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Top 100 Classic Rock Workout Songs To Make You Sweat

Best Rock Workout Songs

In my indoor cycling routines, I’ve played every genre known to man; yet, nothing comes close to classic rock, punk rock, and alternative rock workout songs for days when you want a killer playlist. There’s something about the energy in rock songs that makes people work harder. I said what I said! 

I’ve broken down the Top 100 alternative rock, punk rock, and classic rock workout songs by BPM (beats per minute): 

  • 140 or more BPM: These are your sprint songs. Typically, these are the rock songs you’ll want to use when you want fast pedaling, because riders like to pedal to the beat of the music. 
  • 120-140 BPM: These are your marches and jumps. I like to choose songs with a powerful, steady beat. You can play with the resistance and sit or stand while still maintaining a consistent pace. 
  • 120 or less BPM: These are your climbs. Think slower feet and heavy resistance. 

To round out your spin routine, you may also like these other genres: 

The Best Classic Rock Workout Songs for Sprints and HIIT (BPM: Higher than 140) 

  1. “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” Twisted Sister 
  2. “My Sharona,” The Knack 
  3. “Rock the Casbah,” The Clash
  4. “Feeling This,” blink-182
  5. “Blitzkrieg Bop,” Ramones
  6. “Basket Case,” Green Day 
  7. “Self Esteem,” The Offspring
  8. “Savior,” Rise Against
  9. “All the Small Things,” blink-182 
  10. “Fat Lip,” Sum 41 
  11. “Monkey Wrench,” Foo Fighters 
  12. “Hate to Say I Told You So,” The Hives 
  13. “Story of My Life,” Social Distortion
  14. “Ruby Soho,” Rancid 
  15. “Red Flag,” Billy Talent 
  16. “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor,” Arctic Monkeys 
  17. “Last Nite,” The Strokes
  18. “I Wanna Be Sedated,” The Ramones 
  19. “Buddy Holly,” Weezer
  20. “The Middle,” Jimmy Eat World 
  21. “Paranoid,” Black Sabbath 
  22. “Crazy Train,” Ozzy Osbourne 
  23. “The Pretender,” Foo Fighters 
  24. “Everlong,” Foo Fighters 
  25. “Basket Case,” Green Day
  26. “Mr. Brightside,” The Killers 
  27. “Breed,” Nirvana 
  28. “Intergalactic,” Beastie Boys 
  29. “Smooth Criminal,” Alien Ant Farm 
  30. “The Kids Aren’t Alright,” The Offspring
  31. “What’s My Age Again?” blink-182
  32. “Misery Business,” Paramore 
  33. “Kickstart My Heart,” Motley Crue
  34. “Rock and Roll All Nite,” KISS 
  35. “Draw the Line,” Aerosmith
  36. “She’s Out of Her Mind,” blink-182
  37. “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” Elton John
  38. “I’m Still Standing,” Elton John
  39. “Bad Reputation,” Joan Jett
  40. “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” The Police
  41. “Black Betty,” Ram Jam 
  42. “Just A Girl,” No Doubt

The Top Classic Rock Workout Songs for Marches and Full Body Conditioning (BPM: 120-140) 

  1. “You Shook Me All Night Long,” AC/DC
  2. “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” KISS
  3. “Addicted to Love,” Robert Palmer
  4. “The Distance,” CAKE 
  5. “In Too Deep,” Sum 41 
  6. “My Own Worst Enemy,” Lit 
  7. “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” The Clash
  8. “Highway to Hell,” AC/DC 
  9. “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” Billy Joel 
  10. “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana 
  11. “Seven Nation Army,” The White Stripes 
  12. “Highway to Hell,” by AC/DC 
  13. “Enter Sandman,” Metallica 
  14. “Livin’ on a Prayer,” Bon Jovi 
  15. “Come as You Are,” Nirvana
  16. “Welcome to the Jungle,” Guns N’ Roses 
  17. “1985,” Bowling for Soup 
  18. “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” Tom Petty 
  19. “Feel Good Inc.,” Gorillaz 
  20. “Thks fr th Mmrs,” Fall Out Boy 
  21. “Don’t Trust Me,” 3OH!3
  22. “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” ZZ Top 
  23. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record),” Dead or Alive 
  24. “Rebel Yell,” Billy Idol 
  25. “Bad Medicine,” Bon Jovi
  26. “All Right Now,” Free
  27. “I Love Rock ‘N Roll,” Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
  28. “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Pat Benatar
  29. “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” Scorpions
  30. “The Boys Are Back In Town,” Thin Lizzy
  31. “Sharp Dressed Man,” ZZ Top
  32. “Come On Eileen,” Dexys Midnight Runners, Robert Palmer 
  33. “Walk This Way,” Run DMC, Aerosmith
  34. “Cherry Bomb,” The Runaways
  35. “Heartbreaker,” Pat Benatar

The Best Classic Rock Fitness Music for Climbs, Yoga, and Stretching (BPM: Less than 120) 

  1. “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” Green Day 
  2. “1979,” The Smashing Pumpkins 
  3. “Seven Nation Army,” The White Stripes
  4. “Eye of the Tiger,” Survivor 
  5. “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” Guns N’ Roses 
  6. “Back in Black,” AC/DC 
  7. “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” Def Leppard
  8. “In the End,” Linkin Park 
  9. “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Journey 
  10. “Scar Tissue,” Red Hot Chili Peppers 
  11. “When I Come Around,” Green Day 
  12. “Stacy’s Mom,” Fountains of Wayne 
  13. “Gives You Hell,” The All-American Rejects 
  14. “Ocean Avenue,” Yellowcard
  15. “Carry on Wayward Son,” Kansas
  16. “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  17. “Take It to the Limit,” Eagles
  18. “Nothin’ But A Good Time,” Poison
  19. “My Sharona,” The Knack 
  20. “When I Look Into Your Eyes,” Firehouse 
  21. “I Want To Know What Love Is,” Foreigner
  22. “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing,” Aerosmith 
  23. “Proud Mary,” Tina Turner 

If you want to use some of these in a routine, be sure to check out my 45-minute spin routines and playlists