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Game Time: The Essential Pregame Playlist

Jasmine McIntosh
Whether it’s rap, metal, or plain old classic rock, music is a perfect way to set the mood before a game or practice.

This article includes songs with explicit content.

These songs are meant for La Salle athletes that need a musical pick me up before their game to help get them in the right headspace prior to competing. If you’re into different types of music before your game, don’t worry — we have three different genres with five songs each to pick from. 


First Day Out” by Tee Grizzley 

When getting ready for your sporting event this song gets your adrenaline going and inspires a desire for the downfall of your opponents. “First Day Out” by Tee Grizzley is known as the pre-game song. It never fails to get you into a mood to never give up — no matter what sport you play.  

Dreams and Nightmares” by Meek Mill

This song starts off slow before gradually growing to a loud and aggressive rhythm, getting you ready and locked in for your athletic event. When you don’t feel your best, this song will shake you back into spirit. 

“Barry Bonds” by Kanye West

“Barry Bonds” has a low tempo and will get you thinking that you are the best, just like Barry Bonds, who was widely known as one of the best MLB hitters of all time. This song does him justice by producing a song that knocks it out of the park.  

“X Gon’ Give It To Ya” by DMX 

This song is a classic. It never fails to produce an excellent pre-game experience. Released in 2002, DMX didn’t know he was making one of the most iconic pregame songs of all time. This song gives lyrics that are perfect for pregame mentality and gives a rhythm that is unique and builds hype. 

“See You Again” by Tyler, The Creator  

While this isn’t a typical song you would listen to when getting ready for a game due to its slower pace and rhythm, it nonetheless remains one of the best for creating a mood to get you hyped. Whether you’re moved by the song or not, it is always a good song to listen to. 


“Dirt Road Anthem” by Jason Aldean

“Dirt Road Anthem” is a good song just to sit and listen to when you want to get into the right mood and need to get ready for your game. With lyrics that are excellent, what really makes the song so special is the vocal performance. The heart that Aldean sings with is what makes this song worth its while in your pregame playlist. 

“God’s Gonna Cut You Down” by Johnny Cash

An old song that gets the job done. The term “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” is an old folk phrase referring to how no one can escape death and that we will all feel judgment one day. When you’re playing your game, remember that nobody can escape death — don’t be afraid to give your all.

“A Country Boy Can Survive” by Hank Williams, Jr.

“A Country Boy Can Survive” by Hank Williams Jr. is an example of one of those songs that just gets you in a mood to go out and work. With a high tempo and deep lyrics this song just hits different. 

“Ride the Lightning” by Warren Zeiders 

Much like the name suggests, “Ride the Lightning” is absolutely electric, producing a fast-paced song that reminds you of the past and delivering a powerful message. This song gives lyrics to help you get motivated and prepare for a fight in whatever sport you’re into. 

“Loud and Heavy” by Cody Jinks

When you want a song that will get you in the right mood to go out and work, this song is the perfect fit to help you lock in. It gives a vision of a dark and cold night, encouraging you to push through and walk your line. His vocals evoke a vision of life as a cowboy.  


“Hells Bells” by AC/DC 

A classic hype song is “Hells Bells” by AC/DC. Whether it’s the unique opening or the superb lyrics, “Hells Bells” will get the job done. Whether it is a match of ping pong or a football game, this song is perfect to get you in the right mood. 

“For Whom The Bell Tolls” by Metallica 

With a slow build up to a loud chorus, “For Whom the Bell Tolls” is going to be an all-around sound to help get you through your event. This classic from Metallica is perfect for whatever sport you’re in.

“Back In Black” by AC/DC

If you’re in need of a song to pick you up and get you into the right mood for a game or practice, “Back in Black” by AC/DC will get you there. This song opens with an iconic guitar riff and it always hits the spot. When it comes to pregame music this song is perfect for just getting you in the right headspace. 

“Fuel” by Metallica 

“Fuel” by Metallica has a chaotic sound that truly gets the blood pumping before your event. This song’s lyrics help fuel your competitive spirit, creating the perfect environment to lock in for your sporting event. 

“Bodies” by Drowning Pool 

This song has one purpose: to get people in the zone and help you prepare for your event. “Bodies” by Drowning Pool is the exact representation of what heavy metal is, and that’s why it deserves to be on this list.

Here is a Spotify playlist of these songs.

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