View Full Version : Motivation - Great music to workout to!

07-18-2010, 08:36 AM
We needed this Thread up a long time ago. We post here our favorite songs we listen to when working out. Lets lay out some ground rules first:

-No illegal download links. Unless the person who made the song specifically gave permission for the song to be free and provided the download link.

-youtube links are ok

-tell us when you like to listen to them

Thats all the rules I can think of right now. Let me get the ball rolling:

Vicarious by Tool - this one is an amazing cover in piano. I listen to this when doing my biceps workout. She does a ton of other greats songs you wouldn't expect to sound great on piano but they totally do.


Nalepa Monday remix - original song Monday by The Glitch Mob

Great for cardio or plyometrics (jump training)


07-18-2010, 01:56 PM
This is War-30 seconds to Mars

Is one of my favorite warmup songs(lasts for about the right time frame too~5 minutes). It slowly speeds up, has a big burst of energy, and kind of the lyrics seem to fit, especially "To the right, to the left
We will fight to the death
To the edge of the earth
It's a brave new world"

Really helps me because I HATE starting out on workouts, most of the time, but after I get into it I don't need as much push.

07-18-2010, 03:50 PM
Some of the best songs in my opinion are songs that you can manipulate your routines to (i.e. doing situps on beat, running with the rhythm). Fnd a personal favorite and see if it works, if not you can download audacity and speed up the tempo.

Personal fav's :

Brownout - Homenaje
The Freestylers - Push Up
Madcon - Beggin'

07-18-2010, 06:52 PM
Cousins - Vampire Weekend (A lot of their song have a good beat, nice to run/jog too.)
This Is Not The End(Sun Version) - The Bravery

My advice is basically just to find a song with a strong beat that goes at a good pace for your workout.

07-18-2010, 11:06 PM
Wow, working out to piano music, I would have never thought of that.

It depends on my mood, but I generally like music with a good audible beat or that gives you energy while running (or doing cardio equipment, but I haven't been to the gym in ages due to all kinds of circumstances, and besides running outside feels much better). This often ends with me listening to club/dance-ish music.

Basshunter - Boten Anna (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zf2wbRWb9xI) (oh god, the wrongness)
Shimatani Hitomi - Angelus (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRhykkzfw1k)
Milk inc. - Go to hell (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AvAwuwMdWQ)
Lady Gaga - Just dance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_SlvzgJDiI)
Shinee - Ring Ding Dong (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roughtzsCDI)
Kimeru - You got Game (continue 1 credit remix) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzVIMlNiREU)
Gackt - Koakuma Heaven (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IknypPUPsc)

Considering I usually like Jazz and/or instrumental music, this completely clashes with what I usually listen to, but it does help me to keep going.

07-19-2010, 01:16 PM
I like to listen to anything with a really good beat or will get me going.
Rammstein, Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie.
Trent Reznor's new band How to Destroy Angels has this song named Fur Lined. That's my warm up song before my jog. That album is free on the NIN website.

07-19-2010, 01:20 PM
Over the last month or so, I've been doing some pre-training for the upcoming Cross Country season. This mostly consists of running at least 3 miles a day (I would do more, but I typically run before work since I got my job), stretching, and core (crunches, alternating crunches, push ups, planks, etc.) So I usually listen to more fast paced songs while I run, and slower paced songs while I do everything else.

Favorite Running Songs:
3OH3! - Starstrukk
The Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor
Ke$ha - Kiss 'n Tell
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
The Arctic Monkeys - Fluroescent Adolescent

As well as anything by Lady Gaga

Favorite Workout/Recupe Songs:
Wish You Were Here by Incubus
American Woman by The Guess Who (I think..? Not the Lenny Kravitz version)
Jaded by Aerosmith
The Joker by Steve Miller Band
Stuck in the Middle With You (also by SMB)

07-19-2010, 01:34 PM
I usually dance to some of the songs mentioned.. But mostly Its anime themed dances that I do to lose weight.

