If you are reading this, you probably need to go to the grocery store, school, or your job—and you cannot find the motivation to get started. Worry no more. We compiled a list of ten badass songs to listen to while walking: tracks that are guaranteed to get you going. Our playlist consists of ten songs that start strong from the get-go—no build-ups, no transitions. Moreover, they all have riffs, beats, or lyrics that are straight-up hypnotic. Just leave your house, press play, and you’ll be at your destination without even realizing you went anywhere. Don’t we all love the power of hypnosis?

Give it a shot and let us know your thoughts in the comments!


“Walkabout” – Red Hot Chili Peppers. This is RHCP in the non-John-Frusciante days going out for a lush, funky and full-of-bass walkabout. The perfect place to start.

“Cheques” – Spinetta y Los Socios Del Desierto. The famous Argentinian rockstar Luis Alberto Spinetta will make you run on the streets dodging cars and pedestrians to the sound of his hypnotizing riff and two guitar solos.

“Mode” – PRhyme, Logic. The synthesizer sounds might try to take over your brain when the songs starts. Just resist. The flow is pretty sick and PRhyme and Logic are both unstoppable when they reach Beast Mode.

“Have A Cigar” – Pink Floyd.  If you listened to the first track, this is like the walkabout of the 80s. Lush, funky, with tons of keyboard instead of slap bass. Perfect for the parts of your walk that do not have too many people or cars.

“Hit Me” – Molotov. The famous Mexican band Molotov hits yet again with a track full of emotions, but this time with so many sounds, so carefully developed, that you can never quite predict what will happen next. Moreover, the overall message of not giving up helps to keep you motivated.

“Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” – Cage The Elephant. Use this track with caution: it will make you want to jump or run into something. Keep in mind that other pedestrians might not be listening to Cage The Elephant, so do not collide with them no matter how much energy the song gives you.

“Baddest Man Alive” – RZA, The Black Keys. If the title was not clear enough, the riff and lyrics of this song were made to make you feel like a total badass. Yet another song to use with moderation.

“Of Moons, Birds & Monsters” – MGMT. A lot of unpredictable events will happen when you start playing this track, just like when you walk into a big road or avenue. Stay focused, you are almost there.

“Easy Rider” – Action Bronson. Bronson samples the hypnotizing 70s sounds of the Turkish pop-rock band Mazhar Ve Fuat, also known as Mazhar-Fuat-Özkan, and raps all over it. And he does it very well. Although some might prefer to listen the MFÖ’s song “Adımız Miskindir Bizim,” “Easy Rider” is a better track to walk to.

“Temptation Greets You Like Your Naughty Friend” – Arctic Monkeys.  Just sync your footsteps to the song’s riff and enjoy. Hopefully by now you are close to your destination. The outro is guaranteed to leave you with enough determination to arrive and start getting things done.



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