Workout songs

May 13, 2011

Nothing motivates like music. I can be convinced there’s just no way I can work out today, but I get my workout clothes on anyway and start, and once those tunes are grooving, I can’t help but get into the zone. So I thought I’d share the workout playlist from my iPod.

I’m a child of the ’70s and ’80s, which will no doubt be obvious as you peruse the list. There’s new stuff too, though. They are linked to iTunes for your convenience if you’d like to give a listen or download them.

Here we go!

100% Pure Love
Crystal Waters 100% Pure Love - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Crystal Waters
Very motivating beat.

Tommy Tutone 867-5309 / Jenny - 867-5309 / Jenny - Single
A classic from the ’80s that you can’t get out of your head.

Always Something Better
Trentemoller Always Something Better (Trentemøller Remix) [Bonus Track] - The Last Resort
It’s 8 minutes long and there aren’t a lot of lyrics, but it’s still interesting.

Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2
Pink Floyd Another Brick In the Wall, Pt. 2 - The Wall (Remastered)
It helps if you shout along, “Hey! Teacher! Leave them kids alone!”

Another One Bites the Dust
Queen Another One Bites the Dust - The Game
You might want to change the lyrics to, “Another pound bites the dust! Hey, I’m gonna get you, too, another pound bites the dust!”

Anyway (Dance Mix)
Amber Anyway (Dance Mix) - Undanced II (Unreleased Remixes / Songs)
These club and dance mixes have such a driving beat, it’s tough for your body not to respond.

Are You Gonna Be My Girl
Jet Are You Gonna Be My Girl - null
It took a while for this song to grow on me, but now it gets me going.

Pointer Sisters Automatic - The Best of the Pointer Sisters
I think the lyrics are clever and it’s definitely danceable.

Baby Likes To Rock It
The Tractors Baby Likes to Rock It - The Tractors
This is one of the few country songs in my workout playlist.

Enrique Iglesias Bailamos - Enrique
Ah, let the rhythm take you over.

Barely Listening
Pilot Speed Barely Listening - Into the West
This one isn’t as light in tone but has a good beat.

Cher Believe - Believe
This is the first song I remember hearing the use of auto-tune, and I still think it’s cool (in moderation).

Better Be Good To Me
Tina Turner Better Be Good to Me (2002 Digital Remaster) - null
Good song for warming up or cooling down, since the tempo is a little slower than the others.

Black and Gold
Sam Sparro Black & Gold (Marcussen Album Version) - Sam Sparro (Bonus Track Version)
Kind of interesting lyrics with a good beat.

Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
KT Tunstall Black Horse and the Cherry Tree - null
Love it!

Hercules and Love Affair Blind (Full Album Version) - Hercules And Love Affair
I don’t know what it means, but it’s cool.

Blinded By the Light
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band Blinded By the Light - The Best of Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Depending on which version you have, it can be as long as seven minutes, but it keeps you going the whole time.

Blow It Out
The Features Blow It Out - null
If you’re happy and you know it, turn the volume up and blow it out!

Boogie Oogie Oogie
Taste of Honey Boogie Oogie Oogie - Best of the 70s (Original Artist Re-Recording)
Nothing like a little disco to get you moving.

Anjulie Boom - null
I bought this song the minute I first heard it.

Born To Be Wild
Steppenwolf Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf
A little attitude!

Buddy Holly
Weezer Weezer (Deluxe Edition) - Weezer
The video is even more fun if you’re from the “Happy Days” generation.

La Roux La Roux
Sounds kind of ’80s but it’s not as far as I know.

Call Me
Blondie Call Me - null
Blondie appears a few times in my overall list because the songs are so catchy. Yes, I know only “old” people use the word “catchy.”

Can’t Get You Out of My Head
Kylie Minogue Fever (Special Edition) - Kylie Minogue
Might be tough to get this song out of your head, but if you like it, it’s great to move to.

Gary Numan Cars - The Pleasure Principle
Electropunk from the ’80s.

Gnarls Barkley Crazy - St. Elsewhere
This is another one with a little more laid-back beat, but it’s so smooth, I love it.

Dance Hall Days
Wang Chung 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Wang Chung - Wang Chung
The chugging beat is impossible to resist.

