25 Great Workout Songs

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  1. Carla says:

    Empire State of Mind – Jay Z
    Stuck on Repeat – Little Boots
    Revolver – Madonna
    Nu Style (Deekline & Ed Solo Mix) – Shystie

    These are a few of my favorites for Cardio workout. Enjoy!

  2. d says:

    I don’t know if you’ve used this song before, I just came across your blog recently. I’m also on a rather long weight loss journey. Every morning, when I get out of bed (because most mornings, let’s face it, I don’t want to) to go work out, I play Nelly – Warrior to get me up and moving. Check it out, it’s on the Team USA soundtrack from the summer olympics.

  3. Caroline says:

    I just found this song – great beat


  4. kate says:

    Florence and the Machine – Dog Days Are Over
    Ocean Colour Scene – The Riverboat Song
    The Undertones – Teenage Kicks
    Owl City – Fireflies (might be a little light for you)

  5. Tanya says:

    Great list – some of my faves on there. Here are my recommendations:
    Kidz In the Hall. Drivin’ Down the Block.
    Janet. Feedback (So So Def Remix).
    Noisettes. Don’t Give Up.

  6. Kt says:

    The new Black Eyed Peas CD is great. My “power song” on my Nike+ is “Bodies” by Drowning Pool.

  7. Mike says:

    Here’s a few suggestions from a playlist I just made:

    Trapt – Headstrong
    David Bowie & Mick Jagger – Dancing in the streets
    Gary Numan – Cars (live with Nine Inch Nails) [ download it here http://www.mediafire.com/?nylj4m1dy1t ]
    Talking Heads – Once in a lifetime
    N.E.R.D. – She wants to move
    Queen – Crazy little thing called Love

  8. Drew says:

    Weezer- (If you’re wondering if I want You To) I Want You To- 3:28
    Kings of Leon- Use Somebody – 3:50
    Black Eyed Peas- I Gotta Feeling- 4:49 (my personal “Get My Ass Moving” song)

  9. Cindy Dale says:

    My Ipod has:
    – My name is Jonas by Weezer
    – Pump it by Black Eye Peas
    – I don’t Care by Fall Out Boy
    – Good Girls Gone Bad by Cobra Starship
    – Viva la Vida – Cold Play
    -Welcome to the Black Parade by My Chemical Romance
    -Barracuda by Heart
    – Human by The Killers
    – all songs by Owl City

  10. Jill says:

    Shakira – Ojos Asi (Eyes like Yours)
    Jimi Hendrix – All Along the Watchtower; Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire
    Santana – Oye Como Va
    Foreigner – Hot Blooded
    Rolling Stones – Fade to Black
    Moby – Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? (it isn’t really depressing; has a good Moby sound)
    Crazy Town – Butterfly (possibly the only song on this list that you’ll actually like, based on looking at your previous music preferences) 🙂

  11. cryssi says:

    I only have one suggestion, but this one pumped me a lot at my last workout!

    Aqua – My mamma said.

    You may have heard their previous songs (ie: barbie girl, cartoon heroes..) but it’s nothing like them. It’s their new song, and the style is just WOW!

  12. Melissa says:

    Nelly, 50 cent, Jay Z, Eminem, to name a few. I also like that Fort Minor song you suggested.

  13. Jane says:

    Gotta have the Rocky Theme Song!
    Gonna Fly Now by Bill Conti

  14. Lisa says:

    Soobax – it has really great beat. Which i love.

  15. Queen – Fat Bottom Girls
    I like exercising to Ben Folds too, but that may not be for everyone.

  16. Bob says:

    If you’re into a little techno – try Omnibus – Laut Sprecher & Katie Skate. I use it in my cardio workouts.

  17. Christine says:

    Thnks fr th mmrs- fall out boy
    Love Drunk- boys like girls
    U and Ur hand- Pink

  18. Tara says:

    Anything upbeat by Missy Elliott, Black Eyed Peas, Ludacris and Rob Zombie. I like to sneak in a little Right Fred Said (“I’m too Sexy”) as well.

