Last week, U.S. Olympic luger Kate Hansen’s pre-performance warm-up dance went viral.
And while Hansen was rocking out to Beyonce, we decided to put together our own Olympics workout playlist. We hope this playlist inspires you to greater heights in your own fitness and makes the conclusion of every workout feel like a medal ceremony!
‘Let’s Get it Started’ by Black Eyed Peas
Great for getting pumped before the big performance, this Black Eyed Peas ditty applies to every Olympian, from figure skaters to curlers.
Inspirational lyrics: Burn it till it’s burned out / Turn it till it’s turned out…
‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We are the Champions’ by Queen
The ultimate songs of battle and triumph, Queen’s 1-2 punch is popular at high school football stadiums across the nation. They’re also perfect anthems for our victorious Team USA.
Inspirational lyrics: And bad mistakes / I’ve made a few / I’ve had my share of sand kicked in my face / But I’ve come through…
‘Roar’ by Katy Perry
The perfect song for competition, Perry actually performed ‘Roar’ at last year’s VMAs in a boxing ring.
Inspirational lyrics: You held me down, but I got up / Already brushing off the dust / You hear my voice, you hear that sound / Like thunder, gonna shake the ground…
‘Eye of the Tiger’ by Survivor
Perry namechecks this song in hers – famous for motivating everyone’s favorite underdog, Rocky Balboa.
Inspirational lyrics: Risin’ up straight to the top / Had the guts, got the glory / Went the distance, now I’m not gonna stop / Just a man and his will to survive…
‘Lose Yourself’ by Eminem
Maybe the ultimate “pump up” anthem, Eminem’s song debuted along with his movie “8 Mile.”
Inspirational lyrics: You better lose yourself in the music, the moment you own it, you better never let it go / You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow / This opportunity comes once in a lifetime…
‘Brave’ by Sara Bareilles
In this 2013 hit Bareilles encourages us all to speak our minds and be ‘Brave.’
Inspirational lyrics: Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live / Maybe one of these days you can let the light in / Show me how big your brave is…
‘My Hero’ by the Foo Fighters
The Dave Grohl-led band released this opus to everyday heroes in 1998. It appears on their second album, ‘The Colour and the Shape.’ We imagine most Olympians feel this way about their parents and those who supported them along the way.
Inspirational lyrics: There goes my hero / Watch him as he goes / There goes my hero / He’s ordinary…
‘Fighter’ by Christina Aguilera
Aguilera thanks all of her critics and exes in this anthem to the adversity that makes her ‘Stronger.’
Inspirational lyrics: Makes me that much stronger / Makes me work a little bit harder / It makes me that much wiser / So thanks for making me a fighter
‘Mama Said Knock You Out’ by LL Cool J
Ideal for Olympians in contact sports, LL Cool J’s rap is up-tempo and motivating. And it’s nearly impossible to listen to it without shadow boxing.
Inspirational lyrics: Don’t call it a comeback / I been here for years / Rockin’ my peers and puttin’ suckas in fear…
‘Try’ by Pink
Another one-word title for a very intense song. ‘Try’ demands we pick ourselves up, no matter what adversity we face.
Inspirational lyrics: Where there is a flame / Someone’s bound to get burned / But just because it burns / Doesn’t mean you’re gonna die / You’ve gotta get up and try, and try, and try…
‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ by Journey
At some point, we all doubt our ability to reach our ultimate goals. Journey advises us to stay the course and push through the adversity.
Inspirational lyrics: Don’t stop believin’ / Hold on to that feelin’ / Streetlights people / Don’t stop believin’…
‘Can’t Hold Us’ by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
What lyrics are more applicable to an Olympian’s final performance than ‘Tonight is the night, we’ll fight ‘til it’s over’?
Inspirational lyrics: We put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us / Like the ceiling can’t hold us…
‘You’re the Best Around’ Karate Kid by Joe Esposito
Ultimately, this is what every Olympian wants to be: the best around.
Inspirational lyrics: Never doubt that you’re the one / And you can have your dreams!
‘Chariots of Fire’ by Vangelis
Perfect for a cool down, the theme to the movie ‘Chariots of Fire’ has resonated with Olympians since the film’s 1981 release. The opening scene’s slow motion running sequence is perfectly complemented by this theme — beautiful and haunting.
Inspirational lyrics: OK, there aren’t any (it’s an instrumental) but the theme is still exceptionally inspirational.
And a few more for good measure
The following are a few more to get your athletic juices flowing!
- ‘Stronger’ by Kanye West
- ‘Break My Stride’ by Matthew Wilder
- ‘Born to Run’ by Bruce Springsteen
- ‘Won’t Back Down’ by Eminem featuring Pink
- ‘Seven Nation Army’ by the White Stripes
- ‘Feel this Moment’ by Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera
- ‘Fame’ by Irene Cara
- The Soundtracks of ‘The Natural’ and ‘Rocky’
What music would you recommend to your favorite Olympic athletes? Let us know in the comments!