40 Great Workout Songs For Lifting Weights

I’ve put together here a large collection of songs that are great listening for pumping weights at the gym.

These songs will pump you, inspire you, and get you through a grueling weight-lifting workout.

I’ll explain WHY I chose the songs I did, WHAT factors make a good music for the gym, and HOW to listen to the music to get a better pump and fatigue your muscles.

Note that this list of songs are NOT for cardio, but for lifting heavy weights!  For cardio, most anything with a quick tempo can do.  But heavy weights, it’s a bit trickier, because a fast tempo song can actually get in your way, psychologically!

Why Listen To Music When Lifting Weights

For about 15 years I never listened to music in the gym when pumping iron.  But I decided to try it as a test, and since then I’ve never stopped!

What the RIGHT music does is send you into the “Mental Oasis.”


Mental Oasis is my term for when you go into a trance that greases the workout.  The resistance you felt to working out drops away.  The trance sends you into a state of enthusiasm, and turns up your testosterone level.

Perhaps you step into a new identity; like you’re a rock star up on stage and thousands of girls are screaming your name.  Or you’re King Arthur on his horse, riding to his castle with Excalibur in his hand.


A good song will make you feel like Dwayne Johnson in an action movie.


Or you’re Lancelot.

Or maybe you’re just a bad-ass that can fuck any chick he wants.

Either way, the music sends you into a trance that makes it easier to lift, and your body releases testosterone.

The Equipment You NEED For Music!


Listening to music while you lift can actually be a huge pain in the ass, logistically.  You lay down, you stand up, you switch positions, and the headphones tend to fall out of your ears.

And changing tracks on that smart phone isn’t convenient if it’s strapped to your arm or inside your pants pocket.  It’s simply hard to reach.

So here’s 3 items I’ve found is pretty essential to listening to music in the gym.

#1. The Sansa Clip MP3 player

The Sansa Clip is essential to your workout.  It has a clip on the back that allows you to attach it to anywhere on your clothing, so it’s always easy to reach to change songs.

As you change exercises, you can move it to different places on your shirt too, so that it’s always out of the way.


The clip is super small and light too, so it doesn’t pull down on your clothing at all.


So ditch the smart phone, and start using a specialized music device that’s built for gym workouts.

Here’s the link to buy one https://tinyurl.com/ldfjyns

#2. Earhook Headphones

You sit down, you stand up, you lay down… you’re doing a leg press where your declined downward… those damn headphones are always falling out!

Easy solution then… get a headphone with hooks so it stays in place.  Makes a HUGE difference.


Here’s the link to buy: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003CJTR82/

#3. Free Clip Converter Software


Broke?  Can’t afford to pay a dollar or two for each song?

Here’s a clever trick for getting all of the following music absolutely free.

First download and install this free software on your desktop computer.


Then, find the song you like on YouTube, and punch it’s YouTube URL into the free converter software.  The software will then convert the video into an MP3 music file!

The sound quality won’t be as clear and good compared to the paid version.  BUT it will act as an acceptable standby until you get your financial house in order.

The 6 Factors That Makes A Song Great For Weights

A great song captures a feeling and makes you FEEL a certain way.

So if you’re feeling bored or “blah”, a good song will make you feel pumped and bursting with testosterone.  Or it may make you feel inspired or like a bad ass.  A good song will bring different aspects of your personality to the surface when you need them most.

There’s a couple of ways a good song achieves this.

Let’s take the example of Nelly, with his song “Number 1”

Nelly - Number 1 (#1)

Let’s break this song shall we into 6 elements…

Factor #1. Breaking Rapport Tonality, or BRT


BRT is when you end your sentences on a downward tonality, causing you to sound almost defiant, or even pissed off.

Compare that to Trying For Rapport Tonality – usually found in longing, broken-heart love songs – where the guy’s voice sounds like a broken hearted piece of Jello.  That’s when the sentences end on an UPWARD tonality.

When you feel alpha, you’ll naturally start speaking with BRT.  When you’re bossing people around, you’ll naturally start speaking in BRT.

Speaking with BRT will pump your testosterone, and listening to songs with BRT will also pump your testosterone.

Take Nelly in his song “Number 1”.  He sounds defiant.  He sounds almost pissed.  That’s Breaking Rapport Tonality, and when a song has that, it makes for a good song to lift weights to.

Factor #2. “I’m A Bas Ass” Narcissistic Lyrics


Defiance.  Self-Narcissism.  Endurance.  Persistence.  Any of these themes in a song’s lyrics will help put you into the right trance, and bring that side of yourself to the surface, to blast those weights.

Take Nelly.

He says, “I am Number 1” – that’s Self-Narcissism

“Only way you wear me out is stitch my name on your pants” – Boundless energy, can’t be beaten

“Oh if my uncle could see me know, if he could see how many rappers wanna be me now” – Bragging self-success

“Taking nothing for granted” – working hard for his success

Factor #3. True Passion


In a mediocre song, the singer is just singing the words.

