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Graduation Day Indoor Cycling Routine and Playlist

Graduation Day Indoor Cycling Routine

If you have riders that are celebrating a graduation, this is the perfect ride to honor their big day! This indoor cycling routine has great themed songs about school, vacation, and what to be when we grow up. This is a fun one for folks in all stages of life.

Enjoy!

Reminder: I like to teach my spinning classes in a series of exercises that we do 2-4 times through. I pick a couple exercises to make up the series, and we stick to it throughout the class. That way, participants know what to expect, so they can go big when they’re supposed to and not hold back for fear of another interval around the corner.

The Series (45-minute Workout)

Do the following exercises, three times through.

  • Song 1: Chorus surge, +10 RPMs. Start the song by pedaling on the beat and finding a moderate intensity resistance. At the chorus, increase the speed by about 10 RPMs (or so) to find a hard intensity. Come back to the baseline afterwards.
  • Song 2: M/H/VH/B, 45 seconds each. Spend 45 seconds at each intensity level: moderate, hard, very hard, and breathless. Riders can use a mix of leg speed and resistance to find the desired intensity.
  • Song 3: Chorus surge, resistance. Start the song by pedaling on the beat and finding a moderate intensity. At the chorus, increase resistance to find hard intensity. Back off after the chorus ends.
  • Song 4: Tabata. 20 seconds of breathless/very hard work and 10 seconds of recovery. Do this 8 times through.

The Graduation Day Indoor Cycling Routine and Playlist

Series Song / WorkoutSong
Warm up“School’s Out,” Alice Cooper
Song 1: Chorus surge, RPMs.“Vacation,” Thomas Rhett
Song 2: M,H,VH,B (45s each)“Celebrate,” Pitbull
Song 3: Chorus surge, resistance.“Hey Look Ma, I Made It,” Panic! At The Disco
Song 4: Tabata“Hot for Teacher,” Van Halen (start at 00:45)
Song 1: Chorus surge, RPMs. “When I Grow Up,” The Pussycat Dolls
Song 2: M, V, VH, B (45s each) “Smooth Criminal,” Alien Ant Farm
Song 3: Chorus surge, resistance.“Teacher,” Nick Jonas
Song 4: Tabata“Dr. Feelgood,” Motley Crue
Song 1: Chorus surge, RPMs. “Grow Up,” Simple Plan
Song 2: M, V, VH, B (45s each) “Kids in America,” Kim Wilde
Song 3: Chorus surge, resistance.“Vacation,” The Go-Go’s
Song 4: Tabata“Walking On Sunshine,” Katrina & The Waves
Cool Down“Celebration,” Kool & The Gang

Want to hear the songs? Check out my Spotify playlist here or here:

Graduation Day Outfit Ideas

Encourage folks to wear gear from their college or high school of choice. 🙂

Cueing Corner

If you want to take this a step further, you can weave a fun, playful story through the playlist.

  • First series: Keep it super fun and upbeat. Everyone is partying!
  • Second series: When you play The Pussycat Dolls song, you can start to joke, “Oh no, now it’s time to get serious. Need to go get a job! What job will you pick?” The rest of the songs in the series explore different occupations: criminal (lol), teacher, and doctor.
  • Third series: Here’s when we realize we don’t want to grow up anymore. We want to be a kid forever! I love the juxtaposition of “Grow Up,” and “Kids in America,” back to back.

Catch ya next week!

Disclaimer: Readers who rely on this information do so at their own risk. Instructors must be properly certified, insured, and have the music licensing in order to teach a spin class. GroupXFitnessTips.com is not liable for any injuries or negligence that occurs.

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Mother’s Day 2024 Indoor Cycling Routine and Playlist

Mother's Day Indoor Cycling Routine and Playlist

As a mom of very young children, Mother’s Day is kind of a big deal. Becoming a mother has been one of the most life changing experiences I’ve had so far. However, I will NOT do a Mother’s Day themed ride in my spin classes.

Why’s that? Because it’s a difficult holiday for many, many people. It can be difficult if you’re grieving the relationship or loss of your mother or child(ren). It can be difficult if you have a strained relationship with your mother or child(ren). And, it can be difficult if you want to be a mother and have not yet become one. If you’re someone that struggles with Mother’s Day, I am wrapping you in a virtual hug and kindly telling you to get as far away from this routine as possible! (Seriously, I have so many other great indoor cycling routines to check out instead.)

But, being a mother is important to me and my own current experience. So, I’ve created this playlist for me to enjoy on my bike at home, and for anyone else looking to do the same. If you are celebrating Mother’s Day, I hope you have a happy holiday!

Enjoy!

Reminder: I like to teach my spinning classes in a series of exercises that we do 2-4 times through. I pick a couple exercises to make up the series, and we stick to it throughout the class. That way, participants know what to expect, so they can go big when they’re supposed to and not hold back for fear of another interval around the corner.

The Series (51-minute Workout)

Do the following exercises, three times through.

  • Song 1: 30/20/10. Do the following intervals: 30 seconds at moderate intensity, 20 seconds at hard intensity, and 10 seconds at breathless intensity. Repeat until the song has ended.
  • Song 2: RPM surge at chorus. Start at a moderate intensity pedaling to the beat of the music. At the chorus, pick up your pace 10-15 RPM and find a hard intensity. Then, come back to moderate after the chorus.
  • Song 3: Resistance surge at chorus. Start at a moderate intensity, pedaling to the beat of the music. At the chorus, increase your resistance and find hard intensity. Then, come back to moderate after the chorus.
  • Song 4: Surprise sprints. Pick a random intensity level and duration. Then do it. Make sure to provide ample recovery time between intervals.

The Mother’s Day Indoor Cycling Routine and Playlist

Series Song / WorkoutSong
Warm up“I Got It From My Mama,” will.i.am
Song 1: 30/20/10“Hey Mama,” David Guetta, AFROJACK, Bebe Rexha, Nicki Minaj
Song 2: RPM surge at chorus“Mom,” Meghan Trainor, Kelli Trainor
Song 3: Resistance surge at chorus“Higher Love,” Kygo, Whitney Houston
Song 4: Surprise sprints“Mama,” Jonas Blue, William Singe, OFFAIAH
Song 1: 30/20/10“Salute,” Little Mix
Song 2: RPM surge at chorus“Blessed,” Martina McBride
Song 3: Resistance surge at chorus“Haven’t Met You Yet,” Michael Buble
Song 4: Surprise sprints“Feels Like Home,” Sigala, Fuse ODG, Sean Paul, Kent Jones
Song 1: 30/20/10“…Genetics,” Meghan Trainor, The Pussycat Dolls
Song 2: RPM surge at chorus“Our Own House,” MisterWives
Song 3: Resistance surge at chorus“Stacy’s Mom,” Fountains of Wayne
Song 4: Surprise sprints“Powerful Women,” Pitbull, Dolly Parton
Cool Down“Call Your Mom,” Noah Kahan

Want to hear these songs? Check out my Spotify playlist here or here:

Catch ya next week!

Disclaimer: Readers who rely on this information do so at their own risk. Instructors must be properly certified, insured, and have the music licensing in order to teach a spin class. GroupXFitnessTips.com is not liable for any injuries or negligence that occurs.

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Love Made Me Crazy Indoor Cycling Routine and Playlist

Love Made Me Crazy Indoor Cycle Routine and Playlist

Sometimes love makes us do crazy things…like cycle for an hour in a dark room on a bike that goes nowhere! 🙂 This routine has some great, heart-thumping, high-emotion songs to get a really great, motivational workout in.

Enjoy!

Reminder: I like to teach my spinning classes in a series of exercises that we do 2-4 times through. I pick a couple exercises to make up the series, and we stick to it throughout the class. That way, participants know what to expect, so they can go big when they’re supposed to and not hold back for fear of another interval around the corner.

The Series (46-minute Workout)

Do the following exercises, three times through.

  • Song 1: Climb 1. Start at a moderate intensity, flat road resistance. Throughout the song, continue to add resistance to end the song at the very top of moderate intensity. Option to add a speed surge at the chorus.
  • Song 2: Climb 2. Start at the very bottom of hard intensity, pedaling to the beat of the music. Throughout the song, add resistance so that you end approaching very hard intensity. Option to add a speed surge at the chorus.
  • Song 3: Climb 3. Continue to add resistance through this song to find very, very hard intensity. So hard that you can JUST keep that steady, smooth pedal stroke at the appropriate RPMs.
  • Song 4: 30 seconds breathless / 30 seconds recovery. Intervals!

