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66 Angry and Aggressive Songs for Workout and Bodybuilding Motivation

Get motivated to work out hard with these angry and aggressive tracks!

Get motivated to work out hard with these angry and aggressive tracks!

Angry and Aggressive Soundtracks for Gym Workout Bodybuilding Motivation

Exercise is really important nowadays. A good workout melts away stress and depression and keeps you healthy. And, of course, a muscular body enhances your looks and lifestyle.

Of course, motivation is key. And, based on my experience, I believe angry and aggressive music helps tap into that motivation, spurring you on to pick up a few more sets in the gym. Try it! Use your anger to build your body. In this article, I'm going to share a playlist of the top 66 angry and aggressive songs, which can help you summon the willpower to add a few more sets and extend your workout time. Believe it or not, it works.

Top 13 Aggressive Songs for Your Intense Workout


1. "Mechanix"


2. "The Four Horsemen"


3. "Seven"

Army of the Pharaohs

4. "Jedi Mind Tricks Presents"

Army of the Pharaohs

5. "You Will Never Be One of Us"


6. "Hey, It's Your Funeral Mama"


7. "The Devil You Know"


8. "Warbrain"

Alkaline Trio

9. "We've Had Enough"

Alkaline Trio

10. "Psychosocial"


11. "Gives You Hell"

The All-American Rejects

12. "I Don't Care"

Apocalyptica featuring Adam Gontier

13. "Feel Good Drag"


1. "Mechanix"

2. "The Four Horsemen"

Metallica and Megadeath

You probably know the story. If not, here it goes: After Metallica recorded its debut album, Metal Up Your Ass, in 1983, the band decided to kick lead guitarist Dave Mustaine out of the band because he was so drunk and violent before the recording sessions.

Mustaine went on to found Megadeth, and included the song "Mechanix" on their first album, Killing Is My Business . . . and Business Is Good!. Metallica then reworked the song and retitled it "The Four Horsemen."

3. "Seven"

4. "Spaz Out"

Army of the Pharaohs

The Army of the Pharaohs is a hip hop group from Philadelphia. It drew heavily from other underground hip hop groups in the area, creating a supergroup. Its roster has changed over the years since the group's first release in 1998.

5. "You Will Never Be One of Us"


"You Will Never Be One of Us" is a short and not-so-sweet track from the band's third album of the same name, released in 2016. Put this song on repeat to add some grindcore punk to your lift workout.

6. "Hey, It's Your Funeral Mama"


Alexisonfire is a hardcore punk band formed in 2001. The band describes its aesthetic as "the sound of two Catholic high-school girls in mid-knife-fight."

7. "The Devil You Know"


Under-rated but frickin' awesome, Anthrax has been around since the early '80s, leading the thrash metal scene. "The Devil You Know" is off of their 2011 album, Worship.

8. "Warbrain"

9. "We've Had Enough"

Alkaline Trio

Alkaline Trio is an emo group famous for their angry angst. Fun fact: Band member Matt Skiba named the band by flipping through the dictionary for a word that sounded cool, then added "trio" to the end because there were three band members.

10. "Psychosocial"


Nu metal band Slipknot formed in the mid-'90s. This is one of those bands that gets blamed for creating music that inspires violence. The lyrics to their song "Surfacing" were found at the site of a grave robbery in 2006. Two years later the perpetrators of a slashing linked their act to Slipknot. Lead singer Corey Taylor said,

"... obviously, I'm disturbed by the fact that people were hurt and someone died, as far as my responsibility for that goes, it stops there, because I know our message is actually very positive ... there are always going to be mental disorders and people who cause violence for no other reason than the fact that they're fucked up and lost."

"Psychosocial" is off of their 2008 album, All Hope Is Gone.

11. "Gives You Hell"

The All-American Rejects

The All-American Rejects are an emo band popular in the early 2000s. Many believe that the name of the band was inspired by the Green Day song "Reject."

12. "I Don't Care" Featuring Adam Gontier


Apocalyptica started out as three classically-trained cellists and a drummer who wanted to form a Metallica tribute band. By hooking the cellos into amps, the group can produce huge sweeping sounds.

13. "Feel Good Drag"


Anberlin has put out six albums since 2002. The lead singer and bassist actually started playing together when they were both in high school.

