36 Songs about Gymnastics (R&B, Hip-hop, Pop & More)

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36 Songs about Gymnastics (R&B, Hip-hop, Pop & More)

Gymnastics music tends to follow the same rhythmic tune and beats per minute that help time their performances. Gymnastics music has changed over time to fit the athlete’s aesthetics and personas.

I. Unique Floor Music

This is the genre for wacky and spontaneous athletes who bring the talent and the style.

1) Misirlou

Artist: Dick Dale
Album: Wanna Surf?
Year: 1960
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This iconic guitar-based song made famous by none other than Pulp fiction rightfully earns a slot as Unique.

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2) Avengers Assemble Theme Music

Artist: Alan Silvestri
Album: The Avengers (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Year: 2012
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3) The Fighting Uruk-hai

Artist: Howard Shore
Album: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Orignal Score
Year: 2001
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4) I duckinf hatw you

Artist: Ghostmane & Parv0
Album: Human Error
Year: 2019
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A very unique entry, this electric metal borderline death metal song was a memorable experience for judges when an athlete used it as their floor music.

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II. Contemporary Floor Music

A common misconception about contemporary music is that it is a faster and slightly altered tone of classical music. However, it is very similar to pop because it is the combination of many genres. Namely some are R&B, Rock, Alternative, folk, blues and jazz.

1) Hey Little Fighter

Artist: Stefan And The Waymakers
Album: Single
Year: 2018
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2) Arsonist’s Lullabye

Artist: Hozier
Album:
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Since gymnastics music often prohibits lyrics, the instrumentals to Arsonist’s Lullabye are smooth and powerful, perfect for an athlete.

3) Pas de Deux

Artist: Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky
Album: Nutcracker Ballet
Year: 1892
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A more classical piece that is swift and graceful. This is perfect for landing impressive routines.

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4) Make it Better

Artist: Anderson Paak
Album: Venture
Year: 2019
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III. Sassy floor music

1) Therefore I am

Artist: Billie Eilish
Album: Happier Than Ever
Year: 2021
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A pop icon and protege, Therefore I am by Billie Eillish is about empowerment and owning yourself.

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2) Good as Hell

Artist: Lizzo
Album: Cuz I Love You
Year: 2016
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Good as hell is a song of Beauty, self-love and owning every part of oneself irrespective of people’s opinions.

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3) Ready for it

Artist: Taylor Swift
Album: Reputation
Year: 2017
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4) Centuries

Artist: Fall Out Boy
Album: American Beauty/American Psycho
Year: 2015
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IV. Pop songs

1) Crazy in love

Artist: Beyoncé (ft Jay Z)
Album: Dangerously In Love
Year: 2003
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2) Larger than life

Artist: Backstreet Boys
Album: Millenium
Year: 2012
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The great electronic instrumental will serve as a stepping stone for gymnasts to claim their trophy. The sheer compilations of move and timing this song has will make your routine truly stand out.

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3) Starships

Artist: Nicki Minaj
Album: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up
Year: 2012
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4) Chandelier

Artist: Sia
Album: 1000 Forms of Fear
Year: 2014
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A classic from the mid 2010’s, you might not be able to swing from chandeliers but this song will give you the encouragement to swing to the top of your ranking.

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V. Hip-hop floor music

1) Happier

Artist: Marshmello & Bastille
Album: Single
Year: 2018
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2) Battle for the Beat

Artist: District 78
Album: Single
Year: 2010
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The notorious Battle for the Beat is a song ingrained in any hip-hop dancers for its rhythm and the amazing moves you can pull off. This is no different for gymnastics.

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3) You can’t stop the beat

Artist: Hairspray (Original Cast)
Album: Hairspray(Original motion picture soundtrack)
Year: 2007
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You, can, not, stop, the, beat. A song that moves across time and with every repetition it attracts and consumes its audience. This is a great addition that has great possibilities for routines.

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4) Downtown

Artist: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Album: This Unruly Mess I’ve Made
Year: 2016
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VI. R&B floor music

R&B since its creation has always been a sound for expression and sorrow. The sounds however somber, are rhythmically phenomenal and can translate really well into routines

1) Born to play

Artist: Jon Batiste
Album: Soul (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Year: 2020
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Born to play is a song about living and breathing your passion. For most gymnasts that describes how they live, and so why not combine your passion with great rhythm.

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2) Run boy Run

Artist: Woodkid
Album:
Year: 2012
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3) Rise

Artist: Calum Scott
Album: Single
Year: 2021
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Rise an anthem to fighting any difficulties you may face in life and stand come hell or highwater proud of yourself. It has a beautiful drum throughout accompanied by high piano notes perfect for a routine that you want to be remembered for.

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4) Try everything

Artist: Shakira
Album: Zootopia(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Year: 2016
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VII. Kids gymnastic music

Athletes in gymnastics come in all shapes, sizes and ages. Kid’s routine songs and playlists need to be engaging and enjoyable. Songs that they may know the lyrics to and come associate the good movie to a great sport.

1) Let it go

Artist: Idina Menzel
Album: Frozen(Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Year: 2013
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An occult classic, “Let it Go” was for a time synonymous with disney songs. The rhythm carries the song and can be an amplifier for a good performance.

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2) This is me

Artist: Keale Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble
Album: The Greatest Showman( Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Year: 2017
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This is me is a beautiful song about radical acceptance of oneself. The instrumentals are superb and will match wonderfully with a routine.

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3) This Land

Artist: Hans Zimmer
Album: The Lion King
Year: 1994
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4) Mulan’s Decision

Artist: Jerry Goldsmith
Album: Mulan
Year: 1998
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VII. Routine floor music

All of the songs thus far will work well with Floor Routines but these are songs in a class of their own.

1) Boy in the Bubble

Artist: Alec Benjamin
Album: Narrated for You
Year: 2018
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2) Bad Guy

Artist: Billie Eillish
Album: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Year: 2019
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Without a doubt one of the best songs to pair with  transition into a new move or change poses. Bad guy is a magic bean that can help you see through the skies.

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3) As the world caves in

Artist: Matt Maltese
Album: Single
Year: 2017
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4) Marceline

Artist: Willow
Album: ARDIPITHECUS
Year: 2015
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Perhaps you don’t need a fast paced rhythm for your set piece. How about the joyous sound of bass and drums playing slow yet powerful tunes?

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VIII. Lyrical floor music

Lyrical floor music is rare. However, if you get the chance to have a combination of instruments, clever and precise lyrics as well as your top performance these are some songs you should consider.

1) Titanium

Artist: David Guetta and Sia
Album: Nothing but the Beat
Year: 2012
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An anthem of pain and beauty. Titanium was the song of the downtrodden in the early 2010’s and now its lyrics still ring true for many. However the combination of its electronic and powerful instruments and Sia’s lyrics will improve your routine and give you confidence.

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2) Brave

Artist: Sara Bareilles
Album: The Blessed Unrest
Year: 2013
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3) Not Afraid

Artist: Eninem
Album: Recovery
Year: 2010
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4) My shot

Artist: Lin- Manuel Miranda, Anthony Ramos, Daveed Diggs, Leslie Odom Jr., Alex Lcamoire
Album: Hamilton (Original Cast Recording)
Year: 2015
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A song written and performed by Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Hamilton ensemble about claiming the greatness of the future. This song has hip hop lyrics with an orchestra to back it, and is a great selection for a routine.

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