Are you looking for the best spinning songs for your cycle class? For your personal workout? Maybe you need help running from the super-sized bag of tortilla chips?? I know I do. 🙂

I’ve been a cycle instructor for 15 years, training people from different backgrounds, with a range of musical preferences. I kept that in mind when putting these songs together. This list includes everything from Hip Hop to Disco to Rock to Gospel.

Whether you’re a baby boomer or a hot girl, this roundup of workout music will give you motivation. Let’s go! ♡ angel

***I made a playlist of all the songs so you can decide what suits you best. It’s here.

Traditional / Johnny G Style

I’ve been cycling long before Soul Cycle and Peloton existed. I’m part of the Johnny G crew that would ride to a song of only drum beats and get lost in it. This section is about getting in the zone and staying there. Use these songs when you want to build mental focus and endurance.

Great Spirit – Armin Van Buuren
Samb Adagio – Safri Duo
Chapati – Undercover
Kerala – Bonobo
Drop That Low – Tujamo
The Tribe – Vini Vici
Reaching Out – Nero
Balkan – Omiki
Imaginary Friends – UnderCover
Pranava – Ace Ventura
Crank It – Kideko
Bass Inside – AC Slater
Kingdoms – Ben Gold

Female Hip Hop

These female MCs will keep you in check and challenge you to break boundaries. If you use these correctly, you will have some of the best spinning songs on your playlist.

Doechii – Crazy
We Run This – Missy Elliot
Conceited – Remy Ma
Go Head – Queen Latifah
Break Fool – Rah Digga
Kitana – Princess Nokia
Stompin To The 90s – YoYo
Echelon – Angel Haze
Hustling – Trina
Jump Off – Lil Kim
I’ll Be – Foxy Brown
Ruffneck – MC Lyte
Monie In The Middle – Monie Love
Expression – Salt n Pepa

the best spinning songs - from a seasoned cycle instructor

Disco & 80s

If you’re an old soul or you teach a class full of old souls, this list is a winner. A playlist without nostalgic music just ain’t right.

Heaven Knows – Donna Summer
Disco Inferno – The Trammps
Boney M. – Rasputin
Neutron Dance – Pointer Sisters
Dance Yourself Dizzy – Liquid Gold
Boogie Wonderland – Earth Wind & Fire
Relight My Fire – Dan Hartman
Young Hearts Run Free – Candi Station
Let’s Hear It For The Boy – Deniece Williams
It’s Raining Men – Weather Girls
Can You Feel It – Jacksons
Footloose – Kenny Loggins
Rhythm Is Gonna Get You – Gloria Estefan
Holding Out For A Hero – Bonnie Tyler

Gospel & Christian

The right vibes can transform your workout into a spiritual experience. If you like to praise while you sweat, this is for you.

Could’ve Been – Kirk Franklin
Glorious – Martha Munizzi
War – Charlie Jenkins
Shout – J Moss
Jesus Is Real – John P. Kee
Real Party – Mary Mary
Just Wanna Say – Israel Houghton
You Are Good – Israel & New Breed
We Are Victorious – Donnie McClurkin
All Things New – Anthony Evans
I Can’t Help It – Canton Jones
Fresh – Tye Tribbett

Dancehall & Afrobeat

These songs will make you lose track of time, and do a little dutty wine. 🙂

Ukwu – Timaya
Show Yourself – Konshens
No Laziness – Ketchup, Bunju Garlin
Physically – Walshy Fire, Sonny
Voodoo – Garmiani, Walshy Fire
Like A Pro – The Wizard, Nyanda
Pon De Flor – Major Lazer, Vybz
Dutty Wine – Tony Matterhorn
Split In Di Middle – Freezy
Push It – Skinny Fabulous

Rock & Metal

The screaming voices and guitar may be too much for sensitive listeners but from an intensity perspective, hard rock is one of the best genres to help push you to the goal.

Fangs – Frank Carter
Black Honey – Thrice
Down With The Sickness – Disturbed
Bodies – Drowning Pool
Motorbreath – Metallica
The Pride – Five Finger Death Punch
Psychological – Slipknot
Monster – Skillet
Get Off – Halestorm
Alone Bullet – For My Valentine
Give It All – Rise Against

Best Spinning Songs: Old School Hip Hop

These hits bring the fire you need for speed and the nostalgia to make it worth your time. Try to max out your effort during the chorus and the bridge.

Bring The Pain – WuTang Clan
Scenario – A Tribe Called Quest
Funky Child – Lords Of The Underground
Ante Up – M.O.P
Shimmy Shimmy Ya – ODB
Slam – Onyx
Rock The Bells – LL Cool J
Set It Off – Big Daddy Kane
Time 4 Sumaskin – Redman
It’s Tricky – Run D.M.C.
We Pop – RZA
All About You – 2Pac

Dance & Electronic

The songs builds. The beat drops. Then you sprint for your life. This is one of the best genres for spinning songs.

Right Party – Anna Lunoe
Blood On My Hands – August 08, Smino
Vibes – Nasko
No Sleep – Martin Garrix, Boon
Breathe – Ayday
Palladio – Rob In Space
Ghosts N’ Stuff – Deadmau5
Turn Off The Lights – Chris Lake, Alexis Roberts
Piece Of Your Heart – MEDUZA, Goodboys
Keep On Reaching – Alex Schulz, Danielle Diaz
Hotstepper – John Gibbons
Oh Yes – Laidback Luke, Keanu
I Dare You – Jauz, Axel Boy

Girl Power

Tap into the female energy and let the vibes ease you into a state of focus.

Drive And Disconnect – Nao
Physical – Dua Lipa
Lizzo – Juice
Cobrastyle – Robyn
How Bad Do You Want It – Sevyn Streeter
Sorry Not Sorry – Demi Lovato
Born This Way – Lady Gaga
Can’t Remember To Forget You – Shakira, Rihanna
212 – Azealia Banks
Mothers Daughter – Miley Cyrus
The One – Mary J
Gimme Dat – Ciara
Chandelier – Sia
Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana

Hip Hop

Ride the beat during the verse. When you hear the chorus, push yourself as hard as you can. Go. All. Out.

Swizzmontana – Swizz Beats
Talk To Me – Run The Jewels
Higher – DJ Khalid
Wild For The Night – ASAP Rocky, Skrillex
Krit Here – BIG Krit
Worrying Bout Me – BJ Chicago Kid
Under Enemy Arms – Trippie Redd
Beanie (Mack B**) – Beanie Seagal
Pretty Little Thing –, Lady Leshurr
Is That Your Chick – Memphis Bleek, Jay Z, Missy
Oye Mi Canto – N.O.R.E., Daddy Yankee

That’s it, some of the best spinning songs particularly for sprints and intense intervals. Add these to your personal workout playlist or use these to motivate your fitness class.

If you have songs to add, please reply below. I love your music suggestions.

♡ coach


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