Listen to this rushing EDM banger and we guarantee you'll crank up the speed on the treadmill at least five notches by the song's end. If the stampede of synthesizers doesn't get you moving, perhaps Bonnie McKee's soaring vocals will.
This uplifting cut is centered around positive lyrics ("Lift me up, don't hold me down / I don't wanna be down, don't bring me down") and stirring African rhythms featuring "Am I Wrong" singers Nico & Vinz and South African male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. You'll be inspired to push a little harder as the chorus chants evolve into a speedy dance breakdown.
In a little over a decade, Fall Out Boy have accomplished what only a few pop-punk acts have been able to do: Make the move from indie, underground darlings to arena rock gods. American Beauty/American Psycho takes their youthful energy and transforms it in massive, cinematic gestures. "Centuries," is the best example of this, and when you decide to work on your cardio, we think it'll help you bust out your best gladiator moves.
The opening track to the latest Hunger Games soundtrack, a haunting, "Meltdown" features a house-y, hip hop beat courtesy of Belgian producer/singer Stromae, which houses Lorde's slinky chorus, Pusha T and Q-Tip's thought-provoking verses and HAIM's harmonies. A genre-defying track that will get you in a fighting spirit.
"Bounce" wasn't the track that broke Iggy, but this might be her wildest uptempo track. The racing Bollywood-inspired production and the MC's hyped-up delivery (get an extra energy boost as Iggy yelps through the bridge) all make for a hit of a workout jam.
You really couldn't go wrong with any of the house-pop bangers off Kiesza's Sound of a Woman LP, but we're keen to the feel-good message in "No Enemiesz." Just in case "Hideaway" is starting to sound stale in your current playlist, add this new Kiesza joint stat.
Bonus get-fit tip: Attempt to learn the choreography from the accompanying video! Watch above and get to work on your pirouettes.
This energizing pop song utilizes the power of repetition and elevating melodies for a song that can act as a mantra during a workout. The Saturdays ask on the catchy chorus: "What are you waiting for? What are you waiting for? Tell me what are you waiting for?"
Well, what are you waiting for? Pick up that dumbbell! Use this song to keep your motivation high.
A classic that never lost its spark and is currently having a nostalgic resurgence via a hilarious new Geico commercial. Take the lyrics to heart and "push it real good!"
You don't need to understand Korean to get pumped up from this K-pop jam. "I Am the Best" is a now-classic, empowering anthem and even Microsoft used it in a commercial to tell their competition they were, well, the best. Show those gym rats who's boss!
Queen Tay Tay reigned supreme in 2014, becoming the first pop artist to sell a million copies of a record in its first week... three times in a row! The massive 1989 marked her move towards pop perfection, her grrrl power anthems, "Blank Space" and "Shake It Off" leading the way. The latter channels Pharrell's "Happy," an uplifting jam that is sure to inspire the silliest of dance moves. Who said working out isn't fun?
Up-and-coming American girl group Fifth Harmony first caught our eye when they were invited on tour with Demi Lovato. The fearsome five-some later joined teen dream Austin Mahone on the road and later in 2014, released "Sledgehammer," their most impressive song to date. It's all about strength and sentimentality for these lovely ladies. Their pop-rockin' tune is sure to make you grab those weights and go!
Possibly the most iconic music video of the last year is Sia's "Chandelier," a surprising anthem detailing the Australian singer-songwriter's issues with social anxiety and her accompanying alcoholism. It's heavy stuff, but the song's sweeping structure makes it the perfect track for channeling your own negativity into positivity. Don't get bummed, get active!