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The Best Kpop Songs for a Workout

March 25, 2014


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Hey guise!

This isn’t our typical Kpop Music Monday, but we like to switch things up a bit from time to time. We’ve been on a bit of a health kick lately, and have talked about our somewhat healthy lifestyle in a few videos. For our latest video on Our Morning Routine, the topic came up of talking about our Workout Playlist, so we figured this would be the best time to do so. Booya!

We talked a lot about our Kpop Workout Playlist, but we’ve got a bunch of non-Kpop songs as well that we listen to when we work out. Here’s a list of them, along with links to the vids on YouTube, if you feel like watching em!

A Sample of Simon’s Playlist

Japandroids “The House That Heaven Built”
–Great song for both a workout and a run. Totally gets me pumped, especially after reading dumb stuff on the internet, I totally feel like shouting “anyone wanna bring you down/ Tell em all to go to hell!” Quite cathartic.

The Knife “Full of Fire”
–Warning! This is a seriously WTF video. I didn’t even get to the end of it. I just really like the song. It really fits my running pace, and it’s got a bizarre dark energy vibe to it that really puts the fire in my heels. Is that what old people say? Stop judging me!

Pharell “Happy”
–Hey! A non-grumpy song! It’s great for running as well. Better for running during the day than running at night, though, I think. Also helps me keep a great pace. Great for the end of the run when I can barely lift my legs anymore and I feel like I look like a toddler trying to walk: it keeps my feet moving. Fun stuff.

Benny Benassi “No Matter What You Do”
–Probably one of my favourite songs of all time. It’s my power song for any moment. Tired from running? Play this, boi! About to bench a bagillion pounds? Play this, foo! I could fight a dragon listening to this song. Nothing gets me quite as pumped. Warning, though: another WTF video. I only saw it for the first time today and gave up halfway through…

M.I.A “Y.A.L.A”
–Great song for fart-licking! Especially when the chorus kicks in. Run a regular pace for the verse, sprint your ass off for the chorus. I do find the rapping in the verses rather silly, though, and the two of us make fun of it all the time:

I’m the Spuuuuud-gee!
My fur is smuuuuud-gee!
Don’t hold a gruuuudge-G
Cuz you can’t buuuuudge-me.
Hey I’m the Meeeeeemers
I am a dreeeeeamer
You’re just a screeeeeamer,
whenevs I preeeeen…err?

Still a great song, though.

A Sample of Martina’s Playlist

Electric Six “Danger, High Voltage”
–One of my all time favourite bands, who were just as awesome and energetic live. This song gets you up and dancing and shamelessly shaking your head violently to the chorus despite all the people watching you. It’s best not to watch this music video unless you’re prepared for an oddly sexual video. I mean odd. Like glowing electric light bulb boobs and crotches. You’ve been warned! BUT THE SONG ROCKS!!!

Death From Above 1979 “Sexy Results”
–A great beat for lifting weights and doing glute kicks. It’s not a very fast beat so you can control your lifts for every other beat or to the beat if you please. I like it for those glute kicks (the one when you are on all fours and curling one leg up to your chest and then kicking out) because it’s the perfect beat. Also, I like sexy sounding sounds to motivate me, it makes me lift weights with more joy and with less grudge towards the fact that I am indeed exercising. HAHA! Sexy workout music is like going dancing at a club to a great song except that you’re working out…at a club…to a song. Plus, DAT COWBELL SOLO!

Crystal Castles “Vanished”
–I use this song as an example simple because I use this song for my intensive jump rope sessions. For the days that I don’t run to get my cardio in, I jump rope between weight lifting and abs so that my heart rate doesn’t drop to low. I jump to the beat for as long as I humanly can but I could have chosen any song off of all the Crystal Castle albums. This band is freakin’ amazing and I actually like every single song they have ever made. Like ever. Angry? Crystal Castles. Depressed? Crystal Castles. Happy? Crystal Castles?

Jamiroquai “White Knuckle Ride”
— OOH! An official music video! Finally! This is a funktastic song that just gets me in the workout mood. I often start my workout with this song to get me into the mood as I head towards the gym. It’s a great beat for a warm up jog or some light biking to get your heart rate up and if I’m not using it for that I use it for sit ups. But whoa…the video kind of sucks for this awesome song.

