The great part about going to the gym to work out nowadays is most of us have our favorite music right by our side. Even better, with apps like Pandora and Spotify, we can listen to workout playlists or choose the exact song we need to motivate us during that last lap around the track. When it comes to working out, everyone has their own preference as to what works best for them. Some people just listen to one genre, while others prefer a nice mix.
Yet, whatever your preference, there’s a song for whatever workout activity you are about to dive into. Maybe your job involves manual labor – maybe you man a floor scrubber and rock out while cleaning floors or mow lawns and rock those massive noise-canceling headphones. Below is a list of ten songs to keep you pumped, motivated and determined to finish your workout on top. Hopefully these will refresh your workout and get you in the zone to meet your fitness goals and to continue to challenge yourself. These are some of my personal favorites, so if you have any songs to run lift and workout to that you’d like added, feel free to comment with the YouTube link!
10. “Master of Puppets”- Metallica
What could be a better way to get your lift in on the bench press than with a song that really rocks? Released in 1986, the lyrics of “Master of Puppets” deal with drugs and how they can take control of you. Use this song to help you become the “master” of the bench press, or whatever machine you’re working on. Whatever the activity, the song runs for 8 minutes and 36 seconds, which should give you plenty of time to get a set in.
9. “Stronger”- Kanye West
Even though this GRAMMY-winning track that samples heavily from Daftpunk’s “Stronger Better Faster Stronger” is a bit slow, the lyrics will motivate you to get “stronger”. Get pumped up with Kanye’s lyrics and Daftpunk’s familiar beat and power through your workout.
8. “Remember the Name”- Fort Minor
A rap song by Fort Minor, this piece comes off the group’s 2005 album, The Rising Tied, and has been a staple song on sports team warm up playlists ever since. The song was also used as the theme song for the 2006 and 2007 NBA playoffs, and has also appeared in the NHL and UFC. This is a sports anthem through and through, and should be added to your workout playlist.
7. “Till I Collapse”- Eminem featuring Nate Dogg
The lyrics of this song will prevent you from quitting, no matter what you are up against. The song uses Queen’s “We Will Rock You” as a sample beat, and Eminem and Nate Dogg bring the lyrics to keep you fighting through your workout. The opening minute alone will have you ready to take on any challenge you have in the gym that day.
6. “Eye of the Tiger”- Survivor
Who could forget this song on their playlist? If this song could motivate Rocky to get in shape, it most certainly will get you going. An interesting fact about the song is Silvestre Stallone actually commissioned the writing of it when he couldn’t get permission to use Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”.
5. “Black Betty” – Ram Jam
Everyone and their aunt knows Black Betty. It’s a classic that you’re guaranteed to hear at least once growing up in the United States. This song riles you up and puts you in a “I’m Ready For Anything” mindset. It’s one of my favorite songs to wake up to in the morning and always helps me kick off a run or workout.
4. “Technical Difficulties” – Racer X
Hands down my favorite song to run, lift, and workout to. No matter what physical task is at hand this face melting, metal grinding, heart wrenching monster of mind mending shredding ensures I always go all out; 110%. Who needs lyrics when you have four glorious minutes of solos, riffs, and sweeps. I’m a fan of most Racer X tracks but this is without a doubt the best song to pump me up and push through extra sets, strides, and lifts.
3. “Pyramids”- Frank Ocean
One of the best songs of last year, this masterpiece is 9 minutes long, which means you won’t have to worry about changing the song anytime soon. The instrumentals and Ocean’s voice entertain you for the song’s entirety, even if you don’t actually pay attention to the lyrics.
2. “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” –Fall Out Boy
This song will pump you up, no matter how much you may resist. The song was used for the 2013 NBA Playoffs by the Houston Rockets, and it was also one of the songs played during the television coverage of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs in the U.S and Canada.
1. “The Adventure”- Angels & Airwaves
The lyrics and instruments in this song will make you feel like you really are on an adventure. Angels & Airwaves is the side project of Blink 182’s guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge. This song served as the group’s lead single from their 2006 album, We Don’t Need to Whisper. In 2006, the song found itself on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 list.
Nothing motivates us the way music does. Add these enlivening songs to your workout playlist and enjoy the inspiration that follows.