The Love Made Me Crazy Indoor Cycling Routine and Playlist

Series Song / WorkoutSong
Warm up“Crazy What Love Can Do,” Davi Guetta, Becky Hill, Ella Henderson
Song 1: Climb 1“Crazy In Love,” Beyonce, JAY-Z
Song 2: Climb 2“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood
Song 3: Climb 3“(You Drive Me) Crazy,” Britney Spears
Song 4: 30/30 sprints“You May Be Right,” Billy Joel
Song 1: Climb 1“Mad Love,” Sean Paul, David Guetta, Becky G
Song 2: Climb 2“She Drives Me Crazy,” Fine Young Cannibals
Song 3: Climb 3“I Hope,” Gabby Barrett
Song 4: 30/30 sprints“You Spin Me Round (Like a Record),” Dead Or Alive
Song 1: Climb 1“Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” Queen
Song 2: Climb 2“Sweet but Psycho,” Ava Max
Song 3: Climb 3“Don’t Blame Me,” Taylor Swift
Song 4: 30/30 sprints“She’s Out Of Her Mind,” blink-182
Cool Down“Before He Cheats,” Carrie Underwood

Check out the Spotify playlist here or here:

Catch ya next week!

Disclaimer: Readers who rely on this information do so at their own risk. Instructors must be properly certified, insured, and have the music licensing in order to teach a spin class. GroupXFitnessTips.com is not liable for any injuries or negligence that occurs.

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The Best 100+ Running Songs of All Time—From My 10 Years as a Trainer

The 100+ Best Running Songs

Music can have a HUGE impact on any type of exercise you do, but running songs especially can make or break your workout. If you have a great running playlist, you can go farther faster. But, the opposite is true, too.

So, what makes a great running song? There are a few key aspects to consider:

  1. The pace. You want the song to match your running pace. For breathless sprints, you likely want songs higher than 140 BPM. If you’re doing endurance cardio, like running a marathon or half marathon, you may opt for songs between 120 and 140 BPM.
  2. The lyrics and emotional impact. Some songs will move you to run faster based on their lyrics and overall emotional affect. Lean into those songs for when you’re looking to PR.
  3. The surprise and delight songs, like sing-alongs. Some songs may not seem like running songs at first, but will be a huge hit in your workout because it breaks up the monotony. If you have 10 fast-paced, high-emotion songs in a row, throwing in a classic rock hit like Bon Jovi may just give you the boost you need to re-focus on your routine.

Without further ado, let’s explore the top running songs by decade, genre, and more.

Enjoy!

Table of Contents

Click the following links to go straight to your desired section.

Enjoy! 

Benefits of The Right Running Songs

Listening to music while you run has many benefits: 

  • It’s motivating. Lyrics and tempos can prove inspiring during mentally tough workouts. 
  • It improves performance. Music can help you maintain a pace while running that’s challenging.
  • It’s mood boosting. Listening to music releases endorphins, which can lead to feelings of happiness and euphoria. *Insert Legally Blonde quote here about how people that work out are just happy*

The Best Running Songs By Decade

2010s Running Songs

  • For sprints, HIIT, breathless intervals:
    • “Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO, Lauren Bennett, GoonRock
    • “F*ck You (Forget You),” CeeLo Green 
    • “The Edge of Glory,” Lady Gaga
    • “Wild Ones,” Flo Rida, Sia 
    • “50 Ways to Say Goodbye,” Train
    • “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up),” Fall Out Boy
    • “Sweet Nothing,” Calvin Harris, Florence Welch
    • “Turn Down for What,” DJ Snake, Lil Jon
    • “Honey, I’m Good,” Andy Grammer
    • “Feel It Still,” Portugal. The Man
    • “Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish
    • “High Hopes,” Panic! at the Disco
  • For endurance running:
    • “Tik Tok,” Kesha 
    • “California Gurls,” Katy Perry, Snoop Dogg
    • “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love,” Usher, Pitbull 
    • “Sexy B*tch,” David Guetta, Akon 
    • “Like a G6,” Far East Movement, The Cataracs, Dev
    • “Club Can’t Handle Me Now,” Flo Rida, David Guetta
    • “Baby,” Justin Bieber, Ludacris
    • “Only Girl (In The World),” Rihanna
    • “You Belong With Me,” Taylor Swift
    • “Firework,” Katy Perry
    • “Give Me Everything,” Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Afrojack, Nayer
    • “Super Bass,” Nicki Minaj
    • “On The Floor,” Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull 
    • “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” Katy Perry 
    • “Tonight (I’m Loving You),” Enrique Iglesias, Ludacris, DJ Frank E
    • “Raise Your Glass,” P!nk
    • “Born The Way,” Lady Gaga
    • “Till The World Ends,” Britney Spears
    • “Tonight, Tonight,” Hot Chelle Rae
    • “You Make Me Feel…” Cobra Starship, Sabi 
    • “Sexy and I Know It,” LMFAO 
    • “Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen
    • “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” Kelly Clarkson
    • “We Found Love,” Rihanna, Calvin Harris 
    • “What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction 
    • “Good Feeling,” Flo Rida
    • “Moves Like Jagger,” Maroon 5, Christina Aguilera
    • “Feel So Close,” Calvin Harris
    • “Can’t Hold Us,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Ray Dalton
    • “I Knew You Were Trouble,” Taylor Swift
    • “Gangnam Style,” Psy
    • “Happy,” Pharrell Williams
    • “Talk Dirty,” Jason Derulo, 2 Chainz
    • “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor
    • “Bang Bang,” Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
    • “Summer,” Calvin Harris
    • “Break Free,” Ariana Grande, Zedd
    • “Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley
    • “Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
    • “Sugar,” Maroon 5
    • “Shut Up and Dance,” Walk the Moon
    • “Blank Space,” Taylor Swift 
    • “Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd
    • “Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift
    • “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
    • “Lips Are Movin,” Meghan Trainor 
    • “Worth It,” Fifth Harmony, Kid Ink
    • “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor
    • “Time of Our Lives,” Pitbull, Ne-Yo
    • “Ex’s & Oh’s,” Elle King
    • “House Party,” Sam Hunt
    • “Work,” Rihanna, Drake
    • “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” Justin Timberlake
    • “My House,” Flo Rida 
    • “Work from Home,” Fifth Harmony
    • “Cake by the Ocean,” DNCE
    • “Just Like Fire,” P!nk
    • “Perfect,” One Direction
    • “Despacito (Remix),” Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber
    • “Something Just Like This,” The Chainsmokers, Coldplay 
    • “24K Magic,” Bruno Mars 
    • “Starboy,” The Weeknd, Daft Punk
    • “Strip That Down,” Liam Payne, Quavo 
    • “Look What You Made Me Do,” Taylor Swift 
    • “Youngblood,” 5 Seconds of Summer 
    • “What Lovers Do,” Maroon 5, SZA
    • “Mi Gente,” J Balvin, Willy William, Beyonce 
    • “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus
    • “Sucker,” Jonas Brothers
    • “Thank U, Next,” Ariana Grande
    • “I Don’t Care,” Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber 
    • “Sweet but Psycho,” Ava Max 
    • “Me!” Taylor Swift, Brendon Urie 
    • “Beautiful People,” Ed Sheeran, Khalid 
    • “The Git Up,” Blanco Brown 
    • “Hey Look Ma, I Made It,” Panic! at the Disco 

See my full list of workout songs from 2010 here.

