A College Gym Playlist

As the summer comes to a close, gymnastics fans start to look forward to the college season. Rosters are out, schedules are on the way and training updates are rolling in. We chose one song for each college team and made you a playlist (you can find it at the bottom) to get you through your back-to-school/end-of-summer blues.

Some songs included in the playlist are explicit and may include references to drug and alcohol use.

Air Force

Fly, Maddie and Tae: 

“So keep on climbing, though the ground might shake
Just keep on reaching though the limb might break
We’ve come this far, don’t you be scared now
‘Cause you can learn to fly on the way down”


Diamonds, Rihanna:

“Shine bright like a diamond
Shining bright like a diamond
We’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky”


Lip Gloss, Lil’ Mama: 

“Whatchu know ’bout me? Whatchu, whatchu know?
They say my lip gloss is cool, my lip gloss be poppin”

Honorable mention: B***h Better Have My Money, Rihanna


The Lovecats, The Cure

“We slip through the streets
While everyone sleeps
Getting bigger and sleeker
And wider and brighter”

Arizona State

Uprising, Muse:

“Rise up and take the power back, it’s time that
The fat cats had a heart attack, you know that
Their time is coming to an end
We have to unify and watch our flag ascend”


You Should See Me in a Crown, Billie Eilish: 

“Bite my tongue, bide my time
Wearing a warning sign
Wait ’til the world is mine”


Saturday* Night’s Alright for Fighting, Elton John: 

“Don’t give us none of your aggravation
We had it with your discipline
Saturday* night’s alright for fighting
Get a little action in”


Ball State

Fighters, Kris Allen: 

“So raise your fists and don’t forget
We were born to be fighters
We are strong, we’re survivors
They can knock you down and make you fall
But we’ll get back up, ’cause after all
We’re born to be fighters
And we’re fighting for our lives”

Boise State

Free, Train: 

“Workin’ for something that I can’t touch and sometimes
Can’t even believe in woah”

Bowling Green

You’ve Got Time, Regina Spektor: 

“The light was off but now it’s on
Searching underground for a bit of sun
The sun is out, the day is new
And everyone is waiting, waiting on you
And you’ve got time
And you’ve got time”


Fearless, Taylor Swift:

“’Cause I don’t know how it gets better than this
You take my hand and drag me head first


Seven Nation Army, The White Stripes: 

“I’m gonna fight ’em all
A seven nation army couldn’t hold me back
They’re gonna rip it off
Taking their time right behind my back”


Don’t Give Up on Me, Armin van Buuren: 

“Don’t give up on me ’til we reach the glory
Don’t give up on me, yeah
Don’t give up on me, you’re still my one and only
Don’t give up on me, yeah”


Stay Young, Oasis: 

“Hey! Stay young and invincible!
’cause we know just what we are
And come what may we’re unstoppable
’cause we know just what we are
Yeah we know just what we are
Yeah we know just what we are”


My Shot from Hamilton

“Hey yo, I’m just like my country
I’m young, scrappy and hungry
And I’m not throwing away my shot”


Confident, Demi Lovato:

“So you say I’m complicated
That I must be outta my mind
But you had me underrated
Rated, rated
What’s wrong with being, what’s wrong with being
What’s wrong with being confident?”

Central Michigan

Stronger, Kelly Clarkson

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone
What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter
Footsteps even lighter
Doesn’t mean I’m over ’cause you’re gone”


Code Red, Monica: 

“This is code red
We takin’ risks, we ain’t scared
We makin’ hits after hits, better play it
Yeah, we got hits stackin’ over your head
We so creative (creative) we versatile (tile)
This shit go hard, 808 drum hit that ground”


Let the Flames Begin, Paramore: 

“This is how we dance when
When they try to take us down
This is how we’ll sing oh
This is how we’ll stand when
When they burn our houses down
This is what we’ll be, oh glory”


High Hopes, Panic! At the Disco:

“Had to have high, high hopes for a living
Shooting for the stars when I couldn’t make a killing
Didn’t have a dime but I always had a vision
Always had high, high hopes
Didn’t know how but I always had a feeling
I was gonna be that one in a million
Always had high, high hopes”

Eastern Michigan

Almost There from Princess and the Frog: 

