The brain responds to music automatically, creating unconscious movement. Various sports require different types of music to match the activity level. Wrestling requires strength, power and focus, so to positively affect performance you'll want music that caters to those factors. Wrestling calls for a good beat and steady rhythm; slow and inconsistent does not fit the bill.
Wrestlers looking to psych themselves up might try some Rolling Stones tunes such as “Start Me Up” and “Gimme Shelter." “Roadhouse Blues" by the Doors and the Aerosmith hit “Dream On” have slow but building intros that erupt into perfect warm-up songs. Additional inclusions are “For Those About To Rock” by AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Gimme Three Steps” and Tom Petty offers up “Runnin' Down a Dream."
High school wrestlers who enjoy a decent beat in their tunes might prefer some hip-hop hits such as “Run This Town” and “On to the Next One” by Jay-Z. Eminem’s “Not Afraid” and “Go Getta” by Young Jeezy and R. Kelly work to get you ready. Kanye West‘s “Stronger” is effective and “Bring Em Out” by T.I. will definitely pump you up. Old school tunes like “Jump Around” by House of Pain and “ATLiens” by Outcast will do the trick, too.
Alternative and Rock
Lesser know bands provide some of the best songs for a sports practice soundtrack. The majority of the music from the Dropkick Murphys fit the bill, particularly “Shipping Up To Boston” and “The Warrior’s Code." “Supermassive Black Hole” from Muse, “I Feel So” by Boxcar Racer and Lincoln Park’s “What I’ve Done” meet the criteria for good wrestling practice tunes. A few others to add include Tool‘s “Vicarious,” Revis’ “Caught In the Rain” and the theme song from the TV show "The Unit" by Robert Duncan.
For those wrestlers partial to country music, some excellent choices for practice are available. Among the best tunes are Dierks Bentley’s “What Was I Thinkin’ ” and “Ain’t Goin’ Down" by Garth Brooks. Feel-good tunes with the right tempo include George Strait’s “Blue Clear Sky” and “Different Kind of Fine by the Zac Brown Band.