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Baseball’s Best Walk-Up Songs

One of the more underrated elements in baseball is the “walk-up song.” Whether you’re approaching home plate or marching toward the pitcher’s mound, a good walk-up song is supposed to get you pumped for action and get your adrenaline going. Ideally, it can also intimidate the opposing team, even if it’s just a little bit. The walk-up song is also a reflection of the player’s personality and style. Last year, Athlon Sports came out with a lengthy list of the games’s best walk-up songs. Here’s their Top 15:

15. “The Man” by Aloe Blacc (David Ortiz, Troy Tulowitzki)

14. “Here Comes the Boom” by Nelly (Randal Grichuk)

13. “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin (Chase Utley, Scott Kazmir)

12. “Lose Yourself” by Eminem (Derek Jeter)

11. “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath (Jonathan Broxton)

10. “Big Poppa” by The Notorious B.IG. (AJ Burnett, CC Sabathia)

9. “Circle of a Life (Intro)” from the Lion King Soundtrack (Yoenis Cespedes)

8. “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne (Chipper Jones)

7. “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N‘ Roses (Mark McGwire, Randy Johnson)

6. “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC (John Smoltz)

5. “Game of Thrones Theme” by Ramin Djawadi (Hunter Pence, Jayson Werth)

4. “Jump Around” by House of Pain (Manny Parra, Brian Wilson)

3. “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” by Johnny Cash (Lance Berkman, Andrew Miller)

2. “Hell’s Bells” by AC/DC (Trevor Hoffman)

1. “Enter Sandman” by Metallica (Mariano Rivera)


In addition, we asked our ESPN Honolulu team to give us their own walk-up songs. Here are their responses:

Matt Apana, General Manager and General Sales Manager: “Hawaii ‘78” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Bobby Curran, Sports Announcer and Show Host: “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Gary Dickman, Show Host: “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen

Chris Hart, Station Manager and Show Host: “Baby Shark” by Pinkfong

Josh Pacheco, Program Director, Sports Announcer and Show Host: “Guerrilla Radio” by Rage Against the Machine

Aaron Custodio, Director of Operations/Promotions: “Oh You Didn’t Know? (New Age Outlaws Theme)” by WWE

Ku’ulei Agbayani, Digital Media Manager and Traffic Manager: “That’s My Kind of Night” by Luke Bryan

Chris Mols, Account Executive: “Here Comes the Boom” by Nelly

Sheldon Nagata, Senior Account Manager: “We Will Rock You” by Queen

Rob Hienaman, Senior Account Manager: “Living on the Edge” by Aerosmith

Lance Tominaga, Web Editor: “Perfect Strangers” by Deep Purple

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