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The 25 Best Workout Songs EVER

woman running on nature trail sunny day blue sky and jumping athleteThis playlist has been a long time coming. Why? Because WE LOVE MUSIC! And we especially love to jam to tunes when we work out (guilty pleasures, anyone?). So we have—with your awesome help on Twitter—picked the top 25 workout songs of all time. (Gosh knows, we needed your help. Otherwise the list would have been consisted of only Gwen Stefani, Madonna and Britney Spears!) Oh, and note that the list is in no particular order, although No. 1 really is the best!

Top 25 Workout Songs EVER

  1. Fat Bottomed Girls, Queen: Like you expected anything else, right? Submitted by @FitBottomedGirl (Also known as FBG Jenn).
  2. Hey Ya!, OutKast: Always makes us want to move. Submitted by @FitBottomedMama (Also known as FBG Erin).
  3. Fergalicous, Fergie: We can spell! And work out! Submitted by @luvandkiwi (Also known as FBG Tish).
  4. Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now), C+C Music Factory: Sweat, ya’ll! Submitted by @kgseymour (Also known as FBG Kristen).
  5. Vertigo, U2: We dare you to sit still. Submitted by @MotionTraxx.
  6. Lose my Breath, Destiny’s Child: Come on. Get out of breath from moving and grooving! Submitted by @inspired_bylove.
  7. I Gotta Feeling, Black Eyed Peas: We hadda feeling this was going to make the top 25. Submitted by @jodidanziger.
  8. Stronger, Kayne West: He may not be the most PC fella on the block, but he sure does pump out good workout tunes. Submitted by @DubyaWife.
  9. Wind it Up, Gwen Stefani: Of course, Gwenie is on the list. Submitted by @keepitupdavid.
  10. Three, Britney Spears: May we suggest three-minute intervals for this one? Submitted by @CelestialAxis.
  11. Push It, Salt-N-Pepa: Do what they say—push it! Submitted by @cbroyhill.
  12. Brick House, The Commodores: Dancing is a full-on workout with this song. Submitted by @JeanneMallory.
  13. Let’s Get Loud, J.Lo: Get loud, get moving, just get! Submitted by @rmabraham.
  14. The Power, Snap!: You do have the power. So do it! Submitted by @HollieSelf.
  15. Bust a Move, Young MC: The best workout advice ever: When in doubt, bust a move. Submitted by @FitSugar.
  16. Tik Tok, Ke$ha: You heard her, don’t stop. Submitted by @ONeener.
  17. Dirty, Christina Aguilera: Get down and dirty in your workout! Submitted by @BellaDolce5.
  18. Motivation, T.I.: Get motivated, yo. Submitted by @DailyVenusDiva.
  19. Ray of Light, Madonna: You are that ray of light! Submitted by @BrittanydietteA.
  20. Don’t Stop Believing, Journey: Like this song wasn’t going to make the list…It’s a must! Submitted by @misschoclatrain.
  21. Baby Got Back, Sir Mix-A-Lot: Another one that made the list for obvious bottomed reasons. Submitted by @ValerieNeal.
  22. Walking on Sunshine, Katrina & the Waves: Perfect for a power walk in the sun! Submitted by @TheBLblog.
  23. Good Vibrations, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch: Yeah baby. We’re feeling it. Submitted by @FabulousSavings.
  24. Smooth Criminal, Alien Ant Farm’s cover of Michael Jackson: We love MJ’s version, but this one is just too fun to not move to. Submitted by @teramc.
  25. Call on Me, Eric Prydz: Every workout is like a rave.  Submitted by @Bentfsh2.

Now I know there like 8 million songs that you love (and we probably do, too) that are not on this list (like more MJ, Prince and Lady GaGa for starters), so tell us: What’s your favorite song to workout to? —Jenn

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  1. Leslie says:

    “Rise Up” by Green River Ordinance. Great band, great workout song. Gets me going every time! Rain King by Counting Crows and Heroes by David Cook also get me running.

  2. Jacalyn says:

    Britney Spears “Stronger”

  3. Ivy says:

    Shipping off to Boston – Dropkick Murphy’s / I use this is the last song in my playlist for the last 3 minute kick – Amazing!!

  4. sara says:

    a friend of mine sent me to this video. it’s pretty funny. there’s a link where you can download the song for your workouts at the end. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW8rnMmYID8

  5. georgia says:

    Carrie Underwood…
    ~ Undo it
    ~ Should have said no
    ~ Before he cheats

    Kellie Pickler
    ~ Best days of your life
    ~ Red high heels

    ~ Raise your glass

    ~ We R who we R
    ~ Your love is my drug
    ~ Take it off
    ~ Blah Blah Blah
    ~ Cannibal
    ~ Grow a Pear

  6. Horia says:

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  7. Mieko says:

    thank you for this list, i forgot about that “Wind it up” song!

    my favorite of all time: “Boys Wanna Be Her” by Peaches, every time it makes me feel great! a few i listen to lately while running…

    The Heavy – How you like me now
    Franz Ferdinand – Take me out
    Grand Funk Railroad – The Loco-Motion
    Taylor Swift – Mean
    Miranda Lambert – Kerosene
    Dion – Runaround Sue

  8. Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ album, Kelis’ ‘Flesh Tone’ and MSTRKRFT’s ‘Fist Of God’ are my current workout albums.

    However, this is my favourite track ever!


  9. imaspamonkey says:

    I like naturally by selena gomez and survivor by destiny’s child

  10. SSgt Rodriguez says:

    In no particular order:
    Pantera – Walk
    DMX – Ruff Ryders Anthem
    Metallica – Leper Messiah
    Diabolic – I Don’t Wanna Rhyme
    MegaDeth – Symphony Of Destruction
    Hector Lavoe – Aguanile
    Pantera – Domination
    2Pac – Who Do You Love?
    Slayer – South Of Heaven
    Big Pun – You Ain’t A Killah
    Forced Entry – Macrocosm, Microcasm
    Dr. Dre & Ice Cube – Natural Born Killaz
    Godsmack – Crying Like A Bitch
    Jedi Mind Tricks – Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story
    MegaDeth – New World Order
    Papoose – Born To Win
    Metallica – For Whom The Bell Tolls
    Nas – Got Yourself A Gun
    Alice In Chains – Man In A Box
    La Coka Nostra – It’s A Beautiful Thing
    Machine Head – Imperium
    Mobb Deep – Put ‘Em In Their Place
    Slipknot – Psychosocial
    2Pac & Biggie – Runnin’
    Metallica – Master Of Puppets
    DMX – We Right Here
    Testament – Practice What You Preach

    ….And of course, a good ol’ Marine Corps Cadence!! Oorah!

  11. Lacey says:

    Bombs over Baghdad (B.O.B.) by Outkast

  12. Laura says:

    Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen

  13. Kendyl says:

    My iPod is filled to the brim with songs I love to work out to, but I’ve put together a playlist that’s proven quite helpful for me the past couple weeks.

    “All These Things That I’ve Done” – Lukas Rossi’s cover of the Killers.
    “Ame ni Utaeba” – Miyavi
    “Animal” – Neon Trees
    “Geek in the Pink” – Jason Mraz
    “Holler Till You Pass Out” – 3OH!3
    “I’m Awesome” – Spose
    “I’m Sorry” – Flyleaf
    “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” – Panic! At the Disco
    “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race” – Fall Out Boy
    “Sugar, We’re Going Down Swinging” – Fall Out Boy
    “The Bukkake Udon Song” – Astroninja <- I cannot NOT move to this song.

  14. Kim says:

    I love this new song called “Juice” featuring Garrett Jackson! The upbeat tempo paired wtih his funky/jazzy hook is perfect for morning workouts. There’s a video on YouTube with some awesome dancers. It’s available on iTunes as well…a must have in your workout playlist!!


  15. extrove says:

    For me nothing beats “The Eye of the Tiger” it may be cliche, but it makes me feel like I’m in a movie montage preparing for a battle or something.

    By the way I’ve made a list of my favorite workout songs here: http://extrove.com/workout-songs-to-get-you-pumped-for-gym/ please check it out 🙂

  16. mandy says:

    Okay so I like a tons of different music, but those 80s really had some fun spunky up and go music,
    I wanna dance with somebody- Whitney Houston

    Let’s Hear it for the Boy- Footloose Soundtrack- THE ORIGINAL Deniece Williams’
    Nasty- Janet Jackson- Most of her songs make you wanta get up and move!
    Thriller- Michael Jackson
    Some Kind of Lover- Jody Watley
    Almost anything Madonna
    Let the music play- Shannon
    THe SAFETY DANCE- men without hats..

    Those are just a few I really think are good! My favorite work out song is actually LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, by Kylie Minogue, I think that was early 2000s..Don’t quote me on it..

  17. Jaclynne says:

    Moves Like Jagger: Maroon 5
    Show Me How You Burlesque: Christina Aguilera
    Sexy and I know it: LMFAO
    Supermassive Black Hole: Muse
    4 Minutes: Madonna
    Raise Your Glass: Pink

  18. lauren says:

    Young the Giant – My Body
    Mika – Big Girls

  19. Jay-Jay says:

    Ok well these r my workout songs:
    1) pistol Annie’s- hell on heels
    2) toby Keith- red solo cup
    3) rascle flatts- love you out loud
    4) Taylor swift- sparks fly
    5) kesha- your love is my drug
    6) kesha- tiktok
    7) beyonce- jumpin jumpin
    8) Sean Paul- temp
    9) salt & pepa- push it
    10) three days grace- riot
    11) pink- funhouse
    12) Whitney H- I wanna dance with somebody
    13) fergie- fergilicious
    14) Carrie underwood- undo it

    I try to have enough songs to last my entire workout where they don’t repeat, keeps u going!!!

  20. Rob Zombie–> Dragula Just try NOT doing dumbbell curls to this tune!

  21. Joe says:

    Err, None of these songs are really that good for pumping iron. They’re better for when your shopping for a training bra. I like listening to more beat then lyrics. Gives a good tempo to lift to.
    1)Courtesy Call-Thousand Foot Crutch—you CANNOT play this one loud enough
    2)Supermassive Black Hole-Muse
    3)Numb-Linkin Park
    4)Here Comes the Boom-Nelly

  22. Dan says:

    Not sure many will know this one, but a lot of Luca Turilli stuff kicks some serious ass. Start with War of the Universe, for instance. I’ll second, Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand, too. A lot of great songs in the list and comments. Thanks!

  23. Becky M. says:

    Check out “Haunted” by Matthew C. Shuman

    My exercise instructor used it in our last class and everyone loved it. Hope this helps!
    I downloaded it from Amazon but it looks like it’s available on iTunes also.

    Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Haunted/dp/B007P6484G/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1333909619&sr=1-5


  24. Ashley Marchel says:

    I like MJ’s Man in the mirror It’s really motivational :]

  25. DiscoTeaCup says:

    I came across your blog when looking for a good list of some “old school” goodies (my favorites from late high school/early college – basically, the early 2000s) but was a little surprised to find something a tad different. So I thought I’d throw in my 2-cents.

    I know there probably aren’t a lot of anime fans on this page but I will say that an anime music video serious known as “Animix” (there was a total of 5 of them and they overlap at the credits since they’re supposed to be played in sequence) has the BEST mix I’ve ever known of 90s and House music. Every song clip is about 1minute 30 seconds at most so it flips constantly and stays upbeat. There’s even some funny sounding ones for a giggle or two. They can be found for free download through AnimeMusicVideos.org (don’t worry, I’m not a creator or contributor so this isn’t publicity). I recorded the music directly to my computer as is and play it in the car for a good pick-me up, roadtrip or even a trip to the gym. Plus they list all the song titles and artists at the end if you find yourself wanting any of the full versions. Hope somebody gets something out of this tidbit of mine!

  26. Wanda Duck says:

    Skin and Bones by the Kinks:
    Put your hands up to the ceiling,
    Bend your hips and touch your toes,
    Do your daily exercises,
    You’re gonna look like skin and bone,

    Don’t eat no mashed potatoes,
    Don’t eat no buttered scones
    Don’t eat no carbohydrates
    You’re gonna look like skin and bone.

  27. Michelle Thayer says:

    This list is missing Lose Yourself by Eminem. That is my go-to power song that helps me push through those last few minutes of my workout.

  28. Mel says:

    Frank Stallone…Far From Over.

  29. Courtney says:

    Don’t by Ed Sheeran. Flat out best running song ever.

  30. Pauline T says:

    Fighter by Christina Aguilera
    Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys
    The entire Truth about Love album from Pink

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