  19. CJ says:

    Skillet – Monster, Hero, Forsaken, My Obsession
    Celldweller – Louder Than Words, So Long Sentiment, Eon, The Best It’s Gonna Get
    Jenarium – Danger Rising, Quantus Victor Miserere
    Prodigy – Omen

    (And if you like the 80’s New Wave style sound)
    The Birthday Massacre – Walking With Strangers, Nevermind, Violet

  20. I love listening to Eagles of Death Metal while working out. It is just a good time! =)

  21. Lance says:

    Through the Fire and Flames – by DRAGONFORCE

  22. Matt says:

    Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner – Iron Maiden
    Kung Fu – Ash
    Get Out of Denver – Blues Traveler (or Eddie and the Hotrods)
    Still in Hollywood – Concrete Blonde
    Slam Dunk – David Lee Roth
    You’re Crazy – Guns N Roses
    Motorcycle Driver – Joe Satriani
    One Big Rush – Joe Satriani
    Showdown – Megaherz
    The Day that Never Comes – Metallica
    Fuel – Metallica
    Frayed ends of Sanity – Metallica
    Burn it to the Ground – Nickelback
    Adios – Rammstein
    Hell Yeah – Rev Theory
    She Sells Sanctuary – The Cult
    A Million Miles Away – Offspring
    Want You Bad – Offspring
    Vision Thing – Sisters of Mercy
    Siva – Smashing Pumpkins
    Hot For Teacher – Van Halen
    My Name is Jonas – Weezer

  23. Tyler says:

    Empire State of Mind is a GREAT song. Thanks for reminding me, I’ll be buying that one tonight.

  24. Tyler says:

    I like Nelly, haven’t listened to him in years. I’ll check it out!

  25. Tyler says:

    Techno isn’t my cup of tea, but that is a pretty good beat.

  26. Tyler says:

    Haha, Fireflies… good song, not good for runnin’ 🙂

  27. Tyler says:

    Queen and Trapt, good calls!

  28. Tyler says:

    How do you like Nike plus?

  29. Tyler says:

    Never heard of a single one of these artists. Old, new, and/or obscure?

  30. Tyler says:

    Awesome songs, I considered Black Eyed Peas but I’m a little Black Eye Pead out. They’ve been played too much on the radio lately, in my opinion.

    Then again, so has Lady Gaga…

  31. Alisha says:

    Cake – The Distance

  32. I’ve been listening to some audio-books lately while trail-running. I get so sucked into the book, I forget I’m in pain. 🙂 I usually keep upbeat songs by Broken Social Scene on the sidelines in case the book gets boring…

  33. devin says:

    When I Am Through With You by The V.L.A.
    Quiet Dog by Mos Def
    Teeth by Lady Gaga
    Beautiful Wreck by Shawn Mullins
    Superman by Stereophonics
    Mama’s Room by Under the Influence of Giants

  34. Craig Caruso says:

    Welcome Home–Coheed and Cambria

  35. Rebekah says:

    Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Family Affair Mary J Blige
    Jump Van Halen
    Danger Zone Kenny Loggins
    Last Night (Featuring Keyshia Cole) Diddy
    Gold Digger Kanye West
    Give it to me Timbaland featuring Justin Timberlake & Nelly Furtado

  36. Alan says:

    check out almost anything by Saliva
    Tick tick tick boom by the Hives

  37. Mark says:

    Hey Tyler,
    Check out some songs by Rise Against. On my playlist I have by them are:
    -But Tonight We Dance
    -Re-Education (Through Labor)
    -Blood Red, White, and Blue

  38. Great song list! 🙂


  39. shelby says:

    I like:

    Walkin’ on Sunshine -Katrina and the Waves
    Dont stop till you get enough – Michael Jackson
    Workout tape..? -Kanye West
    Get it Poppin -Nelly
    Im just a girl – No Doubt
    Work It – Missy Elliott

  40. Tyler says:

    I know that Moby song, but it sounds too slow. I like Moby, don’t get me wrong, that song is just not for working out. It is for a long drive on the interstate when you’re bored to death.

  41. Tyler says:

    I’m a barbie girl in a barbie world — life’s fantastic, it’s so plastic. Aqua brings back memories of middle school.

  42. Tyler says:

    Good call, that’s on my next play list.

  43. Tyler says:

    Big list, thanks! Awesome artists too, I recognize most of them I just don’t remember any of them when I’m at the PC ready to buy any songs… I’ll definitely keep these in mind, notably Rev Theory, The Cult, and Weezer.

  44. Tyler says:

    She’s going for speed.

  45. Tyler says:

    I can’t read and workout — I’ve tried, but miserably failed.

