Warm-Up Playlist: 10 Songs to Kickstart Your Workout

In most workouts, there’s a short interval between when you start and when you really hit your stride. This might be the few seconds it takes for the treadmill to reach your speed or the few minutes between starting an outdoor jog and the point at which you’re warm enough to unzip your jacket.

However you stay in shape, this playlist features a variety of songs perfect for kicking off your routine. They start slow, giving you the chance to clear your mind of the day’s affairs, and then the beat drops in and you really get moving.

Here’s the full list:

Glee Cast – Don’t Stop Believin’ – 126 BPM

Chris Brown – Don’t Wake Me Up – 128 BPM

Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out – 103 BPM

OneRepublic – Feel Again – 70 BPM

Lady GaGa – Marry the Night (Afrojack Remix) – 132 BPM

Madonna – Like a Prayer – 112 BPM

Flo Rida & Sia – Wild Ones (Project 46 Remix) – 126 BPM

Alex Clare – Too Close – 126 BPM

Deadmau5 – Raise Your Weapon (Madeon Remix) – 126 BPM

The Killers – Mr. Brightside (Thin White Duke Remix) – 134 BPM

To find more workout songs, check out the free database at Run Hundred. You can browse by genre, tempo, and era to find more tracks with your ideal BPM.

  • By Chris Lawhorn

10 of the Best Songs to Warm Up to Before a Big Game

To get pumped up before a big game, the best thing to do is listen to a warm-up song! Nothing gives you that rush of adrenaline you need more than one of your favorite songs. To help you decide what to put on your pre-game playlist, we’ve made a list of some of the best songs to warm up to.

1. “Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor

“Eye of the Tiger” is a classic warm-up song! The song was released in 1982 and still is popular today. It was featured in the movie “Rocky III,” and continues to be a great workout and warm-up song. Lyrics include, “It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight. Risin’ up to the challenge of our rival.”

2. “Hall of Fame” – The Script

Wouldn’t you love to be in the hall of fame? This song by The Script will get you ready for anything. “Hall of Fame” was released in 2012 and includes lyrics like, “Standing in the hall of fame. And the world’s gonna know your name. ‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame. And the world’s gonna know your name.”

3. “Let It Rock” – Kevin Rudolf ft. Lil Wayne

When you hear “Let It Rock” echoing through the gymnasium, you’ll feel unstoppable. This song by Kevin Rudolf and Lil Wayne came out in 2008 and will get you pumped up before any game. Lyrics include, “Because when I arrive I, I’ll bring the fire. Make you come alive.”

4. “Firework” – Katy Perry

“Firework” by Katy Perry was released in 2010 and has been getting people pumped ever since! The lyrics are motivational, and the beat makes you want to get up and move around. Lyrics include, “You just gotta ignite the light. And let it shine. Just own the night. Like the Fourth of July. ‘Cause baby you’re a firework. Come on show ’em what your worth.”

5. “Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift

Nothing will get you pumped up more than “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift! This is the perfect warm-up song that will keep you up and on your feet. Lyrics include, “’Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake.”

6. “Can’t Hold Us” – Macklemore

“Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will you get you up and jumping around! This song was released in 2012. Lyrics include, “This is the moment. Tonight is the night, we’ll fight ‘til it’s over. So we put our hands up.” You’ll be ready for anything when you listen to this song!

7. “Believer” – Imagine Dragons

One of the best songs to warm up to before a game is “Believer.” This Imagine Dragons song was released in 2018 and is just what you need to listen to when you warm up. Lyrics include “You made me a, you made me a believer, believer. You break me down, you built me up, believer, believer.”

8. “I Gotta Feeling” – The Black Eyed Peas

Right before you take the court or field, listen to “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas. You’ll feel like you’re ready to take on any challenge. Lyrics include, “Here we come, here we go, we gotta rock. Easy come, easy go, now we on top.”

9. “Jump” – Van Halen

“Jump” is another classic! This Van Halen song has been around for years, but it’s still one of the best songs to warm up to before any youth sports game. Not only will it make you want to “jump,” but it’ll get you pumped! Lyrics include, “I get up, and nothin’ gets me down. You got it tough, I’ve seen the toughest around … Might as well jump.”

10. “Don’t Stop Believin’” – Journey

If you’ve ever been to a sporting event, chances are you’ve heard “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey playing in the background at some point. If you want to get pumped up, put this song on your warm-up playlist! Lyrics include, “Don’t stop believing. Hold on to that feeling.”

