100 Best Rock Songs for Workouts

Updated on December 3, 2019
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These songs will pump you up and keep you motivated throughout a long workout.
These songs will pump you up and keep you motivated throughout a long workout. | Source

Hitting the gym is a great way to ensure good health and fitness. While joining a gymnasium is relatively easy, working out regularly is an uphill struggle for many people. While many people are initially excited to join a gym, they quickly lose motivation to keep going. Sometimes exercising can become monotonous. As a result, you'll need to find ways to keep yourself motivated. Creating entertaining playlists of rock music can help you stay focused and motivated at the gym.

The list below showcases a diverse number of rock songs that will boost your motivation and help you stay motivated at the gym. Choose your favorites and rock your workout! If you love listening to music while you workout, then you'll definitely have something to say. Feel free to express your views and opinions in the comments section.

Top 10 Best Rock Songs for Workouts

  1. “Tears Don’t Fall”—Bullet for My Valentine
  2. “Back in Black”—AC/DC
  3. “Are You Ready”—Disturbed
  4. “Never Fade”—Alice in Chains
  5. “Torn in Two”—Breaking Benjamin
  6. “Mantra”—Bring Me The Horizon
  7. “The Mountain”—Three Days Grace
  8. “The Doomed”—A Perfect Circle
  9. “Painkiller”—Judas Priest
  10. “You’ll Never Find Me”—Korn

How to Make Workouts Interesting With Music

Exercising at a gym can get boring if you do not devise new workout routines. To avoid this problem, you'll need to find ways to keep yourself entertained and motivated. Listening to a diverse playlist of energetic songs can help you say motivated. Choosing songs that match the tempo of your workout helps you get in the flow. Since not all workouts are of the same intensity, having a schedule of different playlists for different workouts makes a big difference.

Best Rock Songs for Workouts #11-20

11. “Run”—Foo Fighters

12. “Born for Greatness”—Papa Roach

13. “Hail to the King”—Avenged Sevenfold

14. “In the End”—Linkin Park

15. “Highway Tune”—Greta Van Fleet

16. “Roots Bloody Roots”—Sepultura

17. “Song #3”—Stone Sour

18. “Lift Me Up”—Five Finger Death Punch

19. “I Only Lie When I Love You”—Royal Blood

20. “Walk”—Pantera

Why Choose to Listen to Rock Music?

People love listening to rock music while they workout, because the hard-hitting and distorted sounds in rock music give them an adrenaline rush. High-octane songs pump you up and help to push you to the limit.

When performing rigorous weight training exercises, listening to hard rock or heavy metal is usually a good idea.
When performing rigorous weight training exercises, listening to hard rock or heavy metal is usually a good idea. | Source

Best Rock Songs for Workouts #21—40

21. “Uncomfortable”—Halestorm

22. “The Way You Used to Do”—Queens of the Stone Age

23. “Betray and Degrade”—Seether

24. “The Vengeful One”—Disturbed

25. “Smells Like Teen Spirit”—Nirvana

26. “Cut the Cord”—Shinedown

27. “Edge of a Revolution”—Nickelback

28. “Unsainted”—Slipknot

29. “Something From Nothing”—Foo Fighters

30. “Curl of the Burl”—Mastodon

31. “Out for Blood”—Sum 41

32. “I Stand Alone”—Godsmack

33. “Ace of Spades”—Motorhead

34. “Rats”—Ghost

35. “My Demons”—Starset

36. “Say You’ll Haunt Me”—Stone Sour

37. “We Will Rock You”—Queen

38. “Moth Into Flame”—Metallica

39. “Killing Me Slowly”—Bad Wolves

40. “Face to the Floor”—Chevelle

Rock Songs for Different Types of Workouts

You'll want to vary your playlist in accordance with your workout routine. During a cardio workout, rock songs with a strong lyrical message can help you keep focused. Songs with an anthemic chorus can help motivate you to keep going when you feel like giving up during a rigorous cardio session.

For different muscle building workouts, it’s essential to bring on that raw aggression that pumps you up. Heavy metal songs (and songs from heavy metal subgenres) are ideal when you are doing muscle building workout routines. You need to pump up the volume and let those killer guitar riffs shoot through your ears. Hard rock and heavy metal songs are excellent for rigorous weight training exercises.

