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These Are the Most Motivating Workout Songs of All Time

By , With Melinda Hershey & Megan Patrick, Staff Writers
When it comes to motivational workout music, everyone likes something different. I know people who love to run to instrumental music, otherwise seemingly innocent friends who exercise to hardcore rap and people whose musical tastes in "real" life don't match up with the songs that inspire them to work out.

Personally, I like a huge mix. For me, almost anything that's catchy and has a good beat will work. But sometimes, you need something better than that. Sometimes you need the motivation to get off the couch, or go the extra mile, or push through that heavier lift, or muscle through your first marathon. When you really need a boost, what you need is an inspirational work out song.

Our editors and fitness experts compiled a list—128 songs to be exact—of songs that have fast beats worthy of exercising to, but also have motivational messages and lyrics.

These are great to listen to when you find yourself at a crossroads or needing that extra push. This list features everything from modern day pop songs to oldies to country to rap, so you're sure to find something that speaks to you. All of them have a positive message that will lift you up and inspire you to reach your fullest potential!
Links will take you to amazon.com where you can preview or purchase the mp3. I also threw in just a few YouTube videos for some of my personal favorites, so you can listen to it right now.

Motivational Songs That Will Inspire You to Work Out


12 Stones  -  We Are One
Ace of Base  -  Beautiful Life

 
Alicia Keys - Girl On Fire
"Looks like a girl, but she's a flame so bright
She can burn your eyes, better look the other way
You can try but you'll never forget her name
She's on top of the world..."


Angels & Airwaves - The Adventure
"Even if your hope has burned with time,
Anything that's dead shall be re-grown,
And your vicious pain, your warning sign,
You will be fine."




Aretha Franklin - Respect
Avicci  -  Wake Me Up
Basement Jaxx  -  Good Luck
Bastille  -  Pompeii
Bee Gees  -  Stayin' Alive
Beyoncé - Run the World
Bill Conti  -  Gonna Fly Now (theme from "Rocky")
Black Eyed Peas  -  I Gotta Feeling
Bon Jovi  -  It's My Life
Bon Jovi – Livin' On A Prayer
Britney Spears - Stronger
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
BT  -  Never Gonna Come Back Down
Calvin Harris  -  Let's Go


Capital Cities - Safe and Sound
"I could lift you up
I could show you what you wanna see
And take you where you wanna be
You could be my luck
Even if the sky is falling down
I know that we'll be safe and sound"

 
Christina Aguilera - Fighter
Classified ft. David Myles  -  Inner Ninja
Daft Punk  -  Harder Better Faster Stronger
Daft Punk  -  One More Time

David Guetta ft. Sia - Titanium
"I'm bulletproof, nothing to lose
Fire away, fire away
Ricochet, you take your aim
Fire away, fire away
You shoot me down but I won't fall
I am titanium"


Des Ree  -  You Gotta Be
Destiny's Child  -  Survivor
Destiny's Child - Independent Women
DJ Khaled - All I Do Is Win
Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky

Elton John - I'm Still Standing
"Don't you know I'm still standing better than I ever did
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid
I'm still standing after all this time"


Eminem  -  Lose Yourself
Eminem  -  Til I Collapse

Eminem - Not Afraid
"I'm not afraid to take a stand
Everybody, come take my hand
We'll walk this road together, through the storm
Whatever weather, cold or warm
Just letting you know that you're not alone"


Europe  -  The Final Countdown
Fatboy Slim  -  Wonderful Night
Fleetwood Mac  -  Go Your Own Way
Flo Rida  -  Good Feeling
Florence + the Machine  -  Dog Days are Over
Foo Fighters  -  Monkey Wrench
Fort Minor  -  Remember the Name

Fun. - Carry On
"If you're lost and alone
Or you're sinking like a stone,
Carry on.
May your path be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground,
Carry on."


Fun. - We Are Young
George Michael  -  Faith
George Michael  -  Freedom
Gloria Gaynor  -  I Will Survive
Gym Class Heroes ft. Ryan Tedder  -  The Fighter
Heather Small  -  Proud
Imagine Dragons  -  On Top of the World
Imagine Dragons - It's Time
James Brown  -  I Got You (I Feel Good)
Janelle Monáe  -  Tightrope
Jason Derulo - Undefeated

Jimmy Eat World - The Middle
"You know you're doing better on your own, so don't buy in
Live right now, yeah, just be yourself
It doesn't matter if it's good enough for someone else
It just takes some time
Little girl you're in the middle of the ride
Everything, everything will be just fine
Everything, everything will be alright, alright"


