Shape Up with the 50 Best Workout Songs of 2015

Have a New Year’s resolution to tackle, or need motivation to hit the gym over the holidays? The best workout songs of the year will help. This playlist gathers 2015’s most move-worthy upbeat tracks so you can dance your way from treadmill to dumbbells.

Fuel your workout with everything from pop and Top 40 to alternative and hip-hop. This list of the best workout songs has Grammy nominees like Florence + The Machine and Nicki Minaj, newcomers like Fetty Wap and Tove Lo, Billboard number-one hits like “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd and “Cheerleader” by OMI. One thing is guaranteed: These songs will keep you moving through any workout.

For an extra boost during your workout, reminisce about the good times you’ve had this year. (You totally partied on the beach, jammed in your car, or started a dance party to these songs.) And if they bring up bad memories? Take it out on the weights or hit “next”—there’s almost three hours’ worth of music to last through even the longest sweat sesh.

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10 Hip Hop Tracks That Make Awesome Workout Songs

Rap is similar to electronic music in the sense that it’s entirely possible to have a song that’s a hit in the clubs but never heard on the radio. These are the tracks you might like listening to, but absolutely love dancing to. To better demonstrate this point, we’ve created a playlist that helps harness that dynamic energy heard in the clubs so you can channel it into your next workout.

To kick off your routine and ease into the genre, start with one of the slower tracks, like the 70 to 80 beats per minute (BPM) songs from Childish Gambino and Riff Raff (Katy Perry’s date to the last MTV Video Music Awards). When you’re warmed up, jump into a pool of all-star DJ’s with the hit collaboration, Feelin’.

Generally an interval workout will mix slow and fast songs, but Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora’s “Black Widow” is an interval workout in itself-it yo-yos between 82 BPM on the verses and 164 BPM for the choruses. Lastly, while most rap music relies on double digit BPMs, there are a host of triple digit hits in this mix as well. So for those gearing up for cardio, you’ll find energy in an uptempo track from college radio favorite Hoodie Allen and an equally brisk return to Pharrell Williams’ rap roots.

In spite of focusing on a single genre, there’s still lots of variety here: slow songs, fast songs, club smashes, radio hits, and more. Whether you’re a casual listener or a diehard one, you should find something to freshen up your current playlist. So, pick up a few new tunes, turn them up, and let the beat propel you onward!

Childish Gambino – Sweatpants – 80 BPM

Will.I.Am, Miley Cyrus, French Montana, Wiz Khalifa & DJ Mustard – Feelin’ Myself – 97 BPM

Nicki Minaj – Anaconda – 130 BPM

Juicy J, Wale & Trey Songz – Bounce It – 140 BPM

Big Sean, Lil Wayne & Jhene Aiko – Beware – 98 BPM

Iggy Azalea & Rita Ora – Black Widow – 82 BPM

Schoolboy Q – Man of the Year – 113 BPM

Hoodie Allen – Show Me What You’re Made Of – 122 BPM

Major Lazer & Pharrell Williams – Aerosol Can – 128 BPM

Far East Movement & Riff Raff – The Illest – 71 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.

  • By Chris Lawhorn

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Hip-hop sweats. It grunts. It pulls and pushes. If there’s a pause to rest, the beat always returns. And all along it swaggers and boasts and never surrenders. Hip-hop isn’t just something to play during a workout. It is a workout. Just try to sit still through Outkast’s “B.O.B.” or keep your pulse steady through Kanye’s “Stronger.” Blast Wu Tang Clan’s “Bring Da Ruckus” through your headphones and will yourself not to make any ruckus. Hip-hop motivates and these 50 tracks—compiled by our plate-clanging, mile-stockpiling, stadium-step-burning editors at Men’s Health—motivate best. Turn it up.

1. “Lose Control” by Missy Elliot (feat. Ciara, Fatman Scoop)

What, did you think that we were going to start things off with anything less than a nonstop banger from one of the greatest female hip-hop artists of all time? GET AT IT.

Motivating lyric: Everybody here // Get it outta control // Get yo backs off tha wall // ’cause Misdemeanor said so

2. “B.O.B.” by Outkast

Yeah, yeah, yeah “Hey Ya!” whatever. Three years before that pop phenom, Andre and Big Boi went as hard as they possibly could on this five-minute powerhouse from 2000’s Stankonia. The message: Don’t say you can do anything you can’t back up.

Motivating lyric: You can’t stop a train // Who want some? Don’t come un-prepared

3. “Go!” by Killer Mike

Before they were Run the Jewels, they were Killer Mike and El-P. This 2012 track off R.A.P. Music is nonstop on vocals with El-P scratching and clapping on a beat that sounds like a 100-yard dash.

