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This Is What Your Favorite Athletes Are Listening To In the Locker Room

Music is an inextricable part of sporting events, from the anthems played (and sung by fans) during the big game to those soundtracking replays on television broadcasts. And it’s also a big part of what leads up to the main event itself, whether revving up the team in the locker room beforehand or just providing the right vibes at practices. From the National Football League to Major League Soccer, these are the playlists some of your favorite teams are listening to now.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The team’s favorites — whether in the locker room, personal earbuds or rocking the stadium pregame, include:

Finesse2tymes, “Back End”
Lil Baby, “FR” 
Lil Baby, “California Breeze” 
Lil Baby, “Freestyle” 
Moneybagg Yo, “Ocean Spray”  
Bankroll Fresh, “Take Over Your Trap”  
Gunna ft. Lil Baby, “25k jacket”
Lil Yachty, “Strike (Holster)”
BigXthaPlug, “Levels”
Big Homiie G, “Who Got It”
Veeze, “GOMD”
Babyface Ray, “Ron Artest”
T-Woo, “Just Vibe”
T-Woo, “Fun Day”
Babyface Ray, “All Star Team”
FTO Sett, “Snap”

T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates an interception during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on Oct. 22, 2023 in Inglewood, California.
T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates an interception during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on Oct. 22, 2023 in Inglewood, California.Rams at SoFi Stadium on October 22, 2023 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Chicago Fire FC (GF) 

“We have so much diversity on the team, the music we listen to in the locker room really reflects everyone’s background and brings the team closer together,” says midfielder Fabian Herbers. “You really see everyone from Miley Cyrus to Kendrick Lamar to Peso Pluma.” The team’s locker room playlist includes:

Bad Bunny, “Monaco” 
Karol G and Peso Pluma, “Qlona”
Myke Towers, “Lala”
Eslabon Armado and Peso Pluma, “Ella Baila Sola” 
Feid and Young Miko, “Classy 101”
Bad Bunny and Feid, “Perro Negro” 
J. Cole, “No Role Modelz” 
Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock, “Money Trees”
Rema and Selena Gomez, “Calm Down” 
David Guetta and Bebe Rexha, “I‘m Good (Blue)” 
Miley Cyrus, “Flowers”  
Future ft. Drake and Tems, “Wait For U”
Kanye West and Chris Martin, “Homecoming” 

Los Angeles FC

The soccer team’s extensive, hip-hop and Latin-centric playlist includes:

The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk, “Starboy”
Wisin ft. Ozuna, “Escápate Conmigo”
Bad Bunny, “Tití Me Preguntó”
Drake, “Massive”
Burna Boy, “Last Last”
Wizkid ft. Justin Bieber and Tems, “Essence”
Maluma, “Felices Los 4”
Ozuna and J Balvin, “Quiero Repetir”
Karol G and Bad Bunny, “Ahora Me Llama”
Kanye West, The Weeknd, and Lil Baby, “Hurricane”
Metro Boomin ft. The Weeknd, “Creepin’ “
Travis Scott, “Highest in the Room”
Future ft. Drake and Tems, “Wait For U”
French Montana and Swae Lee, “Unforgettable”
Farruko, “Pepas”
50 Cent ft. Nate Dogg, “21 Questions”

Anderson Julio #29 of Real Salt Lake competes for a header against Edwin Cerrillo #20 of Los Angeles Galaxy during the game at Dignity Health Sports Park on Oct. 14, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
Anderson Julio #29 of Real Salt Lake competes for a header against Edwin Cerrillo #20 of Los Angeles Galaxy during the game at Dignity Health Sports Park on Oct. 14, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

LA Galaxy

“We’re a team with players from all over the world and the music in the locker room is pretty diverse,” says midfielder Edwin Cerillo. “We’ll listen to anything from reggaetón to country music and that’s probably one of the coolest things about our locker room culture. There’s a lot of players with different music vibes, and given we are in Los Angeles and have a lot of Latinos on the team, you can always count on hearing Bad Bunny or Peso Pluma in the locker room. Most of us also love rap so it’s common to hear songs from Future and Drake on the speakers. Music is such an important part of our everyday lives as athletes because it helps us mentally prep for trainings, matches and everything in between.” 

