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The Best Pump Up Songs to Tackle Any Workout


There's nothing quite like lacing up for your first long run of the season, setting up for sprint intervals, strapping on a new pair of boxing gloves, or stepping up to a barbell that holds more weight than ever before. Those are the moments when you really need the best song on the best album on the best workout playlist—the one that takes you from zero to 60— real fast. What's even better than a perfect song? An entire playlist filled with all the best pump up songs that you can use for virtually any workout. (Want to make a playlist of your own? Here are six tips for choosing the best workout songs.)

What you'll find inside: plenty of Kanye West because, well, the guy knows how to get really worked up. Plus some other get-amped hits from hip-hop artists and rappers. You'll also get your heartbeat pumping with Avicii, and a grab a little sass from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. You'll stay fired up until the finisher, which is Sia's "The Greatest," because what could be more fitting after you nailed that PR, max-weight rep, or held that plank longer than you ever had before.

Plus, there's plenty of beats because ICYMI, bass-heavy songs are scientifically proven to make you feel more powerful. This hour-long playlist should cover most of your workouts, but if you need a little extra motivation, tack on this EDM Pump-Up Playlist, Body-Positivity Playlist, and Weight Lifting Playlist for when you need to be in beast mode.

Press play to listen to the best pump up songs below, and follow the Shape x Fitness Spotify account to stay updated on our latest, greatest workout soundtracks. What are you waiting for? That barbell isn't going to lift itself.


Lauren Mazzo

Lauren Mazzo is a digital assistant editor for Shape and Fitness. She's an Ithaca College alumna, a Rochester, NY, native and an NYC transplant.  More →

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