Workouts can be an absolute nightmare as your body feels the burn. It’s one of the reasons why trainers recommend being distracted while you exercise, as this allows you to continue with your workout and not focus on the pain.

Music is one of the best ways to ignore the strain. It’s scientifically been proven that listening to tunes while you break a sweat can give you a boost.

So if you’re looking for a playlist to listen to when you go to the gym or hit the track, here are our personal best. 

One More Time / Aerodynamic – Daft Punk

Show us a person who doesn’t like One More Time melded into Aerodynamic by Daft Punk and we will show you a person who has pulled one too many hamstrings. The smash hit gets the job done, creating a euphoric experience. The tempo stays at a constant, but the mix is upbeat and great on your ears even at a higher than recommended volume.

Turn Down for What – DJ Snake feat. Lil Jon

If you’ve seen the rather questionable video to this song, you will undoubtedly know why we’ve put it on the list. It’s just rhythmically chaotic and beautiful. Turn Down for What sends a surge of rage through your veins as you try to do one more muscle tearing barbell rep.  I’m on fire!

Pump Up the Jam – Technotronic

You know you want to. You’re probably downloading this song as we speak if you don’t have it already. It’s a cliché song, but it works. It’s the nostalgia and disco reference that will (a) make you laugh as you listen to this high tempo track and (b) just really enjoy an honestly good track while you lift weights or turn up the speed on the treadmill.

Partition – Beyoncé

Queen Bey just stays slaying. So it’s only right that you slay when your headphones are on, and you head the call for formation, or Partition in this case. Beyonce’s 2013 hit will probably (after Formation) be remembered for its rather sensual rhythm and bass. It’s a classic in our eyes, and will have you trying to shake those curves (which you shouldn’t do) while you do your final leg press.

Harlem Shake – Baauer

Four or so years on and we’re still doing the Harlem Shake in the office – it’s not cool, trust us. But even though the trend is gone, Harlem Shake still remains a great track to listen to in the gym or out on the track. If you’re feeling the tune, you can use the various bridges to build up enough energy before the beat drops and you step up the tempo.

These are our top favourites, of course, but we do have a complete playlist you should consider. It includes tracks such as:

Drunk in Love – Beyoncé feat. Jay Z

Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

Treasure – Bruno Mars

Berzerk – Eminem

Timber – Pitbull feat. Kesha

Enter Sandman – Metallica

Summer – Calvin Harris

Into the Blue – Kylie Minogue

Burn – Ellie Goulding

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson

Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz

Walking On Air – Katy Perry

All of Me – John Legend (Tiesto’s Birthday Mix)

Go Girl – Ciara feat. T-Pain

Robot Rock (Edit) – Daft Punk

Jump – Van Halen

Clocks – Coldplay

Numb/Encore – Jay Z & Linkin Park