Pregame Playlist

This is my pregame playlist that I made. This playlist has many songs from genres like pop, rock, R&B, punk, rap, and a few more that are thrown in there. I’m sure everyone has a different playlist to pump them up from playing a game, sport, giving a speech, and whatever else you might be getting ready to do. So without further ado, here’s my playlist for you guys!

Best Walk-Up Songs

There’s a certain kind of excitement that comes from a baseball player stepping up to bat with a really cool song playing in the background. Not very much of it is going to play so it has to be a familiar riff that people know and gives a sort of hint at how awesome it is. It’s also a song that pumps people up and gets them ready for your at bat. There are several songs in particular that stand out to me as being the best walk-up songs. Some of these I have heard quite a few times while at the baseball field during both high school and MLB games. Some of them I think should be played at games at all different levels.

1. Back In Black by ACDC

I remember hearing this song at a high school baseball song and I thought the kid at bat was the coolest person ever. He may have not even picked the song but it was that edginess and just how awesome the riff of the song is that left a mark on me. It’s definitely the perfect walk-up song due to the fact that it leaves a lasting impression on you.

2. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana

Another awesome rock anthem that most people should know. I think this is the ideal one by Nirvana even though there are so many songs by them that would leave a positive mark on the listeners. This is the type of song that makes you pay attention to what’s going on in the game.

3. POWER by Kanye West

I’m sure you know which part of the song I’m referring to. It’s the instrumental part that you hear before Kanye comes in with the lyrics. That alone is just a sick beat that is familiar yet still has that unique quality to it that makes it an enjoyable walk-up song.

4. Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey

Obviously not an upbeat rock or rap anthem, it’s a pop ballad. But it’s also a song that everyone knows. Everyone is going to start singing alone to the song if it’s your at bat song and they won’t even notice if you screw up! Of course, they may not notice if you do really well, but then again, if you choose this song as your at bat song, people may want to watch you for that reason alone.

5. Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes

It’s an essential anthem that’s familiar in many different sports, especially football but who said it couldn’t be in baseball too? It’s got one of the sickest riff ever.

6. I Can’t Get No Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones

If this song is your at bat, you’ll definitely find yourself satisfied. It’s got one of the best guitar riffs from Keith Richards and that’s for sure the part that should be included in any walk-up song since it’s the part everyone knows and loves.

7. Glory Days by Bruce Springsteen

This song directly references to baseball. It’s also just a downright great song about a guy who looked back on high school as being the best times of his life.

8. Do I Wanna Know? by Arctic Monkeys

Okay, a lot of the ballpark may not know this song. It’s only a few years old via the British rock band Arctic Monkeys. They have been around for nearly a decade but haven’t reached the same popularity in America that they’ve reached back home. However, this guitar part of the song is one of the catchiest I’ve heard that’s actually pretty current. It sends a message and it’s not too much, it’s just enough.

9. Enter Sandman by Metallica

Another song that’s big in football, this one is also a great walk-up song. Many people are at least familiar with some of the song so it’s a great way to get the crowd interested in your at bat.

10. White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane

I was going to go with their song “Somebody To Love” but I figured “White Rabbit” was a wee bit trippier and also more memorable. It’s just a cool song to listen to no matter where you are or what you’re doing and it’s awesome coming from a ballpark too. It’s also the most out there on the list which is why it’s a walk-up song you’d want to have.

 

Rookie Playlists Over Everything

It’s safe to say that I’m running short on inspiration. I can’t think of much to think about which is really frustrating because I want to post everyday, but I also don’t want to post anything that I don’t really care about. So this is where I’m currently at. I’ve decided that the best solution to this problem is to shout out one thing in particular that has managed to inspire me.

As most of you should know by now, I’m a big fan of Rookie Mag. I’ve been introduced to so many new bands and artists because of them. It’s also safe to say that every Friday, the online magazine releases a playlist that is always worth the listen. They manage to mix a variety of different genres as they capture a playlist that centers around a particular theme. It’s truly inspiring to me and I just want to bring it to everyone’s attention in case you haven’t heard of it!

While I’m at it, I might as well do my best to point you towards some of the best playlists on the website. This most recent playlist is all garage rock songs that are all about appreciating who you are. Everyone needs to hear a playlist like this. It’s already become my go to.

