Which 5 Workout Songs Get You “Pumped Up”?

September 11, 2007

Hey…I want to know your top 5 workout songs that you are listening to today! Yep…I would love for you guys to put your list down in the “comment” section. I’m just curious to see what everybody is listening to that gets them ready to hit the gym and workout hard.

workout music

For the record, I’m open to anything with a beat when I workout. I’m a Seattle guy and in this city alternative rock or techno is really big. There are certainly other types of clubs mixed in, but the “hip” crowd here mainly listens to techno or house music.

The nice thing about techno is that it has a fast pace to it, so it is great music to listen to when you are doing cardio. I like R&B also, but it normally has to be some sort of remix for me to be able to workout to it. I can’t really get into hardcore “hip hop”, although I know it gets a lot of guys and girls pumped up for working out…and that is all that really matters.

The one type of music that I think would be extremely tough to workout to would be country. I think it would slow me down (and annoy me). If you do like country, that is cool…make sure you list which songs get you pumped up. I live downtown, so I never ever hear country…maybe it’s good stuff?

Here is My “Top 5” List…With Videos

1) Daft Punk “One More Time” A classic dance/techno song that crossed over into the main stream. I fell in love with this song again, once I saw a video of their most recent tour. This tour has been called one of the best live shows of the decade. Watch this whole video to see the ridiculous energy of the crowd (about 2 1/2 minutes into this they switch things up and the crowd goes nuts)!

2) Dj Tiesto ft. Kane “Rain on Me” This song has incredible vocals and a great beat. DJ Tiesto is widely known as the top DJ in the world. He isn’t quite as well known in the U.S. as he is in other countries. In places like Europe and South America, he can easily pack in 30,000+ to one of his shows. He is the “Rock Star” of DJ’s for sure!

3) Ferry Corsten “Fire” Love this song! Can’t get enough of it. It’s been out for a while, but I like it better every time I listen to it. It has a nice “clean” and smooth sound for a techno song. If the vocals sound familiar it’s because it is Simon LeBon from Duran Duran.

4) Fedde Le Grande “Put Your Hands Up For Detroit”…Note…if you are offended by women in skimpy clothes, please don’t watch this video (the funny thing is now everyone will watch this…LOL!)

5) Justin Timberlake “My Love…Paul Oakenfold Remix” I’m not a huge Justin Timberlake fan, but I do think he is extremely talented. Paul Oakenfold is awesome at adding beats to improve a song. I really love this version and I have a hard time listening to this without bobbing my head. Great stuff!

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FitClubScott September 11, 2007 at 9:58 am

I’ve got a favorite. I don’t like Eminem, or rap for that matter, but I can’t get enough of the song, “Lose Yourself”, while running or working out.

I can’t explain it but I’ve listened to that song thousands of times and it just doesn’t get old!

Jennifer September 11, 2007 at 10:24 am

I notice one of your listed songs is a Justin Timberlake (I’m not a huge fan overall either). I actually bumped into Justin Timberlake in a spa in Toronto a couple of weeks ago. I think he was in Canada for a concert. I was walking around a corner from the washrooms and he was walking down a hallway from the gym. I was wearing a white bath robe, and stepped on his toe!

I have an iPod nano jam-packed with different types of music, from rap to rock and everything in between. When I really want to get pumped to run hard I usually listen to the following:

Buttons – The Pussy Cat Dolls
Choke Me Spank Me (pull my hair) – Xzibit
Crazy B**** – Buckcherry
Lit up – Buckcherry (for some reason music with references to cocaine really make me run like the wind!…don’t know why)
No Hay Igual (club mix) – Nelly Furtado

That’s my list of five…strange mix perhaps, but it gets me going!

Tyler Durden September 11, 2007 at 10:28 am

Since don’t bring an i-pod to the gym i can’t listen to the music i want. But i would have some idea hat to listen to:
Madonna- Hung up, Jump
DMX- Party up (i know it’s hip-hop but a energetic one), X gonna give it to ya
Filo& Perry feat Fisher- Closer now (trance)
Kyau&Albert- Falling Anywhere(Rework) (trance)
Marc Van Linden- Forbidden love (trance)
Whiteroom feat Amy Cooper- someday (trance)
Camille Jones- the Creeps – i think it’s a great one
Timbaland -The way i are

Rusty September 11, 2007 at 12:45 pm

Very good lists so far!

