40 Best Hip-Hop Workout Songs

Spice up your gym routine with these hip-hop hits

We can all break the monotony of daily workouts by adding some vibrant hip-hop music to the mix. Without a doubt, music is the quickest way to shake things up and help couch potatoes spring into exercise action. I found the 40 best hip-hop workout songs to help spice up your gym routine. See if your picks match ours.

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DMX shut the game down with this street hit from It's Dark and Hell Is Hot. Perfect for when you're ready to show everyone at the gym how you roll. 

Yes, I know this sounds like it came from an installment of VH1’s “I Love the 90’s,” but you can bet your last dollar that all the top gyms bumped this song heavily at one point.

To the window, to the wall, 'till the sweat drops down your... ah, well any part of your anatomy as you keep it movin’ to this strip club anthem.

"I'm the king of rock, there is none higher/Sucker MCs should call me sire" are the words that kick off the title track from Run DMC's 1985 album. No one rocks bombast like the kings from Queens.

The Roots are known for the slick instrumental improvising at their shows, more so than making people bounce, but they have quite a few songs that could amp up a workout. "Here I Come," one of the standout songs on Game Theory, is a gym favorite for many. ("Adrenaline," featuring a sick verse from Beanie Siegel, also comes to mind.)
Ironically, there is nothing slow about this song. The beat remains at a fast tempo and Twista's flow will make anyone pedal faster on the stationary bike. Also good for cool-down routines. (Want an even faster mix? Try the Collipark remix for size.)
This is a super old-school classic that gets everybody up and moving.
When Pharoahe spits "Simon says, get the f*ck up" in the infectious hook, you’ll eagerly comply.

You can bet that Kanye West's "New Workout Plan" is on rotation in iPods at gyms all over the world.

I dare you not to pick up the workout pace to this song especially after the "engine, engine, number nine" chant.

A classic Wu song and a real body mover.
The video features the lithe MC bench pressing, but the song is about pushing weight of a different kind entirely.
This is an aggressive street anthem that will make you want to get to the nearest punching bag and go wild.
A lot of guys probably saw a muscular L.L. at the punching bag and decided they were long overdue in starting their own exercise programs. It was also the proverbial walk-to-the-ring song for professional boxers in the '90s.
Tribe was usually known for super mellow jazzed-out tunes. This is no exception to their smoothness, but speed up the beat, add Busta Rhymes and you’ve got a real kick-ass workout track.

The video features Trick Daddy and Trina at a high school pep rally. The happy sample from K.C. and the Sunshine Band's "Boogie Shoes" makes for upbeat fun.

Smif-N-Wessun (aka Cocoa Brovaz) pay respects to the "home of the original gun clappers." When people say they miss that good ol' hip-hop, this is what they're talking about. Reminisce, reminisce, yo.

Big dance songs inevitably make for some of the best workout music. "Walk It Out" is no exception, especially the remix. As soon as you hear Andre 3000 say "I walk it out like an usher…" It's on!
Can you really remember any other songs by this group anyway? This is arguably one of the hypest workout songs ever.

A BK tribute that doubles as a chest-pumping exercise for the Beasties. Gotta love that Brooklyn spirit.

Even if you don’t speak a word of Spanish, you’re going to get pumped up when the beat drops.
Yes, the most ubiquitous song of the past year definitely makes the list. In fact, I was working out at my fitness club when one of the employees and a club patron broke out into the "Crank That" dance in the middle of the floor. For just a second, I was tempted to jump off the treadmill and join them.

"Lose Yourself" has the double advantage of being both inspirational and instructional. Em instructs you to "lose yourself in the moment," while the beat motivates you to move your feet. Whether you're gearing up for warm-up or cool-down, the mid-tempo pace will definitely get your body moving.

You're bound to move with the hard-edged crunk that's all about a good fight here.
"In Da Club" is absolutely one of the best hip-hop workout songs, mostly because of the catchy, well-paced beat. The video features 50 training for endurance to succeed in the rap game, and many have been following suit to get in shape in their own lives.

A good friend of mine is a spin instructor at a gym in her area, and Kanye West's Daft Punk-inspired mega-hit is just one weapon in her arsenal. This song also kicked off a strong relationship between Yeezy and Daft Punk, and the two acts would later team up again on Yeezus.

"Slam" is arguably Onyx's biggest song ever. It's also a perfect song for any kind of exercise.

Havoc's haunting loop + Prodigy's salvo of threats = Perfect warm-up music. If you like "Survival of the Fittest," you might also like: "Shook Ones Pt. II"

Hungry like a starving rookie with everything to prove, Kendrick Lamar spazzed out on this pumped up hit from his debut. Every great rapper has, at least, one of these blackout cuts where they basically go in and wild out on the beat...just because. This was K. Dot's blackout moment on his first album.

This is a super high energy, high BPM joint that will definitely burn calories. Just keeping up with the beat alone is enough to make you sweat.

Mr. Asiatic drops "some smooth lyrics" while delivering a lesson on emceeing en route to arguably his biggest hit ever.

Kool G Rap is the goddaddy of a special brand of hardcore hip-hop. He influenced the likes of Rakim and Black Thought and Nas and anyone else who has ever married gangstarism with lyricism. And on "Poison," you can hear G Rap "making you feel the real deal."

The skit at the end is hilarious and almost as energy-inducing as the bassline backing the entire thing. This is Cypress Hill at their trash-talking finest.

This BDK firecracker is something of a hip-hop motivational speech that will give you the boost you need to get up and get moving.

Bambaataa was looking for the perfect beat. Instead, he found the magnetism of electro-rap and changed the game in the process. Not a bad deal.

Chuck D's fiery rhymes + the Bomb Squad's blustering beat = perfect running music.

"100 Miles and Runnin'" isn't merely a great workout song; it's also a street classic that still resonates with the frustrations of the young, black and persecuted.

 Every line delivered with surgical precision. Every bar constructed with meticulous care. Every jab delivered with a deft flow. By far Kool Moe Dee's greatest work.

"Till I Collapse" is one of Eminem's best songs. It's an excellent choice for days when you need a little motivation to get you up and running. Till the wheels come off, till the lights go out, till your legs give out, till your bones collapse.

If this doesn’t make you move, you don’t have a pulse. The lead single off the classic Stankonia album is a sure enough gym-banger. "B.O.B" also enjoys the double honor of being named the best rap song of the 2000s.