Music and working out go together like peanut butter and jelly. Music has even been proven to make your workout seem easier. But you probably didn’t need science to tell you this. If you’ve ever forgotten your headphones at home, you know what I’m talking about. Music has the power to motivate, move you and even dull the pain.
Read on for 20 motivational songs guaranteed to get you in the gym.
1. Talking Body by Tove Lo
“Now if we’re talking body, you’ve got a perfect one so put it on me.”
What’s not to love about this super-catchy, sexy hit single? Keep working that bod, and soon yours will be the body everyone can’t stop talking about.
2. Don’t Cha by The Pussycat Dolls
“Don’t ‘cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?”
This song is the definition of a guilty pleasure—an over-the-top sexy little number in which the lead singers dance around in short shorts and tank tops while taunting rapper Busta Rhymes. This song is all about feeling sexy, and what better way to feel sexy than hitting the weights?
3. I Took a Pill in Ibiza (Seen Remix) by Mike Posner
“I took a pill in Ibiza to show Avicii I was cool, and when I finally got sober, felt 10 years older, but f**k it, it was something to do.”
It’s 2016, and everyone understands the importance of working out and taking care of yourself. Although it’s not about the rocker party lifestyle anymore, there’s something ironically cool about working out to a heavily emotional, drug-laden song while you sip your green juice.
4. Closer (feat. Halsey) by the Chainsmokers
“We ain’t ever getting older!”
Everyone can relate to this 2016 earworm classic heard on the top of billboards all around the world. Keep running. This one gives you all the feels.
5. Me Too by Meghan Trainor
“I walk in like a dimepiece. I go straight to VIP. I never pay for my drinks. My entourage behind me.”
This song is all about self-love and self-empowerment. Ms. Trainor rocks a giraffe onesie that makes us want to throw a post-gym pajama party.
6. Sit Still, Look Pretty by Daya
“I know the other girlies wanna wear expensive things, and diamond rings, but I don’t wanna be the puppet that you’re playing on a string. This queen don’t need a king.”
This bouncy, eff-you jaunt reiterates what fit women have known all along—you don’t need a man’s approval. So you think lifting weights isn’t feminine? Get out of our way.
7. Panda by Desiigner
8. I’m Real by Jennifer Lopez
“I’m real, what you get is what you see. What you trying to do to me?”
Jennifer Lopez rocked a big booty before it was cool. Here’s to keepin’ it real JLo.
9. Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande
“Don’t need permission, made my decision to test my limits, ’cause it’s my business, God as my witness, start what I finished.”
This mid-tempo slow jam is perfect for knocking out the reps while belting out the lyrics. Start what you finished! You’re a dangerous woman.
10. ‘Till I Collapse by Eminem
“And when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up, but you gotta search within you, and gotta find that inner strength and just pull that shit out of you and get that motivation to not give up and not be a quitter, no matter how bad you wanna just fall flat on your face.”
This militaresque track is perfect for busting out the day after leg day when you’re wondering if it’s worth dragging your sore body back to the gym. The answer is, yes.
Read on for 10 more songs to kickass in the gym.
11. Started From the Bottom by Drake
“Started from the bottom now we’re here.”
This song is all about being proud of where you came from and making it to where you are today through good ‘ol fashioned hard work.
12. Sorry by Beyonce
“Middle fingers up. Put them hands high. Wave it in his face. Tell ’em boy bye.”
This is perhaps Beyonce’s most defiant, spiteful song yet. There’s nothing more empowering than getting out of a bad relationship—except maybe getting out of a bad relationship while working on your killer body.
13. Independent Women, Pt. I by Destiny’s Child
“I worked hard and sacrificed to get what I get. Ladies, it ain’t easy being independent.”
Ladies it ain’t easy being independent. Here’s to you for making it to the gym after a long day at work.
14. She Knows by Ne-Yo
“She know, she what all the fellas looking at, ’cause they know…she loves the attention that she get when she moves.”
We’ve said it before—fit women love to feel sexy. What better way to feel sexy than showing off your hard work while strutting around in a bikini to this R&B remix?
15. Work B*tch by Britney Spears
“Look hot in a bikini? You better work b*tch. You wanna live fancy? Live in a big mansion? Party in France? You better work b*tch, you better work b*tch.”
Britney knows what it takes to get your hot body back—work. No excuses. Now get to work b*tch.
16. Ride by Ciara (ft. Ludacris)
“ATL Georgia, booties look like this size, 23 waist, pretty face, thick thighs.”
If the heavy bass and seductive lyrics in this bump-and-grind song aren’t enough to get your booty to the gym, than surely Ciara’s “23-waist” and hypnotic dance moves are.
17. Drink You Away by Justin Timberlake
“I can’t drink you away. I’ve tried Jack, I’ve tried Jim, I’ve tried all of their friends, but I can’t drink you away. All of these rocks, I can’t swim outta this skin, I’m livin’ in. Say, now tell me baby, don’t they make a medicine for heartbreak?”
Yes, Justin they do make a medicine for heartbreak. It’s called the gym. Now put the bottle down, and we’ll show you how it’s done.
18. Bad Blood by Taylor Swift
“‘Cause baby now we got bad blood. You know it used to be mad love. So take a look at what you’ve done. ‘Cause baby now we got bad blood.”
Work on your #SquatGoals while listening to Taylor Swift slay with her #SquadGoals in this intoxicating song about girl power and how bad it hurts to be betrayed.
19. Ex’s & Oh’s by Elle King
“One, two, three, they gonna run back to me. ‘Cause I’m the best baby that they never gotta keep. One, two, three, they gonna run back to me. They always wanna come, but they never wanna leave.”
We know we’re supposed to forgive and forget, but there’s something oh, so wonderful about running into your ex looking sexy as hell. Sweet revenge is definitely made in the gym.
20. CRZY by Kehlani
“Everything I do, I do it with a passion. If I gotta be a bitch, I’mma be a bad one.”
You’re not crazy. You’re a strong, dedicated unapologetic woman sweating it out at the gym. Every. Damn. Day. Because who wants to be average?