Scott: Yeah…sometimes certain songs just click

Jennifer: That is crazy you ran into Justin Timberlake! As far as celebrities go, he is about as big as you get right now. Very cool. You gotta a little bit of Rock in there mixed with some hip-hop R&B dance stuff…that is a great variety.

Tyler: I don’t always bring an I-pod to the gym sometimes I just listen to good music before I workout. I like the ability to talk to people when I workout, so I can tell them when they are acting like tards…LOL! I like “The Creeps” as well…got some funky old-school techno sounds going on.

Jackson September 11, 2007 at 2:54 pm

Primus -(multiple songs)
2Pac – (multiple songs)
Hank III – (multiple songs)
Sex Pistols – (multiple songs)
Tom Waits – Goin’ Out West

Its difficult to narrow it down to only 5 songs, but this represents a lot of my workout music…It varies of course.

mido September 12, 2007 at 8:39 am

1) Bossy Sins Make Tragedies – Kelis vs Panic At The Disco (mashup)
2) Action Radar – Prodigy
3) Incredible – General Levy
4) Gendefekt (radio mix) – Green Velvet
5) Freestyler – Bomfunk MCs

Excellent site, btw πŸ™‚

Angie September 13, 2007 at 11:55 am

Ok..don’t laugh, but I listen to a little bit of everything.

Ones that really get me pumped are:
Limp Bizkit- Nookie
Limp Bizkit- Break Stuff
KT Tunstall – Suddenly I See
Fergie – London Bridges
Pat Benatar- I Need A Hero
Gwen Stefani – Wind it Up
Joan Jett – Bad Reputation

…like I said..don’t laugh..but I LOVE UM!

admin September 13, 2007 at 12:30 pm


I’m not laughing, but you gotta admit the Pat Benatar choice is funny! Just don’t do your makeup like Pat and everything will be okay.

Good stuff if it gets you ready to wokout hard!


john September 14, 2007 at 3:02 pm

i have a preference for any kind of violent rap music.

Especially songs containing gunshots and the repetitive inclusion of words such as bitch, ho, and muh-fucka. I like to feel gangsta when im lifting wieghts and jumping rope like a showoff near the dumbells.

Outside of the gym I don’t even like rap. lol

admin September 15, 2007 at 1:47 am


Well…different strokes for different folks. As long as you don’t sing along with these explicit lyrics in the gym then that is cool.


john September 16, 2007 at 11:59 pm

no, never sing them, just keep it to myself, lol

Savio September 21, 2007 at 6:05 am

Interesting selections by all. I prefer hardcore music, which is a fusion of punk rock and metal. I can’t stand heavy metal, because it’s all mostly negative, and always the same artists. Hardcore has new fresh faces not looking for all the stardom, just mostly out to spread a positive message. There’s subgenres within hardcore, and I stick mostly to Screamo, Jesuscore, and some Straight Edge/XXX (stands for: no drugs, no alcohol, and strict practice of monogamy). There’s a whole wikipedia article on this so enough explanation.
Here’s my 5 of many favorite bands at the gym:

1 Underoath
2 War of Ages
3 Fight the Battle
4 It Dies Today
5 Inhale Exhale

Once in a while Smooth Jazz music will get mixed up in the shuffle, which ironically gives me an extra shot of energy simply because of the change-up.

Magnate September 25, 2007 at 8:07 pm

High intensity work:

Silverchair – Isreal’s Son
Drowning Pool – Bodies
Lamb of God – Ashes of the wake
Skrape – Isolated
Dragonforce – Body breakdown

It’s all very angry, loud and fast.

