Get hyped on or off the court with the Bruins’ game day songs
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Get hyped on or off the court with the Bruins’ game day songs

Whether you’re repping it out in the gym, getting ready to rock an exam or on your way to a party, the Bruins have got your back with a Spotify hype song playlist curated by Belmont’s student-athletes.

From Lil Baby and Shakira to Red Hot Chili Peppers and the soundtrack of the Pixar movie “Cars,” there’s something there for every type of hype.

Bruins from volleyball, baseball, track and field, cross-country and basketball came together to create the ultimate playlist for the Belmont community. Some even shared pre-game rituals and reasons for their selections.

Kailee Bass, Laura Shoopman and Rachel McBride, Volleyball

Walk past the volleyball locker room before a big game and you will hear top-tier jams blasting. Inside, players Kailee Bass, Laura Shoopman and Rachel McBride are getting pumped up with the rest of the team. 

Bass’ top-five songs include “Yeah!” by Usher and “Buy U a Drank” by T-Pain. 

“I love the good oldies, like Usher and anything like that,” Bass said. 

For Shoopman, old school throwbacks like “Dixieland Delight” by Alabama, “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” by Shania Twain gets her blood running while teammate McBride turns up to the upbeat rap anthems of Migos, DaBaby and A$AP Rocky.

Chase Katafias, Baseball

To get pumped up and in the “right frame of mind,” baseball player Chase Katafias likes to mix his genres up with a bit of 2Pac and Shakira — because hips don’t lie, you know.

A top-five list on Katafias playlist also shows tunes like “All of the Lights” by Kanye West and “I’m Upset” by Drake. But his No.1 spot is set.

“My favorite song out of these five would have to be ‘Demons & Angels’ by A Boogie.”

Katafias hype songs help strike a balance between locking in for the game and having fun, he said. It’s the best of both worlds.

Bo Miller, Men’s Track and Field

The music business man himself, Bo Miller, warms up for the javelin throw by bumping to Drake and other rap royalty. And there’s a right way to do it, he said.

Step one: start moving to “Praise God” by Kanye West.

“Chilling intro followed by some heavy drums to get my mojo goin’. A great song to get warmed up for. Upbeat, head nodding, solid song to go compete after.”

Step two: get ready to launch with a Baby Keem song, “upbeat distorted drums with ridiculous yelling-like vocals to promote chaos and energy.”

Why? Because the track star said so.

Katie Flaherty and Brooke Garter, Women’s Cross-Country

Just search for the “Cars” soundtrack — or for the Bruin hype song playlist — on Spotify and you can get down to business like Katie Flaherty, winner of the cross-country Belmont Opener in early September.

Specifically, “Real Gone” by Sheryl Crow, “Sh-Boom” by The Chords and, of course, “Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts.

“Actually, ‘Sh-Boom’ is a lie but it fits the theme … really help me get into Lighting McQueen mindset for the big race,” Flaherty said.

If Disney movies aren’t your jam, maybe sophomore Brooke Garter can be more relatable with songs like “Warriors” by Imagine Dragons, “Clarity” by Zedd and “GDFR” by Flo Rida to get speedy to.

JaCobi Wood and Luke Smith, Men’s Basketball

No. 24 on the basketball court, JaCobi Wood shared some of his favorite jams for his gameday preparations with a top-five including: “From Florida With Love” by Drake and songs by Gunna and Nudy.

“I know whenever I hear these songs it’s time to lock in,” Wood said.

Athletes are known to have superstitious rituals on game day to ensure a top-notch performance.

For Wood, that means ending warm-up with two successful hoops, or it won’t be a good game for the baller, he said.

For teammate Luke Smith, however, a 30-second freezing cold shower gets his head in the game. And cue the iconic “High School Musical” soundtrack, please.

Or go check out the Bruins’ playlist to see Smith’s top songs that get him excited — “but not too excited,” he said. Travis Scott and Lil Baby get the work done, along with “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” by Toby Keith.

PHOTO: The volleyball team hyping up after scoring a point at the victorious conference opener against TSU on Tuesday. Belmont Vision / Jessica Mattsson.

This article was written by Chandler Maynard, Melody Scott, Paul Rackley and Jessica Mattsson. Contributory reporting by Elizabeth Kapsch and Grace Miller.

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