Let’s cut to the chase. We aren’t about playing the love music from below a lady’s window while wearing a leotard and goofy hat. We’re about lifting heavy stuff and get jacked as hell. That isn’t going to happen while listening to nature noises or Marvin Gaye. Great workouts don’t start with a solid warm up. They start with the best workout songs for getting hype and ready to do some heavy heaving.

We’re here to break hearts or break PRs, and we’re all out of romance.

What better way to get the PR party started than the absolute best workout songs to hit the music scene in recent years? After all, how many rap music videos do see where the people aren’t having a dope time?

Yeah, you’re right- none. It’s almost, sort of, scientifically proven that hype music guarantees better PRs. So we’re here to give you the perfect dose of just that with a list of the best workout songs currently filling airwaves.

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The Criteria

Tastes in music are like bodybuilding competitions, much of it is rather subjective. However, seeing our selection criteria for the best workout songs for heavy lifting helps make the selections easier to understand.

Anyone following my content here on IIFYM.com already knows I make at least one rap reference in nearly every article I write. Partially because I’m just that swag, but also because it helps balance out all of my nerd talks. So this playlist had a hefty dose of recent rap, peppered with plenty of other high-energy genres; so you can rap, rock & rave your way to your best workouts yet.

…easily two or three workouts’ worth of PR breakin’, heaving liftin’, gainz makin’ music for your enjoyment.

2 Chains might start a riot, but we felt this article needed a bit more structure to provide the absolute best workout songs for your heavy days. That being said, there were some criteria we implemented to help guide the selection process and give some context to our selections for the best workouts songs to lift heavy and break PRs with!

Criteria for the Best Workout Songs 2019 for PRS

  • Beats going as hard as your try-hard friends trying to impress women at the bar.
  • Lyrics about slinging weight (namsayin?) grinding for success, or simply being the man in your city. Who needs Tony Robbins speeches when you’ve got Tyler The Creator pumping you up before squats?
  • Songs that dropped within the past 5 years.
  • Nothing, I mean NOTHING, sentimental. Save the crying for your mama. We’re here to break PRs.
  • Rap, Rock or EDM, because it’s about to be a PR house party up in here.

The Picks

Below is a culmination of time well spent researching the best workout songs and matching criteria, test driving the selections through some pretty dope PRs (if I do say so myself), and possibly some faux stage time and raving inside my apartment.


What resulted were fifty of the best workout songs selected to comprise just short of three hours of listening time. That’s easily two or three workouts’ worth of PR breakin’, heaving liftin’, again makin’ music for your enjoyment.

1Bad and BoujeeMigos ft. Lil Uzi Very
2Ball PlayerMeek Mill ft. Quavo
3Beats KnockinJack U, Skrillex, Diplo, Fly Boi Keno
4Betray and Degrade Seether
5BossLil Pump
6Catch Me Outside Ski Mask the Slump God
7D RoseLil Pump
8DEATHCAMP Tyler, The Creator
9DefeatedBreaking Benjamins
10DNA. Kendrick Lamar
11Domo23Tyler, The Creator
12Don’t PanicFrench Montana
13Drop Drowning Pool
14Facts Kanye West
15False AlarmThe Weeknd
16FebreezeJack U, Skrillex, Future, Diplo
17Feel MeTyga, Kanye West
18Fist PumpWaka Flocka Flame ft. B.O.B
19Flex Like OuuLil Pump
20ForbesG-Eazy, Borgore
21Freestyle 4Kanye West
22Get Right WitchaMigos
23Headshot Waka Flocka Flame
24HUMBLE. Kendrick Lamar
25I Got The KeysDJ Khaled, Jay Z, Future
26I Ride DJ Khaled, Boosie Badazz, Future
27I Serve the BaseFuture
28Iced out my Arms DJ Khaled, Future, Migos, 21 Savage
29Jungle Bae Jack U, Skrillex, Diplo, Bunji Garlin, MX Prime
30KingpinRL Grime, Big Sean
31Live Life Hard!Soulfly
32LoadedG-Eazy, DJ Carnage
33Met GalaGucci Mane, Offset
34Next Lil Pump ft. Rich the Kid
35No Complaints Meto Boomin, Migos, Drake
36No Effort Tee Grizzley
37No FlagLondon on the Track, Migos, Nicki Minaj, 21 Savage
38On SightKanye West
39Panda Desiigner
40Paradise Big Sean
41Phone JumpinDave East, Wiz Khalifa
42Plain JaneA$AP Ferg
43SacrificesBig Sean, Migos
44T-Shirt Migos
45Trouble on my MindPusha T ft. Tyler The Creator
46Turn Around Borgore, Dan Farber
47Turn Down for What DJ Snake, Lil Jon
48Vibin In This BihKodak Black, Gucci Mane
49What in XXXTarnationXXXTENTACION, Ski Mask the Slump God
50Young WickedChevelle


Pre-gaming is for the kids, we pre-gain around here, and boy is we good at it. Earbuds bumpin’ with the best workout songs available, knocking back that pre-workout supplement strong enough to wake the dead, and chalking up your hands more than a middle-aged woman powdering her face- it’s time to get to gaining!

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The Link

We weren’t about to drop the best workouts songs on you then force you to manually find them on your own. Feast your earbuds on the official IIFYM Heavy Hitters playlist coming soon on Spotify! The best workout songs for those PR sessions will be just a click away. Now drop it like a squat and slang that weight.