For more tempo based lower intensity things (high rep or cardio), I’ll take anything with a beat really

Alchemist ft. Prodigy, Illa Gee & Nina Sky – Hold You Down
Alkaline Trio – Burn
Da Rude – Sandstorm
Daft Punk – One More Time
DJ Tiesto vs Kane – Rain down on me [radio edit]

ilyse December 5, 2007 at 10:43 am

Hiya! im a 23 yr. old female marine;I run everyday alternating between “sprintervals” (around 4.5 miles) and slower hill climbs (6.5 miles) these songs STILL motivate the hell outta me every time right till the end
I am a bit ecclectic when it comes to music so here is a little something for everyone:

1. Cascada-everytime we touch
2. The cult-fire woman
3. Finger eleven-paralyzer
4. Sepultura-refuse resist
5. Jay -z- dirt off ya shoulders

…see ecclectic indeed…enjoy πŸ˜€

admin December 5, 2007 at 11:13 am


I have a ton of respect for the Marines. You guys and girls are completely bad-ass. Anyway great songs…especially the Cult. Good stuff!


Matt March 6, 2008 at 5:00 pm

the cheesier the better for me;

1.Bon Jovi-livin on a prayer
2.Journey-any song
3.Def Leopard-any
4.Van Halen-hot for teacher
5.White Snake-in the still of the night/here i go again

admin March 6, 2008 at 11:36 pm


I’m a fellow 80’s kid as well. That stuff reminds me of early MTV. I remember talking about MTV the week it launched. It was so much better back then!

My favorite 80’s stuff…I was more a “new wave” guy.

INXS- Never Tear Us Apart (my all time favorite slow song)

Clash (technically late 70’s)

New Order – Bizzare Love Triangle

Modern English – Melt With You

I miss the 80’s! They actually sang song with melodies. A lot of the stuff now sometimes feels like a bit of a “cop out”…quite a bit of sampling of the 70’s and 80’s without too much original stuff.



Adam March 11, 2008 at 9:08 pm

some country-
toby kieth: courtesy of the red, white, and blue & how do you like me now?!
the charlie daniels band- devil went down to georgia
rodney atkins- if you’re going through hell

Lindsay March 15, 2008 at 10:20 am

to add to that list of country —
trace adkins: honkytonk badonkadonk
emerson drive: fishin’ in the dark
shania twain: any man of mine
craig morgan: international harvester

my personal pregame/pregym favorites are
daft punk: harder better faster stronger
goldfinger: 99 red balloons
missy elliott: we run this
buckcherry: everything
bodyrockers: i like the way
rihanna: please dont stop the music

admin March 15, 2008 at 1:58 pm


I used to dislike rihanna, since she carved apart “Tainted Love”, but now she’s growing on me. Good song picks.


Jordan March 22, 2008 at 1:21 am

If you like Daft Punk/Electro you might try some of these they always get me going!

The Prodigy-Breathe
Dirty Funker-Sandman
Paul Oakenfold-Ready Steady Go
Daft Punk-Da Funk

admin March 22, 2008 at 3:58 am


I love “Breathe”…I like how it starts out the best…that riff in the beginning is cool as hell.


Curt April 24, 2008 at 5:13 am

Voodoo People by Prodigy is awesome! Also try multiple songs from GiGi D’Agostino, songs such as “I’ll Fly With You”, “Bla Bla Bla”, and “The Riddle”.

franky gonzales May 19, 2008 at 11:55 pm

I like to listen to
Saul williams – list of demands
lenny kravitz – are you gonna go my way

Darrin June 2, 2008 at 2:00 pm

I dont even like rap that much but for working out with high intensity these songs are a big help

Drunk ryders- fuck the otha side
Ludacris-act a fool
3 6 mafia-tear da club up
anything from tool pumps me up also.

alex June 9, 2008 at 5:46 am

Eric Prydz- Call on me
Danzel – Pump it up
Fort Minor – Remember the name
Queen – I want to break free
Tatu – All about us

πŸ™‚ this are the songs that keep me moving πŸ™‚

admin June 10, 2008 at 11:26 pm


Great list. I forgot about TATU…I like the long remix of “All the Things She Said”.

Good Stuff!


