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♪FitHits: Best of 2009

FitHits2009Last year, Erin put together FBG’s official best workout songs of the year playlist. And it had such a good response that we decided to do it again, albeit 2009 style. This year though, we didn’t just rely on our own personal music stylings and the Billboard charts. Nope, this year, we got ya’ll involved through Facebook and Twitter. Read on for the best 45-minute playlist of workout songs of 2009 according to us and, well, you!

Best of 2009

  1. (4:49) I Gotta Feeling, Black Eye Peas: Sure, you may be a little sick of this song from it being played so much both on the radio and in commercials, but you can’t deny that the song is a) catchy and b) gives you a good feeling. Use this one to warm up and get ready to feel a good workout!
  2. (3:57) Poker Face, Lady Gaga: When this track first came out, I spent weeks singing “my pa-pa-pa poker face, my pa-pa poker face.” I’m sure I drove my coworkers nutters, but it’s all good because this song still can pump me up. And if Poker Face [ital] isn’t your cup of crazily dressed tea, try one of Lady Gaga’s other infectious tracks from 2008!
  3. (3:20) I Do Not Hook Up, Kelly Clarkson: I love Kelly Clarkson. Year after year, she just keeps cranking out the good workout tunes. This one is perfecto for intervals, so crank it up (within reason) and pick up that pace!
  4. (3:56) The Climb, Miley Cyrus: This year we had a tie between “Party in the U.S.A” and “The Climb,” but we gave this track the position on the list because of its positive image. Because when you’re on the stair stepper or upping the incline on the treadie you are—quite literally—enduring “the climb.”
  5. (3:50) Use Somebody, Kings of Leon: Although the FBGs are pop fiends by nature, we do appreciate good rock. And Kings of Leon is kind of the undisputed rock band of 2009. This one makes for a fantastic recovery song after some tough intervals!
  6. (4:01) Battlefield, Jordin Sparks: Sometimes working out feels like a battlefield—you get sore, you develop calluses, you ache—but it’s all worth it! That’s why Jordin Sparks made this year’s list: to help you get through those challenging workouts. And this time, you know what you’re fighting for—health and happiness!
  7. (4:03) Fire Burning, Sean Kingston: I’d been hip to this song for awhile now, but it really started to grow on me (and my iPod) once my marathon training started. The energy in the song is invigorating, and I always like to imagine that I’m the “shawty fire burning on the dance floor” or “shawty fire burning on the treadmill.” You know, whatever.
  8. (4:45) Help I’m Alive, Metric: This song isn’t nearly as well known as it should be, but I think it’s the dark horse for best workout song of 2009. It’s a powerful, energetic song that I guarantee will get you moving. Save it for when your energy is waning and you need an extra little something-something to get going.
  9. (4:27) Run This Town, Jay-Z: I was just hipped to this song, but it’s definitely got a good beat that makes you want to move. Plus it features Rihanna and Kayne West. That’s a power team of three in the workout song world.
  10. (3:33) 3, Britney Spears: Speaking of threes, this risqué song is darn poppy and energetic. And, really, how could we not include Brit on a best-of list?
  11. (3:07) She Wolf, Shakira: Erin and I have had a joint of love Shakira going back to our days in Zumba class together. And, I’ll be honest, I missed Shakira and her hip swiveling the last few years. Thankfully she’s back on the scene and pumping out more workout tracks. She Wolf took a few listens for me to really fall in love, but it’s a great track, especially for us active “she wolves.”
  12. (3:51) Please Don’t Leave Me, Pink: A few months ago I watched a documentary on Pink and have since totally respected her punkish in-your-face attitude. It’s not a front; she really is like that. And I love this as a cool down song because it’s Pink, being her, but in a much more vulnerable and loving way. And, really, isn’t that the best way to conclude a workout?

Check back in later this week to vote in our poll for what you think is the best workout song of 2009. And if we missed your fave song of the year, let us know in the comments below! We love new tunes! —Jenn

Click here to download this “Best of 2009” workout playlist on iTunes!

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  1. Can’t say that I am all that psyched about Miley Cyrus the Climb being on the list, but to each his/her own…my list includes Beyonce – Single Ladies, LOVE that song and it is so high energy.

    The best workout songs of 2009 based on BPM is here.

  2. Liana says:

    Great list! I love Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas and Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z + Alicia Keys on my playlist. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Douglas says:

    I like my music a little angrier for my HIIT workouts

  4. Janeen says:

    Overall, a solid list! Personally, I’d swap out “Party In the USA” for “The Climb”, and sub the Dance Remix of “Use Somebody”. Not a P!nk fan myself, but to each their own. Thanks for keeping us movin’ as we ‘glisten’ in the new year 🙂

  5. Claudia says:

    I actually love the entire Black Eyed Peas Album (E.N.D.) — the whole album has high energy that keeps me going.

  6. Claudia says:

    Other songs I’ve been listening to a lot during my workouts:
    Untouched by the Veronicas
    Don’t Upset the Rhythm by the Noisettes
    That’s Not My Name by the Ting Tings

  7. I agree that the entire E.N.D. album by the Black Eyed Peas is great. Another favorite for working out is the remixed Pump It Harder from that album.

  8. Chrystalle says:

    Great list! I had forgotten about Help I’m Alive , so thanks for the rec. Lady Gaga has rotated throughout my list all year– right now I would put Bad Romance above Poker Face but really any of her songs work. Everytime I hear her come on the radio I feel a sudden urge to jump on the nearest elliptical machine 🙂

  9. Roy Kamen says:

    Interesting list. I believe music for working out should have motivating lyrics and a tempo designed for the exercise being done.

    At http://www.marinaonline.com we have over 1200 fitness songs and mp3 workouts for running, walking, yoga & bodysculpting.

    Great for adding to your own playlist

  10. Gillian says:

    That Black Eyed Peas song drives me nuts but I looove Fire Burnin’! I, too, want to be the shawty fire burnin on the dancefloor!

  11. Danielle says:

    I love World Hold On by Bob Sinclair also. Great list overall. I’ll have to check out Help I’m Alive.

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