10 of the Best Songs to Warm Up to Before a Big Game

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To get pumped up before a big game, the best thing to do is listen to a warm-up song! Nothing gives you that rush of adrenaline you need more than one of your favorite songs. To help you decide what to put on your pre-game playlist, we’ve made a list of some of the best songs to warm up to.

1. “Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor

“Eye of the Tiger” is a classic warm-up song! The song was released in 1982 and still is popular today. It was featured in the movie “Rocky III,” and continues to be a great workout and warm-up song. Lyrics include, “It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight. Risin’ up to the challenge of our rival.”

2. “Hall of Fame” – The Script

Wouldn’t you love to be in the hall of fame? This song by The Script will get you ready for anything. “Hall of Fame” was released in 2012 and includes lyrics like, “Standing in the hall of fame. And the world’s gonna know your name. ‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame. And the world’s gonna know your name.”

3. “Let It Rock” – Kevin Rudolf ft. Lil Wayne

When you hear “Let It Rock” echoing through the gymnasium, you’ll feel unstoppable. This song by Kevin Rudolf and Lil Wayne came out in 2008 and will get you pumped up before any game. Lyrics include, “Because when I arrive I, I’ll bring the fire. Make you come alive.”

4. “Firework” – Katy Perry A group of teenage basketball players with smartphones.

“Firework” by Katy Perry was released in 2010 and has been getting people pumped ever since! The lyrics are motivational, and the beat makes you want to get up and move around. Lyrics include, “You just gotta ignite the light. And let it shine. Just own the night. Like the Fourth of July. ‘Cause baby you’re a firework. Come on show ’em what your worth.”

5. “Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift

Nothing will get you pumped up more than “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift! This is the perfect warm-up song that will keep you up and on your feet. Lyrics include, “’Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake.”

6. “Can’t Hold Us” – Macklemore

“Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will you get you up and jumping around! This song was released in 2012. Lyrics include, “This is the moment. Tonight is the night, we’ll fight ‘til it’s over. So we put our hands up.” You’ll be ready for anything when you listen to this song!

7. “Believer” – Imagine DragonsBoys playing soccer.

One of the best songs to warm up to before a game is “Believer.” This Imagine Dragons song was released in 2018 and is just what you need to listen to when you warm up. Lyrics include “You made me a, you made me a believer, believer. You break me down, you built me up, believer, believer.”

8. “I Gotta Feeling” – The Black Eyed Peas

Right before you take the court or field, listen to “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas. You’ll feel like you’re ready to take on any challenge. Lyrics include, “Here we come, here we go, we gotta rock. Easy come, easy go, now we on top.”

9. “Jump” – Van Halen

“Jump” is another classic! This Van Halen song has been around for years, but it’s still one of the best songs to warm up to before any youth sports game. Not only will it make you want to “jump,” but it’ll get you pumped! Lyrics include, “I get up, and nothin’ gets me down. You got it tough, I’ve seen the toughest around … Might as well jump.”

10. “Don’t Stop Believin’” – Journey

If you’ve ever been to a sporting event, chances are you’ve heard “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey playing in the background at some point. If you want to get pumped up, put this song on your warm-up playlist! Lyrics include, “Don’t stop believing. Hold on to that feeling.”

Bonus Track – “We Are the Champions”Boys playing soccer.

After the game, you can’t go wrong giving “We Are the Champions” by Queen a listen. If you win, it’s the perfect celebratory song!

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