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Songs That Will Boost Your Workout Quotient

Pallavi Srivastava

Workout songs should have the ability to power your bones with sheer energy, uplift sagging spirits, and lend a new lease of life to tired and aching muscles. Listed here are some numbers that we feel will make for a perfect adrenaline-steeped workout session. The choices presented here combine the deadly duo of power lyrics and hard-hitting musical notes.

Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

Rising up, back on the street
Did my time, took my chances
Went the distance, now I'm back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive

A must-have in any workout playlist, Survivor's 'Eye of the Tiger' is amongst the finest examples of rock powered motivational numbers. The song has such a rejuvenating quality about it, such purpose and such thrust that it's practically impossible to listen to it without feeling a surge of energy and action - two things that instantly add to the success of a workout.

Addicted to You (Avicii) by David Guetta

I'm addicted to you, hooked on your love
Like a powerful drug I can't get enough of
Lost in your eyes, drowning in blue
Out of control, what can I do?
I'm addicted to you!

David Guetta's rendition of Avicii's 'Addicted to You' knocks down and rebuilds it to give it a thundering energy that's far removed from Audra Mae's original classic. As it opens, Guetta wickedly tricks you into believing that the song's not been tampered with only to leave you gob smacked moments later as powerful house beats and strings practically shred the original away. Mae's vocals are back in the end but accompanied by Guetta's heart-pumping rhythm, which explodes into a volatile climax.

Call on Me by Eric Prydz

Call on me, call on me
Call on me
I'm the same boy I used to be

Call on Me by Eric Prydz is a revamp of Steve Winwood's soft rocker Valerie. What this rendition adds to the original is an explosion of sheer power that's sure to pump your heart faster as your legs relentlessly pound the treadmill. As if the thumping and throbbing beats weren't enough, the teasing video of Deanne Berry's amazing aerobics postures accompanying the powerful music is sure to make you completely forget any beginnings of an ache that you might have been feeling in your shin and thigh muscles.

Run To You by Bryan Adams

She says her love for me could never die
But that'd change if she ever found out about you and I
Oh - but her love is cold
It wouldn't hurt her if she didn't know, 'cause...
When it gets too much, I need to feel your touch
I'm gonna run to you, I'm gonna run to you

To add to the powerful combination of power chords and drum beats that can blow you off your feet, Bryan Adams packs a punch with this number that also includes the magic of guitar solos, passionately textured vocals and lyrics that evoke vivid imageries of running away from everything else to fall into the arms of the woman you love.

Firestarter by The Prodigy

I'm the trouble starter, punking instigator
I'm the fear addicted, danger illustrated
I'm a firestarter, twisted firestarter
You're the firestarter, twisted firestarter

The Prodigy's 'Firestarter' is an awe-inspiring number that combines the sheer power of drums and bass to deliver a surge of pure adrenaline as your feet thump the treadmill. The song has a quality that makes you feel unconquerable, larger than any hurdles that your life can through at you, much less the paltry challenges of the gym. A great mood for a fully powered workout!

Thunderstruck by AC/DC

Thunder, thunder, thunder, thunder, I was caught
In the middle of a railroad track, I looked round
And I knew there was no turning back
My mind raced and I thought what could I do
And I knew there was no help, no help from you
Sound of the drums, beating in my heart
The thunder of guns, Tore me apart
You've been Thunderstruck

AC/DC embodies the pure aggression that has, over the years, come to symbolize rock music. There could have been a number of choices from AC/ DC that would make for perfect workout songs and yet the unique quality that stands out in 'Thunderstruck' is its ascent to high intensity. The way the song builds up a crescendo is sure to make your breakout into goose bumps and give you wings as you sweat it out in the gym.

Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen

In the day we sweat it out on the streets
Of a runaway American dream
At night we ride through the mansions of glory
In suicide machines
Sprung from cages out on highway 9,
Chrome wheeled, fuel injected
And steppin' out over the line

This 1970s classic has an undiminished cult following even today. The song is a musical explanation of why Bruce Springsteen became the phenomenon that he is. While the lyrics urge you to run - which you ought to at the gym - the barely leashed tension in the song powers your body with adrenaline to the extent that you're sure to feel spent as the number explodes towards the climax.

Lose Yourself by Eminem

Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted
One moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?

The perfect number to work up frenzy, 'Lose Yourself' is an inflammatory, provocative song that almost trembles and seethes with violent rage. You'd be so hooked as you work out on the rhythm of this super shocker that you might just end up mirroring its musical tension in your facial expressions and scare off some of your fellow gym-goers!
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