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The 39 Best Baseball Walk Up Songs

Any fan will tell you that one of the best parts of a baseball game is hearing the song of their favorite player as he walks up to the mound or the plate. Walk-up songs have been a part of baseball since the 70s. And, since the 1990s, players and fans have taken baseball walk up songs seriously.

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A walk up song announces to the fans in the stands who is about to come their way. Some players choose a song that sounds intimidating, others choose something exciting, and some just stick to something chill that expresses their personality and lets them focus. 

So, what are the best baseball walk up songs ever? I thought you’d never ask!

What Makes a Great Walk Up Song?

Best Baseball Walk Up Songs

Players in the major leagues and down to the minors can choose songs to walk out to bat to. But, while baseball is “America’s pastime,” it has truly become an international game. 

There are players from the Caribbean, Japan, Europe, and all over the globe. This means that their choices for walk-up songs are naturally going to vary.

Some players go for a song that makes them sound scary. That’s fine, as long as their batting can back it up. Others like party songs that get the crowd going. Some even choose ridiculous songs like “Baby Shark.” Maybe not so ridiculous since it’s the most watched video ever with over 10 billion views.

The top music styles used in MLB… 

At the moment, they are rap and hip hop, followed by rock, then Latin, country, pop, and reggaeton. Other popular styles include electronica and metal or hardcore songs. 

For the minor leagues, things aren’t all that different. Although, the most popular styles usually reflect what’s most played on the radio in each city. 

Above all… 

great baseball walk up song should be memorable and also instantly recognizable. For players, their walk up song is something like their calling card. And, when it comes on, the crowd should know exactly who it is that’s up to bat. 

Even if they change their song every year, they should still choose something that will make a mark on their fans. 

The 39 Best Baseball Walk Up Songs of All Time

Songs and styles change over time. Right now, the most popular songs used in MLB include hip hop, reggaeton, country, and classic rock styles and are used by multiple players in the major leagues. 

Others have been hugely popular and have had their time in the sun. But, a few are still being used today.

Best Reggaeton Walk-Up Songs 

1
La Romana” – Bad Bunny (feat. El Alfa)

Bad Bunny tops the list of most popular artists for walk-up songs. But, many people may not have ever even heard his name. Bad Bunny is a Puerto Rican rapper who raps in Spanish and is one of the biggest names in Hispanic music right now.

“La Romana” is a reggaeton style track that features Dominican dembow star El Alfa as well. So, it’s a double whammy. 

This energetic song has been used as a walk-up track by Elvis Luciano, Willy Adames, Ronald Acuna, and most especially by Red Sox star Enrique ‘Kike’ Hernandez. This track gets the crowd pumped as soon as it comes on, so pasame la hookah, and let’s go!

2
Volví” – Aventura with Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny is back, this time mixing it up with the famous bachata group Aventura. The track “Volví” has a slower and smoother groove typical of Aventura, but Bad Bunny gives it a bit of a harder edge. It has a groove that will get the crowd up out of their seats. 

That’s probably why Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Junior chose this track as his walk up song for 2023. He was out for wrist surgery in March, but as the song suggests, he might be ready to come back soon. 

3
Llego el Moreno” – El Alfa

This time it’s El Alfa who’s back. He has lots of popular songs used as walk up songs in MLB. The track “Llego el Moreno” or the arrival of the brunette, is one dembow/reggaeton track full of energy for getting the crowd up on their feet. 

Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. may be from Venezuala, but he must be able to relate to the catchy rhythms of El Alfa El Jefe’s jams. 

Best Country Walk Up Songs

4
Burning Man” – Dierks Bentley

Only 8% of the popular walk-up songs are country, which is surprising because there are a lot more country fans out there than that. And some of the country choices are pretty surprising, too. But “Burning Man” shouldn’t be a shock to anyone. 

This 2019 track was a big hit for Dierks Bentley, winning him an Academy Of Country Music Award. Maybe the MLB players who choose it for their walk-ups are trying to let some of that success rub off on them.

Or, it could be that it’s just a darned good song. It’s driven by a stomping beat that the crowd can get behind, and the lyrics speak to every player’s drive to be the best. “Burning Man” fans include hardworking White Sox outfielder Adam Engel.

5
God’s Gonna Cut You Down” by Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash has a bunch of popular songs. So, it may be a surprise that the one that keeps popping up as a walk-up song is “God’s Gonna Cut You Down.” But, there are a few good reasons why.

First off, it has a great chain gang-sounding stomp-clap beat and a dark country twang that sets an intimidating mood. And then the lyrics – “You can run on for a long time/Sooner or later God’ll cut you down” – do a whole lot more to set the mood. 

This is a great walk up song for pitchers as they head to the mound to cut down the big hitters. Seattle Mariners Joe Beimel was the first to use it in MLB. But, others have taken it on board as well, like Washington National’s Drew Storen, Indians’ Cody Allen, and the Yankee’s Andrew Miller.

