Having a solid foundation for anything you do in life is vital. You wouldn’t go skiing without getting the proper equipment to glide your way down the mountain. So why would you head the gym without a solid playlist full of bops?! Search no further! Here is my master list of gym-pumping songs that will take your workout from zero to hero. Download links for the Spotify and Apple Music playlists will be available down below!
Work It – Missy Elliot
This BOP from Missy Elliott’s 2002 album, Under Construction, will teleport your workout to hip-hop heaven. Try Work It during your next weight lifting session or light run!
Get Ur Freak On – Missy Elliot
Hate sprinting? Think again. You’ll be freakin’ your way through an intense cardio session with this 2001 hit.
Toxic – Britney Spears
Arguably the best pop song of all time, Toxic is a Britney song that NEEDS to be on your workout playlist. The catchy chorus is perfect for dreadful cardio exercises, or weight workouts with a lot of repetition.
Viva La Vida – Coldplay
Not your average workout song, but the deep orchestra-like sound will help drown out the noise from any gym.
The Middle – Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey
By far my favourite song from January 2018. A *must have* on your cardio playlist. The chorus is deep & full of sound.
Run Up – Major Lazer ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR & Nicki Minaj
Pro tip: I sometimes hear versions on the radio without Nicki’s track, don’t bother with those. Nicki MAKES this song a bop.
Timber – Pitbull ft. Ke$ha
I’m not the biggest Pitbull fan, but him & Kesha knocked this one out of the park.
Bartier Cardi ft. 21 Savage
Not the best song for running or jogging, but the *deep* bass of this hit will elevate ANY weight exercise.
King – Years & Years
Being Years & Years’ most successful song, “King” pops up during every one of my workouts. The harmony is dense with upbeat sound, making it interchangeable for any kind of workout.
Casanova – Allie X ft. Vérité
It’s a bit light on the harmony, making it a tough choice for cardio. However, I love listening to Casanova during high intensity, low movement workouts, such as shoulder press or bicep curl.
My My My! – Troye Sivan
THIS IS *THE* BOP OF 2018. THAT IS ALL.
E•MO•TION – Carly Rae Jepsen
While she may have been robbed from awards & recognition in the past, don’t rob her of a spot on your workout playlist. She deserves better than that.
Primadonna – Marina and the Diamonds
The heavy bass of this pop masterpiece will jazz up any workout!
Sex Yeah – Marina and the Diamonds
This one’s a bit more underrated, but an incredible song nonetheless. It’ll even have you feeling sexier during your workout. 🙂
Tell Me You Love Me – Demi Lovato (NOTD Remix)
While the original isn’t the best song for the gym, the NOTD Remix adds a faster tempo that will crush any workout.
Échame la Culpa – Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato
Move over, Despacito! Luis Fonsi is back with another smash hit alongside Demi Lovato. This smooth & upbeat hit is a must have in your workout playlist.
Knock You Down – Keri Hilson
Keri Hilson’s 2009 bop is often forgotten amongst the vast number of hits over the last decade – BUT LET US NOT FORGET. Knock You Down is a masterful pop hit that is necessary to anyone’s workout playlist.
Raise Your Glass – P!nk
Need a little spunk in your workout? Try this.
One, Two Step – Ciara ft. Missy Elliot
Arguably one of Ciara’s best hits, this bop will glide you through any cardio routine.
Salute – Little Mix
This uplifting bop has female empowerment written all over it! It’s been on my workout playlist for well over a year, so I *highly* recommend it.
Reggaetón Lento – Little Mix & CNCO
Two incredible pop groups, one amazing song for your workout! PS- it’s a bit sexy, which makes me feel sexy during my workout (always a plus).
Black Magic – Little Mix
This song is SO upbeat! Perfect for a dull cardio workout that needs a little something something.
Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani
B-A-N-A-N-A-S. That is all.
