"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 1998. 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.
  • 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.



Music (VTE)

Original Theme HighlightsThe SpongeBob SquarePants MovieThe Yellow AlbumThe Best Day EverThe Sponge Who Could FlySpongeBob's Greatest HitsIt's a SpongeBob Christmas!Music from The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of WaterThe SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Theme SongA Day Like ThisAhhhhAll You Need is FriendsThe Alphabet SongAttitude of GratitudeBack in EncinoBarnacles!Beats by BobBeautiful DreamerBee Line for the Tree LineThe Best Day EverBikini BottomBikini Bottom - Rock BottomBossy BootsThe Bubble SongCampfire Song SongCha-ChingThe ChefBob SongChristmas Eve JittersChristmas Is MineClarinet WizardDead EyeDoing the SpongeDoin' the Krabby PattyDear FriendDon't Be a Jerk (It's Christmas)Down the WellThe Dragon is HereElectric ZooEverybody Loves the SpongeEmployee of the MonthFishin' for MoneyFrozen Krabby Patty SongFueling the BusThe F.U.N. SongGary Come HomeGive It All You GotGive Jellyfish Fields a ChanceGood-Bye, AtlantisGoofy Goober RockGoofy Goober SongThis Grill is Not a HomeHe's FlyingHe's Our Mermaid ManHey All You PeopleHey, Mean Mr. BossmanHigh Seas ChantIt's High Time We Went on TourHo Ho HoedownHot FruitcakeI Can't Keep My Eyes Off of YouI Hate PeopleI Wrote ThisIdiot FriendsIf I Could Talk to MoneyI Will Trap SantaI Love Krabby PattiesIf Only I Could Join YouThe Jellyfishing SongJust a KidKrabby Patty Jingle (song)Kung Fu RockThe Krusty Krab PizzaLivin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the MoonlightLoop de LoopMeatball, MeatballMr. Krabs' SongMusical DoodleMy Leg Is In Love!My Tighty WhiteysNever Give UpThe Nitwitting SongNow That We're MenOcean ManOh, Krusty KrabOh, My KarenPets Are People TooPlankton's SongPatrick StarPretty Ribbons and BowsPrehibernation (song)Prince Paul's Bubble PartyPlankton Jams the SignalRidin' the HookRipped PantsRubber Hose RagRap BattleThe Road SongSandy's SongSailing Over The Dogger BankSanta Has His Eye on MeSanta Won't Let You DownSnowflakesSo Long, Bikini BottomSpongeBob and Patrick Confront the Psychic Wall of EnergyThe SpongeBob History SongSpongeBob ScaredyPantsSquidward's SongSquidward's Tiki LandSqueeze MeSuperiorSurreptitiously MineSurfin' SummerSandy SquirrelSquidward's BackThe Suction Cup SymphonySweet VictoryScurvy Ain't For the Likes of MeThat's the RodeoThank Gosh It's MondayThumbs SongTeamworkTogetherThey'll Soon DiscoverTruth or Square Theme SongsTexasThat's What Friends DoUnder My RockUnderwater SunThe Very First ChristmasWe've Got ScurvyWhen Worlds CollideWhere's GaryWe're the Ghouls of the Briny DeepWet, Wet ChristmasWho Am I?Who Wants to Race Me?You Will Obey!You Better SwimYou're Old

Short Songs
4-PlyAyCookie, Wookie, Teddy BearIt's All About You GirlIndoorsFor He's A Jolly Good RookieSquidly's 7 SongsBirthday Song for SquidwardBikini Bottom National AnthemI'm PatrickOff to WorkWe're Gonna Be PiratesPearl's Me DaughterThe Striped Sweater SongBest Friends Forever RingSanta's Coming TonightBrush, Brush, Brush My TeethWelcome Home, SandyLife on the PrairieEat at The Krusty KrabLaundry Song

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