13 Motivating Workout Songs For Your Playlist

Music can be a great motivator to train, as long as it’s the right music.

Whether it’s jogging or going to the gym, music motivates you to cheer yourself up and challenge your own limits. There is no doubt that a well-armed playlist is an inspiration that pushes the person to give their all.

Do you remember that catchy mainstream song you used to hear and repeat for what seemed like forever?

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The one you couldn’t get stuck out of your head. It sure was fun, but it probably also helped you to make the most of your workout sessions.

The connection between improved performance and an excellent playlist for training really can be backed by science.

There are studies that have shown listening to music while exercising not only motivates you, it can also help you train longer and more intensely (which translates into more calories burned).

So, if you’re looking for motivation for your next gym session, check out these 13 great songs, they’ll give you a jolt of energy and get you ready to move!

We have chosen some new songs and other classic favorites to keep you inspired and striving to the maximum.

Leave a comment of some suggestions you think we missed out! There are so many good ones that this list doesn’t do many songs justice.

For now though check out the list below. Here are some pump up songs we put together to get your blood boiling before and during a workout.


Til I Collapse – Eminem

This Eminem track featuring Nate Dogg in the chorus has been dubbed the ultimate workout song by many.

Powerful and aggressive but without a doubt the song delivers the motivation you need to keep burning calories and giving your best doesn’t matter if you’re doing cardio or weight lifting, this song will make you keep going.

POWER – Kanye West

Sometimes you just need a Little bit of POWER to get through that tough calorie-burning routine. A little musical inspiration will push your training session to new limits and help you break new goals.

Don’t leave this song out of your music player.

POWER by Kanye will give YOU the power you need.

Jumpman – Drake & Future

The song makes reference to arguably the greatest athletic figure of history, the great Jumpman, Michael Jordan, so probably shooting some hoops to this beat should put an extra skip in your step.

Who knows, it could make you a better player, and help burn some of those calories you’ve been needing to get rid of.

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Future – artist in Jumpan

Yeah, now we’re really getting up to something.

Despacito – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber

You have heard this latin pop song over the radio a million times and can’t help but dance to it, so why not turn that into a great cardio exercise with a little bit of Zumba, the latin beats add flavor to the mix, making the exercise fun and exciting.

Dancing can be a very effective way to burn calories so why not pump the volume up and spice things up with this hit song.

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That’s what I like – Bruno Mars

Need a song to join you during your cardio? Maybe you need to finish that one last lap or are missing that extra touch on your workout playlist.

Bruno Mars’s hit song could be a great companion in your journey to a fit body and better health, the catchy beat and uplifting rhythm will get you up and running fast.

Feels – Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Big Sean

A perfect song to get the mood all setup to get some exercise.

Already having the feeling of going out on a run? This is a perfect track to clear your mind and relax after an intense workout and transition to a more relaxed one.

Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

One of the keys to a good playlist is a good start, and “Radioactive” is the ideal song to be playing pregame before a match. This catchy rock song starts smoothly, but once it changes pace, it does it in earnest.

Our favorite part is when he says “I’m waking up, I feel it in my bones”, it pumps us up and gets us ready to hit the track.

Some people say the beat gives them energy before a workout.

man lifting weight and listening to pump up music

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones

I Can’t Get No Satisfaction written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards,  was released by the Rolling Stones in the summer of 1965.

This song was a number one hit in the United States. Initially it only played on clandestine radio stations, because his lyrics were considered too sexually suggestive.

From the moment this song starts with that infamous guitar riff, you will begin to feel the urge to move.

Even Steve Van Zandt, called it the “riff heard around the world”, for being so catchy.

You will exercise in concert to the rhythm of this classic!

Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

This success of 1982 was written at the request of the actor Sylvester Stallone, to be the musical theme of “Rocky III”. As a tribute to Rocky Balboa, we thought it would be appropriate to add this song to the list (even if it’s a bit cheesy).

This song has a very strong hook and is totally motivating; Besides, it worked for Rocky, so it should work for you too.

Supermassive Black Hole – Muse

We love this single from 2006, and it is surely a must have on any playlist, no matter what exercise you do (okay, maybe it will not work if you practice yoga).

In October 2011, NME ranked “Supermassive Black Hole” at number 74 on their list “The 150 Best Songs of the Last 15 Years”.

This song has 120 beats per minute, enough to keep you on a stable training pace.

My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) – Fall Out Boy

This 2013 single has a lot of unique sounds, some crazy guitar lines and, of course, a sticky rhythm that will make you want to run, run fast.

It even sounds as if lead vocalist Patrick Stump came straight from an 80’s rock band in this song. Add this success to your musical training playlist to inspire you during some really demanding exercise.

London Calling – The Clash

“London Calling” was released in the United States in January of 1980. And is the track that gives the title to this album, it was influenced in part by the accident in a nuclear reactor in Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania, During March 1979.

Joe Strummer’s letter also discusses the problem of rising unemployment, racial conflict and drug use in Britain. This politically charged song includes reggae lines on the bass and lots of electric guitar. From the first note, you’ll be ready to move.

Sabotage – The Beastie Boys

Upload the volume of this 1994 single from the fourth album of the Beastie Boys, “III Communication”, for a total physical training.

This song is usually considered as rapcore, including traditional rock instrumentation, turntable scratches and heavily distorted basslines. Do you feel like venting? The Beastie Boys will surely help you download some of that aggressiveness!

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