This playlist holds nothing back and brings on the feels with artists like Fiona Apple, FKA Twigs, Kate Bush, and Nicki Minaj. Need I say more?

As the description says, “Listen to this mix when you’re looking for a place to go and nowhere seems to fit.”

Rookie’s Hanging With playlists are always the best but the one about Rayanne Graff and Angela Chase remains as my favorite.

I think I’ve included enough playlists to get you on the ground with what Rookie is all about! While you’re listening to the mixes, you might as well look around the website as well. You may find yourself getting sucked in to this world and beautiful music just like I did.

Turn Up The Albums

I’m going to make a complete playlist sometime soon but here’s some of my favorite albums to just turn up all the way and dance around to. You can listen while driving around with your friends or just listening by yourself! Whatever you choose to do, these are the albums you should do it to.

Charli XCX- Sucker

This album is best listened to while taking a road trip with your best friends or dancing around your room with your friends. It’s best to listen to this while surrounded by people you care about because it’s just so much more fun that way. “Break The Rules” is the fun and danceable skipping class anthem you can’t help but love. Charli XCX just puts out hit after hit and there’s not a skippable song on this album!

Ariana Grande- My Everything

This album put out by former Broadway star and vocal powerhouse Ariana Grande doesn’t disappoint. Not all of these songs are upbeat, some are gorgeous ballads that really showcase her voice. The sound here reminds us of a throwback to the 90’s. She has a vintage style to her but it never gets old. The highlight songs are definitely “Problem” and “Bang Bang.” These are also the biggest and most pop sounding songs but it can be fun to just let all your problems go and dance to pop music.

One Direction- Midnight Memories

I know, I know you guys probably think I’ve lost my mind by putting this on the list. However, I can’t resist these five British (And one Irish) boys. This isn’t there most recent album, Four is but I prefer Midnight Memories. Largely due to the fact that this album is filled with songs that you can just sing to the top of your lungs. Four doesn’t really have any of those type of songs. The title track of Midnight Memories is a fun song to listen with at a sleepover with your best friend while you just talk and reflect on all the good times. “Happily” and “Best Song Ever” are two more songs that I can’t help but love. As is “Little Black Dress” and “Diana.” I’m also a big fan of the song “Alive,” which is on the deluxe edition of the album. Whether just the name of the band makes you cringe or swoon, this is a great album to jam to.

Haim- Days Are Gone

Talk about sister power, these three sisters are the coolest. They are frequently compared to the ’70s classic rock band Fleetwood Mac. However, I think they’ve created their own sound for this new generation. Every song is filled with awesome catchy lyrics and the music is just unbelievably amazing. It’s pretty much impossible not to be charmed by the song “The Wire,” or for that matter, any song by the trio. The album is stacked with track after track of songs that you’re bound to love and share with others.

Vampire Weekend- Modern Vampires of the City

Vampire Weekend is a small town indie band that reached an unpredictable amount of success. Lead singer Ezra Koenig and company has a unique sound that sets them apart. “Ya Hey” is definitely one of my favorite tracks off of the album, but “Diane Young” is at a close second. Part of the bands charm is that they don’t release ballad after ballad, instead they have lots of songs with funky and cool beats. How can you not love them?

 

Playlist For Going Places

Here are some songs for those of you that may be going somewhere else over spring break. Even if you aren’t going anywhere, here are some songs about places you might rather be. These are locations all over the world that left a mark on these artists that felt inspired to sing about these various locations. They may or may not call these places home but you can still see the visuals described as you listen to these songs today.

America Playlist.

Songs For Falling In Love

Some of the sweetest and most romantic songs that talk about when you first fall in love with another person. That time is such a magical one and I feel like these songs show that in a beautiful way. Some of the artists included are: Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, and some others as well! I love all of these songs no matter if I’m falling in love or just want to listen to some good music. Regardless of which of these categories you fall into, I hope you enjoy these songs!

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Ed Sheeran Angry and Breakup Songs

Ed Sheeran puts things really beautifully and lovely. On the other hand, if you mess him over, he’ll cut you with beautiful but mean lyrics. These are some of my favorite ones. Some of them aren’t all about love, some are about the music industry and stuff like that. The others are about generally dealing with a breakup. No matter what it’s about, if Ed Sheeran is just generally messed over, he’ll write a song about it and it’ll be a really amazing song.

