108 Kick Ass Workout Songs: The Ultimate Playlist

M&S Team
Written By: M&S Team
August 28th, 2014
Updated: May 25th, 2021
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108 Kick Ass Workout Songs
Amplify your gains with this ultimate workout playlist from Muscle & Strength. Have any songs you feel should be on this list? Let us know in the comments section.

2Pac - Hit 'Em Up

AC/DC - Back in Black

AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long

Aerosmith - Walk This Way

Anthrax - Be All, End All

Archie Eversole - We Ready

Avenged Sevenfold - Afterlife

Beastie Boys - So What’cha Want

Beck - Loser

Bill Conti/The Rocky Orchestra - Gonna Fly Now

Black Eyed Peas - Let's Get It Started

Black Sabbath - Iron Man

Bone Crusher - Never Scared

Credence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising

Cypress Hill - Insane in the Brain

Danzig - Mother

Disturbed - Down With the Sickness

Disturbed - Droppin' Plates

Drake - 0 to 100/The Catch Up

DRI - Suit and Tie Guy

Henry Rollins

"The Iron is the best antidepressant I have ever found. There is no better way to fight weakness than with strength." - Henry Rollins

Drowning Pool - Bodies

Eric Prydz – Call on Me

Eminem - Lose Yourself

Eminem - The Monster

Eminem - Till I Collapse

Europe - The Final Countdown

Faith No More - Epic

Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench

Fort Minor - Remember the Name

Green Day - American Idiot

Guns N' Roses - Paradise City

Guns N' Roses - Welcome to the Jungle

Helmet - Unsung

House of pain - Jump Around

Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast

Jay Z - 99 Problems

Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire

Judas Priest - Breaking the Law

Kanye West - Stronger

Kid Rock - Bawitdaba

LL Cool J

"I think fitness is important. I think a healthy lifestyle is important. I think putting positive energy out there is important and just staying connected with the people." - LL Cool J

Killer Be Killed - Snakes of Jehovah

Korn - Got the Life

Korn - Right Now

Led Zeppelin - Black Dog

Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way

Limp Bizkit - Rollin

LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out

Ludacris - Move B***h

Mastodon - The Wolf is Loose

Metallica - Battery

Metallica - Enter Sandman

Metallica - One

Ministry - Jesus Built my Hotrod

Molly Hatchet - Flirtin' With Disaster

Motley Crue - Kickstart My Heart

Motorhead - Ace of Spades

Motorhead - The Game

Nine Inch Nails - Head Like a Hole

Nirvana - Come As You Are

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit

Anthony Kiedis

"I like the idea of defying the convention of what it is to be in your 40s, or 50s, or 60s. In the same way that Jack LaLanne did...in his 70's." - Anthony Kiedis, Red Hot Chili Peppers

NOFX - Soul Doubt

Outkast - B.O.B.

Pantera - Domination

Pantera - Walk

Papa Roach - Last Resort

Pearl Jam - Even Flow

Pitbull - Get it Started

Primus - Jerry Was a Racecar Driver

Public Enemy - Fight the Power

Puff Daddy - Victory

Rage Against The Machine - Killing in the Name

Ratt - Round and Round

Red Nation - Game

Redman - Time 4 Sumaksion

Richard Wagner - The Ride of the Valkyries

Rob Zombie - More Human Than Human

Rush - Tom Sawyer

Queen - Another One Bites the Dust

Sepultura - Arise

Seven Mary Three - Cumbersome

50 Cent

"Your opinion of yourself becomes your reality. If you have all these doubts, then no one will believe in you and everything will go wrong." - 50 Cent

Skrillex - First of The Year (Equinox)

Slayer - Raining Blood

Slayer - Spirit in Black

Slipknot - Duality

Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet With Butterfly Wings

Spencer Davis Group - Keep on Running

Steppenwolf - Born to be Wild

Stone Temple Pilots - Plush

Sublime - Santeria

Survivor - Eye of the Tiger

System Of A Down - Chop Suey!

Talib Kweli - Move Somethin'

Testament - Over the Wall

The Cranberries - Zombie

The Prodigy - Firestarter

The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony

The Walkmen - The Rat

The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army

Three 6 Mafia - It's a Fight

Three Doors Down - Kryptonite

Tool - Prison Sex * (Not available on Spotify)

Trick Daddy - Let's Go

U2 - Beautiful Day

Van Halen - Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love

Val Halen - Jump

Weezer - Hash Pipe

Wiz Khalifa - We Dem Boyz

YOB - Grasping Air * (Not available on Spotify)

Editor's note: 2 songs from our list were not available on Spotify. These songs appear with an asterisk next to them.

yo mama
Posted on: Fri, 09/26/2014 - 15:53

50 Cent always G-G-G-G-G G-UNIT!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on: Mon, 09/15/2014 - 16:44

I prefer death metal and rap when I work out

Paul B.
Posted on: Tue, 09/09/2014 - 08:16

I get that the list will be diverse due to musical taste, but how could you leave Ozzy off? I see only one Black Sabbath song. Breathe in & out on your sets as I think not enough oxygen reached one's brain in leaving Ozzy off this list.

Posted on: Mon, 09/08/2014 - 20:16

Anything Alice in Chains!

