Walk on music – suggestions needed
November 22, 2016 5:42 AM   Subscribe

I am presenting an award at a small company event, honoring high achievement. Presenters are been asked to select the ‘walk on’ music we want played as make our way form the audience up to the stage (maybe 20-30 seconds). I don’t want anything too silly, bombastic, or boastful (in the past, someone played “Started from the bottom” which was seen as sort of brag-y ) . It’s a happy, but sort of serious, professional event. Criteria -needs to be recognizable to a middle aged crowd; should speak to partnership or achieving results – but not in an ‘I’m the greatest’ kind of way. Suggestions?
posted by walkinginsunshine to Work & Money (32 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Jefferson Starship?
posted by Hanuman1960 at 5:46 AM on November 22, 2016


Theme from The West Wing.
posted by MultiFaceted at 5:55 AM on November 22, 2016 [1 favorite]


Game of thrones opening theme.
posted by slateyness at 5:59 AM on November 22, 2016 [1 favorite]


Your profile doesn't note your location, but maybe there's a regional pride song you could play? "New York State of Mind," "Sweet Home Chicago," etc.
posted by HeroZero at 6:03 AM on November 22, 2016 [1 favorite]


You can't go wrong with Sinatra in these situations.
posted by backwards compatible at 6:11 AM on November 22, 2016 [1 favorite]


Walking on Sunshine
posted by advicepig at 6:11 AM on November 22, 2016 [5 favorites]


Cooperation makes it happen - Sesame Street
posted by kjs4 at 6:14 AM on November 22, 2016 [1 favorite]


No chance for the Empire Strikes Back Imperial March?

Ok, how about McFerrin Dont Worry Be Happy.
posted by coberh at 6:17 AM on November 22, 2016


Barack Obama uses City of Blinding Lights as his, and it worked out well for him.
posted by rollick at 6:23 AM on November 22, 2016


The theme from Indiana Jones.
posted by MsMolly at 6:34 AM on November 22, 2016 [1 favorite]


M People - Moving On Up?
posted by A Robot Ninja at 6:41 AM on November 22, 2016


Final Countdown by Europe, starting at about 54 seconds

So Happy Together by the Turtles

Jump by Van Halen

Consider Yourself from Oliver
posted by rakaidan at 6:49 AM on November 22, 2016


Telstar. Get that organ riff going, man, that's walk-on muisc.
posted by fixedgear at 7:18 AM on November 22, 2016 [1 favorite]


Check out the London Symphony Orchestra's orchestral covers of popular rock songs. They start as semi-generic walk-on music like you might see on an award show, but once the theme kicks in, you'll have your middle aged audience perk up and smile.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:24 AM on November 22, 2016 [2 favorites]


I think that many of the songs from this list of most popular wedding songs would work -- they're calculated to be recognizable and happy-making. Some that might work:

Hey Ya!
Uptown Funk
Shout
Twist And Shout
September
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
Happy
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Shake It Off
Footloose
I Gotta Feeling
ABC
Higher & Higher
posted by ourobouros at 7:32 AM on November 22, 2016 [4 favorites]


Boisterous sales manager that puts these things together for his team is very, very fond of Right Now by Van Halen. I don't go to these things, but I hear him explaining his vision when he takes conference calls on speaker phone. Dude get a headset.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 7:40 AM on November 22, 2016 [1 favorite]


'70s/'80s sitcom themes often have optimistic lyrics and are super-recognizable. Examples that would probably work: Laverne and Shirley, Perfect Strangers, The Greatest American Hero
posted by Metroid Baby at 7:54 AM on November 22, 2016 [4 favorites]


Queen's Don't Stop Me Now?
posted by athirstforsalt at 8:09 AM on November 22, 2016 [3 favorites]


I really like the Laverne and Shirley idea!

Boisterous sales manager that puts these things together for his team is very, very fond of Right Now by Van Halen.

Also what the Lakers use when they come out on court for shootaround.
posted by Room 641-A at 9:18 AM on November 22, 2016


I would totally use the theme from Rocky and if people can't tell it's slightly tongue in cheek, fuck 'em.
posted by janey47 at 10:10 AM on November 22, 2016 [1 favorite]


I'm surprised that no one has suggested a song from Hamilton yet, this being metafilter.

I can't recommend a specific song myself, because I haven't actually listened to the soundtrack. But isn't the whole thing about getting things done, and happy yet serious?
posted by ejs at 11:43 AM on November 22, 2016


I don't know how you could go wrong with Everything Is Awesome from the Legos movie.
posted by rw at 12:16 PM on November 22, 2016 [3 favorites]


I would totally use the theme from Rocky and if people can't tell it's slightly tongue in cheek, fuck 'em.

*reads this as the theme from Rocky and Bullwinkle*
*approves*
posted by aws17576 at 12:24 PM on November 22, 2016


to be recognizable to a middle aged crowd

This restriction eliminates so much! But maybe a few of those middle-agers would recognize the march from The Dam Busters (especially if they're British).
posted by Rash at 12:35 PM on November 22, 2016


The Who - Join Together @0:35 or so, right when the lyrics kick in.
posted by rhizome at 12:48 PM on November 22, 2016


I always tell people I will use "Damn It Feels Good to be a Gangsta" if/when ever presented with this option. Maybe that is why they have never given me this option.
posted by arco at 1:44 PM on November 22, 2016 [1 favorite]


Probably too cheesy, but You're the Best Around by Joe Esposito.
Cue it right up to the chorus and walk out with a big ol' Arsenio-style fist-pump.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 3:07 PM on November 22, 2016 [1 favorite]


Rick roll them - Never gonna give you up.
posted by Sebmojo at 3:36 PM on November 22, 2016


I'm So Excited - The Pointer Sisters
Makin' It - David Naughton
My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark - Fall Out Boy (Start at the chorus)

I would totally want to walk on to RuPaul's "Cover Girl (Put The Bass In Your Walk)", but something tells me that might not be appropriate for this setting.
posted by SisterHavana at 5:07 PM on November 22, 2016


Oh! There's always Sirius, by the Alan Parsons Project. (Famously known as the Chicago Bulls intro music)
posted by SisterHavana at 5:14 PM on November 22, 2016


Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" lyrics work well for this.

Seconding "Everything is Awesome"

The Rembrandt's theme from Friends could go over well.

Personally, I would give a standing ovation to anyone who picked the Muppet's "Mahna Mahna" for this.
posted by Prof Iterole at 6:14 PM on November 22, 2016 [1 favorite]


Any chance you became successful "With a Little Help from [your] Friends"?
posted by snorkmaiden at 7:26 PM on November 22, 2016


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