Working out can be a chore for many people, but with the right music it can be an enjoyable and fast experience. There are millions of songs that would make an amazing workout playlist, but these have been chosen for their overall appeal. Everyone’s taste in music may be different, but you should be able to find one song you like. Below are 10 songs that you should have in your playlist. In no particular order of course!
10. Puff Daddy & Notorious B.I.G (feat Busta Rhymes) – Victory
“I perform like Mike anyone – Tyson, Jordan, Jackson”, a simple line that sums up Victory. A great start out song with its slow intro and powerful lyrics from Puff and B.I.G. Busta Rhymes’ part in the song is quite explicit, with its heavy use of Mafioso Rap(Crime Rap) style, which was popular during the time. You may or may not also recognize the music as Victory also sampled Bill Conti “Going the Distance” heavily.
9. Bill Conti – Gonna Fly Now
Yep! The theme from the movie Rocky, this song can’t help but make you feel like a champ. Released in 1977, Gonna Fly Now is as much a part of American culture as apple pie, even if you may not know the name, I bet once you hear it you will know the song. This song is widely played at sporting events in Philadelphia where Rocky made his famous run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Even with its 30 word lyrics is a must have for any playlist.
8. Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger
Release by the French duo in 2001, Harder Better Faster Stronger features a robotic vocal with driving bass and steady beat. The lyrics are quite limited like “Gonna Fly Now”, but an amazing song for running. This song is heavily sampled in Kanye’s song “stronger”, which provides a more lyrical and slower version.
7. Fort Minor – Remember the Name
Even if you never heard of this band, I am sure you heard this song, “This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill, fifteen percent concentrated power of will five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain And a hundred percent reason to remember the name”. This song is extensively used in stadiums across the United States, going as far as being the theme for the NBA Playoffs in 2006 and 2007. With its aggressive lyrics and fast tempo, one can easily see why it is popular among sports fans.
6. Eminem feat Nate Dogg- Till I collapse
Using the beats made famous by Queen- “We will Rock You”, this is an amazing song for any playlist with its strong lyrics. This is a favorite of many runners and weightlifters as it provides them with that extra motivation to just keep moving.
5. Dr. Horrible – Brand New Day
You may never hear of this song, but it’s from the popular Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog! What makes this a great for song for a workout playlist is simple – the lyrics. With a strong tempo, the song is about the point in your life when you realize what you want and it’s about to be a brand new day. The old you is gone and a new and better you is coming!
4. David Garrett – Asturias
David Garret rock symphony version of Asturias is an amazing and powerful song. If you like songs from the movie 300, then this one should be up your ally. With powerful and fast tempo violin, this song will get you pumping! If you like this song, you should check out Garret’s other works as they are just beautiful.
3. Wolfmother – Joker and the Thief
A classic of many playlists, the intro alone is enough to get you off your butt and start moving. It is widely used in movies such as Shoot ‘Em Up and video game Need for Speed: Carbon. It is also the song used to get the Oregon Ducks football team pumped up. Random Fact: The joker and thief are reference to “All Along the Watchtower.”
2. Queen – Another One Bites The Dust
A classic of Queen, with its “Good Times” inspired bass and aggressive lyrics. Queen has many songs worth mentioning for any workout playlist, this one was chosen because Stallone was unable to get permission to use this song for Rocky III, so he requested someone to write him a song…