Long considered the most exciting part of baseball**, the walkup song is a tradition rivaled only by professional wrestling entrance themes, college football marching band shows and the collective shirtless shotgunning of beers prior to a Nascar race. That may be an exaggeration, but there is no overstating the dominance of a certian Toronto hitmaker when it comes to pumping up crowds as Major League Baseball players make their entrance onto the field. Thanks to some analysis from Billboard, we know that Drake is the most commonly selected artist for MLB walkup tracks during the current 2015 campaign.
Appearing a total of 17 separate times as a lead artist, and another 13 when featured, Drake is the undisputed king of the walkup right now. He narrowly edges out legendary rock band AC/DC, who placed second with 14 occurrences. There is a stark contrast between the top two spots, as AC/DC's top selection "Thunderstruck," was released in 1990, while Drake's top two most popular selections, "6 God" and "Energy," are from February's IYRTITL. Moving down the list, Jason Aldean adds a bit of country to the mix with 13 occurrences, though hip-hop clearly wins out as JAY Z and Big Sean round out the top five with 11 and 10 selections, respectively.
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The top five individual songs lend further credence to the incredible diversity in the MLB. The most frequently occurring song is "Blessings," which is unsurprising considering the list above and responsible for sending a total of eight players way up this season. Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" follows closely and puts classic rock back on the list, while Pitbull's "Como Yo Le Doy," Nicky Jam and Enrique Iglesias' "El Perdon" and Flo Rida and Sage The Gemini's "GDFR" round out the top selections.
It is worth noting is that the love for Drizzy apparently doesn't run as deep for the 6's local team, as outfielder Dalton Pompey is the only member of the Toronto Blue Jays to give him his shine. The song? "Know Yourself." Despite his many, often-discussed sporting allegiances and the fact that he plays ball, I'm not sure I've ever heard Drake actively discuss his baseball fandom in depth, so it's unclear whether he's feeling "Marvin's Room"-ish over the lack of support.
**I could not actually find any concrete evidence to support this claim.
[By Brendan Varan. His walkup song is just a drawn-out period of unsettling silence. Follow him on Twitter.]