Luke July 3, 2008 at 6:39 pm

Well rap is my favourite and i have a list of my 45 favourite songs that pump me up on my phone(dnt use the mp3 since i got this phone) well five of the songs are
2.The Game-Higher
3.Lose yourself and Till i collapse(lots of eminem have all the albums)
4.50 Cent-Hustlers ambition
5.Jay Z-Moment of Clarity and a new one on my list is Busta Rhymes-We made it and Jay Z-Hello Brooklyn
thats some of my songs i listen to when jogging if you wanna know more let me know

Kash July 21, 2008 at 7:23 am

I’m a 15 year old from canada, and i acually have a differnt Gym-taste in music then most of the people who have posted so far, i think for me the music needs to have a fast tempo to get me going, but it shoudn’t be so crazy it doesn’t sound like music, picking 5 songs is hard but i’d say my favorites are…
The Trooper-Iron Maiden
Girls Girls Girls- Motley Crue
Ram It Down- Judas Priest
Live Wire- Motley crue
Alexander The Great- Iron Maiden

Adi July 25, 2008 at 4:11 pm

These tracks always pushed me:

Dropkick Murphys – Shipping Up to Boston (great for my sprints when doing intervals, actually bloody amazing, I listen to it a lot)

Prodigy – Climbatize

Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (ofcourse)

Interpol – The Heinrich Maneuver

Pendulum – Slam or Tarantula (yeahh.. thats two songs but what ya gonna do)

:) August 5, 2008 at 11:46 pm

Dj-Tiesto just be antillas club mix
Dj TIesto – Honey club mix
Chicane- Saltwater
Benny Benassi- You make me feel!!!
Daddy Yankee- Agresivo remix
Wisin y Yandel- Salte πŸ™‚

Victoria August 9, 2008 at 1:25 pm

Wow – I think that is a huge variety of music listed. I’m going to try listening to some of these other songs listed by these other workout fanatics. Maybe I’ll find more that I really like too. Here are my 5 favorites.
American Soviets – CCCP
Rock me Amadeous – Falco
X gonna give it to ya – DMX
We didn’t start the fire – Billy Joel
Right Here Right Now – Fat Boy Slim

I can not find the article on ” how to get hollywood fit in 30 days” or something like that. Getting fit fast, I know you said you would put it on the web site but I can’t find it.
Today is the first day that I have found your site, and I think it’s just what I’ve been looking for. But I’m having a hard time with the “what to eat” “eat or not to eat”. I want to get lean, I have muscle. I can do the not eat thing, but I need energy. What’s the answer to that? Please I’m searching for the get lean and have energy answer. I work out hard and often, but I’m not getting lean and I’m tired, too tired.
Thanks for a great web site.

Bertie November 23, 2008 at 9:27 pm

I’m big on my electro house, probably more so than trance these days but i have an interest across all of dance music from D&B to Minimal to Prog House, you get the idea. My top 5 have to be;

1. Roman Salzger – Lollipop Machine (this track is truly the most electrifying song I have ever heard, I still get shivers listening to it years later)
2. Myagi – Giorgio Marauder
3. Jean Elan – Where’s Your Head At (Klaas Remix)
4. Get Down – Japanese Popstars, Groove Armada
5. Armin van Buuren ft. Sharon Den Adel – In and Out of Love (Richard Durand Remix)

Just tried to pick the 5 that really get me going at the minute, my playlist on my i-pod is about 300 songs long though for workouts at the minute πŸ™‚

Shaun M Thompson December 17, 2008 at 9:03 pm

1. Bullet For My Valentine – Room 409
2. KMFDM – Ultra
3. KMFDM – Power
4. Ministry – N.W.O.
5. Pendulum – Painkiller

Had to throw in a 6th one
6. Pendulum – Blood Sugar (proper version)

Andy December 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm

Little known band from Youngstown, OH called Gil Mantera’s Party Dream.
Alice in Chains- Man in the Box
The Clash- London Calling

Gail January 17, 2009 at 11:06 pm

1. Bob Sinclair — World Hold On
2. Bob Sinclair — Rock This Party
3. Pussycat Dolls – Don’t Cha (Techno and Original Version)
4. Machel Montano – Higher Than High (Soca)
5. 50 Cent – Techno version of his song Candy Shop πŸ™‚

Jerdog January 21, 2009 at 10:32 pm

I can’t believe nobody mentioned eye of the tiger (survivor). Anyway, here’s another 4

In da club – 50 cent
good vibrations – marky mark and the funky bunch
do you wanna touch – joan jett
Money talks – AC/DC

SaHiL January 30, 2009 at 6:06 pm

I guess all da songs frm RockY! πŸ˜€

Jason February 5, 2009 at 2:13 pm

How has no one mentioned the song from Karate Kid! “You’re the best around!”

