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Good songs for a work out playlist?

Asked by JesusWasAJewbot (1510points) January 26th, 2010

Looking to get some good rock, motivational, pump YOU up songs for a playlist. Have a friend who wants me to start going to the gym and finally agreed to get off my lazy ass and go.

What alternative rock, hard rock, metal, hardcore, screamo songs do you have on your work out playlist?

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MrGV's avatar

Can’t be touched – Roy Jones Jr. (But this is rap though)

deni's avatar

i like listening to michael jackson. in particular “smooth criminal” and “bad”...for some reason when i’m listening to those 2 songs im all pumped up and ready to rumble. how about “we like to party” by the venga boys or whatever they’re called. SIR MIX A LOT?

aprilsimnel's avatar

Firestarter by The Prodigy. I think it’s ~141 beats per minute.

sweetteaindahouse's avatar

Wolfmother songs

nikipedia's avatar

My favorites right now…

Just Dance, Lady GaGa
Disturbia, Rihanna
Keep the Car Running, Arcade Fire
Neighborhood #3, Arcade Fire
Alive, Pearl Jam
Never Let You Go, Third Eye Blind

njnyjobs's avatar

Eye of the Tiger – Rocky theme
Coldplay: Viva la Vida.
Maroon 5: Harder to Breathe.

OneMoreMinute's avatar

Start Me Up by The Rolling Stones.

I had that song first on my list, in case I had short term memory loss and forgot what exercise was!

CMaz's avatar

Michael Jackson-Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’

JesusWasAJewbot's avatar

Noting all these songs down, my ass needs motivation!

Kiev749's avatar

even though i never really listened to rap before working out, my teammates got me listening to it. i tune out the words and run to the beat and since its normally fast paced, it helps me run faster, and harder than i did before.
We Made It, Busta Rhymes w/linkin park, Crazy-Gnarls Barkley, Superman-Goldfinger, Show me what you got-Jay Z, Stronger-Kanye West, Dangerous-Kardinal Offishall , Let it rock-Kevin Rudolf
Rock: Thunderstruck-AcDC, Two Become One-Atreyu, The Red-Chevelle, Learn to fly-Foo Fighters, Go With the Flow-Queens of the Stone Age, EARTHQUAKE-Family Force 5 that song makes me want to run through brick walls Fall into Sleep-Mudvayne, Ready to fall-Rise against, The state of Massachusetts-Dropkick Murphys

not even a quarter of my work out playlist.

CMaz's avatar

Any KnoxBox tune.

susanc's avatar

Pointer Sisters, “Jump”. Oldie.

PhillyCheese's avatar

Survivor – Eye of the Tiger

Any Motley Crue or Metallica song

Any electronica genre based song is good for cardio

MrItty's avatar

We Didn’t Start the Fire
You Give Love a Bad Name
Bang on the Drum All Day
We Will Rock You
Inside Out

deni's avatar


lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I like Howlin’Wolf or Stevie Ray Vaughn.

CMaz's avatar

@deni – You know that! :-)

deni's avatar

i mean duh

RedMosquitoMM's avatar

Elvis Costello – “Pump it Up”

RedMosquitoMM's avatar

Yeah Yeah Yeahs would work as well.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Bring The Noise – Public Enemy (the original! The one they did w/Anthrax is too slow.)

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nimarka1's avatar

muse – uprising
gossip – heavy cross
standing in the way of control

the ting tings – thats not my name
steel panther – death all but metal (this band is hilarious, the music is like from an 80’s band but the lyrics are hilarious…you will laugh your ass off at the gym!
the mikklers – Mr. brightside (original is great (but i love the jaques lu conts thin white duke mix)
passion pit – little secrets

angles and airwaves – the adventure
kane – rain down on me

janbb's avatar

Maniac from the movie Flashdance
Almost any of Bruce Springsteen’s early rock songs
I Will Survive Donna Summer
Fame Irene Cara

mass_pike4's avatar

I love Three Days Grace and Disturbed for pump up songs.

One song in particular though gets me so pumped up you really have to check it out:
“Beautiful Plan” So They Say
..the build up in the beginning is amazing. The first minute and a half or so is amazing. The rest of the song is so so once they start singing hah.
Let me know what you think

deni's avatar

fuck tha police

iLove's avatar

I work out frequently, so I make different playlists for different moods. i.e.,old school rock, 90s rock, etc.

It depends on what you like, but nothing gets my heart pumping like a little AC/DC, NIN, Soundgarden, Marilyn Manson, and the like.

then on the flip side, I am totally down with some of the new pop, like Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, etc. The beats are pretty quick, which keeps you moving.

Here is my “Getting Ripped” playlist:

Head Like a Hole – NIN
Back in Black – AC/DC
Rusty Cage – Soundgarden
Let it Rock – Kevin Rudolph
Pokerface – Lady GaGa
Closer – NIN
Lose Yourself – Eminem
Break Stuff – Limp Bizkit
Wanna Be Startin’ Something – MJ
Paralyzer – Finger Eleven
We Will Rock You – Queen
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
Beat It – Fall Out Boy
Get Your Gunn – Marilyn Manson


Any song by Filter or Rage Against the Machine

lonelydragon's avatar

Here are a few of my faves:

For the warm up and intense exercise periods…

Get Busy—Sean Paul
Crazy in Love—Beyonce

For cooling down…

Lovefool—The Cardigans
Baby Hold On—Eddie Money
Cruisin’—Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis

filmfann's avatar

talking heads Life During Wartime
The Clash rock the Casbah
Jim Carrol Band Lots of People Have Died

JesusWasAJewbot's avatar

I need some more fast stuff, fast rock.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Who Made Who by AC/DC and Breakin’ The Law by Judas Priest are both pretty fast ‘n’ rockin’. You can’t go wrong with the classics! ;D

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