Health and Fitness

25 Songs to Fuel Your Rage Workout

This article is part of All the Rage, an editorial package that digs into the science of anger. SELF will be publishing new articles for this series all week. Read more here.


There’s nothing quite like hitting the gym when you feel like you’re about to explode. Anger can make you feel powerful and, as SELF previously reported, there are physiological reasons for that. A spike in stress hormones, including cortisol and adrenaline, might actually make you feel like you can run faster, lift heavier, or just work out harder. There are plenty of reasons to temper that feeling of invincibility—namely, risk of injury—but rage workouts can be awesome because they often leave us feeling less angry afterward. Yup, that burning vexation gets replaced with satisfaction and a deep feeling of accomplishment. Pretty nice, right?

When the feeling strikes, we’ve got the perfect playlist to set the tone. These punk and rock songs span several decades—but they’ve all got a few things in common: screaming guitars, dynamic vocals, and solid, driving drum beats. We stacked the list with classics from The Runaways, Nirvana, Ozzy Osborne, and Alanis Morissette—but also threw in some newer hits from The Linda Lindas and Paramore. Though the playlist starts off strong, we hope that you finish your workout feeling a little calmer and clear-headed, which is exactly why we rounded out this list with upbeat tunes from The Strokes, Weezer, and The Verve.

Browse the tracks below on Spotify or keep scrolling for the complete playlist. Above all: We hope you lift, run, or cycle safely—and feel a helluva lot better when you reach your finish line. 

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Full playlist:

  1. “Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways
  2. “Breathe” by Prodigy
  3. “Heads Will Roll” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  4. “Rebel Girl” by Bikini Kill
  5. “Bulls on Parade” by Rage Against the Machine
  6. “I Wanna Be Sedated” by The Ramones
  7. “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne
  8. “Celebrity Skin” by Hole
  9. “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” by The Smashing Pumpkins
  10. “Only Happy When It Rains” by Garbage
  11. “I Was a Teenage Anarchist” by Against Me!
  12. “Oh!” by The Linda Lindas
  13. “I Love Rock ’n Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  14. “I Fought the Law” by The Clash
  15. “Basket Case” by Green Day
  16. “This Is Why” by Paramore
  17. “Monkey Wrench” by Foo Fighters
  18. “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette
  19. “Come As You Are” by Nirvana
  20. “Supermassive Black Hole” by Muse
  21. “Howlin’ For You” by The Black Keys
  22. “Fell In Love With a Girl” by The White Stripes
  23. “Under Cover of Darkness” by The Strokes
  24. “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” by Weezer
  25. “Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verve

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