Workout music can work wonders when you’re trying to get motivated, and motivation is a key ingredient to staying fit, especially now that fall is in full swing. It’s not bikini season anymore and there’s a chill in the air, which means it will be even harder to ditch the comfort of your couch to break a sweat this season. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with the hottest tunes to get you moving, and keep you pumped today and every day.
You might know from experience that a fun, loud, motivational song can really pump you up and make you run faster and work harder. But why does this happen? Why is a great playlist such an important part of accomplishing a great workout? According to an article in Huffington Post, “research consistently finds that listening to music distracts athletes from their “bodily awareness” (read: pain). And a recent study found that not just listening, but controlling and creating music in time to one’s pace had an even more profound effect on perceived effort during a workout.”
In short: if you want your workout to be effective and uplifting, you need your playlist to be on point. Here are some hot new songs to get you moving and motivated this fall.
Locked Away, R. City feat. Adam Levine
A great song with a great pace for a jog; you get a little of everything with this track. It has a reggae feel mixed with pop vocals and the result is a really catchy, really feel-good song.
Lay It All On Me, Rudimental feat. Ed Sheeran
We love everything Rudimental touches (does the song Feel the Love from 2013 ring a bell?) and this song may just be their best yet. This song with vocals by fellow Brit Ed Sheeran is full of energy, emotion and a great beat, and the lyrics are beautiful.
Different Colors, WALK THE MOON
We all know Shut Up and Dance, the undeniable song of summer from WALK THE MOON. (You probably still can’t get it out of your head.) Well, their latest single is here and while it has a similar sound it also has its own personality that makes you feel youthful, energized, happy and ready to rock out.
How Deep is Your Love, Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris can do no wrong. He cranks out dance hit after hit and he also happens to be attached at the hip to one of the most brilliant pop artists of all time (cough, Taylor Swift, cough). This track is no different from his past hits…amazing beat that you can’t help but move to. Turn it on, crank it up, and hit repeat.
Classic Man, Jidenna feat. Kendrick Lamar (Remix)
This breakout hip-hop hit from new artist Jidenna (he was signed to Janelle Monáe’s label Wondaland Records) is catchy and will be stuck in your head for days. And the remix featuring Kendrick Lamar puts this song right over the top into awesome territory.
Bring it Back, Shy Carter feat. Aleon Craft
A feel good song that will make you walk with a little extra spring in your step as you listen. It’s impossible not to smile and want to bop back and forth when this song comes on.
Hula Hoop, Omi
Cheerleader is SO last season. Literally. While that may have been a perfect hit for summer, Omi’s latest song Hula Hoop has a ton of energy and is worth putting on your playlist multiple times. It will make you smile and take you back to the sunny days of summer.
Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah), Andy Grammer
There’s never a bad time to sit back and appreciate the fact that you are alive and healthy, and this is the song to help you do that. And any song that can make us feel good about our life while also motivating us to work hard to make it a little better is exactly what we want on our workout playlist.
Devil, Cash Cash feat. Busta Rhymes, B.o.B & Neon Hitch
Oh Busta Rhymes, we missed you! With his signature style, Busta gives this dance hit a little more edge, perfect to make you push a little harder or run a little faster during your next gym session or jog. This is without a doubt one of the coolest workout songs on our list!
Bad Blood, Ryan Adams
We all know Taylor Swift sings ‘Bad Blood,’ right? Well her friend, rocker Ryan Adams did something awesome. He released a cover album of her hit 1989, and he put his own spin on every single track made famous by Tay Tay. And the results are pretty epic. It may be much more mellow than Swift’s version, but Adams turns Bad Blood into a cool, slightly melancholy rock hit with emotion and energy and we love it. It’s perfect for a run outside on a brisk day.