Don’t

Favorite Lyric: “And I never saw him as a threat until you disappeared with him to have sex. It’s not like we were both on tour, we were staying at the same hotel floor. And I wasn’t looking for a promise or commitment, but it was never just fun and I thought you were different.”

You Need Me, I Don’t Need You

Favorite Lyric: “I’m not you, no that would be disastrous. Let me sing and do my thing and move to greener pastures.”

Take It Back

Favorite Lyric: “I’ve never had an enemy except the NME. But I’ll be selling twice as many copies as their magazines’ll ever be.”

UNI

Favorite Lyric: “I don’t get waves of missing you anymore, they’re more like tsunami tides in my eyes.”

Drunk

Favorite Lyric: “Take words out of my mouth just from breathing, replace with phrases like when you leaving me?”

Photograph

Favorite Lyric: “You can fit me inside the necklace you bought when you were sixteen. Next to your heartbeat where I should be.”

This

Favorite Lyric: “And I thrown it all away, watched you fall into his arms again.”

One

Favorite Lyric: “I listen to sad songs, singing about love. And where it goes wrong.”

 

Ed Sheeran Love Songs

Ed Sheeran has become one of the biggest pop stars. The most striking thing about his music for me are his songs about love. The way he talks about the subject is just so creative and beautiful. These are some of his best love songs and the best lyrics from those songs.

Lego House

Best Lyric: “My three words have two meanings and there’s one thing on my mind: it’s all for you.”

Wake Me Up

Best Lyric: “And I know you love Shrek because we watched it 12 times, and maybe you’re hoping for a fairytale too.”

Little Things

I know that One Direction technically sang that one but Ed wrote the lyrics when he was 13 about a girl he liked. I just think the lyrics are so precious and really meaningful.

Best Lyric: “You’ll never love yourself half as much as I love you.”

Thinking Out Loud

Best Lyric: “And, darling, I will be loving you ’til we’re 70. And, baby, my heart could still fall as hard at 23.”

All Of The Stars

Best Lyric: “You’re the song my heart is beating to.”

Afire Love

Best Lyric: “With your body next to mine, our hearts will beat as one. And we’re set alight, we’re afire love.”

Kiss Me

Best Lyric: “And with¬†a feeling I’ll forget, I’m in love now. So kiss me like you want to be loved. This feels like falling in love.”

 

Weird Wedding Songs

Some people obviously missed the message when they planned their wedding and end up playing some songs that just should be avoided at wedding. I mean, it’s your day and you can pick what you want. It just really bothers me when people pick breakup songs as wedding songs. Like what are you trying to say about your marriage?

Skinny Love by Bon Iver

I don’t care if you play the Birdy cover version or not, the lyrics are still the same. They tell a story about a couple that CAN’T be together. He’s letting his lover go and that’s what the song is about. The love has died out, it’s a skinny love, there’s no nourishment left of it. Why would you want to play a depressing song like that at your wedding? It just makes me all kinds of different shades of sad.

Every Breath You Take by The Police

This is the definition of a stalker song that Sting wrote about his ex wife. Goodbye, why would you want to play that song at your wedding?

I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston

Yeah, it’s one of the most beautiful songs of all time but it’s also one of the most depressing.

Gold Digger by Kanye West

It’s just a big red flag if this is played at your wedding. Even if it’s in an ironic way, it just looks bad for you and your husband.

Creep by Radiohead

A song that big Radiohead fans might want played but let’s not. It’s another of those gut wrenching songs that absolutely is out of place at a wedding.

Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton

It’s a song about a dead child. Let’s just not play this at weddings EVER okay? The song has a lot of feelings as it is and it just feels like the biggest sin to play it at a wedding.

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2

Well, why are you getting married then?

Get Low by Lil Jon

It’s not exactly the classiest song in the world.

Who Let The Dogs Out by Baha Men

Playing this song just gives me the vibe that you’re referring to the bride as a dog which just feels wrong on so many levels.

Hey Ya by Outkast

Yeah, it’s a fun track in theory. But the lyrics are about divorce and just the general concept of love not lasting. That’s sending some major negative vibes for the newlyweds.