  46. Sara says:

    I like BEP on my play list. Also, JT- Sexy Back.
    I’m a new follower *through Token Fat Girl*.
    You are such an inspiration! Not too much longer till you meet your goal! That’s so Awesome 🙂

  47. Coryad says:

    Telephone – Lady Gaga and Beyonce
    My Life Would Suck Without You – Kelly Clarkson (I sing this one really loud when I’m running… good thing I’m in my basement)
    So What – P!nk
    Never Too Late – Three Days Grace
    Bad Influence – Pink
    C’mon, c’mon – Smashmouth

  48. Carla says:

    Feedback, Janet Jackson! Great song…gonna buy that one right now.

  49. Dave says:

    Lots of great suggestions here… but let’s take it back to the 70’s for a minute!

    Lust for Life – Iggy Pop
    Ring of Fire – Social Distortion
    It’s a Long Way To the Top (If You Wanna rock and Roll) AC/DC

    start with these 3… if you like them, I can suggest many others in that vein!!!!

    All the best, and thank you for your continued inspiration!


  50. Christine says:

    Bawitdaba – Kid Rock
    Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N Roses
    All Around Me – Flyleaf
    Teenagers – My Chemical Romance
    Semi Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind

  51. Here’s a few of my faves:

    Blink 182 – Dammit
    The Fly’s – Got You
    The Pixies – Debaser
    Blondie – Rapture
    Rise Against – Any Way You Want It (Journey cover)
    Tool – The Pot
    Say Anything – Belt
    Rivers Cuomo – I Was Scared
    Oingo Boingo – Dead Man’s Party
    The Clash – Train In Vain

    ..anyway, some old stuff there. I guess I aged myself pretty well.


  52. Colin says:

    Electric Feel- MGMT
    Send Me On My Way- Rusted Root
    Move For Me-Kaskade & Deadmau5
    Carpe Noctum- Tiesto
    Infinity- Guru Josh Project
    Crazy Game of Poker- O.A.R.

  53. Derek says:

    So, I am borrowing from Ellen DeGeneres here, but she does pick some good songs on her show.

    “Bust A Move” Young MC
    “The Way I Are” Timbaland
    “The Power” Snap!
    “Closer” Ne-Yo
    “4 Minutes” Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake
    “Feel Good Inc” The Gorillaz

  54. Ed says:

    I like:
    Tech N9ne – The Beast
    Muse – Resistance
    Foo Fighters – Pretender

  55. jdub116 says:

    Sugarfoot – Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears
    Space Lord – Monster Magnet
    Trouble Maker – Weezer
    Rusty Cage – Soundgarden
    Try – John Mayer Trio

    Odd mix, but all songs I love when working out…

  56. drew says:

    Pink – Please Don’t Leave

  57. Lynn says:

    I like what you have so far. Here’s a selection from my current list:

    Sweetness – Jimmy Eat World
    Whistle for the Choir – The Fratellis
    Green Light – John Legend
    Oh You Girls – Franz Ferdinand
    Lovely Day – Bill Withers
    Very Busy People – The Limousines
    Move Along – All-American Rejects
    Steer – Missy Higgins
    Once In a Lifetime – Talking Heads
    OK, It’s Alright With Me – Eric Hutchinson
    Canned Heat – Jamiroquai
    Time Is Running Out – Muse
    Breakin’ Up – Rilo Kiley
    That’s Not My Name – The Ting Tings
    Sulton – What Made Milwaukee Famous
    Love Me Dead – Ludo

  58. Cassandra says:

    So, some of these may be girly… but what can I say? I’m a girl 🙂

    These are on my ipod playlist “gym”:
    Vanessa Carlton – Paint it Black
    Bee Gees – Jive talking 🙂 (I know, I know, but the beat is good)
    Missy Elliott – Pass that Dutch (motivates me to stop the “giggle that fat”)
    Missy Elliott – Work it
    Marilyn Manson – The Beautiful People
    Buckcherry – Crazy Bitch
    Bush – Everything Zen & Machinehead
    Korn – need to double time a lot of their beats, but any song works
    Stone Temple Pilots – Vasoline
    Killers – Mr Brightside
    Nine Inch Nails – All The Love in the World – great warm up song
    Mirah – The Garden, double the beat
    Damien Rice – Coconut Skins
    Paramore – crushcrushcrush
    White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
    Limp Bizkit – Break Stuff
    Ida Maria – I like you so much better when you’re naked
    All American REjects – Gives You Hell
    Michael Jackson – scream
    Smashing Pumpkins – The World is a Vampire
    Dixie Chicks – lullaby, good cool down
    Feist – Sea Lion Woman
    Muse – Supermassive Black Hole