Motivating lyric: I go in, I go hard // I go stupid, oh my God

4. “Way of Life” by Lil Wayne

Long before Tha Carter III, before Wayne’s beef with Birdman, before the fallout of Cash Money, there was this laid-back, living-good 2002 jam that focused on how great it is to be, well, great. You know when you take a week or two (or a month) off from the gym? Play this for the motivation to return.

Motivating lyric: Baby, I’m a stunna // I ain’t goin’ change it // Don’t, you, know, it’s a way of life?

5. “Go Harder” by Chief Keef

Sosa pushes and pushes and pushes on this 2015 dis track. And that auto-tune? The way it ratchets up the hook each beat? As if it was turning Super Saiyan? Harness that power.

Motivating lyric: We be goin hard, hard, hard, hard, hard, hard

6. “Victory” by Puff Daddy (feat. The Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes)

Biggie unleashes his lyrical genius over a sample from Bill Conti’s Rocky soundtrack. The fact that the song was released just a few months after B.I.G.’s death adds another layer to Sean Combs heavy intro: “Yo, the sun don’t shine forever // But as long as it’s here then we might as well shine together.”

Motivating lyric: Excellence is my presence, never tense, ever hesitant

7. “Parking Lot” by Anderson .Paak

Malibu had plenty of songs that begged you to crank the treadmill speed faster, but this tight-leash of a track has a quiet urgency that clips at your heels.

Motivating lyrics: Coming closer to midnight and I’m wide awake // And ain’t you afraid to fade?

8. “Talk to Me” by Run the Jewels

It’s as if the world has ended and RTJ has commandeered the megaphone, the podium, and the masses. Who needs a personal trainer when you can have Killer Mike yell “I TOLD YA’LL SUCKAS” at you during reps?

Motivating lyric: Brave men didn’t die face down in the Vietnam muck so I could not style on you // I didn’t walk uphill both ways to the booth and back to not wild on you

9. “Street Power” by Ho99o9

Sampling John Carpenter’s Halloween would be scary enough, but then the Jersey hip-hop-punk group goes wild in a succession vocals that feels as if you’re being stalked by a madman. And the only thing you can try to do is run faster.

Motivating lyric: No time for the weak I’m just tryna surviva

10. “The Other Side” by Dizzee Rascal

The grime rapper asks the questions that anyone who has ever sweat for the sake of change is very, very familiar with.

Motivating lyric: How bad do you want it? // Do you really, really want it?

11. “Chips” by Talib Kweli (feat. Waka Flocka Flame)

The Brooklyn rapper goes undefeated in a sample of a 1999 Ruff Ryders’ song powered by Swiss Beatz. You’ll feel like you have your very own marching band behind you—one led by a full-tilt Waka Flocka.

Motivating lyric: I need the ring, gimme the ring // I don’t diss rappers, get in the ring // Sit in the clink before I ever sing // You see me winning, chips with my team

12. “X” by Kendrick Lamar (feat. 2 Chainz, Saudi, Schoolboy Q)

13. “Millidelphia” by Meek Mill (feat. Swizz Beatz)

Meek goes on a victory lap through his hometown on this part-ode, part-slam 2018 track. His perseverance is infectious. Give in.

Motivating lyric: Wooh! // Show time! // King’s back! // Ha!

14. “Uproar” by Lil Wayne (feat. Swizz Beatz)

Swizz delivers a beat that sounds like a cross between an NBA team entrance and the climax of a car chase movie. And Weezy grabs it and runs. This one’s a reminder that hip-hop, like working out, isn’t always meant to be taken so seriously.

Motivating lyric: Aimin’ at your head like a buffalo // You a roughneck, I’m a cutthroat

15. “No Problem” by Chance the Rapper (feat Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz)

You could argue whether Chance or Kendrick is the biggest name in hip hop from the last 10 years, but how can you argue with a song like “No Problem”? Chance’s cadence, and a star-powered back-up crew, leads through verses that name-check Petey Pablo, Yeezus, and … Uncle Luke?

Motivating lyric: You don’t want no problems, want no problems with me

16. “‘Till I Collapse” by Eminem (feat. Nate Dogg)

This hustle-till-you drop bonanza was only heightened by its pop culture tentacles (remember that Call of Duty trailer?). The song remains equal parts early 2000s nostalgia and weight room noise. Crank up that iPod nano!

Motivating lyric: ‘Til the roof comes off, till the lights go out // ‘Til my legs give out, can’t shut my mouth.

17. “Remember the Name” by Fort Minor (feat. Styles of Beyond)

In which Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda writes perhaps the greatest hype song of the century.

Motivating lyric: It’s not about the salary / It’s about reality and making some noise

18. “Jesus Walks” by Kanye West

Miss the old Kanye? The 2004 Kanye? The I’m-Gonna-Sample-Curtis Mayfield-and-A-Tribe-Called-Quest-and-The-Arc-Choir Kanye? Then play this throwback, which carries the feeling of reaching the summit of something seemingly insurmountable.

