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10 Warm-Up Songs That Build Momentum As They Go

Oldies but goodies.

The loveliest moment of a workout is often the first step out the door. As you segue from the business of life to the momentum of your routine, the change can be as pronounced in your mind as it is in your body. So, this week, we’ve compiled a set of songs ideal for scoring that transition.

Each of the tracks below begins slowly and picks up steam along the way. In the mix below, you’ll find a narrative opus from Meat Loaf and bittersweet affirmation from The Rolling Stones. Elsewhere, there’s a feisty track from Metallica and a barn-burner from Ike & Tina Turner. The emphasis is on rock-oriented music, but—within that scope—a range of genres and eras are represented. So, when the outdoors call, pick any of the slow-building epics below and let it work its magic.

The Who – Baba O’Riley – 115 BPM

Metallica – Enter Sandman – 125 BPM

The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition – 129 BPM

Ike & Tina Turner – River Deep, Mountain High – 85 BPM

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody – 138 BPM

U2 – Where the Streets Have No Name – 125 BPM

Meat Loaf – Paradise By the Dashboard Light – 85 BPM

Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name – 82 BPM

Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks – 107 BPM

The Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want – 88 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at Run Hundred. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

Related: 10 Other Warm-Up Songs To Prep For A Workout