Mr Jump Frog February 21, 2009 at 1:31 am

I am in the navy and also a navy seal, we guys have to run long distances and do physical workouts most people would not like to do anyway i just thought i would put a few of the songs i listen to when we all do our monthly 14 mile run

survivor-eye of the tiger
no easy way out-not sure who sings it its from rocky
survivor- burning heart
ac/dc- thunderstruck
nickelback-if everyone cared
Thats just a few off the top of my head, we run forever so my playlist is very extensive

Runlikeh3ll March 24, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Some good stuff in here. Recently I got into The Disco Biscuits, and it’s amazing for running, very high intensity and the songs are long as well.

matt March 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm

fishin in the dark is sung by nitty gritty dirt band

Pawel April 18, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Fort Minor – Remember the name

Alex May 4, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Welll.. I think songs that you can relate to in life get you more pumped, some of my goodn’s

Danko jones – baby hates me
Linkin park – crawling
enter shikari – anything can happen in the next half hour
fei comodo – break the ice
Powerman 5000 – when worlds collide

they’re just a few.. obviously not to everyones taste.. but if your open, who knows ;D

MuzikChik May 11, 2009 at 2:44 am

Rise Against- (Multiple songs) ‘Give it all’ would probably be the best.
Three days grace- ‘Riot’ (Or anything else for that matter)
Breaking Benjamin- ‘Blow me away’
Rancid- ‘Indestructible’
Trivium- Anthem

Thats all I can be botherd to think up right now.

Daniel May 28, 2009 at 9:55 pm

Has no one ever listened to Zombie Nation?

Scott from Canada May 31, 2009 at 10:39 pm

For cardio I like songs that make me feel determined, but also songs that make me smile. It makes me feel lighter.

1) Rob D. – Clubbed to Death (Kurayamino Remix)
2) Snoop – Serial Killa
3) The Dirtbombs – I’m Through with White Girls
4) Boney M – Rasputin
5) CC Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now!)
6) The Tragically Hip – Locked in the Trunk of a Car
7) Ghetto Boys – Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangster (the beat might be a bit too mellow for some, but the whole song screams “another mile, no problem”)
8) The Bar-Kays – Too Hot To Stop (always bring the funk)
9) Gorillaz – Kids With Guns (This has the perfect beat for distance running!)
10) Tomoyasu Hotei – Battle Without Honour or Humanity (Epic!)

For lifting or HIIT I just want something with balls:

1) Rage Against the Machine – No Shelter, Township Rebellion
2) Ghetto Boys – Die Motherf*ckers Die
3) Marilyn Manson – Personal Jesus, The Fight Song
4) Westside Connection – Bow Down (I’m really into early 90’s rap…the world hasn’t been as gangster since the L.A. riots ended)
5) Guns’N’Roses – Mr. Brownstone, Welcome to the Jungle
6) Biggie – Party and Bullshit
7) Rob Zombie – Superbeast
8) AC/DC – Who Made Who, It’s a Long Way to the Top
9) Rammstein and Tatu – Moskau
10) Dropkick Murphys – Shipping Up to Boston

And finally, when I’m in that personal trance/hell that lies right before complete exhaustion, I get delirious to:

1) The Doors – Not to Touch the Earth
2) The Pixies – Where Is My Mind? (though “Monkey Gone To Heaven” is steady and ethereal)

meesh July 8, 2009 at 10:28 pm

I love “insomnia” by faithless. love the way it picks up. totally gets me going. πŸ™‚ i love a lot of dj tiesto too.

Stella July 16, 2009 at 6:07 am

The beauty of this post is that it will never get old, seeing as new songs are always great. Here are my top songs for some serious cardio:

1) Make me Sweat – Basement Jaxx
2) What are you waiting for- Gwen Stefani
3) Animals-Nickelback
4) Shut me up (1200 XL remix)- Mindless Self Indulgence
5) Super Massive Blackhole- Muse
6) You spin me around- Dope (Rock version, yeah!)
7) Jump (feat. Nelly Furtado)- Flo Rida
8) Smooth Criminal- Alien Ant Farm (Another rock version of a classic)

I enjoy fast beats, but the lyrics are important as well.