Motivating lyric: The only thing that I pray is that my feet don’t fail me now

19. “Rock Star” by N.E.R.D.

Pre-hat Pharrell, all angry in this revenge tune, spits his bars over guitar blasts and drum kicks that sound pulled from a Rage Against the Machine b-side.

Motivating lyric: You think that you don’t have to ever quit // You think that you can get away with it

20. “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” by DMX

Fun workout: Do a jump squat every time you hear “what?” in the verses. You’ll have a break in the hooks. If you can make it to them.

Motivating lyric: All I know is pain // All I feel is rain // How can I maintain // With mad shit on my brain?

21. “Yonkers” by Tyler, The Creator

This twisted diatribe pinballs you inside the head of a sociopath on the verge of destruction. The Hitchcock-like beat pulsates as Tyler descends into madness and, at least for the 4:11 length of this song, you’re too horrified to pay all that much attention to the strain of your workout.

Motivating lyric: They say success is the best revenge

22. “Nice for What” by Drake

OVO puts aside his is whine-and-grind style to go crazy on a Lauryn Hill sample. Watch the breakdown!

Motivating lyric: That’s a real one in your reflection // Without a follow, without a mention

23. “Get to Steppin'” by Junglepussy

This is jumprope music. This is shadow-boxing music. This is the NYC artist rat-a-tatting all over three and a half minutes of old-school. This is Billy Blanks double-time come-on come-on come-on give me more motivation.

Motivating lyric: All about pace pesos // All about papes

24. “Ready or Not” by Fugees

There’s a scope and a magnitude to this 1996 classic that immerses you in the thick of an action movie. Put this on during a break-of-dawn run and you’ll feel it.

Motivating lyric: I must confess, my destiny’s manifest // In some Goretex and sweats I make treks like I’m homeless

25. “Stronger” by Kanye West

Before Pharrell and Daft Punk teamed up, Kanye sampled their 2001 “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” as the blood-pumping beat for this 2007 Graduation track. You probably already have this one your workout playlist, but just making sure.

Motivating lyric: N-now th-that that don’t kill me // Can only make me stronger

26. “Level Up” by Ciara

Between all the countdowns and the clapping and the encouragement, this is like a fitness bootcamp class song-i-fied.

Motivating lyric: Fake friends get dropped like weight // Team love, don’t want no hate // I’m grindin’, I’m shinin’ // Up, up, up on my way

27. “APESHIT” by The Carters

Bey-Jay triplicate rapping about how amazing they are makes you want to be more amazing.

28. “Karaoke” by Big Freedia (feat. Lizzo)

New Orleans’ biggest voice in bounce music recruits Lizzo for three minutes of audial aerobics that leave you desperately in need of a rest period.

Motivating lyric: Oh, if you live this loud, show it, show it, show it, oh // It’s your moment now, sing it, sing it, sing it, shine

29. “Get Your Self Up” by KRS-One

The legend lays out the harsh truth over a beat that clomps and stomps. This isn’t a song. This is a proclamation.

Motivating lyric: You been knocked down? // Get yourself up! // You been shot down? // Get yourself up!

30. “Blood on the Cobblestones” by Ghostface Killah (feat. Adrian Younge)

Tony Starks time-travels in the track off the 2013 mob-horror concept album Twelve Reasons to Die. It’s 2:35 of all-out war. Duck and cover or stand and fight.

Motivating lyric: Make a lead on me, repping for the territory // No stepping on me, brethren that’s a negatory

31. “7/11” by Beyoncé

Queen B grabs ahold of a monster of a trap beat and doesn’t give up her grip till the last minute, which provides a sorely needed cooldown.

Motivating lyric: Sweatin’ out my blow out, sweatin’ out my press // This trick about to go off, mad cause I’m so fresh

32. “Space Tech Banana Clip” by Babbletron (feat. MF DOOM)

As if the mighty morphin power of Jaymanila, Cool Calm Pete, and DJ Pre weren’t enough, the trio brings in Metal Face for even more madness in a song that sounds like a treadmill set too fast.

33. “Hate Me Now” by Nas (feat. Diddy)

Not even Diddy’s lackluster “singing” (still love you, Combs) can ruin the epic scope of this song, which derives its grandeur from sampling the operatic “O Fortuna.” Nas, lyrical guns blazing, lays waste to every adversary.

Motivating lyric: I had to hustle hard never give up // Until I made it

34. “Momma Said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J

Did you forget that LL was mean? Every verse from this 1990 TKO is a finely constructed setup of jabs that lead to the star-seeing uppercut blows. Damage! Damage! Destruction, terror, and mayhem!