  59. Mandy says:

    I Don’t Wanna Be In Love – Good Charlotte
    Beep – The Pussycat Dolls
    I Love Rock & Roll – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
    Because We Can – Fatboy Slim
    Cotton Eye Joe – Rednex
    Kiss Me Deadly – Lita Ford
    Mercy – Duffy

  60. david foust says:

    O wow i remember Space Lord. great great addition.

  61. r.h. says:

    I don’t know how you feel about screamo/hardcore/metalcore, but I love it, especially when I’m lifting weights. The Devil Wears Prada, August Burns Red, Blessthefall are a few that I listen to. Keep up the good work! You are an awesome inspiration!

  62. SV says:

    Rocky Overture – Bill Conti (Rocky II OST)

    This is pure gold – not Gonna Fly Now or Eye of the Tiger, but much better. Instrumental. Surely there can be no better workout/inspirational music. Just what you need when you need to ‘go the distance’

    Also try, ‘War’ – from Rocky IV, which plays when Rocky and Ivan ” I must break you” Draga slug it out in Moscow

  63. Meg says:

    I personally love to listen to breaking benjamin while working out…they have great music for everything.

  64. Josh Ramirez says:

    coming undone-tantric
    break- three days grace
    in the end- linkin park
    fall victim- alkaline trio
    had enough- breaking benjamin
    letter of a thief-chevelle
    rooftops- lostprophets

  65. Josh Ramirez says:

    you have the right idea there my friend.

  66. Lissa says:

    Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2
    Heads Will Roll by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
    And Shake It, by Metro Station. It really picks me up during a run. It puts a smile on my face and makes me want to bounce around while I run, I try to keep this one at the end of my play list as a pick me up.

    I also have the Nike+ and I really like it. It is really helpful for a beginner runner. I bought the wrist bracelet set instead of the iPod/iPhone method. I can’t wear Nike shoes, they don’t fit correctly, so I bought a shoe wallet that goes over my laces.

  67. Cody says:

    Heat of a champion by nelly is a good workout song.
    Did not read all of the post so im not sure if it has been mentioned yet

  68. Cody says:

    Gritz- My life be like

    I start my runs with this one

  69. Melissa says:

    I love running “It’s My Time,” by Fabolous ft. Jeremih.

  70. boney says:

    New Divide – Linkin Park

  71. Jennifer says:

    Star Sailor – Thin WHite Duke Remix- four to the floor
    Faithless- Insomnia
    Gwen Stefani- Whatcha waitin’ for
    The Shamen- Move any mountain

  72. Keith says:

    20 Minute Work Out by DJ Kool
    Momma Say Knock You Out by L L Cool J
    Paul Revere by The Beastie Boys

  73. Keith says:

    Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi

  74. Clumber says:

    I prefer the tribute version by Antigone Rising, but hooyah!

  75. Melissa says:

    I love that song! I didn’t know anyone else knew of it 😀

  76. Melissa says:

    I’m Running – Misstress Barbara feat. Sam Roberts
    Here with Me – Hello Goodbye
    Beautiful People – Peplab
    Ladies & Gentlemen – Saliva
    Long Way to the Top – ACDC
    Bulls on Parade – Rage Against the Machine

    I’m also partial to most 80’s rock, but that’s me.

  77. Rina says:

    Anything from the FIFA games. The songs are always amazing. Here’s this year’s soundtrack. http://musicunderfire.com/2009/08/fifa-2010-soundtrack-revealed.html

  78. Alexandra says:

    Just found your site by punching in “workout songs playlist” into Google. Pretty cool.
    May I suggest Glow by Alien Ant Farm?
    Also on some old lists of mine:
    Breathe – Fabolous
    Heat of a Champion – Nelly
    Absolutely (Story of a Girl) – Nine Days
    Right on, Right now – Powerspace
    Sink into Me – Taking Back Sunday
    New Again – TBS
    Enjoy your healthy journey!

