Top 20 workout songs
Read this list. Get strong.
Thu Dec 29 2011
15. "Keep the Car Running" by Arcade Fire
Never run to the sound of a hurdy-gurdy before? Now's your chance. Arcade Fire convened its usual vast bunch of musicians and instruments for the making of Neon Bible, and "Keep the Car Running" is the album's most affirmative, fist-pumping moment. Listen, be pummeled, go pummel.
14. "Dare" by Gorillaz
Whether you dream of making it to the gym twice a week or completing the NYC marathon, this galloping, hook-filled song from our favorite international cartoon collective will dare (cough!) you to accomplish your goals. Next time you feel a lack of motivation, just listen to Damon Albarn's eerily commanding falsetto ordering you to work it out!
13. "Let's Get It Started" by Black Eyed Peas
Believe it or not, the Black Eyed Peas weren't always a total abomination—remember when the Cali foursome were nothing more than a pleasantly inoffensive Jurassic 5 knockoff? This track, off their third album, Elephunk, might be where things went irrevocably downhill. Hey, think of it this way: If you run hard enough while listening to this song, your earbuds might fall out and you won't have to hear the rest of it!
12. "Seventeen Years" by Ratatat
The intense synth beats and rhythmical bass lines in this Ratatat song—from the duo's self-titled debut album, which dropped in 2004 and sealed their fate as experts of the electro-rock hybridization—will enable you to do reps with the regularity and precision of a robot. In fact, it may even become compulsive.
11. "New Workout Plan" by Kanye West
Kanye's subtly operatic instrumental goes through so many movements that this is basically the "Stairway to Heaven" of anthems about getting your body right. What's more, you can do a sit-up to the thing.