10 Motivating Songs to Add to Your Workout Playlist

It’s a new year with new goals to made and new records to set.  With all the new workout clothes and gym gear galore, I bet you’re feeling pumped and ready to go with the exception of one thing.  

Can you take a guess of what it is? Okay fine, I’ll tell you….a new playlist! 

I don’t know about you but I tend to stick to the same few mixes.  The songs on them have helped push me through tough runs and trying races but with a new year comes new challenges so a new music mix should come along with it.  

10 Motivational Songs to Add to Your Playlist in 2017

The thing about music is that everyone likes something different.  I have friends that run to 80’s hair band music, friends that prefer pop and then there’s me who will run to everything from hardcore rap to Mumford and Sons.  

So, when I went to compile a list of motivating songs to add to my “2017 Kick Butt and Take Names” playlist, I decided to poll my running club to see what songs inspire them to push through when the going gets tough. 

We’ve complied a list of the most motivating songs that we could think of and while they might all be different genres, the beats are all similar and the messages of each make you wanna get up, lace up and workout! 

10 Motivating Songs That Will Make You Want to Workout

You can listen to this playlist on Spotify- all you have to do is download the free or software.


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Reply January 4, 2017

Im JUSSSSSST STARTING to get a playlist together for my training and April marathon.
Id totally forgotten about it until yer post :-)
but NOW Ill get me a list together.

angela @ happy fit mama
Reply January 4, 2017

If I ran with music, I'd make this playlist for sure. Sharing with those who do!
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Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply January 4, 2017

Thank goodness you included Bon Jovi :D

Reply January 4, 2017

I used to listen to music all the time when I ran. Now I'm lucky if I get to at all! But I definitely need some new tunes to listen to now that I'll likely be on the treadmill more.

Janelle @ Run With No Regrets
Reply January 4, 2017

Okay I have to be honest, I don't know most of the songs on this playlist...I need to check it out on Spotify!
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Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner
Reply January 4, 2017

I have been working on my playlist too thanks for a few new ideas!
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Kimberly G
Reply January 4, 2017

I like to listen to It's My Life at the end of my run, lol. Love all the songs that you selected!

I started a new music linkup with two other bloggers called Tunes Tuesday and yesterday's topic was motivation, so this playlist would be perfect if you want to add it to the link up on my blog!

Laura @ This Runner's Recipes
Reply January 4, 2017

I don't run with music, but I love the energy of this playlist!

Christine Cassar
Reply January 4, 2017

Great playlist and some songs I have totally forgotten about! Love me some Beastie Boys!

Linz @ Itz Linz
Reply January 4, 2017

great playlist! it's amazing the power that music has!
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Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
Reply January 4, 2017

I very rarely listen to music, I'm all about the podcast. But this would be good for a challenging speed workout when I need that boost.

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply January 4, 2017

Yes yes yes to all of these! I need to do some playlist making myself.

jess @ run pink
Reply January 4, 2017

This is an interesting mix of songs. I'm not sure I'm familiar with many of them. I usually put on Pandora. I do have a very special pre-race pump list that includes Katy Perry's "Rise". LOVE love that song!
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Michelle @ Fruition Fitness
Reply January 4, 2017

I need to remember to break out the music sometimes...it totally motivates me! These are great songs to add to the playlist (I especially love Fall Out Boy!)

Mary beth Jackson
Reply January 5, 2017

great motivation to get my play list going! Happy New Year!

Katie @HungryRunner
Reply January 5, 2017

This is such a solid list! All of these songs definitely make me feel like kicking butt and taking names! I think Cage the Elephant is my favorite out of all of these, though ... LOVE it for running!
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Ashley @ Whiskers and Weights
Reply January 5, 2017

Sail is a song that always gets my motivation up. Good list!

Reply January 7, 2017

It's My Life is such a great song! I'm seeing Bon Jovi in concert in 2017 and I always have his music on my list. Thanks for linking up!

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