Even though scientists are just now figuring out exactly how music impacts the body during exercise, there’s no doubt about the power of music to boost your workout when you’re going hard and heavy. If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve compiled a few tracks that will help you take your workouts up a notch or two.
10 SONGS FROM THE 1980S TO TRAIN TO
Check out these classics from the golden era of the pumped-up action hero.
- Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N’ Roses
Perfect for getting any workout started right!
- Straight Outta Compton – NWA
NWA changed the game in 1988. Play it loud.
- Shoot to Thrill – AC/DC
Nearly any AC/DC track will do. This band was made for lifters.
- Kickstart My Heart – Motley Crue
More like “Kickstart My Workout!”
- Rock You Like a Hurricane – Scorpions
Not in the mood to train? Crank this up and rock your workout.
- Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
No 80s workout playlist would be complete without this classic track from Rocky III.
- Master of Puppets – Metallica
Another band whose music seems to be made for lifting.
- Bring the Noise – Public Enemy & Anthrax
Years before Nu-Metal there was PE and Anthrax. Just enjoy it.
- Blue Monday – New Order
The 80s’ greatest dance track. And it’s pretty good to lift to as well.
- Follow the Leader – Eric B & Rakim
Hard-hitting track from the Golden Age of Hip Hop.
SONGS FROM THE 1990S TO TRAIN TO
Give your workout a nostalgic kick in the butt with these great songs from the 90s.
- More Human than Human – White Zombie
What every lifter aspires to be.
- Holler if Ya Hear Me – 2Pac
Bring the fury at the gym with this classic from 1993.
- Sabotage – Beastie Boys
One of the best bursts of energy to open a song, or your workout for that matter.
- Walk – Pantera
Crank this up on a day you’re going heavy.
- Keep Hope Alive – Crystal Method
Take your HIIT up a notch with Crystal Method’s classic debut single.
- Firestarter – Prodigy
Classic drum ‘n’ bass track will start your fire to make gains.
- Mama Said Knock You Out – LL Cool J
LL Cool J’s 1990 anthem fueled many workouts throughout the decade. Don’t call it a comeback.
- Killing In The Name – Rage Against the Machine
You all know the lyrics to this one.
- Du Hast – Rammstein
You know what’s great for your workout? German. Lots of German.
- Victory – Puff Daddy ft. Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes
Biggie combined with a sample from Bill Conti’s “Going the Distance” (from the Rocky soundtrack)? Get on my workout playlist already.
10 SONGS FROM THE 2000S TO TRAIN TO
If your workouts are lagging, add these hard-hitting anthems of the new millennium to your playlist!
- Give it All – Rise Against
The title says everything.
- Down With the Sickness – Disturbed
Give your workout a kick in the ass with this song.
- Renegades of Funk – Rage Against the Machine
“No matter hard you try you can’t stop us now!” Enough said.
- B.O.B. – Outkast
Bangin’ single off of the classic “Stankonia” album.
- Lose Yourself – Eminem
You’re unlikely to see a “best of” workout playlist without this track.
- Here to Stay – Korn
You don’t need to justify your secret love of nu-metal. Just put it on and lift heavy!
- Get Ur Freak On – Missy Elliott
It’s time for the queen of hip hop to kick your workout up a notch.
- Bodies – Drowning Pool
Training to this song will definitely get you kicked out of Planet Fitness.
- Won’t Back Down – Fuel
“Daredevil” may have tanked as a movie, but it gave us this great workout track from Fuel.
- Stronger – Kanye West
“Work it, make it, do it, makes us / Harder, better, faster, stronger” This excellent collaboration between Kanye and Daft Punk is perfect for the gym.