Walk-up songs in softball are your chance to leave an impression outside of your play on the field. They’re part of you, a quick snapshot of who you are and what you want to do while you’re at the plate while helping you get into the right mindset. You can also try to use them to throw your opponents off their game with something funny or intimidating.
In this article, we’ll cover both options, giving you 21 of the best songs to use as your softball walk-up song.
1. Enter Sandman – Metallica
It’s hard to think of Enter Sandman and baseball or softball without thinking of Mariano Rivera, but there’s a good reason for that. The song exudes confidence with its super recognizable riffs, and it’s neither too fast nor too slow. It’s just one of those songs that work perfectly for entrances because it’ll put a little swagger into your step without making you rush, giving you plenty of time to get into the zone before stepping up to the plate.
2. Welcome To The Jungle – Guns N’ Roses
Welcome to the Jungle is a classic sports song. It’s hard to go wrong with most of their songs, honestly. You can find something that works for you, from Paradise City to Sweet Child O’ Mine. Guns N’ Roses songs always have big, loud intros, precisely the kind of thing you want for your walk-up and something that everyone will instantly recognize on the field and in the stands.
3. Gasolina – Daddy Yankee
Sometimes your walk-up song should just be a song to help get you hyped up. Gasolina is full of energy and was one of the most popular hype songs the year it came out. You also don’t need a song with some deep meaning because this one doesn’t have any. It’s a great song to blast to get your heart going faster and prepare you for your plate appearance.
4. Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
Seven Nation Army has one of the best intro guitar riffs out there and one that’s become a bit of a classic over the years since it was released. It can also make you feel like you’re unstoppable, with the song talking about even a massive army not being able to stop them from reaching their goals. It’s another super confident song to help you get into that hyper-focused zone for your at-bat.
5. Barbie Girl – Aqua
So, whether you’re on a men’s, women’s, or mixed softball team, this will be a funny song to walk up to the plate. It’s not always about trying to intimidate your opponents; sometimes, the best option is just to have some fun and let them know you don’t care. Imagine someone walking up to this; they don’t care if someone laughs. So they don’t care how good you are either.
6. Thunderstruck – AC/DC
AC/DC has a lot of songs that have become must-plays at sporting events over the years, and they’re one of the biggest names in rock history. You’d be hard-pressed to pick a bad walk-up song from their extensive library. If you don’t like mimicking Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man by picking Shoot To Thrill, you should consider Thunderstruck.
7. 7/11 – Beyonce
Beyonce has plenty of empowering songs that can work well for getting yourself excited for an at-bat or getting you in the zone to knock a ball over the fence. 7/11 might be one of your best choices, with its fast-clapping rhythm and line delivery. You can pick several sections of the song for your specific walk-up, whether the intro, chorus, or whichever verse fits you the best.
8. Fireman – Lil Wayne
The intro to Fireman is, well, fire. It’ll silence the crowd and announce your arrival, and then you can walk up to the plate behind some blaring emergency sirens before the beat kicks in. This one’s almost all about the intro, but that synth beat is something that will really get you going as well. Overall, it’s probably Wayne’s best song to use as a walk-up song.
9. No Diggity – Blackstreet
You can’t really go wrong picking one of the greatest hip hop songs of all time, either. It’s the perfect thing to put a bit of bounce in your step as you walk into the batter’s box and an excellent way to snag a few cheers from the crowd. Its entire premise is just about having fun too.
So while you might be taking the game as seriously as a heart attack, this one can help you get into the zone while also reminding you that the game is about having fun more than anything else, which might take off some pressure.
10. Iron Man – Black Sabbath
In terms of sick walk-up songs, it’s difficult to find a better option than Iron Man by Black Sabbath. The introductory robotic voice declaring to the world that you are Iron Man and the instant hit of metal guitars is more than enough to prepare you for your at-bat.
Nobody will forget it, it has a bit of an intimidation factor, and it’s just a badass song to walk out to. Iron Man is also popular among major-league relievers, with plenty of players using it as their walk-out song over the years.
11. Kashmir – Led Zeppelin
Kashmir isn’t just a classic rock song. It’s a classic walk-up song, with vast numbers of players using it over the years to announce their presence on the field. Easily one of the best songs on this list in terms of songwriting, it’s got a driving rhythm to it that will have you nearly bouncing to the plate and ready to take on the world.
