8 Great Workout Songs

February 13, 2010

I’ve been working out pretty consistently for the past six weeks or so. And by that, I mean I’m going to the gym about 4-5 times per week. My workout usually consists of a little weightlifting, some situps, and I’m now up to 45 minutes on the treadmill. That’s where the music comes in.

I’ve got a workout playlist on my iPod with 24 songs. Here are the best workout songs I’ve found so far:

“Chocolate” by Snow Patrol

Such an ironic title for a workout song, but this one has the perfect drum beat and rhythm. I’ll let me treadmill time go a little long when this song comes on at the end. It’s too perfect. Unquestionably, the greatest workout song ever.

“Politik” by Coldplay

Another one that’s great because, depending on how fast you’re walking, each step hits at the same time as each drum beat. There are some slow parts in this song, so it’s pretty good at the beginning when I’m just starting the treadmill session.

“When We Were Young” by Whipping Boy

Great, short song from an Irish band you’ve never heard of. I’ve never seen this video until just now when I went searching on YouTube (since LaLa doesn’t have it).

“Hysteria” by Muse

Perfect song for the middle of a long treadmill session. “Uprising” is another great Muse workout song, but I like this one better.

“First Time” by Lifehouse

Remember this song from the Dodge TV commercials a couple years ago? It was good then, but even better for a workout. Again with the consistent drumbeat that you can walk to super easily.

“The Secret” by Vib Gyor

Another one I couldn’t find on LaLa, so here’s the video. If everyone listed to this song first thing every morning, there’d be no need for coffee runs. Wait ’til the drums kick in at the 15-second mark, and then you’re off.

“Bad” by U2

You knew there’d be U2 somewhere on my workout playlist, didn’t you? I’m still searching for good U2 songs to include, but the live version of “Bad” is winning so far. It’s kinda slow in the beginning, but builds up over the second half of the song. It’s good at the beginning of a walk, and also at the end for winding down.

“Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby” by Counting Crows

One of my all-time favorite songs. It’s a great, great driving song and also works in a workout. Pretty good wind-down song since it’s not super fast.

Okay, enough of my workout song list. If anyone has their own favorite workout songs, drop a comment so I can build my playlist!


  • Reply Mike Ramsey February 14, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Either way – guster

  • Reply Barbara February 15, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Awesome Matt, thanks; this post made me smile (and want to go for a jog). 🙂

  • Reply Diana March 9, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    If you want a Guster song, it would have to be Airport Song. Like Bad with that nearly pushing rhythm

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