But in a really great one, you can feel the passion coming through in his voice, like he really believes it.

Think as if you’re getting a pumping lecture from Anthony Robbins.  A good song for the gym will make you go into that “Mental Oasis” where you step into different shoes in your imagination.  Maybe you become a rock star up on stage with girls screaming your name, or maybe you feel like lighting bolts are striking you, or maybe you feel as if you’re wielding Thor’s hammer of power.

Then you’ll get a better testosterone pump and kill those weights.  The passion in the music will help take you there.

Take Nelly in “Number One”.  He sounds so TRUE that you almost step into his shoes and become a bad ass in your imagination.

Factor #4. Positivity and Optimism; Quick Tempo

This is pretty self-explanatory.  The song should transfer its positivity and enthusiasm to you, and a quick-paced tempo usually does the trick.

Factor #5. Sexual Suggestion


Sexual arousal and testosterone are closely linked.  When you see a turbo hot “Perfect 10” walk by, you’re testosterone levels will immediately spike, automatically.

Many good songs for lifting weights have some sort of sexual suggestion.

For example, in the song “Number One”, there’s a chorus where a girl says in a sexy voice, “Do you like it when I shake it for ya? Daddy? Move it all around? Let you get a peep before it touches the ground?”

And Nelly replies to her, “Ma I’m in a guy that’s willing to learn, willing to get in the driver’s seat, willing to turn.”

Sex in a song can thus be a testosterone booster and wake your brain up.

Factor #6. Irreverence


You don’t play by the rules of the herd.  You don’t blindly follow the social norms.  You you’re own man.

Every Song Is Different!

Not every song has to have all six elements to be a good song for weight lifting.  Some songs lean toward sex; others lean toward positivity, while others are all about breaking rapport tonality and narcissism.  Some mix up all the elements.

It doesn’t matter; on your MP3 player you can jump around to the type of song you feel like going into your Mental Oasis with.  Variety will keep it interesting.

I’ve sorted the following videos by musical genre.

Now without further ado, here are my 50 recommendations…

Genre: Hip Hop

Roy Jones – Can’t Be Touched

This song makes you feel like destroying a punching bag!

Roy Jones - Can't be touched

Usher – Yeah

Mental Oasis: I’m irresistible… girls are all over me at the club.

Kanye West – Stronger

Mental Oasis: I’m a man of action. I persist in the face of anything.  I will do whatever it takes.

Kanye West - Stronger

Shop Boyz – Party Like A Rock Star

Shop Boyz - Party Like A Rock Star

Unk – Walk It Out


MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This

Pure narcissism at it’s best

MC Hammer - U Can't Touch This

Fort Minor – Remember the Name

Mental Oasis: walking through the world like a man.

Fort Minor - Remember The Name (OFFICIAL Video) HD


The Lonely Island – Jack Sparrow

Irreverent pimping.

Jack Sparrow (feat. Michael Bolton)

The Lonely Island – I’m On a Boat

You don’t always got to be so serious.  In fact, you should always be able to laugh at yourself, and not develop a big ego.

The Lonely Island - I'm On A Boat (Explicit Version) ft. T-Pain

Sir Mix A Lot – Baby Got Back

Stop thinking of women in terms of putting them up on pedestals, and start thinking in terms of booty shakin’ to enhance your testosterone for the weights.

Sir Mix A Lot Baby Got Back Best Quality


Kid Rock – Bawitdaba

Pump yourself up into the mental oasis of complete bad ass.

Bawitdaba-Kid Rock

Eminem – Lose Yourself

Starts off with some inspiring lyrics.

Eminem - Lose Yourself (Official Music Video)

Eminem Till I Collapse

An inspiring song to motivate you to be your best.

Eminem- Till I Collapse Lyrics

Dance Pop

Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal

Mental Oasis: I’m the ultimate bad-ass.

Jennifer Lopz – On the Floor

Mental Oasis: Go hard, don’t stop.

Jennifer Lopez - On The Floor ft. Pitbull

Dance Pop – Upbeat

The following songs in this category are just some fun, upbeat songs to throw into the mix.

Ozone – Ma Ya Hi

In my Mental Oasis for this song, I imagine I’m up on stage and girls are screaming my name.

Taio Cruz – Dynamite

Mental Oasis: I have an entourage in the club and the girls all want to look my way.  I’m having my own fun… and girls want to join  my party.

Taio Cruz - Dynamite (Int'l Version)

Hard Rock

Bon Jovi – It’s My Life

Defiance, persistence, endurance, and taking action.

Bon Jovi - It's My Life

Guns N Roses – Welcome To The Jungle

Yeah!  I’m gonna kick the ass of those weights!

Welcome to the jungle By Guns N' Roses with lyrics

Nine Inch Nails – Closer

This song will make you stop caring about people “liking you” and just want to fuck. Good for boosting testosterone.