Dancing Queen
ABBA Dancing Queen - ABBA Gold
Call it cheesy or corny or whatever, but you gotta love it.

De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
The Police De Do Do Do de Da Da Da - null
When this came out, my parents were like “What on earth does that mean?”

Do You Believe In Love
Huey Lewis and the News Do You Believe In Love - Huey Lewis & The News: Greatest Hits
The beat isn’t necessarily the most outstanding part of this song, but it’s so upbeat and fun.

Don’t Bring Me Down
ELO Don't Bring Me Down - Discovery
ELO is just so awesome. And who’s Brrrrrruce, by the way? I found this at Jim Grieve adds: “Yes, ‘Grroosss’ is the actual word (taken straight off the lyric sheet). Jeff Lynne says it’s just a word he made up. Although Mack (the German engineer who worked on this album) noted that it sounded kind of like the German word for ‘good morning’ (’guten Morgen’). Most folks think it sounds like they’re singing ‘Bruce.’ For that reason, when the song is performed these days, Jeff will sing ‘Bruce’ instead.”

Don’t Cry
Asia Don't Cry - The Very Best of Asia - Heat of the Moment 1982-1990
Nice sentiment, tempo great for a fast walk.

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Michael Jackson Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (Single Version) - The Essential Michael Jackson
Don’t stop ’til you feel those endorphins!

Driver’s Seat
Sniff ‘n’ the Tears Driver's Seat - Fickle Heart
I first bought this song on one of those K-Tel albums, and I still love it.

Driving Me Stupid
Serabee Driving Me Stupid - null
Kind of a mellow beat, makes you want to groove.

Every Breath You Take
The Police Every Breath You Take - null
That backing melody from Andy Summers’ guitar is unforgettable.

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
The Police Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - null
The tempo varies so it’s not easy to pigeonhole, but I had to include it.

Fallin’ for You
Colbie Caillat Fallin' for You - Breakthrough (Deluxe Version)
Very cute and fun song. Good for warm-ups and cool-downs.

Fast As You
Dwight Yoakam Fast As You - null
A relentless beat keeps you going.

Four Little Diamonds
ELO Four Little Diamonds - Secret Messages
Love this song, but my favorite part is what he says right before it starts.

Glasvegas Geraldine - Glasvegas
Is Geraldine a real social worker? I don’t know, but for some reason this song moves me, in more ways than one.

Girl and the Sea
The Presets Girl and the Sea - null
Love his voice.

Go Go Go
The 88 Go Go Go - Not Only... But Also
What else can I say? Go Go Go!

Go On, Say It
Blind Pilot Go On Say It - null
Awesome beat, awesome band.

Gone Gone Gone
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On) - Raising Sand
Who else thinks this is one of the weirdest pairings ever? But it works!

Good Times Roll
The Cars Good Times Roll - Complete Greatest Hits
Let them brush your rock’n’roll hair…

Goodnight and Go
Imogen Heap Goodnight and Go - Speak for Yourself
There’s not a heavy beat in this song, but it’s up-tempo and is a nice break between faster songs.

by Frankie Valli Grease - Grease (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
This one brings back lots of memories and makes me want to dance.

Great DJ
The Ting Tings Great DJ - We Started Nothing
Doesn’t make much sense but hey, the drums, the drums, the drums, the drums, the drums…

Groove Is In the Heart
Deee-Lite Groove Is In the Heart - In the Name of Pride
If my workout is ending as this song comes on, I keep going—can’t help myself.

Happy Together
by Simple Plan Happy Together - Freaky Friday - Original Soundtrack
The first time I heard this, I thought, What have they done to this song? But now I love it, especially the “EASE! MY! MIND!” part.

Amber Undanced II (Unreleased Remixes / Songs) - Amber
This electronic dance number reminds me of a Donna Summer disco song.

Heart and Soul
Huey Lewis and the News Heart and Soul - Huey Lewis & The News: Greatest Hits
Oh! Oh-oh-oh-oh!

Heart of Glass
Blondie Heart of Glass - Parallel Lines
I still have trouble remembering some of the words, but it’s irresistible to move to.

