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This article is one in a series about getting fit in the new year. Check out the entire Man up! series here.
When it comes to getting stoked for your workout, listening to sports radio or your favorite comedy podcast isn’t going to cut it. Chances are you’ve already got a playlist of songs that get you pumped up, but you can always use a few more, especially if you’re going to keep that New Year’s Resolution to exercise more often. To help you out, here’s the official Man Up! Ultimate Workout playlist, plus videos from some of the best.
There’s a little bit of everything, from heavy rock to hip hop to pop. The Black Eyed Peas, Black Sabbath, Queen, and Bruce Springsteen are all here, as is Bull Conti, whose “Gonna Fly Now” is better known as the theme song from “Rocky.”
Most of the songs are available via iTunes or Amazon.com, but if you have Spotify, you can download the whole thing here:
Eye of the Tiger (Survivor) This one is a no-brainer based on the lyrics alone: “It’s the eye of the tiger / It’s the thrill of the fight / Risin’ up to the challenge /Of our rival.” Just try not to speed up or add extra weights to the dumbbell when “Eye of the Tiger” is playing.
Memories (David Guetta feat. Kid Cudi)
I Got a Feeling (The Black Eyed Peas)
Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes)
Lose Yourself (Eminem)
Sabotage (The Beastie Boys)
Welcome to the Jungle (Guns n’Roses)
Beat It (Michael Jackson)
Enter Sandman (Metallica)
Stronger (Kanye West) For the second single from his album Graduation, Kanye West combined a sample from the French duo Daft Punk with a rap performance that won him a Grammy for best Rap Solo Performance in 2008. The chorus is perfect for working out: harder, better, faster stronger.”
Reptilia (The Strokes)
The Rat (The Walkmen)
Let’s Get It Started (The Black Eyed Peas)
Amazing (Kanye West feat. Young Jeezy)
Jump Around (House of Pain)
Protect Ya Neck (Wu-Tang Clan)
Top Back (T.I.)
Another One Bites the Dust (Queen)
Living on a Prayer (Bon Jovi) One of the best karaoke songs of all time, Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer” has a steady beat to keep you going and a chorus that will make you want to leave everything on the field.
Kids (MGMT) The 2008 single from American alt rock duo MGMT uses a lot more computers than guitars, but the beat is so catchy, you may want to just skip the rest of the songs and put this one on repeat. ”Kids” has shown up in commercials all over the place, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy even used the song in a campaign, leading to a lawsuit when he offered only one euro for its use.
Bad Moon Rising (Credence Clearwater Revival)
Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)
Right Round (Flo Rida)
Dude (Looks Like a Lady) (Aerosmith)
Iron Man (Black Sabbath)
Cover Me (Bruce Springsteen)
Rock You Like a Hurricane (Scorpions)
Can’t Get You Out of My Head (Kylie Minogue)
Run Through the Jungle (Credence Clearwater Revival)
Black Betty (Ram Jam) 1970s rock band Ram Jam was never known for much besides “Black Betty,” but for our purposes, the 1979 hit will do just fine. The song actually dates back to at least to 1939 and may actually be derived from an 18th century marching song — Black Betty was a musket. None of the history matters as much as the quick tempo and the great beat.
Time to Pretend (MGMT)
Paradise City (Guns N’Roses)
Roxanne (The Police)
Low Rider (War)
Gonna Fly Now, aka the “Rocky” Song (Bill Conti)
Sexyback (Justin Timberlake)
Maan!! (Big Moe)
Till I Get There (Lupe Fiasco)
Do It Like a Dude (Jessie J)
Cold as Ice (M.O.P.)
Now that you’ve got the music, get pumped, get outside and get going.
Did I miss your favorite workout song? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.