12 Swimmers and their Favorite Pump Up Songs

1 – Kickstart My Heart- Mötley Crüe

“I don’t really need to explain it, if you just listen to it once. It’s the perfect song before a sprint race.”

— Eddie

2 – No miracles- Kid Ink, Elle Varner, & MGK

“It reminds me that nothing is impossible, everything is achievable and that I’ve been swimming and practicing and working to become better for so long that i know I’m ready for whatever event I’m about to swim.”

— Darrel

3 – Lucky strike- Maroon 5

“Because my best friend and I sing it together all the time.”

— Kayla

4 –  Till I Collapse- Eminem

“I repeat the song over and over in my head during every race for the past few years. Keeps me going when I feel like I have no more breath and energy left.”

— Dan

5 – Chocolate- The 1975

“Always my go-to when getting off the bus for a meet.”

— Serena

6 – The Phoenix- Fallout Boy

“It always happened to play on my phone right before a meet so I came to associate it with with the pre meet adrenaline feeling.”

— Esme

7 – Jaws Theme Song

“If I listen to it on repeat for about a half hour right before my race it gets stuck in my head and I can imagine being chased by a shark while I swim.”

— Mia

8 – Ricky Ricardo-Kaptn

“It’s a Montville swim team thing.”

— Jon

9 – Uptown funk – Bruno Mars

“A little ridiculous but it makes me feel loose and excited to dive in for a race.”

— Alison

10 – Eye of the Tiger-Survivor

“It’s the pump up song to all pump up songs. Not to mention it’s got a great beat and really puts you in the mood to get some work done.”

— Cathy

11. Beam Me Up-Cazette

“It has a good beat and its’ lyrics specifically say ‘I think we’re getting closer don’t stop now…don’t look down’ so it’s motivational. It helps me stay positive and get excited for my race.”

— Lauren

12. Till I Collapse- Eminem

“It’s my favorite pump up song because I love the feeling when its blasting through my headphones on full volume. It has a great beat that gets my adrenaline pumping and the lyrics are also really empowering.”

— Kayla

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Steve-O Nolan

*”Chocolate” is by The 1975.

Says the grown man to a teenager.


Coach Jim

#7 is hilarious. Go Mia!!

bobo gigi


“Baby, baby, baby oh….”
“The ultimate swimmer’s song. My pump up song for the rest of my career since a swim fan from France promised last August after the 400 free prelims at US nationals to post that song on swimswam if I broke the world record. I did it! And he posted that song to the delight of all readers of that website. That song made it possible for me to break the 400 free world record in August 2014 at US nationals. It was the main reason of my success that day. Since then I listen to that song before every big race and I continue to break world records.”


Bobo, that was the closest I’ve ever come to banning you from commenting.

This is your one warning. Two strikes and you’re out.

(French people don’t understand the rules of baseball, right?)

What? Huh? You’re not a Bieber fan, Braden?

bobo gigi

Braden, what???????????????????????????????????????????????? 😯
Bieber is banned from swimswam now? 😆

bobo gigi

And I confirm I don’t understand baseball rules.
Anyway, I can’t understand because after watching only 2 minutes of baseball, I fall asleep! 😆



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