Workout Music: Rap/Rock/Inspirational

Music is a big part of my life.

There is no day where I don’t listen to at least two hours of state pumping music.

And the right music makes a big difference, especially when it comes to the gym.

Often times the right music is the difference between beating your personal best or going home empty handed.

And getting stronger is how you get bigger.

So in the spirit of helping you hit your fitness goals this year…

I put together a playlist of my favorite state pumping tracks.

A lot of them are dated, and some you might not like, but I’d bet there are at least 5 tracks that will get you fired up.

The list is in alphabetical order based on artist and available on Spotify and YouTube playlists.

I’ve the two, I’d recommend spotify for a few reasons:

  • YouTube is starting to remove a lot of tracks
  • Spotify makes sure the artists are getting compensated
  • Spotify is easier to use and works with your phone screen off
  • Spotify has higher quality tracks when you download them to your phone at extreme quality

If you don’t have Spotify, I highly recommend it, it’s hands down my favorite app.

Every song in the world is available to stream anywhere in the world for under $10 a month- it’s insane.

The way I use it is to save the songs I like, and then download them to my SD card so that you

  • Don’t get hit with data charges
  • Can listen any time without lag
  • Get near CD quality sound

Just go into settings and set up:

  • Download on wifi only (not cellular)
  • Select your SD card (as opposed to your internal memory)
  • Select quality for streaming as automatic and quality for download at extreme
  • You can get close to 2000 songs stored for under 18 GB

Here are the links to my Youtube playist, Spotify playlist and Notes.

And let me know in the comments if you have any killer tracks you think I should add to the list:


  1. AC/DC: It’s A Long Way To The Top (my theme song)
  2. AC/DC: Thunderstruck
  3. AC/DC: Razor’s Edge Live
  4. Alexisonfire: Emerald Street
  5. Alexisonfire: Accidents
  6. AZ: Animal
  7. Beastie Boys: Sabotage (greatest music video of all time)
  8. Big Pun, Fat Joe: Twins
  9. Young Men Dead: Black Angels
  10. Bush: Loneliness Is A Killer
  11. Busta Rhymes: Turn it Up/Fire It Up
  12. Deftones: My Own Summer
  13. Disturbed: 10,000 Fists
  14. Disturbed: Asylum
  15. Disturbed: Stricken
  16. Dropkick Murphy’s:  I’m Shipping Up To Boston (from The Departed: one of the best gangster movies of all time)
  17. Dropkick Murphy’s: It’s A Long Way To The Top (song’s so nice I had to add it twice)
  18. Drowning Pool: Bodies (would be my entrance music if I was a UFC fighter)
  19. Eminem: Sing For The Moment
  20. Eminem: Detroit Vs. Everybody
  21. Eminem: Kings Never Die
  22. Eminem: Lose Yourself (Greatest, most motivational hip hop song ever made, still gives me chills)
  23. Eminem: Till I Collapse (this is your finisher for a tough set or cardio)
  24. Five Finger Death Punch: Lift Me Up
  25. Ghostface: The Champ
  26. Ghostface: Run
  27. Guns N’ Roses: Welcome To The Jungle (best intro song of any rock album)
  28. Guns N’ Roses: Right Next Door To Hell
  29. Guns N’ Roses: You Could Be Mine
  30. House Of Pain: Jump Around
  31. J.R. Writer: Live By The Codes
  32. J.R. Writer: Gutta (we listened to this everyday when I was an equities trader in my early 20’s)
  33. Jay Z: Dyasty Intro (only can get the instrumental on Youtube, full song on Spotify)
  34. Jay Z: A Week Ago
  35. Juvenile: Power (awesome beat for syncing your breathing to on cardio)
  36. Lil Wayne And Juelz Santana: No Other
  37. Notorious B.I.G. And Bone Thugs: Notorious Thugs
  38. Notorioius B.I.G.: Long Kiss Goodnight (lyrics on this one are serious)
  39. The Offspring: The Kids Aren’t Alright (my theme song in early high school, still gives me chills)
  40. The Offspring: Nitro
  41. Survivor: Eye Of The Tiger (from the Rocky soundtrack, still the most motivational song of all time0
  42. Rocky IV: War (if you haven’t seen Rocky 1 – 4, watch them)
  43. Pearl Jam: State Of Love And Trust
  44. Pennywise: Bro Hymn (best song in memory of a dead friend)
  45. Pusha T: Bodywork
  46. The Prodigy: Smack My Bitch Up
  47. Queens Of The Stone Age: You Think I Ain’t Worth A Dollar
  48. Rage Against The Machine: Killing In The Name OF (fuck you I won’t do what you tell me – sums up my life)
  49. Rick Ross: Nobody
  50. Smashing Pumpkins: Bullet With Butterfly Wings
  51. Cam’ron And A Trak: Dipshits (dipset returning to form)
  52. Kanye West: New God Flow
  53. Cam’ron: Purple Haze Intro
  54. Cam’ron: More Gangsta Music
  55. Eric Prydz: Opus (last minute addition, out of alphabetical order and the only electronic song on the list – 9 minutes of epic power)



