7 Songs That Make Me Want To Lift Heavier



They say music calms the savage beast.  Well it can also turn you into a savage beast with the right selection.

What is the right selection?  Ah yes, that is the beauty of music. . . Everyone’s tastes are uniquely their own.

Below are 7 songs that make me want to lift heavier, go faster, and crank my training volume to the next level.  What’s on your workout playlist?

Favorite Workout Songs…

#1  “Name Of The Game”, The Crystal Method

I don’t care how many times I hear this song, it ALWAYS gets me going!  My number one go-to song if I feel the training vibe slump.

#2 “The Hand That Feeds”, Nine Inch Nails

I’ve been a NIN fan since Pretty Hate Machine.  Few can beat Trent Reznor for focusing anger and angst into music.

#3 “Lose Yourself”, Eminem

I know, I know. . . Cliche to put this one on the list, but I can’t think of a better song to make you want to rise up when everyone else thinks you’re the underdog.

#4 “Counting Bodies Like Sheep”, A Perfect Circle

31 Day Challenge Champ and overall BEAST Mike McNeill turned me on to this song.  This is the song I crank when it’s time to move the heavy shit.  Embedding was disabled, so if you want a listen click here.

#5 “Bring The Noise”, Public Enemy and Anthrax

One of the earliest Rap-Rock collaborations.  And one of the best.  Turn it up!

#6 “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”, Smashing Pumpkins

If you’ve ever felt like a rat in a cage, this song is for you. It also makes me think of an old girlfriend (in the good sort of way). 🙂

Once again, embedding was disabled so click here to check it out.

#7 “Remember The Name”, Fort Minor

“This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill, 15 percent concentrated power of will. . .”  If you know the rest of that line, you know this song will get you fired up.  And if you don’t know the rest of that line, check it out:

What songs make you want to crank the volume and take your workout to the next level?

Let me know your favorites in the comments below.

– Vic

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  1. I especially like #7 and have it on my playlist. I also listen to Hip Hop like Eminem’s Till I Collapse while I working out and anything that makes me feel like I wanna break things such as Drowning Pool’s Bodies and Disturbed’s Down with the Sickness.

    • Hell yeh. If you like Till I Collapse, look up Not Afraid by Eminem. The whole Disturbed album Indestructible is tight too.

  2. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger – kayne west
    most of eminem
    if i go for a jog or a walk it has to be tiesto’s ‘In Search of Sunrise, Vol. 5: Los Angeles’

    i really expected to see “eye of the tiger” on your list.
    dont ask me why.

    i know i say it everytime i leave you a note, but i love your blog! 🙂

    all the best Vic.
    God Bless

  3. Lately I have been listening to older Pearl Jam…off the top of my head I love the song “Once”….definitely has been getting me through some of my harder workouts this week!

  4. 1. Rollo – Helmet
    2. Gasoline – Audioslave
    3. Starve – Henry Rollins
    4. Tristessa – Smashing Pumpkins
    5. Perfect People – Pennywise
    6. Never Do What You are Told – Green Day
    7. Creation & Destruction – Immortal Technique

  5. Bombs Over Baghdad- OutKast
    Killing in the Name of… or… Bulls on Parade- Rage Against the Machine- Probably the only time I like listening to them these days.

    • Oh yes. . . Rage Against The Machine pretty much got me through the Army. “Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me!” takes on a whole new meaning when you are government property. 🙂 Thanks, Christie!

  6. Any song by Rage against the machine does it for me. Deadlifting without RATM is instant failure for me, such beastly songs.

  7. I am so glad you made a post about workout songs. I am definitely in need of some. I’ll share mine with everyone.

    Jay Z – On to the Next One
    Kevin Rudolf – In the City
    T.I. – Big Things Poppin (Do It)
    T Pain – Church
    Cake – The Distance

  8. Thanks for the shout out, Overall beast…im humbled!

    Love em! Also like Bullet in the head by creed and for some old school gangster, I like Rescue 911 by the Luniz!

    Ive been known to listen to 1 or 2 songs thru an entire workout.

  9. I’m more of a hip-hop kind of guy, so mine are geared towards the genre. But I love:
    DMX – Ruff Ryders Anthem
    DMX – Bring Your Whole Crew
    50 Cent – Get Rich or Die Tryin (Yeah, the whole album)
    Notorious B.I.G. – Warning
    Outkast – B.O.B (Bombs over Baghdad)
    Diplomats – Crunk Music
    Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz – I don’t give a f***
    Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz – Throw It Up
    Killer Mike – F*** You Music
    B.o.B – Champion
    8ball and MJG – Armed Robbery
    Ludacris – Move B****

    Since I do very little running I like to have music that makes me want to start a fight so I can knock out the iron (or whatever bodyweight exercise I’m doing). If I’m running anything above a sprint though I always listen to marine corps cadences.