Nine Inch Nails “The Hand That Feeds”
— There are a whole lot more NIN and various other rock songs on my workout playlist (like Korn, Deftones, 24Hours, Telepathy, Gogostar) but I wanted to include this song because it has a great build up that I can anticipate. I use this for planking which is a horrible horrible invention made to torture people. I stupidly tried to do the “Hollywood Ab Blast” workout on my Nike app which was only 15 minutes long. 15 minutes of hell. 15 minutes of you flailing on a mat like a fish out of water while trying to balance your side plank while also doing flapping V things with your legs. Looks soooo easy when the instructor shows you how to do it. Point is, this song allows me to hold my plank for the 1 minute I’m supposed to because I’m angry at having to do the planking and NIN guides me through that anger like a spirit animal. A lovely, angry, vampire/Snape-look-a-like spirit animal.

Martina’s Bonus K-pop round: 2NE1 “Hate You”, GD&TOP “Oh Yeah”, Beenzino “Boogie On & On”, MBLAQ “Oh Yeah”


So let us know what you think! Did we miss out on any super awesome songs? We need more recommendations! We’ve heard our playlists for a long time now, and the songs are starting to lose their effect on us. We need moar!

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  1. I really love that you guys posted your daily routine, is it possible you guys could show us or blog post your work out routine? I only ask because I know Martina has her joint issues and I suffer from an auto-immune disease and my joints and muscles hurt on a daily basis. It is hard for me to find a work out routine that I won’t be out of commission for 3 days over. Martina is looking slim, cute and tone, and I know our female Nasties want to look like her too… not to mention the male Nasties want that Dothraki Man warrior look as well.. Thank you guise! you are an inspiration to all of us!

    6 years ago
  2. Damn your music taste is awesome. I need to find a good slice of time to go thru all of these. Checked out Idiotape, loved it!

    Going along with the main comment’s discussion here, the other day I saw a bunch of kpop tumblr blogs warning people to not send EYK their fanfics bc they’ll destroy them, say racist shit abt them, etc and they had their list of reasons why EYK were “terrible people” and it honestly made me laugh out loud. I think one of their points was “they constantly mispronounce some group’s names on purpose even though they’ve been asked to stop.” Um, they can do whatever the fuck they want. If you don’t like it, THEN STOP WATCHING IT. NO ONE’S FORCING YOU TO.
    /rant over

    Even though I may not agree with everything you guys say, there have been several times when I’m having a crappy day and when I watch one of your vids, it gets loads better. Your TLDRs are also actually really helpful bc I’m Korean but I’ve lived in the US all my life so honestly I learn about the practical parts of Korea through you guys. It’s awesome, keep it up! =]

    6 years ago
  3. bigbang.

    6 years ago
  4. Hey Simon and Martina, I’ve actually been watching your videos for years on Youtube, but I just recently joined your website (I’m a bit late I know….)I love you guys so much, thanks for all your informative and fun videos. :)
    When I work out its usually running so I either listen to really upbeat, pump you up songs, or songs that have a steady tempo if I’m running long distance here are mine: (Kpop only list)

    1. Overdose- EXO
    2. Oh My Prince- Neon Bunny
    3. Holler- TTS
    4. Smoky Girl- MBLAQ
    5. Volume Up- 4minute
    6. Step- f(x) Or just about any f(x) song works
    7. Scream- 2NE1
    8. Run- EXO
    9. Lipstick- Orange Caramel
    10. Motorcylce- SNSD
    11. Very Good- Block B (AGH LOVE block B!)
    12. That one T-ara song where they say “nah oto-kay”… i think its called “do you know me” in english. I’m not entirely sure, but thats a great one.

    6 years ago
  5. So guys. I have this problem where I hate working out. I get really angry. Seriously. I was told that “exercising releases endorphins that make you happy!” And my reply was “Well, that must work backwards in my body as well because it makes me angry.” But you know what I started doing? KPOP DANCES! Of course I could never attempt the really complicated dances… I once tried SHINee’s Lucifer… Oooooh boy was that a mistake. XD But even though I suck at dancing and would never show it to A.N.Y.O.N.E. I actually completely learned VIXX’s G.R.8.U and Rock Ur Body, and have been working on some others lately. :) I gotta say, even though I hate working out/exercising, learning Kpop dances is fun. Although, there is a dangerous side-effect of wanting to dance along to the song whenever it plays on my iPod and I’m out in public…… Yeah, can’t let anyone see that….

