If you’ve noticed so far during the 2016 Rio Olympics, most athletes are sporting headphones prior to their competitions. Ever wonder what they are listening to? Michael Phelps, who sports top grade headphones each year, has stated that he has to listen to music up until the very last second, and this year, his playlist features Eminem, Young Jeezy, and Eric Church. Ranging from country, to rap, to Ariana Grande, the Rio Olympic athletes have shown us that in addition to being at the top of their sports, they are also on top when it comes to good music. Here are 10 Songs 2016 Olympic Athletes Are Listening To during off time and before competition.
Banks: “This Is What it Feels Like”
According to track and field athlete Aaron Brown, his playlist ranges from rap to alternative, depending on the mood he’s in before a race.
Avicii: “Hey Brother”
The women’s Canadian rugby team has made this EDM track their team song and typically enjoy it together during their pre-game warm-up.
Coldplay: “Hymn for the Weekend”
One of Ireland’s champion swimmers released her workout playlist, which include deep house mixes by Kygo and Disclosure, along with tracks from Coldplay’s latest A Head Full of Dreams.
Nicki Minaj: “Moment 4 Life”
Nicki Minaj’s “Moment 4 Life” has appeared on several playlists, as her collaboration with Drake is a tour de force: sexy, upbeat, groovy, and inspiring.
Mumford & Sons: There Will Be Time
USA Olympian Carli Lloyd uses music to both get out of her head and into competition mode, and to relax. Her playlist includes heavier rap tracks and lighter alternative songs such as Mumford & Sons’ “There Will Be Time”.
USA track team member Allyson Felix specifically channels Beyonce to generate the alter-ego she needs to dominate in her sport. “Diva” is her go-to Bey song to get in that zone.
Olympic athlete Alysia Montano relates to Drake’s “Headlines” because it reminds her of the highs and lows that come with being an athlete. Not to mention the track has some super-swag.
Andra Day: “Rise Up”
For water polo player Maggie Stevens, Andra Day’s “Rise Up” represents the epitome of the Olympic Movement, of being able to rise up, conquer obstacles, and maintain hope despite being broken down.
Kanye West: “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1 & 2”
The Canadian track and field team can agree on more than just their passion, they can agree that Kanye West’s latest record belongs on their pump-up playlists. Especially “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1 & 2”
Eminem: “Lose Yourself”
Nor surprisingly, Eminem’s 2002 hit “Lose Yourself” is one of the most reoccurring tracks we’ve seen on the playlists of Olympic athletes. From Michael Phelps, to the Irish swimming team, to USA’s most renown track stars, even to Obama’s entrance into the DNC, “Lose Yourself” continues to be one of the most popular pump-up tracks of the 2000’s.