Working out and getting fit is difficult – there’s no question about that. After all, not everyone has the ability to pump themselves up at the gym. If you’re anything like us though, then you appreciate just how much help a good work out song can be. If you need the right song to help you fly through a spin session, the perfect tune to push through the last rep, or a jam to get you off your butt and to the gym, we’ve got you covered. Check out some of our favorite work out tunes and why we love them below.
#1: “212” by Azealia Banks
True, Azealia Banks is known more for her crazy feuds than anything else, but that doesn’t stop her 2011 debut single from being one of our favorite workout songs ever. If you think you’re about to hit the wall or have reached your absolute limit, think again. This songs combative and sick flow will help you dig deep and unleash your inner fierce gym warrior.
#2: “Times Like These” by Foo Fighters
The Foo Fighters might not be the first band to come to mind for your workout playlist, but trust us when we say that “Times Like These” is perfect to add to the mix. This is especially true if you’ve got some post-breakup or something-horrible-just-happened feelings to work through. Practically an anthem of the 2000’s, this Foo Fighter’s hit is just what you need to turn every raw emotion you have into fuel for your workout.
#3: “Body Movin’” by the Beastie Boys – Fat Boy Slim Remix
It’s a wonder people haven’t made an exercise or aerobic workout video with this song yet. We mean, seriously, this song just works for all of the right reasons. The original was good enough, but adding populist producer Fat Boy Slim into the mix just makes this song even better for a hardcore work out. Run an extra mile to the amped-up guitar riffs and scratching and end on a powerful note with some good old funk.
#4: “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) by Beyoncé
When it comes to work out tunes, we definitely can’t leave out Beyoncé. After all, what better workout inspiration will you find other than the Queen Bee herself? In our opinion, there are few songs that perfectly capture the queen at the height of her power than her 2008 hit “Single Ladies.” You’ll barely notice the extra half mile you clear while listening to this hypnotic track. If you’re a fan of group class exercises, you can even ask your coach or trainer to throw this song into the mix for an awesome class.
#5: “Pump up the Jam” by Technotronic
If you haven’t heard of Technotronic, now’s the time to look them up, and if you have but haven’t added “Pump Up the Jam” to your workout playlist then you’re absolutely missing out. This triple-platinum world hit is still one of the most recognizable dance tunes to this day and with its relentless beat and downright awesome bassline, we’re pretty sure that it’ll keep you pumped up throughout a particularly rough set.
#6: “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses
Who new rock bands would make such incredible additions to your gym playlist? “Welcome to the Jungle” has such an awesome, hardcore riff that it’ll get you help you push through your cardio when you’re just about to give up. It’s even a good addition to your warm up playlist to get you hyped for what’s bound to be a fantastic workout ahead. We especially love playing this Guns N’ Roses hit when we’re hitting that final stretch of a particularly rough arms and legs day.
#7: “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C+C Music Factory
We can’t get enough of this song! Honestly speaking, other modern dance songs practically pale in comparison to this 1990’s hit. With a funky beat, the distinctive sound of the cowbell and the manic screaming of C+C Music Factory’s singer, we’re pretty sure this song will have you doing exactly what it commands you to do – dance now. Oh, and it’s probably definitely going to help you get your sweat on as well.
#8: “Ni**as in Paris” by Jay Z and Kanye West
What is the effect of this stadium rap song on your workout? Suffice it to say that you’ll feel pretty bad ass pumping iron to this track. We dare you to try calling it quits between your set when you’ve got Kanye West himself yelling “HAH” right into your ear. If you’re feeling weak but need to hit those gains, set this song on repeat and see what it does for you in the gym.
#9: “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
Ladies and gentlemen alike will get a kick out of adding this song to their gym playlist. An upbeat megahit, “Shake It Off”, there’s no better way to start your journey to a healthier and happier you than with this song. Not only will it have you blasting through your work out, it’ll get you shaking off all the haters and all the calories, too.
#10: “Hey Ya!” by Outkast
How can you stay still when you’ve got André 3000 urging you to shake it like a polaroid picture in this epic 2003 hit? Funky and booty pop-inducing, adding this song to your work out playlist is like giving your mind and body a jolt of musical energy to push on and finish strong. Working out at home? Even better. Set this the volume on loud and dance your calories away in a self-choreographed aerobic workout (yes, dancing like crazy still counts as a workout).
#11: “Sexy Back” by Justin Timberlake
Sure, we know it’s true that the main purpose of raking in the hours at the gym should be for improving our cardiovascular health and dropping toxic fat from our bodies, but there’s no question that looking food and feeling good is definitely on people’s minds. Having Justin Timberlake in your ear telling you’re bringing sexy back with each rep is bound to be great motivation.