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 running playlist features 10 exercise songs for when you’re working out on two legs.
1. Gnarls Barkley, “Run”
Rarely do words and music both fit the situation so well.
2. M.I.A., “Paper Planes”
We’ll admit to doing the little gun motion while jogging down empty streets.
3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Zero”
Karen O feels even sounds like she’s out of breath.
4. The White Stripes, “Seven Nation Army”
Also great for high-school marching bands.
5. The Strokes, “I Can’t Win”
It seems like every other Strokes song was made for running, particular this one, “What Ever Happened” and “12:51.”
6. Curtis Mayfield, “Move on Up”
It was good enough for Will Ferrell’s character in Semi-Pro.
7. Cake, “The Distance”
Makes running (or driving) almost seem purposeful.
8. Cut Copy, “Lights & Music”
For added effect, go running at night with your own strobe light.
9. Jem, “They”
Nothing like a little paranoia to keep you going.
10. Big Boi featuring B.o.B & Wavves, “Shoes For Running”
Wavves and B.o.B join Big Boi for a perfect running song.