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30 Best Baseball Walk-Up Songs of All Time

November 6, 2023
Best Walk-Up Songs in Baseball History

I’ve compiled the best baseball walk-up songs to pump up players before stepping to the plate.

This ultimate playlist features classic and contemporary hits across genres chosen by MLB pros and amateurs alike.

Quick answer (author’s top picks): what are the best baseball walk-up songs?

“From my experience as a fan (Los Angeles Angels right here), the best baseball walk-up songs inject energy into the stadium like nothing else. “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan brings a sense of celebration to every step the player takes. “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival adds a layer of gritty determination, resonating with the spirit of competition. And the dynamic beats of “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis make it impossible not to feel invigorated, ready for whatever the game brings.”

Will Fenton, Founder of MidderMusic & Overblown music magazine

Top picks for baseball walk-up songs

  • “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan
  • “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • “Chelsea Dagger” by The Fratellis
  • “Hells Bells” by AC/DC
  • “Fame” by David Bowie
  • “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin
  • “Flower” by Moby
  • “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift
  • “Lose Yourself” by Eminem

1. “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan

This iconic 90’s jam is one of the most popular walk-up songs.

It was played before Derek Jeter‘s first major league at-bat at Yankee Stadium in 1995.

“I’m kinda buzzed, it’s all because
(This is how we do it)
South Central does it like nobody does, nobody does
(This is how we do it).”

2. “Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

“Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival sounds like it was made to be a walk-up song.

It’s uplifting, energetic, and powerful.

3. “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

“Can’t Hold Us” is another great walk-up song.

It captures the essence of the excitement.

And it’s arguably one of the best hype songs in general.

4. “Chelsea Dagger” by The Fratellis

There’s something about “Chelsea Dagger” that will make you want to grab a beer at a stadium.

It’s very energetic and motivating.

So, everything you need from a good walk-up song.

5. “Hells Bells” by AC/DC

Hells Bells” by AC/DC is one of the iconic baseball songs.

And it will always be associated with Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman.

I’m a rolling thunder, a pouring rain
I’m comin’ on like a hurricane
My lightning’s flashing across the sky
You’re only young but you’re gonna die.

6. “Fame” by David Bowie

Funky sound and a confident atmosphere make Bowie‘s “Fame” an ideal walk-up song.

I can easily imagine myself stepping up to the plate during this song.

7. “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin

MLB fans will know that “Kashmir” was Chase Utley‘s walk-up song.

The American second baseman, known as “The Man” and “Silver Fox”, really has good taste in music.

8. “Flower” by Moby

The Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper also has good taste in music.

His walk-up song is “Flower” by Moby, a catchy tune that will get you pumped.

9. “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift

Anthony Rizzo decided to walk out to “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift.

An unexpected but very good choice.

It’s also a reminder that female artists deserve a place in baseball walk-up music.

10. “Lose Yourself” by Eminem

The moment you hear that guitar in “Lose Yourself“, you feel like something’s about to go down.

And then this, to give you the chills:

If you had
One shot
Or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted
In one moment
Would you capture it
Or just let it slip?”

11. “Your Love” by The Outfield

Charlie Blackmon used the familiar melody of “Your Love” as his walk-up music.

It’s a great tune if you want a sing-along.

And the band has a very appropriate name too.

12. “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” by Johnny Cash

“God’s Gonna Cut You Down” by Johnny Cash sounds even more powerful after Lance Berkman used it as his walk-up song.

This is a perfect choice if you want to intimidate (and warn) your opponent.

“You can run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Sooner or later God’ll cut you down.”

13. “Circle of Life” by The Lion King

Some baseball players like to choose goofy walk-up songs.

Although “Circle of Life” isn’t very goofy, if you imagine it as a walk-up song, it becomes rather funny.

However, it’s a powerful song that can motivate you to give your best.

So, it’s an interesting choice.

14. “Careless Whisper” by Wham!

On the other hand, “Careless Whisper” is undoubtedly one of the funny baseball walk-up songs.

When Josh Reddick stepped on the plate, everyone was surprised by his music choice.

But the audience and other players seemed to go along with it.

15. “Boogie Nights” by Heatwave

Aaron Judge picked his new walk-up track in 2021.