Choosing songs with a consistent tempo can help you get in the groove when you go for a long run.
Choosing songs with a consistent tempo can help you get in the groove when you go for a long run. | Source

Best Rock Songs for Workouts #41—60

41. “Chalk Outline”—Three Days Grace

42. “Ladies and Gentleman”—Saliva

43. “Paranoid”—Black Sabbath

44. “The Trooper”—Iron Maiden

45. “Give It Away”—Red Hot Chili Peppers

46. “All Out Life”—Slipknot

47. “Bulls on Parade”—Rage Against the Machine

48. “Trenches”—Pop Evil

49. “Go to War”—Nothing More

50. “Square Hammer”—Ghost

51. “Hammer Smashed Face”—Cannibal Corpse

52. “Show Me How to Live”—Audioslave

53. “Enter Sandman”—Metallica

54. “Face Everything and Rise”—Papa Roach

55. “Not Again”—Stained

56. “Welcome to the Jungle”—Guns N’ Roses

57. “Decay”—Sevendust

58. “Bleed”—Meshuggah

59. “Start Me Up”—Rolling Stones

60. “Animal I Have Become”—Three Days Grace

Choose From a Wide Range of Subgenres

When making a playlist for your next workout, make sure you choose from a wide-range of rock subgenres. If you have enough diversity on your playlist, you'll be able to easily change songs to match the increasing or decreasing intensity of your workout. Here’s wishing you a rocking workout!

Intense rock songs can help you push yourself to the limit!
Intense rock songs can help you push yourself to the limit! | Source

Best Rock Songs for Workouts #61—80

61. “Addicted to Pain”—Alter Bridge

62. “Chop Suey!”—System of a Down

63. “Burn It Down”—Linkin Park

64. “Symphony of Destruction”—Megadeth

65. “Eye of the Tiger”—Survivor

66. “Am I Evil”—Diamond Head

67. “Feel Like I Do”—Drowning Pool

68. “Last Resort”—Papa Roach

69. “How You Remind Me”—Nickelback

70. “Spit Out the Bone”—Metallica

71. “Do Me a Favor”—Stone Sour

72. “More Human Than Human”—White Zombie

73. “The Negative One”—Slipknot

74. “Ratamahatta”—Sepultura

75. “Hell Yeah”—Rev Theory

76. “Run to the Hills”—Iron Maiden

77. “Breaking the Law”—Judas Priest

78. “Psycho”—Puddle of Mudd

79. “Even Flow”—Pearl Jam

80. “Afterlife”—Avenged Sevenfold

Crank up the volume and blast some heavy metal tunes when you need that extra boost to get you through your workout.
Crank up the volume and blast some heavy metal tunes when you need that extra boost to get you through your workout. | Source

Best Rock Songs for Workouts #81—100

81. “Until the World Goes Cold”—Trivium

82. “Believe”—Stained

83. “It’s not Over”—Daughtry

84. “Rebellion”—Metallica

85. “Born to Be Wild”—Steppenwolf

86. “She Builds Quick Machines”—Velvet Revolver

87. “Paralyzer”—Finger Eleven

88. “You Wouldn’t Know”—Hellyeah

89. “Holy Diver”—Dio

90. “Break”—Three Days Grace

91. “World Wide Suicide”—Pearl Jam

92. “Goodbye”—Army of Anyone

93. “Snow (Hey Oh)”—Red Hot Chili Peppers

94. “Psychosocial”—Slipknot

95. “Rise Today”—Alter Bridge

96. “Year Zero”—Ghost

97. “Cowboys From Hell”—Pantera

98. “It’s Not My Time”—3 Doors Down

99. “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due”—Megadeth

100. “Inside the Fire”—Disturbed

Rock music is great to listen to when you're doing cardio. The hard-hitting drums and wailing guitar will motivate you to keep going.
Rock music is great to listen to when you're doing cardio. The hard-hitting drums and wailing guitar will motivate you to keep going. | Source

