One Shining Moment: College basketball theme song is the ultimate March Madness anthem
No NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship would be complete until "One Shining Moment" rolls out on the screen.
The March Madness anthem has become must-see TV for college basketball fans and non-fans alike. People everywhere tune-in as four weeks of madness, triumph and heartbreak are packaged into just a few minutes of bone-chilling footage.
Composer David Barrett was inspired to write the song in 1986 while he sat at an East Lansing bar and watched Larry Bird. The next morning, Barrett jotted down the lyrics on a napkin as he waited to meet up with a friend for breakfast. It took Barrett only 20 minutes to compose the entire song later in the day at his home. The rest as they say is history.
Barrett's iconic song aired on CBS for the first time after Indiana defeated Syracuse in the 1987 tournament. CBS continued to use his version until 1993 and picked it up again in 2000 after Teddy Pendergrass took over the singing duties from 1994-1999.
The version sung by Luther Vandross has been used every year since 2003 with the exception of Jennifer Hudson's rendition in the 2010 tournament.
Vandross will still be heard when the winner is crowned between North Carolina and Villanova on Monday night. But in honor of the 30th anniversary of the song, pop artist Ne-Yo will also offer his rendition that will air as part of Team Stream coverage on TNT and truTV.
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