Rouse your inner champ and push through your workouts with these 10 motivating hip-hongs songs that are all about victory
More than any other genre, rap is the home of songs about hard work and the rewards that come with it. Though the rhymes may be about being the best lyricist, hooking up, or overcoming hardship, they are songs about victory and what it takes to get to the top. And similar to reaching your fitness and best-body goals, there are no results without effort.
The motivating exercise playlist below uses top hip-hop tracks to touch on both themes. On the effort side, you'll find Eminem's 8 Mile opus, Drake's ode to perserverance, and a feverish declaration from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis that you're sure to remember from past top 10 lists. On the results side, you'll find Nelly's "#1," Kanye's "Champion," plus DJ Khaled and company with "All I Do Is Win."
The majority of this playlist clocks in below 100 beats per minute, which gives you a couple ways to can use it when working out. If you're doing a slower, strength-oriented routine, the songs will work as they are. For a faster-paced cardio or HIIT, you can double the tempo of most of these tracks (particularly those in the 80 BPM range). Do this so that you hear a beat with every other stride or rep—instead of hearing a beat with each one. In all, you've got great themes working for you here and great artists to boost your motivation and increase your efforts. Here are the songs that can help you reach the top.
Eminem - Lose Yourself - 87 BPM
2 Chainz & Wiz Khalifa - We Own It (Fast & Furious) - 86 BPM
Jamie Foxx & Justin Timberlake - Winner - 90 BPM
DJ Khaled, T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & Rick Ross - All I Do Is Win - 150 BPM
Macklemore, Ryan Lewis & Ray Dalton - Can't Hold Us - 148 BPM
Nelly - #1 - 90 BPM
Puff Daddy, Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes - Victory - 93 BPM
Kanye West - Champion - 102 BPM
Rick Ross - Push It - 76 BPM
Drake - Started from the Bottom - 87 BPM
To find more workout songs, check out the free database at Run Hundred. You can browse by genre, tempo, and era to find the best songs to rock your workout.