21 Best Country Walk-Up Songs

Looking for a country walk-up song for when you approach the plate? You need a piece of music that can either amp you up, hype up the crowd, or intimidate the opposing pitcher; preferably all three.

There are many options to choose from across genres, but here are some of the best country walk-up songs ever.

“Burning Man” by Dierks Bentley

Song Year: 2018

“Burning Man” makes a great potential option. Just about every fan in the baseball stadium will recognize it by virtue of its relentless airplay in 2018. It was a No. 2 country hit and a Top 40 song on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

It’s got a quick tempo, it’s catchy, and the lyrics talk about overcoming challenges. It can be a tool to amp up the home team’s fans, and it can also give the batter a confidence boost.

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

Song Year: 2006

Johnny Cash unfortunately didn’t live to see the popularity of his release “God’s Gonna Cut You Down”. The song was released posthumously, but surely The Man In Black knew he was onto something with this one.

It’s an aggressive song about how bad things will catch up to the bad people doing them. It’s pretty intense, what with Cash’s booming voice and the driving, insistent beat.

“Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker

Song Year: 2013

Darius Rucker recorded a cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel” that took the world by storm.

The lyrics speak of travel, adventure, and yearning, which can resonate with the excitement and anticipation of a baseball game, and it’s a feel-good song that crowds will warm to. Former Boston Red Sox first baseman David “Big Papi” Ortiz used it, and that’s a pretty strong endorsement.

“The South” by The Cadillac Three

Song Year: 2013

Not every walkup song will work for every player. If you’re a Toronto Blue Jay, for instance, a song called “The South” might get you booed or laughed out of the batter’s box. 

The Cadillac Three released “The South” in 2013 as the debut single from their self-titled album. It’s a good sing-along song, and it trumpets the best parts of Southern life: country living, whiskey, and countrified rock music. Ball players from below the Mason-Dixon line can use this one and be safe in the knowledge that their hometown fans will love it.

“Take a Little Ride” by Jason Aldean

Song Year: 2012

Jason Aldean is a country artist on paper, but “Take a Little Ride” is a rock song. Sure, it gets played on country radio stations, but it’s a rock song. And it’s fun, too. And there are no rapping country singers in it, so that’s a plus.

It’s fun, it’s catchy, and it’s about living in the present. When you’re facing a 90 mph fastball, living in the moment is all you’ve got, so when a baseball player takes the field to this song, it might give him the confidence boost he needs.

“Chicken Fried” by Zac Brown Band

Song Year: 2008

One of those songs everyone knows (even if they don’t know it by name), “Chicken Fried,” was the Zac Brown Band’s debut single.

It’s a country song, but if you listen closely, you can hear a little reggae in there, and that makes for a good time every time.

“Boys ‘Round Here” by Blake Shelton feat. Pistol Annies & Friends

Song Year: 2013

Blake Shelton has cultivated an image of the kind of guy you’d like to have a beer with and not even bother asking for an autograph.

“Boys ‘Round Here” perpetuates that image, as the collaborative project sounds like a party is happening from the first note.  with hip-hop influences and funny lyrics, complete with a reference to spitting tobacco juice. Okay, more than one reference.

Dang, is there a better walk-up song?

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

Song Year: 1982

“A Country Boy Can Survive” is another walk-up song that not just anyone can use. A player born and raised in the Bronx might think twice before using this one, lest he open himself up to jeers, especially if he’s playing a game in the South.

But Hank, Jr.’s classic country anthem is about the self-reliance that a country boy simply must have, and that translates to the diamond. When you step into that batter’s box, self-reliance is all you’ve got.

“Barefoot Blue Jean Night” by Jake Owen

Song Year: 2011

Jake Owen scored a number-one hit and much love from the critics with “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” the title track from his 2011 album.

It describes the nice things about a night in the country with friends. Most fans will be at the game with friends, so this will remind them about how good life is while they’re watching some ball.

The player using this as a walk-up song is probably best used by a charismatic player like New York Yankee Giancarlo Stanton, who has used “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” more than once.

“Beer For My Horses” by Toby Keith and Willie Nelson 

Song Year: 2003

As the title track from Toby Keith’s 2003 album, “Beer for My Horses” made great use of national treasure Willie Nelson, who probably gets at least a little credit for the song rising to the top spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

It’s a funny song with a quick tempo and just enough rock influences to make it fun. And since it’s about loyalty and having fun — two very important attributes a player would want in his teammates — it works well at the ballpark.

“Hell On Wheels” by Brantley Gilbert

Song Year: 2010

With guitar riffs that scream “rock and roll,” “Hell on Wheels” came off Brantley Gilbert’s Halfway to Heaven album. It wasn’t a single, so it didn’t chart, but it’s got an intensity to it that can rile up fans even if they haven’t heard it before.

It’s about taking risks, and it’s about fearlessness, and what two things could better suit a baseball player, especially one that’s swinging for the fences?

“Hell on Wheels” is the kind of song that can inject excitement into the stands in just a few seconds.

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