We know that nothing gets you through your workout like music—a good melody to distract from the pain, a steady rhythm to keep the pace or a jolt of extra emotion to get you closer to the finish line.
And though your local gym might think that a mix of throbbing pop music works for everyone, we’ve compiled some of our favorite workout songs into 10 unique playlists ranging from classic rock to hip hop to, well, throbbing pop music. The workout playlist features 10 songs for stair-stepping Jazzercize.
1. The Kinks, “Powerman”
The perfect song for running, especially when you’re trying to catch a train).
2. Elvis Costello & The Attractions, “Radio Radio”
Or, of course, “Pump It Up.”
3. Talking Heads, “Thank you for Sending Me an Angel”
Don’t you just know that David Byrne had P90X in mind when he wrote this one?
4. The Black Crowes, “Go Faster”
Ain’t no workout like dirty, Southern workout.
5. Queen, “Another One Bites The Dust”
If Freddie Mercury can sing like that, you can do a few more push-ups.
6. The Stooges, “TV Eye”
If you want to be in this kind of shape when you’re 66, just follow the example of Iggy Pop—without, you know, the ravaging drugs.
7. The Ramones, “Judy is a Punk”
For extra credit, show up for pilates in a leather jacket.
8. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, “Coma Girl”
A forgotten gem from Strummer’s final album.
9. The Call, “Let the Day Begin”
Here’s to the rowers in the morning lake; here’s to the cyclists in the streets…
10. Devo, “Whip It”
The nostalgia is guaranteed to get your mind off those crunches.