Choosing the right walk-up song for your baseball appearances isn’t easy. Many of the legendary players in the big leagues made uncommon tracks their own while others chose popular songs of their day. It all comes down to your own taste and what kind of track you want. In the end, your walk-up song should represent you in some way and send a message to the other team. In this article, we’ll go over the 51 best baseball walk-up songs of all time.
1. Enter Sandman – Metallica
Enter Sandman was made famous as Mariano Rivera’s walk-up song, and when opposing teams heard it, they knew they weren’t going to score again at the end of the game. The Hall of Famer’s use of the track—and the fact that it utterly rocks—has made it legendary in baseball circles as a walk-up song.
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2. Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
Seven Nation Army is one of those songs that just makes you feel unstoppable. It’s an awesome sports track to get you in the right mindset for your plate appearance and has all the energy you need in the electric guitars. While it got used a lot—some would say too much—by athletes, it was a favorite for Stephen Strasburg and a great choice for you too.
3. Killing In The Name – Rage Against The Machine
Rage Against The Machine is going to piss you off before you step up to the plate, so much so that you’re going to focus in to deal your best blow to the opposing team. Killing In The Name is the best option for a walk-up song, but we’ll see them again on this list. It’s been a popular track over the years too with major leaguers, so it’s more than good enough to be your walk-up song too.
4. Can’t Stop – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Can’t Stop has been a go-to song for a lot of major leaguers over the years. Between the instant kick-start the track gives you and the fast pace of the lyrics, it’s one of the few tunes that feel like they were made to be a walk-up song.
5. The Man – Aloe Blacc
Aloe Blacc’s The Man is a popular entrance song across a few different sports. The intro for the track is perfect, talking about what a mighty man is on his way up to the plate, and it’s instantly recognizable for the entire crowd. Overall, it’s hard to do better than this one if you aren’t looking for a rocking good time for your walk-up song.
6. Kashmir – Led Zeppelin
Chase Utley might have been the best to use Kashmir for a walk-up song, but Scott Kazmir used it too—obviously since it was perfect to go with his name. It doesn’t get much better than the whirling guitars of Led Zeppelin when it comes to walk-up music, they’ll hype you up and get you into the zone so you can get the big hit your team needs. Plus the almost marching style of it can easily be incorporated into your walk-up swagger.
7. Lose Yourself – Eminem
I’m not sure anyone has written a better song about living in the moment, letting go of fear, and just doing it. Eminem’s Lose Yourself is an amazing hype track, especially if you get any nervous jitters before you head out onto the field. All the angsty energy you could ask for layered into the rapper’s excellent lyrical style makes for an amazing walk-up song.
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8. Iron Man – Black Sabbath
Iron Man is an utterly iconic song from Black Sabbath, especially when it comes to intro music in baseball. Just the first lines are the best way to introduce yourself to the enemy team with those screeching robotic lyrics. It also helps that Black Sabbaths’ music delivers some heavy basslines to get you hyped up on top of that.
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9. Big Poppa – The Notorious B.I.G.
Biggie definitely has a few tracks that work perfectly for walk-up songs, but Big Poppa just hits differently when it comes to baseball. A major favorite of David Oritz—nickname Big Papi—it was also used in the 2001 film Hardball starring Keanu Reeves and helped cement the track as a great baseball song.
10. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
Crazy Train is an awesome walk-up song because of how well-known it is. Imagine Ozzy Osbourne screaming to welcome you up to the plate because that’s essentially what’s going on when you use this track. It was Chipper Jones’ walk-up song for 19 years, with the Atlanta Braves going as far as to give away bobbleheads of him that played the track.
11. Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N’ Roses
Welcome To The Jungle is sort of just inseparable from sports. It became an arena anthem over the years, forever intertwined with athletics and welcoming enemies onto your home field. A lot of pitchers have used it over the years, thanks to its awesome guitar solos and screeching vocals. Even greats like Randy Johnson made it their walk-out song, so why wouldn’t you?
12. Jump Around – House of Pain
House Of Pain’s Irish banger Jump Around is one of the best hype tracks of all time. It’ll be hard for you to actually walk to the plate because you’ll want to bounce your way up there when this one’s playing before your plate appearance. Manny Para and Brian Wilson have used it as their walk-up songs, along with many other big-time players, so it’ll work if you decide to use it too.
