Good music is good music.
– Gretchen Wilson, American country music artist (1973-present)
Everyday I go to the gym, I wonder what people listen to while they workout. Obviously not everyone listens to music while they workout, i.e. my one friend studies on the treadmill by watching chemistry videos, but most of us are generally plugged in while we whip ourselves into shape. Some may have their go to playlist, while others just listen to whatever’s on their phone.
Personally, my playlist(s) changes depending on my mood. There are days when I just want to listen to the old songs on my phone, while on other days, I will listen to a set of playlists targeted for certain workouts.
On my old songs days, some of the songs I jam to are
- Avicii vs. Nicky Romero, I Could Be The One (Nicktim)
- Boys Like Girls, The Great Escape
- DJ Sammy, Heaven ft. Yanou, Do
- Enrique Iglesias, Bailando ft. Descemer Bueno, Gente de Zona
- G-Dragon, Black/Without You
- Jimmy Eat World, The Middle
- Justin Bieber, Sorry
- Marina and the Diamonds, Blue/Forget/Froot/Primadonna
- Phoebe Ryan, Mine (Illenium Remix)
- Secondhand Serenade, Fall for You
- Seven Lions x Illenium x Said the Sky, Rush Over Me ft. HALIENE
- Shakira, La Tortura ft. Alejandro Sanz
- We the Kings, Check Yes Juliet
On my old songs days, I basically workout to any song I have heard from the late 90s to today. And if I’m not feeling a song while I work out, I just simply skip it and listen to the next song in the queue.
When I’m feeling anal, I have multiple playlists that I must listen to. These playlists are targeted for a specific workout; the cardio songs are different from my weight training songs. I may be projecting too much, but I try to match the energy required for the workout with a respective song that will maintain that energy during the workout. I don’t know if this is a scientifically proven thing, but personally, I feel that whenever I do this, I’m able to maximize on my productivity.
Here are some of the songs in these playlists, separated by routine:
Walking to the gym and warm-up
- AJR, Weak
- Avicii, Wake Me Up
- Daft Punk, Get Lucky ft. Pharell Williams
- Jason Derulo, Talk Dirty ft. 2 Chainz
- Sean Paul, Get Busy/Temperature
- Slushii x Marshmello, Twinbow
- Survivor, Eye of the Tiger
- All American Rejects, Dirty Little Secret
- Cash Cash, Matches ft. ROZES
- Ellie Goulding, Burn
- Lady Gaga, Applause
- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Can’t Hold Us ft. Ray Dalton
- Pitbull, Timber ft. Ke$sha
- Sia, Cheap Thrills ft. Sean Paul
- The Chainsmokers and Tritonal, Until You were Gone ft. Emily Warren
- Alan Walker, Alone/Faded/Sing Me to Sleep
- Eminem, The Monster ft. Rihanna
- Jennifer Lopez, On the Floor ft. Pitbull
- Jon Bellion, All Time Low (Shew Remix)
- Snakehips & MØ, Don’t Leave (Gryffin Remix)
- The Chainsmokers, Roses ft. ROZES
- will.i.am, #thatPOWER ft. Justin Bieber
- Alan Walker, Tired
- Alexandra Stan, Mr. Saxobeat
- David Guetta, Play Hard ft. Ne-Yo, Akon
- Lady Gaga, Paparazzi
- Porter Robinson & Madeon, Shelter
- Rihanna, Diamonds
- The Chainsmokers, All We Know ft. Phoebe Ryan
I feel like when you work out, you can never go wrong with songs by Sean Paul, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna. Their songs have a great combination of relevant lyrics and addictive beats that get you into the mood to move.
While I didn’t include my dance playlist, many of the songs scattered throughout my playlists have gotten inspiration from my dancing days. Sean Paul, Usher, Britney Spears, and many more greats all have a place in my heart, as they are the original dance practice songs I would listen to when I was younger. Just writing these names makes me want to dance as often as I used to.
EDM songs are also a great choice to work out to because their beats usually keep you motivated throughout your workout. Some of these choices are obvious, like Ellie Goulding’s Burn, to burn off your fat, or like The Chainsmokers and Tritonal’s Until You Were Gone, whose music video was a tribute to cardio (shoutout to soul cycle 🤗). Other songs are there to boost your self-confidence, like Rihanna’s Diamonds and AJR’s Weak because “I’m weak, and what’s wrong with that?”, a clear tribute to my noodle arms that struggle the most during arm workouts.
the girl who proudly shows off her noodle arms at the gym
p.s. I compiled the songs featured in this posts into a large melting pot playlist. Feel free to listen to these songs while you work out, and I hope they help you on your fitness journey!