Their playlist, by player favorites: 

Bad Bunny, “Monaco” (from Riqui Puig)
Grupo Frontera and Grupo Firme, “El amor de su vida”  (from Daniel Aguirre)
Feid, “Normal” (from Julian Aude)
Feid, “Ferxxo 30” (from Miguel Berry)
Bob Marley, “Waiting In Vain” (from Jonathan Bond) 
BlueBucksClan, “Walkin’ In” (from Mauricio Cuevas)
Luck Ra, La K’Onga and Ke Personajes, “Ya No Vuelvas” (from Gastón Brugman)
Drake, “Virginia Beach” (from Edwin Cerrillo)
Meek Mill, “Wins and Losses” (from Mark Delgado)
Eladio Carrion, “Mbappe” (from Diego Fagundez)
Spinall and Fireball DML, “Sere” (from Marcus Ferkranus)
Barbara Bobak, “Lazes me ljubavi” (from Dejan Joveljić)
Aleksandra Prijovic, “Dam Dam Dam” (from Novak Mićović)  
G-Unit, “Wanna Get To Know You” (from Harbor Miller)
Beenie Man, “Girls Dem Sugar” (from Jalen Neal)
Tame Impala, “Borderline” (from John Nelson)
Xavi, “La Diabla” (from Ruben Ramos Jr.)
Trivium, “Shogun” (from Jonathan Pérez)
Wakyin and Carlos Vives, “Beso (Fruta Fresca)” (from Gino Vivi)

Philadelphia 76ers

The team’s go-to anthem right now is former Sixer Danuel House’s “Do Yo Thing,” but its pregame warmup playlist also includes:

Drake, “Stories About My Brother”
Rylo Rodriguez, “Equal Dirt”
Gunna, “Back At It” 
Gucci Mane ft. J. Cole and Mike WiLL Made-It, “There I Go”
Real Boston Richey ft. Moneybagg Yo, “Certified Dripped”
EST Gee, Lil Baby, 42 Dugg and Rylo Rodriguez, “5500 Degrees”
Drake ft. J. Cole, “First Person Shooter”
Gunna, “Bread & Butter”
Kodak Black, “Super Gremlin”
JID ft. 21 Savage and Baby Tate, “Surround Sound”
Tee Grizzley, “First Day Out”
Gunna, “Born Rich”
Nipsey Hussle ft. YG, “Last Time That I Checc’d”
Meek Mill, “Wins & Losses”
Lil Durk ft. J. Cole, “All My Life”
Lil Wayne ft. Jay-Z, “Mr. Carter”
Gunna, “Fukumean”
YoungBoy Never Broke Again, “No Where”
Future, “Stick Talk”
T.I. ft. Young Thug, “About The Money”

Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts during the third quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at the Wells Fargo Center on Feb. 05, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Tobias Harris #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts during the third quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at the Wells Fargo Center on Feb. 05, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Angel City FC

“The music we play pregame is bad b-tch energy, honestly,” says defender Paige Nielsen. “Meg Thee Stallion, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna. I know thousands of songs and I take our music seriously, because it really does bring us together and hypes us up. It puts me in a really good mood and reminds me of why I play.” Pop Smoke and Central Cee are currently on repeat. 

Paige Nielsen #14 of Angel City FC passes the ball in the first half against Racing Louisville FC at BMO Stadium on April 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
Paige Nielsen #14 of Angel City FC passes the ball in the first half against Racing Louisville FC at BMO Stadium on April 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

Gotham Football Club 

The team’s nearly four-hour club playlist (called “GO batz” on Spotify) features everything from hip-hop to heavy rock, Latin and EDM. Artists on it include Travis Scott, Tems, AC/DC, Bizarrap, Karol G, Kaytranada, Janet Jackson, Elton John, Lil Yachty, Doja Cat, Major Lazer, Aluna, Coi Leray and Dua Lipa. “Foundations” by Kolidescopes ft. Jasmine Thompson is a favorite. 

San Diego Padres 

Manny Machado #13 of the San Diego Padres looks on during the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on Feb. 27, 2023 in San Diego, California.
Manny Machado #13 of the San Diego Padres looks on during the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on Feb. 27, 2023 in San Diego, California.

The Padres pregame clubhouse playlist varies depending on the day, and that day’s starting pitcher usually gets first dibs when it comes to the musical selection. ” But you can normally hear hip-hop, reggaetón, rock and even some country blasting from the clubhouse speakers,” says third baseman Manny Machado. After a Padres victory, the team will bump a go-to playlist that last season featured the likes of YG, Drake, Jack Harlow, Trick Daddy and even Quad City DJs’ “Space Jam.” Machado himself favors Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, J. Cole, Eminem and Bad Bunny among others; before a game, he particularly likes listening to Lil Wayne’s “Right Above It”, Rick Ross’ “Stay Schemin” and anything from Bad Bunny’s YHLQMDLG

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