Jordin Sparks  -  You Gotta Want It
Journey - Don't Stop Believin'
Junior Senior  -  Move Your Feet
Kanye West  -  Stronger
Kanye West - All Of The Lights
Kanye West - Touch The Sky
Katrina & The Waves - Walking on Sunshine

Katy Perry - Roar
"I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
'Cause I am a champion, and you're gonna hear me roar"


Katy Perry - Firework

Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, stronger
Just me, myself and I
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone"


Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone
Kris Allen  -  Live Like We're Dying
Kristin Chenoweth  -  Defying Gravity (Wicked Soundtrack)
Labyrinth  -  Express Yourself
Lady Gaga  -  The Edge of Glory
Lady Gaga - Born This Way
LMFAO - Sexy and I Know It
Lupe Fiasco - The Show Goes On

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton -  Can't Hold Us
"Raise those hands, this is our party
We came here to live life like nobody was watching
I got my city right behind me
If I fall, they got me.
Learn from that failure gain humility and then we keep marching ourselves
Can we go back, this is the moment
Tonight is the night, we’ll fight 'til it’s over
So we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us
Like the ceiling can’t hold us"


Mandisa  -  Good Morning
Mandisa  -  Overcomer
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell - Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Matchbox Twenty - How Far We've Come
"I believe the world is burning to the ground
Oh well I guess we're gonna find out
Let's see how far we've come
Let's see how far we've come"


Matthew Wilder - Break My Stride
Mausi  -  Move
MC Yogi  -  Give Love
MercyMe  -  Move
Michael Jackson  -  Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
Natasha Bedingfield  -  Pocketful of Sunshine
Natasha Bedingfield  -  Unwritten
Nelly - Heart of a Champion
Nelly - Warrior
 
New Radicals - You Get What You Give
"But when the night is falling and you cannot find the light
If you feel your dream is dying, hold tight
You've got the music in you
Don't let go
You've got the music in you
One dance left
This world is gonna pull through
Don't give up
You've got a reason to live
Can't forget you only get what you give"


No Doubt  -  It's My Life
NoNoNo  -  Pumpin Blood
One Direction - Live While We're Young
OneRepublic  -  Counting Stars

OneRepublic - Life in Color
"Well this is life in color
Today feels like no other
And the darkest grays
The sun bursts, clouds break
Well this is life in motion (motion)
And just when I could run this race no more
The sun bursts, clouds break
This is life in color"


OneRepublic - Good Life
Owl City - Good Time
P!nk  -  Raise Your Glass
Paolo Nutini - New Shoes
Passion Pit - Take a Walk
Paul Engemann  -  Push It to the Limit
Paul Van Dyk  -  Time Of Our Lives
Pharrell Williams  -  Happy
Queen  -  Don't Stop Me Now
Queen - We Are the Champions
Queen - We Will Rock You
R. Kelly -  The World's Greatest
Rachel Platten - Fight Song
Rihanna - Diamonds
Sia - The Greatest
Skillet  -  Hero
Snap - The Power
Stevie Wonder - Uptight (Everything's Alright)
Survivor  -  Eye of the Tiger
Swedish House Mafia  -  Save the World

Swedish House Mafia - Don't You Worry Child
"Don't you worry, don't you worry, child.
See heaven's got a plan for you.
Don't you worry, don't you worry now."


T.I.  -  Live Your Life
Taio Cruz ft. Travie McCoy  -  Higher
The Chemical Brothers - Galvanize
The Killers  -  Human
The Matches  -  Wake The Sun
The Script - Hall of Fame
The White Stripes  -  Seven Nation Army
Timeflies  -  Worth It
Tinie Tempah ft. Eric Turner  -  Written in the Stars
Toby Mac  -  Get Back Up
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers  -  I Won't Back Down
Twisted Sister  -  We're Not Gonna Take It
Two Door Cinema Club  -  Something Good Can Work

U2  -  Beautiful Day
"It's a beautiful day
Don't let it get away
It's a beautiful day"

