Entrance music

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Entrance music (also known as an entry theme or walk-on music) is a musical piece or song that is played for athletes or celebrities when they enter the ring, playing field or venue.

Combat sports[edit]

Professional snooker[edit]

As part of Barry Hearn's vision for the future of the professional game, walk-on music was introduced from the 2010 World Snooker Championship.[2] As of the 2012 World Snooker Championship, the last 32 players and their walk-on music was as follows:[3]

Walk-on Music
Player Song Artist
Ali Carter "Good Feeling" Flo Rida
Andrew Higginson "Love Will Tear Us Apart" Joy Division
Barry Hawkins "Beautiful People" Chris Brown
Cao Yupeng "Blah Blah Blah" Kesha
David Gilbert "Superstylin'" Groove Armada
Ding Junhui "Poker Face" Lady Gaga
Dominic Dale La donna è mobile Giuseppe Verdi
Graeme Dott "Two Tribes" Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Jamie Jones "Sexy and I Know It" LMFAO
Joe Perry "I'm Finding It Harder to Be a Gentleman" The White Stripes
John Higgins "Nowhere to Hide" Arnold McCuller
Judd Trump "Made It" Kevin Rudolf
Ken Doherty "Irish Rover" The Pogues
Liang Wenbo "Zhongguoren" Liu de hua / Andy Lau
Liu Chuang "Down" Jay Sean
Luca Brecel "Earthquake" Labrinth feat. Tinie Tempah
Mark Allen "Titanium" David Guetta feat. Sia
Marco Fu "I Gotta Feeling" Black Eyed Peas
Mark Davis "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" Michael Jackson
Mark Selby "Underdog" Kasabian
Mark Williams "Jump" Van Halen
Martin Gould "The Game" Motörhead
Matthew Stevens "OMG" Usher
Neil Robertson "Heart of Courage" Two Steps from Hell
Peter Ebdon "Wrapped Up in Time" Marillion
Ronnie O'Sullivan "Monkey Magic" Godiego
Ryan Day "One Step Beyond" Madness
Shaun Murphy "He's a Pirate" Klaus Badelt
Stephen Hendry "Get the Message" Electronic
Stephen Lee "Pump It" Black Eyed Peas
Stephen Maguire "Here I Go Again" Whitesnake
Stuart Bingham "In the Air Tonight" Phil Collins

Professional darts[edit]

Walk-on music for professional darts players is typically either related to their nickname or their nationality. Some examples are:

Walk-on Music
Player Nickname Song Artist
Martin Adams Wolfie "Hungry Like the Wolf" Duran Duran
Gary Anderson The Flying Scotsman "Jump Around" House of Pain
Raymond van Barneveld Barney "Eye of the Tiger" Survivor
Stephen Bunting The Bullet "Surfin' Bird" The Trashmen
Michael van Gerwen Mighty Mike "Seven Nation Army" The White Stripes
Adrian Lewis Jackpot "Reach Up" Perfecto Allstarz
Phil Taylor The Power "The Power" Snap!
Simon Whitlock The Wizard "Down Under" Men at Work
Peter Wright Snakebite "Don't Stop the Party" Pitbull ft. TJR
Steve Beaton The Bronzed Adonis "Stayin' Alive" The Bee Gees

Roller Derby[edit]

Walk-on music used in roller derby, also called skate-out music, has been a part of the sport since its very beginning.[citation needed]

Skate-out Music
League Team Song Artist
Gotham Girls Roller Derby All-Stars "Turn Down for What" DJ Snake ft. Lil Jon
Minnesota RollerGirls All-Stars "Boneless" Steve Aoki
Minnesota RollerGirls Minnesota Nice "Roller Girls" The Soviettes

Major League Baseball[edit]

The practice of using a heavy metal theme song to signal the entrance of a relief pitcher began at Qualcomm Stadium in 1998, when the San Diego Padres started playing "Hells Bells" by AC/DC to accompany Trevor Hoffman's taking the mound.[4][5] San Jose Mercury News and ESPN.com wrote that the song should be honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.[6][7] The use of rock and roll for entrance music emerged from the 1989 film, Major League, in which relief pitcher Rick Vaughn entered the game to a cover of "Wild Thing" performed by X.[5] In addition, batters will often select a song to play as they come to the plate in home games.[8]


Wrestling companies often have an inhouse composer composing theme music for wrestlers. They also may use stock music.

Many wrestlers have used many themes over the course of their careers. Some wrestlers like Ric Flair and Macho Man Randy Savage are known for their one particular entrance theme song, Also Sprach Zarathustra and Pomp and Circumstance respectively.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ricky Hatton vs Vyacheslav Senchenko REWIND: Relive the drama as The Hitman is stopped in nine rounds". The Mirror. 24 November 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  2. ^ http://www.global-snooker.com/Global-Snooker-News-World-Professional-Snooker-Championship-Launch-100408.asp
  3. ^ http://www.worldsnooker.com/page/NewsArticles/0,,13165~2744579,00.html
  4. ^ Tarantino, Anthony (April 19, 2004). "For whom the bell tolls: Who'd have thought 'Trevor Time' would start a majorswide trend?". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on January 28, 2011. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Engber, Daniel (April 14, 2006). "Hear My Song, Fear My Fastball". Slate. The Washington Post Company. Archived from the original on January 26, 2011. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  6. ^ Peterson, Gary (March 20, 2011). "Baseball Hall of Fame should honor AC/DC". San Jose Mercury News. p. C-2. Archived from the original on March 20, 2011.
  7. ^ Daly, Kaitee (July 28, 2010). "John Fogerty's 'Centerfield' sparks a list". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on December 13, 2013.
  8. ^ "Match the hitter with at-bat music". ESPN.com. Retrieved 19 April 2013.

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