If you’re reading this, you’ve likely already embraced our playlist of the best workout songs available for heavy lifting and PRs. You’re breaking more PRs than a bull breaks china, and now you’re mentally preparing for the next major challenge for anyone that steps in the gym- cardio.

Yes, yes, we know. Just hearing the word makes us queasy too; but in the name of six packs and Snap Chat, we all have to embrace the struggle sometime or another.

(Side note: If you are looking to achieve any health or physique goal (such as six-pack), you’ll need a balanced diet. Here’s the place to start: IIFYM macro calculator)

Unless you’re one of the rare few that actually enjoy cardio for pleasure, you’re probably always one lame excuse away from skipping cardio altogether. After all, maybe you don’t need nice abs if you’re funny enough or have a nice singing voice?

Why You Are Here

Okay, we understand, maybe you do need nice abs to help you out a bit. We’re right there with you, and if experience has taught us anything, it’s that the best workout songs fuel some of the best cardio sessions.

No matter why you’re doing cardio, it’s nearly universally accepted that it doesn’t take much convincing for us to skip it. Fortunately, we’re here to help you push through and lean out, by providing our collection of workout songs to rock out to during cardio.

This playlist will help you walk, run, or sometimes maybe even crawl your way to finishing those cardio sessions and stepping closer and closer to your current physique goals.

Turn off your radio, because DJ Mac Rose (macros, get it?) is dropping the ultimate list of the absolute workout songs to help you embrace the shredz!

The Criteria


Criteria for the Best Workout Songs for Cardio

  • Songs that dropped within the past 5 years
  • EDM, Pop or Alternative Rock to keep your spirits as high as your heart rate
  • Upbeat and empowering, because we all need as much help as we can get during cardio
  • Top 50 selections to fuel your cardio sessions all week long

The Picks

I don’t care if you’re a 250lbs male bodybuilder that just finished deadlifting the equivalent of a small car, you’re undoubtedly jamming out to some guilty pleasure on your way home sometimes.

We’re right there with you, and after all the hard heating beats from our IIFYM Heavy Hitters workout playlist, what better time to balance out the hype with some easy listening, empowering pop hits? Male or female, athlete or general population- these songs are outright awesome. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone you’re lip-syncing Taylor Swift on the treadmill; it can be our little secret.

Best Workout Songs for Cardio Playlist

Sean Paul, MigosBody
Blink-182Bored to Death
The Chainsmokers,HalseyCloser
Post Malone, Quavo & FutureCongratulations - Remix
Demi LovatoCool for the Summer
Post Malone, Justin BieberDéjà vu
DJ Khaled, Calvin Harris, Travis ScottDon’t Quit
HalseyEyes Closed
Calvin Harris, Pharrel Williams, Katy PerryFeels
Sleeping with SirensFly
Kid CudiFrequency
Busta Rhymes, Vybz Cartel, Torey LanezGirlfriend
Macklemore ft. Skylar GreyGlorious
American AuthorsGo Big or Go Home
Fitz and the TantrumsHandClap
Sweater BeatsHey Ya
Fergie ft. Rick RossHungry
DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, MigosI’m the One
Fall Out BoyImmortals
Fall Out BoyIrresistible
Day JackKick – Door
Major Lazer, Travis Scott ft. QuavoKnow No Better
Kesha, Eagles of Death MetalLet ‘Em Talk
Taylor SwiftLook What You Made Me Do
SZA, Travis ScottLove Galore
Hailee SteinfeldLove Myself
J Balvin, Willy WilliamMi Gente
DJ Snake, Bipolar SunshineMiddle
Lil Uzi Vert ft. Pharre WilliamsNeon Guts
Dua LipaNew Rules
The ChainsmokersNew York City
Post MaloneNo Option
DJ Snake, Yellow ClawOcho Cinco
Post MalonePatient
The WeekndReminder
OneRepublic, SeebRich Love
Twenty One PilotsRide
Hailee Steinfeld, DNCERock Bottom
Fitz and The TantrumsRoll Up
Calvin Harris, Future, KhalidRollin
The WeekndSecrets
Foster The PeopleSHC
WALK THE MOONShut Up and Dance
Mondo CozmoSixes and Sevens
The Chainsmokers, ColdplaySomething Just Like This
The Weeknd, Daft PunkStarboy
Liam Payne, QuavoStrip That Down
French Montana, Swae LeeUnforgettable
DJ Khaled, Rihanna, Bryson TillerWild Thoughts
Skrillex, Poo BearWould You Ever

Cue the Cardio


There’s no denying that cardio sessions can outright suck. Your workweek is already long, weight training sessions brutal, and time never seems to be on your side when it comes to your to-do list. As challenging as it may be at times, the right tunes can certainly help lighten the load.

Finding the best workout songs can make the difference between time crawling by and having a personal jam session as you’re stepping ever closer to becoming a lean, mean, cardio machine!

Okay already, you’ve procrastinated long enough. Fat needs losing and cardio needs doing, it’s time to get down to body fat burning business. Lucky for you, we’ve eliminated an excuse you can use for putting off cardio any longer.

We’ve created an official Spotify playlist with the best workout songs selections for your upcoming cardio. Just visit the link below to access the best workout songs through our “IIFYM Cardio Killer” Playlist!