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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10. “1812 Overture,” Pyotr Tchaikovsky 

Even if your idea of classical music is early Black Crowes, you know this booming composition. Reportedly, Tchaikovsky himself said it had no artistic merit. But who needs art when you’ve got cannons?

9. “Gonna Fly Now,” Bill Conti/The Rocky Orchestra 

Some songs become great training companions. Others were born that way. This song from Rocky defines the latter category. You hear those trumpets and you just want to choke down six raw eggs, throw on some gray sweats, and climb a few hundred stairs—three at a time.

8. “Mama Said Knock You Out,” LL Cool J 

LL’s rep was at an all-time low when he shocked the hip-hop world with this hard-edged comeback song. The thumping bass and scorching beats will help you reclaim your own aggression.

7. “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana 

Your training partner is sucking wind like an overweight marathoner, but you’re still cranking muscle-building reps of dumbbell rows. That’s because your ears are being assaulted by the inspiring, angry sounds of this Kurt Cobain anthem of angst.

6. “Hit ‘Em Up,” 2Pac

In a track as scathing as it is explicit, 2Pac launches a verbal assault on Notorious B.I.G. and brags about sleeping with someone’s wife (hmm…whose could that be?). When you’re working out, you want something full of either anger or cockiness. This one brims with both.

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