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50 Best Hype Songs of All Time (Get Pumped Up Now!)

January 3, 2024
Hype Songs

I’ve compiled the best hype songs of all time, a high-energy playlist designed to get you pumped up and ready to tackle any challenge.

This collection is the ultimate motivational boost, featuring tracks that ignite enthusiasm and drive, perfect for workouts, competitions, or any moment when you need an extra surge of adrenaline.

Quick answer (author’s top picks): what are the best hype songs?

“From my experience, nothing quite stirs the soul like Imagine Dragons’ ‘Believer,’ a song that promises to turn pain into power. Muse’s ‘Won’t Stand Down’ is another personal anthem of defiance that keeps me pushing through boundaries. And, of course, the infectious energy of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s ‘Can’t Hold Us’ is a surefire way to elevate any moment, making these tracks my go-to hype playlist.”

Will Fenton, Founder of MidderMusic & Keen Boxer

Table of Contents

Top hype songs of all time

  • Imagine Dragons – “Believer”
  • Muse – “Won’t Stand Down”
  • Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – “Can’t Hold Us”
  • Black Eyed Peas – “Pump It”
  • Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
  • Christina Aguilera – “Fighter”
  • DMX – “Party Up (Up In Here)”
  • Alicia Keys – “New Day”
  • Eminem – “Till I Collapse”
  • Little Simz – “Introvert”

1. Imagine Dragons – “Believer”

Without a doubt, “Believer” by Imagine Dragons is one of the most popular hype songs of the past decade.

It has a fantastic vibe, a powerful development, and inspiring lyrics.

So, it has everything to get you going!

“My life, my love, my drive, it came from…
Pain! You made me a, you made me a
Believer, believer.”

2. Muse – “Won’t Stand Down”

Released in 2022, “Won’t Stand Down” is one of the new hype songs.

As the Muse frontman Matt Bellamy explained, the song is about standing your ground against bullies and protecting yourself.

Well, it’s definitely a powerful comeback single.

“Won’t stand down, I’m growing stronger
Won’t stand down, I’m owned no longer
Won’t stand down, you’ve used me for too long.”

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3. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – “Can’t Hold Us”

When it comes to hype songs, “Can’t Hold Us” is a classic.

It’s catchy, uplifting, and fast-paced.

In other words, it’s a perfect song to get you pumped.

“Can we go back? This is the moment
Tonight is the night, we’ll fight ’til it’s over
So we put our hands up
Like the ceiling can’t hold us.”

4. Black Eyed Peas – “Pump It”

“Pump It” is one of the beloved pregame songs.

But it can also prepare you for a serious workout.

Either way, it will do the job.

“Turn up the radio
Blast your stereo

5. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”

“Ooh woo, I’m a rebel just for kicks, now
I been feeling it since 1966, now
Might be over now, but I feel it still.”

If you’re getting ready for a night out, “Feel It Still” might be a good start.

It could also be a part of your sports hype songs playlist. 

6. Christina Aguilera – “Fighter” 

Speaking of a good pre-game playlist, why not include “Fighter” by Christina Aguilera?

It perhaps isn’t one of the common hype songs for sports, but these lyrics will definitely get you in the mood.

“‘Cause it makes me that much stronger
Makes me work a little bit harder
Makes me that much wiser
So thanks for making me a fighter.”

7. DMX – “Party Up (Up In Here)”

On the other hand, this song is probably already on your sports pump-up songs list.

And many would agree it’s the most hype song ever.

There’s no doubt: DMX’s legacy will continue for many years to come.

8. Alicia Keys – “New Day”

“New Day” by Alicia Keys is one of the good pump-up songs that will help you start your day in a good mood.

It’s very uplifting and empowering.

“It’s your right to feel however you want to
There’s no limitation, no
If you love your life, let me see your hands up one time.”

9. Eminem – “Till I Collapse”

“Till I Collapse” is one of the most famous rap pump-up songs.

It will make you feel capable of overcoming any challenges life throws at you.

“‘Till I collapse I’m spilling these raps long as you feel ’em
‘Til the day that I drop you’ll never say that I’m not killing ’em.”

10. Little Simz – “Introvert”

Get ready to feel empowered and confident after listening to “Introvert” by Little Simz.

Thanks to thoughtful lyrics to powerful melodies, “Introvert” will definitely make you feel a lot.

“I need a license to feel (I can’t feel)
Internal wounds and I’m not tryna be healed (no I don’t, no I don’t, no)
I sabotage what we are trying to build
‘Cause of feelings I keep inside but it’s time to reveal.” 

11. U2 – “Elevation”

Do you need a song that will elevate your mood?

How about “Elevation”?

U2’s energetic track will wake you up in an instant.

“I and I in the sky
You make me feel like I can fly so high

12. The White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”

“Seven Nation Army” is the world’s most popular sports anthem

When it’s played in a large stadium, it becomes a chant.

And that’s when that iconic guitar riff sounds the most powerful.

“I’m gonna fight ’em all
A seven nation army couldn’t hold me back
They’re gonna rip it off
Taking their time right behind my back.”

