Walk-up songs are a crucial part of baseball, allowing for the player to lock in at the plate or on the mound. At the same time, walk-ups songs allow for the fans to jam out, adding to the home atmosphere.
Over the years Nationals fans have become accustomed to “Seven Nation Army” blaring while Stephen Strasburg takes the mound, and recently Gerardo Parra’s selection of “Baby Shark” has become entwined with Washington’s World Series title.
It isn’t uncommon for a player to change his walk-up song each season, while some players like to keep the same one. This got us thinking about different walk up songs for the upcoming year.
For this article, we decided against choosing any songs that have become intertwined with other players. Popular songs including “Enter Sandman,” “Hells Bells,” “Calma,” and “Welcome To The Jungle” won’t be on this list. The songs were chosen based on popularity, meaning, and ability to get electrify the crowd.
With the 2022 season on the horizon, here are eight walk-up songs the Nationals should use.
“Halo Theme Song” (Halo Game Series)
Most gamers will remember the first time they popped in any Halo game disk and heard the legendary theme. From the drum beats to the opera-like chant, this song has become entrenched in gamers’ minds. With Halo Infinite just releasing in December and taking the gaming world by storm, the theme is once again at the forefront. Expect fans to join in on humming the iconic riff.
“What’s Up Danger” (Blackway & Black Caviar)
Released as a single for the movie “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”, the song and film became instant hits. The song takes place when the main character Miles Morales, rises up to the challenge of being Spiderman and takes a leap of faith. Its message is perfect for someone coming up to the plate.
“Remember The Name” (Fort Minor)
The popular rap song from the 2000s, “Remember The Name”, will always be known for its chorus detailing what it takes to become known in the music industry. Similarly, when a player steps up to the plate or onto the mound, they are trying to cement themselves.
“Tequilla” (The Champs)
The popular 50’s hit was made even more popular from “The Sandlot”, introducing it to a new group of baseball fans. The catchy beat and the chance to yell out tequila would turn the stadium into a frenzy.
“Carry On My Wayward Son” (Kansas)
One of the most popular rock songs of the 1970s, the lyrics and guitar solo are the ideal mix to hype up the crowd. Depicting reaching one’s goal despite the fear they might fall short, the song relates to what the players went through in their careers to get to this point.
“Dark Horse” (Katy Perry)
One of the biggest pop artists, Katy Perry releases hit after hit, with “Dark Horse” standing out. The popular 2013 song that features Juicy J is perfect for pumping up a home crowd thanks to its memorable lyrics.
“High Hopes” (Panic At The Disco)
Sports video games, in general, are known for solid soundtracks and NHL 19 is no different. “High Hopes” is a major reason NHL 19’s soundtrack stands out. The song puts emphasis on succeeding after struggling for so long. Anyone who is playing in the MLB is a testament to that.
“Industry Baby” (Lil Nas X Ft Jack Harlow)
Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow are two rising stars in the music world and their recent collaboration depicts that they have made it big in the industry. It is a perfect song to allow a player to get into the zone thanks to its meaning and beat.