Whether exercising is something you love or loathe, the perfect workout mix can help you burn off those calories while enjoying great music at the same time. With that in mind, here are the 20 best rock workout songs, tunes that are sure to get your adrenaline flowing and your feet moving.
This Audioslave cut isn't intended for high-energy workouts. Instead, "Show Me How to Live" is a slow burner that keeps ratcheting up the tension, making it a track that's well-suited for long-distance runs when you need endurance not speed. Cheering you on is Chris Cornell and his powerful pipes.
Because of the aggressive guitars and drums on this Stone Temple Pilots track, it's easy just to move to the music without even thinking about the lyrics. But this great workout song has an edge to it -- singing from the perspective of a dangerous sexual predator, frontman Scott Weiland turns that aggression into a commentary on a dangerous mind.
Saving Abel fluctuate between relationship ballads and Southern-fried rock. "New Tattoo" is definitely in the latter category, offering a sexy story about a road-tripper, a good-looking hitchhiker and the misadventures that follow. Subtlety isn't this band's strong suit, but they know how to get hips shaking.
Few bands do snarling menace better than Alice in Chains, and on "Dam That River" they locked into a particularly epic groove. Frontman Layne Staley's demented vocals intertwine with Jerry Cantrell's fuzzed-up guitar, resulting in a song that plays like a clenched fist of unbridled rage.
From Barry Kerch's opening martial drums, this Shinedown song build and builds until the guitars explode at the start of the first verse. From there, "Devour" shows no mercy, definitely getting your heart rate up in short order. Though "Devour" is a staunch antiwar anthem, its vibrancy makes it a good tune for preparing for your next sporting event.
At first, "Slither" doesn't seem like a good workout song, but the quiet opening quickly gives way to Slash's propulsive guitar solo and Scott Weiland's emphatic "Hey!" Moving from revved-up highs to slowed-down lows, the song feels like a burst of energy when you need to take it up a notch.
Buckcherry craft a particular type of workout song known semi-affectionately as stripper-rock –- sexy tunes about bad girls that are full of lothario bravado. This crude, hooky number (about an unhealthy sex-not-love relationship) is absolutely not meant for kids but is a heart-pumping tune for adults.