2000s Running Songs

  • For sprints, HIIT, and breathless intervals:
    • “Get Ur Freak On,” Missy Elliott
    • “The Middle,” Jimmy Eat World
    • “Hella Good,” No Doubt
    • “Gotta Get Through This,” Daniel Bedingfield
    • “Sk8er Boi,” Avril Lavigne
    • “The Way You Move,” Outkast, Sleepy Brown
    • “Hey Ya!” Outkast
    • “Lose My Breath,” Destiny’s Child
    • “Are You Gonna Be My Girl,” Jet
    • “Let’s Get It Started,” The Black Eyed Peas
    • “Hey Mama,” The Black Eyed Peas
    • “Since You Been Gone,” Kelly Clarkson
    • “Lose Control,” Missy Elliott, Ciara, Fatman Scoop
    • “Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” Fall Out Boy 
    • “Everytime We Touch,” Cascada
    • “Dance, Dance,” Fall Out Boy
    • “Pump It,” The Black Eyed Peas
    • “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race,” Fall Out Boy
    • “Thnks fr th Mmrs,” Fall Out Boy
    • “Boom Boom Pow,” The Black Eyed Peas
    • “My Life Would Suck Without You,” Kelly Clarkson
    • “Circus,” Britney Spears
    • “Green Light,” John Legend, Andre 3000
  • For endurance running:
    • “Independent Women,” Destiny’s Child
    • “Where the Party At,” Jagged Edge, Nelly
    • “Survivor,” Destiny’s Child
    • “Lady Marmalade,” Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, P!nk
    • “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” Jennifer Lopez
    • “Family Affair,” Mary J. Blige
    • “Bootylicious,” Destiny’s Child
    • “Kryptonite,” 3 Doors Down
    • “Wherever You Will Go,” The Calling 
    • “A Thousand Miles,” Vanessa Carlton
    • “In The End,” Linkin Park
    • “Soak Up The Sun,” Sheryl Crow 
    • “Move B*tch,” Ludacris, Mystikal, I-20 
    • “Lose Yourself,” Eminem
    • “Get Busy,” Sean Paul
    • “Crazy In Love,” Beyonce 
    • “Bring Me To Life,” Evanescence
    • “Get Low,” Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, Ying Yang Twins
    • “Shake Ya Tailfeather,” Nelly, P. Diddy, Murphy Lee
    • “Headstrong,” Trapt
    • “Stand Up,” Ludacris, Shawnna
    • “Jenny From The Block,” Jennifer Lopez, Jadakiss, Styles P
    • “Fighter,” Christina Aguilera
    • “What Was I Thinkin’,” Dierks Bentley
    • “Yeah!” Usher, Lil Jon, Ludacris
    • “Goodies,” Ciara, Petey Pablo
    • “Lean Back,” Terror Squad, Fat Joe, Remy Ma
    • “Tipsy,” J-Kwon
    • “Freek-a-leek,” Petey Pablo
    • “Milkshake,” Kelis
    • “Toxic,” Britney Spears
    • “Salt Shaker,” Ying Yang Twins, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz
    • “Headsprung,” LL Cool J
    • “Just Lose It,” Eminem
    • “Redneck Woman,” Gretchen Wilson 
    • “Hollaback Girl,” Gwen Stefani
    • “1,2 Step,” Ciara, Missy Elliott
    • “Candy Shop,” 50 Cent, Olivia
    • “Don’t Cha,” The Pussycat Dolls, Busta Rhymes
    • “Mr. Brightside,” The Killers
    • “Pon de Replay,” Rihanna
    • “How We Do,” The Game, 50 Cent 
    • “Hate It or Love It,” The Game, 50 Cent 
    • “Switch,” Will Smith
    • “My Humps,” The Black Eyed Peas
    • “Caught Up,” Usher
    • “Holiday,” Green Day 
    • “Run It,” Chris Brown, Juelz Santana
    • “Bring Em Out,” T.I.
    • “Numb/Encore,” Jay-Z and Linkin Park
    • “Temperature,” Sean Paul
    • “SexyBack,” Justin Timberlake, Timbaland
    • “Me & U,” Cassie
    • “Buttons,” Pussycat Dolls, Snoop Dogg
    • “SOS,” Rihanna
    • “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” Panic! at the Disco
    • “Ms. New Booty,” Bubba Sparxxx, Ying Yang Twins
    • “Dirty Little Secret,” The All-American Rejects 
    • “Too Little Too Late,” JoJo
    • “Life Is a Highway,” Rascal Flatts
    • “Call Me When You’re Sober,” Evanescence
    • “Glamorous,” Fergie, Ludacris
    • “Fergalicious,” Fergie, will.i.am
    • “Stronger,” Kanye West
    • “U + Ur Hand,” P!nk
    • “Here (In Your Arms),” Hellogoodbye
    • “Shup Up and Drive,” Rihanna 
    • “Low,” Flo Rida, T-Pain
    • “I Kissed a Girl,” Katy Perry
    • “Disturbia,” Rihanna 
    • “Don’t Stop the Music,” Rihanna 
    • “Pocketful of Sunshine,” Natasha Bedingfield
    • “So What,” P!nk 
    • “Hot n Cold,” Katy Perry
    • “When I Grow Up,” Pussycat Dolls 
    • “One Step at a Time,” Jordin Sparks
    • “Cyclone,” Baby Bash, T-Pain
    • “Womanizer,” Britney Spears
    • “Poker Face,” Lady Gaga
    • “Just Dance,” Lady Gaga, Colby O’Donis
    • “I Gotta Feeling,” The Black Eyed Peas
    • “Right Round,” Flo Rida
    • “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” Beyonce 
    • “Gives You Hell,” The All-American Rejects
    • “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho),” Pitbull 
    • “Party in the U.S.A,” Miley Cyrus
    • “Good Girls Go Bad,” Cobra Starship, Leighton Meester
    • “Hotel Room Service,” Pitbull 
    • “If U Seek Amy,” Britney Spears
    • “I Do Not Hook Up,” Kelly Clarkson

See my full list of 2000s workout songs here.

90s Running Songs

  • For sprints, HIIT, and breathless intervals:
    • “U Can’t Touch This,” MC Hammer 
    • “Emotions,” Mariah Carey
    • “We Didn’t Start The Fire,” Billy Joel 
    • “Motownphilly,” Boyz II Men
    • “Finally,” CeCe Peniston
    • “Move This,” Technotronic
    • “2 Legit 2 Quit,” MC Hammer 
    • “Whoomp! (There It Is),” Tag Team
    • “Rhythm Is A Dancer,” Snap!
    • “Tootsee Roll,” 69 Boyz
    • “Run Away,” Real McCoy 
    • “Turn The Beat Around,” Gloria Estefan
    • “C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train),” Quad City DJ’s
    • “Just A Girl,” No Doubt
    • “Wannabe,” Spice Girls 
    • “All For You,” Sister Hazel 
    • “Ooh Aah…Just a Little Bit,” Gina G. 
    • “Together Again,” Janet Jackson
    • “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It,” Will Smith
    • “Spice Up Your Life,” Spice Girls
    • “Raise the Roof,” Luke
    • “Livin’ la Vida Loca,” Ricky Martin
    • “Bailamos,” Enrique Iglesias
  • For endurance running:
    • “Poison,” Bell Biv DeVoe
    • “Pump Up The Jam,” Technotronic
    • “Opposites Attract,” Paula Abdul
    • “Escapade,” Janet Jackson
    • “Ice Ice Baby,” Vanilla Ice 
    • “U Can’t Touch This,” MC Hammer 
    • “Love Shack,” The B-52’s 
    • “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now),” C+C Music Factory
    • “Good Vibrations,” Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch 
    • “Baby Got Back,” Sir Mix A Lot
    • “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It),” En Vogue
    • “Achy Breaky Heart,” Billy Ray Cyrus
    • “I’m Too Sexy,” Right Said Fred
    • “Jump Around,” House of Pain
    • “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana 
    • “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg,” TLC 
    • “Friday I’m In Love,” The Cure
    • “Let’s Get Rocked,” DEF LEPPARD
    • “Rump Shaker,” Wreckx N Effect
    • “If,” Janet Jackson
    • “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),” The Proclaimers
    • “I’m Every Woman,” Whitney Houston 
    • “All That She Wants,” Ace of Base 
    • “Boom! Shake The Room,” DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 
    • “The Sign,” Ace of Base
    • “All I Wanna Do,” Sheryl Crow 
    • “Because of Love,” Janet Jackson
    • “This Is How We Do It,” Montell Jordan 
    • “The Rhythm of the Night,” Corona
    • “Macarena,” Los Del Rio
    • “MMMBop,” Hanson
    • “Semi-Charmed Life,” Third Eye Blind
    • “Barbie Girl,” Aqua
    • “I Don’t Want to Wait,” Paula Cole 
    • “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” Backstreet Boys
    • “When The Lights Go Out,” Five
    • “One Week,” Barenaked Ladies
    • “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart),” Backstreet Boys
    • “Time After Time,” INOJ
    • “Cruel Summer,” Ace of Base
    • “Touch It,” Monifah
    • “Dangerous,” Busta Rhymes
    • “…Baby One More Time,” Britney Spears
    • “Every Morning,” Sugar Ray 
    • “Where My Girls At?” 702
    • “All Star,” Smash Mouth
    • “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” Shania Twain 

See my full list of 90s workout songs here.

