A couple notes on how songs were selected as this is obviously a highly subjective list:
We tried to bring a variety of genres of music for a variety of types of erg pieces
Songs listed alphabetically by artist. Spotify playlist here and poll voting results here.
2 Unlimited - Get Ready For This
"For years this was played during the last 500 meters at the C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints. Enough said."
AC/DC - Thunderstruck
"When I need to kick major ass, whether it be on the erg, in the classroom, or out the window of a Humvee on Main Street taking down zombies as I drive past, this song gets played. It's a classic. When that guitar comes on, who doesn't get the urge to straddle a nuke and wrap themselves in an American flag?!"
Black Eyed Peas - Let's Get It Started
"Energizing lyrics, great rhythm, loud enough to be heard over the whirring ergs!"
Blur - Song 2
"Short and sweet, great for short power pieces."
Drowning Pool - Bodies
"Every 2k I've ever done started with this song. Click play about 2 or 3 seconds before they call go and the second you go it's already at full hardcore rockingness."
Eminem - Lose Yourself
Possibly the most overplayed song in erg rooms of the past decade. "Words make this song self-explanatory for why it's a good erg song."
Europe - The Final Countdown
Bonus points for fans of Arrested Development. "Goofy song, peppy beat, and appropriate to count down those last few meters!"
Jackson Browne - Running on Empty
"Great melody and lyrics for a long steady state work out. Helps keep me pumped when getting tired."
Kelly Clarkson - Stronger
"The whole theme of the song is "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger", which could not describe erging better. It has never failed to pump me up when it comes on during an erg work out, no matter how hard it might be. It's great to sing-a-long to, which doesn't hurt either."
Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch - Good Vibrations
"I erg to one song and one song only."
Queen - Don't Stop Me Now
"It's not too fast for an erg song and it's got just the right balance of motivating lyrics and beat."
Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name Of
"Song with a great steady-state beat to it. And the final chorus says what everyone is thinking...I won't do what you tell me. If I could get my 2k under 5:15 it would even be the right length!"
Rammstein - Du Hast
"Du Hast always gets me through a 2k, pulling lower splits as soon as the song starts."
Skrillex - Kyoto
"You have to have some dub step on there, though this one is definitely not for everyone. Kyoto is like a rusty knife cutting through a well aged steak. Great for the 'angry' edgers."
Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take It
"Reasons Why: 1. Opens with epic drum solo. 2. Guitar solo 3. Twisted Sister."