Heatwave (Muttonheads Remix)
Julien Creance Heatwave (Muttonheads Remix) - Euro Club Hits, Vol. 8
Totally motivating beat.

Heaven Must Have Sent You
Bonnie Pointer Heaven Must Have Sent You (12
It’s over 7 minutes long, but it’s just so happy and funky.

Hello Again
The Cars Hello Again - Complete Greatest Hits
More Cars for your listening pleasure. You’re welcome.

Here It Goes Again
Ok Go Here It Goes Again - null
There probably aren’t many people left who haven’t seen the video to this song, but if you haven’t, you must. At the very least, it might get you interested in your treadmill again.

Hold On Tight
ELO Hold On Tight - Time (Bonus Track Version)
Anybody know what the foreign words mean?

Hold the Line
Toto Hold the Line - Toto
That piano is awesome.

I Drove All Night
Celine Dion I Drove All Night (from
Yes, there are some Celine songs that are good for exercise, and this is one of my favorites.

I Gotta Feeling
The Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling - The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)
I don’t think I have to explain why I included this song.

I Love the Nightlife (Disco ‘Round)
Alicia Bridges I Love the Nightlife - Say It Sister
“I want some ak-SHONE, I wanna live!”

I Melt With You
Modern English I Melt With You - After the Snow
Great ’80s memories.

I Turn To You (Hex Hector Radio Mix)
Melanie C. I Turn To You (Hex Hector Radio Mix) - Northern Star
Love, love, love the beat!

I Want You To Want Me
Cheap Trick I Want You to Want Me (Live) - Authorized Greatest Hits
A classic.

I’m Alive
Celine Dion I'm Alive - A New Day Has Come
A little more mellow. Great for warm-ups and cool-downs.

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
The Proclaimers I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - Sunshine On Leith
How can you not love a song where the guy promises to pass almost every penny he earns on to you?

I’m Yours
Jason Mraz I'm Yours - We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things
Fun to sing along to.

I’ve Been Thinking About You
Londonbeat I've Been Thinking About You (Original Mix 2007) - Greatest Hits
One of my favorites; I’m always glad when it comes on.

In My Arms (Bimbo Jones Radio Edit)
Plumb In My Arms (Bimbo Jones Radio Edit) - In My Arms (The Remixes)
There are several remixes available and a slower version.

In the Morning
Junior Boys In the Morning - So This Is Goodbye
Feel the burn!

Independent Women Pt. 1
Destiny’s Child Independent Women, Pt. 1 - null
A song to make you feel powerful.

Jive Talkin’
The Bee Gees Jive Talkin' - Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack) [Remastered]
If this song doesn’t make you want to move, better check your pulse.

Just a Girl
No Doubt Don't Speak - null
Just be Gwen Stefani for three and a half minutes.

Just What I Needed
The Cars Just What I Needed - The Cars
Ah, more Cars. A big part of the ‘80s experience for me. And great for working out to.

Ladies Night
Kool & the Gang Ladies Night (Single Version) - The Very Best of Kool & the Gang
A smooth groove with a mellow beat.

Lenny Kravitz Lady - It Is Time for a Love Revolution
“She’s cool, she’s divine…” Very motivating beat and lyrics.

Let’s Dance
David Bowie Venus - Drama (Dance Remixes)
Yes, let’s—why not?

Let’s Go
The Cars Let's Go - Complete Greatest Hits
This is a great one to warm up to in view of the title!

Life Magazine
Cold Cave Venus - Drama (Dance Remixes)
If you like electronica. At least that’s how I’d categorize it.

Listen Up!
The Gossip Listen Up! - Standing In the Way of Control
This one builds as it goes and keeps you moving. The link goes to a different version than I have, but it’s similar.

Live It Up
Group 1 Crew Live It Up - Outta Space Love (Deluxe Version)
I don’t remember buying this song, but there it is.

Lonely By Your Side
Azzido da Bass Lonely By Your Side (Featuring Jonny Blake) [Radio Cut] - Lonely By Your Side (The Best Mixes)
Cool song.

Love is a Battlefield
Pat Benatar Love Is a Battlefield - Pat Benatar: Greatest Hits
A little trivia: Pat Benatar’s birth name is Patricia Mae Andrzejewski.