80s Running Songs

  • 80s Running Songs for Sprints and HIIT Exercises (140+ BPM)
    • “Call Me,” Blondie (143 BPM)
    • “You May Be Right,” Billy Joel (151 BPM)
    • “Heartbreaker,” Pat Benatar (156 BPM)
    • “Queen of Hearts,” Juice Newton (170 BPM)
    • “Whip It,” Devo (158 BPM)
    • “We Got The Beat,” The Go-Go’s (152 BPM)
    • “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” The Police (82 BPM; can go “double time” at chorus)
    • “Kids in America,” Kim Wilde (160 BPM)
    • “Working for the Weekend,” Loverboy (147 BPM)
    • “Maneater,” Hall & Oates (178 BPM)
    • “She Works Hard For the Money,” Donna Summer (137 BPM; close enough!)
    • “You Can’t Hurry Love,” Phil Collins (98 BPM; can go “double time” at chorus)
    • “I’m Still Standing,” Elton John (177 BPM)
    • “Footloose,” Kenny Loggins (174 BPM)
    • “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.,” John Cougar Mellencamp (164 BPM)
    • “Walk Like An Egyptian,” The Bangles (103 BPM; can go “double time” at chorus)
    • “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” Queen (77 BPM: can go “double time”)
    • “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me,” Billy Joel (141 BPM)
    • “You Make My Dreams,” Hall & Oates (167 BPM)
    • “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da,” The Police (148 BPM)
    • “Tainted Love,” Soft Cell (144 BPM)
    • “Mickey,” Toni Basil (150 BPM)
    • “Always Something There To Remind Me,” Naked Eyes (149 BPM)
  • 80s Endurance Running Songs (120 – 140 BPM)
    • “Stomp!” The Brothers Johnson (120 BPM)
    • “Cars,” Gary Numan (128 BPM)
    • “Fame,” Irene Cara (131 BPM)
    • “Celebration,” Kool & the Gang (122 BPM)
    • “Kiss On My List,” Hall & Oates (121 BPM)
    • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Pat Benatar (127 BPM)
    • “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” The Police (140 BPM)
    • “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” Deneice Williams (123 BPM)
    • “Physical,” Olivia Newton John (124 BPM)
    • “Hurts So Good,” John Cougar (125 BPM)
    • “Let’s Groove,” Earth, Wind, & Fire (125 BPM)
    • “Our Lips Are Sealed,” The Go-Go’s (131 BPM)
    • “Oh, Pretty Woman,” Van Halen (128 BPM)
    • “Beat It,” Michael Jackson (139 BPM)
    • “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” Eurythmics (125 BPM)
    • “Hungry Like The Wolf,” Duran Duran (128 BPM)
    • “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin,” Michael Jackson (122 BPM)
    • “Jump,” Van Halen (130 BPM)
    • “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” Cyndi Lauper (120 BPM)
    • “Uptown Girl,” Billy Joel (129 BPM)
    • “Love Is a Battlefield,” Pat Benatar 
    • “Like a Virgin,” Madonna 
    • “All She Wants to Do Is Dance,” Don Henley
    • “Addicted to Love,” Robert Palmer
    • “You Give Love a Bad Name,” Bon Jovi 
    • “What Have You Done For Me Lately,” Janet Jackson 
    • “Manic Monday,” The Bangles
    • “Take Me Home Tonight,” Eddie Money
    • “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” Whitney Houston
    • “Livin’ on a Prayer,” Bon Jovi 
    • “Open Your Heart,” Madonna
    • “(I Just) Died In Your Arms,” Cutting Crew
    • “Hip to Be Square,” Huey Lewis and the News
    • “Rock Steady,” The Whispers
    • “Got My Mind Set on You,” George Harrison
    • “Never Gonna Give You Up,” Rick Astley
    • “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car,” Billy Ocean
    • “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
    • “Nothin’ but a Good Time,” Poison
    • “My Prerogative,” Bobby Brown
    • “Straight Up,” Paula Abdul
    • “She Drives Me Crazy,” Fine Young Cannibals
    • “Wild Thing,” Tone Loc
    • “Bust a Move,” Young MC
    • “Love Shack,” The B-52’s
    • “Funky Cold Medina,” Tone Loc 

See my full list of 80s workout songs here.

70s Running Songs

  • 70s running songs for sprints and HIIT exercises:
    • “Treat Her Like a Lady,” Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
    • “Signs,” Five Man Electrical Band 
    • “I Just Want to Celebrate,” Rare Earth
    • “American Pie,” Don McLean
    • “Rockin’ Robin,” Michael Jackson 
    • “Crocodile Rock,” Elton John
    • “The Ballroom Blitz,” Sweet
    • “Love Machine,” The Miracles 
    • “The Boys Are Back in Town,” Thin Lizzy 
    • “Barracuda,” Heart
    • “My Sharona,” The Knack 
    • “Shake Your Groove Thing,” Peaches & Herb
    • “I Was Made for Dancin’,” Leif Garrett
    • “We Are Family,” Sister Sledge
    • “I Was Made for Lovin’ You,” KISS 
    • “Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor),” Robert Palmer 
  • 70s endurance running music:
    • “Band of Gold,” Freda Payne 
    • “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” Three Dog Night 
    • “ABC,” The Jackson 5 
    • “Spirit in the Sky,” Norman Greenbaum
    • “Green-Eyed Lady,” Sugarloaf
    • “Mississippi Queen,” Mountain 
    • “I Want to Take You Higher,” Ike & Tina Turner
    • “Joy to the World,” Three Dog Night
    • “One Bad Apple,” The Osmonds
    • “Me and Bobby McGee,” Janis Joplin
    • “Brown Sugar,” The Rolling Stones
    • “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves,” Cher
    • “Alone Again (Naturally),” Gilbert O’Sullivan
    • “The Candy Man,” Sammy Davis Jr. 
    • “Let’s Stay Together,” Al Green 
    • “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress,” The Hollies
    • “Burning Love,” Elvis Presley
    • “School’s Out,” Alice Cooper 
    • “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree,” Tony Orlando and Dawn
    • “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” Jim Croce
    • “That Lady,” The Isley Brothers
    • “Superstition,” Stevie Wonder 
    • “Stuck in the Middle with You,” Stealers Wheel 
    • “Love Train,” The O’Jays
    • “Dancing in the Moonlight,” King Harvest
    • “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” Loggins and Messina
    • “Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu,” Johnny Rivers
    • “Ramblin’ Man,” The Allman Brothers Band
    • “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” The Temptations
    • “Seasons in the Sun,” Terry Jacks
    • “Come and Get Your Love,” Redbone
    • “The Loco-Motion,” Grand Funk Railroad
    • “Jungle Boogie,” Kool & the Gang
    • “Hooked on a Feeling,” Blue Swede
    • “Hollywood Swinging,” Kool & the Gang
    • “Takin’ Care of Business,” Bachman-Turner Overdrive 
    • “Love Will Keep Us Together,” Captain & Tennille
    • “Rhinestone Cowboy,” Glen Campbell
    • “Philadelphia Freedom,” Elton John
    • “Some Kind of Wonderful,” Grand Funk Railroad
    • “Jive Talkin’,” Bee Gees
    • “Kung Fu Fighting,” Carl Douglas
    • “The Hustle,” Van McCoy & the Soul City Symphony
    • “Fight the Power,” The Isley Brothers
    • “Get Down Tonight,” KC and the Sunshine Band
    • “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You),” James Taylor
    • “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” Bachman-Turner Overdrive
    • “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” Elton John & Kiki Dee
    • “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” The Four Seasons
    • “Play That Funky Music,” Wild Cherry 
    • “You Sexy Thing,” Hot Chocolate
    • “Get Up and Boogie,” Silver Convention 
    • “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” KC and the Sunshine Band 
    • “You Should Be Dancing,” Bee Gees
    • “Turn the Beat Around,” Vicki Sue Robinson
    • “That’s the Way (I Like It),” KC and the Sunshine Band
    • “Sing a Song,” Earth, Wind & Fire
    • “Rock and Roll Music,” The Beach Boys 
    • “Rock and Roll All Nite,” KISS 
    • “Take the Money and Run,” Steve Miller Band 
    • “I Just Want to Be Your Everything,” Andy Gibb
    • “Best of My Love,” The Emotions 
    • “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher,” Rita Coolidge
    • “I’m Your Boogie Man,” KC and the Sunshine Band
    • “Dancing Queen,” ABBA
    • “Hot Line,” The Sylvers 
    • “Car Wash,” Rose Royce
    • “Feels Like the First Time,” Foreigner 
    • “Don’t Stop,” Fleetwood Mac
    • “Way Down,” Elvis Presley
    • “Keep It Comin’ Love,” KC and the Sunshine Band 
    • “Walk This Way,” Aerosmith 
    • “Boogie Nights,” Heatwave
    • “Go Your Own Way,” Fleetwood Mac 
    • “Shadow Dancing,” Andy Gibb
    • “Night Fever,” Bee Gees
    • “Stayin’ Alive,” Bee Gees
    • “Boogie Oogie Oogie,” A Taste of Honey
    • “You’re the One That I Want,” John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
    • “Take a Chance on Me,” ABBA 
    • “Hot Blooded,” Foreigner
    • “Disco Inferno,” The Tramps
    • “What’s Your Name,” Lynyrd Skynyrd
    • “Bad Girl,” Donna Summer
    • “Le Freak,” Chic
    • “I Will Survive,” Gloria Gaynor
    • “Hot Stuff,” Donna Summer 
    • “Y.M.C.A.,” Village People 
    • “Ring My Bell,” Anita Ward 
    • “I Want You to Want Me,” Cheap Trick 
    • “Boogie Wonderland,” Earth, Wind & Fire, The Emotions 
    • “Disco Nights (Rock-Freak),” GQ
    • “September,” Earth, Wind & Fire 
    • “Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough,” Michael Jackson 

See my full list of 70s workout songs here.

