Saliva have a knack for writing up-tempo rock songs that sound great during sporting events. The Tennessee band's best moment is this adrenaline-fueled anthem that asks emphatically, "Do you want it? Do you need it?" If you listen to "Ladies and Gentlemen" while working out, just be careful not to start screaming along with the words if you're around other people -- it might be a little embarrassing.
Stomping and swearing, Papa Roach get your workout moving with "Last Resort," a tangled ball of rapped vocals and jagged guitars. Ironically, the song is about giving up on life, but the band's energy is so propulsive that it feels downright life-affirming. When you need to psych yourself up for a grueling workout, turn to this track.
A song that celebrates drugs, this opening cut from Queens of the Stone Age's R is all scorching guitars and clanging pianos. And the lyrics ("Nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol") are chanted in such a demonically rhythmic way that you'll be probably be singing along like a depraved cheerleader soon enough.
Angus Young's fleet-fingered fret work kick-starts this AC/DC rocker off The Razor's Edge, but it's the chanted lyrics that have made it a sports-stadium hallmark. Typical for these Aussie legends, "Thunderstruck" works well in the gym, on the track, and even in the bar with your buddies doing crazy air-guitar along with Angus.
"Enter Sandman" came out all the way back in 1991, but its cultural ubiquity remains undiminished -- you still hear it at huge sporting events like the Super Bowl. Part of the explanation is that Metallica crafted one of the great adrenaline-soaked rockers of all time, as the song's quiet intro leads to a menacing, inspiring barrage of guitars and drums, which sounds like a fearsome army marching into battle.
Rob Zombie delivered the definitive rock workout song by merging metal, hip-hop and industrial on this White Zombie tune. Nobody knows what any of the words mean, but the sheer energy of Zombie's rapped vocals and the shredding guitars will make you want to smash through a wall, run a marathon, become heavyweight champion of the world, and then execute 1,000 perfect slam dunks. Yeah, "More Human Than Human" is that good.