Cardio at the gym is probably the most boring part of some people's workouts, especially if you primarily lift. So if you are one of the people who runs for health rather than for enjoyment, then picking the right playlist of songs is probably the most important thing you can do. There are many songs in every genre that can fit your pace perfectly. So in this article, I will be breaking down some of the best songs to choose for your workout to keep you moving, running, and bopping to the beat.
If you a lover of mainstream, radio, andBillboard Top 40 hits, your playlist should definitely include the following:
"We Are Young" by Fun- This song has just risen to the top of the iTunes single charts and to the Billboard Top 40. The song provides an easy going chorus that make it perfect for a warm up.
"Good Feeling" by Flo Rida- This song will definitely help you keep up the pace as many of his songs do. Although I have never liked this song because it rips off the song "Levels" by electronic artist Avicii, it still provides a great beat and catchy lyrics to keep you going.
"Give Me All Your Luvin' by Madonna ft. Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.- This is another very new song that will help you keep pace and has about the same tempo that "Good Feeling" does and it is catchy, repeats a lot, and will probably make the workout go by faster.
"Sexy and I Know It" by LMFAO- This song is obviously going to be on this list just because of the catchy lyrics, quick beat, and has some motivational value to be as sexy as you can be.
"We Found Love" by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris- This song's easy going beat and simple lyrics will make a good cool down for any workout.
Now let me tell you that the songs above are not adequate for everybody, especially people who refuse to listen to mainstream music and just cannot stand the artists listed above. Well, let me tell you that the songs above are not what I play when I workout. My workout playlist crosses and hybrids many genres that include electronic dance music, post-hardcore metal music, and a little bit of pop. Below, I have listed my recently most used workoutplaylist with the names of the songs, artists, and genres of each. These are all songs I suggest you add if you want a twist.
"Anything Can Happen in the Next Half Hour"- Enter Shikari (Post-hardcore)
"Storytime"- Nightwish (Symphonic Metal)
"Keep Up"- Hyper Crush (Dance)
"Judas"- Lady Gaga (Pop)
"WTF"- Hyper Crush (Dance)
"Guardian Angel"- Abandon All Ships (Post-hardcore)
"Faint"- Linkin Park (Rapcore)
"I-E-A-I-A-I-O"- System of a Down (Various Metal)
"Blackout"- Breathe Carolina (Electronic Dance)
"This Love This Hate"- Hollywood Undead (Rapcore)
"My Love For You Is Bombproof"- Dying Diva (Post-hardcore)
"Stiff Kittens"- Blakq Audio (Electronic)
I am not saying that my playlist is going to be what you are looking for, but at least check out all of the songs listed above to see if they are correct for you. For me, each song has a different function whether to warm me up, cool me down, keep up my pace, slow down my pace, or push through the rough ending. Honestly, the biggest thing to remember when picking songs for a playlist like this is it has to keep you running no matter what, whether that means picking songs that are close to you, picking songs that are more aggressive in nature, or picking songs that you ex-boyfriend/girlfriend used to love. It does not matter to anyone else in the gym what music makes you run. What matters most is that this music pushes you through.