07-19-2010, 02:29 PM
I tend to workout/run to mid tempo songs with a really happy, infectious beat. Anime music and theme songs are awesome for that. Some of my faves on my ipod playlist:

Nakashima Mika - Glamorous Sky (from NANA)
Younha - Houki boshi (from Bleach)
Koda Kumi - Real Emotion (from Final Fantasy X-2)
Two-Mix - Rhythm Emotion (from Gundam Wing)
Himuro Kyosuke - Calling (from FFVII Advent Children)
Delta Queens - Dance Around the World (from Initial D)
Joe Inoue - Closer (from Naruto)

I also have a few really upbeat jpop songs that I keep on constant replay
Glay - Yes, Summer Days
Morning Musume - Onna ni sachi are
Hamasaki Ayumi - Evolution
BoA - No.1 (or really, any of her uptempo songs have a great beat)

07-19-2010, 05:51 PM
I think the best thing to do is find your favorite music -- the kind that you can listen to for hours and it seem like minutes, the kind that gives you eargasms every time you listen -- and play that :)

For me, that would be Avenged Sevenfold

07-19-2010, 06:14 PM
Oh! And most (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rtSZD7Plo8) of (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z6fIUFbLEo) the (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMMphBe36FQ&feature=related) No More Heroes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e73EDBGrHQg&feature=related) Soundtrack. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GmLz3k9328&feature=related)

07-20-2010, 02:22 AM
my favorite ones to listen to are dj amaya remixes:
boa--bump! bump! and hypnotic dancefloor
namie amuro--rock steady, the speed star, what a feeling
ayumi hamasaki--bold & delicious

and these are just a few.

basically techno is my exercise muse :3

07-20-2010, 03:30 AM
Oh gosh. Tekken soundtrack! Also Matrix soundtrack. But I'm a techno queen.

Kosmonova - The Daydream
Celldweller - The Last Firstborn
State of Mind - Sun King

Those are my personal faves because they're all like 7 minutes long and I run along to the beat, which varies throughout.

...Just about anything by State of Mind (Mindslicer, Back to the Jungle...)
Pendulum's Hold Your Colour album
Eye of the Tiger (haha)
Prodigy's Invaders Must Die (plus 'Spitfire' from Fat of the Land)
Utah Saints (especially 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang', Something Good remix)
Dune (Can't Stop Raving, Hardcore Vibes)

I could go on forever!

07-20-2010, 05:49 AM
Kinslayer - Nightwish


Daft Punk - harder faster stronger (great title for a gym song huh?)


Linkin Park - breaking the habit


Papa Roach - Last Resort


Trapt - Headstrong


Within Temptation - What have you done


Good Riddance - Letters home


Iron Maiden - Fear of the dark


http://vixy.net/ NOT AN ILLEGAL DOWNLOAD SITE but allows you to extract mp3 files from any youtube video =x

remember your supposed to delete downloaded mp3's within 24 hours of download ;)

07-20-2010, 06:40 PM
Linkin Park - breaking the habit I also like that one because it is somehow motivational to change myself ^-^

07-21-2010, 04:14 AM
For weights I really like Metallica - particularly the more 'upbeat' songs like Fuel, King Nothing, Sad But True, etc. I love the testoterone. It really helps!

And I totally second the NIN, Rob Zombie and Rammstein - to this I also add Fear Factory Soulfly/Sepultura and Spineshank.

07-21-2010, 01:53 PM
I really like listening to music by Yuki Kaijura, specifically music from the Tsubasa soundtrack and the band Kalafina. Whenever some of that music comes on, I feel like I can run forever.

07-21-2010, 02:57 PM
nothing particular, just mostly rock sorta like distantarray's list

07-21-2010, 03:22 PM
xD I listen to battle themes from different games or anime :D!

01-11-2011, 09:42 PM
I listen to openings of animes and the endings of some, Lady Gaga <3, Fireworks by Katy Perry, and Jump in Line by Harry Belafonte. There's more but I have to hunt them down cuz iTunes deleted them >.<

01-11-2011, 11:32 PM
Lose Control- Missy Elliot
Crank that- Soulja boy
numb/encore- lincoln park & Jay Z
Du Hast- Rammstein

01-12-2011, 12:16 AM
Amon Amarth.

