Top Five Video Game Songs to Listen to while Working Out
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It occurred to me several weeks ago that I was terribly out of shape. Now let’s get one thing straight: I’m not overweight, mind you, nor am I too thin…but in terms of muscular strength, I was in bad shape. So, naturally, I began to work out. The thing that continued to bother me, however, was the music that I was playing. My iPod has over 500 songs on it, and most of the songs have words that I feel compelled to sing along to. And therein lays the problem. Exercising consists of reps, which means you need to actually count how many reps you do per exercise…in your head (or out loud if you’re so inclined). This made me block out the music so that I could count the reps I was doing. I did notice, however, that if the music doesn’t have any words, it’s fairly easy to listen to while counting. So…this being ScrewAttack, a video game website, here are my top five video game tracks to listen to while working out.
5. Time’s Scar (Battlecake Version) – Chrono Cross
For those who have played Chrono Cross, this theme is sure to bring back some pretty intense memories. However, if you scour iTunes hard enough, you’ll find Time’s Scar by Battlecake in the album “Songs for the Cure ‘10”. Complete with an awesome electric guitar and an intense beat laid down by violins and drums, the rather epic theme turns into an anthem of video game rock that’s easy to get pumped up to. The reason this is number 5? It starts off with a peaceful tone. It’s beautiful…which isn’t great when you’re trying to work out. Still, it’s an awesome song that needs to be on your iPod.
YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FoB4N9bgew
4. Heart of Courage (Two Steps from Hell) – Mass Effect 2
Like Time’s Scar, Heart of Courage from Mass Effect 2 (specifically found in its trailers) starts off fairly slow. However, after about thirty seconds, it starts to build into something awesome. The reason this is so awesome to work out to is that it’s incredibly loud and “in your face.” The music pushes you to keep going, and when the chants in the background enter, it may feel as if you’re ready to lift the universe itself up above your head. It’s intense…it’s epic…it’s Mass Effect 2’s Heart of Courage.
YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRLdhFVzqt4
3. Call of Duty 3 Menu Theme – Call of Duty 3
I love the music from the Call of Duty franchise. It’s often very powerful and concentrated, and while some of the later entries in the franchise don’t exactly identify with these adjectives in the way that I’d like, it’s still some pretty heavy stuff. What stands out about Call of Duty 3’s Menu Theme is how heroic it sounds. The snare drums make the piece identify with the American spirit while the other instruments provide you with a unique, almost patriotic sound that makes you want to “power on through.” It’s very well done, and both its intenseness and patriotic feel make it easy to work out to. Fight on, America!
2. Dr. Wily Stage 1-2 – Mega Man 2
G1s should be very familiar with this tune. It was featured as the #2 best song in a video game in ScrewAttack’s Top Ten Video Game Themes Ever (link below) and is simply an awesome tune to work out to. It has an incredibly fast pace and is an unbelievably catchy tune. But unlike a game like God of War’s soundtrack that just makes you angry and pissed off, this theme is associated with the final battle in a more heroic way. It’ll push you further than you thought you could go, and it’s incredibly fun to listen to while running or simply lifting weights.
ScrewAttack’s Top Ten Video Game Themes Ever:
1. Pokémon Gym (Version 2) – Pokemon
Sure, this is definitely cheating a little bit as it is from the anime and not the game. However, when I heard this, I had to put it at number one. And odds are, if you're a gamer, you probably know a thing or two about Pokemon. Not only is it a nostalgic trip for all of us who grew up with the anime back at the peak of its popularity, but this theme exemplifies "success." It was only played when Ash just started destroying his opponent. It starts off with a bang and continues as an orchestra and electric guitar cheer on the main theme. About half way through, it calms down a bit only to continue again with even MORE ELECTRIC GUITAR! It’s intense and will make you break personal records when working out. I played this while I was running once, and I started going so fast that my iPhone flew out of my pocket! Yeah…this is definitely number one…
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Dr Wily Stage 1 from MM2 also works if you think back to brentalfloss' W/ Lyrics version. "Gotta run gotta run now!" would make me work harder, I'm sure.
Great list, well-written and fun to read. My list would've had Hawkeye's theme from Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3 too.
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It was still a great list though.
My first thought when I saw the title of this list was "Guiles Theme". Quite surprised it isn't on here, but to each their own I guess. Would be number 1 on my list :)
mortal kombat theme.
I'm open to suggestions! I'm always willing to expand my workout playlist!
Perfect! Glad to hear it's working for you!
I am going to have to recommend the super castlevania 4 soundtrack. Especially the track titled "chandeliers".
Your number 1 got me ridiculously amped up. Nostalgia plus the energy of the music has that effect I guess
For me once I start working out (I'm not legal yet) I would personally use the Dark Pit Flight theme from Kid Icarus: Uprising. Or maybe Magnus's theme. It's your opinion though, so I won't say anymore.
Actually, I meant "It Doesn't Matter" instead of "Live and Learn"...but they're both good. lmao
"Live and Learn" and "Open Your Heart" from the Sonic Adventure series are on my workout playlist...they're good too. I know it's your list, but these one are good if you wanna make it, I dunno...a "top 7". :)
Sorry about that...but while Punch Out's theme is definitely legendary, I find these songs a bit more entertaining to work out to.
No Punch Out? For shame!
It's good to find games that you have a history with when deciding what soundtracks to listen to.
If I may add some suggestions to check out. Most of these aren't songs to work out to, but just enjoyable songs that I like. Timesplitters Map maker music. It's the one from the future perfect game.
the underwater theme to Donkey Kong Country
The piano version of Cosmo Canyon (Final Fantasy 7)
as soon as I read the title, I knew that mega man one would make the list. Previously I had no idea where it came from other than one of the Mega Man games, but about a month ago I played Mega Man 2 (on an emulator with cheats...I suck at old school games.) and got to that stage and loved it. I've been getting into video game music recently and downloading classic video game songs from youtube as well as some cool remixes.
Interesting choices! Especially the way in which you choose the songs. I mean as in you choose songs that make you feel motivated! Wish I had thought of that! Apart from cheesy 80s songs like highway to the danger zone, the video game music I use is the Duke Nukem 3D theme and pretty much the soundtracks from the Streets of Rage games! They keep me pumped!
I have been working out for close to a year now and I actually have trouble working out to video game music as I just don't find it as powerful as the normal Metal that I am used to, however I will definitely try some of these songs tomorrow. One personal suggestion I have would be RIDE THE SCORPION. Listen to that while you are doing your last set at your max weight, it may make all the difference.
My personal favorite is the Punch-Out theme.