Motivating lyric: Shadow boxing when I heard you on the radio // I just don’t know // What made you forget that I was raw

35. “Bring Da Ruckus” by Wu-Tang Clan

The opener to 1993’s Enter the Wu-Tang sounds like the moment the gun goes off, the racers grapple for positioning, and the battle for pole position changes with every turn. There’s competition, yet there’s teamwork. This isn’t rap. This is sport.

Motivating lyric: P.L.O. style, hazardous, cause I wreck this // dangerous, I blow sparks like Waco, Texas

36. “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy

It’s a fists-pumped, line-chanted, smoke grenade soundtrack to a revolution.

Motivating lyric: We got to pump the stuff to make us tough // From the heart // It’s a start, a work of art

37. “Sabotage” by Beastie Boys

Mike D, MCA, Ad-Rock at their best. Goofy. Powerful. Absolutely insane. Time your toughest set to the surging at 2:20 and there’s nothing you can’t do.

Motivating lyric: I’m out and I’m gone // I’ll tell you now, I keep it on and on

38. “Gimme Some More” by Busta Rhymes

Busta’s tommy-gun delivery sprays a swinging and swaying beat with so many lyrical killshots it’s hard not to get caught up in the chaos.

Motivating lyric: Fully equipped, you know we come wit’ all the supplies // Got a big gun, and I’m a show you the size

40. “Push It” by Rick Ross

Of course Da Boss is going to find an excuse to rap over a song from the Scarface soundtrack. Deploy it when you need a push.

Motivating lyric: I’m pushing it hard // I’m pushing it south // If he pushing a line // He pushin for Ross

41. “Push It” by Salt-N-Pepa

Because breakdancing is a workout too.

Motivating lyric: Better make it fast or else I’m gonna get pissed

42. “DNA.” by Kendrick Lamar

His thesis: Whatever the odds, greatness is within you.

Motivating lyric: I just win again, then win again like Wimbledon, I serve

43. “3230” by Vince Staples

There’s paranoia and pandemonium in this reserved song of survival off 2015 Summertime ’06 double album.

Motivating lyric: Fortress ones and fortified, just tryna build my castle up

44. “Really Doe” by Danny Brown (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Earl Sweatshirt)

Danny raps like all hell has broken loose and he’s happy to dance in the flames. Throw Kendrick, Ab-Soul, and Earl into the End of Days carnival and you have a weird and wonderful firecracker to throw into any stale playlist.

Motivating lyric: Life is like an appetite of truth and dare, I double dare ya // Life can end in vain before the end is near

45. “Crutches, Crosses, Caskets” by Pusha T

Motivating lyric: I’m Yasiel Puig // I’m in another league

46. “Thug Luv” by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (feat. 2Pac)

There’s the buzzing of what sounds like an electric chair. There’s the cackling of animatronic crows. And then there’s the click-click-bang of gunshots that reverberate through this 1997 display of rap dominance.

Motivating lyric: Life: pleasure and pain stuck in this game, holler my name! // We all gon’ die, we bleed through similar veins

47. “Breath” by Fabolous

Remember to.

Motivating lyric: And I’m getting better year by year, like they say wine do

48. “Shut Up” by Stormzy

The vast majority of the other artists on this playlist hail from the U.S. of A, but one of the best MCs in the game right now resides across the pond. Stormzy has helped put grime, the UK garage/jungle hybrid, on the map internationally, and “Shut Up” is one of his signature songs. Allow Stormzy’s freestyle lyrical boasts to electrify your next workout.

Motivating lyric: If you don’t rate me, shame on you


The boy band scores the pop off at a dance party where everyone has lost control and all you can do is finish strong. (Or call your momma.)

Motivating lyric: I’ve been beat up my whole life // I’ve been shot down, kicked out twice // Ain’t no stoppin’ me tonight

50. “Survival of the Fittest” by Mobb Deep

Congratulations. You, too, have survived.

Motivating lyric: You could run but you can’t hide forever

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Your Ultimate Gym Playlist: The Best Hip Hop And Dance Workout Songs

For all the gym-spiration you need, check out the ultimate workout playlist featuring Drake, Tinie Tempah, Meek Mill, Kanye West and more.

Do you want bigger muscles? Do you want to out run all your friends?

Well, we can’t promise you any of that, but we can give you a playlists of perfect gym songs that will help motivate you when you during your next workout session. Seriously, you’ll be winning at life if you get involved with these.

Kanye West – ‘Fade’

Sometimes getting through the first five minutes of a workout is the hardest part, so we recommend Kanye’s ‘Fade’ for some ultimate gym-spiration.

Meek Mill Feat. Rick Ross – ‘I’m A Boss’

Meek Mill linked up with his label boss Rick Ross for one of the most motivational Hip Hop anthems ever! This is guaranteed to get you going.

