Music and exercise go hand in hand, so give your workout that extra boost with the help of the Glorious playlists. Our work-it-up, cool- it-down mix will keep you going, every step of the way
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Studies show that listening to music can improve our mood, motivate us to exercise with more effort and for a longer period of time. But do you ever spend hours scrolling through Spotify before a workout trying to find a playlist that encourages you to move in the first place? Well look no further. Glorious has put together THE ultimate playlists for you. Both our Workout and Cool Down playlists have been carefully curated to ensure you have the energetic bangers to move and the chill out tunes to relax. We’ve picked out some of our favourites below… (in no particular order).
1. You’re Not Harry Styles – Dylan
If you have a pretentious ex who has done you dirty, let off some steam to this pop hit. Dylan is a star on the rise who gives her loyal audience the power back after heartbreak. Whether you’re punching a boxing bag, sprinting along the beach or practising for your Karate black belt, this is the perfect track on our Glorious Workout Playlist to make you feel powerful.
2. Sexy Lady – Jessie J
Jessie J is the queen of empowerment. The name of the song says it all – this is THE ultimate female feel-good anthem. If you’re having a day full of low body confidence, no energy and low self esteem, blast this in your headphones and sweat it out. You won’t regret it, we promise! (And if you really like this, you’ll love the rest of this Jessie J album ‘Alive’.)
3. Better Days – NEIKED x Mae Muller x Polo G
Now stop what you’re doing, put this on full volume and tell us this isn’t the PERFECT tune to move to. Mae Muller is a pop queen and this is one of those songs that you’ll listen to once and it will be on repeat for weeks. ‘Better Days’ is her latest exciting feature track with the incredible NEIKED and Polo G and it has blown up all over the world. We think it’s the most Glorious song to work out to, even though the song is based on having a bit of a shit day!
4. Run The World (Girls) – Beyoncé
What better way to celebrate being a woman than chanting ‘who run the world? GIRLS’. It wouldn’t be a Glorious playlist without Queen B herself leading the way. This song has been the theme tune of female empowerment for over 10 years and is the gift that keeps on giving. It is also conveniently one of the top 10 global favourites to work out to!
5. Woman – Doja Cat
After TikTok blew up this song with people all over the world slamming out the viral dance routine, Doja Cat has since been recognised as one of the most popular female artists of 2021. She is the perfect example of owning your own tribe and not letting others stand in your way. We also love to see the sisterhood coming together as she mentions Rihanna in the lyric ‘I could be the CEO, just look at Robyn Fenty’, another independent female boss. If you do happen to give the TikTok routine a go, tag us on your socials and we would LOVE to see.
6. Be My Own Boyfriend – Olivia Dean
Moving onto our cool down playlist – Olivia Dean is one of our favourite up and coming female artists at Glorious. This song is crafted in a beautiful and unique way to remind us that we are enough on our own (!) and that independence is a desirable thing. After sweating it out in the gym, this song is just what you need to breathe and stretch out those muscles.
7. I Am Woman – Emmy Meli
Whether it’s pilates, yoga or a calm jog around the park, this song will give you your daily dose of empowerment. Another TikTok sensation, Emmy Meli, hit the nail on the head with this inspirational tune. Women across the globe have been using this sound to tell their journeys and struggles and there is nothing more powerful than seeing people come together stemmed by the force of music.
8. Hopeless – Ainé Dean
Ainé Dean is an emerging star with a beautiful, soulful voice. This song explores the feeling of falling in love and allowing yourself to be vulnerable. This in itself can be an incredibly difficult but brave experience and we love the honesty in her lyrics. Another perfect tune for your post workout relaxation.
9. Free – Cat Burns
We can imagine this song at the happy end of a film and this may be because of the powerful meaning behind the track. Cat Burns beautifully explains how she wrote this song about coming out to her family and the fear felt before doing so “coming out really was the hardest and scariest thing for me to do because I knew my life would change as soon as I did it, and I was so right. It changed in the best possible way”. You can feel her confidence and relief grow as the song unwinds and it is the most wonderful tune to fill your ears as you de-stress. For some tear-jerking videos of Cat singing this with her mother, head over to her TikTok or Instagram.
10. We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off – Ella Eyre
Last and definitely not least is Ella Eyre’s gorgeous rendition of ‘We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off’, originally sung by Jermaine Stewart. As someone who is passionate about her fitness and is well known for her upbeat dance hits, this song was a beautiful change of tempo for Ella and is based on something she feels strongly about. She quotes “I think being sexy is about being comfortable and portraying a message of power rather than using nakedness.” This message has and will always be so important and this is definitely one of our Glorious cool down favourites.