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A&E staff picks March Madness pregame jams

<p>Pregame songs serve a crucial role in warming players up before they take the court.&nbsp;</p>

Pregame songs serve a crucial role in warming players up before they take the court. 

Behind every great sports victory, there’s a great song. In the spirit of March Madness, Arts and Entertainment staffers picked their favorite warm-up songs.

“My House” by Flo Rida

This is the ideal track for a home game. With its infectious beat and simple yet energizing lyrics, "My House" knows how to bring the heat.

— Dan Goff

“Replay” by Iyaz

This timeless hit is a smash record — it touches all the catchy goodness of Soulja Boy with the sensuality of Ray J. The song works best when paired with a dance party, sex or Jesse McCartney.

— Ian McConaughy Williams

“Get'cha Head in the Game” by the “High School Musical” Cast

This is one of the signature songs in the “High School Musical” franchise, as it focuses on Troy playing — you guessed it — basketball. So sit back, listen and revel in the nostalgia of your childhood crush as he dribbles the ball and struggles to keep his head in the game.

— Sam Henson

“F—k KD (Kevin Durant Diss)” by Lil B

Basketball can be a smooth game of effortless passes and fine shooting strokes. But, it can also be an ugly paint battle with lots of elbows. This track invokes the tradition of trash talk — an unsavory but still celebrated part of the game. Beware the BasedGod's curse.

— Henry Hollandsworth

“Hit 'Em High” by B-Real, Coolio, Method Man, LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes

As the standout song featured in the superb soundtrack of "Space Jam," "Hit 'Em High" is sure to boost anyone before a game thanks to its unforgettable hook and its infectious energy. B-Real, Coolio, Method Man, LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes reference basketball plays, monsters and outer space in the jam.

— Darby Delaney

“I Wish” by Skee-Lo

The simple beat of “I Wish” supports a lovably self-deprecating, definitively ‘90s chorus. When was the last time anyone lusted after a Chevy Impala and bragged about their 8-track? March Madness is so thrilling because it’s honest and innocent. If the NBA is Kanye bragging about making Taylor Swift famous, March Madness is Skee-Lo lusting after Leoshi and wishing he was just a little bit taller.

— Ben Hitchcock

“Talk to Me” by Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels has plenty of tracks perfect for getting hyped before a big game, and this one, from “Run the Jewels 3,” is no exception. There’s no chorus — just one intense verse each from Killer Mike and El-P over a fast-paced beat, making it the perfect soundtrack for March Madness.

— Thomas Roades

Listen to the full playlist below or on the Arts & Entertainment section’s Spotify page at CavalierDailyAE.

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