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"Roundball Rock"
Single by John Tesh
Released 1990
Recorded 1990
Genre New Age
Length 2:49
Label GTS Records
Writer(s) John Tesh
Producer John Tesh

"Roundball Rock"[1][2] is a theme song composed by John Tesh and used for The NBA on NBC from 1990-2002. NBC played the song 12,000 times during their run. Tesh came up with the beat while at a hotel and called his answering machine at home to play the beat so he would not forget it.

When ABC took over broadcasting rights for the National Basketball Association, they chose to compose their own theme music instead.[3]

The song was revived in two ways in 2008, with NBC using the music for commercial bumpers during their coverage of basketball at the 2008 Summer Olympics[4] and Tesh releasing a free MP3 version on his website to commemorate the 2008 NBA Finals.[5] This song was sampled by Nelly for his song "Heart of a Champion" from his album, Sweatsuit.


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