  79. Tee says:

    I am also looking to lose a lot of weight. Here are some songs that rev up the ol engine

    Pnau ft Ladyhawke-Embrace
    Dope-Die MF Die
    Arcade Fire-Keep the Car Running
    The instrumental to Beyonce’s song “Sweet Dreams”
    The instrumental to The Game’s “One Blood”
    Fake Tales of San Francisco-Arctic Monkeys
    Michael Jackson-Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
    Janet Jackson-If & Rhythm Nation
    Korn-Y’all Want a Single
    Static-X-This Is Not, Wisconsin Death Trip, Ostego Undead
    Notorious B.I.G. & Bone Thugs-Notorious Thugs

  80. Andy says:

    I like to listen to the following to get kinda hyped up, Fly by Loudmouth (Varsity Blues Soundtrack), Waffle by Sevendust, Savior & Audience of one by Rise Against, Worlds Collide by Powerman 5000, Techno mix of Dragula by Rob Zombie (Matrix Soundtrack I think), Numb & Breaking the habit by Linkin Park. Letter to a Thief & Jars by Chevelle, Kings & Queens by 30 Seconds to Mars, Pyschosocial & Before I Forget by Slipknot, Push It by Static X, Down with the Sickness by Disturbed, Bodies, Step up & Soldiers by Drowning Pool. Sorry for any repeats. Good Luck n get up!

  81. Heidi says:

    I have never left a comment anywhere before, but I HAVE to say thanks, I googled “great workout music” and got your site. I looked up “Fort Minor” because it sounded right. I LOVE them!!! Thanks so much, they are my new workout add-ons in my quest to drop a whole lot of baby weight. My personal favorites prior to these guys:
    Linkin Park- Bleed it Out
    Eminem- Til I collapse
    Good Charlotte- Dance Floor Anthem
    Citizen Cope- Let the Drummer Kick
    INXS- Pretty Vegas
    Thanks again!

  82. Jake says:

    yes you do. Breaking benjamin is the best. I listen to them before football practices and games.

  83. Mike says:

    a really good song that i’m surprise no one said is eminem’s till i collapse… in my opinion its better than lose yourself (only a tad bit better)

  84. Reenie says:

    I feel so OLD, I don’t know most of these songs or artists.
    Mine has

    The Ramones
    The Rolling Stones
    Celtic Rock and Punk

  85. DOCCOMOLI says:

    One that has always worked well for me (when I exercised consistently) is “Never Gonna Stop” by Rob Zombie. It’s aggressive and intense, and the chorus drives, well me anyway.

    I am inspired by your blog sir. And I need to be. I will let you know when I get started, because I have weight to lose and miles to go before I rest.

  86. camila says:

    i like these songs for working out

    baila casanova – paulina rubio
    lo que paso paso – daddy yankee
    ella me levanto -daddy yankee
    ese hombre es mio – la factoria
    Danza Kuduro – Don Omar
    beyonce – single ladies, crazy in love, green light, baby boy, lose my breath, naughty girl and probably more
    just that girl – drew seeley
    rihanna- rude boy, whats my name
    kylie minogue -spinning around, like a drug, your disco needs you
    survivor- rocky- eye of the tiger
    michael jackson- beat it, thriller,
    usher- yeah, hot tottie, dj got us falling in love, somebody to love (feat justin bieber)
    stop the party -camp rock (dont judge this song is fast paced and makes me wanna dance)
    jessica jarrell- up and running
    christina aguilera – bionic, fighter, woohoo
    chaval chulito – floricienta
    pobres los ricos – floricienta
    1,2,3- floricienta
    ding-dong- floricienta
    tik tok- kesha
    simarik- turkan

  87. Charlie says:

    I hate everything about you – Three days Grace
    Youth of the nation – POD
    Sleeping awake- POD
    Lying from you, What I’ve Done, Crawling, Numb.- Linkin Park
    Bottom of the Bottle- Smile empty soul
    The war- Angels and airwaves
    Last train- Lostprophets
    Drop the world- Lil wayne
    The kill – 30 seconds to mars
    Goodbye – Wiz Khalifa
    Not Afraid- Eminem
    Can’t stop – Red hot Chili peppers
    The Thrill – Wiz Khalifa
    Last Resort – Papa Roach
    Renegade- Jay-z
    Hypnotize – system of the down
    Till I collapse- Eminem

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