60s Running Songs

  • 60s running songs for sprints, HIIT, and breathless intervals:
    • “Bristol Stomp,” The Dovells
    • “Hello Mary Lou,” Ricky Nelson 
    • “Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out),” Ernie Maresca
    • “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” The Beach Boys
    • “Wipe Out,” The Surfaris
    • “She Loves You,” The Beatles
    • “Good Lovin’,” The Young Rascals
  • 60s endurance running songs:
    • “Cathy’s Clown,” The Everly Brothers
    • “Stuck on You,” Elvis Presley
    • “The Twist,” Chubby Checker
    • “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool,” Connie Francis
    • “Tossin’ and Turnin’,” Bobby Lewis
    • “Hit the Road Jack,” Ray Charles
    • “Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp),” Barry Mann
    • “Little Sister,” Elvis Presley
    • “Mashed Potato Time,” Dee Dee Sharp 
    • “The Loco-Motion,” Little Eva
    • “Twistin’ the Night Away,” Sam Cooke
    • “Peppermint Twist,” Joey Dee and the Starliters
    • “Twist and Shout,” The Isley Brothers
    • “I’m Blue (The Gong-Gong Song),” The Ikettes
    • “It’s My Party,” Lesley Gore 
    • “Heat Wave,” Martha and the Vandellas
    • “Donna the Prima Donna,” Dion 
    • “Shut Down,” The Beach Boys 
    • “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” The Beatles
    • “Oh, Pretty Woman,” Roy Orbison 
    • “I Get Around,” The Beach Boys 
    • “A Hard Day’s Night,” The Beatles
    • “Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” Manfred Mann
    • “Please Please Me,” The Beatles 
    • “Dancing in the Street,” Martha and the Vandellas
    • “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss),” Betty Everett
    • “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” The Temptations
    • “I Saw Her STanding There,” The Beatles
    • “Wooly Bully,” Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
    • “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” Four Tops
    • “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” The Rolling Stones
    • “Help!” The Beatles
    • “My Girl,” The Temptations
    • “Stop! In the Name of Love,” The Supremes
    • “Ticket to Ride,” The Beatles
    • “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” James Brown 
    • “It’s Not Unusual,” Tom Jones
    • “Do You Believe in Magic,” The Lovin’ Spoonful
    • “Last Train to Clarksville,” The Monkees
    • “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” Four Tops
    • “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” Nancy Sinatra
    • “You Can’t Hurry Love,” The Supremes
    • “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” The Temptations
    • “We Can Work It Out,” The Beatles 
    • “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” The Beach Boys
    • “I’m a Believer,” The Monkees
    • “Happy Together,” The Turtles
    • “Soul Man,” Sam & Dave
    • “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher,” Jackie Wilson
    • “Dance to the Music,” Sly and the Family Stone
    • “Born to Be Wild,” Steppenwolf 
    • “Jumpin’ Jack Flash, The Rolling Stones
    • “Think,” Aretha Franklin
    •  “Sugar, Sugar,” The Archies
    • “I Can’t Get Next to You,” The Temptations
    • “Everyday People,” Sly and the Family Stone
    • “Build Me Up Buttercup,” The Foundations
    • “Sweet Caroline,” Neil Diamond
    • “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” Marvin Gaye 

See my full list of 60s workout songs here.

Running Songs by Genre

Country Running Songs

  • The Best Country Running Songs for Sprints and HIIT
    • “Good Time,” Alan Jackson (BPM: 130)
    • “Vacation,” Thomas Rhett (BPM: 137) 
    • “5-1-5-0,” Dierks Bentley (117 BPM) 
    • “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” Brooks & Dunn (BPM: 130)
    • “Mountain Music,” Alabama (BPM: 135)
    • “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” Travis Tritt (BPM: 125)
    • “I Like It, I Love It,” Tim McGraw (BPM: 128)
    • “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” The Charlie Daniels Band (BPM: 140)
    • “Born to Boogie,” Hank Williams Jr. (BPM: 135)
    • “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” Luke Bryan (BPM: 106) 
    • “Guitars, Cadillacs,” Dwight Yoakam (BPM: 130)
    • “Something Like That,” Tim McGraw (BPM: 120)
    • “Fastest Girl In Town,” Miranda Lambert (BPM: 145) 
    • “Second One To Know,” Chris Stapleton (BPM: 97) 
    • “Lil Bit,” Nelly, Florida Georgia Line (BPM: 120) 
    • “It Ain’t My Fault,” Brothers Osborne (BPM: 123) 
    • “American Kids,” Kenny Chesney (BPM: 85) 
    • “Party For Two,” Shania Twain, Billy Currington (BPM: 120) 
    • “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!” Shania Twain (BPM: 120) 
    • “Chattahoochee,” Alan Jackson (BPM: 115)
    • “Singles You Up,” Jordan David (BPM: 110) 
    • “You Broke Up With Me,” Walker Hayes (BPM: 120) 
    • “Like I Love Country Music,” Kane Brown (BPM: 125) 
    • “She Had Me At Heads Carolina,” Cole Swindell (BPM: 135) 
    • “Here For The Party,” Gretchen Wilson (BPM: 124) 
    • “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home),” Elle King, Miranda Lambert (BPM: 120) 
    • “Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood (BPM: 90) 
    • “Heartache On The Dance Floor,” Jon Pardi (BPM: 116) 
    • “Truck Yeah,” Tim McGraw (BPM: 98) 
    • “Parachute,” Chris Stapleton (BPM: 116) 
    • “Drink In My Hand,” Eric Church (BPM: 113) 
    • “Snapback,” Old Dominion (BPM: 100) 
    • “Little Red Wagon,” Miranda Lambert (BPM: 95) 
    • “Brand New Man,” Brooks & Dunn (BPM: 120)
    • “Leave The Night On,” Sam Hunt (BPM: 86) 
    • “White Liar,” Miranda Lambert (BPM: 92) 
    • “Queen of Hearts,” Juice Newton (BPM: 86) 
    • “Flatliner,” Cole Swindell, Dierks Bentley (BPM: 115) 
    • “Why We Drink,” Justin Moore (BPM: 117) 
    • “Cadillac Ranch,” Chris LeDoux (BPM: 133) 
    • “Ain’t Going Down Until The Sun Comes Up,” Garth Brooks (BPM: 170) 
  • The Best Country Workout Songs for Endurance:
    • “Friends in Low Places,” Garth Brooks (BPM: 120)
    • “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy),” Big & Rich (BPM: 102)
    • “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” Shania Twain (BPM: 125)
    • “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” Trace Adkins (BPM: 125)
    • “Life Is a Highway,” Rascal Flatts (BPM: 120)
    • “Beer for My Horses,” Toby Keith ft. Willie Nelson (BPM: 105)
    • “Redneck Woman,” Gretchen Wilson (BPM: 105)
    • “Chicken Fried,” Zac Brown Band (BPM: 98)
    • “Before He Cheats,” Carrie Underwood (BPM: 75) 
    • “Fancy Like,” Walker Hayes, Kesha (BPM: 80) 
    • “As Good As I Once Was,” Toby Keith (BPM: 119) 
    • “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker (BPM: 118)
    • “House Party,” Sam Hunt (BPM: 104) 
    • “All My Friends Say,” Luke Bryan (BPM: 117) 
    • “Jolene” by Dolly Parton (BPM: 108)
    • “Buy Me a Boat” by Chris Janson (BPM: 100)
    • “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” Kenny Chesney (BPM: 122) 
    • “Backwards,” Rascal Flatts (BPM: 123; use the first minute as a recovery / talk track) 
    • “Take It Back,” Reba McEntire (BPM: 111) 
    • “Achy Breaky Heart,” Billy Ray Cyrus (BPM: 123)
    • “All My Ex’s Live in Texas,” George Strait (BPM: 120)
    • “Here for a Good Time,” George Strait (BPM: 110)
    • “Body Like a Back Road,” Sam Hunt (BPM: 100) 

See my full list of country workout songs here.

Classic Rock Running Songs

  • The Best Classic Rock Running Songs for Sprints and HIIT (BPM: Higher than 140) 
    • “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” Twisted Sister 
    • “My Sharona,” The Knack 
    • “Rock the Casbah,” The Clash
    • “Feeling This,” blink-182
    • “Blitzkrieg Bop,” Ramones
    • “Basket Case,” Green Day 
    • “Self Esteem,” The Offspring
    • “Savior,” Rise Against
    • “All the Small Things,” blink-182 
    • “Fat Lip,” Sum 41 
    • “Monkey Wrench,” Foo Fighters 
    • “Hate to Say I Told You So,” The Hives 
    • “Story of My Life,” Social Distortion
    • “Ruby Soho,” Rancid 
    • “Red Flag,” Billy Talent 
    • “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor,” Arctic Monkeys 
    • “Last Nite,” The Strokes
    • “I Wanna Be Sedated,” The Ramones 
    • “Buddy Holly,” Weezer
    • “The Middle,” Jimmy Eat World 
    • “Paranoid,” Black Sabbath 
    • “Crazy Train,” Ozzy Osbourne 
    • “The Pretender,” Foo Fighters 
    • “Everlong,” Foo Fighters 
    • “Basket Case,” Green Day
    • “Mr. Brightside,” The Killers 
    • “Breed,” Nirvana 
    • “Intergalactic,” Beastie Boys 
    • “Smooth Criminal,” Alien Ant Farm 
    • “The Kids Aren’t Alright,” The Offspring
    • “What’s My Age Again?” blink-182
    • “Misery Business,” Paramore 
    • “Kickstart My Heart,” Motley Crue
    • “Rock and Roll All Nite,” KISS 
    • “Draw the Line,” Aerosmith
    • “She’s Out of Her Mind,” blink-182
    • “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” Elton John
    • “I’m Still Standing,” Elton John
    • “Bad Reputation,” Joan Jett
    • “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” The Police
    • “Black Betty,” Ram Jam 
    • “Just A Girl,” No Doubt
  • The Best Classic Rock Endurance Songs (BPM: 120 – 140)
    • “You Shook Me All Night Long,” AC/DC
    • “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” KISS
    • “Addicted to Love,” Robert Palmer
    • “The Distance,” CAKE 
    • “In Too Deep,” Sum 41 
    • “My Own Worst Enemy,” Lit 
    • “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” The Clash
    • “Highway to Hell,” AC/DC 
    • “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” Billy Joel 
    • “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana 
    • “Seven Nation Army,” The White Stripes 
    • “Highway to Hell,” by AC/DC 
    • “Enter Sandman,” Metallica 
    • “Livin’ on a Prayer,” Bon Jovi 
    • “Come as You Are,” Nirvana
    • “Welcome to the Jungle,” Guns N’ Roses 
    • “1985,” Bowling for Soup 
    • “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” Tom Petty 
    • “Feel Good Inc.,” Gorillaz 
    • “Thks fr th Mmrs,” Fall Out Boy 
    • “Don’t Trust Me,” 3OH!3
    • “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” ZZ Top 
    • “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record),” Dead or Alive 
    • “Rebel Yell,” Billy Idol 
    • “Bad Medicine,” Bon Jovi
    • “All Right Now,” Free
    • “I Love Rock ‘N Roll,” Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
    • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Pat Benatar
    • “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” Scorpions
    • “The Boys Are Back In Town,” Thin Lizzy
    • “Sharp Dressed Man,” ZZ Top
    • “Come On Eileen,” Dexys Midnight Runners, Robert Palmer 
    • “Walk This Way,” Run DMC, Aerosmith
    • “Cherry Bomb,” The Runaways
    • “Heartbreaker,” Pat Benatar

