Entrance music

Entrance music (also known as an entry theme or walk-on music) is a musical piece or song that is played for athletes or entertainers when they first appear in front of the spectators before beginning a performance. Popular music acts may have recorded intro and/or outro music played before and after a concert performance, which is often of a different genre from that of the act's own live music. Acts often retain a single signature tune throughout their career; music acts typically retain the same intro/outro at least for a whole concert tour.

Combat sportsEdit

YouTuber and rapper KSI tends to use his own music as his entrance themes, most notably Down Like That, in which a live performance was held for KSI's walkout.

Professional snookerEdit

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

Professional dartsEdit

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
Steve Beaton The Bronzed Adonis "Stayin' Alive" The Bee Gees
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
Michael Smith Bully Boy "Shut up and Dance" Walk the Moon
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
Dimitri Van den Bergh The Dream Maker "Happy" Pharrell Williams

Roller derbyEdit

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 BaseballEdit

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 comedy film Major League (1989), in which relief pitcher Rick "Wild Thing" 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 alsoEdit


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