8 Movie Soundtrack Songs to Add to Your Workout Playlist

Every good workout needs a playlist that gets your adrenaline going and your body ready to move.  There is something about music that takes us from 0-60. There are many great songs from movie soundtracks that are perfect for a high-octane workout.  I personally have a whole playlist of only movie soundtrack songs.  So, today I will be sharing 8 tracks that you should add to your workout playlist. Whether you exercise to stay healthy, destress, or get into superhero shape, there is something on this list for everyone. Grab your headphones, and let’s get ready to rock. Or look like the Rock.  

After The Flesh – My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult | The Crow 

The entire soundtrack to The Crow is pure perfection. However, After The Flesh is a good selection for when you are ready to take your workout to the next level. The song’s balance of metal and techno creates an excellent combination of energy in confidence. Queue it up after a warm-up and song, and you’ll be ready to go.

Run It – DJ Snake, Rick Ross, Rich Brian | Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings 

Run It is from the upcoming Shang-Chi Motion Picture Soundtrack, but it was an instant download for me. Run It is all about embracing the inner badass in you and not letting anyone hold you down.  I bet this song comes on during a fight scene or chase scene. Still, Run it is your choice for intense cardio on the treadmill, bike, or row machine.

X Gon Give It To Ya – DMX | Cradle 2 the Grave 

It’s an unspoken rule that all workout playlist requires at least 3 DMX songs. X Gon Give It To Ya could be your pick for a warm-up or for you putting in that work on the weight machines. A lyric in the song goes, “Don’t give up; you’re much too strong.” Knowing that DMX believes in you will help you go that extra mile, add extra weights, or do an extra set.

Hearts on Fire – John Cafferty | Rocky 4 

In Rocky 4, Rocky had to watch his best friend be murdered by Ivan Drago in the ring.  Rocky was filled with guilt and revenge, and so he agrees to take on the Russian cyborg himself. Like all good Rocky films, there is a musical training montage. Rocky 4 had Hears on Fire to represent the fire in Rocky’s heart as he prepares for one of the most important fights in his life. Your heart will be set ablaze as you listen to this while doing high-intensity interval training.  This song helps Rocky not feel the effects of the snow, so it should help you get through fatigue and pain.

Immortals – Fall Out Boy | Big Hero 6 

Big Hero 6 is about a group of friends who become superheroes. Immortals by Fall Out Boy will release that inner heroic strength inside of you! This has been my go-to for doing anything with the bar, from deadlifts, squats, or bench pressing.  Like the song says, “They say we are what we are, but we don’t have to be.” You can go beyond the expectations of others and yourself and become immortal.

Purple Lamborghini – Skrillex & Rick Ross | Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad may not have been a hit film, but it did have an amazing soundtrack. One knew the assignment, and the other didn’t. Still, the soundtrack itself deserves far more praise than it received. Purple Lamborghini by Skrillex and Rick Ross perfectly captures the bravado and madness of this film’s Joker.  Leto even makes a cameo in the video for the single. Purple Lamborghini can be your choice when you are hitting those free weights hard or training with conditioning ropes.  Remember to keep going, “because you have just begun!”

Welcome to the Party – Diplo, French Montana & Lil Pump ft. Zhavia Ward | Deadpool 2 

Welcome to the Party will mold your mindset into thinking the gym is like a party; it can be fun. Especially if you have a few gym buddies, you regularly work out with.  I like this song when I’m jumping rope, doing planks, or doing exercises that require a partner. Also, it’s just a really catchy song.

That Thing You Do – The Wonders | That Thing You Do 

As you end your workout, you need to do a few cool-down exercises. This helps lower your heart rate and avoid cramping. That Thing You Do is a fun cool-down song for when you’re doing a light jog, stretching, or doing some climbing on the StairMaster. That Thing You Do is your typical yacht rock song and will make you feel at ease and smile when you leave the gym.

These are just 8 of my favorite movie soundtrack songs from my own workout playlist. What song from a film do you listen to when you work out? Let’s chat in the comments and online. Remember to work out safely and give it your best!


About Yali Perez

When she's not writing about anime for Funimation, pop culture for Fandom Spotlite, sharing emotional editorials on Renegade Media, or talking about makeup on the YMUB Podcast, she is a single mom to the coolest kid in the world. In Yali's free time she likes to bake, exercise, watch Korean Variety shows, and read cheesy erotica. Yali's goal as a writer is to share her nontraditional and colorful view of the world with readers everywhere.

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