6
Song of Deliverance” – Zach Williams

The intro to Zach William’s “Song of Deliverance” has a very uncanny resemblance to the Johnny Cash song we just saw. With the stomp-clap beat and twangy guitar, it could be an homage. This is a song that also sports some heavy Christian references and sounds like it has a long and troubled history.

That’s probably why it was chosen by veteran pitcher Steve Cishek. Now playing with the Washington Nationals, his career has been long and hard-fought, just like his walk-up song.

7
Jolene” – Dolly Parton

This may be another surprise, but remember, Dolly was one of the biggest country artists of all time. This song is about a tortured heart, and maybe that’s what gives it a strangely intimidating feel. The music is also very country and a bit dark. And instantly recognizable.

Cincinnati Reds all-star, Joey Votto, has used this song when he walks out onto the field. It sets the stage for his big hitting and may help to put pitchers on edge. 

8
Beer For My Horses” – Toby Keith (feat. Willie Nelson)

Willie Nelson is a country legend, so it’s no surprise to see him on this list. But it might be a bit of a surprise to see him here on something of a light-hearted joke song with Toby Keith. 

However, this song is about justice and celebrating getting the job done. And that can strike a chord with both players and fans.

It did with the legendary Derek Jeter, who used this track as a walk up song about mid-way through his career with the New York Yankees.

Best Rock Walk Up Songs

9
Enter Sandman” – Metallica

This Metallica song has one of the most memorable, creepy, slow-building intros in rock. That’s before the guitars start chugging, and the song charges ahead into a metal masterpiece. It’s instantly recognizable and instantly intimidating.

Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees took this intimidating song as his theme. His message to batters? I’m the Sandman, and I’m going to put this whole thing to bed. It must have worked, as this closing pitcher became the team’s all-time saves record holder.

10
Thunderstruck” – ACDC

When “Thunderstruck” came out on ACDC’s 1990 album, The Razor’s Edge, its electricity and power made it a massive hit around the world. Since then, it has been used in all sorts of sports to pump up the crowd and motivate players.

In the world of major league baseball, John Smoltz, Eddie Guardado, JJ Putz, Mark Melancon, and the thunder god Noah Syndergaard have all walked up to this electrifying song. When that guitar-tapping solo gets started, I don’t know about you, but I get goosebumps.

11
Thunder” – Imagine Dragons

Another thunderous song, “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons, was a huge hit off their 2017 album, Evolve. This song has a very cool hip-hop vibe with rock overtones that creates a big, powerful ambiance. It’s inspirational in both the sound and the lyrics, which are about rising to challenges.

So, you’d better be a big hitter to pull off this track as your walk up song. Since it came out, players the likes of Jake McGee, Brandon Synder, Steve Pearce, Joc Pederson, and Clint Frazier have used this song to bring up the energy of the crowd and to inspire themselves to hit big, too.

12
When the Levee Breaks” – Led Zeppelin

When John Bonham starts bashing out that beat and Jimmy Page starts a-plucking the melody of “When the Levee Breaks,” the mood is set. This country-blues-rock track has been a favorite at stadiums around America, both in rock concerts and for sports events. 

The reason is that Led Zeppelin is just one of the best rock bands of all time, hands down. This slow, chilled-out song has a great western swagger to it. It has been used by lots of different players for many years.

13
Kashmir” – Led Zeppelin

Led Zep has more than a few songs that get used a lot in major league baseball. Kashmir has to be one of the most popular of all and also, coincidentally, my favorite. The slow, plodding beat and guitar riff blend perfectly to give an idea of a long walk through a wasteland. 

It also speaks to determination. So, if you hear this song come on with the next player you’re up against; I think you know you’re up for a struggle.

Chase Utley and Huston Street both used this song, but it was most fitting for one other player – Scott Kazmir. It’s basically his namesake, so when he let this song play him out to the mound, it sounded perfect.

14
Your Love” – The Outfield

What a classic 80s rock song! High, blasting vocals, a sing-along chorus, and clangy guitars – it’s no wonder that this song was a hit. And, with a band name like The Outfield, “Your Love” becomes an ideal walk up song for baseball stars. 

Charles “Chuck Nazty” Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies uses this song to inspire himself as he walks onto the field. He says it makes him think of Jesus, his wife, and his kids.

15
Iron Man” – Black Sabbath

“I am ironman!” announces a distorted Ozzy Osbourne over heavy guitars at the beginning of this early hard rock/proto-metal song. It then goes into one of the most recognizable guitar riffs in the history of rock music. 

This is an unmistakable song that instantly sets a hard and heavy scene for the upcoming battle. That’s probably why it was chosen as a walk up song by the legendary pitcher Jonathan Broxton. When this song came on announcing this amazing saver, I bet it made more than a few batters tremble.