Bonus Track – “We Are the Champions”

After the game, you can’t go wrong giving “We Are the Champions” by Queen a listen. If you win, it’s the perfect celebratory song!

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Empowering, Energetic & Motivating Warm-up Songs for your Workout


This post was last updated on September 17th, 2019

Are you constantly looking for mood-capturing and motivational songs for your workout routines? Are you also fed up with the same old songs being played in dance studios, fitness classes and gyms?

We’ve put together this multi-genre list of motivational warm-up songs that are perfect for your warm-up routine! Don’t forget to check out more playlists, specifically for pole dancing routines here!

But, for now, here are 12 motivational warm-up songs for your next fitness session.

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12 Energetic & Motivational Warm-Up Songs

These songs are guaranteed to get you in the mood for a good workout!

1. Carly Rae Jepson – Call Me Maybe

2. Kelly Clarkson – Since You Been Gone

3. Beyonce – Single Ladies

4. Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feelin’

5. Rihanna – We Found Love

6. Foo Fighters – Run

7. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Can’t Stop

8. Jason Derulo – Want to Want Me

9. Eric Prydz – Call on Me

10. Black Eyed Peas – Pump It

11. Muse – Uprising

12. The Offspring – The Kids Aren’t Alright

So there’s a selection of our favorite warm-up songs and hope you enjoyed them too! What are your favorite warm-up songs? Leave a comment below to let us know 🙂 Don’t forget to check out Amazon Music Unlimited with a 30-day Free Trial to listen to all these songs, plus 100,000s more!

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EDM Workout Playlist: 15 Dance Hits Guaranteed to Make You Sweat

On New Year’s Eve, few of us resolve to spend more time listening to music or going to the club. The reason: Everybody already likes doing those things. It’s exercise that’s the chore — though thanks to Zumba, it doesn’t have to be.

Every week, 15 million people take part in the dance-fitness program — a fun way to groove to your favorite tunes while also burning a crazy amount of calories per hour. Although many people associate Zumba with salsa and merengue, classes incorporate numerous styles of music, including EDM, pop, and hip-hop.

With 2016 in full swing and everyone anxious to shed those extra holiday pounds, Billboard has partnered with Zumba to compile a series of playlists highlighting the most popular songs played at classes around the world. First up: the top 15 EDM/ dance songs. These energetic tunes were designed to make people move, so it’s no surprise they’re the favorites of Zumba instructors everywhere. So pop a bottle – a water bottle, that is – and let’s get moving.


“Bang My Head,” David Guetta feat. Sia
In exercise, as in life, you sometimes hit what’s known as “the wall.” Sia’s advice on this inspirational David Guetta team-up: smash through, rise above, and “feel the love stepping out of you.”
“How Deep Is Your Love,” Calvin Harris
Although it didn’t sell as well as the chart-topping 1977 Bee Gees ballad of the same name, this subtle, sultry, soul-searching deep-house jam reached No. 2 on both the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs and Dance/Club Songs Charts and snuck into the Hot 100, peaking at No. 27.

