Run Faster, Lift Heavier: The Ultimate Workout Playlist

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Would you believe me if I told you that the right music can motivate you to dig a little deeper, run a little faster, and lift a little heavier? Well, it’s true.


Studies have shown that listening to music during a workout has both physical and psychological effects on the body and mind. The perfect playlist can create rhythm-driven energy that helps you reach new heights. Great music can distract you from the fatigue of your workout, as well as stimulate emotions that can inspire us to push harder.


Not only have companies such as Peloton recognized the important relationship between music and fitness, but so have in-person studios. Many different types of fitness classes, from yoga to HIIT, use music to guide workouts and set the tone for the experience.


There are a number of elements that make for a successful workout song, from the lyrics to the tempo; but, all boil down to the energy of the song. So, we took to our Instagram to ask you what songs power you up for a great workout. As a result, here is a list of 40 powerful workout songs that make up Upper Hand’s ultimate workout playlist, as curated by the Upper Hand Fam! 


Upper Hand’s Ultimate Workout Playlist


BOOM – Tiësto


  • Levitating – Dua Lipa
  • Motivation – Normani
  • Girls in the Hood – Megan Thee Stallion
  • Stronger – Kanye West
  • Pressure – Martin Garrix
  • DNA – Kendrick Lamar
  • Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
  • Good Life – Kanye West
  • Energy – Drake

Level Up – Ciara


  • Ambition – Wale ft. Meek Mill & Rick Ross
  • Big Rings – Drake
  • Drip Too Hard – Lil Baby & Gunna
  • Super Bass – Nicki Minaj
  • Good Girls Go Bad – Cobra Starship
  • Sugar We’re Goin Down – Fall Out Boy
  • Trophies – Drake
  • Your Love – ATB, Topic, A7S
  • What’s My Age Again – Blink 182
  • All the Way – Timeflies
  • Knock Knock – Mac Miller

The Fire – The Roots


  • No Love – Lil Wayne feat. Eminem
  • Put On – Jeezy
  • Last Breath – Future
  • Go Crazy – Chris Brown & Young Thug
  • Encore – Jay-Z & Linkin Park
  • m.A.A.d city – Kendrick Lamar
  • Stick Talk – Future
  • Ric Flair Drip – Offset, Metro B
  • The Stroke – Billy Squier

All I Do Is Win – DJ Khaled


  • Really Really – Kevin Gates
  • All of the Lights – Kanye West
  • Physical – Dua Lipa
  • Run this Town – Jay-Z feat. Rihanna
  • The Business – Tiësto
  • Rockstar – DJ Khaled feat. Drake

And by far, the number one most shared song:

  • ‘Til I Collapse – Eminem

Be sure to add these hits before you head to the gym for your next workout. If you are a business owner looking to elevate the workout experience at your facility, check out this free Music Streaming Services Guide to ensure you understand the legal implications of streaming music at your business.

Courtney Kerr
Courtney Kerr
Courtney serves as Marketing Manager at Upper Hand.

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