17 Super Motivating Songs That Probably Aren't On Your Playlist

Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Motivation. It can be the biggest roadblock on our way to success. Finding the motivation to go to the gym and string together an intense workout sometimes just doesn’t happen. There are days we need that little extra kick in the butt. Music can be a significant motivating factor to give us that extra push we need to make our workout more successful. Here are some of my top motivating songs for the gym:

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Rise and Shine
The ultimate in motivation. I’m pretty sure this isn’t one that can be found on iTunes. But fear not! I merely converted the youtube video to an mp3 file and BAM! I’m able to listen to this motivating beauty anytime I want. I’ve even set it as an alarm to keep me extra motivated.

Wonderland (PeaceTreaty Remix)- Natalia Kills

The original is nice, but the dubstep version takes this song to a whole other level! This is one of the most motivating songs when I run. Every time this song comes on, I get a second wind, and I’m a gazelle prancing through the lush fields of joy and happiness.

Shatter Me- Lindsey Stirling feat. Lzzy Hale

Another great song to run to. This song manages to get me pumped when I’m starting my run. Something about the beat and the lyrics just gets me going. Click HERE to add this awesome song to your playlist.

Shot Me Down (feat. Daja) [Workout Mix]- Dj DMX & Daja

Another great running song! I have a tough time not bursting into dance while running to this song. Be forewarned. This song may bring about spontaneous dance parties. **I could not find a YouTube video for the specific remix I've mentioned, but I do know that it's on iTunes**

Midnight City-M83

This is another great song for keeping you motivated during a long distance run. Something about this song helps keep my head clear and gives me that extra boost to keep going. Every time this song comes on during a run; I end up seeing a movie like a montage flash before my eyes. This montage helps me visualise me kicking my runs butt. Add this awesome song to your workout playlist by clicking HERE.

Summit feat. Ellie Goulding/Breath feat. Krewella-Skrillex

This is another powerhouse of a run song. It keeps your running at a high pace and is super uplifting. The lyrics help keep your morale up throughout the run.

Stars Come Out (Dillon Francis Remix)-Zedd

Warning! This song may induce skipping, frolicking, leaping, and random bursts of joy. I’m not sure why but at one point of the song, I picture Dorothy and her friends trippin’ on acid, skipping down the yellow brick road. This mental image always gives me the giggles and re-energises me.

Let It Be (feat. Veela)- Blackmill

When I struggle to get into the zen mindset that is often needed for long distance running, this song seems to do the trick. I have this song towards the end of my running playlist to help me encourage me. I know once this song comes on, I’m almost finished! Add this song to your playlist by clicking HERE.

Making Love on Replay- Electronic Prophet

The perfect cool down song. This amazing mashup by my dear friend is the most amazing song for getting me through the last bit of my run. I’ve also found that this is a great song to listen to while going through my cool down stretches.

Feel Alive- Benny Benassi

Perfect for a run or doing HIIT workouts, this song does a great job of pumping you up. It always leaves me feeling incredibly grateful for the day and motivates me to give my workout my all.

Dream On- Aerosmith

The song that tends to start my strength training workout. I’m not sure what it is about this song that gets me so motivated for the rest of the workout. I’ve seen this song on motivation lists in the past, so naturally, there is incredibly motivating about this song. Add Aerosmith's Dream On to your workout now!

Stronger- Britney Spears

This has become my song when I’m doing arm exercises. I HATE doing upper body workouts with a passion (this could be why I have ZERO upper body strength). Stronger really speaks to me when I’m four reps into my first set and thinking about working on my booty instead of my upper body.

Anaconda- Nicki Minaj

The ultimate booty motivator. I literally cannot stop myself from doing squats every time I hear this song. If you need a song to get your booty in gear, this is it! Cuz my anaconda don't want none unless you've got buns, hun!

I Will Not Bow- Breaking Benjamin 

Anyone else like listening to angry music when lifting weights? While this isn’t the most hostile of songs, there is something so motivating about the lyrics. Breaking Benjamin really seems to help push me through the tougher lifting workouts.

Faint- Linkin Park

What workout playlist doesn’t include Linkin Park? I like this song for both running and lifting. It’s an excellent overall motivating song.

Kill’em All- Audiomachine
Anyone else use the gym as a way not to punch people in the face? Sometimes work, and life can make us angry. This song helps me channel my anger more positively: lifting weights to gain more strength.

The Pure and The Tainted- Blue Stahli

Sometimes you just need music. No words. Just music. This is that song. This tune helps you channel your inner goddess and power through any challenging lifting program.

Motivating one’s self to workout is challenging. Be sure to put together a great motivating playlist to make working out less of a chore. What do you think of this list? Are there any songs that really motivate you that aren’t listed?

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  1. Great list!!!! I love Nicki's Anaconda!!!

  2. Oh I've been wanting to make a new running playlist for this great weather! Thanks for the suggestions!

  3. LOVE these suggestions! Trying them on my next run!

  4. Hey Stephanie.... great post MUSIC is always the life of my workouts!!! I think my favourite are Benny Benussi and Skrillex on your list... I would defiantly add to your list or at least a listen to Aint My Fault- Zara Larsson (R3hab Remix), Wild Things-Alessia Cara (MK Remix) and Light It Up- Major Lazer (Remix Nyla & Fuse ODG) :)