14. "Holiday in Cambodia"

15. "California Über Alles"

Dead Kennedys

Bow down to your leader. The Dead Kennedys is the original, the source. Love them or hate them, you've gotta admit that they've had influence. Formed in 1978, this band was one of the first American hardcore punk bands to have an impact overseas. Launching the career of vocalist Jello Biafra, the DKs wrote political lyrics that got them into trouble with parents and the law.

16. "Another Thing Comin'"

17. "Turbo Lover"

Judas Priest

More patriarchs that deserve our respect. Judas Priest formed in 1969 and moved in and out of popularity because they kept changing their drummer. In the '80s Judas Priest's big hair and studded leather jeans got picked up by every other metal band, and JP's 1980 album British Steel launched them into superstar status.

"You've Got Another Thing Comin'" is off of their 1982 album Screaming for Vengeance. "Turbo Lover" was released in 1986 on the album Turbo.

18. "Lip Gloss and Black"


This alternative metal band from Orange County was originally named Retribution, but changed their to Atreyu after its members found out another band from California was named the same thing.

19. "Stay Together for the Kids"

Blink-182 is one of the bands that led the California pop punk movement. They formed in a suburb of San Diego in 1992.

20. "After the Eulogy"


Boysetsfire has been featured in many sporting video games, such as Tiger Woods '03, MVP Baseball '03, and Legends of Wrestling—proof that the group's music is perfect for working out.

21. "Combustion Inferno"

22. "The Will to Potency"


Get some driving death metal in your workout. Krisiun formed in 1990 by three Brazilian brothers. "Combustion Inferno" came out in 2008 on Southern Storm. "The Will to Potency" was released four years later on The Great Execution.

23. "We Gotta Know"

24. "The Path to Perfection"


The Cro-Mags were the first band to mix hardcore punk and thrash metal. They formed in New York in the early '80s and have a cult following. Their debut album The Age of Quarrel launched hardcore-metal.

25. "Firefly"

Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin was originally formed in Pennsylvania, but took a break when the lead singer moved to California. When he moved back, he started a new group called Plan 9, but quickly reverted back calling it by the name of his original band.

26. "Forfeit"


Chevelle, formed in 1995, was named after the Chevrolet Chevelle. Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen starred in the band's electronic press kit before he became famous.

27. "Act Appalled"

Circa Survive

The members of Circa Survive were all formerly parts of other bands. One member, Anthony Green, quit a band that was close to signing onto a label, because he didn't want to be stuck with that group.

28. "7 Words"


The lead guitarist of Deftones, Stephen Carpenter, learned to play guitar when confined to a wheelchair after being struck by a guitar. Times magazine has described the band's lyrics as "suggesting emotions rather than announcing them."

29. "Not Afraid"


This Grammy Award winning artist was born Marshall Bruce Mathers III and originally called himself M&M before spelling it out Eminem.

30. "Ebolarama"

Every Time I Die

Every Time I Die formed in Buffalo, New York in 1998, and they are still very much in the music scene, with a highly-acclaimed album in 2014. They have a distinctive take on metalcore, mixing it with southern elements and literary lyrics.

31. "Walk"


Based out of Arlington, Texas, Pantera formed in the early '80s. The band started out playing glam metal but developed a groove metal style, showcased on the album Vulgar Display of Power, featuring "Walk."

32. "The Bleeding"

Five Finger Death Punch

Five Finger Death Punch is actually from Las Vegas. On their first tour, they opened for Korn.

33. "Walk With Me in Hell"

Lamb of God

"Walk With Me in Hell" is from a documentary Lamb of God made featuring two discs of music and five hours of footage from their 2008 Sacrament World Tour.

34. "The End of Heartache"

35. "Rose of Sharyn"

Killswitch Engage

Metalcore band Killswitch Engage rose to fame in 2004 with the album The End of Heartache. The title song was nominated for a grammy and was the main single in the movie Resident Evil: Apocalypse.

36. "Undead"

The Hollywood Undead

The Hollywood Undead are from Hollywood (or at least from Los Angeles), and they are famous for performing in modified hockey goalkeeper masks.

37. "Seek 'N' Strike"


Based out of Phoenix, Arizona, Soulfly blends world music and Brazilian sounds with heavy metal. There are spiritual themes in their music, largely because of lead singer Max Cavalera's spiritual beliefs.

