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31 Sports Songs To Add To Your Workout Playlist

  • David Gonos

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Being a great sports fan sometimes means you end up being a great couch potato, so staying fit can sometimes get in the way of eating chips and watching an NBA double-header.

With the NFL moving into the playoffs and College Football Bowl Season all but behind us, many chubby sports fans have decided to try and shed some pounds by working out. Whether they’re running on treadmills, running down the street, pumping iron or… doing pilates, they need a soundtrack to go with their workout!

31 Sports Songs To Add To Your New Year’s Workout Playlist

We came up with a couple dozen or so of the best songs related to sports that you should add to your workout playlist, just to give you that feeling like you’re at the game – or better yet, in the game!

“Gonna Fly Now – Theme From Rocky” – by Bill Conti

Is there a better workout starter than the song that helped Rocky run through Philly and climb up all those steps? The trumpets alone should get your blood flowing.

“Eye of the Tiger” – by Survivor

Any self-respecting Gen-Xer has to have this other Rocky theme song on their playlist. When Rocky prepares to beat up Clubber Lang, you’ll be preparing to beat up that set of weights!

“All I Do Is Win” – DJ Khaled featuring Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, T-Pain and Rick Ross

“Every time I step up on that stair-stepper, everybody’s hands go up!”

Crazy Train” – by Ozzy Osbourne

It became fashionable in the ‘90s for NFL teams to start playing this song before their teams kick off. I want to say the Bucs started it when they opened Raymond James Stadium, but I’m wrong a lot. Either way – great running song!

Paradise By the Dashboard Light” – by Meat Loaf

This song is great for your workout for several reasons.

  1. If you don’t run, you’ll look like Meat Loaf.
  2. It’s a great story about what every man wants at the start of a relationship and what every woman wants – and they’re not the same thing. Listen to the words – great story.
  3. Phil Rizzuto does play-by-play!
  4. It’s 8:25 long, which means you’re going to work up a crazy sweat!

“Seven Nation Army” – by White Stripes

I swore Penn State fans started this chant back in the 2000s, but everything else I’m seeing is a lot of Michigan and Ohio State. Needless to say, it gets you pumped up.

“I’m Alright” – by Kenny Loggins

This one might throw you off a bit, but once you realize it’s the theme song from “Caddyshack,” you’ll feel like a dancing gopher on the treadmill.

“Lose Yourself” – by Eminem

No lie – this song was the first song on my workout playlist back in 2002 – and I lost 85 lbs! “There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti!”

“Wake Up” – by Rage Against the Machine

Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman used this song as his entrance song when he closed out games. To be honest, it seems like every song from Rage Against the Machine would make for a great closer song.

“Don’t Stop Believing” – Journey

Forget The Sopranos finale, this song is all about looking for a better tomorrow – and working out to get back into shape is the first step toward that, literally!

“Blitzkrieg Bop” – The Ramones

If great punk doesn’t get you moving, nothing will!

“We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions” – by Queen

Back in the day, these songs were played back-to-back as one song, but then they started playing them separately. Together, you can understand how it’s a great workout song – a difficult battle followed by the celebration of victory.

“Hell’s Bells” – by AC/DC

While we’re going back a couple decades, why not hit up this gem, which also happened to be Trevor Hoffman’s closer entrance song. Why does that matter? Because he was one of the first closers to use an awesome rock entrance song. This song should get you jacked up and ready to strike out three Dodgers for the save!

“Stronger” – by Kanye West

Yeah, he’s annoying, but the dude can put some beats and great lyrics together. Get on the treadmill with this and it’ll make you harder, better, faster, stronger.

“One Shining Moment” – by Luther Vandross

If it’s good enough for the end of March Madness, it’s good enough for my ears! You’re a shooting star!

“Enter Sandman” – by Metallica

The opening riff makes me want to move, then once that drum kicks in, it’s impossible not to burn some calories.

“Sweet Caroline” – by Neil Diamond

I slipped this one in here because it’s definitely connected in sports, played in the middle of the eighth inning at Fenway Park in Boston. But it’s kinda schmaltzy and hard to get a sweat going to – but you’ll want to play it after your workout, while drinking a beer with some friends!

“Sirius” – by Alan Parsons Project

This is just a great song to stretch and warm up to. Imagine you’re getting warmed up, then right before you begin you workout, an announcer comes on and introduces you, like the Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls.


“Danza Kudoro” – by Don Omar, Lucenzo

With so many Latin closers in baseball, there are just as many Latin songs used as closer entrance songs. But this one might be the best, used by Mets closer Jeurys Familia. With nearly 1 billion YouTube views, it’s a hit! It’s one of the most viewed videos in YouTube history!

“Thunderstruck” – by AC/DC

This group has the best songs with awesome openings, like this one with the guitar and the pounding, “Thunder!” chants. This is the entrance song for Giants closer Mark Melancon.

“Get Ready For This” – by 2 Unlimited

As an Orlando Magic fan since their inception into the league, this song was how they brought out Horace Grant, Nick Anderson, Dennis Scott, Penny Hardaway and “the 7-foot-1 center out of Louisiana State University, No. 32, SHAQUIIIIIIIIIIILE O’NEEEEEEEEAL!!!”

“Wherever I May Roam” – by Metallica

Reliever David Robertson uses this as his closer entrance song, when he pitches the ninth.

“Centerfield” – by John Fogerty

“Put me in, coach! I’m ready to play, today!” There are only a few handfuls of distinctive rock voices, and the former Creedence Clearwater Revival’s front man definitely has one of them.

“Black and Yellow” – by Wiz Khalifa

Whether you are a Pittsburgh fan or now, this song rocks and will get you moving, for sure. “You know what it is! Everything I do, I do it big!”

“Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd

NASCAR is too a sport! “Turn it up!”

“Autumn Thunder” – by Sam Spence

With this NFL Films music playing in your head while you’re going for your run, just imagine the soothing voice of John Facenda talking about the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field.

“Welcome to the Jungle” – by Guns ‘n Roses

This GnR anthem was always a stadium/arena favorite, and if you work out long enough, you too can get as skinny as ‘80s Axl Rose!

“Monday Night Football” Theme

Football was different in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and this show was at its best at that time because it always got THE best game of the week. Al Michaels, Dan Dierforf and Frank Gifford were my favorite MNF announcing team.

“Bulls On Parade” – by Rage Against the Machine

I’ve been a USF Bulls season-ticket holder since 2014, and this song gets the entire stadium going every time.

“Let’s Get It Started” – by Black Eyed Peas

Originally, this song was called, “Let’s Get Retarded,” and it was awesome in its own way. But then ESPN started using it for promos, and they got the politically correct version. Either way, “Let’s get started getting retarded!”

BONUS! “California/Dani California” Mix – by 2pac, Dr. Dre & Red Hot Chili Peppers

On their own, both these songs are awesome. But together, this mashup became the anthem for our CBS Sports softball team in the early 2010s.

David Gonos

David Gonos has been writing about sports online since 2001, including CBSSports.com, FoxSports.com, NFL.com, MLB.com and SportsIllustrated.com.