See my full list of Classic Rock workout songs here.

Motivational Running Songs

Traditional Motivational Running Songs

  • “Lose Yourself,” Eminem
  • “Till I Collapse,” Eminem, Nate Dogg
  • “Love Myself,” Hailee Steinfeld
  • “Messiah – Dirty South Remix,” I See MONSTAS, Dirty South
  • “Thunder,” Imagine Dragons
  • “Jungle,” X Ambassadors, Jamie N Commons
  • “The Champion,” Carrie Underwood, Ludacris
  • “Out Here Grindin’,” DJ Khaled
  • “Numb / Encore,” JAY-Z, Linkin Park
  • “Turn Down for What,” DJ Snake, Lil Jon
  • “She’s Kinda Hot,” 5 Seconds of Summer
  • “Sweat – Remix,” Snoop Dogg, David Guetta
  • “Remember the Name,” Fort Minor, Styles of Beyond
  • “Lose My Breath,” Destiny’s Child
  • “Way Down We Go,” KALEO
  • “Go Hard or Go Home,” Wiz Khalifa, Iggy Azalea
  • “You Shook Me All Night Long,” AC/DC
  • “Shots,” LMFAO, Lil Jon
  • “The Other Side,” Jason Derulo
  • “Whatever It Takes,” Imagine Dragons
  • “We Are the Champions

Running Songs to Dedicate to Someone or Build Community

  • “Came Here for Love,” Sigala, Ella Eyre
  • “Happier,” Marshmello, Bastille
  • “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” Lenny Kravitz
  • “Mama,” Jonas Blue, William Singe
  • “Rise Up,” Andra Day
  • “You Make My Dreams (Come True),” Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • “Don’t Let Me Down,” The Chainsmokers, Daya
  • “I’ll Be There for You,” The Rembrandts
  • “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Guns N’ Roses
  • “Never Let You Go,” Third Eye Blind
  • “Worth It,” Fifth Harmony, Kid Ink
  • “I Want You,” Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  • “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” Whitney Houston 
  • “Buy My Mom a House,” Carolina Rial
  • “Me & U,” Cassie
  • “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” Drake, Majid Jordan
  • “Feels Like Home,” Sigala, Fuse ODG, Sean Paul, Kent Jones
  • “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” Bon Jovi, Jennifer Nettles
  • “Home,” Phillip Phillips
  • “Got My Mind Set On You,” George Harrison
  • “Together Again,” Janet Jackson
  • “Love Will Keep Us Together,” Captain & Tennille
  • “We are Family,” Sister Sledge
  • “Family Affair,” Mary J. Blige
  • “Better Together,” Jack Johnson
  • “Lean on Me,” Bill Withers
  • “Come Together,” The Beatles
  • “We’re All In This Together,” High School Musical Cast, Disney
  • “I Won’t Give Up,” Jason Mraz
  • “A Thousand Miles,” Vanessa Carlton
  • “You Are Not Alone,” Michael Jackson
  • “She Will Be Loved,” Maroon 5 
  • “Cheetah Sisters,” The Cheetah Girls
  • “I’ll Be Missing You,” Diddy, Faith Evans, 112

Motivational Running Songs Inspired by Your Haters

  • “Sk8er Boi,” Avril Lavigne
  • “So What,” P!nk
  • “Thnks fr th Mmrs,” Fall Out Boy
  • “Gives You Hell,” The All-American Rejects
  • “I Hate Everything About You,” Three Days Grace
  • “Here I Go Again,” Whitesnake
  • “My Own Worst Enemy,” Lit
  • “You Broke Up With Me,” Walker Hayes
  • “Another One Bites The Dust,” Queen
  • “Bye Bye Bye,” *NSYNC
  • “Problem,” Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea
  • “Freaks,” Timmy Trumpet, Savage
  • “Love Myself,” Hailee Steinfeld
  • “Attention,” Charlie Puth
  • “Miss Independent,” Kelly Clarkson
  • “Heartbreaker,” Pat Benatar
  • “The Only Good Thing (You Ever Said Was Goodbye),” Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  • “Run-Around,” Blues Traveler
  • “Leave It All Behind,” Cult to Follow
  • “Don’t Cha,” The Pussycat Dolls, Busta Rhymes
  • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Pat Benatar
  • “Ain’t Your Mama,” Jennifer Lopez
  • “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
  • “Since U Been Gone,” Kelly Clarkson
  • “What Have You Done For Me Lately,” Janet Jackson
  • “Sorry Not Sorry,” Demi Lovato
  • “Independence Day,” 5 Seconds of Summer
  • “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift
  • “Mama Said Knock You Out,” LL COOL J
  • “Fighter,” Christina Aguilera
  • “Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift
  • “Best Days of Your Life,” Kellie Pickler
  • “Forget You,” CeeLo Green
  • “Survivor,” Destiny’s Child

Choosing the Right Running Songs

As a fitness instructor, I understand the importance of having the right playlist to keep me motivated and energized during my training sessions. In this section, I will share some tips on how to choose the right workout songs that will help you achieve your fitness goals.

Tempo and Rhythm

The tempo and rhythm of a song are crucial factors to consider when selecting workout songs. The right tempo can help you maintain a consistent pace during your workout, while the rhythm can help you synchronize your movements with the music. For instance, if you’re running or doing high-intensity workouts, you may want to choose songs with a faster tempo to keep your heart rate up and maintain your energy levels.

Genre Selection

The genre of music you choose can also have a significant impact on your running performance. Different genres of music can evoke different emotions and moods, which can affect your motivation and energy levels. For example, if you’re doing a high-intensity workout, you may want to choose songs from genres like hip-hop, rock, or electronic dance music (EDM) that have upbeat and energetic rhythms. If you’re doing a stretching routine, you may want to choose songs from genres like classical, jazz, or ambient music that have a more calming and relaxing effect.

Lyrics and Message

The lyrics and message of a song can also influence your workout performance. Some people prefer songs with motivational or inspirational lyrics that can boost their confidence and determination during their workouts. Others may prefer songs with a more upbeat or fun message that can help them enjoy their workouts and keep them entertained. It’s important to choose songs that resonate with your personal preferences and fitness goals.

In conclusion, choosing the right running songs can make a significant difference in your running performance and motivation levels. By considering factors like tempo, rhythm, genre, and lyrics, you can create a playlist that suits your personal preferences and helps you achieve your fitness goals.

Creating Your Own Running Playlist

When it comes to running, music can play an important role in keeping you motivated and energized. Creating your own running playlist can be a fun and effective way to customize your experience. Here are some personalization tips and song selection strategies to help you create the perfect workout playlist.

Personalization Tips

  1. Choose music that matches your workout intensity: The tempo and rhythm of the music you choose should match the intensity of your workout. For example, if you are doing a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout, you may want to choose fast-paced songs with a strong beat.
  2. Mix up genres: Don’t be afraid to mix up genres in your playlist. A variety of music can keep your workout interesting and prevent boredom.
  3. Include songs that motivate you: Choose songs that make you feel empowered and motivated. This can be anything from upbeat pop songs to motivational rap or rock anthems.
  4. Consider the length of your workout: Make sure your playlist is long enough to last the duration of your workout. You don’t want to be stuck listening to the same songs on repeat.

Song Selection Strategies

  1. Start with a warm-up song: Choose a song that has a slower tempo and builds gradually to get you in the mood for your workout.
  2. Build up to a peak song: Choose a song that has a strong beat and gets you pumped up. This can be the peak of your workout.
  3. Include a cool-down song: Choose a song that has a slower tempo and helps you wind down after your workout.
  4. Mix up old and new songs: Don’t be afraid to include some old favorites in your playlist, but also consider adding some new songs to keep things fresh.
  5. Consider the lyrics: Make sure the lyrics of the songs you choose are appropriate for your workout environment. Some gyms may have rules about explicit lyrics.