Big Mike July 27, 2009 at 11:18 pm

System of a down-Forest
Twista-Get down hit the floor
Disturbed-Down with the sickness

Daviesluvinlife July 30, 2009 at 3:57 pm

luvin all the tunes, some av forgot about but been reasigned to my ipod. heres sum for ya, little different but does the job.

ida maria-oh my god
the king blues-i got love
the vandals-lady killer (crap song, gr8 tune)
me first and the gimme gimme gimmes-i believe i can fly
reel big fish-9 red balloons
orgy-blue monday
playradioplay-mr brightside
prodigy-hot ride

bit mixed up but hey does it for me, changes a lot tho n have millions of (not litterally) playlists for the gym

Daviesluvinlife July 30, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Oh forgot to add danzel- pump it up πŸ™‚

Denise B August 16, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Blood Rave – Blade Soundtrack
Cry for Help – Shinedown
Empty Walls – Serj Tankian
The Way I Am – Eminem
For You – Staind
Save Me – Shinedown
Brick House – Commodores
Scream – Michael and Janet Jackson
Sound of Madness – Shinedown

Anthony K August 19, 2009 at 4:43 pm

i gotta say some peoples choice in music is….different but to each his own i guess.
my picks
1. dragonforce-through the fire and flames(best song for running in my opinion)
2.Zebrahead- any fast paced zebrahead song really personal favorite “Enemy” or “Lobotomy for Dummies”
3. Hollywood Undead-Undead
4. the used-Liar Liar[burn in hell] or pretty handsome awkward
5.Eminem-Lose yourself.
I like just about all kinds of music but lean more towards rock/alternative. but whatever sounds good works for me

Jamie August 30, 2009 at 4:39 pm

If you’re into the ‘rock’ side of getting pumped up, some excellent songs are

1) Riot -Three Days Grace
2) Get Out Alive – Three Days Grace
3) Whispers in the Dark – Skillet
4) Better than Drugs – Skillet
5) Supermassive Black Hole – Muse

If you’re into the R&B/Techno.

1) Propane Nightmares – Pendulum
2) Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow (David Guetta’s Electro Hop Remix)

Have fun everyone!

ellen September 7, 2009 at 9:07 am

My current top five are: Limp Biskit Chocolate Starfish & the Hotdog flavored Water. Just about any song on this cd gets me moving. Also like old Linkin Park. My Chemical Romance-The Black Parade and Buck Cherry-Fifteen. I could listen to these cd’s over and over again!!

WORK OUT AHOLIC September 13, 2009 at 11:55 pm

WOW, like no one said anything about disturbed…when im here lookin for new music cause disturbed got me through an entire of working out but it gets tiring.. but my favorites are…
#1. Voices-disturbed
#2. Indestructible-disturbed
#3. Facade-disturbed
#4. Criminal-disturbed
#5. Enough-disturbed

Anonymous September 27, 2009 at 1:14 am

I listen to Armin Van Burren “A State of Trance” which is really good European Trance/Techno music. He has several hundred episodes, each of which are about 2 uninterrupted hours of mixed songs (without changing tempo). Really good workout music.

Anika October 17, 2009 at 2:52 pm

I hate working out so I really need something to get me going and keep the energy up. I was also surprised that not a lot of no one said disturbed.. my favs being indestructible and into the fire. other than that my ipod consists of:

Papa Roach- Last Resort
Seether- Fake It
Timbaland- The Way I Are
The Ataris- Boy of Summer
Metro Station- Shake It

Basically anything fast and hard

Brett October 25, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Anika, I really support the choice of Seether, and Fake It in particular; I’ve been listening to that song for a couple months now and I’m really hooked on it, :P.


5. Seether – Fake It
4. Rise Against – Prayer of the Refugee
3. Rise Against – Paper Wings
2. Justice – DVNO (or Iron Maiden – The Trooper, depending on my mood)
1. Most of the time it’s Prodigy – Spitfire, but depending on the mood I’m in, I might prefer Muse – Hurricanes and Butterflies, or Korpiklaani – Vodka.