Drake – ‘Energy’

Drake’s aggressive mixtape song ‘Energy’ is the perfect soundtrack while you’re burning off calories!

Skepta – ‘Shutdown’

Skepta’s Grime hit ‘Shutdown’ will give you all the energy you need while putting in work in the gym!

Beyonce – ‘Formation’

Beyonce provided a huge gym-ready track, taken from her powerful 2016 album ‘Lemonade’.

Eminem – ‘Lose Yourself’

It’s easy to tire of your usual gym-picks but some songs will always remain firmly on the playlist. One of those is Eminem’s classic ‘Lose Yourself.’ If that doesn’t inspire you to up the speed on the running machine, what will?

Rebound X – ‘Rhythm N Gash’

This upbeat Grime classic is sure to keep you going during your workout!

Kid Cudi Feat. Pharrell Williams – ‘Surfin’

Step your workout up a notch with Cudi’s punchy track ‘Surfin’. Your motivation levels will be skyrocketed as the lyrics are about being focused, strong and independent. You got this!

Sia feat. Kendrick Lamar – ‘The Greatest’

Sia and Kendrick and teamed up for this uplifting, motivational track that is sure to bring out the fighter in all of us. Perfect for running that last mile, doing that last crunch or cycling that final lap.

JME Feat. Giggs – ‘Man Don’t Care’

Two of the UK’s finest teamed up for an underground anthem that will give you that much-needed energy in your work-out.

Lee Walker Vs DJ Deeon Feat. Katy B – ‘Freak Like Me’

Katy B, Lee Walker and DJ Deeon are the ultimate dream team when it comes to pumped up gym tracks. This banger is sure to get you going through that crucial first half of your workout.

DJ Khaled Feat. Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, T-Pain – ‘All I Do Is Win’

Six years old, but every bit as energising as it was when it was first released, the clue’s in the name of DJ Khaled’s ‘All I Do Is Win.’

Abra Cadabra Feat. Krept & Konan – ‘Robbery’ (Remix)

Upcoming Grime MC Abra Cadabra announced his name on the UK scene with a huge energetic track alongside Krept & Konan. This will give you that added motivation!

Major Lazor – ‘Pon De Floor’

Whether it’s the Major Lazor version or Beyoncé’s ‘Run The World,’ the beat on this is absolutely epic and everything you need to wipe the sweat off your head and keep on going.

Tinie Tempah Feat. Zara Larsson – ‘Girls Like’

Tinie Tempah provided the ultimate upbeat gym track alongside Zara Larsson!

Fat Joe & Remy Ma Feat. Jay Z & French Montana – ‘All The Way Up’ (Remix)

Fat Joe and Remy Ma’s motivational banger will give you that energy to go the extra mile. “Nothing can stop me, I’m all the way up!”

Bob Marley Feat. LVNDSCAPE & Bolier – ‘Is This Love’

Lvndscape and Bolier turned a Bob Marley classic into an huge gym anthem.

Calvin Harris Feat. Rihanna – ‘This Is What You Came For’

You just can’t help but jump around when this come on!

Duke Dumont Feat. Jax Jones – ‘I Got U’

Duke Dumont has come on the scene and filled lives with effortlessly cool summertime songs, including ‘Need U (100%)’ and ‘I Got U.’ Both don’t have the bang you want for the peak of your work out, but are great for warm-ups and warm-downs.

Drake Feat. Lil Wayne & Tyga – ‘The Motto’

You know the motto, you’ve heard it a million times, “you only live once,” so keep going!

Azealia Banks – ‘212’

We have a feeling Azealia Banks ‘212’ wont be going anywhere for a very long time, it’s still playing in the clubs and it’s still get everyone pumped as soon as it comes on in the gym.

Kanye West Feat. Rihanna and Kid Cudi – ‘All Of The Lights’

Kanye and RiRi team up to deliver you a brilliant warm-up track to ease you into you exercise.

Game Feat. 50 Cent – ‘Hate It Or Love It’

Back in the days when 50 and Game were making tracks together, they came up with this winner. If you’re feeling like the underdog in your local gym, hit play.

AlunaGeorge Feat. Leikeli47 & Dreezy – ‘Mean What I Mean’

If you’re working out from home, get Aluna George’s ‘Mean What I Mean’ up on your laptop. The track is the perfect soundtrack your personal fitness class!

Disclosure – ‘When A Fire Starts To Burn’

Possibly the best beat on Disclosure’s entire album, ‘When A Fire Starts To Burn’ will get you moving in no time.

Breach – ‘Jack’

“I want your body, everybody wants your body…”

20 Hip-Hop Workout Songs

Getting motivated in the gym can be freaking difficult. Sometimes, just hauling yourself off the couch is a challenge; other days, it’s that elusive bench press PR that gets you down. But sometimes, motivation can be found in the little things in life: the perfect gym shorts, a new whey protein flavor that tastes like your favorite dessert, or an epic playlist.