Love Me Like You
The Magic Numbers Love Me Like You - The Magic Numbers
This is upbeat and very ‘50s/’60s inspired, although the band was formed in 2002.

Love Struck
V Factory Love Struck - Love Struck - Single
I don’t have a lot of boy-band stuff, but I love this one.

The Cure Lovesong - The Cure: Greatest Hits
One of the best songs ever.

Duffy Mercy - Rockferry
Great beat, cool voice. I downloaded this after hearing it on a preview for a TV show, can’t remember which one.

Cascada Miracle - Everytime We Touch
A dance hit with a great hook.

Miss Independent
Kelly Clarkson Miss Independent - Thankful
This might be a good one for interval training. Take it slower during the verses and then hit the exercise hard during the chorus.

Morning Train (Nine to Five)
Sheena Easton Morning Train (Nine to Five) - Sheena Easton: Greatest Hits
Just a fun ’80s flashback.

My Best Friend’s Girl
The Cars My Best Friend's Girl - The Cars
Here she comes again…

Fool’s Gold Nadine - Fool's Gold
This makes me think Irish, but it’s actually a band that uses a lot of African rhythms.

Need You Tonight
INXS Need You Tonight (Single Version) - The Best of INXS
Low-key beat but compelling.

Neo Violence
The Tough Alliance Neo Violence - A New Chance
Love the variety of background instruments and sounds.

New Shoes
Paolo Nutini New Shoes (Bonus Track) - These Streets (Bonus Track Version)
Kind of a happy, mellow song.

Next in Line
Meese Next In Line - Broadcast
As with some of the other songs on this list, I got it as a free single of the week from iTunes.

Night Fever
The Bee Gees Night Fever - Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack) [Remastered]
The Bee Gees – and dancing – enough said.

One Way or Another
Blondie One Way or Another - Mean Girls (Music from the Motion Picture)
She’s gonna getcha-getcha-getcha-getcha

One, Two Step
Ciara featuring Missy Elliott One, Two Step (feat. Missy Elliott) - Goodies
Work your body!

One, Two, Three, GO!
Belanova One, Two, Three, GO! - Fantasía Pop
Lyrics are in Spanish except for the title, but you don’t have to speak Spanish to know a good beat.

Only You
Yaz Only You - Upstairs At Eric's
I discovered this song while watching a U.K. episode of “The Office.” It’s not fast, but I like it.

Ooh La
The Kooks Ooh La - Inside In / Inside Out
Love that guitar.

Ooh La La
Goldfrapp Ooh La La - null
Great workout song, that’s all I can say.

Party in the U.S.A.
Miley Cyrus Party In the U.S.A. - Party In the U.S.A. - Single
Yes, I have Miley Cyrus on my playlist. So sue me.

Pick Up the Phone
Dragonette Pick Up the Phone - Fixin to Thrill
Love the lead singer’s voice.

Pocketful of Sunshine
Natasha Bedingfield Pocketful of Sunshine - Pocketful of Sunshine
Sticks and stones are never gonna shake me, no.

Pon de Replay
Rihanna Pon de Replay (Radio Edit) - Pon De Replay (Radio Edit) - Single
If ever there was a song made for exercising, this is it.

Potential Breakup Song
Aly & AJ Potential Breakup Song - Insomniatic
I love to sing along with this one.

Precious Love
Bob Welch Precious Love - Greatest Hits & More
An oldie but a goodie for warm-ups.

Pump Up the Jam
Technotronic Pump Up the Jam - Pump Up the Jam
Pump it up!

Ray of Light
Madonna Ray of Light - Celebration (Deluxe Video Edition)
I don’t know why this is the only Madonna song on my playlist.

Read Between the Lines
KSM Read Between the Lines - Read Between the Lines

Rock ’n’ Roll, Pt. 2
Gary Glitter Rock and Roll Part II - The Replacements (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Brings me back to school basketball games.

Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre)
Gotan Project Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre) - Shall We Dance? (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
From “Shall We Dance” with J.Lo and Richard Gere.

Sausalito Summernight
Diesel Venus - Drama (Dance Remixes)
An old favorite.