For those questioning my choice of Muse for first, it’s due to the lyrics themselves, not the speed or anything else about that song. πŸ™‚

Allan November 16, 2009 at 9:37 am

I’m a sucker for Hip Hop and Rap to pump myself up, here are a few I really like:

Eminem- Lose Yourself
Fort Minor- Remember The Name
N.E.R.D- Rock Star (Remix)
Nelly- Boom
Ja Rule- New York
Three 6 Mafia- I Gotta Stay Fly/It’s a Fight
T.I- What You Know About That/Whatever You Like
Kanye West- Stronger
Big Bang- VIP
R Kelly- World’ Greatest/I Believe I Can Fly
Trick Daddy- Let’s Go
Jay-Z- Numb/Encore
Chris Brown- Run It!

Joe January 10, 2010 at 3:04 pm

The only techno/trance song i can workout to is Techno Rocker (Warp Brothers Remix) by Dj Ballon but other than that i usually listen to crunk music usually Lil John. The screaming gets me really pumped up

Megann January 14, 2010 at 9:50 pm

When I listen to these songs I get so pumped I don’t want to leave the gym!!

Rancid-Time Bomb
Garth Brooks-Calling Baton Rouge
Rhianna-Breaking Dishes
Sugarland-It Happens
The Clipse-Grindin’


dang dang February 4, 2010 at 7:06 pm

P.O.D- Boom
Lost Prophets- Everybody’s Screaming!!!
Saliva- Ladies and gentlemen
Slipknot- psychosocial
System of a down- Chop suey
Disturbed- Down with the sickness
Cobra star- Guilty pleasure
Bullet For My Valentine- Tears dont fall

Kelvin February 26, 2010 at 6:56 pm

David Guetta – Anything off his One Love Album
Lady GaGa feat. Beyonce – Telephone
Ke$ha – Take It Off
Cascada – Fever
Black Eyed Peas – Rock That Body, Im’ma Be
Little Boots – Remedy
Sam Sparro – 21st Century Life
Freeland – We Want Your Soul
The Veronicas – Untouched
Rihanna – Hard
TV Rock – Bimbo Nation, Flaunt It
Richard Vission, Static Revenger & Luciana – I Like That

linton March 2, 2010 at 2:49 am

spiderbait – black betty

Tracey March 8, 2010 at 3:45 am

I listen to Peaches – all albums and songs because every tune is fast paced and full of explicit lyrics that make me smile while doing HIIT.

I also enjoy:
Yeah yeah yeahs – Heads will roll
MIA – Paper planes, Sunshine
Airborne Toxic Event – only one album and it has good tunes
Muse – Hysteria, The Resistance

Nik March 9, 2010 at 11:46 am

Heavier Lifting/HIIT (I need angrier/faster music to do these things)

Skillet – “Monster”
Sick Puppies – “You’re Going Down”
Silverstein – “Smile in Your Sleep”
Sum41 – “No Reason”
Trapt – “Still Frame”

Steady State Cardio/Light Lifts (the poppier the better!)

Alkaline Trio – “Calling all Skeletons”
Brand New – “Jude Law and the Semester Abroad”
Fall Out Boy – “7 Minutes in Heaven”
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – “Damn Regret”
Home Grown – “Midnight City Sky”

melanie March 13, 2010 at 9:09 pm

whomever did this first post has my exact taste in music! I would really love more of your choices to add to my running Idk anyone else who likes house type music. thanks

emily April 2, 2010 at 4:16 pm

okay the music i listen to when i am working out is
6, DOLL HOUSE by PRICILLA RANAE(don’t know if that is spelled right)
i hope this helps even if you aren’t a fan of pop, it really does get me pumped even after the work out, like i just got back from the gym, and now i am getting ready for a dance, i am full of energy again

brody April 21, 2010 at 10:27 pm

1 the way of the fist by five finger death punch
2down with the sickness by disturbed
3white knuckles by five finger death punch
4 yesterday dont mean shit by pantera
5burn it down by five finger death punch these are the best songs to get pumped up for a fight or just work out and lift weights

X Slayer April 29, 2010 at 4:26 pm

When u lift weights you need music that will make you feel like a god.
1. Reflection: As I Lay Dying
2. Eraser: In Flames
3. Indestructible: Disturbed
4. Redneck: Lamb Of God
5. Morphogenesis: Scar Symmetry

Steven Ponec May 3, 2010 at 12:35 am

Blood Sugar – Pendulum.
Seriously, the main chorus of this song rules! It’s worth going through the whole workout just WAITING for this song! πŸ˜€

Joey May 8, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Hey Rusty,

Nice site. I’m from Holland and I think it’s pretty cool that 3 out of 5 songs are from Dutch artists (TiΓ«sto & Kane, Fedde Le Grand and Ferry Corsten).

