We all know good music is crucial during a good workout, but what about just before, when you’re trying to muster up the motivation to get yourself to the gym or crush some intense circuits of HIIT? A good workout playlist that gets you hyped and energized is key to a successful overall fitness experience. The best workout songs are upbeat songs that get your blood flowing, feet tapping and keep the momentum going from start to finish.
There are plenty of pre-made playlists out there but you won’t find a list quite like this anywhere else. We know that not everyone gets amped to the same musical stylings so we have put together a list of over 30 top pump up songs that spans decades and genres – from the best hip hop workout songs to the best best pop songs to the hottest EDM hits. Whether it’s Missy Elliot or Motley Crüe that gets you psyched, these songs will be sure to motivate with both tempo and lyrics and get you amped and ready for the best workout you’ve ever had!
There are so many great pump up hip-hop and rap songs, it’s almost too hard to choose just a few. After much inner struggle and conflict we picked the following tracks – both classic and new – that will have you feeling like a total boss and ready to crush any obstacle in your path.
Mama Said Knock You Out – LL Cool J
B.O.B. – Outkast
Wild for the Night – A$AP Rocky and Skrillex
X Gon’ Give it to Ya – DMX
Bring Em Out – T.I.
WTF – Missy Elliot
All I Do is Win– DJ Khaled
These feel-good pop tunes from pop royalty (think Britney Spears and Beyonce) are brimming with energy, lyrically empowering, and are just plain fun. You’ll be dancing your way to the gym after pre-gaming with these pop hits.
Work B*tch – Britney Spears
Feeling Myself – Nicki Minaj & Beyonce
Dancing on My Own – Robyn
Pump It – Black Eye Peas
Here’s the Thing – Girl Talk
We Found Love – Rihanna & Calvin Harris
Run the World – Beyonce
If hip-hop and pop aren’t your cup of tea, have no fear, we’ve got you covered. Complete with guitar riffs that will melt your face and lyrics that will no doubt upset your mother, these rock n’ roll jams make great workout songs and will surely light your fire.
Kickstart My Heart -Motley Crüe
Woman – Wolfmother
Sabotage – Beastie Boys
T.N.T – AC/DC
Icky Thump – The White Stripes
Ace of Spades – Motorhead
Electronic dance music has all the makings for great pump up music. The steady upbeat melodic flow and of course the bass make the perfect high-energy combo. We’ve included some top EDM songs as well as a couple you may not have heard of. Just try to remember you’re on the way to the gym, not a rave.
Cinema – Benny Benassi
I Think I Like It – Fake Blood
DVNO – Justice
Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites – Skrillex
Metropolis – David Guetta & Nicky Romero
Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia
Contrary to popular belief, indie music isn’t all banjos and acoustic guitars or mushy indie love songs. Give the Top 40 tunes a rest and let these alternative bands get you pumped and cardio ready with epic melodies and beats you just can’t resist.
Wolf Like Me – TV On The Radio
Y.A.L.A. – M.I.A.
Midnight City – M83
Deceptacon – Le Tigre
Banquet – Bloc Party
Daft Punk is Playing at My House – LCD Soundsystem
Oblivion – Grimes