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WORKOUT MUSIC – THE BEST WORKOUT SONGS

As anyone into fitness can attest, the amount you get out of your workout depends on a number of factors. Proper pre-workout nutrition and planning are clearly imperative, and to ensure your form is both safe and netting the best possible results, starting off with a personal trainer is always a good idea. Still, a huge part of getting top results is your mental state while working out. And for nearly all of us, a huge motivator is that beloved form of art – music!

It goes without question that we all have widely varied musical tastes. Even those of us that may like the same genre can prefer completely different sub-styles or artists. The thing is, the songs that hype you up and help you have a great workout aren’t necessarily songs that you’re likely to listen to when you get home from work or when walking around or driving in your car. Some songs are just plain awesomefor energizing your body and mind – and that’s where we find much more overlap of songs fitness and workout fanatics will enjoy.

That being said, if you absolutely can’t stand a certain type of music, that’s just a fact of life and isn’t likely to change. For those that have never heard a hip hop song they like, the fact that a certain Eminem tune is considered one of the best motivational songs of all time is unlikely to change their mind. That’s why we’re doing this list a bit differently – we’ve taken the time to separate great gym tunes into different genres (and even into classics and new jams) so you can create the perfect playlist for you! We’d definitely encourage you to go beyond your comfort zone, be adventurous and try out some new tunes – you never know where and when you’ll find your workout anthem! And now, without further ado, here are some of the best workout songs ever!

ROCK

There’s no getting around it – rock music is one of the most supercharged musical styles out there. Driving beats get your heart pumping, energetic vocals encourage a “let’s go!” mentality, and the unmistakable sound of a rock guitar demands listeners to get moving. That’s why it’s a no-brainer to begin this list with some classic rock workout songs.

Rock Classics

  • Survivor – Eye of The Tiger
  • Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
  • Queen – We Will Rock You
  • Twisted Sister – We’re Not Gonna Take It
  • Billy Idol – Rebel Yell
  • Guns N’ Roses – Welcome to the Jungle
  • Guns N’ Roses – Paradise City
  • Metallica – Enter Sandman
  • Aerosmith – Walk This Way
  • Van Halen – Jump
  • Van Halen – Hot for Teacher
  • Van Halen – Panama
  • AC/DC – Highway to Hell
  • AC/DC – Shoot to Thrill
  • Led Zeppelin – Rock and Roll
  • Led Zeppelin – When the Levee Breaks
  • Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run

These original high energy tunes will always motivate gym goes to get their sweat on. However, the newer kids on the block have done a pretty bang-up job of creating some rock music to get the blood pumping. Here are some choice modern rock tunes that can up your workout’s intensity.

Newer Rock

  • Rage Against The Machine – Testify
  • Rage Against The Machine – Sleep Now in the Fire
  • Rage Against The Machine – Bulls on Parade
  • Rage Against The Machine – (Let’s Be Honest Pretty Much Any Song)
  • White Zombie – More Human Than Human
  • Sum 41 – Fat Lip
  • White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
  • Linkin Park – Bleed It Out
  • Linkin Park – One Step Closer
  • Bawitaba – Kid Rock
  • Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • Filter – Hey Man Nice Shot
  • Foo Fighters – The Pretender
  • Foo Fighters – Run
  • Foo Fighters – All My Life
  • Tool – Swamp Song
  • Papa Roach – Last Resort
  • Disturbed – Down with the Sickness
  • Buckcherry – Crazy B*tch
  • Buckcherry – Lit Up
  • Audioslave – Show Me How To Live
  • Stone Temple Pilots – Sex Type Thing
  • Velvet Revolver – Slither
  • Slipknot – Psychosocial
  • Limp Bizkit – Nookie
  • Queens of The Stone Age – No One Knows
  • Fall Out Boy – Sugar We’re Going Down
  • Fall Out Boy – Dance Dance
  • The Struts – Body Talks
  • Shinedown – Devil
  • Sevendust – Dirty
  • Blur- Track Two
  • Dropkick Murphys- Shipping Up to Boston
  • Black Stone Cherry – Blind Man

DANCE/POP/ELECTRONIC

Workout Songs

When it comes to providing a pulsing beat to get your juices flowing and instill laser focus, no type of music does it better than dance/electronic music. In fact – dance music’s most popular BPM range is based on the human heartbeat! And while, ironically, most dance tunes are a bit too fast for complicated dance/step classes, as a genre it’s fantastic for most cardio and lifting. So when you’ve found a spot for great group classes, you might want to offer your instructor a playlist of these tunes! Since we can agree most ‘pop’ songs that hit the spot for workouts are pretty much dance tunes in disguise, we’re combining the two for this hyped-up playlist.

Classic Dance Tunes

  • Cut Copy – Need You Now
  • Technotronic – Pump Up the Jam
  • Fatboy Slim – Body Movin’
  • Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank
  • C + C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
  • Snap! – Rhythm Is a Dancer
  • Reel 2 Real – I Like to Move It
  • La Bouche – Be My Lover
  • Darude – Sandstorm
  • Rednex – Cotton Eye Joe
  • Bomfunk MC’s – Freestyler
  • Vengaboys – Boom Boom Boom Boom!
  • Vengaboys – We Like to Party
  • 2 Unlimited – Get Ready gor This
  • 2 Unlimited – No Limit
  • The Prodigy – Firestarter
  • The Prodigy – Smack My B*tch Up
  • The Prodigy – Out of Space

Nostalgia for some, and new ‘vintage’ discover for others, the above songs brought high energy dance music to the mainstream and were blasted in many a dance-fit, boot camp and aerobics class. Taking tempo and build up lessons from these gems and perfecting them, the new EDM class has given us some undeniable newer work out jams to sweat to!

Newer Dance Tunes

  • Kieza – Hideaway
  • shake it off – Taylor
  • justin timberlake – Sexy Back
  • Beyonce – Single Ladies
  • David Guetta & Sia – Titanium
  • David Guetta – Where Them Girls At
  • David Guetta – Turn Me On
  • David Guetta – Without You
  • LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
  • Cascada – Every Time We Touch
  • Cascade – Evacuate the Dance Floor
  • Avicii – Levels
  • Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child
  • Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
  • Daft Punk – Around the World
  • Skrillex – Kyoto
  • Skrillex – Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
  • Skrillex – Bangarang
  • dj test – traffic
  • deadmau5 – Strobe
  • Deadmau5 – Ghosts and Stuff
  • Afrojack – Take Over Control
  • Britney Spears – Work B*tch
  • Cash Cash, Bebe Rexha – Take Me Home
  • Calvin Harris – Summer
  • Krewella – Live for the Night
  • Rita Ora – I Will Never Let You Down

HIP HOP

Remember when people thought hip-hop was going to be a fad? Yeah, me neither. Arguably the most popular music style in the world, the pounding beats and catchy hooks of hip hop lend themselves perfectly to a spirited workout. It’s not just the music and production – the over-the-top bravado, swagger, and high-energy delivery relied upon by rappers makes usfeel like we rule the world as well and can do anything – including make it through those last 5 reps or last 20 minutes on the treadmill. Even fitness giant Bodybuilding.com took the time to create a list of the best workout hip hop tunes (looks like we have some of the same choices!). As much as we love early rap, most of it isn’t necessarily the best for the gym – so we’ll just offer one glorious superlist of hip hop and hip hop-influenced tunes for you to add to your killer workout playlist!

Pro tip:The first two tunes have been recognized as the most popular workout tunes in the world more than once. Thanks, Marshall Mathers!