Makes me want to set fire to villages and punch bears. Or lift a bunch of weights and run a really long time and do hundreds of pushups. And cleave ENEMIES in two with a battleaxe.*

*I don't actually do this last thing so nobody write letters.

01-12-2011, 09:03 AM
Always gets me going ^_^


01-12-2011, 05:17 PM
Lose Control- Missy Elliot
Nice! ^_~

When I'm running on the treadmill, I listen to the Mary Poppins soundtrack, or, recently, Selena Gomez and the Scene. I'll be mixing it up again though, my Transformers soundtrack arrived today, and I can't wait to play it. :toothy:

For crunches and pushups, I listen to Bi (Rain!) or DBSK.
Bi: Rainism (in Korean, Japanese, and English)
DBSK: Wrong Number, Rising Sun, Bolero, and Mirotic (both versions).

01-13-2011, 05:15 PM
My workout playlist is eclectic, to say the least. Golden Years by David Bowie, Opheliac by Emilie Autumn, Don't Stop Me Now by Queen, Waka Waka by Shakira, Party Down by Reel Big Fish... My workout playlist is 2.4 hours long.
Birthright by Celldweller is a great one to instantly feel more badass.

I'm a dancer, so I throw out anything that has good energy and move with it.

KamenRiderAgito, Mary Poppins? That wasn't expected. I should try it out.

01-13-2011, 10:12 PM
I don't have a set song list, it depends on my mood and what I am doing actually.

When Belly dancing, I would listing so stuff like-
II Alem Allah-AmrDiab
Sahra Saidi-Gamal Gommaa
Raks Afrika-Paul Dinletir

Stuff like that. For other exercises, I just listen to random rock, alternative, new wave, pop, j-rock and occasional anime song.

01-14-2011, 01:43 AM
The Gurren Lagann's them music. "Fight the power" Always gets me going.

01-14-2011, 02:59 PM
Lady Gaga always gets me in a good workout mood, and DJ Earworm remixs are too :)

01-14-2011, 03:28 PM
Amon Amarth.

Makes me want to set fire to villages and punch bears. Or lift a bunch of weights and run a really long time and do hundreds of pushups. And cleave ENEMIES in two with a battleaxe.*

*I don't actually do this last thing so nobody write letters.

YES! \m/ ^_^ \m/

Listen to a lot of heavy metal while getting my lift on.

Taken from a previous post (with some tweaks) about workout music:

Lamb of God - Redneck
Lamb of God - Laid to Rest
Lamb of God - Now You've Got Something to Die For
As I Lay Dying - Parallels
Arch Enemy - Nemesis
All That Remains - The Weak Willed
Godsmack - I Stand Alone
Winds of Plague - Approach the Podium
Five Finger Death Punch - Never Enough
All Shall Perish - Wage Slaves
God Forbid - Empire of the Gun
Suicide Silence - No Pity for a Coward
Suicide Silence - Wake Up
Hatebreed - In Ashes They Shall Reap
The Acacia Stain - JFC
Asking Alexandria - Hey There Mr. Brooks

Pretty much anything else that is heavy as hell! XD

01-14-2011, 06:29 PM
I tend to listen to Pendulum or Deadmau5. I also enjoy some pop like Ke$ha or Nicki Minaj. Pretty much anything upbeat/positive to give me a boost. :D

01-14-2011, 06:41 PM
Great workout music?
Slayer......Slayer.....FUCKING SLAYER!!!!!
But yeah, Slayer does generally work out for me :P The breakneck pace of songs like Dittohead are great for jogging. Although if you're me you might stop jogging and start headbanging in the middle of the sidewalk.


01-14-2011, 10:08 PM
KamenRiderAgito, Mary Poppins? That wasn't expected. I should try it out.

^_^ I know, it's pretty weird, but I like that I can visualize the entire musical while I'm running. My treadmill is so loud that I can't hear the tv, so I rely on music to keep me from being bored. Also, "Steppin Time" gives me an insane boost of energy every single time I hear it.

A.F.S. 1984
01-14-2011, 10:31 PM
Music is good for excercise because it triggers the brain to produce natural pain killers, and stuff that elevates your mood ( I cant remember what it is called right off hand, but it is the same stuff that is produced when you partake in certain drugs.) It can synchronize your breathing which is helpful for running.

