The 41 Best Workout Songs Of All Time (as of 2016-2017)

Working out, whether you’re at home, outside, or in the gym, needs a good soundtrack to help you get the job done. We sifted through thousands of songs across all genres and decades, and crafted this list of 41 songs to help get you started or add little variety to your current playlist.

Our Favorite Workout Songs Of All Time

1. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off

Beats Per Minute (BPM): 160

This one’s such a great workout song, it almost perfectly syncs with an 80s aerobics workout video. It’s also a great way to shake off feelings from a bad day and keep moving forward.

2. Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow

BPM: 130

This song has such a great beat, you can’t help but to push a little harder during your workout. Nearly anything by the Black Eyed Peas makes for a great workout song, but this is a favorite of many.

3. Britney Spears – Work B

BPM: 127

If you want anything in life, you have to work for it – and this song reminds you to do it! If you need a little motivation to get started with your workout, this is the song for it.

4. Psy – Gangam Style

BPM: 132

One of the most popular videos to ever grace YouTube, this catchy little song took the world by storm once it was discovered. Not only did it take over radio waves for a while, but it also made it to the popular Just Dance video game series. It will get your heart pumping, for sure!

5. Alien Ant Farm – Smooth Criminal

BPM: 127

This remake of the popular Michael Jackson song has a different flair to it. It’s great for people who want to listen to something a little different, but still want something to keep them pumped up enough to move through the workout.

6. Pointer Sisters – I’m So Excited

BPM: 182

With the highest number of beats per minute you’ll find on this list – this is not only a great song for kicking your workout up a notch – but also a great one to motivate you through your workout. WIth lyrics, “I’m so excited! And I just can’t hide it!” how can you not get into it?

7. Twisted Sister – I Wanna Rock

BPM: 63

Not typically found on a conventional workout song list, I Wanna Rock is an 80s rock band song that is great for people who aren’t really into the pop music on the list. The lyrics:

“’I’ve waited for so long so I could hear my favorite song

So let’s go, go, go, go, go, go, go

When it’s like this I feel the music shootin’ through me

There’s nothin’ else that I would rather do”

It reminds us to keep going – and make it a little easier for us when we’re dreading our workouts.

8. Katy Perry – Firework

BPM: 124

If you need a little motivation, or a reminder of how great you are, this is the perfect song to include on your workout playlist.

9. MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This

BPM: 133

This one-hit-wonder from the ‘90s is a great reminder of your awesomeness during your workout. With the beat, it’s easier to workout a little harder, too.

10. Lady Gaga – Bad Romance

BPM: 119

This is a popular song and with good reason. The catchy beat and lyrics

11. Queen – Another One Bites The Dust

BPM: 100

Not necessarily one of the best workout beats – we included this one on the list because it’s a reminder of every calorie you’re burning. As you move through your workout – you can smile because so many of those calories are biting the dust!

12. Salt ‘n Pepa – Push It

BPM: 128

This ‘90s song is great for kicking the workout up just a bit – push it!

13. C+C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)

BPM: 114

The reason why this song is in the list is in the name – it will make you sweat!

14. Technotronic – Pump Up the Jam

BPM: 125

Pump up the jam – pump it up, pump it, pump it! The lyrics say it all!

15. Young MC – Bust a Move

BPM: 118

Listen to this one while you bust your best moves!

16. Soul II Soul – Back to Life

BPM: 99

This beat is a bit slower, but it makes for a good song to slow down the workout when you need a little break, or a cool down song.

17. Tone Loc – Funky Cold Medina

BPM: 118

The beat of this one just makes you want to dance.

18. Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – Problem

BPM: 103

You won’t have a problem getting through this workout with this song on your playlist.

19. Sexy Back – Justin Timberlake

BPM: 117

This song is a great reminder of the reason why you’re working out in the first place – to bring sexy back! (or, make it even sexier!)

20. Work It – Missy Elliot

BPM: 102

This rap is a reminder that we need to work with what we have – and we can work it out just fine!

21. M.A.R.S-Pump Up The Volume

A great song to get your heart rate going. It’s best used at the beginning of your workout.

22. Madonna -Like A Prayer

One of Madonna’s early hits. It’s a great song to play when you’re ready to wind up your workout and cool down.

23. ABBA -Lay All Your Love On Me

One of the most iconic groups of the seventies. This song is a good one for fast paced calisthenics and other stretches.

24. U2-Where The Streets Have No Name

Listening to the cadences of this classic U2 hit will help you build up to the toughest part of your workout.

25. Michael Jackson-Smooth Criminal

Now for some MJ. Smooth Criminal has an energetic pace that will keep you going through and upbeat as you work.

26. Miley Cyrus -Can’t Be Tamed

The beat and lyrics are great for keeping your drive up as you do squats, pump iron, or run on the treadmill.

27. Judas Priest -Johnny B. Goode

This re-make of the Chuck Berry classic is great music for a workout. It will keep you energized and upbeat.

28. Janet Jackson-Rhythm Nation

Great piece by Janet Jackson. It is guaranteed to give you the rhythm you need to get through your workout.

29. Aerosmith-Jaded

This is a great tune to listen to at just about any time. But for your workout, it’s best played when you’re about ready to call it quits.

30. Bon Jovi-It’s My Life

Feel the calories burn and the sinews toughen while listening to this great song by the American treasure Bon Jovi.

31. Slumdog Millionaire Theme Song-Jai Ho

A great mixture of voices, beats, and rhythms. It’s a great warm up tune. Just the thing you need to get you in the mood for a workout.

32. Devo-Whip It

The lyrics say all you need to hear: “Whip it. Whip it into shape…” You’ll get great sound and inspiration from this classic.

33. Billy Idol-Cradle of Love

A song with a nice, flowing, melodic tune. It’s perfect for when you’re spinning on the bike or when you’re on the row machine.

34. Alanis Morissette-Eight Easy Steps

The beat is smooth and fast—just the kind of thing you want to hear when you’re powering through a set of chin ups or getting to the end of your bike ride.

35. Dave Matthews Band-Stay (Wasting Time)

There is nothing like hearing Boyd Tinsley on the violin and Carter Beauford on the drums. You’ll want to dance while you work!

36. Led Zeppelin-Black Dog

Everything about this song is motivating. The lead riff is pure adrenaline. Bonzo’s drums give you a seriously heavy beat. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Plant’s vocals include “gonna make you sweat, gonna make you groove.”

37. Jay Z-Empire State of Mind

With so many amazing Jay Z songs, it’s hard to choose one that stands out as the best. Empire State of Mind has the benefit of a great beat, a killer flow, and beautiful singing from Alicia Keys.

38. Cake-The Distance

A driving guitar and John McCrea insisting that you “go the distance” makes this one of the best songs for running outdoors or on a treadmill.

39. Guided by Voices-Glad Girls

Robert Pollard is the master of anthemic low-fi rock songs. Glad Girls is one of the band’s most infectious tunes. It’s perfect for days when you need to go to the gym but you’re not feeling it.

40. Broken Social Scene-Almost Crimes

Broken Social Scene dabbles in such a wide range of genres that people sometimes forget that they’re capable of pulling off a noisy, driving rock song like Almost Crimes. Feist’s vocal accompaniment makes it even more fun.

41. Survivor-Eye of the Tiger

Eye of the Tiger worked for Sylvester Stalone in Rocky III. This song will keep you pumped up for any and all exercises.

These 41 songs are sure to give you a great workout – so load them up on your Ipod, throw it on shuffle, and get going! You’ll be glad you did.


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