My 5 Favourite Workout Songs Right Now

I got a post from Samuel Lai, one of my athletes following the Ultimate MMA program (or was it the xMB program – I can’t remember!) asking me for the names of some of my favourite songs to workout to.

So I figured I’d do up a little post and also request that you also post the Top 5 Workout Songs you’re currently listening to. You can do so in the Comments at the end.

While I grew up on alternative rock and still love a lot of it (Nirvana – In Bloom will always be one of my favourite songs), hip hop grows on me more and more.

But it’s not the hype and flash. Although who wouldn’t want to throw wads of money in the air and drive around in a Hummer on 29″ rims.

It’s the lyrics.

I always tell my wife that hip hop artists are some of the best poets ever. She has trouble hearing the words, but sometimes she catches something and rhymes it off. So cute.

Needless to say, I’m a lyrics guy. Of course the beats/music is important, but the lyrics are what fire me up.

So with that prelude, now you know where I’m coming from. Here are my top 5 workouts songs right now. 

Uptown – Drake

Yeah he sings as much as he raps and teenage girls love him but some of the lines that Drake spits on this track always get me pumped up:

“Hardly home but always reppin’. You hardly on and always second. When I’m awake you always restin’ and when they call you to answer you hardly question  I. I’m doin’ classic shit in all my sessions… other niggaz situations they are all depressin’. That’s why I never follow your suggestions. I just always did my own thing… Now I run the GAME.”

Can’t beat that for bumpin’ the confidence. The beat is heavy too.

 

Hip Hop Saved My Life – Lupe

While there are some lines from this track that are tight, the song is a story that you’ve got to hear from start to finish.

It’s a powerful song and if I had to summarize it, Lupe spins a tale about what fuels perseverance and triumph and how tragedy was avoided at the very last second.

Big Brother – Kanye

“Big brother saw me at the bottom of the totem. Now I’m on the top and everybody on the scrotum.”

That line is off the hook!

But it’s not just the catchy lines. In a world that’s full of self-aggrandizement, and from someone who is known for it, this song is a great reminder of the fact that being humble is cool and giving props to those who are at a level above you and help you reach your goals is a good thing. On this track, Kanye is giving props to Jay-Z.

“If you admire somebody you should go ahead and tell him. People never get the flowers while they can still smell ’em. An idol in my eyes. God of the game. Heart of the city. Rockafella chain. Never be the same. Never be another. #1 young hov also my big brother.”

JFK to LAX – Gangstarr

“… that’s why you gotta regulate your own mind state. Read. Study lessons and build your inner power. The next level, doesn’t tolerate cowards.”

RIP GURU.

Put it Down on Me – 50 Cent

OK I’m not just a lyrics geek. This beat is down and DIRTY. And I love it.

THAT’S THAT.

What are yours?

Hit me up with some of your big tunes in the Comments below.

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Jeff S
Jeff S

Here’s my favorite hard hitting songs for my striking and cardio sessions:

Linkin Park- Bleed it Out
Deftones- Feiticeira
Eminem- Lose Yourself (good cadence for a fast outdoor run)
Saliva- Ladies and Gentlemen
Jay Z- Run this Town

and the bonus track: Metallica- Fuel

cy
cy

NONPOINT!!!!!!!

Leinz
Leinz

OK
I can workout listening to all kinds of music
something like
Twiztid – circles
CKY (camp kill yourself) – almost everything from 1999-2005
e.x. knee deep, triple maniac state, plaques by images, fat fuck
Black Milk – hold it down
Blokkmonsta / Hirntot very best German Horrorcore !
Blokkmonsta & Frauenarzt – Das ist Untergrund
Schnitt a.k.a. der böse Mann – wenn die Holzfäller kommen
or even some slow tunes
http://soundcloud.com/jrocc/soundation-part-4