“Waiting for Love,” Avicii
Patience is a virtue where this Top 10 Hot/Dance Electronic Songs hit is concerned. The track waits until the very end to explode into the euphoric groover you know it’s going to be. But we guarantee your heart will be pumping along with the bassline once the track hits its peak.
“Intoxicated,” Martin Solveig & GTA
French DJ Martin Solveig has his priorities straight: Infatuation may lead to true love, but first, it inspires dancing, and so does this icy-cool, candy-colored cocktail of a song.
“Beautiful Now,” Zedd feat. Jon Bellion
It’s not vanity driving this irresistible EDM pick-me-up, which topped the Dance Club Songs chart and went Top 5 on two other Billboard tallies. Bellion is singing about the beauty of the moment, and how one night with the right friend or lover is worth savoring forever.
“Bad,” David Guetta feat. Showtek & Vassy
Why does this international dance smash feel so good? There’s that squeaky-sweet Vassy vocal, the killer synth riff introduced at 0:47, and of course that beat — a hypnotic thump that comes and goes and leaves the body craving more.
“Revolution,” Diplo feat. Faustix & Imanos & Kai
“It’s never too late to change your luck,” sings Canadian riser Kai on this spooky booty bumper. She’s pushing for regime change in the head — a banishing of bad thoughts to leave room for good ones. Thanks to Diplo’s irresistible rhythm, resistance is futile.
“Can’t Feel My Face (Martin Garrix Remix),” The Weeknd
In the hands of Martin Garrix, the song of the summer of 2015 becomes a chilly late-night jam that makes total sense in the context of the lyrics. It’s more Haddaway than it is MJ, and it’s more than just a superfluous remix of a track that was perfect to begin with.
“Slave To The Rhythm (Audien Remix),” Michael Jackson
It’s like a double resurrection as this Michael Jackson single, which was originally recorded in 1991 and posthumously released in 2014, gets a third life, compliments of a house DJ from Mystic, Connecticut. Remixes, like holograms, mean our heroes never have to die.
“I Want You To Know,” Zedd feat. Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez wants the world to know about the power of love, and Zedd’s beat helps her spread the message. This song topped the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart and crossed over to No. 17 on the Hot 100, proving that this former child star could indeed be an EDM diva.
“Outside,” Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding
The right combination of rhythm and emotion, “Outside” finds Ellie Goulding down but not out, exploring complex feelings over a beat that’s sure to never let her down. Whatever she’s going through, everyone’s been there — that’s why “Outside” went Top 5 on three charts (Dance Club Songs, Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, and Mainstream Top 40) and climbed to No. 29 on the Hot 100.
“Never Forget You,” Zara Larsson & MNEK
Swedish pop meets U.K. garage on this fidgety gem, a No. 16 hit on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. “Feeling it, loving it, everything we do,” Larsson and MNEK sing toward the end, right before the beat builds to a steady clatter, and the song reaches its emotional peak.
“Should’ve Been Us (Lost Kings Remix),” Tori Kelly
The dynamic DJ duo Lost Kings must have listened to the lyrics before putting their hands on this one. “Should’ve Been Us” is all about missed opportunities, and this remix is the complete opposite: a great R&B tune made all the better by a bumping beat.
“Lean On,” Major Lazer feat. DJ Snake & MØ
There’s virtually nowhere in the world this vaguely mournful house tune wasn’t huge. In the U.S., it reached No. 4 on the Hot 100 and No. 1 on both the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs and Mainstream Top 40 charts. Globally, it stands as the most-streamed Spotify track of all time.
“Aint Nobody,” Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson
Jasmine Thompson doesn’t necessarily do it better than Chaka Khan, who scored a No. 1 R&B hit with this funky tune back in 1983. But the British singer does give the track her own spin, and so does German house DJ Felix Jaehn, who transforms her spare and strummy 2013 cover into a proper celebration of true love and serves up the perfect comedown on our Zumba dance party.

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The BEST Sports Pump Up Songs

I’m guessing most of you can relate to the routine repeated over and over every weekend in my car. Twenty minutes before we arrive at any game, my Bluetooth gets hijacked by whichever kid is about to take the field, court or pool. They are in search of the perfect song to ‘pump’ them up and ready themselves for world domination!

Researcher Costas Karageorghis spent 25 years studying music and its effect on the brain. In his most recent book, “Applying Music in Exercise and Sport”, he explains how music can enhance mood, improve muscle control and help the brain build key muscle memories – so putting up with the blaring stereo on the way to the game, may be well worth it.

I remember popping the coveted “mix tape” into my mom’s car stereo as a kid on the way to my games; it was much less sophisticated but took a LOT more time. Each one was created with such love and care, that a good one might last several years.

Nowadays, kids can create a pump-up playlist in seconds using just a few swipes. It’s hard to keep track of what the good songs are, so I asked around and got a lot of feedback as to what really gets the kids’ blood flowing before games. Some of these are oldies, which proves a good pump-up song has staying power. Michael Phelps, The most decorated Olympic athlete of all time – from any country, has said that music is a large part of his success and that Eminem was his go to artist. So it’s no wonder, two of Em’s songs made it onto our top list.

(Every family has varying degrees of tolerance these days for music with strong language, so be advised, not all of these songs are appropriate for young children. Although we used the ‘clean’ links, sometimes ITUNES will default to the explicit version if you don’t have restrictions set on your ITUNES. Some of the songs contain strong language and content.)