    6 years ago
  6. Simon is not lying….


    6 years ago
    • Yes! I was hoping someone else would’ve said this already. We used to do these in the Army (저는 미국사람). It was almost harder trying not to laugh at the name while doing them.

      6 years ago
  7. ADTOY SUPER AGREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I also love Taeyang Ringa Linga
    Teen Top Rocking
    Block B Nillili Mambo (how to spell?)
    Shinee Lucifer and Dazzling Girl
    GD and Top Knock Out
    Big Bang Fantastic Baby
    Boa Energetic

    6 years ago
  8. Kim Hyun Joong- Unbreakable, Break Down, GI- Beatles, Gi Yeuk (I’ve recently rediscovered this song and have been listening to it non stop) Alphabat- Tantara, Ledapple- Time Is Up, Orange Caramel, Crayon Pop, 2NE1, C-Clown- Justice, Rain- La Song, 30Sexy, TOP- Turn It Up, Doom Dada, BAP, Beast- Soom (because it reminds me to breathe XD), Bigbang, Block B, Brown Eyed Girls, BTS, EXO- Mama, History, Wolf, f(x), GD- Coup d’Etat, Crooked (for running of course), Heartbreaker, Breathe (for more breathing), Girl’s Day- Expect, Female President, Girl’s Generation is great for running, Infinite, KARA, Jaejoong, LC9- Mama Beat, MBLAQ- Smokey Girl, Stay, Mona Lisa (all for running), and This Is War for reps (because there is nothing more satisfying than doing a rep when they go OH in the chorus hehe), MFBTY- Sweet Dream, Miss A- Breathe (for more breathing), Seungri- VVIP, SHINee, Sunny Hill- Grasshopper Song (for running), Super Junior, T-ara N4- Jeon Won Diary (running), TVXQ- Humanoids, Keep Your Head Down, U-KISS- Shut Up, Man Man Ha Ni, Bingeul Bingeul, Dora Dora, Neverland (running), VIXX- GR8U, Wonder Boyz- Tarzan, Junsu- Incredible (running), 100%- Want U Back, 4Minute- Huh, I My Me Mine
    This is literally my entire playlist. If you notice, it starts off randomly but then starts going alphabetically because I was trying to fish out all of the songs by a single artist at first but then realized I could just organize it alphabetically… and then I now just realize that I’ll have to put it back into the general order I had it because I separated my running songs and my rep songs. Darn you alphabet.

    6 years ago
  9. Right now I’m loving T-ara’s “Do You Know Me?” to work out. It’s so catchy and just adds a bounce to my steps haha!

    6 years ago
  10. I’m sorry, but every time someone says something about running I think of this:

    6 years ago
  11. Oh my goodness! There are so many good workout songs out there! You already mentioned a lot of the good ones. I LOVE working out to “Happy”! I also LOVE working out to “Sail.” Here are some of my other favorites.

    -Pretty much anything Super Junior (especially “Mr. Simple”, “Superman”, “Break Down”, and “Sexy, Free, and Single”)
    -Anything Crayon Pop
    -“Unbreakable” by Kim Hyun Joong
    -“Everybody” by SHINee
    -“Number 9” by T-ara

    -“GaraGaraGo” by Big Bang

    -“Je Veux” by Zaz
    -“Le Paradis” by Corneille

    -“Italiana” by Severina

    -“Glück” by Prinz Pi

    -Fairy Tail theme
    -“Sail” by Awolnation
    -“Bullseye” by Kdrew
    -“Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons
    -“Radiation” by Gavin DeGraw
    -“Counting Stars” by One Republic

    6 years ago
  12. Beenzino! I love “Boogie On and On” too, and a lot of his other work. Because of his work with Swings on “A Real Lady”, I got into Beenzino and Swings, and from them I got into, Zion.T, GRAY, Mayson The Soul, Simon D, Primary, some others I can’t remember atm… ugh, they’re all so good. I had heard about some of the others before, like Simon D on one of the tv programs. I’m already a fan of MFBTY, Tiger JK, and Tasha because of you guys!

