10 Songs That MUST Be On Your Workout Playlist!


If I leave my headphones at home, then there simply is no workout happening that day until I drive back home to grab them.  Music is essential to me not only having a good workout, but also for me to even think about participating in any kind of physical activity at all.


My workout playlist is something that I take very seriously.  Nothing makes me madder than some song coming on that doesn’t motivate me or that I’ve heard so many times I can’t stand the sound of it.  I’m constantly adding new songs that are going to make me want to leave the comfort of my couch, and taking out the ones that make me want to stay in bed all day.


Since I’m clearly an expert on music that will get you on your feet to conquer the world, I figured I’d give you some of the top songs I listen to when working my booty off in the gym.  So, without further ado, here are “10 Songs That MUST Be On Your Workout Playlist”.


  1. Threads-Ricky Mears

I first heard this song on a compilation video by People Are Awesome on Youtube that I was featured in.  Whenever I listen to it, I envision myself accomplishing all of these hard-athletic goals of mine.  It just has that very inspiring sound to it that I can’t quite explain.  One day, I want to make my own compilation video of me accomplishing my athletic goals using this song.

  1. Swalla-Jason Derulo Feat. Nicki Minaj

There’s something about this song that just makes you want to move.  Between its beat that would make the Greek Gods themselves want to dance, the simple lyrics that are easy to sing along to, and Nicki coming in and ripping off her verse, you won’t be able to sit still during this song.  I’ve found that when I’m doing cardio, this song can make me forget about the pain I’m in and lose myself in the music.

  1. Shining- DJ Khaled Feat. Beyoncé & Jay Z

By far one of my favorites on the list.  Beyoncé never fails to make people feel empowered.  DJ Khaled does a great job on the music, and Queen B talking about her success saying lines like “All of this winning” makes you want to work really hard so you can have that same mindset.  After all, don’t we all want to keep winning?

  1. Party Monster- The Weeknd

To put it in simple terms, this song is upbeat and makes you want to destroy whatever exercise you’re doing.  It’s not so much the lyrics in this song as much as it is the rhythm of the track, which is nice because it’s almost mindlessly motivating when it comes on.  You don’t have to process the lyrics to be consumed by the song.  The music just does all of the work for you.

  1. Light My Body Up- David Guetta Feat. Nicki Minaj

My personal favorite at the moment.  It’s amazing from beginning to end.  Nicki starts the song off with a super strong verse referencing her beef with Remy Ma.  She spits lines like “Know she’ll never be queen so now she got a vendetta, I ain’t talkin’ bout David when I say I’m a Guetta (get her).”  After the verse, the song becomes a very pop type of record.  Nicki sings the rest of the time and David Guetta created an amazing track that makes me want to step on stage and perform in front of millions.

  1. A Tribe Called Red- Angel Haze

If you don’t listen to Angel Haze, they are one of the most underrated rappers of all time! This song has been on my workout playlist for a HOT MINUTE.  I still just don’t get tired of it.  This one is inspiring from the lyrics all the way to the music.  “You’ve gotta make a decision and be the one difference in your life and turn it around” is spoken repetitively throughout the song.  It’s hard to make excuses for yourself after hearing it, so all you can do is take responsibility for your goals and go after them.

  1. Lights (Bassnectar Remix)- Ellie Goulding

This is another song that’s been on my workout playlist for a LONG time.  Most of you have probably heard the song “Lights” by Ellie Goulding.  While it’s not my favorite song by her, this remix is one of the greatest things ever.  I just imagine myself in a Nike commercial when I listen to it. (If you aren’t able to tell, I create scenes in my head as I listen to music).  I can honestly say I’ve never listened to the original version of this song since hearing this remix.

  1. Step-f(x)

Ok, so I’m sure not a lot of you are fans of K Pop.  Maybe you are, and I’m just making dumb assumptions.  I personally don’t listen to a ton of it, but f(x) is definitely my favorite K Pop group.  This song has a GREAT beat for working out.  It’s not that it’s very fast or mindlessly upbeat.  It just kind of works for some reason, and I don’t complain!  If you’ve never listened to K Pop before, this is a great place to start.

  1. Where Are U Now-Justin Bieber, Skrillex, & Diplo

I liked this song for a while before knowing it was Justin Bieber singing.  It was such so mature sound in comparison to the music he had done in the past.  I’m sure this song is intended to be about a lover that turned their back on Justin, but that’s not how I interpret it.  When I hear this song, I think of everyone that left me hanging in my time of need after I’ve helped them through some of the worst struggles of their lives.  When I hear Justin repeatedly saying “Where are you now that I need you” repetitively right before the music drops, it sparks a strong emotion inside.   It makes me want to show all of those that abandoned me that they made the biggest mistake of their lives.  I’m already in a much better position than most people my age.  I get to teach martial arts and put out awesome online content to people for a living, and I’m just getting started.  This song has been a key part of my motivation for a while.  Whether you’re a Bieber fan or not (I refuse to say Belieber because that is the worst fan name of all time), I’d recommend giving this song a chance.

  1. Stronger- Kanye West

Kanye is well known for creating inspiring workout tracks. There’s even a Spotify playlist full of workout songs just by Kanye.  This is my personal favorite from him! The Daft Punk sample is so perfectly used in this song as Kanye rips off a verse that should motivate ANYONE.  Kanye always likes to use human voice samples in his tracks.  It’s part of what gives him his signature sound. Only he would think to use samples the way that he does.  This song is a staple on my workout playlist.  It will most likely never be removed because it’s simply iconic.


These songs bring me so much inspiration and excitement when they ring through my ear buds that I just HAD to share them with you.  I hope these songs will have the effect on you that they had on me.  Music can really make a difference in your workout, and it’s important to find songs that work for you.


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