    • The DMX reminds me of being stationed in South Korea when I was in the Army. I swear every time Ruff Ryders Anthem came on in a bar there were 12 drunk soldiers in a brawl on the dance floor. Those were the days. . . 🙂

  10. I won’t add my songs to the list, as it would be to embarrassing…..(yes, Fergie is on it…shut up!). But wanted to thank you for the post Vic, ’cause it reminds me of monster days…burpees, box jumps and tire flips. Haven’t found a workout to replace it yet! 🙂

  11. cool post and love the blog…

    1. ben harper – glory and consequence
    2. arcade fire – neighbourhood #2
    3. springsteen – dancing in the dark
    4. okkervil river – unless it’s kicks
    5. radiohead – idioteque
    6. phoenix – litsztomania
    7. dirty skirts – homewrecker

  12. Muse’s new album parallels whats going on right now in our world, so that is what’s driving me.

    The “uprising” lyrics are so up-front and center, along with the resistance

  13. I can’t believe there isn’t any System of a Down on that list. I could name like half their catalog for this purpose 🙂

    Also I’m a big fan of Punk rock so let me suggest some Offspring, Pennywise, Anti-Flag, Circle Jerks and Bad Religion. Tough for me to suggest single songs because I love so much of their work and it always pumps me up!

    If you want some more hard core metal, go for some Static X – “Push It”. Guaranteed to get you going!

  14. The Prodigy – Breathe
    The Cult – Love Removal Machine
    R.E.M. – Superman
    Crystle Method – Born too Slow
    Boxcar Racer – I Feel So
    Anberlin – The Feel Good Drag
    30 Seconds to Mars – Kings and Queens

    These are my go to songs, but the list could go on and on.

    Thanks Vic for giving us something interesting to share with each other, even though our choices might cause us to blush a bit.

  15. I hate when I’m working out and a song comes on my iPod that completely ruins my intensity. One of these days I will come up with a playlist that will keep me amped the entire time I’m in the gym.

    Anything by the Dropkick Murphys or Flogging Molly usually keeps me focused.


  16. 1. Danzig – Mother
    2. Godsmack – Cryin Like A Bitch
    3. Nickelback – Burn It To The Ground
    4. Van Halen – Unchained

  17. Awesome post idea! I’m one of those types that can’t stand 99% of rap/hip hop crap, so I tend to lean towards lots of rock and some metal. The heavier and harder hitting, the better.

    Nobody’s mentioned Metallica yet? “Master of Puppets”, “Battery”, “Damage Inc.”, “Through the Never”, “Fuel”, “Better Than You” (great motivation song for me), and dozens of others I could list out (almost the entirety of every one of their albums) if I haven’t already made a case.

    “Street Fighter (War)” and “You’re Going Down” by Sick Puppies.

    “I Don’t Wanna Stop” by Ozzy Osbourne. Zakk Wylde is amazing, shredding it up. The energy of this song always motivates me and pumps me up to force myself to work harder and better.

    “I Stand Alone” and a bunch of other Godsmack songs

    AC/DC, Disturbed, Guns N’ Roses (“Welcome to the Jungle”, anyone?)…Way too many to list.

  18. A lot of my favorites have already been listed, but additionally:

    Thunderstruck – ACDC

    My Hero – Foo Fighters

    Rear view Mirror – Pearl Jam (among other Pearl Jam)

    Right Now – Van Halen (the intro gives me the chills)

    The Rising – Bruce Springsteen (maybe just because I’m from NJ)

    Also, Outkast’s B.O.B. is my go-to for finishing a run. It always helps me finish harder than I started.

  19. Hi there!

    nice post Vic (as usual)
    These are my best shots

    1. Drowning pool – Bodies
    2. Rammstein – Feuer Frei
    3. Manowar – Call to the Arms
    4. Metallica – For Whom The Bells Toll
    5. Biohazard & Onyx – Judgement Night
    6. RUN DMC – Rock Box
    7. POD – Set it Off
    8. Megadeth – Blood of Heroes
    9. Dragonforce – Prepare for War

  20. There’s loads of stuff out that that keeps the intensity up!

    Trivium – Down from the sky
    Papa Roach – Change or Die, I almost told you that i loved you
    Stemm – Face the pain
    Rammstein – Links 234
    GN’R – You could be mine

    and so forth. Have to say that the order needs to be right though, which is a harder task than selecting the tunes sometimes

    Anything with a killer crushing riff 😉

  21. I love the posts. I am always looking for a few new songs to make the weights feel lighter and the gym in my head a rock show. Some of my favorites:
    Metis: I’m all in (heard it on Ray Donovan)
    Shinedown: Simple Man
    Public Enemy: Harder than you think
    Jackal: I stand alone
    Fugazi: Waiting room

    Put in your list and you will be ready to hit the weight any day.


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