While walk-up songs have been around since the 1970s, their importance truly increased in the early 90s when players began choosing their own tracks.
Players from Major League Baseball would choose music or songs they liked to be played during their introduction to the ballpark.
Walkup songs in baseball did precisely what the entrance theme songs did for WWE wrestlers. For one, they gave an insight into each individual player’s music taste. Each specific song became synonymous with that player. The loud music playing around the ballpark would build up the fan’s anticipation, heralding the entrance of the player they had been waiting for.
We have come up with the best walkup songs in history that will make it hard for you to keep your emotions in check.
In no particular order, here we go!
10 Best Baseball Walk up Songs
Song # 1: Humble by Kendrick Lamar
When this song came out in 2017, a club hit was the only thing we thought it was fit for. Soon enough, it started blaring from speakers across stadiums in the United States when many MLB stars, including Joey Votto and Cole Bellinger, made it the soundtrack of their entry.
Song # 2: Thunder by Imagine Dragons
This song was an instant hit as it was released. As well as having upbeat music, Imagine Dragons wrote lyrics any youngster with big dreams could relate to.
The song is motivating for many people who wanted to reach for their dreams, and it quickly became an anthem across the world. Malls, parties, stadiums, parks, and ballparks are just some of the places playing the song.
To nobody’s surprise, this song was quickly taken up by many MLB stars. The song was just the thing to pump crowds and inject some much-needed energy into the players before the game whistle blew.
Some of the All-Stars identified with the song are Steve Pearce, Brandon Snyder, Clint Frazier, and Joc Pederson.
Song # 3: Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra
To the surprise of some of our readers, hip-hop, pop and rock aren’t the only songs utilized by baseball players. Classic songs that give old-fashioned vibes are good enough to pump crowds, too, and Todd Frazier knows just that.
The former Mets man made it his mission to popularize the use of classic songs as walk-up songs, and he succeeded in his mission when he chose it as his personal walk-up song as well.
The irony of using “Fly Me to the Moon” as his walk-up song isn’t lost on anyone as Todd ‘Toddfather’ Frazier has hit enough home runs that have seen the ball fly out of the park, and who knows, high enough to reach the moon as well.
Song # 4: Can’t Stop by Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Any Red Hot Chilli Peppers song could probably fit any situation appropriately. Every song the band released had what it takes to be a classic.
Multiple All-Stars know that Red Hot Chilli Peppers are in a league of their own and have “Can’t Stop” as their choice of walkup song. “Can’t Stop” gives you that boost you need to keep performing at your best and improving your form.
Song # 5: El Mariachi Loco by Mariachi Vargas
El Mariachi Loco is well-known to be a wedding song in Mexican culture, but it doesn’t matter where it plays.
The song is capable of exciting the crowd enough to have them share their best dance moves with you. Whether it’s the church or in the middle of the ballpark, if this plays, you simply groove.
Adrian Gonzalez knew exactly what he was doing when choosing this as his walkup song. When “El Mariachi Loco” plays on his arrival to the batter’s box, he feeds off the energy of the crowd as he hits runs after runs.
Song # 6: Kashmir by Led Zeppelin
Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to walk out to the best song written by the best rock band in history. Of the many players who have chosen to play a song by Led Zeppelin, “Kashmir” has been the most common song choice.
The song is about a journey through a rough road, something most players relate to. The song was played upon the arrival of many famous All-Stars such as Chase Utley and Huston Street, but no one has done it better than Scott Kazmir.
The 3-time pitcher’s name rhymed enough with the name of the song for him to rock it as he gave his best on the pitch.
Song # 7: Lose Yourself by Eminem
“Lose Yourself” is all about taking up on that big opportunity no matter how much it scares you. Eminem knows what it feels like when you walk up to the big stage.
The anticipation and expectations of thousands of fans resting upon your shoulders is enough to make your ‘knees weak, arms heavy.’ However, sometimes that’s the only chance you get to do big in life, and you should seize it by the head.
Derek Jeter choosing to play Slim Shady’s rap anthem as he played one last time at the Yankee Stadium will go down as one of his greatest moments ever.
Song # 8: Iron Man by Black Sabbath
We weren’t kidding when we said players had chosen songs from every single genre to exist as walkup songs. This heavy rock/metal song was played each time the famous All-Star, Jonathan Broxton came down to pitch.
Osbourne screaming ‘I am Iron Man’ was enough to intimidate Broxton’s opponents and might explain his legendary 118 saves in baseball history.
Song # 9: Circle of Life Intro by The Lion King
We did mention that many players used theme music and not just songs.
It took the whole crowd aback when the song of their childhood began playing for the first time the Mets player, Yoenis Cespedes, made his entry.
The man-made many headlines as he got into the spotlight, something that threatened his many opponents.
Circle of Life is about appreciating the many wonders of life, making it an excellent walk-up song.
Song # 10: Game of Thrones Theme Song by Ramin Djawadi
The Game of Thrones theme song is the perfect song choice for someone who also appeared in the hit series, isn’t it? That’s right, the famous Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard made a cameo in Game of Thrones, after which he chose to play this song at his entrance.
Many other players such as Hunter Pence and Jayson Werth also chose this as their walkup song of choice, but it simply does not get any better than Syndergaard.
The Bottom Line
We hope this blog on the 10 best walk-up songs in baseball was a valuable read for all baseball fans.
Walkup songs can serve any purpose, inspire the player, hype the spectators, or simply be the player’s identity, but they have made their way into the very heart of the game. Hundreds of songs have been played in the stands all over the United States, and it was no easy feat to narrow them down to just a few.
It’s only natural that you associate good music with good memories. It is only natural that years of iconic sporting moments have been immortalized in music.
Which one of these walk-up baseball songs are your absolute favorite? Please, share with us in the comments section below.
Eduardo Perez is a multi-instrumentalist with over 20 years of experience playing instruments such as piano, guitar, ukulele, and bass. Having arranged songs and produced music in a recording studio, he has a wealth of knowledge to share about analyzing songs, composing, and producing. Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Musical Studies at Berklee College School of Music. Featured on Entrepreneur.com. Subscribe to his YouTube channel, or follow him on Instagram.