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With self-isolation and the government-mandated stay-at-home order in full swing, one way to keep yourself occupied when it seems that going stir crazy is inevitable is to partake in at-home workouts or runs to stay in shape during this crazy time. Many people during this quarantine have taken to the streets of their neighborhood to go on runs and to the floors of their house to complete at-home virtual exercise classes with playlists that are not engineered to pump them up and get their blood flowing. So, here are 100 songs from various genres to add to your workout playlist to whip you into shape while social-distancing.

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Hip-Hop/Rap: Hip-Hop/Rap songs are especially good to listen to when completing strength and core conditioning exercises, as well as when you’re lifting weights. So, the next time you do an at-home abs routine or follow along to a pilates video on YouTube, consider adding these songs to your playlist to make the most of your workout.

  1. WHAT’S GOOD – Tyler, The Creator

  2. Money in The Grave – Drake, Rick Ross

  3. Watch (feat. Lil Uzi Vert & Kanye West) – Travis Scott, Lil Uzi Vert, Kanye West

  4. Suge – De Baby

  5. Don’t Stop the Party (feat. TJR) – Pitbull, TJR

  6. Remember the Name – Fort Minor, Styles of Beyond

  7. Take What You Want – Post Malone, Ozzy Osbourne, Travis Scott

  8. Hot in Herre – Nelly

  9. ‘Till I Collapse – Eminem, Nate Dogg

  10. Drop It Like It’s Hot – Snoop Dogg

  11. A Little Party Never Killed Nobody – Fergie, Q-Tip, and GoonRock

  12. Push It – Salt-N-Pepa

  13. I’ve Got the Power – SNAP

  14. Jump Around – House of Pain

  15. Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer

  16. All I Do Is Win – DJ Khaled (feat T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, and Rick Ross)

  17. Wow – Post Malone

  18. Black Widow – Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora

  19. Monster – Kanye West

  20. Freaky Friday – Lil Dicky and Chris Brown

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Classic Rock: For anyone who prefers cardio over leg-day, classic rock songs should definitely be on your playlist. With the fast and loud guitar usually associated with classic rock songs, your heart rate will be elevated and you’ll burn maximum calories if you implement some of these songs into your run, cycle, or HIIT playlists.

  1. Live Wire – Motley Crue

  2. Shoot to Thrill – ACDC

  3. Kickstart My Heart – Motley Crue

  4. Rebel Yell – Billy Idol

  5. Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard

  6. Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N’ Roses

  7. Barracuda – Heart

  8. Keep the Faith – Bon Jovi

  9. Panama – Van Halen

  10. Enter Sandman – Metallica

  11. You Shook Me All Night Long – ACDC

  12. Round and Round – Ratt

  13. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

  14. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) – Journey

  15. Rock You Like A Hurricane – Scorpions

  16. Dude (Looks Like A Lady) – Aerosmith

  17. Another One Bites the Dust – Queen

  18. Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin

  19. Edge of Seventeen – Stevie Nicks

  20. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne

Pop/Dance-Electronica: With their catchy choruses and their killer beat drops, pop/dance-electronica songs are perfect for any workout. Whether you are running outside, following along to an at-home workout video, or just doing your own thing, songs from this genre are sure to elevate your heart rate and get you moving.

  1. Everytime We Touch – Cascada

  2. Cannibal – Ke$ha

  3. Just Dance – Lady Gaga

  4. When I Grow Up – The Pussycat Dolls

  5. Who’s That Chick – David Guetta Feat. Rihanna

  6. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson

  7. In My Head – Jason Derulo

  8. Turn Up the Music – Chris Brown

  9. Work B*tch – Britney Spears

  10. Imma Be – Black Eyed Peas

  11. Stay the Night – Zedd ft Hayley Williams

  12. Nightmare – Halsey

  13. Hey Ya! – Outkast

  14. Talk Dirty – Jason Derulo (feat 2 Chainz)

  15. Burnin’ Up – Jonas Brothers

  16. Look at Me Now – Chris Brown

  17. Clarity (Tiesto Remix) – Zedd (feat. Foxes)

  18. Shots – LMFAO

  19. I Love It – Icona Pop

  20. Gettin’ Over You – David Guetta and Chris Willis (feat. Fergie and LMFAO)

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Country: Most people don’t think of country songs when they think about songs to workout to. But within the genre, some really good songs that get your heart rate flowing and get your body moving that makes them perfect for any type of cardio workout and your ending cool-down.

  1. Something Bad – Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert

  2. Country Girl (Shake it For Me) – Luke Bryan

  3. House Party – Sam Hunt

  4. Little Red Wagon – Miranda Lambert

  5. Cowboy Cassanova – Carrie Underwood

  6. You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift

  7. Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) – Big & Rich

  8. Goodbye Earl – Dixie Chicks

  9. Without a Fight – Brad Paisley feat. Demi Lovato

  10. This is How We Roll – Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan

  11. That’s My Kind of Night – Luke Bryan

  12. Red – Taylor Swift

  13. Chainsaw – The Band Perry

  14. Storyline – Hunter Hayes

  15. God’s Country – Blake Shelton

  16. I Hold On – Dierks Bentley

  17. Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood

  18. Kerosene – Miranda Lambert

  19. Ready Set Roll – Chase Rice

  20. Where it’s At – Dustin Lynch

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Pop-Punk/Alternative Rock: Similar to the Classic Rock genre mentioned before, pop-punk/alternative rock songs are the perfect addition to any playlist you like to listen to when doing a cardio workout. With their fast-paced tempo and killer guitar, songs from this genre are sure to motivate you to climb that next hill or run that extra mile.

  1. XO – Fall Out Boy

  2. The Anthem – Good Charlotte

  3. Mr. Brightside – The Killers

  4. Dear Maria, Count Me In – All Time Low

  5. Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom) – Shinedown

  6. American Idiot – Green Day

  7. Still Waiting – Sum 41

  8. Heavydirtysoul – twenty one pilots

  9. Anthem, Pt. 2 – blink-182

  10. Monkey Wrench – Foo Fighters

  11. If You Can’t Hang – Sleeping With Sirens

  12. Caraphernelia – Pierce the Veil

  13. Love Drunk – Boys Like Girls

  14. Drug in Me is You – Falling in Reverse

  15. Face Down – The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

  16. I Think I’m Okay – Machine Gun Kelly, YUNGBLUD, Travis Barker

  17. This is How I Disappear – My Chemical Romance

  18. All I Want – A Day to Remember

  19. Bruised and Scarred – Mayday Parade

  20. Lying is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have… – Panic! At the Disco

Alexandra Brooks

Virginia Tech '22

Alexandra is a senior at Virginia Tech studying Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience with a minor in Political Science. A 5'2-ish Canadian-American who will stop whatever she is doing to go pet a dog, Alexandra chooses to live everyday by the motto, "Just be yourself." When not stressing out over her major or writing for Her Campus, Alexandra can be found working out, reading, listening to music, and hanging out with her friends and family.
Camden Carpenter

Virginia Tech '21

Senior studying Smart and Sustainable Cities, with hopes to become a traveling urban developer. Attemping to embody "Carpe Diem" in her everyday life, both physically by getting a tattoo of the quote, and mentally by taking risks while trying to maximize each day's full potential.