13. Thunderstruck – AC/DC
Could we possibly not put Thunderstruck on this list? An iconic sports anthem that will get the whole stadium hyped up, this is one of your best options for letting the other team know you’re about to shock them. Plenty of players have used it, from Noah Syndergaard to John Smoltz.
14. God’s Gonna Cut You Down – Johnny Cash
God’s Gonna Cut You Down is frankly an intimidating calm. It’s Johnny Cash’s take on a folk classic, but with his deep vocals and somber delivery style, it’s almost like he knows you’re toast, and he isn’t phased by it at all. It’s an awesome reminder for anyone you go up against that you’re taking them out, which is why Lance Berkman used it for his plate appearances.
15. All I Do Is Win – DJ Khaled Feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, And Rick Ross
All I Do Is Win by Dj Khaled became an unofficial sports anthem shortly after it was released. The whole idea of being a winner, doing nothing but dominating the competition, and defeating all your opponents is definitely a sentiment you want in your heart when you’re headed to the plate.
16. The Enemy – Godsmack
Godsmack is one of the best rock bands out there for something that goes hard in modern times. From the breathy vocals of The Enemy to the heavy and fast guitar riffs, it makes for a pretty awesome walk-up song. It might not be for everyone, but it’s a pretty simple track lyrically that talks about seeing clearly when you see the enemy and destroying them, so why wouldn’t it work?
17. POWER – Kanye West
You probably won’t get too far into your walk-up song before it cuts out, so the latter parts aren’t that important. Kanye West’s POWER has an awesome intro with the vocal ‘heys’ running through it, but it also has an amazing line ‘No one man should have all that power.’ If you’re looking for an out-of-the-box hip hop song for your walk-up, this is an awesome choice.
18. Sabotage – Beastie Boys
Sabotage has been a feature on several different sports video games over the years, so it’s inextricable from athletics. It works as a walk-up song because of its awesome intro guitar that explodes into the lyrical sections of the first verse. Rap-rock isn’t the most popular thing out there, but this track is an excellent option for getting jazzed up on the way to the plate.
19. All of the Lights – Kanye West Feat. Rihanna And Kid Cudi
The opening horns of All Of The Lights are the perfect way to herald your walk up to the plate. It’s a track that works perfectly for a walk-up because when the lights go up, it’s game time. And those lights are turning on because you’re entering the game and you’re about to take over. It’s a good hype song too, so that helps.
20. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
Look, Eye Of The Tiger has been a sports song since it got used in Rocky. You’re not going to be the most original person if you decide to make it your walk-up song, but that doesn’t matter in the end. It’s a classic for baseball and sports in general, something that you know is going to get the crowd going in addition to getting you hyped up.
21. My Hero – Foo Fighters
There are a few tracks on this list that are going to seem like a bit of a bold choice to use as your walk-up song, and this qualifies as one of them. My Hero is an awesome walk-up song by Foo Fighters, however, calling yourself a hero might not be the best option… unless you deliver of course. So make sure if you pick it you knock it out of the park.
22. Whatta Man – En Vogue And Salt-n-Pepa
En Vogue and Salt-N-Pepa’s Whatta Man is an R&B classic and a track that a lot of major leaguers have used over the years as their walk-up song. I mean who wouldn’t want those ladies extolling your existence on your way to home plate? It’s a great choice, but it does fall into those tracks that can get you clowned if you aren’t delivering once you’re on the field.
23. California Love – 2Pac Feat. Dr. Dre
This might work best if you’re playing on the West Coast, but man is it a great song. California Love by 2pac is the best track for welcoming opposing pitchers to your world. Kenley Jansen used it as his walk-out song for almost the entirety of his 10 years as the closer of the Los Angeles Dodgers, but it’ll work for you too.
24. Batter Up – Nelly And St. Lunatics
Anything that directly relates to baseball can make for a good walk-up song, and Batter Up by Nelly is one of those tracks that just seem to fit. Depending on the version you choose, you can have an announcer telling the whole stadium you’re on the way or just go right into his smooth vocal stylings. Either way, it’s a win and a solid choice for your baseball walk-up song.