Say It Isn’t So
Hall & Oates Say It Isn't So - The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates (Remastered)
Another one that brings me back to my senior year.

Say It Right
Nelly Furtado Say It Right - Loose (iTunes Version)
This is actually a good one to do weight training to.

Earth, Wind & Fire September - Earth, Wind & Fire: Greatest Hits
The song they exercised to in “Dan in Real Life.”

Shadow Dancing
Andy Gibb Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb - Greatest Hits
A slower but disco-ish song to warm up to.

Shake It Up
The Cars Shake It Up - Complete Greatest Hits
Get shakin’!

Shine a Little Love
ELO Shine a Little Love - Discovery
ELO for the win!

Switchfoot Stars - Nothing Is Sound
A good rock song with a metal edge to get you going.

Steady, As She Goes
The Raconteurs Steady As She Goes - Broken Boy Soldiers
I like the acoustic version of this song but I couldn’t find it, so this is the radio version.

Strange Education
The Cinematics A Strange Education - A Strange Education
Another Single of the Week from iTunes.

Suddenly I See
KT Tunstall Suddenly I See - Eye to the Telescope
“You can see she’s a beautiful girl, she’s a beautiful girl…”

Sunshine and Summertime
Faith Hill Sunshine and Summertime (Workout Remix) - Shape Walk - Country Hits Remixed (60 Minute Non-Stop Mix)
This tune captures the feel of summer so well.

Swing Swing
All-American Rejects Swing, Swing - The All-American Rejects
This was one of my very first workout songs.

Take On Me
a-Ha Take On Me - Hunting High and Low
I can’t help but picture the classic video when I hear this. You can see it on YouTube.

That Thing You Do
The Oneders That Thing You Do! - That Thing You Do! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
If you haven’t seen this movie, you need to.

That’s the Way I Like It
KC and the Sunshine Band That's the Way I Like It - K C and The Sunshine Band
More ’70s, please!

They Done Wrong/We Done Wrong
White Rabbits They Done Wrong : We Done Wrong - It's Frightening
Relentless beat.

This Is How a Heart Breaks
Rob Thomas This Is How a Heart Breaks - Something to Be
This is how a pound melts.

Tin Man
Animal Kingdom Tin Man - Signs and Wonders
A little more mellow, but good for cool-downs.

Le Tigre TKO - This Island
A song with attitude!

Britney Spears Toxic - Greatest Hits: My Prerogative
One of the few Britney songs I can stomach.

The Bee Gees Tragedy - The Ultimate Bee Gees
I remember listening to this in my room on an AM radio.

Lindsey Buckingham Trouble - Law and Order
Fun and upbeat.

Fleetwood Mac Tusk - Greatest Hits
Our parakeet used to dance to this one, so I figure I should too.

Bananarama Venus - Drama (Dance Remixes)
Very contagious beat.

Walk Away
Kelly Clarkson Walk Away - Breakaway
I like the attitude of this song for working out.

Walk Like An Egyptian
The Bangles Walk Like an Egyptian - Bangles: Greatest Hits
Of course, this one had to be on my list.

Walking On a Dream
Empire of the Sun Walking On a Dream - Walking On a Dream
Just cool.

Walking On Sunshine
Katrina & the Waves Walking On Sunshine - Walking On Sunshine - Single
Don’t feel like exercising? Listen to this one first.

What I Like About You
Lillix What I Like About You - Falling Uphill
This is from the “Freaky Friday” soundtrack.

What You Need
INXS What You Need - INXS: The Greatest Hits
Love the horns.

Whenever, Wherever
Shakira Whenever, Wherever - Laundry Service
Makes me feel like dancing.

White Wedding, Pt. 1
Billy Idol White Wedding (Part 1) - Billy Idol
“It’s a nice day to start again!”

Who Loves You
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Who Loves You - The Very Best of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Good song. Not a super driving beat, but it keeps me moving.

Gran Ronde Wisdom - Secret Rooms
“Dancing here since the ’70s…”

You Are the Girl
The Cars You Are the Girl - Complete Greatest Hits
The last Cars song on my playlist, honest.

You Can Call Me Al
Paul Simon You Can Call Me Al - The Essential Paul Simon
Great video, you have to watch this if you haven’t: