10 best songs for hardcore workouts that make you feel badass:
One virtue of music—and all art—is that it represents a bid for immortality. Arena anthems provide striking, modern examples, as they include tunes that are dear to several generations of people at once—even when artists have disappeared from the scene. They also represent a curious way to cultivate an audience, as many of the songs we associate with sports weren’t written with this goal in mind. (As an example, consider the unlikely popularity of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” in Fenway Park and beyond.) So, as this year’s NCAA tournament winds to a close, we’ve assembled a March Madness workout playlist devoted to the almost accidental magic of sports songs.