If you haven’t updated your workout playlist since 50 Cent was still a thing, 2022 is here to save you.

And praise the powers that be, because 2022 was rough. Global unrest, inflation, another seat-gripping election cycle—all this may have made you feel like life was completely out of your control.

It’s a good thing you can still control how, when, and where you workout. And, if you’re lacking motivation because of All The Bullshit, 2022’s new music releases understand.

The year brought releases from seasoned artists like Jack White, Heriot, and Pusha T—and incredible tracks from relative newcomers like The Linda Lindas and Jeshi. Consider these 44 best workout songs of 2022, a pre-workout for your current playlist. These tracks—many of them born from the last two-and-a-half years of rage, pain, and anguish—will help you pull the power you need to stay motivated. Because, if we’re all being honest with ourselves, with could use a little more.

As far as 50 Cent, it’s rumored he’s making another album. But will any of its songs make this list? (Looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer on that one.)

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“Take It Back” by JAWNY (feat. Beck)

The musician behind “Honeypie” is back, this time teamed with a rollicking cymbal-crashing-all-hell-breaks-loose Beck we haven’t seen since the Odelay days.


“Taking Me Back” by Jack White

The opener off White’s Fear of Dawn is a rallying cry of fuzzed guitars, thrashed drums, and other-worldly blasts of synth.


“Country as Fuck” by Paul Cauthen

Proof that tongue-in-cheek can still go hard-as-hell.

Hot dog holly golly dagnabbit.


“Work” by Black Light Smoke, Léah Lazonick

Jordan Lieb lends his signature dark discoteque beats while Leah makes it very clear that nothing should stand in the way of putting in the work.


“Push It Up” by Confidence Man

The Australian dance pop duo inadvertently created the bench-press motivation track you didn’t know you needed.


“Oh!” by The Linda Lindas

To a guitar line that evokes Ozzy, this LA-based punk rock group goes hard on the status quo.

Three-minutes of smashing, sprinting, all-over-the-place psycho-self-analysis to leave you winded.


“Gold Chain Punk (whogonbeatmyass?)” by Soul Glo

If the entirety of Diaspora Problems is an explosive experience, the opener lights the fuse.


“Fear in Non Fiction” by Vein.fm

The Boston metal band flat-out unleashes on this pile-up of double-kicks and feedback.


“Near Vision” by Heriot

In just under two minutes, the reunited British death metal will bring you to your knees.


“Old Fashioned” by Haru Nemuri

The Japanese singer-songwriter mixes all sorts of sounds into this garage-rock-trap-beat-auto-tuned power anthem.


“Hound Dog” by Action Bronson

The Men’s Health transformation star begins this track with a window crash and maniacal laugh and then runs the lyrical equivalent of a victory lap.


“Walkin” by Denzel Curry

“Life isn’t ice cream without Monopoly dough.
The property grows in value, and rightfully so.”


“Diet Coke” by Pusha T

The hip-hop icon swaggers over a throwback beat: “How many still standin’ reflectin’ in that mirror? Lucky me.”


“Protein” by Jeshi, Obongjayar


“Chitty Bang” by Leikeli47

The perpetually masked rapper blasts and trills in one of the many bangers off her appropriately named 2022 album Shape Up.


“Don’t You Worry About Me” by Bad Boy Chiller Crew

Three English fury-rapping verses between 90s-dance choruses? It doesn’t make any sense until you hear it for yourself.


“Wretched” by Bartees Strange

By mixing stadium-anthem guitar, pop-punk lyrics, and hip-hop beats, Strange is doing his own thing entirely. On “Wretched,” he’s everything all at once—and unstoppable.

Finish strong, as they say.


“Ecstasies in night infinite” by Watain

Swedish black metal stalwarts drive hard for four minutes of what sounds very similar to the panic that ensues when being trapped beneath the bench press without a spotter.


“Can’t Get None” by Militarie Gun, MSPAINT

If you took “Staring Down the Barrel of a Gun” from Paul’s Boutique, and blasted inside the Mack R-600 Coolpower from Mad Max 2, you’d have the force of nature that is this track’s backbeat. Sit vocalist Ian Shelton inside the driver’s seat, road-raging out the window, and hooooold on.


“Training Montage” by The Mountain Goats

I’m doing this for revenge // I’m doing this to try and stay true // I’m doing this for the ones // They had to leave behind // I’m doing this for you


“Shadowside Kingdom” by Worm

The doom metal band is from Florida, which is wild, because when you’re back-attacked mid-song you would swear they’re from ALL NINE CIRCLES OF HELL.


“Wicked & Bad” by Bob Vylan

The British grime duo goes so over-the-top that lines like Underwater movements, I’m not talking Krusty Krab // I’m Spongebob at the bank, put the money in the bag sound like battle cries.


“Ain’t No Thief” by Viagra Boys

Moshing is a workout too.


“Strangers” by Danger Mouse, Black Thought, A$AP Rocky, Run The Jewels

Hip-hop’s forward-thinkers assemble to deliver a one-foot-two-foot march that fits right in to that hill slog on your 10-mile route.


“Contract” by PENDANT, Water From Your Eyes

This sound bomb rages through electronica, nails-on-chalkboard guitar, and a vocal delivery that would make Zack de La Rocha say ddddaaaaayyyumm.


“Wolf” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Karen O., paying homage to Duran Duran, lifting by a tornado of strings, delivers the track that should blare during the last mile of every marathon ever.


“Struck by Lightning” by The Chats

The feeling of taking too much pre-workout.

(Also, stop taking pre-workout.)


“Conduit” by Russian Circles

Four-and-a-half minutes of guitar brutality that’ll make your sweat before your workout even starts.


“Tropical Beaches, Inc.” by Chat Pile

Off a concept album about superfund sites, this rage-fest goes 1,000 percent so you have to dig deep within the corners of your soul to keep up.

Nasty Nas runs a victory lap over strings with each bar a proof of concept in hustle hustle hustle.


“Búscame” by Los Rarxs

“Find me” this Puerto Rican trio shouts over a beat that (appropriately) sounds like it could have been off of 1998’s Run Lola Run.


“Compost Grave-Song” by Kardashev

Oh, you like double-kick drums? How about a-million-kick drums? To sweeping dual heaven-hell vocals? And the sound of the world being torn asunder? Enjoy!


“Ridiculous Car” by Meat Wave

For when you want to go fast.


“All Flights Cancelled” by Hedvig Mollestad, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra

Yeah, okay, it’s jazz. But it also has rhythm—the kind that can power a long treadmill workout or your traverse of vast expanses of open pavement.


“Selfish Soul” by Sudan Archives

I don’t want no struggles // I don’t want no fears


“Only the Strong Survive” by Bruce Springsteen

While this Jerry Butler doesn’t fly off to the start of “Born to Run,” it picks up—and will pick you up too.


“Dedication” by NNAMDÏ

You’re going to need it.


“Move” by Beyoncé, Grace Jones Tems

Bey and Grace Jones take command, break stuff, and leave everyone else behind.


“simmer down” by Fousheé

Hair-metal guitar riffs, spaceships, piano bridges, and a total sense of the unhinged collide in this act of rebellion.


“Choose Your Fighter” by Nova Twins

The return of nu-metal brings a character selection screen song that Liu Kang would looove.


“They Fear Us” by Ithaca

Ear-bleeding London hardcore artists scream, rattle, and ascend through a terrifying power anthem. You think you’ve made your escape // But we’re catching up again


“Boils Up” by Show Me the Body

Take stock body or not // It gets better or it rots

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