13. Van Halen – “Right Now”

Van Halen’s “Right Now” is one of the popular hype songs for sports too.

And its lyrics can motivate you to be active and turn words into action.

“Catch a magic moment, do it
Right here and now
It means everything.”

14. Metallica – “Enter Sandman”

When it comes to famous rock hype songs, I have to mention “Enter Sandman.”

This song will give you all the strength and confidence you need.

“Exit light
Enter night
Take my hand
We’re off to never-never land.”

15. Rob Dougan – “Clubbed To Death (The Matrix Soundtrack)”

Is there a better energy boost than The Matrix soundtrack?

Well, it might not specifically be a positivity boost, but “Clubbed To Death” will give you chills and motivate you to get that thing done.

16. Sia – “Never Give Up”

One of the ways to encourage someone is to simply say: don’t give up.

We all need support and reassurance from time to time, and Sia’s music can give you exactly that.

It will teach you that you can be your own biggest supporter.

Her song “Never Give Up” is featured in an inspiring movie “Lion.”

17. Fort Minor – “Remember The Name”

“This is ten percent luck
Twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure
Fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name.”

“Remember The Name” is arguably one of the most popular hype songs.

It’s also one of my favorite basketball warm-up songs.

It’s about what an artist has to go through to be successful in the music industry, but that can be applied to any business or process.

18. Linkin Park – “Bleed It Out”

Linkin Park have many great hype up songs.

But there’s something about the atmosphere of “Bleed It Out” that will inspire you to do your best.

19. X Ambassadors – “Renegades”

“Renegades” is also one of the great pump-up songs.

It’s upbeat, catchy, and energetic.

“Long live the pioneers
Rebels and mutineers
Go forth and have no fear
Come close and lend an ear.”

20. Taylor Swift – “…Ready For It?”

Are you ready to do your best and show everyone what you’re capable of?

Taylor Swift certainly is.

Let the games begin.

21. Rudimental, John Newman, and Alex Clare – “Not Giving In”

“Waste my time which makes things worse
Lost in mine, my love is cursed
Time to make these things feel right
Let’s start this show for one last time.”

If you’re making a pump-up music playlist, you should definitely include Rudimental.

And “Not Giving In” will help you hold your head up high.

22. Rita Ora and DJ Fresh – “Hot Right Now”

Whether you’re into running, weight lifting, or endurance exercises, “Hot Right Now” will help you get ready for it.

It’s fast-paced and energetic. 

23. Naughty Boy and Emeli Sandé – “Lifted” 

And if you need something to lift your spirits, you should listen to Emeli Sandé.

Her collaboration with Naughty Boy resulted in this powerful, memorable track.

“Feel like a superhero, what type of dreams are these
I’m as high as a eagle, I’m taller than the trees.”

24. Madonna and Justin Timberlake – “4 Minutes”

The combination of Madonna and Justin Timberlake had to turn out energetic and very very hot.

If you’re looking for a tune to get you in a mood for a workout, less than four minutes of this song will do.

25. Sofi Tukker and Betta Lemme – “Awoo”

Maybe you’re looking for Saturday night warm-up songs?

If that’s a yes, look no further than “Awoo” by Sofi Tukker and Betta Lemme.

26. Stromae – “Tous Les Mêmes”

Some would say that “Tous Les Mêmes” isn’t very uplifting, but it definitely has a unique atmosphere.

And Stromae is really a maestro of artistic and contagious pop songs.

27. Woodkid – “Run Boy Run”

“Run boy run! This world is not made for you
Run boy run! They’re trying to catch you
Run boy run! Running is a victory
Run boy run! Beauty lays behind the hills.”

Woodkid’s “Run Boy Run” is incredibly powerful.

It will give you goosebumps, but it will also inspire you to think about important things and take action.

28. Alt-J – “Fitzpleasure”

“Fitzpleasure” is one of Alt-J’s top hype songs.

It’s a bit dark and mysterious, and in a way very strange and addictive.

29. Foals – “Inhaler”

“Inhaler” is one of the classic indie rock hype songs.

The beginning of the song is somewhat calm, and then when the chorus comes: bam.

“Sticks and stones
Don’t break my bones
They’re make-believe
It’s lock ‘n’ load.”

30. The Smile – “You Will Never Work In Television Again”

Speaking of rock songs that pump you up, give a listen to Thom Yorke’s and Jonny Greenwoods’ new band The Smile.

They released their debut single on January 5, 2022, and the song definitely has a lot of energy.

31. The Chemical Brothers – “Galvanize”

“Galvanize” is arguably one of the best hype songs of all time.

It won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording and it’s one of the duo’s most popular hits.

“’cause you woke up in the mornin’
With initiative to move, so why make it harder?
(Don’t hold back) if you think about it, so many people do
Be cool man, look smarter.”

32. Flux Pavilion – “I Can’t Stop”

“I Can’t Stop” by Flux Pavilion is a great workout song.

By the time you get to the main part, you can already feel the pain in your muscles.

33. Bomfunk MC’s – “Freestyler”

“Freestyler” could be a workout song, but it will also motivate you to go out and dance.

