Any fitness enthusiast knows that the right music can help you power through a difficult workout. But sometimes, it’s easy to find yourself wanting new music to set the soundtrack for your fitness routine. In this article, we will find eight great workout songs that can help you get through your hill runs, lifting routine, calisthenics session, or any other workout.
Since music taste varies from person to person, this list is not in any particular order, and it includes music from many different genres.
1. Mo – “Kamikaze”
Danish artist Mo is perhaps best known for collaborating with Major Lazer for “Lean On,” but her own music is full of soaring synth solos and energetic beats. “Kamikaze” is a song that’s especially well-suited for cardio sessions on those days where you’re feeling a little slow and need an extra push.
2. Mike WiLL Made-It ft. Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J – “23”
You probably already know Mike WiLL Made-It as the producer behind countless catchy beats, but his own songs have the same unique quality that made him a star. The song “23” may quickly become one of your favorite workout songs – it features a rap from Miley Cyrus and also features both Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J.
3. Elliphant – “Revolusion”
There’s been a lot of buzz about Swedish performers and pop music lately, and Swedish musician Elliphant’s unusual fusion of trap, reggae, and more are represented well in this track. “Revolusion” features multiple beat drops and an upbeat tempo. If you find that the unexpected kick of a new beat is what inspires you to get out a few more reps, this song will be a worthy addition to your playlist.
4. Balkan Beat Box – “Hermetico”
If you think that the horn-heavy sound of this track is familiar, that’s because it is. Jason DeRulo sampled “Hermetico” for his single “Talk Dirty.” But Balkan Beat Box, while somewhat less well-known than some artists on the list, has its own distinctive sound. If you’re expanding your list of workout songs but also want to branch out to newer artists while doing so, this is a band worth checking out.
5. The Strokes – “Reptilia”
Many compilations of workout songs predominantly feature rap and hip hop, but for some people, an intense rock song is what helps them gear up for and subsequently crush a workout. If rock is more your speed, you might like “Reptilia”, an alternative rock song with the right mix of power and angst. The heavy bass line combined with a memorable guitar solo can help you get energized on even the slowest of days.
6. Salt-N-Pepa – “Push It”
If you want to take a trip back in time, this catchy classic’s lyrics and beat alike will inspire you to push it – whether you’re doing cardio or strength training. Fitness enthusiasts who prefer to mix in some oldies on their lists of songs will likely find “Push It” to be a great addition.
7. Death Grips – “No Love”
For some, angry music is what helps them get through the hardest strength training sessions. If this is your lifting preference, then “No Love” has you covered. Between the booming bass and the powerful vocals, you’ll find yourself powering through some of your heaviest lifts. While not all of Death Grips’s songs sound like this one, this band is a good choice for those looking for more angry workout songs.
8. Icona Pop ft. Charli XCX – “I Love It”
This song has long been a favorite at dance parties, but dance music can be a great way to stay focused and motivated through fast-paced workouts like HIIT. With a thumping beat and upbeat vocals, “I Love It” is a great workout finisher, too.
9. Drake – “Energy”
What better motivating song for your fitness routine that “Energy” by Drake. It provides an energic, even a bit aggressive vibe. Also, it is the perfect option that will make you work more and burn more calories. This soundtrack is one of the most popular workout songs out there.
Putting It All Together
When getting ready for a workout, many people focus on whether they have the right gear ready. While this is essential, the right workout songs can make the difference between a lackluster training session and a very successful one. If you’re expanding your list of go-to workout songs, download some from the list above (or get the whole list). If you have your own favorite workout songs, share them below!
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