Van Halen  -  Jump
Walk the Moon - Work This Body


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Comments

HOTPINKCAMARO49 10/14/2018
Awesome playlist! Report
MNABOY 9/29/2018
Like a lot of them. Report
ALEXTHEHUN 9/21/2018
Interesting choices Report
PATRICIAANN46 9/15/2018
This is such a great list. Thank You. Report
JULIENSMITH 9/15/2018
Thank you for the list. I can never remember the names of songs. Report
MJLUVSANIMALS 9/15/2018
One that always gets me going, is "Uptown Funk" with Bruno Mars. I just start dancing whenever I hear it come on the radio. Report
LAURETTECPARRIS 7/29/2018
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TWEETYKC00 7/23/2018
Good songs, thanks! Report
SPINECCO 7/9/2018
Great selections. Report
MARTHA324 6/28/2018
Wish Spark would put these all in a downloadable format. Have other Spark playlists and they are great. Report
TCANNO 6/5/2018
great music Report
JERSEYGIRL24 5/27/2018
Thanks for some good ideas. Report
SHOAPIE 5/22/2018
Great Report
MCJULIEO 5/17/2018
Perfect for a workout:" I will survive!" Report
RAZZOOZLE 5/11/2018
great list Report
JVANAM 4/28/2018
A warrior who had more than he needed would make a feast. He went around and invited the old and needy. Black Elk (Ogala Lakota) 4/28/18 Report
BABY_GIRL69 4/19/2018
Nice list and I am chair dancing at work......yes!!! Report
JVANAM 4/15/2018
I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself. - LONE MAN (ISNA-LA-WICA), TETON SIOUX ~ 4/15/18 Report
PAULA3420 4/14/2018
There is NOTHING like some good up beat MUSIC to get your rear in gear. THIS IS A FANTASTIC LIST!!!! Report
GETHIMBACK1 4/10/2018
Ver nice music video.all the music in my choice Report
CHRISINMIAMI 4/6/2018
Thank you! Was that 100 songs? Report
EO4WELLNESS 3/16/2018
Thanks Report
JIACOLO 3/12/2018
Great list! Music can always get me moving. Report
MSROZZIE 3/10/2018
Super list of songs! Thanks! Report
TXGRANDMA 3/9/2018
I agree on Beyonce....I want NOTHING to do with her or her "music". She associates with and is married to a downright criminal. Then, has the nerve to prostelize to us about her political ideas. Stick to "entertainment" all you "entertainers". Report
SOFT_VAL67 3/7/2018
break sh1t by limp bizkit!!

if i had beyonce on my playlist, i would literally run into traffic and jump into the raging river!!
her voice is like nails on a chalkboard to me. Report
JVANAM 3/6/2018
Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. - William James ~ 3/6/18 Report
BONNIE1552 2/14/2018
Gonna find The Edge of Glory and Eye of the Tiger to get me moving today! Report
AQUAGIRL08 2/12/2018
This is a really nice compilation of tunes! Report
VUDICASU1 2/8/2018
I love your songs collection. If you are looking for more then www.kidneysolutionreview.com / Report
ABEDWELL1 2/7/2018
can someone spoitfy this??? I'd love to just be able to stream it! Report
4CONNIESHEALTH 1/24/2018
Great selections! Report
LUV2SK8GAL 1/23/2018
Is there a way to download the list itself in PDF or similar format? Report
MILA_USA 1/23/2018
Great list!! Report
OLDS_GRIZZLYS 1/22/2018
So many Avenged Sevenfold songs that could be on the list. When The Rev is working, it is hard to NOT be motivated. Report
CAROLYNINJOY1 1/21/2018
Thank you. I was happily working out to one of these and my Hubby came into the room and begged me to "Please turn off that noise, it sets my teeth on edge." At least I got a five-minute workout. Report
GETULLY 1/19/2018
Love classic rock - when I am cleaning the house nothing is better than Queen or Bagpipes pumped up. Entire house in two hours that way! Report
ARMY_MOM17 1/17/2018
...play list is great... there are tunes i'm familiar with but forgot about... thanks for the suggestions... Report
EO4WELLNESS 1/4/2018
like the classic rock play list best Report
SISTERPRETTY 12/21/2017
thanks.... Report
JAMER123 12/17/2017
hank you for sharing. Report
AQUAGIRL08 12/13/2017
Thank you! Report
DAMETEMPLAR 12/12/2017
No Elvis . . . you've got to be kidding Report
IAMAUNTYEM 12/9/2017
Just celebrated my 3/4 birthday; recognized all the tunes. I always have my buds in my ears, which includes while exercising. 8-) Report
EMGERBER 12/7/2017
Music gets your body and spirit going. Report
CHRISTOPHER63 12/5/2017
Some pretty good tunes Report
CHRISINMIAMI 11/28/2017
I've got to go over that list again! Report
IRONADONIS 11/24/2017
Thanks. Report
SISTERPRETTY 11/14/2017
thanks... Report
RYCGIRL 11/10/2017
thanks
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