Anyway, really nice site with lots of great information.


dwayne May 13, 2010 at 3:11 pm

heey man i like all types so ill give a few idea like the song till i collapse by eminem is a decent song or guaridans of asgard by amon amarth is a nicce song to listen to or even last resort by papa roach is good but heres a list

guaridans of asgard – amon amarth
till i collapse – eminem
last resort papa roach
black betty – idk :S srry
the trooper – iron madin (i think i spelled that wrong but its a epic song)
well thats just 5 but yea theres lots

drake danos May 24, 2010 at 12:39 am

1.Droppin plates by Disturbed
2.Violence fetish by Disturbed
3.Break stuff by Limp Bizkit
4.Coming undone by Korn
5.Bullets by Creed

All pretty badass. anything thats on The sickness album by Disturbed gets me so pumped!

Amir Thompson June 6, 2010 at 12:03 am

The track reminds me of some track by another atrist which I very much enjoyed listening to … I can’t really recall which :\ does anyone happens to know which track I’m looking for?

Megan C. June 18, 2010 at 11:07 pm

if you enjoy techno/house music like i do,
youll enjoy these songs as well!!

daft punk: harder faster better stronger
paul oakenfold: this is trance
dj skeptyk: colors of the rainbow
dj skeptyk: im alive
tech n9ne: imma tell

enjoy them. :]

Sara G. December 15, 2010 at 3:49 am

While outside of the gym I’m not a huge fan of rap and rock, its the complete opposite in the gym. Usually the words and beat just give you the pump you need to finish that sprint or that set. Here is my top five:

1. I will not bow: Breaking Benjamin
2. Hero: Skillet
3. Dangerous (feat. That Dude Prince): Waldo’s People
4. Feel It: Three Six Mafia feat. Flo Rida, Sean Kingston, and DJ Tiesto
5. New Divide: Linkin Park

robert herbert January 4, 2011 at 10:41 pm

head like a hole ( great when squatting with 8 wheels and no belt)
blue monday

pretty much any late ’80’s industrial, the angrier the better.

chris January 11, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Im a metal, and a rap kinda guy, so what i use is metal to get me pumped, and rap to make me feel good.

i listen to asking alexandria, and bullet for my valentine to get the most energy flowing through my body.

two of my favorite bands, and both really good, every song is amazing.

Lasith February 11, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Working out to rock n roll is something that you should try out some time.

Check out this list and build on it – backdoormag.com/music…rock-n-roll-way

hamed khatiz August 26, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Jumpstart by These Kids Where Crowns takes all of your songs.

tony October 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm

whoever said five finger death punch and disturbed i agree my favorites are 1.disturbed-animal 2.five finger death punch-no one gets left behind 3.five finger death punch-the bleeding 4.disturbed-down with the sickness 5.five finger death punch-burn it down thats my five but i have an mp3 full of heavy metal it always gets me pumped and its all i listen to anyway

Morgan January 29, 2012 at 8:36 pm

1: Rihanna : Breaking Dishes
2: Drake : Over
3: Fort Minor : Remember the Name
3: Drake : Headlines
4: Pitbull : Give me Everything
5: Rihanna : You Da One
6: Nicki Minaj : Super Bass

Well those are a few that get me pumped.

Jay April 25, 2012 at 10:15 pm

why has no one said black and yellow by wiz khalifa???
BoB- beast mode
nelly- here comes the boom
eminem- till i drop
Cant be touched- Roy Jones

Sir Pistol July 23, 2012 at 3:29 am

I prefer electronic music while doing my mix of cardio and pumping. I throw in some rock, pop and other stuff too, but check into these few if you want to go over your mental limits:

Saiko Pod – Electro Sheep (Audio Junky Dub Mix)
Faithless – Sun to me
Faithless – Not going home
Stephan Bodzin – Liebe Ist…
Anthony Pappa – Moments. /Yep, the whole album/


live sport streaming September 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on daft-punk. Regards

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