And it’s “Boogie Nights.”

Why not bring a little disco to the stadium?

16. “Big Poppa” by The Notorious B.I.G.

A former Dominican-American player David Ortiz was nicknamed “Big Papi.”

So it’s logical that his walk-up song was “Big Poppa” by The Notorious B.I.G.

17. “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar

When it comes to hip-hop walk-up songs, “Humble” is one of the most appropriate choices.

It was used by Manny Machado, Joey Votto, and Cody Bellinger.

18. “Warm it Up” by Kris Kross

Whether you’re about to step on a plate or not, this tune will warm you up.

Of course, it was used by Kris Bryant.

Warm it up, Kris!

19. “Hustlin'” by Rick Ross

If you’re a Red Sox Nation member, you already know that “Hustlin'” is J.D. Martinez’s walk-up song.

It’s a good way to let your opponent know who’s the boss.

20. “Walk” by Kwabs

Wouldn’t this be a great walk-up song?

It’s fun to think about your potential walk-up song.

Would it be energetic?

Or silly?

Well, “Walk” by Kwabs is just one of the suggestions.

21. “Enter Sandman” by Metallica

Imagine hearing “Enter Sandman” getting turned up at a stadium.

In fact, “Enter Sandman” is one of the most popular walk-up songs, thanks to Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera.

22. “Can’t Stop” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Can’t Stop” is also one of the best rock walk-up songs.

The beginning of the song will immediately pump you up and make you feel confident.

It was one of Anthony Rizzo’s walk-up songs. 

23. “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes

“Seven Nation Army” somehow became the biggest sports anthem.

And White Stripes‘ frontman Jack White even wrote a song for his baseball bat company in 2017.

“Battle Cry” was also used as walk-up music for MLB’s Ian Kinsler.

But “Seven Nation Army” remains their most iconic stadium song.

24. “Welcome To The Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses

Without a doubt, “Welcome To The Jungle” is one of the most famous MLB walk-up songs.

It was used by legendary players including Kerry Wood and Randy Johnson.

25. “The Imperial March” by Star Wars

Is there a better way to work up the crowd than with “The Imperial March“?

Yes, this might be one of those funny walk-up songs, but it works!

26. “Black Betty” by Ram Jam

The “Black Betty” guitar riff managed to motivate Ian Kinsler.

He played in Major League Baseball for 14 seasons, and some of the best walk-up songs are associated with him.

27. “Wild Thing” by X

Charlie Sheen played Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn in the movie “Major League.”

And he used to be a pretty good fastball in real life too.

Either way, I will always associate this song with his character.

28. “El Mariachi Loco” by Mariachi Vargas

You’ll get a positivity and energy boost by listening to “El Mariachi Loco.”

It was the best walk-up song for Adrián González.

29. “Otis” by Kanye West and Jay-Z

Another song that can make everyone fired up is “Otis” by Kanye West and Jay-Z.

After all, both Jay-Z and Kanye West are popular among baseball teams when it comes to walk-up music.

Moreover, “Otis” is based on a sample of legendary singer Otis Redding’s version of  “Try a Little Tenderness.”

30. “Supermassive Black Hole” by Muse

Supermassive Black Hole” sounds like it was created to be a walk-up song.

It’s a perfect track to excite the crowd, make you look like a badass, and intimidate your opponent.

In other words, it’s everything you need from a proper baseball walk-up song.

Wrapping Up My List of the Best Walk-Up Songs in Baseball History

I hope my playlist reminded you of the legendary walk-up songs as well as showed you some new ideas.

Picking the right walk-up music probably isn’t easy as there are so many great options.

And for a professional player, it’s very important. After all, many players end up being associated with a certain song.

Well, if it’s a good one, that might not be such a bad thing.

Either way, walk-up music truly became a cultural sensation, and it continues to catch the attention of baseball lovers around the world.

Similar articles: Best Baseball Songs of All Time & Best Softball Walk-Up Songs

Will Fenton

Will, the founder of MIDDER, is a multifaceted individual with a deep passion for music and personal finance. As a self-proclaimed music and personal finance geek, he has a keen eye for futuristic technologies, especially those that empower creators and the public.

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