    6 years ago
  13. I actually have a lot of songs that I work out to (if I even work out at all…) but I’ll try to trim it down for you! :D

    1. A.D.T.O.Y
    2. Bounce by JJ Project — that’s actually a good one for running too! Because it’s all fast paced and then gets into the rock style and slows down some!
    3. Most of 2NE1’s songs
    4. Warrior by B.A.P — It makes me feel like a warrior when I work out! :) WARRIOR HUH!!
    5. I Feel Good by EXID — Like the title says it makes me believe I feel good (even when I’m not…I’m so out of shape)!
    6. Neverland by U-KISS
    7. Eat You Up by BoA

    P.S – I’ve never been offended by anything you’ve said in your videos. I may not agree with somethings but everything you’ve said (and I literally mean everything) has made me laugh. I wait all week to see your videos and they make me feel very light and happy once I finished watching them. I just want to say that I will forever be a Nasty! You all (Simon, Martina, SooZee, Leigh, Spudgy, and Meemers) have made my life brighter and I have you to thank for getting me into Kpop! I owe a lot to you! Thank you for everything and just stay yourselves! Hwaiting!!

    6 years ago
  14. My list!


    MIB – Men In Black
    MFBTY – Sweet Dream
    Psy – Tell Me Frankly (or pretty much anything Psy haha)
    TVXQ – Catch Me
    Lip Service – Yum Yum Yum
    VIXX – Voodoo Doll (gets me super pumped!)
    Lee Jung Hyun – V (great for aerobic stuff!)
    T-ara – Do You Know Me? (or, again, anything T-ara, really)
    Nine Muses – Wild
    Topp Dogg – Arario (gets me pumped for the slow stuff, one of my favorite songs of the moment!)
    GOT7 – I Like You (also good for the slow stuff)
    Neon Bunny – Oh My Prince (love doing the elliptical to this!)
    C-Clown – Justice (sooo hype!)


    Icona Pop – I Love It (gets me happy!)
    Parov Stelar – Catgroove
    Tinie Tempah – Trampoline (super hype!)
    The Wanted – I Found You
    T.I. – Ball
    Die Antwoord – Fatty Boom Boom (insane video, check it out!)
    Beyonce – Yonce/Partition (good for weight lifting and stuff, super sexeh)
    Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (or anything, really)

    Yeah…it’s long…but I hope you like it!

    6 years ago
  15. These are a few of my favorites for walking or jogging:

    – Hyuna “Bubble Pop”

    – Super Junior “Outsider”
    – Eun Ji Won “160”
    – Nicki Minaj “Starships”
    – Hey Rosetta! “Yer Spring” (this one’s great for morning jogs)

    6 years ago
  16. Weird thing about Counting Stars… I actually like Led Apple’s cover better than the original


    6 years ago
  17. Nice video ! If I do any workout, it’s usually in my living room so I used to think that would be really nice if someone did a KPOP workout video ! I usually listen to KPOP to give me extra energy, so there are many songs that make me want to move… let’s just mention a few that I didn’t spot in the comments :

    Block B – Freeze
    GD & Park Myung Soo – I Cheated (or whatever the title should be in English)
    Ailee – I’ll Show You
    BIGBANG – Tonight
    ZE:A – All Day Long
    MaMa Beat – LC9
    Step – KARA

    6 years ago
  18. I started running more regularly recently and I suck badly. I started with 2km and I now do 3km. But in my defense I live in Malaysia where it’s hot and humid as f**k. When the haze was really tough and I couldn’t go run outside, I switched to the treadmill and I ran 4km easily. So I think I should get better quite fast if I keep it up, especially when I get back to Europe.
    Thanks for the playlist!

    Here are 7 songs from my go-to Kpop playlist for running:
    Run – Epik High (Duh. Also motivational especially if you’ve seen the video – if you haven’t, watch it now!)
    Into the New World – Girls Generation (This song makes me happy and hopeful and energetic as hell. It makes me want to run into the sunrise and do awesome things with my life)
    Shake it Up! remix version – Super Junior (on the Bonamana album)
    Wild – Nine Muses
    Request – Infinite (See Into the New World)
    A – Rainbow
    Let out the Beast – EXO (YEAAAH)

    These songs don’t necessarily have a good BPM but I rely more on the feel of the song, the energy it gives me. Plus they’re great songs and focusing on what I’m hearing relieves the pain.