From Eminem to DMX to Missy Elliot, we think these 20 hip-hop songs will deliver the perfect amount of fun, intensity, and energy, along with a delicate a hint of nostalgia. There’s no way you’ll get through all of these songs without cracking a smile, nodding your head, or remembering “that one time.”

We only have one request: Don’t let the awesomeness of this playlist distract you from killing your workout.

1. Eminem, “‘Till I Collapse”

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Although this pregame pick-me-up jam could hardly be more popular, we didn’t think any good workout playlist could exist without Eminem’s promise to never fucking quit. Follow his lead.

2. Outkast, “B.O.B.”

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A jumbled gathering of seemingly unorganized cords that gets you revved up to lift? Yep, that pretty much sums up this new-millennium classic. Who cares if you can’t make sense of the lyrics? Pump the bass and let this fast-paced tune help you push through that final set. And don’t forget to add weight. Big Boi says so.

3. Beastie Boys, “Intergalactic”

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The lyrics don’t make sense and the sound is experimental, but that doesn’t mean this song won’t mix well with squats and pull-ups. Crank up the volume and let the beat, mmmmmmm drop!

4. Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg, “Still D.R.E.”

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We’re taking hip-hop back to 1999: back to hitting corners in low lows and perfecting the beat. You liked this song in the 7th grade, you’ll love it now. Pour some aminos out for your gym homies and show some love for the street.

5. 2pac, “California Love”

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You don’t have to be a West Coast kid to understand the power of the California dream. You might be working out in Akron, Ohio, but 2Pac can make you feel like you’re lifting in the middle of a California party.

6. YG, “Who Do You Love?”

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Never has the succession of A, F, and E chords on the piano sounded so, well, gangsta. Grab a pair of heavy weights and position yourself in front of the mirror. When the chorus begs the question: “Who do you love?” go ahead and give your reflection a wink. Stay steady grindin’, and you’ll end up shinin’.

7. Busta Rhymes, “Break Ya Neck”

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Busta is pretty clear about what he wants you to do while you listen to this track. We agree that you should nod your head, but make sure you’re only doing it between sets.

8. A$AP Rocky, “Wild for the Night”

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You know those times when you want to find just the right song for those really difficult sets? Well, don’t waste any more time searching through your iPod—this is the song you need.

9. DMX, “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem”

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The tough part about putting DMX on a playlist is choosing the right song. We think we made the right decision. After all, talk is cheap. You better be ready to show everyone in the gym how you roll.

10. Jay-Z & Kanye West, “Ni**as in Paris”

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Ah, Paris … home to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and killer croissants. As if the city of lights needed another claim to fame, they’ve now got this song by two hip-hop moguls. If you’re going to narrow your playlist down to one song and one song only, this better be a top contender. The hook’s catchy, the beat’s solid, and it’s sure to get you going gorillas.

11. Juvenile, “Back That Thang Up”

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Take Sir Mix-A-Lot’s glute anthem to the next level with this jam. And never trust anyone who doesn’t break into dance immediately following “Cash, money, records, taking over, put the ’99 in the 2000 …”

12. Azealia Banks, “212”

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Is she talking about the NYC area code? Reminding you of your lift tempo? Maybe, just maybe, she’s counting your 212th rep. Either way, the dance beat of this hip-hop track is enough to get you going. The fast-spit rap, that’s just extra.

13. Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools (Drank)”

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You don’t have to drink till you’re “faded” to understand the lesson behind this one: Don’t go in halfheartedly. Kendrick’s calling you to wo(man) up, drop the baby weights, and go heavy. Or maybe he’s just telling you to go swim a bunch of laps. What do we know?

14. Drake, “Started From the Bottom”

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We’ve all had those days: you’re feeling disheartened with your progress and don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. When that happens, tune into Drake and remember where you started. Alter the lyrics as you see fit. Our personal favorite is to change “I wear every single chain even when I’m in the house” to “I deadlift every single chain when I hang them on the barbell.”

15. Missy Elliot, “Get Ur Freak On”

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Dawn your camo, swing from the chandelier, and bask in the memory of that awesomely gross virtual spit heard around the world. A quick listen and you’ll surely get lost in the catchy, repetitive beats of this queen of the hip-hop game. So go ahead, get your freak on. Holla!

16. Young Jeezy, “Put On”

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Most of the time, you “put on” for something or someone other than yourself. But when you’re in the gym, you need to remember that you’re there for you. Don’t lift for your girlfriend, don’t lift for your bros. Lift to build your best self.

