Songs to Bring Athletes Closer to Winning


Photo by: Maddy Fleury

JV Football’s sophomore Kevin Lopez listening to “Stronger” by Kanye West.

Maddy Fleury, Staff Writer

At schools as highly praised as Rochester Adams, is is not uncommon for students to be involved in sports which require focus and hardwork. For young athletes, it is incredibly important to stay driven and inspired- not just physically, but mentally as well.

According to The Health Sciences Academy, listening to motivational  music allows competitors to get “into the zone” before a big game or meet, and it will also promote a positive attitude. Luckily, there is no shortage of modern artists with upbeat music to pump athletes up and get them ready to win.

“Lose Yourself” by Eminem

In activities which require athletes to be independent and compete in solo events, it is crucial to stay concentrated on achieving personal accomplishments. This upbeat song includes lyrics like, “You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow”. This expresses the idea that once something is done, it cannot be taken back. So, Eminem is teaching that, sometimes, there is only one chance; for example, in a game or race, one must make the most of it.

“‘Lose Yourself’ reminds me why I love to swim and that if I work hard enough, I am capable of reaching my goals,” said sophomore Arianna Payn, a swimmer on the Adams Girls Varsity Team.

In terms of sports, it is easy to get distracted or lose sight of a goal, but listening to these lyrics will surely help competitors realize what they are trying to achieve.

“All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled

Although the title of this song may seem a bit cocky or presumptuous, it highlights the importance of confidence. For competitive individuals, having a positive mental state is just as important as physical fitness when it comes to getting the gold. The repetition of the phrase “all I do is win” in this anthem reminds athletes they are capable of success if they put their mind to it. While it is vital to have fun while participating in athletic events, it never hurts to shoot for a win, and this song will surely provoke athletes to do so.


“Stronger” by Kanye West

Physical strength is also extremely influential in becoming a champion. The lyrics “Now that that don’t kill me, can only make me stronger” discusses the idea that although it may hurt to push to the limit, hard work leads to triumph. The title of this song also refers to shaking off any criticism and using it to better oneself.

“This songs motivates me to work hard and build my strength for football season,” said sophomore Kevin Lopez.

Listening to this right before a big event will most definitely motivate players to fight. As said in the song, hard work makes for a faster, better, and stronger result.

“Burn” by Ellie Goulding

This song is a metaphorical representation of the passionate fire burning inside all of us. In the case of high school athletic teams, students are often put under a great deal of pressure to be the best and pull out a first place trophy. In order to be fully “in it to win it,” athletes “light a fire” inside themselves, or in other words, become 100% devoted to a race or game. Speaking for certain individuals who put their heart and soul into their sport, this song is a perfect reminder of igniting passion from within.

“Get Low” by Dillon Francis & DJ Snake

This song is perfect for someone who is just about to step up to the starting line and needs to get pumped up and ready to go. This high-pitched, catchy tune never fails to lift spirits and get athletes in a good mood before a game. In just about every athletic activity, it is crucial to be energized and excited, which is why listening to this song is a great idea.

“Timber” by Pitbull and Ke$ha

From the second this song begins, Ke$ha brings up the idea of getting up and having fun. As everyone knows, the best competitors do not waste time sitting around doing nothing. Instead, star athletes warm up, stretch, and prepare themselves mentally and physically for the challenge ahead. Not only does this song have an exciting beat, but it also persuades listeners to get up and get going.

Although it may be hard to get out of bed on a day set to be full of exercise, enjoying music like this persuades teenagers to reach high heights. With all the emphasis placed upon the value of physical fitness, people who play sports must also remember that mental positivity plays a significant role in success. Listening to optimistic songs is a superlative way to get into the zone and triumph.