    Wake Me Up – Avicii
    On Top of the World – Imagine Dragons
    Around the Bend – Asteroid Galaxy tour
    …and I’ll add more later because I can’t think of any for the moment.

    6 years ago
  19. You guise should try Burn by Sunmi. The chorus goes like “Burn baby burn baby burn baby burn!!” totally perfect for workouts.

    6 years ago
  20. This really gets me pumped! Maybe I’ll work out more… later. Haha been getting pretty out of shape; finally almost recovered from long-term illness! So maybe in a month or two I’ll be able to start getting back into shape without having to worry about hurting myself (^_^”;)

    6 years ago
  21. lol. mordney dont run, he flies!

    6 years ago
  22. I for sure recommend VIXX Rock Your Body

    6 years ago
  23. “I just bench pressed GD and Taemin. It’s no biggie, it’s like 10kg. WHAT?!”


    6 years ago
  24. I’ve really been liking the newer format of kmm where you focus on a bunch of different bands. I don’t really enjoy watching people get competitive in comments sections and even though you don’t get to delve as deep into an mv as you could before, there’s not a whole lot of innovation happening in K-Pop these days. I really appreciate the Indie bands you’ve shown during Hongdae Fest and have fallen in love with Glen Check. Thanks for keeping everything fresh and still being true to yourselves. You guys are the best!

    6 years ago
  25. I totally use Big Bang’s “Fantastic Baby” for working out. It has just the right amount of energy.

    6 years ago
  26. I totally use “Blue”! I’m so glad someone else mentioned it.

    6 years ago
  27. EYK hate? What?!? Blasphemy! Never heard about it…might be because I don’t gots a tumblr. But EYK crew, you guys are awesome and keep doing what you do (which is being awesome).

    I completely agree with you guys and have ADTOY (Pooniya Pooniya), Sweet Dreams, and Sexy, Free, and Single, Happy by Pharrell and NIN on my workout playlist. But I also have a lot of songs from 30 Seconds to Mars (The Mission, Attack, Closer to the Edge) and Linkin Park (Breaking the Habit, Papercut, Numb) in my running playlist. Evanescence is great one (specifically Bring Me to Life). Viva La Vida by Coldplay always makes me feel good during a long run as well. I would def recommend those and Perfection by Super Junior-M and Stop Girl by U-kiss (simply because its fantastic).

    6 years ago
  28. BoA= Hurricane Venus! 4 seconds in and the bass drops and I wanna RUN FO DAYSSS :P

    6 years ago
  29. I don’t really have the time to spend half an hour working out so the song’s on my playlist are kinda the more “okay I got 10 minutes, dance time”. ovo; I have other songs on my list but these are the K-pop ones on mine.
    (No particular order because I tend to shuffle my playlist)
    1. Super Junior’s “Sorry, Sorry” (I still remember the dance to this lol)
    2. U-Kiss’s “Neverland”
    3. 2PM’s “Hands Up”
    4. SHINee’s “Ring Ding Dong”
    5. Shinhwa’s “This Love” (Not a very upbeat fast song but I love the beat)
    6. Junsu’s “Incredible” (Holla to that English yo)
    7. CNBlue’s “I’m a Loner”
    8. After School’s “Because of You” (… The only girl group. orz)
    9. DBSK’s “Mirotic” (A bit old but awww yeahhh uvu)
    10. Epik High’s “Fan” (One of my favorite songs of all time, seriously)

    6 years ago
  30. I love running to BEG’s Mystery Survivor, VIXX’s Great U, D-UNIT’s Luv Me and Stromae’s (a great Belgian artist!) Papaoutai.

