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The 25 Greatest Power Songs of All Time

Ever wonder about the best songs in the history of music to lift weights to? So did we. Here they are.

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20. “Rip This Joint,” The Rolling Stones 

Though Jagger’s face resembles Dorian Gray on the downhill, he’s still got the body of a cardio fiend. Songs like this are why. This short (2:22), feverish ditty puts you in the mood for an intense performance, be it on the treadmill or the Smith machine.

19. “Droppin’ Plates,” Disturbed 

They’re talking about music as a weapon, and that’s what we’re talking about, too (one of mass construction, of course). This thing has rage by the boatload, not to mention possibly the most weight-lifting-appropriate title of the whole lot.

18. “The Ride of the Val-kyries,” Richard Wagner 

This thunderous composition plays a big role in a little movie called Apocalypse Now. Load it and set the volume to ear-shattering. You’ll either give yourself a heart attack or attain a personal best.

17. “Walk,” Pantera 

Walk… as in through a brick wall. This locker-room favorite about a back-stabbing friend is guaranteed to hit a nerve, listen after teeth-grinding listen. On days when you’re struggling to get your mean on, don’t run—Walk.

16. “So What’cha Want,” Beastie Boys

There’s a reason this leads off the group’s best-of album, Solid Gold Hits. It’s a nasty genre-blender that mixes the Boys' patented hip-hop with old-school soul-groove, helping you reach down deep for that extra kernel of energy. If you want deep creases in your six-pack, put this one on repeat.

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