song’s message, you will want your squad to join Mars in the beautiful narration.

15. “Pump It” by The Black Eyed Peas

Make your routines lively with a Black Eyed Peas classic. 

The song is just right to get your squad in a cheery mood.

16. “Round & Round” by Selena Gomez

Another super catchy and fun song to get your cheerleading squad pumped up. 

Selena Gomez’s song has the right tempo to get every beginner cheerleader in the mood.

17. “Battlefield” by Jordin Sparks

Love is always compared to a battlefield. 

Sometimes you quarrel and fight but can’t stop thinking about your better half.

Those are Jordin Sparks’ emotions in her 2009 pop song.

It is a powerful tune and one to have on your cheerleading playlist. 

18. “So Bring It On” by The Cheetah Girls

The Cheetah Girls genuinely know how to get the crowd electrified. 

And their upbeat tune makes for an excellent selection where everybody craves a dance party.

It’s even better with a small cheerleading squad.  

19. “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas

Another one from the American musical group that’s easy to sing along to and fun to groove to.

“I Gotta Feeling” is an upbeat song for younger cheerleaders.

It is a perfect anthem for anyone trying to escape life’s pressures. 

If the going gets tough, you will want to go out and have a little fun with your buddies. 

And this is the right track to set the mood.

20. “Stronger” by Kanye West

Kanye’s song is sure to pull in the crowds. 

The song’s lyrics describe how past mistakes shape our future. 

The synthesizers and drums make it a poignant tune to groove to.  

For the record, Kanye borrows heavily from Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” while delivering comforting lyrics about life’s struggles. 

If your past constantly haunts you, it’s time to vent your frustration on the dance floor. 

Best Cheerleading Songs – Final Thoughts 

Competitive cheerleading takes a lot to learn. 

And to stand out from the crowd, you need effective training, good social skills, and a positive attitude.

In addition, you need a few tricks up your sleeve to get your crowd roaring.

The good news is that a good playlist does the trick all the time and can take you from average to excellent if you put in the work.

Encourage and motivate your squad with the top 20 cheerleading songs on this list.

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Will Fenton

Introduced to good music at a young age through my father. The first record I remember being played was "Buffalo Soldier" by Bob Marley, I must've been six years old. By the time I was seven, I was taking drum lessons once a week. The challenge but the euphoric feeling of learning a new song was addicting, and I suppose as they say the rest was history. Favorite album of all time? Tattoo You by The Rolling Stones Best gig you've ever been to? Neil Young at Desert Trip in 2016 Media mentions: Evening Standard Daily Mail

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