The Intense Workout Playlist That Will Power Your Weight Lifting Sessions

These songs will make you feel like a complete badass.

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Your favorite songs of the moment won't always be the best music to pump you up at the gym. That's why we created this weight lifting music workout playlist—it's for the days when the squat rack or powerlifting platform is your therapy, and you need tunes that will send you into beast mode. (

If you're looking for some motivation to really increase the energy during your next workout, look no further than this pumped up weight lifting music to get through that last set. It has the perfect music ingredients for a killer lift sesh: a little confidence-boosting Kanye (because if he's good for one thing, it's self-praise), some head-nodding The Weeknd beats, Lil Wayne for the real intense moments, and some Beyoncé and Missy Elliot magic to get the girl-power feels going. (Fair warning: You might start feelin' yourself so much that you turn into a weight room snob.)

It might seem like a minor detail, but having the right music can be key to your workout success. It can help you get that coveted endorphin high or help you push past the point of uncomfortable burn or fatigue. Did you know your brain even has an ideal rhythm that your body will best respond to?

Though these weight lifting music picks might not be your go-to playlist while doing your morning makeup, they will definitely fire you up in the gym. (If you also need beats for your cooldown, run, or other workouts, try these playlists proven to add power to your workout.)

Weight Lifting Music Playlist

  • POWER – Kanye West
  • Man in the Box – Alice In Chains
  • River – Bishop Briggs
  • The Hills – The Weeknd
  • Work It – Missy Elliott
  • The Next Episode – Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg
  • Partition – Beyoncé
  • Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus
  • Dirt Off Your Shoulder – JAY Z
  • Doin' it Right – Daft Punk, Panda Bear
  • ROCKSTAR 101 – Rihanna, Slash
  • Killing In The Name - Remastered – Rage Against The Machine
  • 6 Foot 7 Foot – Lil Wayne, Cory Gunz
  • Thunderstruck – AC/DC
  • 'Till I Collapse – Eminem, Nate Dogg
  • Jumpman – Drake, Future
  • Who Gon Stop Me – JAY Z, Kanye West
  • Higher Ground – TNGHT (Hudson Mohawke x Lunice)
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Megan Soll
Megan Soll is a Senior Commerce Editor for Food & Wine. She joined Dotdash Meredith in 2015 and has over 10 years of experience writing and editing food, entertainment, and lifestyle content. Her work can be found on Food & Wine, Shape, Travel + Leisure, The Hollywood Reporter, and Racked NY.
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