When looking around your local gym, you may find that most of the patrons are wearing headphones. Music is a big part of motivating people to work out, as well as making the tough moments seem easier. A 2014 study found that stationary bike riders who listened to music had a higher power output than those who did not. Another study published in 2013 found that listening to music made people feel like their workouts were easier.
Our list of 7 great workout songs will help you stay pumped up and make the repetitions go by more quickly. You may even get more results from your workout with your favorite tunes playing in the background.
I Love It (feat. Charli XCX) – Icona Pop
The strong beat and funny, empowering lyrics give this song a boost into the stratosphere. The breakup theme is relatable, and laughing in the middle of your workout makes it feel easier.
Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
This song might be cheesy, but everyone can sing along. From the 1982 movie Rocky III, the song combines inspiring lyrics with a memorable guitar hook. It’s great for weightlifting and finishing a long, hard workout.
Seven Nation Army – White Stripes
The incredibly catchy, repeating bass line makes this song a favorite. It’s played at stadiums around the world where it helps to pump up the crowd.
Believer – Imagine Dragons
Ubiquitous on the radio and in TV commercials, the song combines a catchy chorus with a powerful beat. The lyrics are motivational also.
One More Time – Daft Punk
This electronic track combines a strong dance beat with auto-tuned lyrics. The party vibe can take people’s minds off the grind of a long workout.
Little Lion Man – Mumford and Sons
Mumford and Sons may not be the first band you think of when you are making a workout playlist, but Little Lion Man combines a catchy tune with singable lyrics. (Just don’t sing the album version aloud at the gym.) The banjo accompaniment keeps things moving.
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
This song is already a workout classic. It combines entertaining lyrics with a strong bass beat and catchy horn riffs.
Make a playlist for your next workout and experience the benefits for yourself. You’ll be able to sweat harder while having more fun. Mix in your own favorites with our list and make your playlist unique.