**List updated 09/17/2013**
(NEED: Perez, Brown and Leon)
It is about time that we posted the list of music used by the Washington Nationals players so far this season! In case you missed you last season’s songs, you can check out the 2012 walk-up music here.
Fans love walk-up music. It is always a popular topic on Twitter, Facebook and discussion boards. Some players select music that gets them fired up, suits them perfectly or even pokes fun of themselves (i.e. Matt Stairs two years using Toby Keith’s “As Good As I Once Was“). It can be a small window into the player’s personality. Ryan Mattheus has told fans that he won’t use another song until he finds one that “fires him up” like “Firework” (he has used since the minor leagues).
There are superstitious players that change their music when they are slumping at the plate. And some have a handful of songs that are used in rotation.
Some players stick with the same song season after season and even years after leaving the Nationals or baseball all together, fans immediately think of that player every time they hear the song (i.e. Chad Cordero and Metallica’s “King Nothing“).
Former National Michael Morse (now with the Seattle Mariners), had the team’s most eclectic taste in his walk-up music, thanks in part to his brother helping select songs. His most popular song was “Take on Me” by A-ha, which has now become the “fans’ Natitude anthem” and is currently being used as the Nats 7th inning stretch song. The music is usually cut off before it gets to the high part of the chorus, so the fans finish it off! It started in 2010, but finally caught on and fans voices are even heard on TV. Join in next time you’re at the park.
All of the following songs have been confirmed through various sources including programs like Shazam, Soundhound, as well as players tweets, interviews, etc. All of the songs have been used at one point throughout the 2013 season. We’ve included links to videos, however, remember that there is only a few seconds of the song used during the walk-up so it may sound different at the beginning at first. There is a lot of Natitude on the list!
Please help us keep list up to date and post additional songs that we may have missed in the comments. Thank you! Enjoy!
Corey Brown- NEED
Ian Desmond – One Sixteen by Trip Lee (feat. KB & Andy Mineo)
Ian Desmond – Warriors by Ky-Mani Marley
Ian Desmond – Church Clap by KB (feat. Lecrae)
Ian Desmond – The Saints by Andy Mineo (feat. KB and Trip Lee)
Danny Espinosa – Battle Scars by Lupe Fiasco & Guy Sebastian
Danny Espinosa – Walk by Pantera
Danny Espinosa – Turn the Page by Bob Seger
Danny Espinosa – Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked by Cage The Elephant
Bryce Harper – Flower by Moby
Bryce Harper – Coming Home by Diddy (feat. Skylar Grey)
Bryce Harper – It’s Tricky by Run D.M.C.
Bryce Harper – America by Ray Charles (used on 4th of July)
Bryce Harper – Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
Bryce Harper – Tik Tok by Ke$ha
Bryce Harper – Jump Around by House of Pain
Bryce Harper – Roar by Katy Perry
Jeff Kobernus – Like Whaaat by Problem (feat. Bad Lucc)
Sandy Leon – NEED
Chris Marrero – Don’t Stop The Party by Pitbull
Tyler Moore – Take A Little Ride by Jason Aldean
Tyler Moore – Muckalee Creek Water by Luke Bryan
Tyler Moore – Pirate Flag by Kenny Chesney
Tyler Moore – Drivin’ Around Song by Colt Ford feat. Jason Aldean
Eury Perez – NEED
Wil Rhymes – Walk by Pantera
Jhonatan Solano – Pata Boom by Rafy & R La Fama
Denard Span – Bugatti by Ace Hood [Clean Version]
Denard Span – We Still In This Bitch by B.o.B. (feat. T.I. and Juicy J) [Clean Version]
Denard Span – Believe It by Meek Mill (feat. Rick Ross) [Clean Version]
Denard Span – Shoutout by Birdman (feat. French Montana and Gudda Gudda) [Need Clean Version]
Denard Span – Gotta Have It by Kanye West and Jay Z
Denard Spam – Tom Ford by Jay-Z [Clean version: clean lyrics]
Kurt Suzuki – Small Axe by Bob Marley
Kurt Suzuki – Jammin‘ by Bob Marley
Kurt Suzuki – Lively Up Yourself by Bob Marley & The Wailers
Kurt Suzuki – One Drop by Bob Marley
Kurt Suzuki – Night Nurse by Gregory Isaacs
Chad Tracy – Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker
Zach Walters – Anything Could Happen (Remix) by Ellie Goulding
Jayson Werth – Burn It Down by Linkin Park
Jayson Werth – Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
Jayson Werth – Warehouse by Dave Matthews Band
Jayson Werth – Dazed and Confused by Led Zeppelin
Jayson Werth – The Walking Dead Theme Song
Jayson Werth – Game of Thrones Theme Song
Ryan Zimmerman – Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
Ryan Zimmerman – So Good by B.o.B
Ryan Zimmerman – Whatever You Like by T.I.
Ryan Zimmerman – My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) by Fall Out Boy
Ryan Zimmerman – Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke (feat. T.I., Pharrell)
Fernando Abad – Deliverance by Bubba Sparxxx
Tyler Clippard – Ready or Not by The Fugees
Xavier Cedeno – Limbo by Daddy Yankee
Erik Davis – No Leaf Clover by Metallica
Ross Detwiler – Wherever I May Roam by Metallica (pitching)
Gio Gonzalez – House Party (feat. Young Chris) by Meek Mill [clean version] (pitching)
Gio Gonzalez – Standing Ovation by Young Jeezy (batting)
Gio Gonzalez – On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons (batting)
Taylor Jordan – Collide by Skillet
Nathan Karns – La Grange by ZZ Top
Ian Krol – Avicii vs Lenny Kravitz by Superlove
Ryan Mattheus – Firework by Katy Perry
Ross Ohlendorf - Barefoot Blue Jean Night by Jake Owen
Tanner Roark – Kickstart My Heart by Motley Crue
Henry Rodriguez – Energía by Alexis & Fido
Craig Stammen – Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
Stephen Strasburg – Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes
Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events for Nats News Network and Caps News Network since 2006. Cheryl is an accomplished action photographer and has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.