Music has become an integral part of modern culture, entrained through the veins of society, a voice for the opinionated, a rite of passage for our youth, and simply pure entertainment.

Of course, for fitness professionals, exercise gurus, weekend warriors, and the countless people striving to get fit and healthy – music is similar to a legal drug that keeps us motivated to get out there, give our mood a major lift, and help us feel great for one more mile or one more rep. In fact, it is almost inconceivable to consider working out without music.

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In 2013, in the Let’s Get Physical: The Psychology of Effective Workout Music, Ferris Jabr wrote:

For some athletes and for many people who run, jog, cycle, lift weights, and otherwise exercise, music is not superfluous—it is essential to peak performance and a satisfying workout.

From the classics, the modern, and maybe the extreme, here are 10 of the top workout songs to help elevate your mood and keep you motivated through your toughest workouts or your toughest days.

1. Let’s Get It Started – The Black Eyed Peas

2. Firework – Katy Perry

3. Wake Me Up – Avicii

4. Another One Bites the Dust – Queen

5. Bill Conti – Gonna Fly Now (Theme From “Rocky”)

 6. Pump It Up – Elvis Costello

 7. How Far We’ve Come – Matchbox Twenty

 8. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

 9. Girl on Fire – Alicia Keys

 10. Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO, ft. Lauren Bennett, GoonRock

 4 Bonus Tracks

The Adventure – Angels & Airwaves

Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi

 Classical – Classical music for sports (Music for running and training)

 Intergalactic – Beastie Boys

Also check out this Upbeat workout song list


Jabr, F. (2013). Let’s Get Physical: The Psychology of Effective Workout Music. New research clarifies why music and exercise make such a good team, and how to create an optimal workout playlist. Retrieved from:

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