17. Three 6 Mafia, “Poppin’ My Collar”

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If you were ever cool enough to pop your collar, then you know exactly why this song is such an important part of contemporary culture. If you weren’t, then adding this song to your workout playlist will remind you why you started working out in the first place.

18. 50 Cent, “Many Men (Wish Death)”

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This badass song is a solid reminder that no matter how shitty other people can be, you’ll survive if you’re true to yourself. This song is also a reminder that getting shot nine times may not actually kill you. (Warning: do not try this at home.)

19. Wiz Khalifa, “Black and Yellow”

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Let Khalifa’s ode to the Pittsburg Steelers and his black-and-yellow-striped ride fuel your gains. You don’t have to be a fan of the combo to get behind the message: Go big or go home, right?

20. Fort Minor, “Remember the Name”

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It’s simple math: What do you get when you combine ten percent luck, twenty percent skill, fifteen percent concentrated power of will, five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain, and a hundred percent reason to remember the name? Two things: a sick song to blast when you’re crushing the iron, and a push to ensure your name is remembered.

The year is finally coming to a close and while the majority of your social network feeds are proclaiming the usual “new year, new me,” you’re just taking the time to burn the last few hundred calories before family dinners and holiday sweets become too unbearable to deny.

You’ve spent the entire year adding new songs to your workout list, and each has helped pump you up to finish that last mile or move up while lifting. So to help prepare you for that influx of membership at your gym and having to wait for cardio machines and dumbells while still keeping you motivated while working out next year, here are The Best Workout Songs of 2013.

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No. 20 – Katy Perry “Walking On Air”

Best for: Aerobics

This year Katy Perry has released hit after hit as usual, and her track “Walking On Air” is no exception. The song isn’t as pumped up as “Roar” but it holds a steady beat which would be perfect for an aerobics class. The lyrics are motivational without being too aggressive, which is great for the beginner or someone getting back into fitness.

No. 19 – Justin Timberlake “Let The Groove In”

Best for: Zumba/Dance

Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience had hit after hit in 2013, but it’s one of Timberlake’s album cuts that would make a great addition to a Zumba playlist. “Let The Groove In” has just the right amount of Latin influence to accompany traditional Zumba moves perfectly. The tempo is fast enough for veterans in Zumba but not so fast that beginners wouldn’t be able to pick up a few moves instantly.

No. 18 – James Blake “Retrograde”

Best for: Yoga

James Blake might not be the first name you scroll to when you get to the gym, but he should definitely be your last. Yoga is a great way to challenge your body, as well as a great way to stretch muscles after a rigorous workout routine. Blake’s “Retrograde” will take you from the aggressive highs from other songs on this list and bring you back down during your child’s pose into zen so you can go home feeling more relaxed than tired.

No. 17 – Kanye West “Send It Up”

Best for: Tough Mudder

Kanye had to have two songs on this list because Yeezus was that crucial to this year’s workout playlist. “Send It Up” has sirens blaring and a bass knocking so heavy that jumping through pits of mud, climbing over walls, and the rest of the military-style physical challenge will be a breeze.

No. 16 – Paramore “Now”

Best for: CrossFit

Heavy guitar riffs and Hayley Williams’ high-energy vocals on “Now” are the perfect mix to get you through a CrossFit workout. The track’s speed and aggressiveness will push you through whatever your instructor throws at you, both literally and figuratively.

No. 15 – Ace Hood f/ Rick Ross and Future “Bugatti”

Best for: Cardio

Who said you can’t turn up at the gym? Ace Hood’s “Bugatti” had the summer on smash this year and while it’s a club and radio favorite, it’s also great for a good run or elliptical workout. You might still be driving home in the same car you got there in, but you’ll be conditioning your body to reach Bugatti status while listening to this fun, bass heavy rap track.

No. 14 – Beyoncé “Bow Down”

Best for: Boot Camp

We haven’t had time to fully digest Beyoncé’s latest self-titled album to see if there’s anything workout worthy on it, but she did drop “Bow Down” earlier this year to not only let her competition know there’s nobody above her, but to also motivate every woman in the world to get on her level. “Bow Down” is great for a rigorous boot camp workout.

No. 13 – Major Lazer f/ Bruno Mars, Tyga, 2 Chainz and Mystic “Bubble Butt”

Best for: Zumba

Ladies, if you’re looking for a break from the excessive Pitbull and Don Omar that gets played during Zumba classes, Major Lazer’s “Bubble Butt” is a great suggestion for your instructor. The song is fun and focuses on the body part a lot of women go to Zumba to tone. So see if your instructor can get some choreography to Major Lazer’s hit from this year, if anything hit a couple of willie bounces and get your twerk on for fun.

