10 Best Baseball Pump Up Songs
The 10 best baseball pump up songs can sometimes be energetic; at other times they may be traditional, but they all work to get the athletes and crowd pumped up for the game. When the crowd has their hands clapping and the athletes feel the hair rising on their necks, you know you have a good pump up song. The next time you head out to a baseball game, you may find yourself stomping your feet along to one of these ten best baseball pump up songs.
- Metallica - "Enter Sandman" (1991). While the song "Enter Sandman" (1991) has nothing to do with baseball, it is one of the ten best baseball pump up songs to play when the team's closing relief pitcher makes his walk to the mound. Just like the Sandman, the closing pitcher is there to make it lights out for the opposing team.
- Jack Norworth - "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" (1908). Few songs can remain so popular that over 100 years after they are written, small children have the lyrics memorized. "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" (1908) is an ode to the national pasttime that has become a regular at the seventh inning stretch. Nothing gets the crowd worked up like a rousing rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" (1908).
- Sam and Dave - "Soul Man" (1967). The song "Soul Man" (1967) is especially popular in Chicago where several White Sox and Cubs players are introduced using the song. It is also used as a song to introduce teams all over the country.
- AC/DC - "Thunderstruck" (1990). The driving drum beat and repetition of the word "thunder" as this song opens makes it a perfect song to introduce the home baseball team before the game. Some baseball teams extend the intro to include a drum emphasis after the introduction of each player.
- Bruce Springsteen - "Glory Days" (1985). Songs about baseball by popular singers often make the list of ten best baseball pump up songs, and that is the case with Bruce Springsteen's hit "Glory Days" (1985). Those first few guitar licks are recognized by baseball fans all over the United States.
- Neil Diamond - "Sweet Caroline" (1969). The song "Sweet Caroline" (1969) was originally adopted by Boston Red Sox fans as a song they liked to sing in between innings at Fenway Park. Over time, the song's chorus caught on at ballparks all over the country and now belongs on the list of ten best baseball pump up songs.
- Gary Glitter - "Rock and Roll (Part 2)" (1972). This song takes a while to get to the fan pump up part, but when it is time for baseball fans to shout "Hey" along with "Rock and Roll (Part 2)" (1972), it becomes one of the ten best baseball pump up songs around. This is the instrumental version of the Gary Glitter hit "Rock and Roll" (1972).
- AC/DC - "Hells Bells" (1980). The deliberate introduction of this song along with the slowly building guitar lick makes this another song that is perfect for that closing relief pitcher's walk from the bullpen to the mound. When "Hells Bells" (1980) is left to ring out during the pitcher's warm ups, it can bring the crowd to its feet.
- Ricky Martin - "Livin' La Vida Loca" (1999). The hit pop song "Livin' La Vida Loca" (1999) is effective as a pump up song before the game starts, or as an introduction song for the team's more popular Latino players. The horn sounds in "Livin' La Vida Loca" (1999) can get the fans dancing in the aisles.
Jimi Hendrix - "Purple Haze" (1966). While Jimi Hendrix never professed to be a baseball fan, his signature opening riff to "Purple Haze" (1966) has become one of the more popular of the ten best baseball pump up songs.