From Bad Bunny To Drake, Here Are The Most Popular Walk-Up Song Artists For The 2022 MLB Playoffs.
It’s a shame Cleveland Guardians rookie outfielder Oscar Gonzalez doesn’t get to choose the walk-up music for every Major League Baseball player; his delightful selection is the SpongeBob SquarePants theme song. Bad Bunny, who, according to data provided by the MLB for the remaining eight playoff teams, soundtracks eight players’ at-bats (including the Atlanta Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. and Eddie Rosario, who each use two different Bad Bunny tracks), is far more prevalent in stadiums throughout the four Division Series, which begin Tuesday (Oct. 11).
Billboard crunched the numbers to identify the eight remaining playoff teams’ most popular walk-on music stars. Given the number of Latino players in baseball, Bad Bunny, Daddy Yankee, Elvis Crespo, Anuel AA, and Los Hermanos Rosario are particularly popular, and hip-hop appeals to almost everyone.
Outside of the list below, there are numerous SpongeBob-like outliers: Houston Astros outfielder Jake Meyers’ use of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight”; not one, but two uses of Ted Nugent’s “Stranglehold”; Braves third baseman Austin Riley’s adaptation of Stone Cold Steve Austin’s classic wrestling intro; Garrett Stubbs of the Philadelphia Phillies going way back to Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life”; and Sean Manaea of the San Diego Padres going way soft with Grover Washington Jr.’s ” The New York Mets, the team of reliever Edwin Diaz, may be out, but Timmy Trumpet’s “Narco” continues for the Braves’ William Contreras and others.
The MLB shared walk-up songs for nearly all 26 players on each team’s playoff roster, for a total of about 200 players (some of whom walk out to multiple songs).
The Evil Bunny
“Dákiti” by BAD BUNNY and JHAY CORTEZ
The Puerto Rican hip-hop star, who just completed his first stadium tour, is also dominating baseball games at the same venues — his 2022 smash “Tit Me Preguntó” is Ronald Acuna’s walk-up song, while the Yankees’ Gleyber Torres uses “Después de la Playa.” Bad Bunny songs are most popular among Latino players on playoff rosters, but he’s popular throughout MLB, from on-field broadcasts to team clubhouses. “There’s something about it that makes you want to move around and feel the rhythm,” Diamondbacks pitcher Christian Walker said last month to the Arizona Republic. “It’s like a mix of dance music and good energy and vibes.”
Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr.: “Tit Me Preguntó” and “Un Verano Sin Ti”
Eddie Rosario of the Braves performs “Despues de la Playa” and “Me Porto Bonito” with Chencho Corleone.
Guardians’ Gabriel Arias: “25/8”
Astros’ Martin Maldonado: “Ojitos Lindos”
Astros’ Mauricio Dubon: “Efecto”
Yankees’ Gleyber Torres: “Despues de la Playa”
Yankees’ Kyle Higashioka: “Hoy Cobré”
Padres’ Jurickson Profar: “Volando” (with Mora and Sech)
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