Let’s face it, getting your butt to the gym isn’t so easy on most days. Whether you feel like staying in your pajamas all day or catching up on sleep, sometimes it seems like there is always a better option of activities you could be doing instead of hitting the gym. When thoughts and excuses like this start to creep in, something that always changes my mind and pumps me up is music. Here are 20 songs you need on your workout playlist because cardio is hardio.
1. “Work B**ch” by Britney Spears
All you have to do while on the tread of stair master is listen to everything Britney says in this song. “You want a hot body?…You better work b**ch!” Listen to the princess of pop, my friend. Breathe through the pain and keep workin’.
2. “Stronger” by Kanye West
A throwback for sure, but always a goodie and a great way to get that extra boost of energy. As Mr. West says in this heart-pumping song, “That that don’t kill me, can only make me stronger”. Trust me, you won’t die if you finish out that mile…you’ll only become stronger.
3. “Side To Side” by Ariana Grande feat. Nicki Minaj
When this songs comes on, promise me you’ll channel your inner Ari and peddle away on that cycle! All you have to do is imagine how amazing she looks in this video and strive to have similar results if you keep on keeping on!
4. “Level Up” by Ciara
Level up ladies! The entire gist of this song is about bettering yourself and upping your game which is exactly what you’re doing when you get your booty to the gym! So be like Ciara and LEVEL UP!
5. “Run The World (Girls)” by Beyonce
You already know who run the world! This is a classic pump-up song that will instantly send surges through your body that will give you that extra “umph” to get through your workout. Make queen B proud and finish strong!
6. “Work from Home” by Fifth Harmony
This song will inspire you to put in work wherever you are. It’s a great reminder that you don’t have to go to the gym in order to get a workout in. A quick workout at home is just as much of a win. It’s all about the effort you put into it and how much you push yourself.
7. “Work It” by Missy Elliott
An oldie, but Definitely a goodie! This beat will have you dancing in your head while at the gym…OK maybe even not in your head but in real life. The groovy and original beat and sounds that mix together in this song will urge you to get up and move!
8. “Bodak Yellow” by Cardi B
The ultimate hype song. This beat along with the confident and non-apologetic lyrics will have you hustling through an workout at the gym. Be like Mrs. Cardi B and make those money moves! A MUST for any gym playlist.
9. “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj
Don’t be shy, we know you’re working on that booty while you’re in the gym! What better goal to set than having one as juicy and voluptuous as Nicki Minaj’s? Chanel your inner Nicki and get to the squats, girl!
10. “Dinero” by Jenifer Lopez feat. Cardi B
What better way to motivate yourself than by listening to one of the queens herself… J-Lo? This catchy song is made up of verses and a chorus that will urge you to keep going during your workout. It might even have you singing along while doing so!
11. “Taki Taki” by DJ Snake feat. Selena Gomez, Cardi B & Ozuna
One word: catchy. The Latin flare in this song will make any body want to get moving.
12. “Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato
This song is all about upping your game and waving to the haters who ever doubted you. Leave it to this song to motivate you at the gym. As Demi says, “I’m out here lookin’ like revenge, feelin’ like a ten, the best I ever been”. Keep workin’ girl!
13. “Nonstop” by Drake
The title of this song says it all, don’t stop and keep pushing through your workout with the help of this song.
14. “SICKO MODE” by Travis Scott
Another title that speaks for itself. This bop will have you going sicko mode in the gym whenever it comes up on your workout playlist.
15. “I Like It” by Cardi B
Cardi b’s mega hit that will make anyone dance…enough said.
16. “Me Too” by Meghan Trainor
Ms. Trainor said it best in this pop sensational song, “If I was you, I’d wanna be me too”. This song will always boost your confidence whenever it comes up on your workout playlist.
17. “Panda” by Designer
This song is PERFECT for an ab workout routine. The beat stays consistent throughout the entire song making it super easy to stay on beat and keep a constant, consistent pace.
18. “APESH*T” by The Carters
Another song on your workout playlist that will instantly put you into beast mode.
19. “Swalla” by Jason Derulo feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign
20. “Woman” by Kesha
This song is the ultimate female anthem! Play this at the gym if you want a burst of motivation.