The right youth walk-up song can give extra motivation to stay focused and ready to go. Although they only last 10-30 seconds, a powerful tune can make all the difference.
If you’re trying to choose the best little league walk-up song, check out the list below.
“Click Click Boom” by Saliva
Song year: 2001
The American rock band Saliva released the song “Click Click Boom” as the lead single on their second album, Every Six Seconds. It peaked at number 12 on the Mainstream Rock chart and 25 on the Alternative Airplay.
If you’re looking for a high-energy song to get a player in the mood to hit their best shot, you can’t go wrong with this rap metal hit. Just be sure to use the first half of the song as there’s one word that some parents may not be happy with in the second half.
“High Hopes” by Panic at the Disco
Song year: 2018
High hopes are I’m sure what many have when doing their walk-up, and this song fits this mood perfectly.
“High Hopes” is the ultimate feel-good anthem, reminding us constantly to aim higher. It’s hard not to feel ready to take on the world after listening to the powerful lyrics.
“Lose Yourself” by Eminem
Song year: 2002
“Lose Yourself” is one of American rapper Eminem’s greatest hits, from the soundtrack to the film 8 Mile. He wrote the lyrics through the lens of his character, Jimmy Smith Jr., but with parallels to his life.
The opening to this song is incredibly motivational, with a theme of focusing on the moment and “capturing it” so you can make the most of the opportunity in front of you.
“Seven Nation Army” by White Stripes
Song year: 2003
White Stripes released “Seven Nation Army” as the opening track on their fourth studio album, Elephant. “Seven Nation Army” is one of the White Stripes’s biggest hits, charting in several countries.
The hit features a steady drumbeat, distorted vocals, and a bass-like riff for the ultimate “let’s do this” mood. Additionally, the opening line in the song makes the perfect segment to walk up to the plate.
“Thunder” by Imagine Dragons
Song year: 2017
“Thunder” is a song by the American pop-rock band, Imagine Dragons as the second single on their third studio album, Evolve. It peaked at number four on the US Hot 100 chart and hit the top 10 in several countries.
Vocalist Dan Reynolds sings about his big childhood dream of achieving stardom. Once he reaches his goals, he flips the script on all that mocked his ambitions. If you need an uplifting song to walk out to, this may be the top choice.
“Can’t Stop” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Song year: 2002
American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers released “Can’t Stop” on their studio album, By the Way. It topped the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and peaked at 57 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Although the lyrics to the song are a collection of random thoughts, the overall message encourages the listener to live with individuality and passion. The beat and vocal combination creates a perfect duo for a walk-up song.
“Jump Around” by House of Pain
Song year: 1992
“Jump Around” is a hit song by the American hip-hop group, House of Pain, released as the first single on their debut album House of Pain. It was a wildly popular song in the 90s, peaking at number three in the US.
This party jam is the ultimate hype song for nearly everyone and works incredibly well as a baseball walk-up song.
“Make Some Noise” by Beastie Boys
Song year: 2011
American hip-hop band Beastie Boys released “Make Some Noise” as the third single from their eighth studio album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. It topped the Nielson BDS alternative rock indicator chart and appeared on the Madden NFL 12 soundtrack.
We’ve all been to a sporting event where you’re encouraged to make some noise. What better way to hype a player up to shoot their best shot?
“Life in the Fast Lane” by The Eagles
Song year: 1976
“Life in the Fast Lane” is a song recorded and released by the American rock band The Eagles for their fifth studio album, Hotel California, in the mid-’70s. It peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Although the song is about those living a jet-setting lifestyle or a lifestyle of excess, the high-energy chorus can apply to baseball. After all, who doesn’t want to hit the ball with power and run fast around the bases?
“All I Do is Win” by DJ Khaled
Song year: 2010
DJ Khaled released “All I Do is Win” as the third single on his fourth studio album, Victory. The party song peaked at number 24 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and was triple-platinum certified by the RIAA.
The title should be enough to showcase why this makes a perfect walk-up song. Additionally, the energetic beat is sure to motivate.
“Work Hard, Play Hard” by Wiz Khalifa
Song year: 2012
American rapper Wiz Khalifa released “Work Hard, Play Hard” as the lead single on his fourth studio album, O.N.I.F.C. It peaked at number two on the US Rhythmic Billboard and 17 on the Billboard Hot 100.
What is baseball if the players aren’t working hard and playing hard? While Khalifia may not have been referring to baseball, it can be applied to going out and playing your hardest in the game.
“Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne
Song year: 1980
English heavy metal artist Ozzy Osbourne released “Crazy Train” as the debut solo single on his 1980 debut album as a solo artist Blizzard of Ozz.
