Nothing else will pump you better for an excellent workout session than a strong and energy-filled workout playlist. How can you exercise when you're feeling all mushy inside because John Legend's "All of Me" is playing in your ears?
Basically, a good workout song needs to have a catchy beat—something that will make you want to move your body all the time. Its energetic vibe should make you feel like you can lift a car over your head—or, at least, a five-pound dumbbell if you're not yet that strong. It should also make you feel excited to work out. Even if sweat is dripping all over your body, a good workout song will still make you feel stoked and inspired to exercise. You might be feeling tired running on the treadmill, but once your jam plays, you know you can run three minutes more.
Never underestimate the power of a great workout playlist. Here are 13 songs that deserve a spot in your music player.
13 "Broken Arrows" By Avicii
Ease yourself into the workout with Grammy-nominated Avicii's "Broken Arrows." It starts off a little slow but eventually explodes into a storm of warm synthesizers that will rev up your energy levels and metabolism.
Even if you're not a fan of techno, this song is perfect for a warm-up beat because it wakes up your sleeping muscles and prepares it for whatever type of workout you have in store for the day, whether it be an hour-long cardio session or a series of strength and resistance exercises.
If you loved Avicii's classic gym staple song "Wake Me Up," then you're also bound to love this one.
12 "Love Myself" By Hailee Steinfeld
Another great warm-up song to prepare your body for an intense workout, Hailee Steinfeld's "Love Myself" is just what you need to put everything into perspective.
Lyrics like, "I'm gonna put my body first/ And love me so hard 'til it hurts," can motivate you to give your best in your workout because after all, you're doing this for your own body. You're exercising because you love yourself, and you don't need anybody else to validate that. The addictive tribal beat is also enough to get your energy pumping, making it easier for you to transition to your main workout.
11 "We Found Love" By Rihanna Feat. Calvin Harris
Want a song that will perfectly complement your cardio routine? Try Rihanna's catchy tune, "We Found Love." In fact, you'll find many workouts on YouTube featuring this popular song because it seems like it's not just made for dancing in bars; it's also great for working out.
Just listening to the song will surely make your heart rate increase, making it a perfect accompaniment to your treadmill, bicycle, or dance workout session. The rising tune right after every chorus is also great for sudden bursts of intense workout, which will help burn your fats and build your muscles more quickly.
10 "Shut Up and Dance" By Walk the Moon
Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" is another song that will surely energize your cardio workout. The title itself would make you want to do nothing but dance your way to a sexy figure.
This euphoric summer tune is also bound to put a smile on your face, making you forget that you're actually pushing your body to work out and reducing the pain and fatigue that you're feeling while exercising. Its funky, rather old school beat is also great to dance and sing along with, whether you're doing a Zumba workout or just choreographing your own dance movements.
9 "Lose Control" By Missy Elliott Feat. Ciara And Fatman Scoop
Here's another tune that will supercharge your cardio workout and actually make you want to choreograph your own hip-hop dance routine. From the title itself, Missy Elliott's "Lose Control" makes you want to do just that—lose control and keep moving. You probably won't want to listen to this while you're on an exercise machine since the dope beat is meant to make you move freestyle.
If you're not really into dance choreography, then just watch this hit song's music video and copy Missy Elliott and Ciara's dance steps. It's been released years back, but it still makes for a truly sweat-filled workout.
8 "One Woman Army" By Ciara
Feeling a bit sluggish? Try doing some intense exercises to the beat of Ciara's "One Woman Army." Its military march hook that goes, "Left, left, left, right left," will make you run just a little bit faster, squat just a little bit deeper, and jump just a little bit higher if only to keep up with the quick rhythm. It's truly perfect for quick cardio bursts and high-intensity interval training or HIIT exercises.
And of course, its emboldening lyrics would make you feel like a woman on top, ready to conquer anything—including 50 push-ups, 50 crunches, and 50 jumping jacks.
7 "Break Free" By Ariana Grande Feat. Zedd
It's always fun listening to Ariana Grande's strong vocals, and "Break Free" is one of the songs that fully showcase that. But even if you can't sing as well as Ariana, this song still makes for a great workout companion because of its captivating rhythm that fuses pop beats with a bit of techno music, and empowering lyrics that almost every woman who's had enough of a bad relationship can relate to.
The empowering lyrics are especially encouraging when you're trying to do strength training. Nothing beats belting "I'm stronger than I've been before," as you lift slightly heavier weights—and succeed.
6 "Lose My Breath" By Destiny's Child
Already panting after doing burpees? Well, you can do more when you listen to Destiny's Child's "Lose My Breath," which makes panting feel as if it’s the sexiest thing in the world and you're not really tired at all.
The best way to work out using this song is to watch its music video and follow the dance steps of the famous trio. Bring on your full swagger and dance to this catchy pop tune that features how fierce Beyonce was even before she became Queen B. It'll make you feel fierce as well, motivating you to push harder in your workout.
"Can you keep up?" Hell, yes.
5 "WTF" By Missy Elliott Feat. Pharell
Here's another Missy Elliott track, but this one's more recent. Missy's back, and that means she's also bound to come back to your workout playlist. It doesn't matter if a collaboration between Missy Elliott and Pharrell makes you feel old school since their Virginia Beach hip-hop connection is still funky enough for your step class.
"WTF (Where They From)" boasts of an upbeat hip-hop tune that makes you want to constantly move, whether you're in a dance class or you're just lifting weights. Watching its music video might also inspire you to keep moving because of its sick dance moves.
4 "All for You" By Janet Jackson
This one's an oldie but still a goodie. Sometimes, all you want is to make your workout less stressful and more fun, and Janet Jackson's hit single "All for You" is here to do exactly that kind of thing. The song's pop vibe is catchy enough to make you bob your head up and down and move your shoulders to the beat. The music video is also a great accompaniment since Janet Jackson's dance moves are easy enough to mimic. You can even lip sync to the song with ease. It's so fun it's bound to make you forget that you're working out at all.
3 "Confident" By Demi Lovato
If this self-empowerment anthem doesn't pump you up for your daily workout, then I don't know what will.
Demi Lovato's "Confident" gives you all the motivation you need to race across the finish line. Just listening to lines like, "So you say I'm complicated/ That I must be outta my mind/ But you had me underrated," will make you feel as if you can push on for another five minutes, add a couple of pounds to your weights, or complete one more set. The catchy tune will surely make you feel a million times more confident with what your body can do.
2 "Love Yourself" By Justin Bieber
Cool down exercises are often neglected, but they are absolutely essential parts of every workout routine. For these exercises, you need something mellow to help you stretch, and one of the best singles to help you do just that is Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself."
Though it's a cheeky song dedicated to an annoying ex, its soulful vibe can also help you gather your thoughts as you stretch your weary muscles. Bonus points if you can actually relate to the song's lyrics, but the only thing that you really need to take away from that song is how "you should go and love yourself," enough to give your tired body a much-needed rest.
1 "Love Me Like You Do" By Ellie Goulding
Another song that's great for cooling down and wrapping up your workout session is Ellie Goulding's hit song "Love Me Like You Do." The pace and tempo are just perfect for those flexibility and deep breathing exercises that you do after a strenuous cardio and strength training session.
Since it's also part of the soundtrack of "Fifty Shades of Grey," you can be sure that this song is all parts sensual, with lyrics like, "I'll let you set the space/ 'Cause I'm not thinking straight/ My head spinning around I can't see clear no more." No other song can make you feel this sexy after a workout.