While music has long been a huge part of baseball,
the evolution of the individual walk-up song over the last three decades has forever changed the ballpark experience for players and fans alike.
The walk-up song not only serves as inspiration to pump up the crowd and the players as they walk out,
it can provide fans with some valuable insight into the personalities and tastes of their favorite players
. After all, there’s no better form of self-expression than through the art of music,
and combined with America’s national pastime, it transcends into a pop culture sensation.
Top 25 Greatest Baseball Walk-Up Songs (and 50 more):
25. Humble – Kendrick Lamar
This club banger quickly emerged as an instant classic, ranking among the most popular walk-up songs in ballparks across America
24. Thunder – Imagine Dragons
You better yield a big stick if you plan on settling into the batter’s box to a song titled “Thunder.”
This popular song about dreaming big is still relatively new compared to other tunes on the list.
23. Your Love – The Outfield
This catchy '80s pop-rock hit is always a crowd pleaser and remains one the most popular walk-up songs in Major League Baseball to this day.
22. Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
A longtime fan favorite and ever-popular stadium anthem,
the driving back beat and iconic guitar riffs of “Seven Nation Army” are sure to pump up any player making their way to the plate or mound.
21. Careless Whisper – Wham/George Michael
In many ways, the sensual saxophone intro to “Careless Whisper” is the antithesis of a great walk-up song.
20. Killing in the Name – Rage Against the Machine
If you’re looking to get amped, while simultaneously bringing the crowd to a fevered pitch, just about any Rage song should do the trick.
19. Turn Down for What – DJ Snake/Lil Jon
This energetic trap favorite has made the rounds in practically every stadium and arena on the globe. It makes for a pretty stellar walk-up song as well.
18. Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra
If you want to make a grand entrance with a classy old-school vibe, look no further than Ol' Blue Eyes himself.
17. Can’t Stop – Red Hot Chili Peppers
The list simply wouldn’t be complete without a Chili Peppers’ song. And this one has all the necessary components players look for in a great walk-up song.
16. El Mariachi Loco – Mariachi Vargas
Few songs in the history of baseball have been able to whip a crowd into a frenzy like “El Mariachi Loco.”
15. The Man – Aloe Blacc
It’s a bold choice to walk-up to the plate with “The Man” playing in the background.
14. Here Comes the Boom – Nelly
It’s the perfect walk-up song for a confident power hitter. That said, you do run the risk of looking foolish if you can’t deliver.
13. Kashmir – Led Zeppelin
Countless big leaguers have made their way to the plate or mound with the legendary sounds of Led Zeppelin blaring in the background.
12. Lose Yourself – Eminem
Slim Shady’s biggest hit is all about overcoming adversity and making the most of a big opportunity,
11. Iron Man – Black Sabbath
You’d be hard-pressed to find a walk-up song more badass than this one.
10. Big Poppa – The Notorious B.I.G.
One of the great rap songs of all time is typically reserved for the big boys.
9. Circle of Life Intro – The Lion King
Nothing grabs the attention of a stadium crowd quite like the music that set the backdrop for the most powerful moment in one of the most beloved childhood classics of all time.
8. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
“All aboard!” the Prince of Darkness strikes again with another can’t-miss walk-up song.
7. Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N’ Roses
Some of the biggest names in baseball have made spectacular entrances to the air raid screams of Axl Rose and the menacing cascade of Slash’s guitar.
6. Thunderstruck – AC/DC
There are plenty of AC/DC songs that make for great walk-up music, but “Thunderstruck” definitely ranks among the best.
5. Game of Thrones Theme – Ramin Djawadi
I can think of only one song that is more fitting for Noah Syndergaard than “Thunderstruck”
4. Jump Around – House of Pain
If this Irish themed banger doesn't get you pumped, you probably don’t have a pulse.
3. God’s Gonna Cut You Down – Johnny Cash
I can’t think of a more intimidating walk-up song than this one.
2. Hell’s Bells – AC/DC
The ominous chime of Hell’s Bells sends chills down spines and strikes fear into the hearts of opposing batters.
1. Enter Sandman – Metallica
The quintessential walk-up/entrance song of all time is synonymous with one player – Yankees’ closer and MLB’s all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera.