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Best Oldies Workout Songs—From a Trainer Born in the 1900s  

Oldies Workout Songs

Here are my all-time favorite oldies workout songs—from the 60s, 70s, and 80s—based on my 10+ years teaching fitness classes. I like to think of myself as an authority on this topic because I was born in the 1900s (read: 1990, but still! We’re old now!). Jokes aside, the 60s, 70s, and 80s were decades that produced some classic, high-energy songs perfect for workouts. (See what I did there? I prefer the term “classic” to “oldie,” but you do you!) 

Without further ado, let’s get into my favorite oldies workout songs. I’ve organized them by speed, so you can quickly find the music that will fit your high-intensity cardio (whether that’s running, indoor cycling, or something else) and others that can fit steady state work (like weight lifting, endurance cardio, etc.) Here’s a rough breakdown of the three options: 

  • 140 or more BPM: Great options for sprint songs and HIIT exercises. 
  • 120-140 BPM: Great oldies workout songs for marches, jumps, and large muscle group exercises like squats and lunges. 
  • 120 or less BPM: Great oldies workout songs for climbs, yoga, and stretching. 


P.S. And, when do we start considering the 90s for oldies workout songs? Are they considered oldies now, too?? 

Oldies Workout Songs For Sprints and HIIT Exercises

  1. “Bristol Stomp,” The Dovells
  2. “Hello Mary Lou,” Ricky Nelson 
  3. “Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out),” Ernie Maresca
  4. “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” The Beach Boys
  5. “Wipe Out,” The Surfaris
  6. “She Loves You,” The Beatles
  7. “Good Lovin’,” The Young Rascals
  8. “Treat Her Like a Lady,” Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
  9. “Signs,” Five Man Electrical Band 
  10. “I Just Want to Celebrate,” Rare Earth
  11. “American Pie,” Don McLean
  12. “Rockin’ Robin,” Michael Jackson 
  13. “Crocodile Rock,” Elton John
  14. “The Ballroom Blitz,” Sweet
  15. “Love Machine,” The Miracles 
  16. “The Boys Are Back in Town,” Thin Lizzy 
  17. “Barracuda,” Heart
  18. “My Sharona,” The Knack 
  19. “Shake Your Groove Thing,” Peaches & Herb
  20. “I Was Made for Dancin’,” Leif Garrett
  21. “We Are Family,” Sister Sledge
  22. “I Was Made for Lovin’ You,” KISS 
  23. “Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor),” Robert Palmer 
  24. “Call Me,” Blondie
  25. “Cars,” Gary Numan
  26. “Don’t Do Me Like That,” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 
  27. “You May Be Right,” Billy Joel 
  28. “Heartbreaker,” Pat Benatar
  29. “Queen of Hearts,” Juice Newton 
  30. “Whip It,” Devo 
  31. “We Got The Beat,” The Go-Go’s 
  32. “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” The Police
  33. “Kids in America,” Kim Wilde 
  34. “Working for the Weekend,” Loverboy
  35. “Maneater,” Hall & Oates
  36. “She Works Hard For the Money,” Donna Summer
  37. “You Can’t Hurry Love,” Phil Collins 
  38. “I’m Still Standing,” Elton John 
  39. “Footloose,” Kenny Loggins
  40. “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” Deneice Williams
  41. “Would I Lie To You?,” Eurythmics
  42. “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.,” John Cougar Mellencamp
  43. “Walk Like An Egyptian,” The Bangles

Oldies Workout Songs For Steady State, Weight Lifting, Etc.

  1. “Cathy’s Clown,” The Everly Brothers
  2. “Stuck on You,” Elvis Presley
  3. “The Twist,” Chubby Checker
  4. “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool,” Connie Francis
  5. “Tossin’ and Turnin’,” Bobby Lewis
  6. “Hit the Road Jack,” Ray Charles
  7. “Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp),” Barry Mann
  8. “Little Sister,” Elvis Presley
  9. “Mashed Potato Time,” Dee Dee Sharp 
  10. “The Loco-Motion,” Little Eva
  11. “Twistin’ the Night Away,” Sam Cooke
  12. “Peppermint Twist,” Joey Dee and the Starliters
  13. “Twist and Shout,” The Isley Brothers
  14. “I’m Blue (The Gong-Gong Song),” The Ikettes
  15. “It’s My Party,” Lesley Gore 
  16. “Heat Wave,” Martha and the Vandellas
  17. “Donna the Prima Donna,” Dion 
  18. “Shut Down,” The Beach Boys 
  19. “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” The Beatles
  20. “Oh, Pretty Woman,” Roy Orbison 
  21. “I Get Around,” The Beach Boys 
  22. “A Hard Day’s Night,” The Beatles
  23. “Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” Manfred Mann
  24. “Please Please Me,” The Beatles 
  25. “Dancing in the Street,” Martha and the Vandellas
  26. “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss),” Betty Everett
  27. “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” The Temptations
  28. “I Saw Her STanding There,” The Beatles
  29. “Wooly Bully,” Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
  30. “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” Four Tops
  31. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” The Rolling Stones
  32. “Help!” The Beatles
  33. “My Girl,” The Temptations
  34. “Stop! In the Name of Love,” The Supremes
  35. “Ticket to Ride,” The Beatles
  36. “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” James Brown 
  37. “It’s Not Unusual,” Tom Jones
  38. “Do You Believe in Magic,” The Lovin’ Spoonful
  39. “Last Train to Clarksville,” The Monkees
  40. “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” Four Tops
  41. “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” Nancy Sinatra
  42. “You Can’t Hurry Love,” The Supremes
  43. “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” The Temptations
  44. “We Can Work It Out,” The Beatles 
  45. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” The Beach Boys
  46. “I’m a Believer,” The Monkees
  47. “Happy Together,” The Turtles
  48. “Soul Man,” Sam & Dave
  49. “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher,” Jackie Wilson
  50. “Dance to the Music,” Sly and the Family Stone
  51. “Born to Be Wild,” Steppenwolf 
  52. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash, The Rolling Stones
  53. “Think,” Aretha Franklin
  54.  “Sugar, Sugar,” The Archies
  55. “I Can’t Get Next to You,” The Temptations
  56. “Everyday People,” Sly and the Family Stone
  57. “Build Me Up Buttercup,” The Foundations
  58. “Sweet Caroline,” Neil Diamond
  59. “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” Marvin Gaye 
  60. “Band of Gold,” Freda Payne 
  61. “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” Three Dog Night 
  62. “ABC,” The Jackson 5 
  63. “Spirit in the Sky,” Norman Greenbaum
  64. “Green-Eyed Lady,” Sugarloaf
  65. “Mississippi Queen,” Mountain 
  66. “I Want to Take You Higher,” Ike & Tina Turner
  67. “Joy to the World,” Three Dog Night
  68. “One Bad Apple,” The Osmonds
  69. “Me and Bobby McGee,” Janis Joplin
  70. “Brown Sugar,” The Rolling Stones
  71. “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves,” Cher
  72. “Alone Again (Naturally),” Gilbert O’Sullivan
  73. “The Candy Man,” Sammy Davis Jr. 
  74. “Let’s Stay Together,” Al Green 
  75. “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress,” The Hollies
  76. “Burning Love,” Elvis Presley
  77. “School’s Out,” Alice Cooper 
  78. “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree,” Tony Orlando and Dawn
  79. “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” Jim Croce
  80. “That Lady,” The Isley Brothers
  81. “Superstition,” Stevie Wonder 
  82. “Stuck in the Middle with You,” Stealers Wheel 
  83. “Love Train,” The O’Jays
  84. “Dancing in the Moonlight,” King Harvest
  85. “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” Loggins and Messina
  86. “Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu,” Johnny Rivers
  87. “Ramblin’ Man,” The Allman Brothers Band
  88. “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” The Temptations
  89. “Seasons in the Sun,” Terry Jacks
  90. “Come and Get Your Love,” Redbone
  91. “The Loco-Motion,” Grand Funk Railroad
  92. “Jungle Boogie,” Kool & the Gang
  93. “Hooked on a Feeling,” Blue Swede
  94. “Hollywood Swinging,” Kool & the Gang
  95. “Takin’ Care of Business,” Bachman-Turner Overdrive 
  96. “Love Will Keep Us Together,” Captain & Tennille
  97. “Rhinestone Cowboy,” Glen Campbell
  98. “Philadelphia Freedom,” Elton John
  99. “Some Kind of Wonderful,” Grand Funk Railroad
  100. “Jive Talkin’,” Bee Gees
  101. “Kung Fu Fighting,” Carl Douglas
  102. “The Hustle,” Van McCoy & the Soul City Symphony
  103. “Fight the Power,” The Isley Brothers
  104. “Get Down Tonight,” KC and the Sunshine Band
  105. “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You),” James Taylor
  106. “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  107. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” Elton John & Kiki Dee
  108. “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” The Four Seasons
  109. “Play That Funky Music,” Wild Cherry 
  110. “You Sexy Thing,” Hot Chocolate
  111. “Get Up and Boogie,” Silver Convention 
  112. “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” KC and the Sunshine Band 
  113. “You Should Be Dancing,” Bee Gees
  114. “Turn the Beat Around,” Vicki Sue Robinson
  115. “That’s the Way (I Like It),” KC and the Sunshine Band
  116. “Sing a Song,” Earth, Wind & Fire
  117. “Rock and Roll Music,” The Beach Boys 
  118. “Rock and Roll All Nite,” KISS 
  119. “Take the Money and Run,” Steve Miller Band 
  120. “I Just Want to Be Your Everything,” Andy Gibb
  121. “Best of My Love,” The Emotions 
  122. “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher,” Rita Coolidge
  123. “I’m Your Boogie Man,” KC and the Sunshine Band
  124. “Dancing Queen,” ABBA
  125. “Hot Line,” The Sylvers 
  126. “Car Wash,” Rose Royce
  127. “Feels Like the First Time,” Foreigner 
  128. “Don’t Stop,” Fleetwood Mac
  129. “Way Down,” Elvis Presley
  130. “Keep It Comin’ Love,” KC and the Sunshine Band 
  131. “Walk This Way,” Aerosmith 
  132. “Boogie Nights,” Heatwave
  133. “Go Your Own Way,” Fleetwood Mac 
  134. “Shadow Dancing,” Andy Gibb
  135. “Night Fever,” Bee Gees
  136. “Stayin’ Alive,” Bee Gees
  137. “Boogie Oogie Oogie,” A Taste of Honey
  138. “You’re the One That I Want,” John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
  139. “Take a Chance on Me,” ABBA 
  140. “Hot Blooded,” Foreigner
  141. “Disco Inferno,” The Tramps
  142. “What’s Your Name,” Lynyrd Skynyrd
  143. “Bad Girl,” Donna Summer
  144. “Le Freak,” Chic
  145. “I Will Survive,” Gloria Gaynor
  146. “Hot Stuff,” Donna Summer 
  147. “Y.M.C.A.,” Village People 
  148. “Ring My Bell,” Anita Ward 
  149. “I Want You to Want Me,” Cheap Trick 
  150. “Boogie Wonderland,” Earth, Wind & Fire, The Emotions 
  151. “Disco Nights (Rock-Freak),” GQ
  152. “September,” Earth, Wind & Fire 
  153. “Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough,” Michael Jackson 
  154. “Rock With You,” Michael Jackson 
  155. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” Queen 
  156. “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me,” Billy Joel 
  157. “Upside Down,” Diana Ross
  158. “Stomp!” The Brothers Johnson
  159. “Heartache Tonight,” Eagles 
  160. “Fame,” Irene Cara
  161. “Celebration,” Kool & the Gang 
  162. “Kiss On My List,” Hall & Oates
  163. “9 to 5,” Dolly Parton 
  164. “Urgent,” Foreigner 
  165. “You Make My Dreams,” Hall & Oates
  166. “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Pat Benatar
  167. “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da,” The Police
  168. “Another One Bites The Dust,” Queen
  169. “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” The Police
  170. “I’m Coming Out,” Diana Ross
  171. “Physical,” Olivia Newton John 
  172. “Eye Of The Tiger,” Survivor
  173. “I Love Rock ‘n Roll,” Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
  174. “Don’t You Want Me,” The Human League
  175. “Hurts So Good,” John Cougar
  176. “Tainted Love,” Soft Cell 
  177. “Let’s Groove,” Earth, Wind, & Fire 
  178. “Our Lips Are Sealed,” The Go-Go’s
  179. “Get Down On It,” Kool & The Gang
  180. “Oh, Pretty Woman,” Van Halen
  181. “Billie Jean,” Michael Jackson 
  182. “Beat It,” Michael Jackson 
  183. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” Eurythmics
  184. “Come On Eileen,” Dexys Midnight Runners
  185. “Hungry Like The Wolf,” Duran Duran
  186. “Mickey,” Toni Basil 
  187. “1999,” Prince 
  188. “Always Something There To Remind Me,” Naked Eyes
  189. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin,” Michael Jackson
  190. “Jump,” Van Halen
  191. “All Night Long (All Night),” Lionel Richie 
  192. “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” Cyndi Lauper 
  193. “Uptown Girl,” Billy Joel 
  194. “Love Is a Battlefield,” Pat Benatar 
  195. “Like a Virgin,” Madonna 
  196. “All She Wants to Do Is Dance,” Don Henley
  197. “Addicted to Love,” Robert Palmer
  198. “You Give Love a Bad Name,” Bon Jovi 
  199. “What Have You Done For Me Lately,” Janet Jackson 
  200. “Manic Monday,” The Bangles
  201. “Take Me Home Tonight,” Eddie Money
  202. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” Whitney Houston
  203. “Livin’ on a Prayer,” Bon Jovi 
  204. “Open Your Heart,” Madonna
  205. “(I Just) Died In Your Arms,” Cutting Crew
  206. “Hip to Be Square,” Huey Lewis and the News
  207. “Rock Steady,” The Whispers
  208. “Got My Mind Set on You,” George Harrison
  209. “Never Gonna Give You Up,” Rick Astley
  210. “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car,” Billy Ocean
  211. “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  212. “Nothin’ but a Good Time,” Poison
  213. “My Prerogative,” Bobby Brown
  214. “Straight Up,” Paula Abdul
  215. “She Drives Me Crazy,” Fine Young Cannibals
  216. “Wild Thing,” Tone Loc
  217. “Bust a Move,” Young MC
  218. “Love Shack,” The B-52’s
  219. “Funky Cold Medina,” Tone Loc 

Oldies Fitness Music For Climbs, Yoga, Cool Down, Etc.  

  1. “I Like It Like That,” Chris Kenner
  2. “Stand By Me,” Ben E. King
  3. “I Got You Babe,” Sonny & Cher
  4. “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You),” Marvin Gaye
  5. “California Dreamin’,” The Mamas & the Papas
  6. “Paint it Black,” The Rolling Stones
  7. “Respect,” Aretha Franklin
  8. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell
  9. “It’s Your Thing,” The Isley Brothers
  10. “Come Together,” The Beatles 
  11. “Let It Be,” The Beatles
  12. “Everything is Beautiful,” Ray Stevens
  13. “Spill the Wine,” Eric Burdon & War 
  14. “O-o-h Child,” Five Stairsteps
  15. “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” John Denver 
  16. “Mr. Big Stuff,” Jean Knight
  17. “What’s Going On,” Marvin Gaye 
  18. “Whatcha See is Whatcha Get,” The Dramatics
  19. “Proud Mary,” Ike & Tina Turner
  20. “Lean on Me,” Bill Withers
  21. “I’ll Take You There,” The Staple Singers
  22. “Rocket Man,” Elton John
  23. “I Can See Clearly Now,” Johnny Nash
  24. “Let’s Get It On,” Marvin Gaye
  25. “You’re So Vain,” Carly Simon
  26. “Me and Mrs. Jones,” Billy Paul
  27. “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” Stevie Wonder 
  28. “Bennie and the Jets,” Elton John
  29. “Tell Me Something Good,” Rufus & Chaka Khan 
  30. “Shining Star,” Earth, Wind & Fire
  31. “Fame,” David Bowie
  32. “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” Bad Company 
  33. “Take It to the Limit,” Eagles 
  34. “Dream On,” Aerosmith 
  35. “You’re My Best Friend,” Queen 
  36. “Fly Like an Eagle,” Steve Miller Band
  37. “Somebody to Love,” Queen 
  38. “Baby Come Back,” Player 
  39. “We Will Rock You,” Queen
  40. “We Are the Champions,” Queen
  41. “Escape (The Pina Colada Song),” Rupert Holmes
  42. “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” Prince 
  43. “Take It On The Run,” REO Speedwagon 
  44. “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Journey 
  45. “Down Under,” Men at Work 
  46. “Africa,” Toto
  47. “Little Red Corvette,” Prince
  48. “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” Journey 
  49. “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now),” Phil Collins
  50. “If This Is It,” Huey Lewis and the News
  51. “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes
  52. “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!),” Beastie Boys
  53. “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” Def Leppard 
  54. “Fast Car,” Tracy Chapman 

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