It’s not just in your head: science says listening to music makes workouts better. Studies show workout music boosts performance during resistance-, endurance-, and sprint-based exercise. It also has the power to elevate your mood and help get you ready for an intense workout. And choosing the best pump-up songs will not only get your heart pounding but will also help distract you from fatigue while you’re pushing through a challenging set. Essentially, having a go-to workout-music playlist can help you get the most out of your fitness routine — and, even more importantly, enjoy it more.
We’ve gathered the best workout music from 2023 with a few classics sprinkled in — from rediscovered TikTok favorites (hello, Kate Bush!) to oldies but goodies — to motivate you to sweat a little more and push a little harder. Knock out some high-energy cardio or empowering strength moves while getting acquainted with recent chart-topping hits like Bad Bunny’s “Tití Me Preguntó,” Raye’s “Escapism,” and, of course, Miley Cyrus’s “Flowers.” Expect bop after bop from iconic queens like Rihanna and Beyoncé as well as from newcomers on the scene like PinkPantheress. There’s two and a half hours’ worth of workout music here — enough to get you through even a super-long run or gym session.
Hit play on each of the videos ahead, or favorite the playlist on Spotify to stream a winning workout playlist wherever you go. Now throw on your sneakers, grab your earbuds, and cue up this list of the best workout songs for sweating in 2023.