Joseph
Joseph

This one is really bad-ass, especially since the video has MMA/UFC footage. I watch it first thing every morning–I get chills every time! I heart MMA/UFC XD XD
Group: Hollywood Undead Song: Undead
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgQhxp_Y9Js

Roy Jones JR, Go Hard or Go Home
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6×1-H2Ab6Go

Let Me Hear Your Battle Cry
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Hayg9eXKT0

Group: Skillet Song: Monster
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mjlM_RnsVE&ob=av2e

Group: Breaking Benjamin Song: Dance With the Devil
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFVUe9QO62U

Group: Disturbed Song: Indestructible
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWxBrI0g1kE&ob=av2n

Group: Megadeth Song: Crush-Em
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkJEvpwDBXY

Gururaja
Gururaja

CHAMPION (Chipmunk ft. Chris Brown)

MLL
MLL

You can’t spell CRAP without RAP. It’s All CRAP.

pete

Five Finger Death Punch -Bad Company
300 Violins
You’re going Down
Hurt Johnny Cash

jojo
jojo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYRm0Xyn328

jay z and kid cudi- already home

ftw! freebies?

Vince
Vince

I have a lot I listen to, mainly wu-tang stuff (and I’m more rock too, but getting more into hip hop, especially for training).
Something I have just been introduced to is an album called “The Workout” by Stic.Man (from dead prez). The whole album is about the lifestyle of being fit and healthy
http://youtu.be/zFXczzxWwRU
“My mind is infinite, I think and grow rich
the gym is my religion, I pray on the bench”

Justin
Justin

1. Slaughtered- Pantera
2. I Stand Alone- Godsmack
3. Good God- Korn
4. Droppin Plates- Disturbed
5. Spleen- Staind

really suprised how many people listen to rap while lifting. i thought for sure there’d be more metal as top 5 than rap.

Jules

Here you go brother

1. Red cafe : I Dont stunt
2. Busta Rhymes : Flipmode Squad Meets Def Squad (old but badass)
3. Fabbolous : Swag Champ
4. Getto Boys : Mind Playing Tricks (NEVER GETS OLD)
5. 2 Pac, Eazy E, Biggie – Three Wise Men : My Block and Gunnin dj scholar mix
6. Danny Brown : anything from the album XXX
7.Curren$y & Alchemist – Covert Operation : The Type
and all Breaks from the south and dark beat. DJ Trashy, SkiHi and Dj Scrubs

Just a few
Love Jules

Danny

Know the ledge – Eric b and rakim

let your backbone slide – maestro fresh Wes

Back in black – ac dc

The song from the Akita soundtrack during the first motorcycle chase.

Cork-boi
Cork-boi

My top five workout tracks are:
Boy George: The crying game
Eurhythmics: Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves
Divinyls – I Touch Myself
The Wizard of Oz: Ding Dong the witch is dead
Donna Summer (RIP): I feel love

Only kidding, I don’t have a top five but for weights or LSD run what I’m currently listening to are:

Caribou: Bowls
Joy Division: Dead Souls
Mogwai: Rano Pano
New Order: Regret
65daysofstatic: come to me.
PJ Harvey: all and everyone

I’m definitely not a lyrics man: I have some funny stories about where I completely misheard lyrics (e.g. I heard the line from Outkast’s “I’m sorry Miss Jackson” as “A strong British accent”)

Todd

Cork-boi: That’s funny! I actually do have that Donna Summer song on my player. A guilty pleasure but it’s just for my ears,I’m not trying to impress anyone else. 🙂

cork_boi
cork_boi

Thanks Todd, I have a few guilty pleasures too 😉

Zeus
Zeus

1 – Pitbull – Any song
2 – Kanye – Stronger
3 – LMFAO – I’m Sexy & Party Rock Anthem
4 – Don Omar – Danza Kuduro
5 – Havana Brown – We Run the Night

Kashan
Kashan

Hey Eric!!, I have the mma workout programme and its fully kickass!!,
My TOP 5 tracks (I have a lot more,lol) when training are as follows:

