Umm, This May Be The Greatest Workout Playlist Of All Time

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From Women's Health

It can be hard to stay motivated during a workout, especially when you have sooo many other things on your mind. But exercise can help distract you from your to-do lists and every day anxieties, something we all could really use during the age of the novel coronavirus.

“We know about the mental and physical benefits of exercise for the brain, and that it aids with sleep,” says Jordan Metzl, MD, a sports medicine physician at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City previously told Women's Health. “When people are ruminating about something, exercise helps.”

If you're struggling to stay in the zone, there are a couple of things you can do to really amplify your sweat sesh. Lacing up a fresh pair of sneakers, for starters. Or a crowd favorite: cranking the beats.

The right workout playlist can make a huge difference in how you feel and perform during your workouts. Listening to high-tempo music (the kind that's around 170 heartbeats per minute), made people perceive their workouts as being easier, even when they were challenging, and t boosted cardiovascular benefits more than lower tempo tunes, according to a recent study published in Frontiers in Psychology.

What's more: Music may change the way that you respond to fatigue—and even boost your endurance, per research published in the Journal of Sports Exercise Psychology. Plus, other research from Sage Journal has shown that tunes can make you feel more powerful and that people who listen to music they deemed “pleasing” had higher levels of serotonin, also known as the “feel-good” hormone, according to findings published in the book Progress in Brain Research. Combine that with a workout, which already amps up your endorphins, and you’ll really be treating your body right.

Looking for the perfect soundtrack for your next sweat? Check out these playlists below broken down into overall workout songs, and then into categories made just for running, cycling, lifting, and yoga. Scroll to the bottom for a Spotify playlist of all our picks. Are you ready to finally rock your workout?

50 Best Workout Songs

  1. "Juice" by Lizzo

  2. "Yummy by Justin Bieber

  3. "The Box" by Roddy Rich

  4. "Toast" by Koffee

  5. "Countdown" by Beyonce

  6. "Girl on Fire (Inferno Version)" by Alicia Keys

  7. "Roxanne" by Arizona Zervas

  8. "Energy (Wellman Remix)" by Drake

  9. "High Hopes" by Panic! At the Disco

  10. "Back to Delilah (Remix)" by Florence + the Machine and Drake

  11. "Finest Hour" by Cash Cash featuring Abir

  12. "A Thousand Miles (Scooter Hype White Girl Surprise Intro)" by Vanessa Carlton

  13. "Run This Town" by Jay-Z featuring Rihanna

  14. "Burn" by Ellie Goulding

  15. "Apeshit" by The Carters

  16. "7 Rings" by Ariana Grande

  17. "Genius (Lil Wayne Remix)" by LSD featuring Lil Wayne, Sia, Diplo, and Labrinth

  18. "If I Can’t Have You" by Shawn Mendes

  19. "Pony (Jump On It)" by Ginuwine

  20. "DJ Turn It Up" by Yellow Claw

  21. "No Diggity (Fare Solid Remix)" by Blackstreet

  22. "Stay (Scooter Mix)" by Alessia Cara

  23. "I Like It (Dillon Francis Remix)" by Cardi B

  24. "Good Old Days" by Macklemore feat. Kesha

  25. "New Level (Meaux Green Remix)" by A$AP Ferg

  26. "Indian Summer" by Jai Wolf

  27. "Bounce" by Logic

  28. "Innerbloom" by Rufus Du Sol

  29. "Field Below" by Regina Spektor

  30. "Focus" by H.E.R.