25. Come Together – The Beatles
The Beatles’ sweet anthem of togetherness doesn’t make for a bad intro track if you look at it objectively. Come Together has some softer sections, but it still has its brand of rock stamped all over the sections with heavier guitars. If you’re old-school, this might be the walk-up song for you.
26. Sweet Emotion – Aerosmith
Sweet Emotion is one of those tracks that are full of what feels like composed energy. It works incredibly well as a walk-up song thanks to that, serving the role of hyping everyone up but helping you get in the right mindset without overdoing it—it’s actually a favorite of Kyle Hendricks. It’s a very popular one though, so if you’re trying to be unique, this isn’t the track for you.
27. The Imperial March – From Star Wars
The Imperial March from Star Wars has a very ominous feeling to it, which is what makes it the perfect walk-up song. In addition to being instantly recognized by anyone who’s ever seen Star Wars—and many who haven’t—the track will give your opponents a sense of impending doom as you make your way to the plate. It doesn’t get too much better than this, plus you can let your geeky side out a little bit without being made fun of thanks to the credibility of this song.
28. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) – Jimi Hendrix
If you’re looking for the perfect electric guitar song for your walk-up, why not go for arguably the best guitar player of all time? Jimi Hendrix’s Voodoo Child (Slight Return) has one of the best and most interesting guitar openings of all time. It’s a classic that’s achieved such greatness that nobody can even argue with your selection.
29. Kickstart My Heart – Mötley Crüe
Mötley Crüe’s Kickstart My Heart sure does its job well. It’s a classic rock song that’ll increase your heart rate and have you ready for your next plate appearance. It’s also one of those arena classics that you’ll hear often during warmups, but it has been used quite effectively by major leaguers for years.
30. God’s Plan – Drake
If you want to put the literal fear of God in someone and let them know that you’re destined to absolutely destroy them at the plate then why not use God’s Plan as your walk-up song? Drake laid down some calm lyrics over a hype beat that will help you get in the rhythm and perfect your swing as you get a couple of practice ones in on your way up to the plate.
31. Gasolina – Daddy Yankee
If you want one of the most hype songs possible, you’d be hard-pressed to find one with more energy than Gasolina by Daddy Yankee. It’s incredibly popular among the Spanish-speaking players in the big leagues and might be a good fit for you too. It’s got a great beat, moving rhythm, and hyped-up lyrics for you to get in the zone with.
32. Hail To The King – Avenged Sevenfold
It’s a bold choice to—quite literally—play a track that basically tells everyone to bow down because you have arrived. Avenged Sevenfold’s Hail To The King is an amazing walk-up song that delivers the heavy metal punch many would love to have to announce their arrival.
33. Load Up The Bases (The Baseball Song) – Whiskey Falls
Whiskey Falls quite literally wrote this track for the baseball field, I mean, it is called the baseball song. It’s pretty simple in the end, full of lyrics that talk about playing baseball. It came out in 2007 and has seen some use as a walk-up song in the years since then, but it’s not overly popular. If you want to stay on theme and be a little different, this might be the track for you.
34. Black Betty – Ram Jam
A lot of funny memes have popped up regarding this song over the years, mostly due to the slurred way parts of the lyrics are sung. Black Betty can be made to say just about anything you want it to, with some people who don’t know the lyrics arguing it says other words anyway. What isn’t up for debate is how great the track is at hyping you right up. That alone makes it a respectable choice for a walk-up song, just don’t get as scattered and chaotic as the track actually feels on your way up to the plate.
35. Trophies – Young Money
Young Money’s Trophies is an amazing hype track that’s all about winning. If you’re there to collect more trophies than checks and you’re all about winning, this might be the best walk-up song you can choose.
36. Bad To The Bone – George Thorogood & The Destroyers
Here’s a classic that you know is going to have everyone singing along. Bad To The Bone announces to the world that you’re here and ready to wreck shop. Its popularity has declined over the years, but it still works well and sees some use in the league by a couple of stars.
37. Remember The Name – Fort Minor
Every time you step up to the plate, you want to do something that will make people remember you. Remember The Name is one of the best songs for your walk-up if that’s your goal. Inexorably connected to sports since its release, it’s one of the few tracks that can encapsulate the struggle and countless hours you’ve put in to be ready for this one moment. It’s also a nice change-up if you want to do a hip hop song but enjoy the orchestral sound of this classic.