Either way, this banger deserves a special place on this list.

34. Foo Fighters – “The Pretender”

“The Pretender”  is a classic rock hype-up song.

It has everything you need to boost your energy levels.

“What if I say I’m not like the others?
What if I say I’m not just another one of your plays?
You’re the pretender
What if I say I will never surrender?”

35. The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”

It’s a similar case with “Lonely Boy.”

But “Lonely Boy” will also make you dance like nobody’s watching.

“Oh, whoa, oh
I got a love that keeps me waitin’.”

36. Guano Apes – “Open Your Eyes”

“Open Your Eyes” talks about opening your mind and seeing the world from a different perspective.

It’s thoughtful, inspiring, and energetic.

“Open your eyes, open your mind
Proud like a god, don’t pretend to be blind
Trapped in yourself, break out instead
Beat the machine that works in your head.”

37. The Script and – “Hall Of Fame”

I can’t skip one of the most popular pregame songs.

Well, “Hall Of Fame” will definitely inspire you to push yourself beyond your limits.

“Yeah, you can be the greatest, you can be the best
You can be the King Kong bangin’ on your chest
You can beat the world, you can beat the war
You can talk to God, go bangin’ on his door.”

38. Jamiroquai – “Canned Heat”

Jamiroquai’s music is always a good choice if you need an energy boost.

And their song “Canned Heat” will help you dance your worries away.

“Dance, nothing left for me to do but dance
Off these bad times I’m going through just dance
Got canned heat in my heals tonight, baby.”

39. M83 – “Midnight City”

“Midnight City” is a sweet reminder of the music festival season.

Warm air, smiling faces, good beats… We’re sure you’re already feeling the summer hype.

40. Hans Zimmer – “Paul’s Dream (DUNE Soundtrack)”

Movie soundtracks can have some of the best hype songs.

And Hans Zimmer did a fantastic job for Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune.”

The whole soundtrack is atmospheric, captivating, and very powerful.

41. James Newton Howard – “Solomon Vandy (Blood Diamond Soundtrack)”

Solomon Vandy is the main character of the 2006 film “Blood Diamond.”

To jog your memory: Solomon goes through unimaginable situations during and after finding a priceless diamond in the mine where he was being forced to work.

But even if you haven’t watched the movie, this song will make you feel grateful and inspired.

42. Nick Mulvey – “Mountain To Move”

This song will make you believe you can move mountains.

It’s full of life and positivity.

Therefore, you should put it on your best hype songs playlist.

43. The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

“Blinding Lights” is undeniably one of The Weeknd’s most appropriate songs to get you pumped up.

It’s about that exciting feeling of being infatuated with someone.

44. Dua Lipa – “Don’t Start Now”

Dua Lipa is also known for making catchy pop hits.

And if you like this music genre, her song “Don’t Start Now” will definitely get you on your feet.

45. Beyoncé – “Run the World (Girls)”

And “Run the World (Girls)” could be described as a girl power hype up song.

It’s arguably one of Beyoncé’s most memorable tracks.

“My persuasion
Can build a nation
Endless power
With our love we can devour
You’ll do anything for me.”

46. Lizzo – “Juice”

Lizzo’s signature song is full of energy and positive vibes.

It’s definitely a great song to pump you up and prepare you for the day ahead.

“If I’m shining, everybody gonna shine
(Yeah, I’m goals)
I was born like this, don’t even gotta try
(Now you know).”

47. Seinabo Sey – “Hard Time”

Good music can help you get through hard times more easily.

It can also inspire you to be strong. And “Hard Time” by Seinabo Sey is one of those songs.

After all, feeling strong and confident is the best kind of hype you can get.

48. Adele – “Can I Get It” 

In her 2021 track “Can I Get It”, Adele is singing about looking for real love and connection.

In a way, it’s a very relatable and empowering song.

It’s also surprisingly uplifting.

“Pave me a path to follow
And I’ll tread any dangerous road
I will beg and I’ll steal, I will borrow
If I can make, if I can make your heart my home.”

49.  Måneskin – “ZITTI E BUONI”

Måneskin created a huge hype after winning the Eurovision contest in 2021.

Their winning song “Zitti e Buoni” is about refusing to conform and living your life on your own terms.

And it definitely feels liberating and energetic.

50. Avicii – “Wake Me Up”

Let’s finish this playlist with one of the most beloved hype songs.

Avicii’s and Aloe Blacc’s “Wake Me Up” sounds like a celebration of all the good moments in life.

Is there a better motivation than that?

“Feeling my way through the darkness
Guided by a beating heart
I can’t tell where the journey will end
But I know where to start.”

Final Thoughts

Are you feeling more awake and hyped now?

I hope my favorite hype songs did the trick.

So, next time you need some motivation, just turn up the music and let it boost your dopamine.

It will also help you look at life from a different perspective.

And sometimes, that’s all you need to feel better or become more productive.

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Will Fenton

Will, the founder of MIDDER, is a multifaceted individual with a deep passion for music and personal finance. As a self-proclaimed music and personal finance geek, he has a keen eye for futuristic technologies, especially those that empower creators and the public.

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