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No. 25 - Young Thug "Danny Glover"

Best for: Warming up
Why: If Kanye turns up to it, so can you

Our roundup of best workout songs of the year starts off with "Danny Glover." After all, what's an end of the year list in 2014 without Thugger on it? We saw everyone from Kanye to Theophilus London turning up to this song this year. There's no reason you can't channel some of that energy towards your workout.

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No. 24 - Dej Loaf "Try Me"

Best for: Cardio
Why: Because shutting down the haters is the perfect motivation

DDS' blissful production on "Try Me" makes it the perfect song to take your mind off whatever exercise you're doing to make it feel like you're running on clouds.

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No. 23 - Step Brothers "More Wins"

Perfect for: Weight training
Why: Alchemist's production

Alchemist and Evidence teamed up to form the super duo Step Brothers and gave us many hard-hitting tracks in the process. One of those standouts is "More Wins" which, like its name suggests, will earn you a  few more wins in the gym.

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No. 22 - Rick Ross f/ Kanye West and Big Sean "Sanctified"

Perfect for: Spinning
Why: Pedal for that $100,000,000

This joint might not go as hard as other Ross bangers from the past, but the song's jovial beat and demands for $100,000,000 will keep you pedaling through the most challenging parts of your spin workout.

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No. 21 - A$AP Ferg "Doe-Active"

Perfect for: Circuit training
Why: They mad

Towards the end of 2014, the Hood Pope graced us with a "Doe-Active." The track's minimalist yet jarring beat will give you the energy and endurance needed to finish your circuit training.

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No. 20 - Mac Miller "Here We Go"

Perfect for: Total body conditioning
Why: Self made success if the best kind of success

Continuing his efforts to get away from his Easy Mac days, Mac Miller continued his transformation as an artist in 2014. Mac's tales of independent, self-made success on "Here We Go" should provide you with plenty of self braggadocio to get through conditioning.

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No. 19 - Hudson Mohawke "The Rap Monument"

Best for: Long distance running
Why: It's 42 minutes long

Had this song been released earlier, it probably would have been ranked a lot higher on this list. However, having been released just a few days ago, we still need some more time to fully digest it. With that being said, this song is dope. At 42 minutes long, you can forget making a playlist and just listen to the marathon that is 36 different rappers trading bars while on your run.

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No. 18 - Shabazz Palaces "#CAKE (Animal Collective Premature Deflirt Mix)

Perfect for: Resting
Why: Just go with it

Every good workout playlist could use a song or two to change things up. In "#CAKE," you get a break from the bass in favor of a psychedelic song that's perfect for coming down from the endorphin rush of working out.

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No. 17 - Drake “0-100/ The Catch-Up”

Perfect for: Sprints
Why: Go 0-100 real quick. Like real, real quick.

Why does it seem like the songs Drake leaves off his albums are always the most successful? Drake dropped "0-100/The Catch-Up" after his Summer Jam appearance and the song proceeded to become the song of the summer. Make it the song of your workout to go 0-100 on your own.

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No. 16 - A$AP Rocky f/ Juicy J "Multiply"

Best for: Tough Mudder
Why: A gritty song for a gritty race

From a music standpoint, we hadn't heard much from A$AP Rocky since he dropped his debut studio album in early 2013. Rocky came back in a big way this year, by releasing "Multiply" featuring Juicy J. The song's menacing beat is perfect for prepping you for the chaos that is a tough mudder race. We just don't suggest bringing headphones on the actual course come race day.

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No. 15 - Freddie Gibbs & Madlib f/ Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ and Ransom "Knicks Remix"

Best for: Shoot arounds
Why: There's plenty of NBA references to get you in a hooping mood

"Knicks" was a standout track right from the start when Freddie Gibbs and Madlib released the collaborative Piñata album this past spring. Gibbs' rhymes centered around LeBron, Jordan and Kobe scoring on the Knicks were enhanced when Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ and Ransom hopped on the remix. There's enough NBA references to get you itching to get out on the court and drop 50+ points of your own on the Knicks, which isn't that hard to do right now.

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No. 14 - Hudson Mohawke f/ Pusha T, Future, Travi$ Scott and French Montana "Chimes (Rmx)

Best for: Weight training
Why: Those horns

Hudson Mohawke's "Chimes" was already dope. Throw in Pusha T, Future, Travi$ Scott and French Montana and what you get is pure unadulterated fire. Just imagine all the gains you can get with those horns blaring in the background.

