A Workout Playlist That Won’t Put You To Sleep

by George P.H. on February 18, 2013

workout playlist

I spend a lot of time in the gym or doing sports outdoors so I’m always looking for songs that can thrill and motivate me during workouts. Running that last mile/adding kilos to a personal record isn’t easy.

Unfortunately, the playlists I see online appear to be made by people who’s idea of “sport” is sleeping or going for a brisk walk. If you like meaty guitar riffs, a thumping bass and energizing drums, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something good.

That’s why I’ve compiled a short list of 50 working tracks that won’t put you to sleep. It’s music that’ll make you tap your foot, shimmy out of your chair and knock out some personal records next time you’re in the gym. Enjoy.

The Playlist

  1. Title Fight - Stab
  2. AC/DC – Hard As A Rock
  3. Danny Brown – Grown Up
  4. AC/DC – Back In Black
  5. Darq E Freaker ft. Danny Brown – Blueberry
  6. Sublime – Seed
  7. Queens of the Stone Age – 3′s and 7′s
  8. Fugazi – Waiting Room
  9. Basement Jaxx – I Want U
  10. Mr Scruff – Music Takes Me Up
  11. The Menzingers – Mexican Guitars
  12. Hilltop Hoods – The Nosebleed Section
  13. Reef – How To Lose Your Mind
  14. Pretty Lights – More Important Than Michael Jordan
  15. iosonouncane – Il Corpo Del Reato
  16. Modest Mouse – Ocean Breathes Salty
  17. Kid Cudi – Just What I Am
  18. Kendrick Lamar ft. Jay Rock – Money Trees
  19. Rage Against The Machine – Wake Up
  20. Rage Against The Machine – Renegades of Funk
  21. Simian Mobile Disco – Hustler
  22. Three 6 Mafia – Sippin’ On Some Syrup
  23. A$AP Rocky – Out Of This World
  24. Papa Roach – Last Resort
  25. Dr Dre ft. Snoop Dogg – Still D.R.E
  26. Curren$y – Up Here
  27. Bad Cabbage – Your Rude
  28. Dizzee Rascal – Fix Up, Look Sharp
  29. The Menzingers – I Can’t Seem To Tell
  30. Dilated Peoples ft. Kanye West – This Way
  31. Big Sean – Supa Dupa
  32. David Guetta vs. Snoop Dogg – Sweat
  33. Audio Bullys – Only Man
  34. deadmau5 – Raise Your Weapon
  35. Crime In Stereo – Drugwolf
  36. Breaking Benjamin – So Cold
  37. Major Lazer & La Roux – Bulletproof (Nacey Remix)
  38. Symphony X – The Odyssey
  39. Tech N9ne – Demons
  40. Curren$y, Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross – Choosin’
  41. Venetian Snares – Ongyilkos Vasarnap
  42. Max Romeo – Chase The Devil (D&B Remix)
  43. Outkast – Return Of The G
  44. The Killers – Read My Mind
  45. Flux Pavilion - I Can’t Stop
  46. Junkie XL – Mushroom
  47. J. Cole – I’m Coming Home
  48. Justice vs. Simian – We Are Your Friends
  49. Maybeshewill - Seraphim & Cherubim
  50. Notorious B.I.G. vs. Elton John - Juicy/Tiny Dancer Mash-Up

There’s something in that list for everyone. Whether you’re jogging, snowboarding, lifting weights or doing something entirely different, have fun blasting these songs. I look forward to seeing everyone’s favorite workout tracks in the comment section below!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Billy Taylor February 19, 2013 at 6:59 pm

I’m one of those weird people who likes to train in silence; I feel like music can be distracting and I have better focus on the mind-muscle connection without it. The same thing goes for having other people around me and even mirrors.

That’s actually why I haven’t been to a commercial gym for a few years now. I lift alone, in my basement, where it’s quiet and I feel well in-tune with my body — just me and the iron, methodically building strength.

Not that I think there’s anything wrong with a conventional approach to exercise though; that’s just my personal niche I’ve developed over the years. I wasn’t always this way:

Bon Jovi’s “Slippery When Wet” (1986) is my favorite workout album. I also used to like to listen to metal when I lifted — sometimes even just talk radio — and eurobeat when I went running.


George P.H. February 27, 2013 at 8:07 pm

I envy that you have a private gym. I go to a commercial one but constantly daydream about having a good home setup – a good squat rack is especially difficult to keep home in the city.

As for music… Again, I’m kinda jealous of you. It’s hard for me to give max effort without music, but that’s in part because it’s better than listening to what they play at most gyms! I’d love to experiment with lifting in silence if I could come to lift at a quiet time. I think the potential a better mind-muscle connection and more focus is definitely there.


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