Safety and Considerations

I know that music can be a great motivator during running. However, it is important to consider safety and other factors while listening to music during exercise. Here are some things to keep in mind.

Volume Levels

Listening to music at high volumes can be damaging to your ears and can also be a safety hazard. When running, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and be able to hear approaching vehicles or other potential dangers. Keep the volume at a moderate level so that you can still hear ambient noise.

Environmental Awareness

When working out indoors, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and other people in the gym. Loud music can be disruptive to others and can also be a safety hazard if you are not aware of your surroundings. It’s important to use headphones or earbuds to keep the music to yourself and be aware of your surroundings.

Overall, music can be a great addition to a running routine, but it is important to consider safety and other factors while listening to music during exercise. By keeping the volume at a moderate level and being aware of your surroundings, you can enjoy your favorite workout songs while staying safe and considerate of others.

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Top 80s Running Songs—From My 10 Years as a Trainer

Top 80s Running Songs

Some of my all-time favorite running songs came from the 1980s. There are so many high-energy, fast-tempo rock and metal 80s running songs to add to your next workout. I sorted the songs by genre and by pace to help you get what you’re looking for.

Enjoy!

Table of Contents

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80s running songs by genre:

80s running songs by BPM / exercise type:

Enjoy! 

80s Heavy Metal Running Music

  1. “Cult of Personality,” Living Colour (92 BPM)
  2. “Nothin’ But A Good Time,” Poison (129 BPM)
  3. “Home Sweet Home,” Motley Crue (66 BPM)
  4. “Round and Round,” Ratt (127 BPM)
  5. “Kickstart My Heart,” Motley Crue (179 BPM)
  6. “Lick It Up,” KISS (138 BPM)
  7. “The Trooper,” Iron Maiden (160 BPM)
  8. “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” Scorpions (126 BPM)
  9. “Master of Puppets,” Metallica (220 BPM)
  10. “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” Twisted Sister (148 BPM)
  11. “Trashed,” Black Sabbath (175 BPM)
  12. “Rainbow in the Dark,” Dio (117 BPM)
  13. “Dr. Feelgood,” Motley Crue (171 BPM)
  14. “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” Def Leppard (85 BPM)

Listen to the songs in my Spotify playlist here.

80s New Wave Running Songs

  1. “Kids in America,” Kim Wilde (160 BPM)
  2. “Call Me,” Blondie (132 BPM)
  3. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart (125 BPM)
  4. “Whip It,” DEVO (142 BPM)
  5. “Don’t Stand So Close To Me,” The Police (140 BPM)
  6. “Take on Me,” a-ha (85 BPM)
  7. “Our Lips Are Sealed,” The Go-Go’s (152 BPM)
  8. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record),” Dead Or Alive (128 BPM)
  9. “Always Something There to Remind Me,” Naked Eyes (119 BPM; could go faster than BPM)
  10. “We Got The Beat,” The Go-Go’s (151 BPM)
  11. “Hungry Like the Wolf,” Duran Duran (127 BPM)
  12. “Don’t You Want Me,” The Human League (118 BPM)
  13. “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” The Police (137 BPM; could go faster than BPM)
  14. “Relax,” Frankie Goes To Hollywood (115 BPM)

You can find all these songs on my Spotify playlist.

80s Hard Rock Running Playlist

  1. “You Shook Me All Night Long,” AC/DC (127 BPM)
  2. “Lick It Up,” KISS (138 BPM)
  3. “Bad Medicine,” Bon Jovi (119 BPM)
  4. “I Love Rock ‘N Roll,” Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (96 BPM; could go faster than BPM)
  5. “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” Scorpions (126 BPM)
  6. “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” ZZ Top (120 BPM)
  7. “Welcome To The Jungle,” Guns N’ Roses (124 BPM)
  8. “Panama,” Van Halen (110 BPM; could go faster than BPM)
  9. “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Pat Benatar (127 BPM)
  10. “No One Like You,” Scorpions (112 BPM)
  11. “Sharp Dressed Man,” ZZ Top (125 BPM)
  12. “Round and Round,” Ratt (127 BPM)
  13. “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Guns N’ Roses (125 BPM)
  14. “The Final Countdown,” Europe (117 BPM; could go faster than BPM)
  15. “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” Def Leppard (85 BPM)

Want to hear the songs? I’ve added all these songs and more to my Spotify playlist here.

80s Classic Rock Running Songs

  1. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” Queen (77 BPM; could go faster than BPM)
  2. “All She Wants To Do Is Dance,” Don Henley (116 BPM)
  3. “Jessie’s Girl,” Rick Springfield (132 BPM)
  4. “Bad Reputation,” Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (110 BPM)
  5. “Addicted To Love,” Robert Palmer (117 BPM)
  6. “Crazy Train,” Ozzy Osbourne (138 BPM)
  7. “Hot for Teacher,” Van Halen (142 BPM)
  8. “Hurts So Good,” John Mellencamp (128 BPM)
  9. “Livin’ On A Prayer,” Bon Jovi (123 BPM)
  10. “Another One Bites The Dust,” Queen (109 BPM)
  11. “You Give Love A Bad Name,” Bon Jovi (123 BPM)
  12. “Got My Mind Set on You,” George Harrison (157 BPM)
  13. “Dr. Feelgood,” Motley Crue (171 BPM)
  14. “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Journey (119 BPM)

Want to hear the songs? I’ve added all these songs to my Spotify playlist here.

80s Pop Running Music

  1. “Straight Up,” Paula Abdul (114 BPM)
  2. “Like a Virgin,” Madonna (116 BPM)
  3. “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes (109 BPM; could go faster than BPM)
  4. “I’m Still Standing,” Elton John (174 BPM)
  5. “Manic Monday,” The Bangles (109 BPM)
  6. “Kiss On My List,” Hall & Oates (110 BPM; could go faster than BPM)
  7. “Maneater,” Hall & Oates (174 BPM)
  8. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” Whitney Houston (120 BPM)
  9. “Love Shack,” The B-52’s (134 BPM)
  10. “Footloose,” Kenny Loggins (170 BPM)
  11. “Physical,” Olivia Newton John (122 BPM)

Want to hear the songs? I’ve added all these songs and more to my Spotify playlist here.

80s Hip-hop and R&B Running Songs

  1. “Celebration,” Kool & The Gang (122 BPM)
  2. “Let’s Groove,” Earth, Wind & Fire (125 BPM)
  3. “Push It,” Salt-N-Pepa (127 BPM)
  4. “Rock Steady,” The Whispers (116 BPM)
  5. “Wipeout,” Fat Boys, The Beach Boys (129 BPM)
  6. “Wild Thing,” Tone-Loc (126 BPM)
  7. “Funky Cold Medina,” Tone-Loc (117 BPM)
  8. “I’m Coming Out,” Diana Ross (110 BPM)
  9. “Bust A Move,” Young MC (117 BPM)
  10. “It’s Tricky,” Run-D.M.C. (128 BPM)
  11. “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” Deneice Williams (123 BPM)
  12. “Get Down On It,” Kool & The Gang (111 BPM)
  13. “Fight For Your Right,” Beastie Boys (134 BPM)
  14. “Walk This Way,” Run-D.M.C., Aerosmith (105 BPM)

Want to hear the songs? I’ve added all these songs and more to my Spotify playlist here.

80s Running Music for Sprints and HIIT Exercises (140+ BPM)

  1. “Call Me,” Blondie (143 BPM)
  2. “You May Be Right,” Billy Joel (151 BPM)
  3. “Heartbreaker,” Pat Benatar (156 BPM)
  4. “Queen of Hearts,” Juice Newton (170 BPM)
  5. “Whip It,” Devo (158 BPM)
  6. “We Got The Beat,” The Go-Go’s (152 BPM)
  7. “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” The Police (82 BPM; can go “double time” at chorus)
  8. “Kids in America,” Kim Wilde (160 BPM)
  9. “Working for the Weekend,” Loverboy (147 BPM)
  10. “Maneater,” Hall & Oates (178 BPM)
  11. “She Works Hard For the Money,” Donna Summer (137 BPM; close enough!)
  12. “You Can’t Hurry Love,” Phil Collins (98 BPM; can go “double time” at chorus)
  13. “I’m Still Standing,” Elton John (177 BPM)
  14. “Footloose,” Kenny Loggins (174 BPM)
  15. “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.,” John Cougar Mellencamp (164 BPM)
  16. “Walk Like An Egyptian,” The Bangles (103 BPM; can go “double time” at chorus)
  17. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” Queen (77 BPM: can go “double time”)
  18. “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me,” Billy Joel (141 BPM)
  19. “You Make My Dreams,” Hall & Oates (167 BPM)
  20. “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da,” The Police (148 BPM)
  21. “Tainted Love,” Soft Cell (144 BPM)
  22. “Mickey,” Toni Basil (150 BPM)
  23. “Always Something There To Remind Me,” Naked Eyes (149 BPM)