Let the sun beat down on your face and aim for the opposing pitcher’s car in the parking lot just beyond the left-field fence.
12. Can’t Be Touched – Roy Jones Jr.
If you’re looking for a song that makes you feel absolutely unstoppable, then you don’t need to look any further than Can’t Be Touched by Roy Jones Jr. It’s got an excellent hype intro to the song with some of the most confident lyrics you can imagine. Plus, it comes from a world/Olympic champion boxer who was untouchable during his prime. And, with Roy Jones Jr. being from my hometown, I can’t leave his work off this list.
13. Lose Yourself – Eminem
Lose Yourself is one of the best songs Eminem has ever released, regardless of whether you pull the 8 Mile version of one of the updated album versions. The entire song is about making the most of the chances you have in life, and it’s hard to make an argument against the song working as a metaphor for a plate appearance.
Even the legendary Derek Jeter used this one as his walk-up song for the man’s final plate appearance at Yankee Stadium.
14. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
Speaking of insanely recognizable intros, how about walking up to the plate with Ozzy screaming behind you? If you want a classic rock song that will leave an impression but don’t wanna go with any of the arena rock bands, this is one of the best choices you can make. With the Prince of Darkness behind you, who’s going to stop you?
This one was famously used by Hall of Famer Chipper Jones during his time on the Atlanta Braves.
15. Down With The Sickness – Disturbed
The predatory drums of Down With The Sickness are enough to get you excited, but if they fail, you can always rely on the screaming vocal intro and sick guitar riffs to get the job done. The beginning of the song is the best part for a walk-up song, but you can always mix it up and use the choruses instead if you want something that starts fast and hard instead of building as you make your way from the dugout to the plate.
16. Game Of Thrones Opening Credits
Just about everyone has heard the opening credits track from Game of Thrones, regardless of whether they liked or even watched the series. It’s a continuous loop of instrumentals that add layers as the song progresses.
Overall, it’s a pretty decent hype song, but it works best to help you get your mind right before you step up to the plate. If you were a massive fan of the series or want to sweep across the field like the winds of winter (still waiting on that book, George), this may be the song for you.
17. Killing in the Name – Rage Against the Machine
This song is the best on the list for unleashing all the rage inside you onto the other team. It is also a great way to bring the crowd to their feet. The punk sensibilities of Rage Against the Machine are on full display with Killing In The Name, and there might not be a better walk-up song for those early 2000s punk rock fans. It’s another song that has been very popular among big leaguers over the years, but don’t let that stop you from using it for yourself.
18. Truth Hurts – Lizzo
Barbie Girl isn’t the only sassy song on this list. Truth Hurts by Lizzo doesn’t have the awkward or joking aspect that the latter song has, but it’s definitely got some attitude to it and isn’t a song most people would expect. It’s full of self-reliance, taking control of your situation, and confidence. Truth Hurts also has several different sections that can work well for a walk-up song, not just one, so you can find the part that fits best for you.
19. Fighter – Christina Aguilera
Fighter has so much attitude to it. It’s not the pop-centric style you might typically expect from Christina Aguilera; it’s much more of a rock song with an edge to it. The chorus break after the first verse has an excellent glass shatter that can work for your intro, and Aguilera’s voice will have you bouncing up to the plate and ready to swing for the fences.
20. Can’t Stop – Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Red Hot Chili Peppers should probably be on any best-songs list, so here’s our humble offering for best softball walk-up songs. Can’t Stop has just about anything you could ask for in a walk-up song, and it’s very popular among major-league players. It’s got a killer intro, riffs that blast at a hype pace, and that extra bit of funk to help your song stand out among the others.
21. God’s Gonna Cut You Down – Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash’s haunting vocal style is just something that hits differently. This is especially true of the songs he put out in his later career, as his age added an extra layer to his voice that was always there but not as obvious and became more prominent. God’s Gonna Cut You Down has the same old slow, train-like chugging rhythm as most of his songs, but this one has the added effect of telling your opponents God himself will take them out eventually. It’s a great hype song for the short walk up to the plate and is perfect for helping you focus.
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