Top 25 Walk-Up Songs in the MLB
A player's walk-up song, whether it's heading to the mound or the batter's box, can tell a lot about a player. For some, the music helps pump them up, and for others, perhaps it's simply a personal favorite.
When it comes to baseball's best players, however, we can really attribute the song to them. All Yankees fans, and perhaps many others, know that Mariano Rivera and Metallica go hand in hand. There are others who have that same pull.
Here are 25 of baseball's best walk-up songs. I'm limiting this to current players, so unfortunately "Hell's Bells" and "Wild Thing" will not be making appearances.
25. Ryan Spilborghs: Livin' on a Prayer
Ryan Spilborghs may not be with the Rockies anymore, but he does leave behind a great walk-up theme that hopefully he'll bring to future team.
Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" is an iconic '80s song, and maybe it fit him better than originally thought, given that he was rather deep on the Rockies depth chart. Maybe the entrance theme helped there a bit.
24. Dustin Ackley: Simple Man
Dustin Ackley has already shown great promise in his rookie season with the Seattle Mariners, and he looks like he's going to be great for them for a long time. It helps that he has a great song as well.
Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man" may not fit him perfectly, but it's a great song, and he certainly is at the top of the Mariners' list when it comes to good walk-up music.
23. Josh Johnson: Down with the Sickness
Josh Johnson's song is fitting in a rather odd sort of way. Yes, Disturbed's "Down With The Sickness" is a great theme in and of itself, but it goes past that.
Johnson's dominant when he can pitch, but he's continually gotten injured. Injury is his sickness, and I know that Marlins fans want that sickness gone. Then he can finally concentrate on taking batters down again.
22. James Shields: Day N Nite
James Shields could have made the list for either song that he's used. Before last season, he used Rammstein's "Du Hast," a song that I'm surprised hasn't been used more often by other major ballplayers.
He had a career year this past season, and perhaps it could be thanks to switching to Kid Cudi's "Day 'N' Nite," which B.J. Upton used in 2009. It seemed to have helped him greatly, though we'll see if he carries his performance and the song into 2012.
21. Gordon Beckham: Seek and Destroy
This is the first of multiple Metallica songs to make their way on the list, and for good reason; Metallica seems to be the perfect band to use for baseball entrance music.
Gordon Beckham has not used this as his theme long, but for a guy who has not yet hit his potential with the White Sox, this should provide a kick while he's at the plate.
20. Alex Rodriguez: Already Home
Alex Rodriguez, thanks to playing in New York, his monstrous contract and lack of October production, was pretty much a marked man right from the beginning. His walk-up song showcases it perfectly.
Jay-Z's "Already Home" isn't the best walk-up song in the world, but the lyrics fit perfectly with Rodriguez's situation, where it seems that people want him to fail.
19. Anthony Rizzo: Can't Stop
When you're the future of the Chicago Cubs, it's going to be pivotal that you have a great walk-up song. Sure, it's not a high priority, but anything that gets the blood flowing is a good thing.
Anthony Rizzo has this under control with "Can't Stop" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The riff is catchy and will get people going, and while it's not overpowering, it should be enough to make fans take notice of Rizzo.
18. Paul Konerko: Harvester of Sorrow
Paul Konerko has been one of the focal points of the Chicago White Sox for over a decade. While he may not be synonymous with a walk-up song, his is still great.
Metallica's "Harvester of Sorrow" is a great song, although I don't know if it fits Konerko all that well. After all, he's got 2,000 hits, a World Series ring, and many All-Star appearances; he doesn't have much to be sorrowful about.
17. Nyjer Morgan: Wanna Be Starting Something
Nyjer Morgan was a nice spark plug for the Milwaukee Brewers this past season, and Tony Plush became a fan favorite there. Someone like him is naturally going to have an entrance theme that's popular yet not entirely expected.
That's where Michael Jackson comes in. "Wanna Be Starting Something" fits great for Morgan, though it wouldn't necessarily fit for other players.
16. Jared Burton: Bad to the Bone
"Bad to the Bone" is one of those songs that you immediately know when you hear it. It's also one of those songs that's a perfect entrance theme for anyone.
Jared Burton's not a household name, but during his time with the Cincinnati Reds, this theme certainly got people's attention. Hopefully he'll bring it with him to the Minnesota Twins, who he'll be pitching for this coming season.
Takashi Saito occasionally uses this theme as well.
15. Mark Teixeira: I Wanna Rock
Mark Teixeira has established himself as one of the most well-rounded first baseman in the game, putting a lot of substance in both his offense and defense.
He beings that mentality to his entrance theme, Twisted Sister's "I Wanna Rock." The song would fit anyone as a great entrance theme piece. I would imagine that was precisely the feel Teixeira was going for.
14. Juan Pierre: Deja Vu
When you're a baseball player and you get mentioned in a song, you're practically obligated to use it as your walk-up theme. Such was the case with Juan Pierre.
When Beyonce released "Deja Vu" as a single in 2006, Pierre noticed that Jay-Z gave him a shoutout in his lyrics. Since then, he's used it for obvious reasons. After all, if any other ballplayer was mentioned in a song, I'd imagine they would use it too.
13. Chris Perez: Firestarter
With a nickname like "Pure Rage," you would expect Chris Perez to have a fairly extreme walk-up song for the times that he closes. Does Prodigy's 'Firestarter' match Perez's mentality?
