Getting your butt to the gym is hard enough on it’s own, but keeping yourself motivated throughout an intense work out is a whole other story. How do you make the time pass by without realizing it and avoid feeling the pain until after the workout’s over? The key to this is to have the best workout playlist crafted and ready to go when you get to the gym. Here are the top ten workout songs for anyone looking for motivation to get them through a solid gym visit.
1. Metallica: Enter Sandman
Need help getting out of bed in the morning before your workouts? Look no further because this song is all you need to get up and going. Starting with a slower beat, Enter Sandman builds up quickly for a serious jam with drums, wailing guitars and a growl that will easily wake you up and get you pumped up for your work out.
2. Queen: Another One Bites The Dust
Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard this song at one point in your life. The quieter melody may not be what keeps you going, but the lyrics can speak to anyone. Imagine that moment when you don’t think you can go any further and you’re drenched in sweat and want to just collapse on the floor. This song can keep you motivated to continue on just for ten more minutes or one more set.
3. Cake: The Distance
Cake was the ultimate ’90s band, and for good reason. Their wild lyrics and reckless melodies are what brought their hit The Distance to this list. While the lyrics of this song actually refer to a lonely racecar driver, they relate to any runner who has powered through a marathon and how they feel at the midway point. It’s a great song to listen to when you’re by yourself and could use the additional motivation to get through the rest of your workout.
4. Black Sabbath: War Pigs
Who knew that heavy metal is one of the best genre’s of music you can listen to during an intense workout session. War Pigs by Black Sabbath is the perfect combination of heavy metal guitar riffs and a high pitched voice to keep you in the zone. Don’t waste this song on some simple cardio machines, save it for the intense workouts you do once or twice a week.
5. AC/DC: Thunderstruck
You beat your personal best and you deserve to celebrate. AC/DC’s Thunderstruck is full of energy and excitement, exactly the song you need to celebrate your victory to. Drop the weights and growl into the mirror or run your victory lap, you’ve achieved success and deserve a high five.
6. Bill Conti: Gonna Fly Now
You might not know this song by the title, but as soon as you hear it you can see Rocky playing in your head. This iconic song is known for triumph and motivation, and the more you listen to it the more you want to keep going.
7. Kanye West: Stronger
If Stronger isn’t already on your playlist, you’re seriously missing out. This song has enough synthesizers and crazy beats to get your heart pumping and your lips mouthing the words. Listen to this song when you’re almost at the end and just need that extra umph. Kanye will help to carry you through with this song.
8. Survivor: Eye of the Tiger
This song might also be from Rocky, but it was a pretty inspirational movie and had a killer soundtrack. Eye of the Tiger is for anyone who’s training for something and determined to succeed at whatever they do. Listen to this song at any point of your workout just to remind you of what you’re working towards.
9. AC/DC: Back in Black
This song is the cream of the crop when it comes to getting inspiration and adrenaline through music. Off of their best selling album of all time, this song was written as a tribute to the deceased lead singer, Bon Scott. It’s the perfect song to listen to when you’re warming up to mentally prepare you for what’s to come. You’ll feel like tackling your workout rather than allowing it to tackle you.
10. Christina Aguilera: Fighter
Christina Aguilera, the queen of pop – of course she will make this list of top 10 songs for your workout session. She provides motivation in this song through lyrics such as, “Cause it makes me that much stronger, makes me work a little bit harder, it makes me that much wiser, so thanks for making me a fighter“. Who wouldn’t be pumped up with words like that? Plus, it’s an edgy melody with a ton of attitude that will make you want to grit your teeth and simply power through your workout.
If you don’t have all of these songs on your workout playlist already, add them immediately. Not only will they change the way you feel about yourself and keep you going through a workout but these songs will help you stay motivated over time to achieve your goals. There’s nothing more rewarding than success, especially when it is in regards to your health.
Andrea Johnson is a music enthusiast and blogs about the newest and most popular songs released to the public. She finds her music by searching the internet in an effort to download free music from BearShare.