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20 Workout Songs Perfect For Any Gym Playlist

01/22/2015 09:19 EST | Updated 01/23/2015 12:59 EST

We’re still in the early days of 2015, which means that many people are still in the early days of their fitness-related New Year’s resolutions. And they’re probably half-regretting them at this point.

Starting a new fitness routine isn’t always the most fun in the world. Sure, there are moments when you’ll feel like an unstoppable badass, but you’ll also have to get used to pushing yourself beyond your current comfort zone and occasionally dealing with DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) after the fact. The good news, though, is once you push through this initial discomfort, pain, and awkwardness, exercise soon becomes a habit.

If you’re lucky, working out can blossom into an enjoyable part of your life. If you’re less lucky, it can at least grow into a tolerable part. In any case, you’ll be working toward a healthier, stronger, and more self-confident you. And that’s worth a few unpleasant burpees, squats, or steps along the way.

As a fitness professional and music writer, I believe that putting together the right soundtrack is a great way to make exercise more enjoyable (and, in some cases, more effective). So, to help you get through the early days of your 2015 fitness goals, here's a list of the best workout songs to help you through your runs, weights, Pilates, and Step sessions. All twenty of these tracks have been tested in my fitness classes. And they all went over a lot better than these ones.

Top 20 Workout Songs