“This old town can slow you down
People taking the easy way
But I know exactly where I’m going
And getting closer, closer, every day
And I’m almost there, I’m almost there
People down here think I’m crazy but I don’t care
Trials and tribulations I’ve had my share
There ain’t nothing gonna stop me now ’cause I’m almost there”


Born for Greatness, Papa Roach: 

“Somebody sound the alarm
(Oh, oh oh) a fire was set in the dark
(Oh, oh oh) it’s time that you know
No, we’re not nameless, we’re not faceless
We were born for greatness”

George Washington

Royals, Lorde: 

“We don’t care, we’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams
But everybody’s like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece
Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash
We don’t care, we aren’t caught up in your love affair”


The Greatest, Sia: 

“Ay, I am the truth
Ay, I am the wisdom of the fallen, I’m the youth
Ay, I am the greatest
Ay, this is the proof
Ay, I work hard, pray hard, pay dues, ay
I transform with pressure, I’m hands-on with effort
I fell twice before, my bounce back was special
Letdowns’ll get you, and the critics will test you
But the strong’ll survive, another scar may bless you, ah”


This is the New Year, A Great Big World: 

“Another year you made a promise
Another chance to turn it all around
And do not save this for tomorrow
Embrace the past and you can live for now
And I will give the world to you”


Formation, Beyonce: 

“I dream it, I work hard
I grind ’til I own it
I twirl on them haters”


Orange, Gucci Mane

“Word on the street, I’m the best thing going
Smoking on the gas, got the best thing blowing”

Illinois State

Like A Girl, Lizzo: 

“Now watch me do it, watch me do it
Look it, look it, I’ma do it
Like a girl (like a girl)
Like a girl (like a girl)”


The Bomb, Pigeon John:

“Wait, wake up in the morning to the clear blue sky
Turn up the music when I hop in the ride
The windows down let the whole world see
Can’t nobody rock it like the little old me
I’m the bomb and I’m ’bout to blow up
I’m the bomb and I’m ’bout to blow up”


Back in Black, ACDC: 

“Well, I’m back in black
Yes, I’m back in black”

Iowa State

Thunder, Imagine Dragons: 

“Not a yes sir, not a follower
Fit the box, fit the mold
Have a seat in the foyer, take a number
I was lightning before the thunder”

Kent State

We Are Golden, MIKA

“Teenage dreams in a teenage circus
Running around like a clown on purpose
Who gives a damn about the family you come from?
No givin’ up when you’re young and you want some
We are not what you think we are
We are golden, we are golden
We are not what you think we are
We are golden, we are golden”


Whatever it Takes, Imagine Dragons: 

“Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do whatever it takes
‘Cause I love how it feels when I break the chains
Whatever it takes
You take me to the top I’m ready for
Whatever it takes
‘Cause I love the adrenaline in my veins
I do what it takes”


Hate on Me, Jill Scott: 

“Hate on me hater
Now or later
‘Cause I’m gonna do me
You’ll be made baby”


Started from the Bottom, Drake: 

“Started from the bottom, now we’re here
Started from the bottom, now my whole team f****n’ here”


Going to Maryland, The Mountain Goats: 

“but the lights are bright tonight
and your eyes shine tonight on Chesapeake Bay”


Rise, Katy Perry:

“’Cause my roots, they run deep, oh
Oh, ye of so little faith
Don’t doubt it, don’t doubt it
Victory is in my veins
I know it, I know it
And I will not negotiate”

Michigan State

Revolution, Diplo: 

“So, don’t let them steal your light
E eh eh eh
Don’t let them break your stride 
There is light on the other side 
And you’ll see all the raindrops falling behind
It’s a revolution”


Dark Horse, Katy Perry: 

“So you wanna play with magic
Boy, you should know whatcha falling for
Baby do you dare to do this
‘Cause I’m coming atcha like a dark horse
Are you ready for, ready for
A perfect storm, a perfect storm”


Black and Yellow, Wiz Khalifa:

“Everything I do, I do it big”

“Repping my town when you see me you know everything
Black and yellow
Black and yellow
Black and yellow
Black and yellow”


Edge of Glory, Lady Gaga: 

“I’m on the edge of glory and I’m hangin’ on a moment of truth
Out on the edge of glory and I’m hangin’ on a moment with you”

