Pumpup Playlist of Pro Athletes

Have you ever wondered what music is pounding through the headphones of pro athletes? What do sports stars listen to while warming up for a big race, contest or heat? Well, we wanted to know too, so we asked four top athletes to reveal their pump-up playlists and answer very personal questions like “What’s the most played song on your iPod?”

Read on while you listen to tunes selected by top action-sports athletes.

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Paul “P-Rod” Rodriguez
Street Skateboarder

If you had a five-song playlist, which songs would be on it? “Racks” by Lil Wayne, “Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love)” by Jay-Z, “N.Y. State of Mind” by Nas, “Everyday is Exactly the Same” by Nine Inch Nails, and “Changes” by Tupac.

Do you have an ultimate pump-up song? No specific song but Lil Wayne definitely gets me pumped—especially when I’m skating with him! 

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Carissa Moore
Reigning Women’s World Champion surfer

What’s the most played song on your iPod? “Lights (Bassnectar Remix)” by Ellie Goulding.

Do you have an ultimate pump-up song? “Lose Yourself” by Eminem

Who is your favorite artist or band? Paramore—I got to meet them, and they came to my 19th-birthday party! Super-rad, down-to-earth group of people.

What is your current phone ringtone? Normal iPhone ring…I’m boring.

What songs are on your pump-up playlist? “Crave You” by Flight Facilities, “Soundtrack 2 My Life” by Kid Cudi, “Houdini” by Foster the People and “Shark In the Water” by V V Brown.

If one song could capture the “story of your life,” what would it be? “Think Good Thoughts” by Colbie Caillat, because I’m a very positive person—always have been.

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Ryan Dungey
Motocross Champion

What’s the most played song on your iPod? “Better Than I Used to Be” by Tim McGraw

Who is your favorite artist or band? George Strait. When I’m driving solo or listening to his songs by myself, his music puts things into perspective.  They make you realize how short life is and that it’s important to make the most out of every opportunity.

What songs are on your pump-up playlist?  “F.A.M.E (feat. T.I)” by Young Jeezy, “Party (feat. Andre 3000)” by Beyoncé, “Headlines” by Drake and “I’m Me” by Lil Wayne.

If one song could capture the “story of your life,” what would it be? “Temporary Home” by Carrie Underwood. There are moments when I feel that my sport, career and life make everything bigger than it needs to be—added stress and worry. I like this song because it reminds me that this life is temporary and that the now is preparing us for something far greater than we could ever imagine. Another song that keeps things in perspective.

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Kolohe Andino
Rookie surfer on the premier ASP World Tour

What’s the most played song on your iPod? “I Am a Child” (live at Massey Hall, 1971) by Neil Young with a whopping 187 plays.

Do you have an ultimate pump-up song? One song that gets me in the zone is “Operator (That’s Not the Way it Feels)” by Jim Croce. This dog basically qualified me for the World Tour.

Who is your favorite artist or band? The Doors—just because of how insane Jim Morrison is, while at the same time being a complete poet genius. Plus, my Dad’s Dad played percussion for The Doors!

What is your current phone ringtone? “Riders on the Storm” by The Doors. Not too loud and people will respect it when my phone rings.

What songs are on your pump-up playlist? “Comin’ Home Baby” by Mel Tormè, “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)” by Al Green, “Malela” by The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of a Bay” by Otis Redding.

If one song could capture the “story of your life,” what would it be? “Papa Don’t Take No Mess” by James Brown, because my Dad has been the best Dad that any kid could ever ask for. Bar none.

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