These songs will help turn every ~blah~ gym session or run into a party.

By Karla Walsh
Updated September 30, 2019

Sick of hearing the same workout songs play on repeat on the radio and pop up on every single trending Spotify playlist? We hear you. That’s why we’re fond of workout songs that transport us to another time, such as these throwback classics that are worthy of any and all of your workout song mixes. (Want a playlist that's already cued up? Head to Shape's Spotify page to get something playing RN.) 

Download them all or pick your faves to pepper into your current workout song line-up. Either way, you’ll be dancing your way from first step to last drop of sweat. (And if none of these do it for you, try Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Lifting Playlist or this Intense Workout Playlist Will Power Your Weight-Lifting Sessions instead.)

100 Best Timeless Workout Songs

From pop to rap to rock, these 100 workout songs will power you through even the longest long run.

  • You Shook Me All Night Long — AC/DC JAM
  • Take Over Control — Afrojack (feat. Eva Simons)
  • Addicted to You (David Guetta Remix) — Avicii
  • Wake Me Up — Avicii
  • 212 — Azealia Banks, Lazy Jay
  • Harlem Shake — Baauer
  • Brass Monkey — Beastie Boys
  • Drunk in Love — Beyonce and JAY Z
  • Locked Out of Heaven (Sultan + Shepard Remix) — Bruno Mars
  • Treasure — Bruno Mars
  • Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See — Busta Rhymes
  • I Need Your Love — Calvin Harris (feat. Ellie Goulding)
  • Let’s Go (Radio Edit) — Calvin Harris and Ne-Yo
  • Summer — Calvin Harris 
  • Sweet Nothing — Calvin Harris (feat. Florence Welch)
  • Safe and Sound — Capital Cities
  • Get Lucky (Radio Edit) — Daft Punk (feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers)
  • One More Time — Daft Punk
  • Titanium — David Guetta (feat. Sia)
  • Memories — David Guetta (feat. Kid Cudi)
  • F For You — Disclosure
  • Latch — Disclosure and Sam Smith
  • All I Do Is Win — DJ Khaled (feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and Rick Ross)
  • Turn Down for What — DJ Snake and Lil Jon
  • Party Up — DMX
  • Danza Kuduro — Don Omar and Lucenzo
  • Hold On, We’re Going Home — Drake and Majid Jordan
  • Burn — Ellie Goulding
  • The Monster — Eminem and Rihanna
  • Walking on a Dream (Empire of the Sun)
  • Call On Me (Radio Edit) — Eric Prydz
  • American Boy — Estelle and Kanye West
  • Praise You (Chill Mix) — King Arthur and Michael Meaco
  • Bad Vibrations — Jesper Jenset
  • Everlong  — Foo Fighters
  • Freaks — French Montana and Nicki Minaj
  • Sad Sad City — Ghostland Observatory
  • Tongue Tied — Grouplove
  • Paradise City — Guns N’ Roses
  • Jump Around — House Of Pain
  • I Love It — Icona Pop (feat. Charli XCX)
  • Radioactive (Remix) — Imagine Dragons (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
  • Marry Me — Jason Derulo
  • All of Me (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment Radio Edit) — John Legend, Jason Agel and Tiesto
  • SexyBack — Justin Timberlake (feat. Timberland)
  • Suit & Tie — Justin Timberlake (feat. JAY Z)
  • Take Back the Night — Justin Timberlake 
  • Higher Love — Kygo and Whitney Houston
  • Black Widow — Iggy Izalea and Rita Ora
  • Clique (Album Version) — Kanye West, JAY Z and Big Sean
  • Mercy (Edited Version) — Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz
  • POWER (Album Version) — Kanye West
  • Dark Horse — Katy Perry and Juicy J
  • Pursuit of Happiness (Extended Steve Aoki Remix) — Kid Cudi, MGMT, Ratatat, Steve Aoki
  • Alive (Cash Cash and Kalkutta Remix) — Krewella, Cash Cash and Kalkutta
  • Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix) — Lana Del Rey and Cedric Gervais
  • Are You Gonna Go My Way — Lenny Kravitz
  • Outta Your Mind — Lil Jon and LMFAO
  • Royals — Lorde
  • Team — Lorde
  • Y.A.L.A. — M.I.A.
  • Thrift Shop — Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (feat. Wanz)
  • Can’t Hold Us — Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (feat. Ray Dalton)
  • Pon De Floor — Major Lazer and Vybz Kartel
  • Watch Out For This (Bumaye) — Major Lazer, Busy Signal, The Flexican and FS Green
  • Animals (Victor Niglio and Martin Garrix Festival Trap Mix) — Martin Garrix and Victor Niglio
  • The Night Out (A-Trak vs. Martin Rework) — Martin Solveig
  • Spectrum (Acoustic) — Matthew Koma
  • Electric Feel — MGMT
  • 4 My People — Missy Elliot (feat. Eve)
  • Get Your Freak On — Missy Elliot
  • Hip Hop Hooray — Naughty By Nature
  • Ride Wit Me (Album Version) — Nelly and City Spud
  • Pound The Alarm (Edit) — Nick Minaj
  • Counting Stars — OneRepublic
  • If I Lose Myself (Alesso vs. OneRepublic) — OneRepublic and Alesso
  • Million Voices — Otto Knows
  • Hey Ya! — OutKast
  • The Way You Move — OutKast (feat. Sleepy Brown)
  • Happy — Pharrell Williams
  • Who (Radio Edit) — Tujamo and Plastik Funk
  • Otherside — Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Where Have You Been — Rihanna
  • Blurred Lines — Robin Thicke, T.I., Pharrell Williams
  • Walk This Way — Run-D.M.C. (feat. Aerosmith)
  • What I Got — Sublime
  • Don’t You Worry Child (Radio Edit) — Swedish House Mafia and John Martin
  • Greyhound — Swedish House Mafia
  • One (Your Name) —  Swedish House Mafia and Pharrell Williams
  • Mr. Brightside — The Killers
  • Hypnotize — The Notorious B.I.G.
  • Start Me Up (Remastered) — The Rolling Stones
  • The Seed (2.0) — The Roots and Cody Chesnutt
  • Seven Nation Army — The White Stripes
  • Red Lights — Tiesto
  • Blow the Whistle — Too $hort
  • #thatPOWER — will.i.am and Justin Bieber
  • Work Hard, Play Hard — Wiz Khalifa
  • Clarity (Tiesto Remix) — Zedd (feat. Foxes)
  • Crash Into Me — Steve Aoki and Darren Criss