New Hampshire

The House that Heaven Built, Japandroids: 

“When they love you, and they will
Tell em all they’ll love in my shadow
And if they try to slow you down
Tell em all to go to hell”

North Carolina

This Will Be Our Year, The Zombies: 

“And I won’t forget
The way you held me up when I was down
And I won’t forget the way you said,
“Darling I love you”
You gave me faith to go on
Now we’re there and we’ve only just begun
This will be our year
Took a long time to come”

Northern Illinois

The Champion, Carrie Underwood

“I am invincible, unbreakable
Unstoppable, unshakeable
They knock me down, I get up again
I am the champion
You’re gonna know my name
You can’t hurt me now
I can’t feel the pain
I was made for this, yeah, I was born to win
I am the champion”

N.C. State

Revolution, The Score: 

“All my wolves begin to howl
Wake me up, the time is now
Oh-oh, can you hear the drumming?
Oh-oh, there’s a revolution coming”

Ohio State

Good As Hell, Lizzo: 

“And do your hair toss
Check my nails
Baby how you feelin’?
Feeling good as hell”


All I Do is Win, DJ Khalid: 

“All I do is win win win no matter what”

“Can’t never count me out
Y’all better count me in”

Oregon State

Hey Look Ma, I Made It, Panic! At the Disco: 

“Are you ready for the sequel?
Ain’t you ready for the latest?
In the garden of evil
I’m gonna be the greatest”


We Can’t Stop, Miley Cyrus:

“This is our house
This is our rules
And we can’t stop (whoa)
And we won’t stop (whoa)
Can’t you see it’s we who own the night
Can’t you see it we who bout’ that life”

Penn State

Shake it Out, Florence and the Machine: 

“So I like to keep my issues drawn
But it’s always darkest before the dawn
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh whoa”


We Come Running, Youngblood Hawke: 

“Look across the great divide
Soon they’re gonna hear
The sound, the sound, the sound
When we come running”

Rhode Island

Don’t You (Forget About Me), Simple Minds:

“Don’t you, forget about me
Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t
Don’t you, forget about me”

[Support DIII teams!]


Hometown Glory, Adele: 

“Round my hometown
Memories are fresh
Round my hometown
Ooh the people I’ve met
Are the wonders of my world”

Sacramento State

Swim, Jack’s Mannequin:

“You’ve gotta swim, swim for your life
Swim for the music that saves you
When you’re not so sure you’ll survive
You gotta swim and swim when it hurts
The whole world is watching
You haven’t come this far to fall off the earth”

San Jose State

Warriors, Imagine Dragons: 

“When you’ll have to rise
Above the best and prove yourself
Your spirit never dies!
Farewell, I’ve gone to take my throne above
But don’t weep for me
‘Cause this will be
The labor of my love
Here we are, don’t turn away now
We are the warriors that built this town
Here we are, don’t turn away now,
We are the warriors that built this town
From dust.”

Southern Connecticut

Sensing Owls, Jose Gonzalez

“So these streets have been walked upon for centuries
I’m sensing owls, aren’t you? Aren’t you?
Come on, come out from where ever you are”

Seattle Pacific

Mighty Wings, Cheap Trick: 

“There’s a raging fire in my heart tonight
Growing higher and higher in my soul
There’s a raging fire in the sky tonight
I want to ride on the silver dove
Far into the night
‘Til I make you take me
On your mighty wings
Make you take me
On your mighty wings across the sky
Take me on your mighty wings
Take me on your mighty wings tonight”


Rewrite the Stars from The Greatest Showman

“It’s up to you, and it’s up to me
No one can say what we get to be
So why don’t we rewrite the stars?
Maybe the world could be ours”

Southern Utah

Can’t Stop The Feeling!, Justin Timberlake:

“I got this feelin’ inside my bones
It goes electric, wavy when I turn it on
All through my city, all through my home
We’re flyin’ up, no ceilin’, when we in our zone”


I Won’t Give Up, Jason Mraz: 

“I won’t give up on us
Even if the skies get rough”


Survivor, Destiny’s Child:

“I’m a survivor (what), I’m not gon’ give up (what)
I’m not gon’ stop (what), I’m gon’ work harder (what)
I’m a survivor (what), I’m gonna make it (what)
I will survive (what), keep on survivin’ (what)”


