Shearer’s Spotlight: A Special Playlist Dedicated To The USA Women’s World Cup Team


Each Friday here on the VH1 Blog, our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown host Jim Shearer (@jimshearer on Twitter) will be sharing his Shearer’s Spotlight with us. Be sure to tune into the Top 20 countdown tomorrow morning when it airs on VH1 at 9 a.m. ET/PT, when the Top 20 Spotlight will be shining on none other than Beyoncé!

If you’re not watching the USA vs. Japan Women’s World Cup finals match this Sunday at 2 p.m., I don’t think we can be friends (unless, of course, you have a really good excuse).

Here are three songs that will be included on my pre-game playlist:

“Ridin’ Solo,” Jason Derulo

I’m sending this one out to USA’s Hope Solo. I decided to go with this Jason Derulo tune, because in sports, you always pin your hopes on your star player, and “ride” them through the finals. And because Solo plays the lonely position of goalkeeper, she is “ridin’ solo” in many ways. For any of you taking this song title out of a sports context and bringing it into, say, the bedroom; shame on you, what a dirty mind you have.

“Represent,” Weezer

Last year during the men’s World Cup, Weezer took it upon themselves to write a pump up song for the USA men’s soccer team. If the track was good enough for the guys, I don’t see why the ladies can’t use it too. Let’s hope our women fair better, though; our men’s team lost the first game in the knockout round of the tournament.

“Blitzkrieg Bop”. The Ramones

This special request and dedication goes out to USA defender, Ali Krieger (who scored the game-winning penalty kick in last week’s exciting quarter final against Brazil). The German overtone in the song’s title is also fitting, since the 2011 World Cup is taking place in Germany. And since Krieger played four years on a club team in Frankfurt, she can also speak German. (If I were to have a teenage-boy-like crush on any member of the women’s team, it might be on Krieger.)

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