For the most part, it does. It's not the first song you think of when you think of walk-up music, but it fits Perez very well and can certainly get a crowd going.
12. Lance Berkman: God's Gonna Cut You Down
Lance Berkman has found his touch again with the St. Louis Cardinals. Having a song that fits him certainly helps matters.
Johnny Cash's "God's Gonna Cut You Down" is definitely not the type of song you would expect a power hitter to come out to at first glance, but the way that Johnny Cash plays this makes it work, at least for Berkman.
Brian Matusz uses this as well, but he's gotta cut hitters down before he can get the headline on this slide.
11. Torii Hunter: Luxury Tax
While Torii Hunter's entrance theme is worthy of introduction, I was shocked at the false information out there on it. Most commonly, it's noted as being Lil Wayne's "Dinnertime." The problem, however, is that Lil' Wayne does not have a song called that.
Instead, the song is "Luxury Tax" by Rick Ross, featuring lyrics by Lil Wayne. Hunter himself said he picked the song for the lyrics, "They say I couldn't play baseball at all / And now everyday of my life I ball."
Said lyrics come right from "Luxury Tax" before the minute mark is up. In any case, Hunter meticulously researched the entrance theme that would best suit him, and it definitely shows. He also mixes it up and occasionally comes out to the Sanford and Son theme song.
10. Tim Lincecum: Electric Feel
Tim Lincecum has had two different songs for warming up over the course of his career. "Light My Fire" by The Doors is perhaps more well known, but he has since changed that after a shaky start in 2011.
It's debatable as to which is better for "The Freak," but MGMT's "Electric Feel" does have the advantage of feeling vintage while still being modern, which isn't that bad a description for Lincecum.
9. Trevor Cahill: White Rabbit
Trevor Cahill's walk-up music is unlike most of what is on the top 10. Between a lot of hard rock songs we have Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit."
The song seems to lull you without overpowering you, which is precisely how Trevor Cahill wins his games. It's actually uncanny just how perfectly this song fits him. It helps that Jefferson Airplane and Cahill are both from the Bay area as well.
8. Brian Wilson: Jump Around
Brian Wilson and his beard have been one of baseball's most well-known tandems outside of the baseball world the past couple years. On the diamond, he has a song that fits perfectly with his energy and attitude.
House of Pain's "Jump Around" is a great walk-up song to begin with, and they couldn't have found a better pitcher to put it on. It helps that he's become one of baseball's top closers as well.
7. Ian Kinsler: Black Betty
Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler has definitely made a name for himself the past few seasons. While that can be attributed to both his playing ability and being on the Rangers, his walk-up music helps as well.
Ram Jam's "Black Betty" is an awesome walk-up song to begin with. While it doesn't seem to completely fit Kinsler, it does seem to get him motivated and focused while at the plate.
6. Chase Utley: Kashmir
Chase Utley, the long-time Philadelphia Phillies second baseman, has been timeless, and for that matter has a timeless song to go along with his abilities.
The start of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" is one of those instances where a song can drag you in immediately, and the rest of the song is awesome as well. Since only a small part of the song can play, I wonder if Utley's ever thought about prolonging his pre-at-bat warmup to give fans a good amount of the song.
5. Jonathan Papelbon: I'm Shipping Up to Boston
Jonathan Papelbon has had the Dropkick Murphys song as his entrance music since 2007 after celebrating a victory by step dancing to the music. The song fits perfectly for the Red Sox closer, as it's a great song to begin with, plus it has the Boston reference added in.
Unfortunately, it looks like we've seen the last of this song-pitcher combo. Since Papelbon will likely have to change the song in Philadelphia, as it won't feel right in a different stadium.
4. Jonathan Broxton: Iron Man
Any closer who uses "Iron Man" as his entrance theme has to be in the top five. After all, the Black Sabbath song is a true classic and fits perfectly with the closer mentality.
Before 2011, Broxton was certainly an iron man, pitching 60 or more games six straight years, and he's got the heater to go along with it. Perhaps another Royals closer later on in the list will rub off on him.
3. Chipper Jones: Crazy Train
It's relatively easy to pinpoint a closer's entrance music and associate those two together. It's harder for a hitter to do that since they don't have that amount of time to warm up before an at-bat that pitchers do.
When someone's been with a team about 20 years, though, the two can go hand-in-hand, like it does for Chipper Jones and Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train."
At this point, both the song and player are practically a relic for the Braves, the only thing left from the 1995 World Series Champions.
2. Joakim Soria: Welcome to the Jungle
Sure, Joakim Soria may not have had as good a 2011 as other closers or have the same name recognition, given that he plays for the Royals, but he still has an awesome entrance theme.
Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" is a great entrance piece for any closer to begin with, but the video that goes along with it is great as well. If nothing else can get a Royals crowd fired up, then that absolutely can.
1. Mariano Rivera: Enter Sandman
Beginning in 1999, Mariano Rivera used Metallica's "Enter Sandman" as his theme music. Since then, he has become synonymous with the song.
It was actually the decision of Yankees' staff members rather than Rivera himself to play the music, and Rivera never really cared what music was playing when he came out. How ironic that he seems apathetic about the song yet the Yankees plan to retire the song as a walk-up once Rivera leaves the game.