5 Must Have Songs for Your Work Out Playlist

Yesterday was World Mental Health Day and listening to my favorite work out playlist songs truly works wonders for my mental health. Music makes me happy. I can’t go a day without it. Working out also makes me happy, although I’ve surely gone a few days (or more) without doing it. 

My favorite headphones…not Beats

When I hit the gym, in addition to a few other essentials, I have to have my good noise canceling headphones all charged and ready. When I say this is a MUST, I will wait or leave if my headphones ain’t ready to play my playlist so I can go super hard. I am serious about my music during working out. There’s something about music and working out that just adds that extra motivation to go hard on my sets. The beats of certain songs set the pace for sets and jogs or runs when doing cardio. Having a variety of song types and paces on my work out playlist provides optimal opportunity for interval training which is my favorite for losing weight. More on that later.

Jamming in between sets

First, let me start by saying that while I enjoy music from a variety of genres…I am that girl with a gang of trap songs on her playlist. I am epitome of what I like to call sophistiratchet. A sophisticated lady with an extensive vocabulary that also loves hip hop, rap and trap music….especially while working out. Most of the time I listen to R&B. I am a 90’s R&B girl all the way. But I love my trap music when I’m going out or going to the gym. It’s a need. The songs on this list are guaranteed to get your ass either shaking or in gear…either way calories will be burned.

So let’s get into this list…

1. Move That Dope (Future feat Pharrell and Pusha T)

This song is not one I listen to on a regular basis. I strictly only listen to it because I love working out to this song. Something about this beat makes it easy to reset your pace when running or doing a strength set. When it comes on and I am running, I always challenge myself to run for the entire song….and it is a long song at 5:40. That “push it” Future says just makes me push tf through even when I want to give up and walk. Gotta add this song if you don’t have it…you’ll see what I mean.

Exercises I recommend for this song:

  • any type of cardio
  • squats
  • rows
  • free weight sets

2. Collard Greens (Schoolboy Q)

First off I love this song. Kendrick Lamar raps in Spanish on this song…cold. Let’s get into why I love working out to this song. It great for intervals. The verses and chorus are interspersed with a pulsating beating that you just can’t help to want to work faster and harder to…and then it slows down so you can catch your breath for a few seconds. A dope song and great for all of the cardio things.

Exercises I recommend for this song:

  • interval cardio on the treadmill
  • incline sprints
  • incline walks
  • elliptical

3. Poledancer (Wale ft. Meg the Stallion)

A newer song and new on my work out playlist but this song is certainly a must. The pace of this song just screams slow and steady arm, back and leg exercises. Meg is killin it right now and her addition to this song just makes it that much better. This song will have you ready to strive for those stallion knees…ok. A bop…Wale and Meg even tell you to work out throughout the song. It was made for your workout playlist.

Exercises I recommend for this song:

  • squats
  • lunges
  • dumbbell raises
  • frog jumps

4. Say I Yi Yi (Ying Yang Twins)

I went to the Millenium Tour earlier this year and could not wait to see Ying Yang perform this song…I lost it. Was in there sweating just like I do when I go to the gym. I love to listen to this song when I am on the hellmaster (commonly known as the Stairmaster). The pace of this song also makes it a good one for strength circuits too, specifically leg exercises. Ying Yang in the thang, makes you drop that thang low…you know for squats and stuff.

Exercises I recommend for this song:

  • stairmaster
  • treadmill (interval pacing)
  • rows
  • floor ab exercises

5. I Wanna Rock (Luke)

Might be showing my age here with this (wow I’m getting old enough to say this) ,but this classic twerk song is one you have to add to your work playlist. Like I am telling you sis….it’s a must. You will thank me later. I simply cannot NOT go hard when this song comes on. That “Go, Go, Go, Go, Go” is a huge motivator. You have no choice but to go! I always save this song for my cardio, particularly sprints. I am usually dripping in sweat after this no matter what. Luke literally says “Don’t stop get it, get it”….so that’s what I do. Now sometimes I might bust out and dance because I just can’t help it but I ask…who could?  It’s Luke! You need this song.

Exercises I recommend for this song:

  • any running, jogging, or walking
  • treadmill (fast pace)
  • elliptical
  • bicycle

Work Out Playlist Sweat

So there it is my list of 5 essential songs for your work out playlist. Add them to your list and watch how much harder you go. In fact, I am going to go ahead and drop my Spotify playlist in this post. I hope you love it and the songs motivate you to meet your fitness goals. I’m leaving you with this…

My Bomb Work Out Playlist


  1. 10/14/2019 / 12:24 pm

    I would totally add these songs to my workout playlist, but… I don’t really workout as much as I should. Thus, the problem. I’m trying to wait for my schedule at work to settle a bit, then I can get back into a routine of working out. I love that you mention what exercises to do along with the song. Not many people do that. Good on you! 🙂

  2. 10/14/2019 / 3:08 pm

    I haven’t heard of most of these songs before, but I’m making my way through your suggestions and have added a couple to my playlist! I’ve also added a couple to my morning car ride jams….I start at 5am, so I really rely on music to get me wide awake in the mornings to feel energized for the day!!

  3. 10/15/2019 / 8:20 am

    I am no music buff but these songs def make me want to go diggin through your crates! Thanks for the great recommendations!!!

  4. 10/15/2019 / 10:03 am

    I love these songs for working out. They are all upbeat and good for getting you hyped. I either listen to the Twerk station on Pandora or my trap workout playlist a made on Spotify 👌🏾

    • 10/15/2019 / 10:08 pm

      I need to start working out again and will def add these to my playlist!

  5. 10/15/2019 / 11:23 am

    Great workout songs! You can always get such a good push from music no matter if old or new!

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