    6 years ago
  31. I always exercise to kpop, it has the best beat! My stamina is still pretty shit, so I can’t sing, but sometimes I lipsync to the music. Do this while panting, you will get odd looks as people seem to think I am muttering to myself like a crazy person XD
    I have a pretty long playlist, but the ones that really get me going are Big Bangs Fantastic Baby, Brown Eyed Girls Abacadabra and especially Junsu (Xxxxxxxiiiiiaaaaaahhhhh) Incredible. I am always like ‘Hells yeah, I’m Incredible! !!’ Good motivation when I feel like I am about to vomit all over the treadmill. X

    6 years ago
  32. yeah, k-pop has the best songs for workout… I hate workout but, as Martina said “Sexy workout music is like going dancing at a club to a great song except that you’re working out…at a club…to a song”… YOU READ MY MIND!
    when I jump I like to listen to Crayon Pop “Bar Bar Bar” and G-dragon’s “Crayon” :) U-Kiss’s “Doradora”, Trouble Maker and MBlaq’s “Smoky Girl” are great sexy workout songs too, IMO
    also, 2ne1’s I’m the best gives me a good feeling, like “yeah, I can do it… I’m the best!”
    everything is better with music :)

    6 years ago
  33. Ok I have my K-Pop playlist for working out
    DBSK – Are You a Good Girl?
    EvoL – We Are a Bit Different
    MIB – Men In Black (Dash)
    B.A.P – Warrior
    Brown Eyed Girls – Sixth Sense
    Eunhyuk & Donghae – Motorcycle

    I’m a really weird girl, but my music taste is kind of awesome U_U

    6 years ago
  34. I used to go to the gym a lot :)
    I sometimes did mini Kpop dances with my hands while I was on the treadmill. I also accidentally sung out loud sometimes. I got a lot of odd looks. They clearly do not know the joy of going ‘Waaaarrior HUH!’ while weight training.
    I miss going to the gym so much. It was like a chance to relax (? ok that sounds weird… I mean relax mentally :P).

    6 years ago
  35. Personally, I really like these lists!! This idea might be more Martina focused but as a random idea for a future list–would you be up for doing a list video on your favorite J-Pop or C-Pop videos? I know those aren’t eligible for KMM’s, so this would maybe be a good way to share your favorites with us!

    6 years ago
  36. So no Toheart Music Monday???? : ( : (

    6 years ago
  37. :o BLASPHEMY! How could you not mention ZE:A’s “Pheonix”?! No, just kidding, but on the for realsies – that that song was basically produced for working out. Every time I hear that song, I feel like I want to jog up 100 steps and do a celebratory dance at the top!

    6 years ago
  38. I listen to my whole kpop playlist when I work out… there are tons of songs I like… hmm… let me think of a few, here ya go:

    CNBlue’s “RUN” is actually very good for running (I run veeeerrrry slowly though..LOL).
    Super Junior’s Mr Simple is definitly a great work out song.
    Big Bang’s “Still Alive”.
    Crayon Pop- Bing Bing
    Dynamic Duo- 쌔끈해 (Three Dopeboyz) [feat. Zion.T] and 살발해 (Forever Young) [feat. Beenzino]
    G-Dragon- 세상을 흔들어 Shake the World
    Kim Hyun Joong- Unbreakable
    Zion.t- Click me (for slow stuff)
    Rhythm Power- 왕좌의 게임 Game of Thrones

    6 years ago
  39. I loved that you guise ended up making this video! I’ve been on a health kick myself and trying out different kpop songs to work out too. On my playlist (I named it “werK it” xD):
    BTS – “We are Bulletproof pt. 2”;
    CL – “멘붕” and also “The Baddest Female (나쁜 기집애)”;
    EXO – 으르렁 (Growl) (great for running on the treadmill, but I’ve been struggling as well as Martina not to break into the dance xD);
    Taeyang – Ringa Linga;
    Girls Generation – Mr. Mr.
    Also, kinda non related, at first when you started to change up Kpop Music Monday’s format I didn’t liked it at first… But I’ve come embrace it and at actually antecipating the next monday, wondering what you would do. So, thank you (: I really enjoy this way of keeping things fresh (:
    Anyway, my congrats to all of the EYK crew from a loyal portuguese nasty :D

    6 years ago
  40. Best song for me ever to workout : BELIEVE BY CHER
    Just. Cause. Cher.

    But i agree so much with your no-kpop-playlist, like crystal castles, jamiroquai , and M.I.A :D

    6 years ago