SOS – Rihanna
Try listening to SOS during your HIIT sprint minute, which I wrote a blog about a few weeks ago.
PRIME – Allie X
This retro pop hit will jazz up your repetitive weight exercises! I’ve been known to play this song exclusively during workouts… 🙂
Feeling Myself – Nicki Minaj ft. Beyoncé
When you’re feeling’ yourself at the gym, there’s no better song. Not the best cardio song, but hella good for those days when you need an emotional lift.
Boys Boys Boys – Lady Gaga
This is for all my gays!! When you see that cute boy working out, play this song!! (you’re welcome)
Hair – Lady Gaga
The heavy pop-rock sound of this song makes it the perfect bop to drown out background noise.
Swine – Lady Gaga
Probably my favourite song to sprint to. While it wasn’t everyone’s favourite song from ARTPOP, the ultra-heavy electronic sound is perfect for running/sprinting.
Scheibe – Lady Gaga
FINE. My last Gaga song. Just listen to it at the gym, it’s amazing.
When Love Takes Over – David Guetta ft. Kelly Rowland
Such a classic hit! Especially if you grew up with this bop, the nostalgia train will glide you straight through your workout. 🙂
My First Kiss – 30H!3 ft. Ke$ha
When you need that extra kick of energy, this song is perfect! Feels very rebellious and kick-ass.
I Like It – Enrique Iglesias
This song is super auto-tuned, but it’s a fun beat that’ll uplift any dull mood.
Your Love Is My Drug
Such a classic Kesha hit. It’s positive & uplifting, which is a necessity while exercising.
Cold Water – Major Lazer ft. Justin Beiber & MØ
It’s one of those ultra-catchy songs that you’ll end up playing 50 times while at the gym.
Cheap Thrills – Sia ft. Sean Paul
I LOVE the repetitive beat of this song! It’s perfect for a repetitive exercise like the Stairmaster or elliptical.
Where Are Ü Now – Skrillex & Diplo, with Justin Bieber
What I like most about this song is the full & dense sound. Helps block out background noise & distractions.
Commander – Kelly Rowland ft. David Guetta
This song makes you feel like HOT SHIT. Trust me. You’ll be feeling like an award-winning model, strutting their way down the catwalk. Or just lifting weight, whatever comes first. 🙂
Into You – Ariana Grande
If you’re into running long distances, this is such a great song to have on repeat. Super catchy.
Cake By The Ocean – DNCE
DNCE knows how to create a BOP.
Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Rey (Cedric Gervais Remix)
Cedric Gervais takes this song from “crying in my room after a breakup” to “revenge body, bitches!!”
Swalla – Jason Derulo ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign
Probably one of the most catchiest songs of 2017 – a must have on your workout playlist!!
Bitch I’m Madonna – Madonna ft. Nicki Minaj
It’ll make you feel like YOU’RE Madonna. Boom.
Girl Gone Wild – Madonna
This is one of Madonna’s most underrated, but deserving, songs. Pro tip: watch the music video before taking it to the gym. SO WORTH IT.
Livin’ It Up – Ciara
First off, Ciara is such an underrated singer and performer. Secondly, add this song to your playlist – you won’t regret it!
Get Outta My Way – Kylie Minogue
All hail Kween Minogue! Such an underrated bop.
Closer – Teagan and Sara
Probably one of the best songs from Canada’s own Teagan and Sara. The music video is super LGBT+ inclusive, which makes it a bit more personal for some of us.
Feel It In My Bones – Test ft. Teagan and Sara
A powerful classic! This is a really great cardio song. I always get lost in the catchy harmony.
Born Again Teen – Lucius
A pop anthem that needs to be on your playlist NOW!! I first started listening to Lucius after seeing them live at Wayhome 2016. Been obsessed ever since!
Something About You – Lucius
Once again, a really great song for repetitive exercises such as Stairmaster or elliptical.
Have any other songs to recommend? Leave them in the comments section below!