  1. Eminem – “Til I Collapse”
  2. Imagine Dragons- “Believer”
  3. Kanye West – “Stronger”
  4. 2 Chainz/Whiz Khalifa-“We Own It”
  5. ACDC – ” Thunderstruck”
  6. Eminem – “Lose Yourself”
  7. Machine Gun Kelly – “Invincible”
  8. Jay Z & Kanye West – “Who Gon Stop Me”
  9. X Ambassadors – “Jungle”
  10. Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”

21 Songs That’ll Pump You Up To Work Out

If I’m going to jump on a stationary bike or go for a jog around my neighborhood, not only will I be sure to warm up, but I will also double- and triple-check that there is a good playlist queued up on my iPhone. Curating a strong workout playlist is as important to me as doing what I can to prevent pulling a muscle. (Comfortable, well-fitting headphones are also important. I will cut a workout short if my headphones won’t stay put, no question. If my ears are annoyed, it’s game over.)

There are a select number of songs that I can always count on to carry me through any and every “I AM TOO TIRED. MY LEGS HURT. THIS ISN’T FUN. THIS WASN’T EVER FUN. I WANT TO STOP NOW” storm. Those songs are Good Workout Songs.

What makes a Good Workout Song? A hot beat is always a solid start. Scratch that. A hot beat is necessary. Another crucial element: The “must make listener feel as though she could lift a car over her head”-osity levels must be through the roof. I will not settle for anything less.

Good Workout Songs will pump you up while you’re getting your sweat on, and they’ll get you pumped up about working out. You’ll be excited to work out before you work out because you’ll be so stoked to listen the Good Workout Songs. They’re that powerful. Do I have examples of Good Workout Songs? Oh, do I ever.

“Space Jam” by The Quad City DJs

If the Tune Squad could beat the Monstars, you’ve got those reps on lock. Bugs Bunny believes in you.

“We Found Love” by Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris

Even when I’m half-asleep, the Calvin Harris-produced track causes my heart rate to increase. This song was made for cardio.

“Lose Control” by Missy Elliott feat. Ciara & Fatman Scoop

Warning: While listening to “Lose Control,” you may be inspired to choreograph a routine. That could be tricky if you’re listening to it while you’re on a treadmill. You might even… lose control.

“Break Free” by Ariana Grande feat. Zedd

Go ahead and belt “I’M STRONGER THAN I’VE BEEN BEFORE” as you grab the slightly heavier free weights. Everyone in the gym will understand.

“All For You” by Janet Jackson

The delightfulness of this song will all but cause you to forget you’re working out. It’s a treasure.

“Lose My Breath” by Destiny’s Child

The panting. THE PANTING.

“Fergalicious” by Fergie

You’ll be up in the gym just workin’ on your fitness, and Fergie will be there in spirit. Cool, huh?

“Bring Em Out” by T.I.

When I listen to this, I like to close my eyes and imagine I’m running out on the court with the Oklahoma City Thunder. I get so amped every time.

“Till The World Ends” by Britney Spears

Keep on dancing/jogging/lifting/doing pushups/swimming laps until the world ends. Don’t let Brit Brit down.

“Pound the Alarm” by Nicki Minaj

Why must we pound the alarm? Uh, because this song will make you feel like FIIIIIRE in the gym.

“Party Starter” by Will Smith

Working out is not a party. But we can pretend otherwise.

“Pop” by ‘N Sync

Listen to this while you do a circuit. You’re welcome.

“Wild For The Night” By A$AP Rocky feat. Skrillex and Birdy Nam Nam

This song’s energy is perfect for when you need a mid-gym sesh pick-me-up. Your batteries will not only be recharged, but they will be wild. They will be wild for the night.

“Get Me Bodied” by Beyoncé

It’s like you’re in a dance class. A Bey-led dance class. The best kind of dance class.

” Bad Girls” by M.I.A.

Too nervous to confront the guy who swooped in on the stairclimber you’d been waiting to use? Listen to “Bad Girls.” That stairclimber will be as good as yours.

“Sissy That Walk” by RuPaul

Don’t question Mama Ru. Sissy that goddamned walk.

“Bulletproof” by La Roux

Have I ever gone running and listened to this song on repeat for 30 minutes straight (and by “running” I mean “jogging and taking lots of breaks”)? Yes. Yes I have.

“Applause” by Lady Gaga

“Put your hands up, make ’em touch,” eh? Is this song actually about clapping, or is it about doing jumping jacks?

“All Of The Lights” by Kanye West feat. Rihanna

Do you like to pretend you’re a movie character prepping for a big match while you work out? This song is the best soundtrack for the training montage.

“Run The World (Girls)” by Beyoncé

Yes, another Bey song. But that Major Lazer sample + Queen Bey reminding everyone what’s what = there wasn’t a chance I’d leave it off of the list.

“Techno Syndrome” by The Immortals


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