Nine Inch Nails - Closer (Director's Cut)

Twisted Sister – We’re Not Gonna Take It

Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take It (Official Video)

Pop Rock

Kelly Clarkson – Miss Independent

Mental Oasis: I imagine I’m singing as Kelly Clarkson… her voice makes me feel pumped.

Kelly Clarkson - Miss Independent

Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (Nicky Romero Remix)

Another version of her song, a bit more masculine.

Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) (Nicky Romero Remix)

Alternative Rock

Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit

Total pump, defiance, and rebellion.

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit


Destiny’s Child – Lose My Breath

Mental Oasis: Hot bodied girls dancing for me… hmmm

Destiny's Child - Lose My Breath

Destiny’s Child – Survivor

Mental Oasis: Nothing is gonna stop me, mother-fuckers!

Destiny's Child - Survivor (Official Video) ft. Da Brat


N’ Sync – Bye Bye Bye

Most guys imagine about getting the hot girl, thing of themselves as lower value seeking higher value.  Instead, imagine BREAKING UP with her.  That will pump your testosterone.

'N Sync - Bye Bye Bye

Psy – Gangnam Style

Mental Oasis: I’m dancing like a crazy person, free and wild.  Loosens you up!


Psy – Gentleman

Mental Oasis: instead of thinking about all the girls you want to bang, think about how you would cause mischief on them!  Be irreverent!


Katy Perry – I Kissed A Girl

Gets you thinking about the right things that produce testosterone.

Katy Perry - I Kissed A Girl

Britney Spears – Stronger

Mental Oasis: I imagine I’m Britney and at first stuck in an office.  I break out, and start kicking ass… as a chick!

Britney Spears - Stronger

Hercules Zero to Hero

Yeah, it’s Disney.  But it makes you feel like a Hero!

Zero to hero (English) HD

Instrumental Music (No Vocals)

Carl Orff: Carmina Burana

In my Mental Oasis for this song, I imagine I’m King Arthur on my horse, racing to the castle through the rain.

Carl Orff - O Fortuna ~ Carmina Burana

Braveheart Soundtrack – The Legend Spreads

Mental Oasis: off to battle to save your lands!

Braveheart Soundtrack - The Legend Spreads*

Braveheart Soundtrack- Attack On Murron

The beginning of this song builds into excitement.  I feel like a Medieval knight on a mystical quest.

Braveheart Soundtrack - Sons Of Scotland


Big & Rich – Save A Horse (Dance Mix)

For this song, make sure you get the DANCE MIX version (the one here is NOT the dance mix, and the tempo is way too slow).   In my Mental Oasis for this song, I’m up on stage playing a guitar and surrounded by chicks.

Big & Rich - Save A Horse [Ride A Cowboy] (Official Music Video)


Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive

Mental Oasis: Feel like a Lady’s Man, pouring out your passion!

Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive (1977)


Sean Paul – Give It Up To Me

My Mental Oasis: I’m in the Caribbean and big booty girls are dancing up on me.

Sean Paul - Give It Up To Me (Feat. Keyshia Cole) (Disney Version for the film Step Up)

Electro House

Skrillex – Bangarang

Mental Oasis: Make pure electricity run through your veins.

SKRILLEX - Bangarang feat. Sirah [Official Music Video]

Latin Pop / Espanol

Ricky Martin – Livin’ La Vida Loca

Mental Oasis: I’m dancing like Latin Romeo as I lift.

Ricky Martin - Livin' La Vida Loca

Noche de Entierro (Remix)

Mental Oasis: I remember back to the video, and imagine there’s sexy, half-dressed Latina chicks everywhere as I work out.

Noche de Entierro (Remix) ft. Ivy Queen, Randy, Arcangel & De La Ghetto

Daddy Yankee – Gasolina

Mental Oasis: I’m some kind of Latino bad-ass.

Daddy Yankee - Gasolina [Official Music Video]

The Cool Down

La Vie en Rose- Duo Gadjo

After a hard work, cool down with anything in French!

La Vie en Rose- Duo Gadjo

Got another song you think should be on this list?  Leave me a comment, and maybe I’ll add it !

10 thoughts on “40 Great Workout Songs For Lifting Weights”

    1. Jesse,

      I love your website. I particularly like your posts about avoiding porn and how crucial it is to being a MAN. I like country music and music from the ’80s. Do you like Florida Georgia Line? Florida Georgia Line sings country music. They have some cute femininas in their music videos. Some of their most notable songs are “Cruise” and “Round Here.”

    2. Jesse,

      Have you heard of Florida Georgia Line? Some of their most notable songs are “Cruise” and “Round Here.” I think they’re good tunes. Maybe not necessarily for working out, but good to listen to, nonetheless.

      P.S. I really like how you talk about how important it is for guys to avoid porn.

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