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Top 30 Gym & Workout Songs Summer 2018

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Music whilst working out is a must. It's butter to your bread, sure you can have bread on its own but it's so much better when it complements Edith something. However that something needs to be specific - otherwise, it just feels wrong. That is why you need a solid playlist of songs which help you get motivated whilst either at the gym or just whilst you're working out.

Although everyone has different tastes there is pop music where their fan base has a large range of people, from young to old, rich to poor. Plus either starting a new playlist can take time and you may not know where to start. So in an attempt to help here are 30 songs which should help you to get in the mood for working out and beating your personal bests.

Side note: I personally love Spotify--the wizardry behind the algorithms mean that time after time I hear songs which I really like. If you want a playlist that is already there, you might want to head over and take a look (I need to also point out that there are other music streaming services available, and provide the same service). Also, the songs that are recommended are not necessarily all to be used in a playlist but can be more ideas for which you can springboard off.

Must Read: Does Music Improve Your Workout?

  1. Eye of the Tiger by Survivor (1982)  What a song. Whether it's the powerful chords in the background, the lyrics which could empower anyone to do anything, or even just its connotations with working out, this song is definitely one to have on pretty much any playlist, regardless of the situation. I also feel that due to this song basically being the song of the Rocky film franchise, which in itself has inspired so many people across so many generations, this song has a very similar, yet different meaning to everyone
  2. Dreaming a city (Hugheskova) by Manic Street Preachers (2014)     One of my personal favorites whilst working out is this little tune from the Welsh group Manic Street Preachers. This is mainly due to the fact that unlike most of the songs on his list here this one is instrumental, and there is a heavy bass guitar which personally, really gets me into focus. Plus for me due to the name of the song as well as the main guitar that is being played throughout the song, it gives me the idea of actual buildings being built and a city forming as the song progresses. This mental visualization really does help me to imagine that the work that I put in now will pay off in the end, just like laying down the foundations for a building, you need to work hard and constantly before you are able to see the final result.
  3. I'll Make a Man Out of You by Donny Osmond (1998) If you haven't realised yet, I'm putting the songs that deserve to be in workout playlists first, and when I say deserve I mean they aren't recent, however, they don't have to be as they are classics in their own right. This song is no exception and was synonymous with a training montage in Disney’s Mulan. This song is empowering on two fronts, with the one being it motivating you to move a mountain, and the other being to help empower women to be able to help break the stereotype and be confident in working out and become stronger in all senses.
  4. The Final Countdown by Europe (1986). This icon of 80s music is designed to help you on that final stretch towards the end of your workout, and with upbeat lyrics which help empower you, it's among one of the greatest songs you can finish on. If this song is a bit too poppy for you and you want to replace it with another classic finishing song, I'd recommend We Are The Champions by Queen (1977). This song was in fact made by Freddie Mercury for sports events and winners, and you will definitely feel like a winner after hearing this song after a long workout.
  5. Disturbia by Rihanna (2008). With the beat of this song perfect for a running tempo, this song is a great little running song (especially just after the chorus which has a perfect steady running beat (which if you're only starting to workout it is great to try and distract yourself as time, along with your workout goes a lot further than if you're focused on the time)) or just a karaoke opportunity if you're feeling brave enough.
  6. DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love by Usher (2010). This blast from the past is perfect for the gym, with its uptempo beat and its activity heavy lyrics, it's perfect for any situation.
  7. Just Dance by Lady Gaga (2008). Another song which has aged like a fine wine, Just Dance is a brilliant song to listen to whilst doing just about anything. And it is a cracker to listen to whilst working out.
  8. Supermassive Black Hole by Muse (2006). With a heavy bass to help you get in the right mood, it's a good song to get down to business. Plus for me personally I like the connotations of working towards something that is way greater than you can actually imagine and trying to imagine the pure power of a normal black hole, let along a supermassive one (which do in fact exist, along with ultramassive black holes) helps me with overcoming any smaller obstacles

Those are the songs which I feel one needs to base their playlist around- and what style of music you want. There is every possibility that there isn't a song for you on this list, but there is definitely the right workout music for you somewhere. The songs below are some which I have found and do personally enjoy, all of which are upbeat. Some of them have much faster tempos than others (such as pump it which has a very fast beat going into the chorus

  1. Break your Heart by Taio Cruz (2010).
  2. Grace Kelly by Mika (2006)
  3. Maps by Maroon 5 (2015)
  4. Starships by Nicki Minaj (2012)
  5. Can't Stop by Red Hot Chilli Peppers (2002)
  6. Mr. Saxobeat by Alexandra Stan (2011)
  7. Pump it by The Black Eyed Peas (2005)
  8. Number 1 by Tinchy Strider (2009)
  9. Don't stop the music by Rihanna (2008)
  10. Heatwave by Wiley (2012)
  11. Good Feeling by Flo Rida (2012)
  12. Girls like (featuring Zara Larsson) by Tinie Tempah (2016)
  13. One kiss (with Dua Lipa) by David Guetta (2018)
  14. Ring (feat Mabel and Rich the Kid) by Jax Jones (2018)
  15. Wavey (feat. Alika) by CLiQ (2017)
  16. Feel it still in Portugal. The Man (2017)
  17. Million Voices by Otto Knows (2013)
  18. My Type by Saint Motel (2014)
  19. Greyhound by Swedish House Mafia (2012)
  20. Loveblood by Sundara Karma (2016)
  21. Sex on fire by Kings of Leon (2008)
  22. Radioactive by Imagine Dragons (2012)

At the end of the day there are literally millions upon millions of songs to choose from, and all of which have different meanings and different effects on people. Some of these songs may have a completely different connotation to you other than working out, such as a club song or a summer classic.

I also recognise that I have decided to exclude songs such as rap as well as metal, even though something like Eminem's’ Lose Yourself is a very motivational song which can definitely get you in the mood for working out - especially as the lyrics talk about how you can't quit and shouldn't give up on your dreams.

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