38. Sicko Mode – Travis Scott Feat. Drake
A lot of Travis Scott’s music is perfect to use to hype yourself up, I mean, the rapper encourages people to mosh at concerts. Sicko Mode is shockingly one of the more chill songs he’s put out in his career, but it still has the trap beat and pace to get you ready to go. This one’s better for getting in the zone than getting your heart racing, but if you want a modern track for your walk-up song, it’s hard to find a much better option.
39. Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin
Classic rock tracks tend to make great walk-up songs because of the amazing guitar riffs that always come with them. Led Zeppelin makes another appearance on this list with Whole Lotta Love, a track to give your walk-up the bounce and swagger you need to hit one over the fence. Joey Wendle is the best-known player to use this one during his time with the Oakland A’s and the Tampa Bay Rays.
40. Bulls On Parade – Rage Against The Machine
And finally, we come back to Rage Against The Machine. Bulls On Parade might have an even better guitar opening than Killing In The Name. A building opening that blows up with the protestant anger the band is so well known for. Outside of our first entry from them on this list, there isn’t a better punk song to use for your walk-up music.
41. Can’t Be Touched – Roy Jones Jr.
Look, Can’t Be Touched might not be one of the best rap songs of all time, but it is the perfect entrance music for an athlete—and a great workout track if I might add. Roy Jones Jr. was a world-class boxer who recorded the song and used it for his own walk-out to the ring, but it works just as well for your walk up to the plate for an at-bat.
42. Brick House – Commodores
Brick House by Commodores is another one of those classic tracks that you can’t go wrong with when you choose it as your walk-up song. Of course, you don’t want to be up there bricking at the plate, however, it lets everyone know a big player is on the way to the plate.
43. Song 2 – Blur
Song 2 by Blur just has an upbeat energy to it that’s hard to replicate. Walking up to this track is no shame and getting hyped up with it isn’t either. It doesn’t have the harsh basslines of a lot of classic rock songs on this list, but it’ll work just as well as most of those to get you ready for your at-bat.
44. Click Click Boom – Saliva
Saliva’s Click Click Boom is one of the best sports hype songs of the 2000s. It’s got heavy guitars and will have you ready to take on the world because you’re headed up to the plate to blow up the ball, not just make contact.
45. Numb – Linkin Park
Anything Linkin Park will have you ready to run through a brick wall, and Numb is no different. A synth-heavy opener backed up by electric guitars will have you on the way to the plate in style and the emotional lyrics can help you shrug off any pressure on your shoulders.
46. Headstrong – Trapt
Trapt’s Headstrong is all about not backing down and taking on any comer. That’s exactly the kind of energy you need when your team is down and you need a big hit against a star pitcher, making this an excellent walk-up song for your baseball season.
47. No Hands – Waka Flocka Flame Feat. wale And Roscoe Dash
No Hands is one of those 2000s and 2010s hip hop songs that doesn’t get the credit it deserves. I listened to it growing up and it was an awesome hype track for me when I was still playing sports. There’s absolutely no reason this can’t be an awesome walk-up song, just make sure you get a censored version if there are going to be kids in attendance.
48. Work Hard Play Hard – Wiz Khalifa
Work Hard Play Hard has an awesome beat to it that’s hard to resist. It’s also got a funny opening if you want to try to throw off opponents thanks to the almost kid-like vocal in the beginning. Overall, any Wiz Khalifa fan can make this one work.
49. It’s Going Down – Yung Joc Feat. Nitti
Yung Joc’s It’s Going Down might not be the best hip hop track of all time, but it is a great one to use as a walk-up song. It puts everyone within hearing distance on notice that you showed up and you’re about to do something to them, which in your case is hopefully go yard.
50. Hustlin’ – Rick Ross
Hustlin’ was one of Rick Ross’s biggest solo hits to date and there’s no problem seeing why. It’s an amazing hype song that’s backed up by his gruff vocals and a f*ck you attitude that will have you on your grind without any sense of burnout.
51. Sail – AWOLNATION
Sail is one of the coolest alt-rock songs to come out in recent memory and a track that became insanely popular in the sports world. Plenty of players used it for their walk-up songs and it would become a popular one for TV promos as well. It’ll work just as well for you, so we threw it on here to finish out the list strong.
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