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Are your squats turning into sits? Find yourself doing a little more lounging than lunging? If your workouts need a hit of energy, tuning into a pump-up playlist can be a game changer. Turn up the volume on these five workout playlists from Spotify, and take your exercise up a notch!

Throwback Workout

A little bit of nostalgia and a lot of great beats make the Throwback Workout playlist a perfect soundtrack to cardio and lifting routines. Throw around weights to some of the best hip hop and rap from the ’90s and the aughts, with classic tracks from T.I., Nelly, and Chingy, to name a few. Make sure to Get Ur Freak On and Work It with Missy Elliott. Find your workout groove to What’s Luv with Fat Joe and Ashanti. And push your tempo to perhaps the greatest workout song of all time: Shake Ya Tailfeather from the Bad Boys II soundtrack. 


Feel like some fresh jams? The title is as bland as it gets, but 4.5 million likes say Spotify’s plain old Workout playlist has plenty of color. Five hours of high-energy tracks deliver the BPM and fun vibes to keep you moving. Leaning pop, with newer tracks from Shawn Mendes and Andy Grammer, and serving up plenty of thumping EDM from Marshmello and Diplo, this playlist makes an ideal set-it-and-forget-it kind of background that lets you focus on your training. 

80s Workout

When you’re feeling ’80s energy – and for some of us, that’s every day – turn up 80s Workout for six hours of spirited synth. Want to dance with somebody? Blast that Whitney Houston. Need to energize your HIIT workout? Jump with the Pointer Sisters and get hyped with Sir Mix-A-Lot. Gearing up on race day? Belt out some Madonna tracks – and don’t go for second best, baby!

The Rock Workout

Working out a few frustrations while you work out your muscles? Maybe it’s time for something a little harder. The Rock Workout serves up just over three hours of head-bangers while covering quite a bit of ground, from ’80s classics to ’90s rap rock to new tracks from contemporary bands like Imagine Dragons. Get your pump going with tunes from Def Leppard, Jimmy Eat World, and Muse. Dial up the intensity with Rage Against the Machine, and push past your limits with Mike D, MCA, and Ad-Rock on the mic. No one sets the stage for a great angry workout better than the Beastie Boys.

Body & Soul

For a change of pace, plus all the positive vibes you could ask for – give the Body & Soul playlist a spin. Featuring two and a half hours of uplifting soul tunes from all-time greats like The Temptations, Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, and The Supremes, this compilation sets the perfect tone for an enjoyable routine. Think anything can keep you from a great workout? Baby, there ain’t no mountain high enough!