No. 12 – Britney Spears “Work Bitch”

Best for: Squats/deadlifts

Britney Spears has been the ideal vision for men (and women) eyes in terms of fitness. Despite a few mishaps here and there, she has always stayed fit and during her return to music this year she dropped some motivation for anybody looking to go toe to toe with her. “You better work, bitch.” Blast this in your headphones while getting your squats or deadlifts in and those spaghetti legs and arms will feel well worth it.

No. 11 – A$AP Rocky f/ Skrillex “Wild For The Night”

Best for: High-intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

A$AP Mob’s frontman, A$AP Rocky, dropped this EDM and rap infused track on his debut album Long.Live.A$AP and the meeting of genres is great for a high-intensity workout. “Wild For The Night” is high-energy and will keep you in motion with its electronic sounds as well as A$AP Rocky’s up-tempo flow on the track.

No. 10 – Krewella “Live For The Night”

Best for: Cardio

The EDM scene has become crucial to the modern-day workout playlist because of it’s high energy music and Krewella is no exception. Their single, “Live For The Night” can soundtrack a good elliptical workout as well as a run. If you’re looking to get a quick calorie burning session in before heading out with friends on New Year’s Eve, this song is perfect.

No. 9 – Imagine Dragons “Radioactive”

Best for: Weight training

Imagine Dragons burst into the scene in 2012 with their debut album Night Visions and have already given fans music they can take with them to the gym. “Radioactive” has anthemic chants as well as heavy drums, which will keep anybody focused while weight training at the gym. Whether it’s leg day, arm day or overall resistance you’re looking to achieve at the gym, this track will get you through it.

No. 8 – French Montana f/ Nicki Minaj “Freaks”

Best for: Spinning

This collaboration between New York rappers French Montana and Nicki Minaj will either keep you completely focused while working out, or have you dancing on your workout bike – either way, you burn calories. The dancehall element to the song keeps you entertained, energetic and peddling toward a Nicki Minaj sized booty.

No. 7 – Flosstradamus “Assquake”

Best for: Running

While the name of this Flosstradamus’ might want ladies to go out and do 100 squats, the best way toward something that’ll have someone telling you that you make the ground move is by running. This up-tempo track, which features a Big Sean sample, will have you running at a steady pace both during an indoor or outdoor run. Feel the burn.

No. 6 – Pusha T “Millions”

Best for: CrossFit

Pusha T’s music is aggressive, just like CrossFit is. While you’re pushing your body to new heights jumping for dear life doing burpees or under and overs, you can have Pusha T’s catchy hook on “Millions” in your ear giving you the ambition to finish that last jump before the next facet of the high-intensity workout begins.

No. 5 – Jay Z f/ Rick Ross “Fuckwitmeyouknowigotit”

Best for: Abdominals

Jay Z’s chart-topping hit with Rick Ross might sound like your typical rap bravado (because it is), but what better song to have blasting while toning up your abs. You walk away feeling like you’re that much closer to a flat stomach and this collaboration from Hov’s Magna Carta, Holy Grail will make you forget all about the pending pain from that workout.

No. 4 – A$AP Ferg f/ A$AP Rocky, Trinidad James, Schoolboy Q and French Montana “Work (Remix)”

Best for: Weight lifting

A$AP Ferg’s “Work” is amazing for a few reasons. For one, the hook is infectious, it’ll convince you that one extra set or rep is achievable and with the remix delivering verses from the likes of A$AP Rocky and Schoolboy Q, you might end up adding both to your weight lifting workout very soon.

No. 3 – Linkin Park f/ Steve Aoki “A Light That Never Comes”

Best for: Outdoor cardio

Linkin Park has always dropped music that’s perfect for workouts. They have encompassed trials and tribulations through Mike Shinoda’s raps and Chester Bennington’s vocals throughout the years, and this year dropped another song you can add to your playlist. Their collaboration with Steve Aoki has given their music a refreshing sound over an electronic beat, but the words stay the same. It’s perfect motivation during an outdoor run. Just put in your headphones and let the track push you further.

No. 2 – Kanye West “Black Skinhead”

Best for: Circuit Training

As controversial as Kanye’s Yeezus has been this year, there’s no denying that a few songs on the album get you pumped while working out. The beat drop on “Blood on The Leaves” is enough to have anyone try to do something unreasonable during a weight lifting session, but it’s “Black Skinhead” that would be perfect to soundtrack a circuit training session at the gym. With Kanye’s lyrics blaring through your headphones (“Baby we living in the moment/I’ve been a menace for the longest/But I ain’t finished, I’m devoted/And you know it, and you know it”), you’ll get through a few grueling circuits in no time.

No. 1 – 30 Seconds to Mars “Up In The Air”

Best for: Total Body Conditioning

This track from 30 Seconds to Mars’ latest album, Love Lust Faith + Dreams, is strong enough to keep you motivated with the anthemic chants, but also on a great pace while doing cardio or weight training during a TBC workout.

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