Listen Up! 5 Songs to Get You Through the Week – 3/13

John Van Horn, Staff Writer

Hey everyone. Welcome back to another episode of Listen Up! This week, I’m only changing the recommendations slightly. With spring season right around the corner, the weather is getting warmer, and that means more sports and activities are happening outside. For me, that means it’s baseball season. This week, I’ll be sharing my top 5 workout/gametime songs that I like to listen to before a game. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t just listen to these songs before sports; I like to jam out to them when I need some good motivation. Here it is.    


Monday- “Boom” by P.O.D. (2001)

There are so many different styles of music that get people motivated. For me, a big part of my workout playlist comes from heavy-hitting Nu-Metal classics such as “Boom.” There’s something about the fast-paced metal guitar parts mixed with the hip-hop rap lyrics that are the key to a great workout song. The song’s iconic chorus (here comes the boom!) will sure to get you on your feet and ready for whatever task lies ahead.


Tuesday- “Easy” by The Commodores (1977)

A completely different swing from early 2000’s nu-metal, “Easy” is a track that probably nobody has on their workout playlists. With that being said, I think this song is a perfect change from the upbeat, typical mainstream music meant to get people moving. For me, “Easy” calms me down, and focuses me more on the task ahead, whether it’s a tryout, game, or even an upcoming test. The track is so smooth and filled with soul, instantly putting my mind at ease before a stressful event.


Wednesday- “Mama Said Knock You Out”  by LL Cool J

Transitioning into the middle of week with some old school 90’s rap! A bit more motivating than the previous 70’s soul track, this song packs a powerful lyrical punch. One of the earliest rap sensations, “Mama Said Knock You Out” put up-and-coming artist LL Cool J on the early 90’s hip hop scene. While this song (admittedly), might be a little cheesy and sound outdated, there’s no doubting the influence this song has had on 90’s workout playlists. 


Thursday- “Gonna Fly Now” by Bill Conti (1976)

This one is a personal favorite of mine. Being a huge Rocky Balboa (and Philly sports) fan, I hold “Gonna Fly Now” close to my heart. To me, this song is the most motivating one on my playlist, but obviously, that comes down to personal preference and experience. There’s just something about that signature brass intro that gives me chills every time. It might be a bit cliche, but hey, I mean it’s Rocky, come on. 


Friday- “Welcome To The Jungle”  by Guns N’ Roses (1987) 

Wrapping up this week’s list is perhaps the most well-known of gametime songs, “Welcome To The Jungle.” It may be played at basically every single sporting event, but for good reason. The song’s signature delayed guitar intro riff sends an atmosphere of inspiration throughout the entire crowd, and remains a staple on rock workout playlists.