The Best Hip-Hop Workout Songs

For even more hip-hop picks, check out Olivia Munn’s go-to gym jams.

  • Mama Said Knock You Out — LL Cool J
  • Juice (Know The Ledge, Main Mix) — Eric B. and Rakim
  • Jump Around — House Of Pain
  • Time 4 Sumaksion — Redman
  • Push It — Salt-N-Pepa
  • It’s Tricky — Run-D.M.C.
  • Step Into the World — KRS-One
  • Da Rockwilder — Method Man and Redman
  • Lose Yourself — Eminem

The Best Power-Up Songs

Push it to the limit with these revved-up workout songs. (Psst...if you’re muscles are shaking after that last tune, here’s why.)

  • Problem — Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea
  • Talk Dirty — Jason Derulo (feat. 2 Chainz)
  • Timber — Pitbull (feat. Ke$ha)
  • Love More — Chris Brown (feat. Nicki Minaj)
  • Get Up (Rattle) — Bingo Players and Far East Movement
  • Overtime — Cash Cash
  • When A Fire Starts To Burn — Disclosure
  • Birthday — Katy Perry
  • A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) — Fergie, Q-Tip and GoonRock

The Best Dance Workout Songs

Yes, dancing is a legit total body workout and can make you a better athlete! Sweat, salsa and smile all at once with these workout songs.

