R&B might be best known as lovers' music, but that's not to say that some singers don't know how to put a high energy song or three out there. As artists like Usher
have demonstrated over the years, the R&B genre doesn't always have to live up to the 'Blues' portion of its Rhythm & Blues name. In fact, some songs are practically custom made for listening to while burning calories. And with said, here's our picks for some of the best R&B songs to listening to while working out at the gym, going out for a run, hiking, or engaging in any other activity that requires high energy and motivation.
This is a near-perfect workout song. From the defiant lyrics, to the soaring music to the strong lyrics, Destiny's Child
managed to create one of the all-time best power anthems. Much motivation to keep going during a rough patch is apparent within the lyrics: "I'm a survivor, I'm not gonna give up, I'm not gonna stop, I'm gon work harder, I'm a survivor, I'm gonna make it."
This song, which has spiritual overtones, features the duo Mary Mary singing about overcoming adversity: "Look at me, I'm trying, Everyday, I fall down, I make mistakes, Get back up, Try again," they sing. "Next time that you see me I'm walking, I'm walking, I'm walking."