Link to my playlist

Embedded Playlist

  1. You have impeccable taste brother. I have some aggressive tracks that make you just wanna beat the shit out of someone, great lifting music:

    Bone Crusher – Never Scared
    DMX – Where the Hood at
    DMX – Get it on the Floor
    DMX – Bring Your Whole Crew
    Geto Boys – Still (from the copier + baseball bat scene in Office Space)
    Kiss – War Machine (my life’s theme)
    Limp Bizkit – Break Stuff
    Roy Jones Jr. – Can’t be Touched
    Tupac – Hit em up
    Xzibit – LAX

  2. Needs more hardcore.

    A call for blood – hatebreed
    Set it off – madball
    Im only stronger – terror

    This list is rad.

  3. Not bad, not bad at all.
    Some nice additions:

    AC/DC – Big Balls
    Papa Roach – Getting Away With Murder
    Pantera – Mouth For War
    Quake 2 Soundtrack
    El Caco – Someone New
    Pitchshifter – Everything’s Fucked

  4. Thanks Corey, some good additions there, def agree on hite em up, break stuff, and still – soundtrack to my high school days. And that office space scene is classic.

  5. Hustle Gang – Aint Both –Fire beat!!!
    Young Jeezy- Pressures on
    Young Jeezy-What you talkin bout
    B-Legit- Workout
    Slim Thug – Hold your head up
    Slim Thug – King
    Slim Thug – Real
    Slim Thug – Peaceful
    Slim Thug – Get Better
    Slim Thug – Thug
    Slim Thug – Hogg Life
    Fabolous – For the family
    Chinx-Go Get It
    Jim Jones – Emotionless
    Jim Jones – Don Juan
    Kevin Gates – I dont get tired
    Lil Wayne-Colorful Clothes
    grown man rap
    Master P – Major Playas
    Mean Green, Master P, Silkk, Mia X, Porsha – Major Players
    T.I. – Jeezy Speaks (Interlude)
    T.I. – Show it to me
    2Chainz- Used To
    Rich Gang – 730
    E40-Made it Out
    E40- Cant Stop The Boss (ft. Snoop Dogg, Too Short, Jazze Pha)

  6. Nice. My gym playlist is similar but you also have a lot that I gotta checkout.

    Think you might like these,
    Pillar – Frontline
    Powerman 5000 – Super Villain
    Axwell – Ingrosso – Dream Bigger

  7. how to craft your list? right now I add like 5 new songs to my playlist a week and just listen to my favourite ones over and over again. I find I get sick of songs easily. If I’m sick of a song, i think it loses it’s state pump, much like a drug that I’ve gained tolerance for.

    Do you still listen to the same gems or do you take a break from it and get new novelty?

  8. Good list. I’ll give Spotify a try.I LOVE music too!!

    I highly recommend Tool and RUSH.

    Tool rocks so hard and the lyrics are about evolution, consciousness, and over coming the societal condition.

    Rush is very uplifting and full of lyrics about finding truth and living for oneself. Thier famous song ‘Tom Sawyer’ rocks hard and really embodies the spirit of what RLD is about.

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