**List updated 08/29/2015**
[I was behind and added lots of songs, including Bryce Harper’s 80’s Night selections!]
Originally Published on 4/07/2015
It is a brand new season and the Nationals are the favorite to win the World Series! Which songs have the Washington Nationals players have selected as their batting music?
Keeping a list of batting songs used to be a simple task since most players used only song for each at bat, all season long. Now, many players use 3-4 songs in each game and change them many times over the season.
District Sports Page will do its best to keep up with the list of songs, however, invite fans to help us out. Please feel free to comment on this post or tweet to @cnichols14 when you hear a new song. DSP really can’t do this without you since we now live in Idaho and only make it to a few home games a year.
In case you missed previous season’s song choices, you can check out the 2012 walk-up music, 2013 walk-up music and 2014 walk-up music. A few of the songs from last year were still being used at spring training 2015, however, we’ll wait until they are officially used during the season to add to list.
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.
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 Miami Marlins), 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 became the “fans’ Natitude anthem of 2014″ and was even used as the Nats 7th inning stretch song. The music was usually cut off before it got to the high part of the chorus, so the fans could finish it off. It started in 2010, but finally caught on towards the end of 2012 and fans voices were even heard on TV.
Baseball is a game of traditions and the one song that hasn’t changed over the years is the song played when Nationals hit a homerun. It has always been, “Bustin’ Loose” by Chuck Brown (aka “Godfather of Go-Go” and DC legend who passed away in 2012). I, along with many fans around me, cheered Ryan Zimmerman’s two-run homer in the first inning of the second game of the season (April 8, 2015) and then our jaws dropped when we heard the music that was coming out of the sound system. IT WAS NOT “Bustin’ Loose.” It was “Bang Bang” by Jessie J. What? I hope that the Nats staff immediately fix that and revert back to tradition! The fans voted on this back in 2007 before moving to new park. [Nats finally played it again after Bryce Harper’s 1st HR on 5/6/2015, however, not for the 2nd or 3rd home runs that day].
All of the following songs have been confirmed through various sources including programs like Shazam, Soundhound, as well as players tweets, interviews, etc. 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!Nats Taking the Field: -Coming For You by The Offspring 7th inning stretch songs: -Take Me Out To The Ballgame (Traditional) -Honey, I’m Good by Andy Grammer -Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars Wave Your Caps/Honor Military song: -Wave On Wave by Pat Green Birthday Announcements on Scoreboard song: -99 Luftballons by Nena T-Shirt Toss songs: -Timber by Pitbull Feat. Ke$sha -Let’s Work Together by Canned Heat Songs when opposing team strikes out: -Problem by Ariana Grande Feat. Iggy Azalea Pump up crowd songs: -Kernkraft 400 by Zombie Nation Nats’ Homerun Song: -Bang Bang by Jessie J Feat. Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj -Bustin’ Loose by Chuck Brown [Nats finally played it again after Bryce Harper’s 1st HR on 5/6/2015]
Please help us keep list up to date and post additional songs that we may have missed in the comments. Thank you! Enjoy!
Ian Desmond – Warriors by Kymani Marley
Ian Desmond – I Believe by Soja Feat. Michael Franti, Nahko
Ian Desmond – Fire Squad (2014 Forest Hills Drive) by J Cole [clean version] (Source: @nationals)
Ian Desmond – Alright by Kendrick Lamar (need clean version] (Source: @edit_susan via Facebook)
Wilmer Difo – NEED
Danny Espinosa – Stalag Y2K Megamix by Tenor Saw & General Echo & Buju Banton & Candyman & Sister Nancy
Danny Espinosa – Bam Bam by Sister Nancy (Source: @nationals)
Danny Espinosa – Habits (Stay High) by Tove Lo (Source: @pmacewan)
Bryce Harper – Flower by Moby
Bryce Harper – The Best Is Yet To Come by Frank Sinatra
Bryce Harper – Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker Feat. Lady Antebellum (Not Old Crow Medicine Show version)
Bryce Harper – Can’t Stop Won’t Stop by Up and Away Feat. June
Bryce Harper – Sugar by Maroon 5
Bryce Harper – Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey) by The Weeknd (Source: @anatsfan)
Bryce Harper – American Oxygen by Rihanna (Source: @aNatsFan)
Bryce Harper – Your Love by The Outfield (80’s Night) (Source: @moxxjason)
Bryce Harper – Bad by Michael Jackson (80’s Night) (Source: @vandygirl1988)
Bryce Harper – I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston (80’s Night) (Source: @vandygirl1988)
Reed Johnson – Country Music Jesus by Eric Church
Anthony Rendon – No Competition by Bun B Feat. Raekwon & Kobe [need clean version]
Anthony Rendon – Fire by Bun B Feat. Rick Ross & 2 Chainz & Serani
Denard Span – The Girls on Drugs by Wale (Source: JulieMorris2010)
Denard Span – Ball Drop by Fabolous Feat. French Montana (Source: @sweetpearacer)
Denard Span – Flicka Da Wrist by Chedda Da Connect [clean version] (Source: @tracytran)
Trea Turner – NEED
Jayson Werth – Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon
Jayson Werth – Warehouse by Dave Matthews Band
Jayson Werth – The Rains of Castamere from Game of Thrones
Jayson Werth – Slow Acid by Calvin Harris (Source: @aNatsFan)
Ryan Zimmerman – Lazaretto by Jack White
Ryan Zimmerman – Trap Queen by Fetty Wap (Source: @chasehughesCSN)
Ryan Zimmerman – You Know You Like It by (Source: @stefany13)
Ryan Zimmerman – Whatever You Like by TI (Source: @stefany13)
Aaron Barrett – The Bear Song by Green Jelly
Aaron Barrett – The War by DJ XXgodwarzxx [Need link]
Xavier Cedeno – Yo Soy De Aqui by Don Omar Feat. Daddy Yankee, Yandel, Arcangel)
A.J. Cole – Just Another Thing by The Lacs (feat. Crucifix) (Source: @anatsfan)
Gio Gonzalez – House Party (feat. Young Chris) by Meek Mill [clean version] (pitching) (Source: @trippwhitbeck)
Gio Gonzalez – Believe Me by Lil Wayne Feat. Drake [clean version] (batting) (Source: @tinyrotater)
Jonathan Papelbon – What Dreams Are Made Of by Pusha T (Source: @WilYow)
Tanner Roark – Strangehold by Ted Nugent
Max Scherzer – Energy by Drake (pitching) [Need Clean Version]
Max Scherzer – GDFR by Flo Rida Feat. Sage The Gemini & Lookas (batting)
Craig Stammen – Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
Drew Storen – God’s Gonna Cut You Down by Johnny Cash
Stephen Strasburg – Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes (pitching and batting)
Matt Thorton – Livin in Sin by Godsmack
Blake Treinen – Arena by W.L.A.K. Feat. Dre Murray and Christian