Hip Hop Tunes

  • Eminem – Lose Yourself
  • Eminem – Till I Colllapse
  • Eminem – Not Afraid
  • Eminem – Monster
  • Eminem – Berzerk
  • Dre & Eminem – Forgot About Dre
  • Run DMC – King Of Rock
  • Run DMC – It’s Tricky
  • Salt N’ Peppa – Push It
  • Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock – It Takes Two
  • W.A. – One Hundred Miles and Runnin’
  • Black Sheep – The Choice Is Yours
  • LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out
  • Beastie Boys – No Sleep ‘Till Brooklyn
  • Beastie Boys – Sabotage
  • Beastie Boys – Fight for You Right (To Party)
  • Eric B. & Rakim – Don’t Sweat the Technique
  • Onyx – Slam
  • Kris Kross – Jump
  • Mobb Deep – Survival of the Fittest
  • Mobb Deep – Shook Ones Pt. II
  • Organized Konfusion – Stress
  • Cypress Hill – I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That
  • Cypress Hill – Insane in the Brain
  • Cypress Hill – How I Could Just Kill a Man
  • House of Pain – Jump Around
  • Nas – Stay Chiseled
  • Wu-Tang Clan – Protect Ya Neck
  • Wu-Tang Clan – Tha Mystery of Chessboxin’
  • Method Man and Redman – Da Rockwilder
  • Redman – Time 4 Sumaksion
  • Soulja Boy – Crank That
  • Ludacris – Move B*tch
  • 50 Cent – In Da Club
  • 50 Cent – What Up Gangsta
  • O.P – Ante Up
  • I. – What You Know
  • Jay Z & Kanye West – Ni**az in Paris
  • Outkast – B.O.B
  • Outkast – Hey Ya
  • Kanye West – Black Skinhead
  • Kanye   West – Stronger
  • Kanye West – The New Workout Plan
  • Jay Z – 99 Problems
  • Jay Z – Brush Your Shoulders Off
  • Jay Z – The Takeover
  • Puff Daddy – Victory
  • Missy Elliot – Lose Control
  • Missy Elliot – Work It
  • Missy Elliot – Get Your Freak on
  • DMX – Ruff Ryders’ Anthem
  • DMX – Party Up
  • Lil’ John & The East Side Boyz – Get Low
  • Twista – Slow Jamz (Collipark Remix)
  • Pharoahe Monch – Simon Says
  • Trick Daddy – Take It to Da House
  • Trick Daddy – Let’s Go
  • Lil’ Wayne – Right Above It
  • Drake – Forever
  • Drake – Started From the Bottom
  • Drake – I’m Upset
  • Drake – Energy
  • A$ap Rocky – F***in’ Problems
  • A$ap Ferg – Shabba
  • Kendrick Lamar – Backseat Freestyle
  • Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE
  • Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
  • Kendrick Lamar – Rigamortus
  • Kendrick Lamar – The Spiteful Chant
  • Post Malone – Rockstar
  • Big Sean – I Don’t F*** With You
  • Iggy Azalea – Work
  • Jason Derulo – Talk Dirty
  • 2 Chainz ft. Drake – No Lie
  • Arian Grande, Iggy Azalea – Problem
  • I.A. – Bring The Noise
  • DJ Snake, Lil John – Turn Down For What
  • Schoolboy Q – Collard Greens
  • Tyler The Creator – What The F*** Right Now
Best Workout Songs

And there you have it – the most comprehensive list of killer work out songs you could ever hope to find! Undoubtedly, seeing the best results in your fitness journey will rely on a healthy diet and a well-designed workout plan, but when it comes to the musical motivation to get you in the headspace to succeed, we hope these high-energy anthems do the trick. Though we don’t mean to state the obvious, another necessary piece of the puzzle is a well-equipped gym with knowledgeable and passionate staff to support you in your fitness goals. In Texas and Colorado, there is no finer choice than Tru Fit Gyms, with their first-class facilities, elite programming and world-class trainers. Contact Tru Fit today to find the perfect athletic facility in which to up your fitness game with your brand new playlist!

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