In the beautiful and magical world of pop music, there is an endless supply of upbeat and motivational songs to get you through anything. However, in terms of getting through a workout, you need a little bit more than just a catchy song, you need something that gets you motivated to move! This list of pop songs will definitely do just that and will be at the top of your next workout playlist.
1. Stupid Love – Lady Gaga
The lead single of this icon’s sixth studio album is here to remind the world that Lady Gaga is back and better than ever. The steady buildup of this song’s verse to the chorus gives the listener that boost of serotonin they need to get through that tough workout. This song is pop in its purest form.
Favorite line: “Nobody’s gonna heal me if I don’t open the door / Kinda hard to believe, gotta have faith in me”
2. That’s My Girl – Fifth Harmony
Next, we’re throwing it back to a beloved former girl group that took over the U.S. during their reign in pop. This song is the ultimate female anthem that’ll give you the motivation and confidence you need to get through that run or finish that set of squats. The harmonization of each of the girls’ voices in the chorus makes it feel like you’re not alone.
Favorite line: “You’ve been down before / You’ve been hurt before / You got up before / You’ll be good to go, good to go”
3. Levitating – Dua Lipa
This English singer recently released her second studio album, Future Nostalgia, which included this masterpiece of a song. It’s impossible to fight the urge to get up and dance when listening to it, so it’s perfect for your next workout! Everything from the production to the lyrics of this track will get you hyped every single time.
Favorite line: “Glitter in the sky, glitter in our eyes / Shining just the way we are / I feel like we’re forever every time we get together”
4. Breathin – Ariana Grande
From her hit album Sweetener, Ariana Grande is here to remind you to always keep breathing during a workout. Okay, so maybe the song isn’t that literal, but it sure is a great motivator with relatable lyrics! The beautiful production and subtle instrumental flairs combined with Ariana’s stellar voice will take your workout from a 3 to a 10 in no time!
Favorite line: “Some days, things just take way too much of my energy / I look up and the whole room’s spinning”
5. Getaway Car – Taylor Swift
This fan-favorite song from Taylor’s hit album Reputation is the story of a classic love triangle gone wrong. Both the production and the lyrics perfectly encapsulate the feeling of escape, fear, and freedom, telling the story of love gone off the road. This song is incredibly engaging and thrilling and will no doubt give you that extra push for your workout!
Favorite line: “We’re ridin’ / In a getaway car / There were sirens in the beat of your heart / Should’ve known I’d be the first to leave / Think about the place where you first met me”
6. Cut to the Feeling – Carly Rae Jepsen
Our next perfect workout playlist song is the epitome of happiness in only 3 minutes and 25 seconds. It’s a dance party no matter where you hear it, so take advantage of this song for your workout! The chorus is a rush of good feelings and memories and you’ll never be hitting skip on this one!
Favorite line: “I wanna cut through the clouds, break the ceiling / I wanna dance on the roof, you and me alone / I wanna cut to the feeling”
7. Rollercoaster – Jonas Brothers
Just like the name, this song takes you on a rollercoaster. The minimally produced first verse and pre-chorus build to a beautiful explosion of a chorus that truly feels like your on your favorite amusement park ride. The ups and downs of this song very nicely complement any workout you may do and will keep you amped and excited!
Favorite line: “It was fun when we were young and now we’re older / Those days when we were broke in California / We were up and down and barely made it over / But I’d go back and ride that rollercoaster”
8. Rise – Katy Perry
This next tune is an intense one but will leave you feeling like you can conquer anything. Pop queen Katy Perry did not hold back on this one, hoping listeners would see the spark within themselves and realize they can achieve anything they set their minds to. The slow build of the song is perfect for a tough run or cardio workout!
Favorite line: “Oh, ye of so little faith / Don’t doubt it, don’t doubt it / Victory is in my veins / I know it, I know it”
9. Homemade Dynamite (Remix) – Lorde feat. Khalid, SZA, and Post Malone
This song was my most listened to song during all of 2019 and for good reason. It’s perfection. This underrated collaboration between four stellar artists displays each of their talents individually, but they all come together to create this high-energy pop masterpiece. If you’re looking for amazing production and lyricism for your next workout, this one is for you!
Favorite line: “Don’t know you super well / But, I think that you might be the same as me / Behave abnormally”
10. Unstoppable – Sia
This powerhouse singer is no stranger to pop and is certainly unstoppable. This song should definitely be at the top of your workout playlist since Sia is basically telling you you’re an unstoppable force to be reckoned with! The quiet verses lead to a powerhouse of a chorus that will keep you going until you succeed.
Favorite line: “I’m unstoppable / I’m a Porsche with no brakes / I’m invincible / Yeah, I win every single game”
11. My Oh My – Camila Cabello feat. DaBaby
Our next pop workout tune is brought to you by none other than our favorite hit-maker, Camila Cabello. With this fun and sassy song, you’ll forget all about the grueling workout you’re doing and fall into the story of the song instead. DaBaby’s verse also adds a lot of energy to this song and is a great motivation boost!
Favorite line: “I swear on my life that I’ve been a good girl / Tonight I don’t wanna be her”
12. Confident – Demi Lovato
Need a boost of confidence for your workout? Then look no further! Demi Lovato is here to save you. This classic pop song can turn even the most insecure people into confident ones in only three and a half minutes. No matter what type of workout you’re doing, this song will get you feeling great!
Favorite line: “So you say I’m complicated / That I must be outta my mind / But you had me underrated”
13. Cruel Summer – Taylor Swift
I just couldn’t resist including another Taylor Swift song; there’s just so many good ones! This one comes from her most recent album, Lover, and might be my favorite song she’s ever made. Like many of her other songs, a story is told from beginning to end. The smooth verses build up to explosively beautiful pop perfection, followed by a bridge that could amp up even the saddest and least-motivated person. This song is workout playlist gold and should really be taken advantage of!
Favorite line: “And I screamed for whatever it’s worth / I love you ain’t that the worst thing you ever heard?”
14. Only Angel – Harry Styles
This amazing next song on this list is a modern classic. From singing angels to electric guitar to adlib screams, this song has it all. Listening to it while working out will only make you feel more amped and invigorated, so I highly suggest it. You can take on that set of squats and rock out at the same time!
Favorite line: “Told it to her brother and she told it to me / That she’s gonna be an angel just you wait and see”
15. New Man – Ed Sheeran
Our final jam on this list is by the one and only song-writing genius, Ed Sheeran. If you haven’t heard this bop from his hit album Divide, you’re truly missing out on a good time. The rap-sung verses lead into a sassy chorus, singing zing after zing to a past lover. This song will help you power through your workout and give you something else to focus on other than another set of pushups!
Favorite line: “Now you’re eatin’ kale, hittin’ the gym / Keepin’ up with Kylie and Kim / In the back of the club, kissin’ a boy that ain’t him”