Music is powerful, not only because of lyrics but more so due to the overall sound artists create in their songs. “Crazy Train” is a perfect example of energy-fueling music nearly anyone can appreciate.
“Enter Sandman” by Metallica
Song year: 1991
“Enter Sandman” is a song by the American heavy metal band Metallica as the opening track and the lead single from their fifth album. It peaked at number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became platinum certified.
Although the song’s overall theme is dark, the chorus’s beat packs a large enough punch to motivate a player to hit it out of the park.
“We Will Rock You” by Queen
Song year: 1977
British rock band Queen released “We Will Rock You” for their News of the World album. It’s garnered plenty of fans and set records like being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
If you’ve ever been to a sporting event, you’ve likely heard them play this hit pump-up song. Use this walk-up song to inspire a young athlete to “rock” the other team with their unbeatable talent.
“Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses
Song year: 1987
American rock band, Guns N’ Roses featured “Welcome to the Jungle” on their 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction. It reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and 24 on the UK Singles Chart.
The song is about the dark side of pursuing fame in Los Angeles. However, it’s another excellent hype song to get your player ready to hit a home run.
“Party Up (Up in Here)” by DMX
Song year: 2000
American rapper DMX released “Party Up (Up in Here) as the second single from his third album …And Then There Was X. It became his most successful single in the US and was listed as number 388 on Rolling Stone’s “Top 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
His song was a message to those who thought success might soften him. The chorus provides an excellent musical backdrop for a hard-playing little league player.
“All the Way Up” by Fat Joe and Remy Ma, ft. Infared and French Montana
Song year: 2016
“All the Way Up” is a hip-hop song by American rapper Fat Joe for his and Remy Ma’s as the first single from their collaborative album Plata O Plomo. It was nominated for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song at the 59th Grammy Awards.
In any sport, the team’s goal is to keep moving up in their score and the league to win it all. “All the Way Up” is a perfect motivational song to walk up to bat.
“California Love” by 2Pac ft. Dr. Dre
Song year: 1996
Late American rapper 2Pac featured rapper-producer Dr. Dre for “California Love” as 2Pac’s comeback single upon release from prison. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, holding its spot for two weeks.
The song celebrates the hip-hop lifestyle in California. Although it may seem like an unlikely choice, listening to the lively hip-hop beat may change your mind.
“Humble” by Kendrick Lamar
Song year: 2017
“Humble” is a song by the American rapper Kendrick Lemar and would become his second number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100. It received four nominations at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.
Lamar challenges fellow rappers to sit down, be humble, and respect his position as one of the greatest. Like many songs, the lyrics are up to interpretation; you can easily align them with baseball.
“Song 2” by Blur
Song year: 1997
English rock band Blur released “Song 2” as the second song on their fifth studio album, Blur. It peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart and number six on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Due to the intro and chorus, you may know this song as the “woo-hoo” song. It’s a great song to amp you up and play ball with all your might.
“Bring Em Out” by T.I.
Song year: 2004
“Bring Em Out” is the lead single from T.I.’s third studio album Urban Legend. It was T.I.’s first US top-ten single, peaking at number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100.
The song was used as the entrance theme for the LA Rams in Super Bowl LIII and featured extensively during the 2006 NBA Finals. It’s an excellent sports song to get the team excited.
“U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer
Song year: 1990
American rapper MC Hammer co-wrote, produced, and released “U Can’t Touch This” as the third single from his third album, Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em. It’s received several awards and recognition.
We hope the other team’s catcher doesn’t touch the ball. What better lyrics to hear as the player walks up to bat?
“Can’t Tell Me Nothing” by Kayne West
Song year: 2007
American rapper Kanye West released “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” on his third studio album, Graduation. It originated from Jeezy’s “I Got Money,” featuring vocal samples from the original song.
This is another song you’d choose for both the beat and the lyrics. Use it as a reminder to stay confident and not let other players get in your head.
“Pour It Up” by Rihanna
Song year: 2012
“Pour It Up” is a hit by Barbadian singer Rihanna on her seventh studio album, Unapologetic. It peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was her second number-one single on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.
This song is an instant confidence booster whether you’re a man, woman, or child, making it a phenomenal option as a little league walk-up song.
“Bawitdaba” by Kid Rock
Song year: 1998
American singer Kid Rock released “Bawitdaba” on his fourth studio album, Devil Without a Cause. This song brought the album’s success, becoming one of Rock’s most popular songs.
Rock explains that the song is about finding the good in all types of people. However, we suggest this song due to the undeniable energy-inducing beat.
Top Youth Walk-Up Songs, Final Thoughts
A great walk-up song can inspire, motivate, and energize players of all ages. Take some time to view the list of the best youth walk-up songs to determine which one inspires your little league all-start the most.