  31. "True Colors" by Jules Larson

  32. "Like A Star" by Corrine Bailey Rae

  33. "Free Fallin’" by John Mayer

  34. "Brooklyn In the Summer" by Aloe Black

  35. "I Was Made for Loving You" by Tori Kelly

  36. "Mirror" by Madison Ryann Ward

  37. "Beyond" by Leon Bridges

  38. "Cold Little Heart" by Michael Kiwanuka

  39. "Missin’ You Crazy" by Russ

  40. "Little Lion Man" by Mumford and Son

  41. Nonstop" by Drake

  42. "Drip" by Cardi B feat. Migos

  43. "Dance Monkey" by Tones And I

  44. "No Problem" by Chance the Rapper

  45. "Wish Wish" by DJ Khaled featuring Cardi B

  46. "Bo$$" by Fifth Harmony

  47. "Sicko Mode" by Travis Scott featuring Drake

  48. "Humble." by Kendrick Lamar

  49. "Bulletproof" by La Roux

  50. "I Can" by Nas

Best Workout Songs For Running

These upbeat songs will keep you motivated while on the trails or the treadmill. And many of these tracks hover around the standard BPM (beats per minute) cadence for logging miles, which is roughly between 170 and 180.

  1. "Juice" by Lizzo

  2. "Toast" by Koffee

  3. "Countdown" by Beyonce

  4. "Girl on Fire (Inferno Version)" by Alicia Keys

  5. "Dance Monkey" by Tones And I

  6. "Energy (Wellman Remix)" by Drake

  7. "High Hopes" by Panic! At the Disco

  8. "Back to Delilah (Remix)" by Florence + the Machine and Drake

  9. "Finest Hour" by Cash Cash featuring Abir

  10. "A Thousand Miles (Scooter Hype White Girl Surprise Intro)" by Vanessa Carlton

  11. "Run This Town" by Jay-Z featuring Rihanna

  12. "Burn" by Ellie Goulding

  13. "Apeshit" by The Carters

  14. "7 Rings" by Ariana Grande

  15. "Genius (Lil Wayne Remix)" by LSD featuring Lil Wayne, Sia, Diplo, and Labrinth

Best Workout Songs For Spin

Perfect for everything from sprints to slow climbs, these songs have a good range of BPM to bring you through a 45–minute session.

  1. "Yummy" by Justin Bieber

  2. "If I Can’t Have You" by Shawn Mendes

  3. "Pony (Jump On It)" by Ginuwine

  4. "DJ Turn It Up" by Yellow Claw

  5. "Roxanne" by Arizona Zervas

  6. "No Diggity (Fare Solid Remix)" by Blackstreet

  7. "Stay (Scooter Mix)" by Alessia Cara

  8. "I Like It (Dillon Francis Remix)" by Cardi B

  9. "Good Old Days" by Macklemore feat. Kesha

  10. "New Level (Meaux Green Remix)" by A$AP Ferg

  11. "Indian Summer" by Jai Wolf

  12. "Bounce" by Logic

  13. "Innerbloom" by Rufus Du Sol

Best Workout Songs For Yoga

It’s time to turn down, just a little bit. These slower, soulful beats are the perfect tracks to take you through your next sun salutation.

  1. "Focus" by H.E.R.

  2. "Like A Star" by Corrine Bailey Rae

  3. "Field Below" by Regina Spektor

  4. "True Colors" by Jules Larson

  5. "Free Fallin’" by John Mayer

  6. "Brooklyn In the Summer" by Aloe Blacc

  7. "I Was Made for Loving You" by Tori Kelly

  8. "Mirror" by Madison Ryann Ward

  9. "Beyond" by Leon Bridges

  10. "Cold Little Heart" by Michael Kiwanuka

  11. "Missin’ You Crazy" by Russ

  12. "Little Lion Man" by Mumford and Sons

Best Workout Songs For Lifting

Consisting of mostly hip-hop, these bass-heavy tracks are just the right groove to be picking things up and putting them down.

  1. "The Box" by Roddy Rich

  2. "Drip" by Cardi B feat. Migos

  3. "Nonstop" by Drake

  4. "No Problem" by Chance the Rapper

  5. "Wish Wish" by DJ Khaled featuring Cardi B

  6. Bo$$ by Fifth Harmony

  7. "Sicko Mode" by Travis Scott featuring Drake

  8. "Humble." by Kendrick Lamar

  9. "Bulletproof" by La Roux

  10. "I Can" by Nas

Ready to put the master playlist to the test? Try it out below:

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