Other Notable Workout Rock Songs

  • “Footsteps”—Pop Evil
  • “My Curse”—Killswitch Engage
  • “Send the Pain Below”—Chevelle
  • “You Shook Me All Night Long”—AC/DC
  • “Shadow Moses”—Bring Me the Horizon
  • “Bully”—Shinedown
  • “Jekyll and Hyde”—Five Finger Death Punch
  • “Somebody Told Me”—The Killers
  • “One Thing”—Finger Eleven
  • “Iron Man”—Black Sabbath
  • “Check My Brain”—Alice in Chains
  • “Sick, Sick, Sick”—Queens of the Stone Age
  • “Hardwired”—Metallica
  • “Built to Fall”—Trivium
  • “The Outsider”—A Perfect Circle
  • “You Know What You Are?”—Nine Inch Nails
  • “Seek & Destroy”—Metallica
  • “Crazy Bitch”—Buckcherry
  • “Shepherd of Fire”—Avenged Sevenfold
  • “You’re Going Down”—Sick Puppies
  • “Hallowed Be Thy Name”—Iron Maiden
  • “We’re Not Gonna Take It”—Twisted Sister
  • “Through Glass”—Stone Sour
  • “Dead Embryonic Cells”—Sepultura
  • “Not Falling”—Mydvayne
  • “Burn It to the Ground”—Nickelback
  • “Kryptonite”—3 Doors Down
  • “Fade”—Stained
  • “Dani California”—Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • “Schism”—Tool
  • “If Everyone Cared”—Nickelback
  • “Sleep Now in the Fire”—Rage Against the Machine
  • “Highway Star”—Deep Purple
  • “Your Betrayal”—Bullet For My Valentine
  • “Speak”—Godsmack
  • “Our Truth”—Lacuna Coil
  • “Serenity”—Godsmack
  • “Under and Over It”—Five Finger Death Punch
  • “Pain”—Three Days Grace
  • “I Disappear”—Metallica
  • “Cold (But I’m Still Here)”—Evan’s Blue
  • “The Last Fight”—Velvet Revolver
  • “Highway to Hell”—AC/DC
  • “Bad Girlfriend”—Theory of a Deadman
  • “Rational Gaze”—Meshuggah
  • “Gotta Be Somebody”—Nickelback
  • “Diamond Eyes”—Deftones
  • “No One Knows”—Queens of the Stone Age
  • “Days of the Week”—Stone Temple Pilots
  • “Original Fire”—Audioslave

  • “Crazy Train”—Ozzy Osbourne
  • “Question!”—System of a Down
  • “The Final Countdown”—Europe
  • “Revolution Is My Name”—Pantera
  • “Killing in the Name”—Rage Against the Machine
  • “The Diary of Jane”—Breaking Benjamin
  • “Nookie”—Limp Bizkit
  • “Almost Easy”—Avenged Sevenfold
  • “What You Want”—Evanescence
  • “Downfall”—Trust Company
  • “Arise”—Sepultura
  • “Fly From the Inside”—Shinedown
  • “Trip the Darkness”—Lacuna Coil
  • “Sad but True”—Metallica
  • “Darkness Within”—Machine Head
  • “Liar”—Rollins Band
  • “Becoming the Bull”—Atreyu
  • “Snuff”—Slipknot
  • “Doesn’t Remind Me”—Audioslave
  • “That’s The Way I Wanna Rock n’ Roll”—AC/DC
  • “Go With the Flow”—Queens of the Stone Age
  • “Awake”—Godsmack
  • “The Fixer”—Pearl Jam
  • “I Will Not Bow”—Breaking Benjamin
  • “Seven Nation Army”—The White Stripes
  • “Fake It”—Seether
  • “Every Day Is Exactly the Same”—Nine Inch Nails
  • “A Warrior’s Call”—Volbeat
  • “So Hott”—Kid Rock
  • “Bat Country”—Avenged Sevenfold
  • “My Generation”—Limp Bizkit
  • “She Hates Me”—Puddle of Mudd
  • “Fight Fire With Fire”—Metallica
  • “The Red”—Chevelle
  • “Drowning (Face Down)”—Saving Abel
  • “Well Enough Alone”—Chevelle
  • “Lit Up”—Buckcherry
  • “The Greatest View”—Silverchair
  • “Bleed It Out”—Linkin Park
  • “All in the Suit That You Wear”—Stone Temple Pilot
  • “Straight Out of Line”—Godsmack
  • “I Dare You”—Shinedown
  • “Poem”—Taproot
  • “Hole in the Earth”—Deftones
  • “For Whom the Bells Toll”—Metallica
  • “Best of You”—Foo Fighters
  • “Hammer Smashed Face”—Cannibal Corpse
  • “Running Blind”—Godsmack
  • “Bodies”—Drowning Pool
  • “Feel Good Hit of the Summer”—Queens of the Stone Age

