Edgy & Sneaky Awesome… by Brandon Crawford

Hunter and Buster pulled me aside during batting practice Wednesday morning, the second day of full camp.

“We’re falling asleep listening to this,’’ Buster said. The music from the stadium speakers was like the soundtrack to a Lifetime movie.

“We need something with some edge,’’ said Hunter, who’s obviously not a guy into calm, soothing music.

As the clubhouse DJ, I went to work. That night Chad Chop, assistant DJ (and batting practice pitcher/replay advisor), came over to my house, and we spent a few hours poring over the 2500 songs on my laptop. We put together two playlists, each about two hours long so we can put them on shuffle and have a different mix every day.

One is The Edgy Playlist.

It’s pretty much what you’d think. Lots of rap and hip-hop, including older stuff from Dr. Dre and Tupac. We debuted The Edgy Playlist Thursday during BP. Big difference. It’s not that we’re working harder. We’re already working hard. But the right music just lifts you up. One song on the list has been a favorite in the clubhouse for a while, “The Hills’’ by The Weeknd. I don’t think I ever played a song as liked by everyone as that one. Buster and Bum both love it. Hunter Strickland now works out to it. I’ve been a big fan of The Weeknd since I first heard him in 2011.The-Weekend-GQ-2015-01

We call the other list The Sneaky Awesome Playlist (Chop’s great title).

It has songs that when you first hear one, you’re like, “C’mon, Justin Bieber?’’ But you know every word. You think you’re too cool for NSync’s “Tearin’ Up My Heart,’’ but we all grew up with that song and can’t help singing along. I, for one, am comfortable enough to admit I like this music. Remember, I’ve had walk-up songs by Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding and, yes, Justin Bieber. (Tell me you don’t like “Sorry’’ or “What Do You Mean?’’.) Now, having said that, I’m not ready to blast the Sneaky Awesome list during BP yet. We’re easing guys into it in the clubhouse. Some are complaining, but they’ll come around.

I’m including both lists at the end of the blog. (Parents: some songs aren’t suitable for kids, so check them out before playing them in the car.)

As for my walk-up song, I’m pretty sure I’m going with a song by Future whose title I can’t include here. Not family-friendly. I love it for the beat, not the lyrics. Here’s a link to an instrumental version, which is what you’ll hear at the ballpark. The part I’m using starts at the 27-second mark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZEKHQtTqjc


15-future-rapper.w529.h352Edgy Playlist

Big Pimpin’ by Jay-Z

The Hills by The Weeknd

No Flex Zone by Rae Sremmurd

Ride wit Me by Nelly

Put On by Young Jeezy

Hotline Bling by Drake

Lay Low by Snoop Dogg

Berzerk by Eminem

Still D.R.E. by Dr. Dre

California Love by 2Pac

Party Up (Up in Here) by DMX

Juicy by The Notorious B.I.G.

What You Know by T.I.

Shook Ones, Pt. II by Mobb Deep

The Next Episode by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg

All About U by 2Pac, Fatal, Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg

Holidae In by Chingy

Work Hard, Play Hard by Wiz Khalifa

Power by Kanye West

Still Not a Player by Big Pun

Cinderella Man by Eminem

I Luv It by Young Jeezy

Superstar by Lupe Fiasco

Remember My Name by Maino

If I Can’t by 50 Cent

Let’s Ride by The Game

Hustlin’ by Rick Ross

In da Club by 50 Cent

Let’s Go by Trick Daddy

My House by Flo Rida

Trap Queen by Fetty Wap

Thong Song by Sisqo


Sneaky Awesome Playlist

In the Night by The Weeknd

Sorry by Justin Bieber

Talking Body by Tove Lo

Cool for the Summer by Demi Lovato

Black Space by Taylor Swift

On My Mind by Ellie Goulding

Can’t Feel My Face by The Weeknd

Chandelier by Sia

This Is How We Do by Katy Perry

We R Who We R by Ke$ha

Slow Down by Selena Gomez

Larger Than Life by Backstreet Boys

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) Kelly Clarkson

Sexy and I Know It by Ghetto Superstar

C’mon by Ke$ha

You Know You Like It by DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge

Lights by Ellie Goulding

Bad Blood by Taylor Swift

We Found Love by Rihanna

Something in the Way You Move by Ellie Goulding

Tik Tok by Ke$ha

Love You Like A Love Song by Selena Gomez and The Scene

Applause by Lady Gaga

Disturbia by Rihanna

Boom Clap by Charli XCX

Dark Horse by Katy Perry

Die Young by Ke$ha

Pop by NSYNC

Paryt in the U.S.A. by Miley Cyrus

What Do You Mean? By Justin Bieber

Too Close by Alex Clare

Blow by Ke$ha

Bum by Ellie Goulding

Blow Me (One Last Kiss) by PINK

Lean On by Major Lazer & DJ Snake

I’m an Albatraoz by AronChupa

I Took a Pill in Ibiza by Mike Posner

No Scrubs by TLC



Thank you!!!! 😊 💕 Some motivation to workout! I can think … “This is the Giants workout music!”💟 Thank you so much for taking the time to do this! I still listen to “Yes! Yes! Yes!” by Hippy Mobb!
Also…..Congratulations on your growing, beautiful family! ☺
Now….I need to put together that playlist! 😊#GoGiants! 🙆 ⚾ 😊 ~ @CrazyBoutSFG CissieP

This blog means the sales of these songs will go through the roof😀
Nice to see Giants News again and always love both of your blog posts!
Have an awesome year, Brandon and Brandon! #GoGiants!

that ought to scare em. They won’t know what to expect from you. Go get em Brandon! Go Giants!!!

First of all, congratulations and welcome to Braxton!
I’m so happy that you shared the playlists! Thanks! Missed hearing from you and can’t wait to watch some great Giants baseball. Beyond excited!

Glad the guys have you to come to for their music needs. Music can definitely be a motivator. I’m not really into rap, but the majority of the songs on your sneaky awesome playlist are on mine as well (No Scrubs being one of my all-time faves). I’ll be at Spring Training at the end of March – hope the sneaky awesome list has made it to the speakers by then! Stay healthy and congrats on your new little bundle of joy.

Brandon, you are awesome.

I echo SFGirl’s congratulations on the birth of your son. Can’t wait to see photos of him with his big sisters!

Not being a real fan of hip-hop, I was excited to read the titles your Sneaky Awesome playlist. (So cool that you close it out with TLC.)

First, congrats on your beautiful son!!
Second, thanks for sharing the song lists! Awesome! We are a family who loves music. Our 22 month old daughter is always asking us “dankin”- that’s dancing. I will have to get some of the songs I don’t already have. We can’t wait for the season to start! Have a great Spring Training!

Yay! The blog is back! Been checking every day …..

Love that you shared the playlist – I always enjoy the music when watching batting practice! Going to Spring Training workouts is so much fun!

We love the new walk up music, and look forward to hearing it on opening day! We’re also headed to Scottsdale in two weeks to check out the action, and hope to hear the Sneaky Awesome Playlist wafting over the wall during BP.

So rad. Nice to see the posts again!

Best playlists ever!!! Can’t wait to see you guys play again! Giants game withdrawals over here. Congratulations on your beautiful son as well. Hope you, your family and the rest of the team are doing great!

Welcome back – to Spring Training, and to the blog. I get a kick out of all the posts and appreciate that you take the time for them. GO Giants!

Welcome back and congrats on the awards you picked up this off-season! I’m looking forward to those ceremonies in April, and the photo of you in the tux with the glove was priceless. Also love seeing the photos of the kids on Twitter — they’re at the age when they’re going to start being a handful, especially now there are three of them!

Great lists! I’m so happy that baseball is almost here. Also, Congrats on Braxton!

That Edgy Playlist is fire. Commas will be a dope walk-up too.

I’m loving the sneaky awesome playlist. I have a big smile just reading the tittles. Have a great seasoseason Brandon!

Ahhh! You were playing the Sneaky Awesome Playlist before the game when I was there last week!!!

I like your second song list. Brandon you are such a Hansome young man, I wish you wouldn’t hide it under all that hair and beard. The day after stubble and a more layerd haircut was much more flattering. Still a big fan of your skills however you look😉

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