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Top 20 Rock Workout Songs

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10. Saliva - "Ladies and Gentlemen"

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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.


9. Papa Roach – "Last Resort"

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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.


8. Nine Inch Nails - "Head Like a Hole"

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Nine Inch Nails make a lot of moody, downbeat music, but Trent Reznor has written some great up-tempo material, too. "Head Like a Hole" is a song about defiance, but its danceable rhythms make it impossible to resist in the club or at the gym.


7. Queens of the Stone Age - "Feel Good Hit of the Summer"

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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.


6. Limp Bizkit - "Nookie"

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Even if you think Limp Bizkit are just a bunch of immature knuckleheads, how can you deny this amped-up rap-rock classic? Moving from steely, stripped-down verses to explosive choruses, "Nookie" is a great energy boost, especially if you want a soundtrack to your bad mood.


5. AC/DC - "Thunderstruck"

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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.

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4. Rage Against the Machine - "Testify"

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Tom Morello's buzzing guitar sets the tone for "Testify," and then the rest of Rage Against the Machine join in, taking the energy to a new level of intensity. Rage specialized in angry rallying cries, and "Testify" is arguably their most inspired blast of musical fury.


3. Kid Rock – "Bawitdaba"

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At the height of his merger of rock and rap, Kid Rock gave us "Bawitdaba," his all-bragging, all-cocky signature track. It's impossible not to get up and move when Rock commands you to "get in the pit and try to love someone," but the earth-rattling track helps seal the deal.


2. Metallica - "Enter Sandman"

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"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.


1. White Zombie - "More Human Than Human"

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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.


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