  • “Slither”—Velvet Revolver
  • “Calm Like a Bomb”—Rage Against the Machine
  • “Indestructible”—Disturbed
  • “Never Too Late”—Three Days Grace
  • “Bother”—Stone Sour
  • “Welcome to the Black Parade”—My Chemical Romance
  • “Everlong”—Foo Fighters
  • “Breaking the Habit”—Linkin Park
  • “Fear the Voices”—Alice in Chains
  • “Wait and Bleed”—Slipknot
  • “Breathe Into Me”—Red
  • “Spaceship”—Puddle of Mudd
  • “The Hand That Feeds”—Nine Inch Nails
  • “Bottom of a Bottle”—Smile Empty Soul
  • “This Calling”—All That Remains
  • “B.Y.O.B.”—System of a Down
  • “When I’m Gone”—3 Doors Down
  • “Remedy”—Seether
  • “Hard Rock Hallelujah”—Lordi
  • “3 Libras”—A Perfect Circle
  • “Stricken”—Disturbed
  • “Guerrilla Radio”—Rage Against the Machine
  • “Happy?”—Mudvayne
  • “Until It Sleeps”—Metallica
  • “Away From Me”—Puddle of Mudd
  • “Right Here”—Stained
  • “Dirty Little Thing”—Velvet Revolver
  • “Survival of the Sickest”—Saliva
  • “Thoughtless”—Korn
  • “Undead”—Hollywood Undead
  • “Lonely Train”—Black Stone Cherry
  • “Meant to Live”—Switchfoot
  • “Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)”—Chevelle
  • “The Pretender”—Foo Fighters
  • “Straight Lines”—Silverchair
  • “Paradise City”—Guns N’ Roses
  • “Between Angels and Insects”—Papa Roach
  • “My Sacrifice”—Creed
  • “Space Lord”—Monster Magnet
  • “Animals”—Nickelback
  • “Down With the Sickness”—Disturbed
  • “Just Because”—Jane’s Addiction
  • “Get Stoned”—Hinder
  • “Suck My Kiss”—Red hot Chili Peppers
  • “Like a Stone”—Audioslave
  • “Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast”—Airbourne
  • “Save Me”—Shinedown
  • “Open Your Eyes”—Alter Bridge
  • “Life Waster”—Pearl Jam
  • “A Little Piece of Heaven”—Avenged Sevenfold

  • “Dragula”—Rob Zombie
  • “Would you Love a Monsterman?”—Lordi
  • “Battle Born”—Five Finger Death Punch
  • “Fall to Pieces”—Velvet Revolver
  • “Hypnotize”—System of a Down
  • “Blurry”—Puddle of Mudd
  • “Stillborn”—Black Label Society
  • “Just Like You”—Three Days Grace
  • “Twisted Transistor”—Korn
  • “Fixation on the Darkness”—Killswitch Engage
  • “Getting Away With Murder”—Papa Roach
  • “Hangar 18”—Megadeth
  • “Monster”—Skillet
  • “Youth of the Nation”—P.O.D.
  • “Weak and Powerless”—A Perfect Circle
  • “Sooner or Later”—Breaking Benjamin
  • “Only”—Nine Inch Nails
  • “Feelin’ Way too Damn Good”—Nickelback
  • “Scream Aim Fire”—Bullet for my Valentine
  • “Freak on a Leash”—Korn
  • “Little Sister”—Queens of the Stone Age
  • “Victim”—Eighteen Visions
  • “Always”—Saliva
  • “Be Yourself”—Audioslave
  • “The Night”—Disturbed
  • “Crawling in the Dark”—Hoobastank
  • “DOA”—Foo Fighteres
  • “Living Dead Girl”—Rob Zombie
  • “Cochise”—Audioslave
  • “My Own Summer (shove It)”—Deftones
  • “All the Same”—Sick Puppies
  • “Going Under”—Evanescence
  • “Lonely Day”—System of a Down
  • “Somewhere I Belong”—Linkin Park
  • “Get Inside”—Stone Sour
  • “Just Stop”—Disturbed
  • “The Enemy”—Godsmack
  • “Control”—Puddle of Mudd
  • “Side of a Bullet”—Nickelback
  • “Du Hast”—Rammstein
  • “Purple Haze”—Jimi Hendrix
  • “Aerials”—System of a Down
  • “Come on, Come In”—Velvet Revolver
  • “Everybody’s Fool”—Evanescence
  • “My Own Prison”—Creed
  • “I Hate Everything About You”—Three Days Grace
  • “So Cold”—Breaking Benjamin
  • “Nothing Could Come Between Us”—Theory of a Deadman
  • “Savin’ Me”—Nickelback
  • “Price to Play”—Stained

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