Best Rap and Hip Hop Walk Up Songs

16
This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan

Since it came out on Montell Jordan’s debut album by the same name in 1995, numerous MLB players have been getting down to this song. Even though it’s more of a classic by now, the song has a solid clap-along beat, great vocals, and a sing-along chorus that took it to #1 on the charts.

The meaning behind this song makes it perfect for a walk-up song as well. It’s a confidence booster to the player walking up to this song. Players like Josh Rutledge, Anthony Gose, and Adam Eaton have used this track. 

But, it was Derek Jeter who really used this song to teach more than a few lessons during his illustrious career.

17
Lose Yourself” – Eminem

Derek Jeter is on this list three times, and for good reason. This 5-time World Series champion and hall-of-famer wasn’t just an incredible player. He also chose some of the best, most inspiring tracks for his walk up songs.

“Lose Yourself” by Eminem was Jeter’s choice for his last game at Yankee Stadium after a 20-year career. This is a powerful song that speaks to overcoming struggle and having faith in yourself and your abilities. 

It’s also hard-hitting and heavy, just like Jeter’s bat. And, he proved that if you’ve only got one shot, you better lose yourself in the moment.

18
No Diggity” – Blackstreet 

This hit song combines rap and R&B singing with a smooth hip hop downtempo beat that made it a huge track in the clubs. But, when it shot up to #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, it was suddenly all over the place. 

The sing-along chorus “hey-yo, hey-yo, hey-yo, hey-yo!” is just too infectious, and it’s absolutely impossible not to sing along with.

This song has been used by Ryon Healy. An,d Los Angeles Angels outfielder, Adam Eaton, graduated to “No Diggity” after using “This Is How We Do It” previously. I guess he wanted to make sure he bagged it up.

19
HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar

“HUMBLE.” was the star track off of Kendrick Lamar’s 4th album, DAMN., which was dropped in 2017. This track has a simple but thick beat that made it a big bouncy club hit. But soon, this track was being found all over the place. 

I’m not sure if the lyrics are aimed at the player walking on the pitch or the opposing team, but being humble is good advice for anyone.

Who hasn’t used this track as a walk up song? The list of players here is long – Logan Morrison, Joey Votto, Manny Machado, Christian Arroyo, Joey Gallo, Dellin Betances, Mitch Haniger, Danny Espinosa, Cody Bellinger – and a bunch of really humble guys.

20
“Dangerous” – Yin Yang Twins, (feat. Wyclef Jean)

Rounding out my list of the best baseball walk up songs is an infectious track by the Yin Yang Twins. This has a great beat, excellent vocals from the infamous Wyclef Jean, and memorable hooks from “Black Betty” and the old Hall & Oates song “Maneater.” 

It might be strange to have this song as a player’s walk-up song since it’s about a dangerously attractive woman. But, there’s a good reason for it. 

The “dangerous” chorus makes the incoming player sound intimidating. But, it also gets the female fans up out of their seats. Both seem to be a big plus, at least for any batter who chooses this as a walk-up song.

More Baseball Walk-Up Songs

21
“Remember the Name” – Fort Minor

22
“Wild Thing” – The Troggs

23
“Hall of Fame” – The Script ft. will.i.am

24
“All I Do is Win” – DJ Khaled

25
“So Fresh, So Clean” – Outkast

26
“The Stroke” – Billy Squier

27
“Bad to the Bone” – George Thorogood

28
“Lights Come On” – Jason Aldean

29
“We Will Rock You” – Queen

30
“All the Way Up” – Fat Joe

31
“Enemy” – Godsmack

32
“Sabotage” – Beastie Boys

33
“Black Betty” – Ram Jam

34
“Sultans of Swing” – Dire Straits

35
“Let Me Clear My Throat” – DJ Kool

36
“Public Service Announcement” – Jay Z

37
“Eye of the Tiger” – Survivior

38
“All of the Lights” – Kanye West

39
“Bases Loaded” – Whiskey Falls

Looking for Distinctive Songs?

We can help with that. Take a look at our detailed articles on the Best Songs About Heroes, the Best Songs about Fighting, the Best Songs About Walking, the Best Songs About Magic, the Best Songs About Dreams, and Songs About Bravery for more great song selections.

The Top 39 Best Baseball Walk Up Songs – Conclusion

A great walk up song has to make a statement. It can tell you this batter is going to knock it out of the park, or this pitcher is going to pitch a perfect game. But, it should carry some attitude and express a payer’s confidence and personality.

At the same time, a walk up song is a theme song for a player. So, it should also get the crowd excited and even bring them to their feet or at least clap or sing along. 

These songs span a wide range of styles and musical tastes, but they have one thing in common. They all add a whole lot of fun and flavor to America’s favorite sport.

Until next time happy listening and play ball!

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  1. A few I’m surprised aren’t more common…intros to Beautiful People/Marilyn Manson and Coming Down the Mountain by Janes Addiction. Then When the Man Comes Around by Cash…I think that would be a good choice as well.

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