Can you imagine what basketball warm-ups would sound like, without music? Of course you can’t, because that would never happen. That would be like cars without windows or ice cream scoops being served directly in your hand.
Basketball shootarounds and music go hand-in-hand, because the music allows players to settle in their rhythm, while still staying loose and easing the nerves. On the flip side, certain songs are meant to hype players up before a big game. In either scenario, the music provides equal energy for fans, keeping them entertained amidst layup drills and stretching.
While these pregame tunes might be an afterthought to most people in any given gym, they’re essential to any game of hoops. That’s why we’ve created this 15-track playlist of timely warm-up songs to help DJs across the map keep everyone in attendance amped before tip-off, whether they’re rocking an arena or high school gym.
Future – “March Madness”
Show me a gym with basketball players and I’ll show you Future fans. Turn up this fan favorite in any month and watch both squads start giving the petal some extra gas as they’re preparing to take the court. It’s not hyperbole to say this list could have just been 15 Future songs, too. It’s not, but that shows you how synonymous he is with the game.
Drake – “Energy”
When you’re competing against someone, there’s always a stronger desire to win when the competition feels like a legitimate threat. If a DJ were to play this energetic single from Drizzy’s If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late album before a big game and “I got a lot of enemies” started echoing throughout the gym, there’s a 100 percent chance players would get a bit more of a chip on their shoulder, making the game that much more exciting.