This well-known melody was written in 1896 by Theodore M. Metz and was later given a Wisconsin flavor by Phillip Allen ’99. It is generally considered to be the University of Wisconsin’s first “fight song.” In earlier years of the University, the song was simply referred to as “Hot Time” or “The Touchdown Song,” and was usually preceded by a verse entitled, “We’ll Cheer for Old Wisconsin.”
“Hot Time” is traditionally used by the UW Marching Band as a “fire-up” song, and it is played immediately before the beginning of nearly every athletic competition. It never fails to induce rhythmic clapping from Wisconsin fans and create an electrifying atmosphere. In Camp Randall Stadium, it is still used to signal a Badger touchdown.