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"Sweet Victory" is a popular rock song created by David Glen Eisley and Bob Kulick and performed by David Glen Eisley.[1] It was used in the episode "Band Geeks" during the Bubble Bowl.


  • David Glen Eisley - Lead singer



The winner takes all, it's the thrill of one more kill,
The last one to fall, will never sacrifice their will!
Don't ever look back, on the world closing in,
Be on the attack with your wings on the wind,
And the games will begin!
And it's sweet, sweet, sweet victory, yeah!
It's ours for the taking, it’s ours for the fight!
And it's sweet sweet sweet victory, yeah!
And the one who's last to fall, the winner takes all!
You don't win no silver, you only lose the gold.
You push with a fever, for your time keeps tolling on!
Against all the odds, against all your pain,
Your back’s on the wall with no one to blame.
Wild hearts won't be tamed.
And it's sweet, sweet, sweet victory, oh!
It's ours for the taking, it’s ours for the fight!
And it's sweet, sweet, sweet victory, yeah!
And the one who's last to fall!
The winner takes all...
Take it!
(Guitar solo)
And the one who's last to fall!
(Drum solo)
Sweet, sweet, sweet victory, yeah!
It's ours for the taking, it’s ours for the fight!
And it's sweet, sweet, sweet victory, yeah!
And the one who's last to fall.
The winner takes all!


  • The song was initially released in 1997. It was one of many other songs considered for the ending sequence, as a part of a royalty-free music library that Nickelodeon had access to.[2]
    • It was released on the Bruton Music library album, American Games.
    • The song was paired with another song titled Can't Stop the Rock.
  • The song has often been misattributed to artists such as Van Halen, Journey, KISS, Queen & John Parr.
  • This is the second song where SpongeBob sings, but his voice is not provided by Tom Kenny. The first is "Ripped Pants," where the song is sung by Peter Straus.
  • The song is only translated in the Serbian, Georgian, Hebrew, Lithuanian, and Bulgarian versions.
  • This is one of few songs that is not exclusive to the show.
  • Because of this, when the band is just starting, the episode ends.
  • Following Stephen Hillenburg's death, a petition was created to have the song played during the Super Bowl LIII halftime show.[3] While the song itself was not played at Super Bowl LIII halftime show, an exclusive SpongeBob clip with a reference to "Band Geeks" was used as an introduction to Travis Scott's "Sicko Mode." Extremely negative backlash ensued across the internet by many people and fans of the show who felt betrayed.
    • However, the song in full, along with a dedication to Hillenburg, was played in the stadium after the game.[4]
    • In response to the complaints, the Dallas Stars played the song in full at their stadium[5] during one of their games. However, they edited the colors of the band's uniforms in the animation to match the Stars' green colors, changed the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to the American Airlines Center, and replaced the footage of the Showboats vs. Bandits game with footage of Stars fans.
      • The song originally played on February 1st against the Minnesota Wild,[6] who also have green colors. The stars played it again during the February 4th game against the Arizona Coyotes, who have red colors.
      • Soon after, other sports teams took advantage of the song’s absence from the Super Bowl Halftime show by playing it in their own sporting events. One notable example is NASCAR using the song for a promotional video for the 2019 Daytona 500 featuring clips of highlights from previous races, as well as a few cameos of SpongeBob himself.[7]
      • Even David Glen Eisley, the original performer of the song, released a special orchestral version of the song.
  • This song was briefly played at the 2019 Kids' Choice Awards.[8]
  • The drumming was originally done by Eric Singer.
  • The song appears in the game SpongeBob's Game Frenzy, where it is in the mini game of "Band Geeks."
  • The song was removed from the APM and Universal Production Music search engines in August 2019, probably due to David Glen Eisley gaining full rights to the track before.
  • The song appears in the finale of Paramount+ Expedition to promote the streaming service Paramount+ during Super Bowl LV.