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No. 13 - OG Maco f/ Key "U Guessed It"

Best for: Boot camp
Why: OG Maco's primal screams will whip you into shape

Following in the footsteps of Young Thug and Rich Home Quan, OG Maco could be the next big thing out of Atlanta. In "U Guesed It," we get a hard-hitting, scream-heavy track that'll whip your candy ass into shape during boot camp.

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No. 12 - Drake "Trophies"

Best for: Circuit training
Why: They don't have no award for that

Another example of a non-album Drake song blowing up, "Trophies" was released on the Internet for free and in turn became a pump-up anthem. From the song's opening salvo of horns to boasts about success, the track is a perfect reminder of your own personal triumphs.

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No. 11 - Schoolboy Q "Break the Bank"

Best for: Cardio
Why: La-da-di-do, la-di-da-di-da-di-do

Among many things, 2014 will be remembered for the year that Schoolboy Q came for the crown. This process is no better embodied than on "Break the Bank," where Q channels his inner excitement, knowing he's about to be the next big thing. Follow Q's lead and gun for the top spot on your own.

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No. 10 - Big Sean f/ E-40 "IDFWU"

Best for: Total body conditioning
Why: Is there really a better form of fitness motivation than an ex?

We're not saying it's the best reason to get in shape, but if an ex is your reason for hitting the gym then here's your workout anthem. Turn your negative thoughts into positive gains while blasting 'IDFWU" during your workout.

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No. 9 - Rae Sremmurd "No Flex Zone"

Best for: Weight Training
Why: No lunk alarm here

Despite what the song may suggest, "No Flex Zone" actually makes for a great lifting song. Don't worry, it's okay if you get caught flexing once or twice during this jam.

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No. 8 - Freddie Gibbs & Madlib f/ Danny Brown "High"

Best for: Running
Why: Take advantage of that runner's high

At first listen, you might not think this song is a good fit for working out. However, the song's blissful beat and indulgent rhymes are perfect for that euphoric feeling that is a runner's high. Put this song on at the peak of your run and you won't be disappointed.

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No. 7 - DJ Khaled f/ Jay Z, Meek Meek Mill, Rick Ross and French Montana "They Don't Love You No More"

Best for: Boxing
Why: Because you're not as soft as a lacrosse team

Another year, another big posse cut for DJ Khaled. If Meek's rapid fire flow wasn't enough to get you pumped up, Jay Z goes in by throwing barbs at everyone from Drake to the NCAA to get your adrenaline pumping.

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No. 6 - Busta Rhymes f/ Eminem "Calm Down"

Best for: Weight training
Why: Just listen to those flows

Two of the best flows of all time link up on "Calm Down" in Busta Rhymes and Eminem. If Busta's aggressive rhyme spitting can't get you past your max out then Eminem's return to his Slim Shady persona should do it.


No. 5 - Cam'ron & A-Trak f/ Juelz Santana and Dame Dash "Dipshits"

Best for: Running
Why: That beat can make anyone feel like a champion

Like Juelz said, you've probably missed this. Cam'ron and the crew got back together for this A-trak and Just Blaze produced track that sees the Diplomats back to their usual selves. While it'll probably make you a little nostalgic for the past, this is a great song to keep you entertained while running.

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No. 4 - Run the Jewels "Oh My Darling Don't Cry"

Best for: Cardio
Why: It's an adrenaline rush from start to finish

Adrenaline will be pumping through your body from the second this song starts until it ends. EL-P and Killer Mike trade verses like it's nothing, keeping your arms and legs moving for the three minute and 25 second duration of the song.

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No. 3 - Rustie f/ Danny Brown "Attak"

Best for: Cycling
Why: Style!

Rustie's production on "Attak" was tailor-made for Danny Brown's spastic rhyming, as the emcee fits in seamlessly on the track. Bump this while on your bike and you'll legs will be pumping at full speed.

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No. 2 - O.T. Genasis "CoCo"

Best for: Weight training
Why: It's the ultimate turn up song

It's impossible not to go hard to "CoCo." Need proof? Look at Busta Rhymes who fell off stage turning up too much to O.T. Genasis' banger. Use that type of energy towards your workout and you'll see gains in no time.

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No. 1 - Pusha T "Lunch Money"

Best for: Total body conditioning
Why: Don't be the one getting their lunch money taken

Pusha T crafted the ultimate workout song of 2014 in "Lunch Money." Kanye West's production coupled with King Push's remorseless tales of taking what's not his is the perfect soundtrack for dominating whatever workout it is your doing.

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