Posted on: Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:40

My favorite lifting songs:

1. The Way of the Fist- Five Finger Death Punch
2. Unbroken- Killswitch Engage
3. White Knuckles- Five Finger Death Punch
4. This Fire- Killswitch Engage
5. 300 Violin Orchestra- Jorge Quintero

Posted on: Sun, 09/07/2014 - 19:30

Melt your fat and get ripped with grindcore music....bolt thrower, terrorizer, napalm death, carcass

Posted on: Wed, 09/03/2014 - 17:55

Here's what I like blasting in my ears while working out:

Madball - Born Strong
Deftones - Headup
Tyr - Blood of Heros
Amon Amarth - Live for the Kill
God Forbid - Precious Lie
Slipknot - (Sic)
Slayer - Disciple

Posted on: Wed, 09/03/2014 - 16:58

Anything Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for my Valentine, 5Finger DeathPunch will power you through any workout.

Posted on: Tue, 09/02/2014 - 17:37

Of all the Iron maiden songs you picked number of the beast? There are MUCH better tracks from maiden for working out. (Ex. The Mercenary, The Trooper, The evil that men do, Deja Vu, etc.) Do you even metal?

Posted on: Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:43

Dropkick Murpheys - I'm shipping up to Boston

Jesse Cormier
Posted on: Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:06

Yeah, sorry to say, this list is fucking horrid. Avenged Sevenfold? I guess you're trying to appeal to the female weightlifters with that one, but no thanks. Black Eyed Peas? Are you dumb? NO. STOP. BACK IN BLACK?! A song we've ALL HEARD A BILLION TIMES!? No. Bad list is bad. lol Some of the worst songs I've ever heard are on this shit. Wtf. This list is sonically appalling. Generic as shit, too.

Here's a much better list for someone with actual musical taste:
Bonfire - Knife Party
Slipknot - The Blister Exists
Blue Stahli - Give Me Everything You Got
Celldweller - Unshakeable
Rammstein - Buck Dich
Lamb of God - Ghost Walking
Tech N9ne - Make Waves
Clipping - Body and Blood
Daft Punk - Derezzed
Hatebreed - Become The Fuse/War is the Answer - 5FDP

Posted on: Tue, 09/02/2014 - 09:44

Hollywood Undead - We Are, Undead
Imagine Dragons - Radioactive
Avenged Sevenfold - Hail to the King

Posted on: Mon, 09/01/2014 - 07:24

Can you please put all of these in one full playlist

M&S Team Badge
Posted on: Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:31

They are. Check the Spotify playlist above.

Posted on: Sun, 08/31/2014 - 01:16

If you like heavy then...

20 rep squats- "Todestrieb" by Devouring Star. This song is moody and the atmosphetr is madness and delirium... just like how you feel while doing and finishing a heavy 20 rep session.

Tabata front squats- "Skeletons in the Closet" by Infernal Majesty. Classic high energy thrash song that ends 13 seconds before you collapse from a tabata front squat session.

Deadlifts- "Chasm of Oceanus" by Disma. Heavy. Barbaric. Simple. Effective. Crushing. If deadlifts were a song it would be this.

Power cleans- "Do not Speak" by Anaal Nathrakh. Transfer the frustration and hate from this song to the bar and you'll do just fine.

Extra lifts you do for fun- "Gastronomicon" by SluGdge. Fun, catchy tune, by a band who sings about giant Lovecraftian slugs taking over the world.

Eric Mosley
Posted on: Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:47

Alien Nation: Sail
Shattered (Turn the Car Around)
Golden State: Brother

Eric Mosley
Posted on: Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:41

I like Alien Nation : Sail

Posted on: Wed, 09/03/2014 - 17:45

I like Devildriver's cover better \m/

Posted on: Fri, 08/29/2014 - 18:29

All that remains: the air that I breath
The nameless
Machinehead: halo
Dream theater: constant motion
Lamb of god: Requiem

Posted on: Fri, 08/29/2014 - 16:31

Is this list published to any music sites?

M&S Team Badge
Posted on: Fri, 08/29/2014 - 19:35

It's on Spotify.

Posted on: Fri, 08/29/2014 - 20:18

Thanks Steve. It wasn't working when i clicked the link, but i managed to figure it out and got the playlist

M&S Team Badge
Posted on: Sun, 08/31/2014 - 08:37


Posted on: Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:42

To those who enjoy working out to thrash metal like Metallica or Megadeth but have not explored the genre fully. Here's where to start.
Sodom-Agent Orange, Persecution Mania
Slayer-Reign in Blood
Kreator-Pleasure to Kill, Terrible Certainty, Extreme Aggression, Coma of Souls
Coroner-No More Color, Mental Vortex
Sepultura-Schizophrenia, Beneath the Remains, Arise

M&S Team Badge
Posted on: Fri, 08/29/2014 - 19:35

I'm a big Kreator fan.

Posted on: Sat, 08/30/2014 - 17:50

I don't want to meet the man who isn't lol

M&S Team Badge
Posted on: Sun, 08/31/2014 - 08:36


Posted on: Wed, 09/03/2014 - 08:27

Testament's new album, "Dark Roots of Earth" is a great choice. Whole album! Also, Devildriver's "End of the Line" could be the best deadlifting set song ever.

Mostafa Mohammed
Posted on: Fri, 08/29/2014 - 01:00

1-Roy Jones- Can't be touched
3-Roy Jones - Go Hard or Go
4-Undisputed III - Tom Erba - Bring It On
5-Skillet- Monster