Last 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
- (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!
- (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!
- (3:20) 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!
- (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.”
- (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!
- (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!
- (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.
- (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.
- (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.
- (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?
- (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.”
- (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!