  • Take Me Home — Cash Cash (feat. Bebe Rexha)
  • Live for the Night — Krewella
  • Stay The Night — Zedd (feat. Hayley Williams)
  • Dear Boy — Avicii
  • Miami 82 (Vocal Radio Mix) — Syn Cole and Madame Buttons
  • How You Love Me — 3LAU and Bright Lights
  • I Will Never Let You Down — Rita Ora
  • Strangers — Seven Lions, Myon and Shane 54
  • White Noise — Disclosure and AlunaGeorge

The Most Motivating Workout Songs

When your feet are dragging, turn up the volume on these options. (Related: How You Reward Yourself for Working Out Majorly Affects Your Motivation)

  • Work B**ch — Britney Spears
  • Right Now (Dyro Radio Edit) — Rihanna, David Guetta and Dyro
  • Play Hard — David Guetta (feat. Ne-Yo and Akon)
  • Into the Blue — Kylie Minogue
  • We Come Running — Youngblood Hawke
  • Walking On Air — Katy Perry
  • All Night (Cash Cash Radio Edit) — Icona Pop
  • Run the World (Girls) — Beyonce

The Best Remix Workout Songs

Feel like you’re at the club while you’re cranking out squats with these mash-ups and remixes.

  • Rather Be (Cash Cash x Valley Remix) — Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne
  • Pompeii (Remix) — Bastille and Kat Krazy
  • Love Me Again (Vice Remix) — John Newman, Vice and Kemal Golden
  • Habits (Stay High, The Chainsmokers Extended Mix) — Tove Lo, The Chainsmokers
  • Let’s Go (Bart B More Lesssgo Remix) — Dem Slackers and Bart B More
  • Tornado (Kill The Noise Remix) — Tiesto, Steve Aoki and Kill The Noise (feat. Polina)
  • Top of the World — Solidisco (feat. Skyy)
  • I Like It (Wax Motif Remix) — Sevyn Streeter

The Best Workout Songs for Strength Training

Get app-y with one of these uber-effecting weight lifting smartphone apps, then turn on these top tunes. 

  • Harder, Better, Fatster, Stronger — Daft Punk
  • Go Girl — Ciara and T-Pain
  • Feelin’ Myself — will.i.am, Miley Cyrus, French Montana, Wiz Khalifa and Mustard
  • Higher Ground — TNGHT, Hudson Mohawke and Lunice
  • Burn — Ellie Goulding
  • Demons — Imagine Dragons
  • TKO — Justin Timberlake
  • The Monster — Eminem and Rihanna
  • R.I.P. — Rita Ora and Tinie Tempah

The Best Country Workout Songs

No cowboy boots are required to groove your way through these catchy country workout songs.

  • Somethin’ Bad — Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood
  • This Is How We Roll — Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan
  • We Are Tonight — Billy Currington
  • Red — Taylor Swift
  • Where It’s At — Dustin Lynch
  • Ready Set Roll — Chase Rice
  • Chainsaw — The Band Perry
  • I Hold On — Dierks Bentley
  • That’s My Kind Of Night — Luke  Bryan
  • Storyline — Hunter Hayes

The Best Rock Workout Songs

Rock on with your spandex on with these old school and new school rock workout songs. (Related: Old-School Workout Trends That WIll Still Make You Sweaty)

  • Eye of the Tiger — Survivor
  • We Will Rock You (Remastered) — Queen
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit — Nirvana
  • Welcome To The Jungle — Guns N’ Roses
  • Enter Sandman — Metallica
  • Jump (2015 Remaster) — Van Halen
  • (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (Mono Version) — The Rolling Stones
  • Clocks — Coldplay

The Best Yoga and Cooldown Songs

Yes, you DO need to cool down. Cue up these slow jams and prepare to zen out. 

  • Latch (DJ Premier Remix) — Disclosure, Sam Smith and DJ Premier
  • Chandelier — Sia
  • The Alchemist — Madeline
  • Rude — MAGIC!
  • This Is What It Feels Like — BANKS
  • Poetic Justice — Kendrick Lamar and Drake
  • Ghost — Halsey
  • Safe With Me — Sam Smith
  • Everything Breaks — Sophia Black
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