1:Eminem: solider
2:Eminem: Till I collapse
3:Fort Minor :Remember the name
4:Guano Apes :Open your eyes
5:Linkin Park: Breaking The Habit

Helen
Helen

Block Rockin Beats – Chemical Brothers
Tear the place up – Skunk Anansie
Til I collapse – Eminem
Machismo – Gomez
Run this Town – Jay-Z feat. Rihanna

V
V

Love and Peace – U2
All Because of You – U2

Todd

Hey Eric, Great topic, I’m looking forward to hearing what other people listen to. Some workouts require concentration and I skip the music. Some require motivation more than concentration and I look for something that revs me up. Some just require a cadence, and I use whatever happens to keep the right rhythm, which is often just a military cadence call. I’ve used Workout Muse and it’s convenient but I don’t like the background they use for some reason. When I want motivational music for puke work like hill sprints, or I just need a kick to get going I tend to fall back on this odd mixture just because something about each of them gets my blood going. Your mileage may vary, as we used to say … Indestructible – Disturbed Divide – Disturbed Paralyzer – Finger Eleven Promontory from Last of the Mohicans – Trevor Jones Jungle Work… Read more »

Eric

Looks like you’re into the death metal stuff eh! That shit scares me… 🙂

And yeah, I definitely go no music at times during exercises/workouts that require a high degree of technical ability, like Olympic lifts and such.

Bill Evans
Bill Evans

My top 5 songs to train to:

1 : ENTER SANDMAN by METALLICA
2: ANOTHER 1 BITES THE DUST by QUEEN
3: LET THE BODIES HIT THE FLOOR by DROWNING POOL
4: DOWN WITH THE SICKNESS by DISTURBED
5: FREAK ON A LEASH by KORN
All these tunes get you EXTREMELY PUMPED!!!

Sam

LOL…thanks Eric.

I still haven’t got my ‘top 5’ yet. But, this is what really got me interested and then to pay ‘special’ attention on your clips (haha).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qpOWcgCxDw

Featuring the Miyao bros BJJ HL’s. Thanks for your share!!

DJ...
DJ...

And what’s wrong with the sounds of silence? No, not the song by Simon & Garfunkle but real silence.
Music is too often used to ‘Gee’ people up, so much so that there appears to be an increasing number who think that all is needed is the right music for a workout. Sometimes we need to actually concentrate on what our body is doing, to work on technique, quality and not quantity.
Or maybe it’s just a “generational thing”.

Eric

Hey DJ,

Put your walker away! LOL just kidding. 🙂

Yeah definitely no problem with training w/o music but some workouts just go better with it. A time and place for everything.

Dominick
Dominick

Thanks Ravyn.
Great for timing and intense. How can I get that on a Nano. It also would be great in a tabata format.

Ravyn

Hey Dominick,

All the mp3s are available on the net, as for tabata, I used WorkoutMuse on my iPhone to get “tabata” style timings.

Cheers,

Ravyn

Dominick
Dominick

Thans Ravyn: Here’s a Tabata one I got from Crossfit:
http://www.board.crossfit.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=493&d=1175353457

Ravyn

What up Eric.

I used to train at 6am, right when my gym opened. And to do that I had to get up at 5. Here’s the mix that would wake me up!

http://8tracks.com/ravynsummers/the-5-am-workout-mix

Cheers,

Ravyn

Todd

Rayvn: your mix is great, very original and very moving, thanks for sharing it!

Dominick
Dominick

I’m just an old fashion caveman but I always thought workout music was used as a metronome
to determine the pace, intensity and coordinating of movements.

Mahu
Mahu

no particular order

Ice-Cube – You know how we do it
Black rob – Whoa
Dr Dre – Keep there heads ringing
50 Cent – Many men
Eazy E – Real Mutha G’s

Wil
Wil

What really helps when I train is soundtracks from movies such as bloodsport,kickboxer or rocky even some games like ninja gaiden have great music for training ;D