What are you working out to these days? If your workout playlist needs some new blood, check out these six tunes.
1. “Emergency” by Icona Pop
The summer 2015 hit by Swedish duo Icona Pop has at least one friend in a high place. According to a 2016 article on The Huffington Post, the song has a spot on then-President Obama’s workout playlist. The Huff Post notes that working out is the first thing successful people do in the morning, and if it worked for President Obama, then who knows what it’ll do for you? With lyrics like, “Spinning ’round and ’round, and ’round and ’round like that,” you might want to save this one for spinning class.
2. “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons
Possibly the most upbeat track on the Las Vegas band’s 2012 album Night Visions, the single was released in 2013. It celebrates the band’s success with lyrics such as:
“I’ve traveled all this way for something
I take it in but don’t look down
‘Cause I’m on top of the world…”
Inc.com included the track in its list of 31 songs that make great mantras for 2017. Aspiring to the top of the world sounds pretty good to us when we’re trying to run or walk.
3. “Overcomer” by Mandisa
The lyrics say, “You’re an overcomer/Stay in the fight ‘til the final round.” Whether you’re boxing or just burning calories in general, these are great motivation words for a workout.
“Overcomer” is a favorite of one very special little girl. A video of 4-year-old Leah Chapman-Carroll singing and dancing to the song while in the hospital undergoing treatment for a rare blood condition went viral in February 2017.
4. “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara
This track by the “Here” singer is the perfect anthem to deliver a message of body positivity, with lyrics like, “You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are/And you don’t have to change a thing.”
The song appeared on the Huff Post’s January 2011 playlist of female empowerment songs for the Women’s March. Of course, guys need body positivity too.
5. “Sit Still, Look Pretty” by Daya
Another track from Huff Post’s female empowerment playlist is the Daya hit in which the singer emphatically states that she knows her own worth, and her looks have nothing to do with it. This song is perfect for those times when you want to do anything but sit still.
6. “Wrote My Way Out” by Nas
This track comes from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s list of songs for breaking through writer’s block and getting motivated. The Nas cut from the wildly popular and wildly creative Hamilton Mixtape isn’t just for writers, though.
If these six tracks don’t get your blood pumping, we don’t know what will.