38. "Execration Text"


Nile is based out of Greenville, South Carolina. The band formed in 1993. Their music and lyrics are inspired by Ancient Egyptian mysticism and the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

39. "Android Porn"


Kraddy is one of the co-founders of Glitch Mob and famous for his electronic music.

40. "Oxy Cotton"

Lil White

Lil Wyte is a rapper from Memphis. Fun fact: He claims that the moment he realized that he could be a rapper is when he memorized the complete lyrics of "Baby Got Back."

41. "No More Sorrow"

42. "New Divide"

43. "What I've Done"

44. "Burning in the Skies"

45. "The Catalyst"

Linkin Park

Linkin Park got its start in California in 1996. Fun fact: In addition to music, the band has also released an app titled "8-Bit Rebellion!"

46. "Use Your Fist and Not Your Mouth"

Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson is famous for its supposed negative influence on America's youth. A little known fact is that the lead singer of the eponymous band is also a painter—he has shown a series of watercolors made with David Lynch in Vienna.

47. "Stockholm Syndrome"


This Grammy-award winning band has sold over 15 million albums. Supposedly the band got the idea for the name (after going through many others, including Rocket Baby Dolls) from one of the member's high school art teacher.

48. "Starf**kers, Inc."

49. "Closer"

Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails is a band from Cleveland and actually only consists of one member—Trent Reznor. However, when he tours, he always assembles others to perform with him as a live band.

50. "Away from Me"

Puddle of Mudd

According to the lead singer, Wes Scantlin, the name of this alt-metal band was inspired by the "pile of shit" they had to walk through to get into the building where they practiced, which was next to a levy.

51. "Voices"

Rev Theory

Rev Theory, formed in 2002, got its big break when asked to join the "Girls Gone Wild" Rock Tour in 2005.

52. "Give it All"

Rise Against

This punk rock band from Chicago is entirely vegetarian, and have recorded songs to support Amnesty International.

53. "Party Like a Rockstar"

Shop Boyz

Shop Boyz are famous for their hit single, "Party Like a Rockstar."

54. "The Hell Song"

Sum 41

Sum 41 is a Canadian punk rock band. Their first single, "Fat Lip," catapulted them to fame and remains its most famous song to date.

55. "Hate My Life"

Theory of a Deadman

Theory of a Deadman is another Canadian band. Some of their alt-metal music stands out for its country elements.

56. "Animal I Have Become"

57. "Break"

58. "I Hate Everything about You"

59. "Never Too Late"

60. "Over and Over"

61. "Pain"

62. "Riot"

64. "Time of Dying"

65. "I Am a Machine"

Three Days Grace

The third, and last, Canadian group on this list, Three Days Grace originally formed in 1992, but broke up in their early years and did not reform until 1997. The name stems from the idea of living like you only have three days left in this world.

66. "Freedom Fighters"

Two Steps From Hell

Two Steps From Hell has found something of a niche in soundtrack music. Its music has been featured in the Harry Potter films and X-Men.

Do you like angry and aggressive music?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 allenwebstar

Share your Favorite Gym Tracks List

emo-chick on October 19, 2017:

Honestly because its kinda outdated it really gives hints of nostalgia along with some hard ass music, I love this list.

stupid on February 26, 2015:

this list is ADORABLE

me on February 23, 2015:

Just dumb!

ra on February 07, 2015:

yeah a little outdated

manmadha on November 07, 2014:

I like so much

Music on July 22, 2014:

This is horrible.

Terrible on April 08, 2014:


Denni on December 03, 2013:

I love making music and expressing myself. Thank you for sharing this with us! This is my favorite quote that has really served me, "There is nothing more important than you feel good."- Abraham Hicks. I also created a whole video dedicated to motivation and feeling good. I titled it, "Inspirational Love Quotes". If you want to check it out, Click Here: If you like it, Share it! Put a smile on someone else's face too. :)

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horrible list on May 29, 2013:

Bad metal and soft songs.

fuckthislist on April 22, 2013:

This is not aggressive music... This is pop punk/rock and rap... Put in lamb of god, killswitch engage, soulfly, nile, slipknot, old metallica +++

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on March 02, 2012:

Very unique hub for those who want to amp up the intensity of their bodybuilding work-outs in a natural way.

Voted up.