The type of music I listen to has a good beat. I like most things done by the crystal method, fatboy slim, and the propeller heads.

01-15-2011, 07:45 AM

01-15-2011, 08:29 AM
BBC Radio 1 Mixes are great, nothing gets you running / cycling faster than some speedy Drum & Bass like Pendulum and Subfocus :D

01-15-2011, 11:40 AM

Very much, Caramelldansen! I found a 5 minute long MAD remix and I'll post it if I can find it.

Generally, I can't run for a long time without someone screaming at me (no self discipline!), so I opt for heavy metal.

One of my favorites was Hatred Copter by Dethklok. I mean, really, it's a song about piloting a helicopter that's made of hatred and killing your enimies. It's so ridiculous it's great. Not to mention the whole Dethklok/Metalocalypse thing! ^^

But I will warn you, the music video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbIGuLXCziU&feature=related)probably causes seisures.

01-16-2011, 02:03 AM
Taio Cruz -- Dynamite
Black Eyed Peas -- I gotta feeling
Ke$ha -- Tik Tok
Rihanna -- Disturbia Don't Stop The music
Queen -- We Will Rock You (and many others!)

01-16-2011, 06:51 PM
Monster- Kanye West feat. Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj
Roman's Revenge- Nicki Minaj
Night of the Hunter- 30 Seconds to Mars
Capricorn (A Brand New Name)- 30 Seconds to Mars
Buddha for Mary- 30 Seconds to Mars
Davy Jones- Hans Zimmer
System- Chester Bennington
This is the New SH**-Marilyn Manson
Rehab- Mary Magdalan
Pity Girl- Mary Magdalan
Warp 1.9- Bloody Beetroots
Truck Volume- Busta Rhymes
It's Gonna Be Me- N*Sync

There are many, many more...

TR Rose
01-16-2011, 09:36 PM
I love video game music - especially the battle/overworld songs because if it gets you moving in the game, it translates to real life (especially if you plan to cosplay as the main character).

OC Remix has some excellent video game remix music in all different genres. Some of those are staples on my playlist. I've recently added some anime themes to the mix that are a nice break.

...and some of the tracks from the Pokemon CD. The original theme song is great to run to. ^^;

01-19-2011, 02:51 PM
I don't know how I forgot about this song:

Seventeen Years- Ratatat

01-23-2011, 03:37 PM
i work out to anything and everything but something that gets me moveing.
Within' Tempation-"Faster" and "Where is the edge"-

01-25-2011, 01:11 AM
Little Baby Pines - Sunbears!
Welcome Home - Rehab
Who Dat Girl - Flo Rida & Akon
Loca - Shakira

These songs have been going nonstop on my workout playlist lately. (:

01-25-2011, 01:57 AM
Gwen Stefani's first solo album has a bunch of tracks with a great rhythm to work out to, especially when lifting weights.

My workout playlist has a lot of her, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, and a handful of J-pop and K-pop. What can I say? Pop song beats fit my workout style!

Some favorites:
AKB48 - Beginner
Ayumi Hamasaki - Ladies Night
Girls' Generation - Genie
Gwen Stefani - Crash
No Doubt - Hella Good

I have a weird workout playlist okay.

01-25-2011, 11:37 PM
The song I really like now is Daa Elaaleb by Ehab Toufic . Not only is it great for dancing to, but is very energetic and upbeat, which is good to get me moving for any exercise.:)

01-27-2011, 11:40 AM
Really love a lot of those songs! I also like working out to indie hip hop with a good sound.

Blazo - Rain of Love

Turbo - Ozone

Fresh Breath Committee - Keepin' It Classic

01-30-2011, 07:43 PM
A lot of the songs being suggested are on my list! its actually kind of scary lol. Here is some others that are on my playlist:

Nightwish- Amaranth

Scandal- Shoujo S

Origa- Rise

Epica- Death of a Dream

Malace Mizer- Illuminati ~ Sooooo catchy questionable content and all >__>

Also pretty much anything Daft punk, Lady GaGa, and epic soundtrack music, you know, like the hardcore boss battle stuff haha.