Let me just say that working out can be a ~struggle~. Sometimes (or all the time) you gotta dig real deep to get yourself on that new yoga routine, or that dreaded treadmill sprint. Finding the motivation can feel literally impossible. So how do you "dig deep," you ask? Well, tunes ofc. Music is the best way to stay motivated. The right track can take a workout from a chore to a seriously fun jam sesh. We know that curating a truly epic playlist can be a challenge, so we've done the hard work for you. (And TBH, it was fun.)
From our lord and savior Lizzo to necessary throwbacks and some iron pounding hip hop beats, we've really got a bop for every taste. So regardless of your music vibe, these hot tracks will get you through your workout feeling more pumped than ever.
1. "Good As Hell" by Lizzo
Whether you're pushing it on the treadmill or just hanging out in child's pose, our one and only full-bravada queen of all things self-love will have you feeling good as ~hellll~ all workout long.
2. "All The Stars" by Kendrick Lamar and SZA
This serious bop off the Black Panther soundtrack is the ideal track to blast while you ~pound that iron~.
3. "Love Myself" by Hailee Steinfeld
While Hailee's lyric vibes might be intended for a self-love sesh between the sheets, that same attention can be turned into instant motivation when you're hitting the gym.
4. "FU" by Miley Cyrus and French Montanna
If workouts get you fuming *raises hand* then this break-up and rage anthem is sure to support you. You can channel Miley's superior "FU" energy.
5. "Survivor" by Destiny’s Child and Da Brat
Literally name a better way to help you make it through your routine than Beyonce and Co.™ belting out your true survivor potential. I'll wait.
6. "The Runner" by Foals
It never hurts to throw a touch of indie rock into the mix. These angsty riffs will have you leaning into that cardio. Remember: Even if you fall off that treadmill, you can always get up and "keep on running."
7. "Physical" by Dua Lipa
This year's hit screams jazzercise and truly, who doesn't want to "get physical" with Dua and this track's supreme '80s vibes??
8. "It's Raining Men" by The Weather Girls
Ok, this one is a classic. Like, the humidity is rising? The barometer's getting low? It's RAINING MEN! "Hallelujah." I'll sweat to that.
9. "Woman" by Kesha and The Dap-Kings Horns
She's jazzy, but this Kesha masterpiece is really the ideal song to make you forget how much you hate cardio.
10. "Love On Me" by Galantis and Hook N Sling
This song sounds like sunshine, rollerblades, and palm trees (aka my ideal workout).
11. "Salt Shaker" by Ying Yang Twins, and Lil Jon and The East Side Boyz
Shout-out to the DJ at our middle school dance, who introduced us to this number. We've been sweating to it ever since.
12. "Dumb Blonde" by Avril Lavigne and Nicki Minaj
Welcome back, Avril angst. We missed you. Perfect for your next boxing class or when you just really want to punch something. Either way....
13. "Be Like Me" by Lil Pump and Lil Wayne
WARNING: Flexing in the mirror to this jam could result in extremely high levels of baller vibes. Proceed with caution.
14. "Back That Azz Up" by Juvenile and Lil Wayne
If there were ever a song made for squatting heavy things, it's this. Your booty-sculpting game will never be the same.
15. "So Am I" by Ava Max
For all those times you're feeling self-conscious about yo' moves or those judgy stares (which we promise only exist in your head), crank up this Ava Max anthem, keep calm, and drip sweat.
16. "No New Friends" by Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo
If you had to run to only one song for the rest of your life, it should be this one. This flirty, beachy beat will make that 11-minute mile feel like an eight.
17. "Thotiana" by Blueface and Cardi B
Is it me or are hip-hop and lifting weights the most perfect pair ever? Do some curls for the girls (or, more specifically, Thotiana) with this as your theme song and prepare to feel like a GD badass.
18. "The Light Is Coming" by Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj
If "Side To Side" by Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj has been your stationary-bike staple since 2016, you're definitely going to want to throw "The Light Is Coming" into the mix. This song will probs inspire you to get a ponytail extension and whip it around while you're werkin' the pedals.
19. "Taki Taki" by DJ Snake, Cardi B, Selena Gomez, and Ozuna
Picture this: It's your first time working out in weeks (months? I'm not judgin'), and you're contemplating finishing up early. Suddenly, you hear Cardi B growl "But I'm a boss bitch," and your fatigue is CURED.
20. "1999" by Charli XCX and Troye Sivan
It is physically impossible to sit still while listening to "1999". Also impossible? Getting this song unstuck from your head. Sorry.
21. "Solo" by Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato
A breakup song that's also a perfect power gym bop? Say no more, no more, no mooooOooOoore.
22. "Bad At Love (Dillon Francis Remix)" by Halsey and Dillon Francis
You know that gym machine you are low-key terrified of and have no idea how to use? Pop in your headphones, hit play on this "Bad At Love" remix, and give it a go. If anyone calls you out, just take a page out of Halsey's playbook and be like, "You can't blame me for trying."
23. "Fade" by Kanye West
Need a stair-climber jam? Listen to "Fade" on repeat. Your workout is complete when you feel as confident as Teyana Taylor does morphing into a weird, albeit fierce, lioness thing at the end of the music vid.
24. "Circus (Diplo Circus Remix)" by Britney Spears
First off, you should be playing at least one Britney Spears song per workout. That's just the rules. Second, Diplo's "Circus" remix is perhaps less of a song and more of a secret propaganda tactic to turn us all into skilled runners.
25. "You Don't Know Me" by Jax Jones and RAYE
Does listening to "You Don't Know Me" while squatting guarantee the booty of your dreams? I can't say it does, but I can't say it doesn't, either.
26. "Nonstop" by Drake
Maybe Drake is on to something here. Maybe the reason that a treadmill minute feels so effing long is that this a Rollie, not a stopwatch. Shit don't ever stop.
27. "Jackie Chan" by Tiësto, Dzeko, Preme, and Post Malone
Okay, technically "kick it, Jackie Chan" is a reference to chilling out, but I think it's fair game to repurpose this gem to keep you motivated through any kickboxing or martial-arts-inspired workout.
28. "Lemon" by N.E.R.D and Rihanna
When life gives you lemons, for workout purposes, pray that they're (a) featuring Rihanna or (b) Lululemon leggings.
29. "Power" by Little Mix and Stormzy
If you're looking for a girl-power anthem that will make you feel like an absolute machine at the gym, look no further. "Power" is the ideal song to listen to in the last leg of your workout, when you need a little extra oomph to get through it.
30. "MyBoi (TroyBoi Remix)" by Billie Eilish
Oh, you think you can't listen to sulky songs at the gym? Think again. This remix of the new queen of emo's song "My Boy" is a floor-work MOOD.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.