The 21 Best Workout Songs to Get You Pumped

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Getting off the couch and heading to the gym is a challenge, especially when Netflix just added that series you love to binge. But with a playlist of the best workout songs on hand, you’ll find yourself itching to get to the gym and get pumping!

We’ve concocted the perfect playlist to get you hyped to move your body, no matter what genre of music you listen to. Read on to discover the best workout songs, hands down!

1. “Do It To It” by ACRAZE and Cherish

There is just something about EDM that gets your blood pumping, whether it’s the upbeat rhythm, or the positive lyrics, of course, we would start this list with “Do It To It” by ACRAZE. Even if you don’t recognize the name of this song, you’ve probably heard it, and its rhythm makes it perfect for cycling or lifting. So put it on and get to it!

2. “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa’s songs are some of the best workout songs there are. While you can probably work out with her albums alone, “Don’t Start Now” is definitely our fave and should be on any workout playlist.

3. “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

No playlist of the best workout songs would be complete without “Eye of the Tiger.” This classic was far ahead of its time, and perfect for when you are headed out on a jog and need to get over that mid-run slump.

4. “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns and Roses

There aren’t too many classics on our list of best workout songs, but we had to include “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns and Roses because the gym does often feel like the jungle. Ideal for a run, or some tough weightlifting, blast this tune in your headphones for that extra energy boost.

5. “Your Body” by Valentino Khan and NITTI

We first heard this song in a weightlifting class, and it was an instant hit. The rhythm is perfect for repetitions, or routines, and it’s also got a nice drop to get you hyped for the next part of your workout.

6. “Move Your Body” by SIA (Alan Walker Remix)

SIA is actually a great artist for the gym, even though her songs are normally ballads. Just grab one of her remixes, like this one which is meant to get your blood pumping for some working out!

7. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift does it all. From songs about heartbreak to those songs that get you pumped! For your gym list, we recommend just adding “Shake it Off” but we supposed you could add “Look What You Made Me Do” as well.

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8. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor

This song is a necessity on any workout playlist. Tuck it somewhere in the middle for when you feel your energy starting to flag. You will survive, you got this!

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9. “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd

With a nice upbeat rhythm and fun melody by The Weeknd, this song was probably meant for the club, but we like its vibe in the gym too!

10. “Work B*tch” by Britney Spears

Need some motivation to work out? “Work B*tch” by Britney Spears should be the first song on your workout mix. It’s sure to remind you that if you want a hot body, you gotta work for it.

11. “HandClap” by Fitz and the Tantrums

Another song that made our list is a bit of a throwback. While this song is normally more for parties, we find it really gets you going when you just need to get pumped up for that 5 am workout.

12. “Maximize” by Amaranthe

As promised, our workout songs span all genres. This song is technically metal…but it’s a special sub-genre called dance metal. Give it a listen and you’ll see why we recommended it for a workout playlist.

13. “No Pain, No Gain” by Bodywork and MOTI

You know the age-old saying “no pain no gain” and wisely it’s been put into a song. Put this song toward the end of your playlist when you are starting to feel a little pain and need motivation to continue.

14. “Feel The Burn” by DJ Dru

After you are done reminding yourself there’s no gain without pain, it’s time to feel the burn. DJ Dru has you for this one, and while the song does have a bit of an 80s vibe, it’s perfect for your workout session.

15. “Antidote” by Swedish House Mafia

Swedish House Mafia is big in the EDM scene, and while they are typically known for slower electric ballads, this edit gives us a huge workout vibe. Toss it on a running or warm-up playlist and you’ll see why.

16. “Wake Me Up” by Avicii

It’s probably toward the end of your workout by now, and it’s time for “Wake Me Up” by Avicii because you’ll be begging someone to wake you up when this workout is over.

17. “Power” by Kanye West

We aren’t the biggest fans of Kanye West, but something about this tune just gets our blood going. Probably has something to do with the lyric (and title) power. This song is a rap song with an excellent rhythm for working out.

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18. “Believer” by Image Dragons

This song starts a little bit slow, but once the rhythm kicks in, it’s ideal for a workout. While this song is a little slower than the others on our list, the lyrics are powerful, for that moment when you need to slow down a little and mouth some lyrics to get your energy back up.

19. “Star Walkin” by Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X songs are some of the best workout songs, and like Dua Lipa, you could have a playlist of them alone. While we recommend “Star Walkin” you can also add “That’s What I Want” and “Old Town Road.”

20. “The Business” by Tiesto

Tiesto has some amazing songs which lend themselves naturally to workout mixes. “The Business” is our top pick from him, but really you can’t go wrong with any of his songs on your playlist.

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21. “Dangerous” By David Guetta feat. Sam Martin

Last, but certainly not least, we’ve got “Dangerous” by David Guetta, which is exactly how you should be feeling as you finish up your workout. You’ve got this, and soon you’ll be dangerously fit, especially if you keep working out to this 1-hour and 15-minute playlist!

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Written by Hope Davis

Long-time music lover Hope became a full-time writer in 2020 after being laid off from her regular job due to COVID-19. She now spends her time traveling the world to see her favorite bands while writing about them!


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