Dreams and Nightmares, Meek Mill: 

“I used to pray for times like this, to rhyme like this
So I had to grind like that to shine like this
It was time to marry the game and I said, ‘Yeah, I do’
If you want it you gotta see it with a clear-eyed view”

Texas Woman’s

Stronger, Kanye West: 

“N-now th-that that don’t kill me
Can only make me stronger”


Shiver, Coldplay: 

“And it’s you I see, but you don’t see me
And it’s you I hear, so loud and clear
I sing it loud and clear
And I’ll always be waiting for you
So I look in your direction
But you pay me no attention
And you know how much I need you
But you never even see me”

UC Davis

Glorious, Macklemore: 

“I feel glorious, glorious
Got a chance to start again
I was born for this, born for this
It’s who I am, how could I forget?”


Shut Up and Dance, Walk the Moon

“We took the floor and she said
Oh don’t you dare look back
Just keep your eyes on me
I said you’re holding back
She said shut up and dance with me”


Good Riddance (Time of Your Life), Green Day: 

“It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right
I hope you had the time of your life”


Don’t Give Up on Me, Andy Grammar: 

“I’m not givin’ up
I’m not givin’ up, givin’ up
No, not me
Even when nobody else believes
I’m not goin’ down that easily
So don’t give up on me”


Tightrope, Janelle Monae: 

“They just talk about it, t-t-t-talk bout it
When you get elevated
They love it or they hate it
You dance up on them haters”

Utah State

Comeback Kid, New Politics:

“You can knock me out
You can knock me out
You can hold me down
You can hold me down
I’m a comeback kid”


Blow, Kesha: 

“Make it rain on and let me see them hands
Let me see their hands hands
Let me let me see their hands”

West Chester

Glory and Gore, Lorde: 

“You could try and take us (oh-oh)
But we’re the gladiators (Oh! Oh!)
Everyone a rager (oh-oh)
But secretly they’re saviors
Glory and gore go hand in hand
That’s why we’re making headlines (Oh! Oh!)
You could try and take us (oh-oh)
But victory’s contagious”

West Virginia

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell: 

“’Cause baby there ain’t no mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe”

Western Michigan

Hustlin’, Rick Ross: 

“Hustlin’ hustlin’
Hustle-hustlin’ hustlin’
Hustle, everyday I’m, everyday I’m
Everyday I’m”

William & Mary

All is Not Lost, OK Go: 

“But just remember: when the tide rolls in
It can’t be too long until it rolls back out
And when they say that all is lost
All is not lost, all is not lost”

UW-Eau Claire

Hail, Rain or Sunshine, The Script: 

“Yeah we always have a good time
Whether it’s hail rain or in sunshine
Yeah we’re all living the good life
Whether it’s hail rain or in sunshine”

UW-La Crosse

The Comeback, Danny Gokey: 

“This is your time your moment
The fire the fight your golden
You’ve come so far keep going
Oh here comes the comeback”


On My Way, Axwell Ingrosso: 

“I’m gonna hit the Lotto
I’m gonna place my bet on every step I take
Go tell everyone under the sun
I’m on my way”


Started, Iggy Azalea: 

“I started from the bottom and now I’m rich
I got in my bag and I ain’t looked back since”


I’m Good, The Mowgli’s: 

“I’m good, I’m good, I’m good, I’m good
Living life just like I should
Wouldn’t change it if I could
I’m good, I’m good, I’m good”


Shadow, Bleachers: 

“And I know that they have hurt you
And I know the love you gave feels cheap and used
And I know it’s getting harder
And I know the lights have all gone dark on you
Still I will love your shadow
When the love you gave feels cheap and used
Yes I will love your shadow
When the lights have all gone dark on you”


Pretty Way to Fight, Knox Hamilton: 

“Right or wrong but I can’t seem to put my finger on it
It was love at first sight
We were bright in the right light
You got a pretty way to fight but I think I like it alright
Even on our worst night
We were bright in the right light”

Bonus Track – This One’s for the Fans

You Need to Calm Down, Taylor Swift 

“You just need to take several seats and then try to restore the peace
And control your urges to scream about all the people you hate”

What songs do you associate with your favorite teams? Let us know in the comments or on social media!

Article by the editors of College Gym News 


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