Top 10 Workout Songs

What songs did UG readers vote as the best workout songs ever? See the results here, and share your own tips for groove-stacked tracks in the comments.

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Every January we look back at the last year and regret not getting fit, then pledge to start working out for once.

It's hard to get started, but one thing that can help drive you forward is a great playlist of songs with the perfect tempo to get you pumped for action.

On Wednesday we asked readers to vote for their favorite workout songs. The results are in, and there were plenty of decent suggestions.

It looks like the most popular tracks had a consistent tempo, solid groove, and plenty of attitude. Some tracks broke those trends - scroll down to see if you agree.

And, as usual, there were some prank entries. One of them technically won the whole poll, so we've included it at the bottom just for being hilarious.

Can you recommend other workout songs? Share them in the comments and help other readers get in shape for the New Year.

10. Them Crooked Vultures "No One Loves Me & Neither Do I"

A perfect intro to the list today. Too slow for running perhaps, but with a steady pace and grooves tighter than a nun's gardening schedule, it could be perfect for anything with repetitions like weightlifting.

9. Red Hot Chili Peppers "Can't Stop"

Few can groove as hard as the Chili Peppers. This hit from their 2002 album "By The Way" was a return to their old style of quick-fire rapping verses. Try boxing to it.

8. Paul Engemann "Push It To The Limit"

We're moving into prankster territory here. This 80s-tastic track from the "Scarface" soundtrack wouldn't normally show up on UG, but if you were going to a gym in a certain mood, it might suit you.

7. Queens Of The Stone Age "First It Giveth"

Time to pick up the pace. Relentless loops of riff upon riff are sure to drive you to work up a sweat. It's also one of many great tracks on the flawless "Songs For The Deaf" from 2002.

6. Rage Against The Machine "Calm Like A Bomb"

Other bands so far have had the groove right, but a good dose of anger - or perhaps we should say rage - is going to get you REALLY pumped.

5. Megadeth "Holy Wars"

Awesome song, but seriously, how did this get so many votes? There's so many different tempos and distracting (but awesome) changes that it could be hard to focus while you're working out. But hey, whatever works for you.

4. Tenacious D "To Be The Best"

This parody of movie montage scenes is probably useless for motivation in the real world. But then, in reality we're all just sat staring at computers right now, so what does it matter?

3. Meshuggah "Bleed"

Warning: video is NSFW. It won't suit everyone's workout schedule, but for many the trance-inducing blast beats will be perfect for getting in the zone.

2. Pantera "Cowboys From Hell"

All that power metal riffage and Phil Anselmo's drill sergeant vocal delivery should rouse you into action.

1. Survivor "Eye Of The Tiger"

There could only be one winner. This song has probably inspired every athlete in history - now it's your turn. Get up and start working out!


This internet-era techno remix of 4 Non Blondes "What's Up" merged with beloved 80s cartoon He-Man won over 160 votes. It wasn't quite list worthy, but we can't ignore something so funny, so here it is as a bonus extra. And if you can't get enough, YouTube has a ten hour version available...

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    We all know I really won with my He-Man entry.
    Strongly disagree with #8 being in prankster territory. That song is a cheesy beast.
    Anyone else immediately picture Cartman training for the special olympics when they hear Push it to the Limit?
    Funny you should say that - South Park had a parody of this song [it was called Montage or We're Gonna Need a Montage] in the episode Asspen.
    It was in Team America too. I thought it was just a parody of 80s cheese in general before I heard Push It To The Limit.
    yeah Push it to the limit is hella motivational. I didn't post it with any prankster intentions. I mean I have seen the song used countless times during a workout montage! Also, how the **** did Joe Esposito "You're the Best Around" not make this list?
    Disappointed this didn't make it..
    Imagine a fat dude with low self esteem on an exercise bike singing "NO ONE LOVES ME AND NEITHER DO I!" IT'S SO APPROPRIATE!
    Not bad! For me RATM song is the best. QOTSA and Meshuggah are good too. And of course "Eye Of The Tiger"
    Most Rammstein songs, really. Fast thrashy songs aren't very good, you lose rythm because of tempo changes, also get tired too early.
    Indeed, you can be like a frickin' machine to most Rammstein tunes. Great call, man!
    Battery by Metallica, Aces High by Iron Maiden, Second Heartbeat by Avenged Sevenfold, Waking the Demon by BFMV, Indestructible by Disturbed, and A Warrior's Call by Volbeat are my favorites to work out to.
    Killswitch Engage - My Curse, or pretty much anything else by them works very well.
    No Machine Head?????!!!!
    My first thoughts. Try not getting motivated while lifting to I am Hell. That song is just the epitome of adrenaline mixed with the right amount of motivation.
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    If you're going for MH, at least pick something that isn't polished and overproduced like their new material (Although locust was kinda cool). Burn my eyes my friend..
    I usually do an all-Meshuggah mix on the treadmill. That gets you moving, no doubt!
    I swear to god, UG needs a delete button already. It double posted the link, so I edited it to this comment. Haha
    My Top 10 workout tracks, in no particiular order : 1. Fear Factory : Mechanize 2. Crowbar : Conquering 3. Foo Fighters : The Colour And The Shape 4. Stan Bush : Dare 5. Thin Lizzy : Cold Sweat 6. Metallica : Battery 7. Anthrax : What Doesn't Die 8. Sepultura : Kairos 9. Strapping Young Lad : Detox 10. Slayer : Angel Of Death You'll be more pumped than Lance Armstrong at the Tour De France!!! Anything thrashy or by Fear Factory is killer too and the first RATM album. Really UG? 'Calm Like a Bomb!?'