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The 42 Best Baseball Songs of All Time (With Spotify Playlist)

Best Baseball Songs

Compiling this list took months of research and involved whittling down more than 300 songs to just the 42 listed below.

After going back and forth about what constitutes a “baseball song,” I settled on a relatively broad definition: songs that are either explicitly about the game, or which use it as a metaphor or backdrop for life in general.

That means songs with just a perfunctory baseball reference didn’t make the cut.

In the end, the list below is one of the most comprehensive that has been published. It includes many classics and standards, as well as a number of songs from relatively unknown indie artists that I hope you’ll be excited to hear for the first time.

In the future, my plan is to write mini reviews for each of the entries below. For now, here’s my list, with each title linked to a YouTube video of the song. (I’ve embedded the videos for my top 10 picks.)

I’ve also created a Spotify playlist, though it does not include The Tinklers “Hank Greenberg” and Ben Gibbard’s “Ichiro’s Theme,” which aren’t available on the platform.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this list, so let me know in the comments section below!

  1. Terry Cashman – “Talkin’ Baseball® (Willie, Mickey & The Duke)
  2. Dave Fishberg – “Van Lingle Mungo
  3. Jerry Jeff Walker – “Nolan Ryan (He’s a Hero to Us All)
  4. Whiskey Falls – “Load Up The Bases (The Baseball Song)
  5. Trace Adkins – “Swing
  6. Corey Smith – “The Baseball Song
  7. Nichole Wagner – “Rules of Baseball
  8. Doug Kolmar – “Baseball on the Radio
  9. The Tinklers – “Hank Greenberg
  10. Ben Gibbard – “Ichiro’s Theme
  11. The Mountain Goats – “Cubs In Five
  12. Peter, Paul and Mary – “Right Field
  13. Teresa Brewer ft. Mickey Mantle – “I Love Mickey
  14. The Mountain Goats – “Doc Gooden
  15. Audio Disorder – “Grover Cleveland Alexander
  16. Frank Sinatra – “There Used to be a Ballpark
  17. The Treniers – “Say Hey (The Willie Mays Song)
  18. Les Brown & His Orchestra – “Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio
  19. Billy Bragg & Wilco – “Joe DiMaggio Done It Again
  20. Bob Dylan – “Catfish
  21. Gord Bamford – “Baseball Glove
  22. Nina Simone – “Baseball Boogie
  23. Natalie Cole – “Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball
  24. Jean Grae and Natural Resource – “Negro League Baseball
  25. Ultramagnetic MC’s – “Saga of Dandy, The Devil & Day
  26. Eddie Vedder – “All The Way
  27. The Grundybergs – “Playing Baseball With Walt Whitman
  28. Ry Cooder – “3rd Base, Dodger Stadium“”
  29. Adam Stengel – “Willie Mays
  30. Chuck Prophet – “Willie Mays Is Up At Bat
  31. Kenny Rogers – “The Greatest
  32. Bruce Springsteen – “Glory Days

#10. Caroline Spence – “Softball”

#9. Alabama – “The Cheap Seats”

#8. Willy Tea Taylor – “Brand New Game”

#7. Steve Goodman – “A Dying Cubs Fan’s Last Request”

#6. Todd Snider – “America’s Favorite Pastime”

#5. Michigan Rattlers – “Baseball”

#4. John Fogerty – “Centerfield”

#3. Peter Cooper – “Opening Day”

#2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “My Oh My”

#1. Peter Cooper – “715 (For Hank Aaron)”

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Jim Malec is the founder and editor of Chalk and Clay. A DC-based writer, editor and content strategist, he has more than two decades of baseball coaching experience at levels ranging from t-ball to semi-pro. He can be reached by email at [email protected].

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