Music to Get Your Juices Flowing

We all listen to music for different reasons at different times, but a great many of us listen to music to help raise our energy level and get excited. Of course, no place uses music to get people excited better than athletic events. No matter how many times we go to a sporting event or how many times we hear the same song, the songs played always seems to get large crowds engaged and excited. Here are a few songs that you may have heard at sporting events that are sure to get your juices flowing.

Ever since the movie “Rocky,” Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” has been a staple of sports arenas everywhere. It’s such a motivating song, which is why it was the perfect song to get Rocky up the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and a lot of times it’s played during the pre-game festivities to help build excitement before the start of a game. Even outside the sports arena, it’s a great song to listen to whenever you need a little extra push to get yourself motivated.

Another classic song that sports arenas tend to play before the start of games is “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses. In a sports context, this song is great at creating an intimidating environment, helping to give the home team a distinct advantage. This is one of my favorite songs to listen to before I strap on my paintball gear and head out to play. Outside of the sports arena, the song can be used by anybody looking for a little extra motivation and a confidence boost upon facing a difficult challenge.

There may be no better song to get a crowd at a sporting event rocking than, as its name implies, “We Will Rock You” by Queen. When the home team is playing well and about to go in for the kill, this rock anthem will blare from the speakers as loud as possible. In fact, few songs you’ll hear at a sporting event will bring a crowd together as much as this one. This is what song my paintball team usually plays while dusting off our paintball guns after a victory in a match. Outside of the sports arena this song will rarely be heard, but there’s nothing wrong with listening to Queen, and it will help you to build up a quiet confidence in yourself.

Once the crowd gets going, nothing can maintain that excitement like playing “Jump Around” by House of Pain. This song will rarely be heard outside of a sports arena, or perhaps your favorite dance club, but people tend to take its message quite literally, making it the perfect song for sporting events.

Finally, there is the outlier of the group, “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond. This song is most popular in Boston, but it can be heard in sports arenas all over the country. It doesn’t bring the same type of energy as some of the other songs we frequently hear at sporting events, but it gets the crowd engaged and brings everyone together, which is why it’s become one of the most popular songs to hear at sporting events.

Live Music in Your Restaurant

If you feel your restaurant needs to pick up more customers, you may want to think about hiring live music performers. This can be a big treat for your customers (especially those who are into music or live entertainment), and you have plenty of options to go for.

Customer Preferences

When deciding on the kind of live music you want to display in your restaurant, you’ll need to think about your current customers and the type of restaurant you’re running. For instance, if you operate a seafood restaurant, you may not want to opt for a live jazz performance. While it may lead for an eclectic experience, it won’t mesh well with the kind of restaurant you have. But on the flip side, having Mariachi players will work ideally in a restaurant with a Mexican theme or an eatery centered on a Southwest ambiance. It’s essential to think about what your customers need and expect in the restaurant they’re dining in.

Chef Preferences

This could also come down to the recommendation or preference of the chef or sous chef. If it annoys the chief cook, it’s probably not a great idea to be doing it anyway. Some will enjoy the music and relax while enjoying their meal, and others will simply get annoyed if they are trying to shout orders to the other kitchen workers over the music.


You’ll have to think about how much space you have available. You may not want to get rid of too many tables and chairs just to make room for a live music performance. Opt for a guitarist instead of a pianist. Having a small stage for a guitar performer is sufficient enough. If you want to go for mariachi players for your Mexican-themed restaurant, they can perform live from one table to another. Your options are limitless.


It’s always a good idea to let your patrons tip the entertainment and allow your music performers to keep all the tip money. This gives you a couple benefits. First off, you’ll be able to negotiate with your music performers for a lower rate since they get to own all tips. At the same time, they’ll dish out their best performances for tips including the amount you’ll be paying them at the end of the night.

Setup Changes

When you have live musical performers, expect a slight change in your business model. Instead of having people dine in your restaurant and leave after finishing their meal, they may end up staying a little longer and watch the musicians perform. You have a number of ways to deal with this scenario.

You may want to set up a separate area for your music performers, where patrons can observe and have drinks without interfering with your dining guests. You could charge higher for meals and drinks since people may wind up staying a little longer.

Having live music (especially in hip places like austin) in your eatery may not be a bad thing after all since it has plenty of advantages from the business standpoint. There are various options to make the most of your live entertainment without disrupting the most important thing there is: getting customers to come in and dine at your restaurant.