15 Workout Songs to Bop to While You're Kicking Butt at the Gym

Forgetting your headphones just got 100 times worse

In a world with millions of perfectly reasonable excuses to ditch the gym, there is one guaranteed way to stay motivated: a bomb ass workout playlist. Next time you catch yourself thinking it’s okay to miss a sweat sesh because you forgot to bring a hair elastic, throw on any of these songs to get your booty moving.

‘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 prob inspire you to get a ponytail extension and whip it around while you’re werkin’ the pedals.

‘Electricity’ by Silk City, Dua Lipa, Diplo and Mark Ronson

Let’s be honest… Dua Lipa’s abs and hyperenergetic dance moves in the Electricity music video are the only workout inspo you’ll ever need for the rest of your life. Even simply attempting this choreography should count as a workout.

‘Taki Taki’ by DJ Snake, Cardi B, Selena Gomez, and Ozuna

Picture this: It’s your first time back at the gym in weeks (months? I’m not judgin’), and you’re contemplating leaving early. Suddenly, you hear Cardi B growl “but I’m a boss bitch,” and your fatigue is CURED.

‘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.

‘Solo’ by Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato

A breakup song that is also a perfect power gym bop? Say no more, no more, no mooooOooOoore.

‘Bad at Love (Dillon Francis Remix)’ by Halsey and Dillon Francis

You know that gym machine you’re lowkey 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.’

‘Fade’ by Kanye West

Need a stairclimber 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.

‘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.

‘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.

10 ‘Nonstop’ by Drake

Maybe Drake is onto 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.

11 ‘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.

12 ‘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.

13 ‘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.

14 ‘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.

15 ‘Bootylicious’ by Destiny’s Child

This is the ULTIMATE workout song. Destiny’s Child created all of the body anthems we grew up on, and we are forever indebted. How are you supposed to reach bootylicious status without this vibealacious vibe?

This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan US

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