80s Endurance Running Songs (120 – 140 BPM)

  1. “Stomp!” The Brothers Johnson (120 BPM)
  2. “Cars,” Gary Numan (128 BPM)
  3. “Fame,” Irene Cara (131 BPM)
  4. “Celebration,” Kool & the Gang (122 BPM)
  5. “Kiss On My List,” Hall & Oates (121 BPM)
  6. “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Pat Benatar (127 BPM)
  7. “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” The Police (140 BPM)
  8. “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” Deneice Williams (123 BPM)
  9. “Physical,” Olivia Newton John (124 BPM)
  10. “Hurts So Good,” John Cougar (125 BPM)
  11. “Let’s Groove,” Earth, Wind, & Fire (125 BPM)
  12. “Our Lips Are Sealed,” The Go-Go’s (131 BPM)
  13. “Oh, Pretty Woman,” Van Halen (128 BPM)
  14. “Beat It,” Michael Jackson (139 BPM)
  15. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” Eurythmics (125 BPM)
  16. “Hungry Like The Wolf,” Duran Duran (128 BPM)
  17. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin,” Michael Jackson (122 BPM)
  18. “Jump,” Van Halen (130 BPM)
  19. “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” Cyndi Lauper (120 BPM)
  20. “Uptown Girl,” Billy Joel (129 BPM)
  21. “Love Is a Battlefield,” Pat Benatar 
  22. “Like a Virgin,” Madonna 
  23. “All She Wants to Do Is Dance,” Don Henley
  24. “Addicted to Love,” Robert Palmer
  25. “You Give Love a Bad Name,” Bon Jovi 
  26. “What Have You Done For Me Lately,” Janet Jackson 
  27. “Manic Monday,” The Bangles
  28. “Take Me Home Tonight,” Eddie Money
  29. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” Whitney Houston
  30. “Livin’ on a Prayer,” Bon Jovi 
  31. “Open Your Heart,” Madonna
  32. “(I Just) Died In Your Arms,” Cutting Crew
  33. “Hip to Be Square,” Huey Lewis and the News
  34. “Rock Steady,” The Whispers
  35. “Got My Mind Set on You,” George Harrison
  36. “Never Gonna Give You Up,” Rick Astley
  37. “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car,” Billy Ocean
  38. “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  39. “Nothin’ but a Good Time,” Poison
  40. “My Prerogative,” Bobby Brown
  41. “Straight Up,” Paula Abdul
  42. “She Drives Me Crazy,” Fine Young Cannibals
  43. “Wild Thing,” Tone Loc
  44. “Bust a Move,” Young MC
  45. “Love Shack,” The B-52’s
  46. “Funky Cold Medina,” Tone Loc 

80s Running Music for Cool Downs, Stretching, Etc. (Less Than 120 BPM)

  1. “Don’t Do Me Like That,” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (117 BPM)
  2. “Rock With You,” Michael Jackson (114 BPM)
  3. “Upside Down,” Diana Ross (108 BPM)
  4. “Heartache Tonight,” Eagles (113 BPM)
  5. “9 to 5,” Dolly Parton (105 BPM)
  6. “Urgent,” Foreigner (115 BPM)
  7. “Another One Bites The Dust,” Queen (110 BPM)
  8. “I’m Coming Out,” Diana Ross (110 BPM)
  9. “Eye Of The Tiger,” Survivor (109 BPM)
  10. “I Love Rock ‘n Roll,” Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (94 BPM)
  11. “Don’t You Want Me,” The Human League (118 BPM)
  12. “Get Down On It,” Kool & The Gang (111 BPM)
  13. “Billie Jean,” Michael Jackson (117 BPM)
  14. “Come On Eileen,” Dexys Midnight Runners (107 BPM)
  15. “1999,” Prince (119 BPM)
  16. “All Night Long (All Night),” Lionel Richie (109 BPM)
  17. “Escape (The Pina Colada Song),” Rupert Holmes
  18. “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” Prince 
  19. “Keep On Loving You,” REO Speedwagon 
  20. “The Tide is High,” Blondie 
  21. “Take It On The Run,” REO Speedwagon 
  22. “Rosanna,” Toto
  23. “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Journey 
  24. “Down Under,” Men at Work 
  25. “Africa,” Toto
  26. “Little Red Corvette,” Prince
  27. “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” Journey 
  28. “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now),” Phil Collins
  29. “If This Is It,” Huey Lewis and the News
  30. “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” REO Speedwagon 
  31. “We Built This City,” Starship 
  32. “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes
  33. “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!),” Beastie Boys
  34. “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” Def Leppard 
  35. “Fast Car,” Tracy Chapman 

If you liked this post, you might also like my other curations of workout songs: 

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The Best 100+ Workout Songs of All Time—From My 10 Years as a Trainer

Best 100+ Workout Songs

I’ve listened to hours (and hours!) of workout songs and taught hours (and hours!) of workout classes. That makes me the obvious expert on the best workout songs of all time. Duh! 😉 In all seriousness, as a fitness instructor, it can take forever to build the perfect playlist for a workout, especially if there are a lot of different people in the room to appease. I’ve built a ton of sample workout playlists and routines on this blog to make it easy for you to choose one and get started.

But what makes a great workout song? There are a few key aspects to consider when finding top workout songs.

  1. The pace. You want the song to match the pace you’re going, especially if you’re doing cardio. For breathless sprints, you likely want songs higher than 140 BPM. If you’re doing endurance cardio, like running long distances or rowing, you may opt for songs between 120 and 140 BPM.
  2. The lyrics and emotional impact. Some songs will move you to work out harder based on their lyrics and overall emotional affect. Lean into those songs for when you’re looking for a weight lifting or cardio PR.
  3. The surprise and delight songs, like sing-alongs. Some songs may not seem like workout songs at first, but will be a huge hit in your workout because it breaks up the monotony. If you have 10 fast-paced, high-emotion songs in a row, throwing in a classic rock hit like Bon Jovi may just give you the boost you need to re-focus on your routine.

Without further ado, let’s explore the top workout songs by decade, genre, and more.

Enjoy!

Table of Contents

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Enjoy! 

Benefits of The Right Workout Songs

Listening to music while you exercise has many benefits: 

  • It’s motivating. Lyrics and tempos can prove inspiring during mentally tough workouts. 
  • It improves performance. Music can help you maintain a pace while cycling or running that’s challenging. It can also help you slow down weight lifting if you want to work smaller muscle groups, and maintain that isometric hold for a little bit longer. 
  • It’s mood boosting. Listening to music releases endorphins, which can lead to feelings of happiness and euphoria. *Insert Legally Blonde quote here about how people that work out are just happy*

The Best Workout Songs By Decade

2010s Workout Songs

  • For sprints, HIIT, breathless cardio:
    • “Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO, Lauren Bennett, GoonRock
    • “F*ck You (Forget You),” CeeLo Green 
    • “The Edge of Glory,” Lady Gaga
    • “Wild Ones,” Flo Rida, Sia 
    • “50 Ways to Say Goodbye,” Train
    • “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up),” Fall Out Boy
    • “Sweet Nothing,” Calvin Harris, Florence Welch
    • “Turn Down for What,” DJ Snake, Lil Jon
    • “Honey, I’m Good,” Andy Grammer
    • “Feel It Still,” Portugal. The Man
    • “Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish
    • “High Hopes,” Panic! at the Disco
  • For endurance cardio and weight lifting:
    • “Tik Tok,” Kesha 
    • “California Gurls,” Katy Perry, Snoop Dogg
    • “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love,” Usher, Pitbull 
    • “Sexy B*tch,” David Guetta, Akon 
    • “Like a G6,” Far East Movement, The Cataracs, Dev
    • “Club Can’t Handle Me Now,” Flo Rida, David Guetta
    • “Baby,” Justin Bieber, Ludacris
    • “Only Girl (In The World),” Rihanna
    • “You Belong With Me,” Taylor Swift
    • “Firework,” Katy Perry
    • “Give Me Everything,” Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Afrojack, Nayer
    • “Super Bass,” Nicki Minaj
    • “On The Floor,” Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull 
    • “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” Katy Perry 
    • “Tonight (I’m Loving You),” Enrique Iglesias, Ludacris, DJ Frank E
    • “Raise Your Glass,” P!nk
    • “Born The Way,” Lady Gaga
    • “Till The World Ends,” Britney Spears
    • “Tonight, Tonight,” Hot Chelle Rae
    • “You Make Me Feel…” Cobra Starship, Sabi 
    • “Sexy and I Know It,” LMFAO 
    • “Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen
    • “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” Kelly Clarkson
    • “We Found Love,” Rihanna, Calvin Harris 
    • “What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction 
    • “Good Feeling,” Flo Rida
    • “Moves Like Jagger,” Maroon 5, Christina Aguilera
    • “Feel So Close,” Calvin Harris
    • “Can’t Hold Us,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Ray Dalton
    • “I Knew You Were Trouble,” Taylor Swift
    • “Gangnam Style,” Psy
    • “Happy,” Pharrell Williams
    • “Talk Dirty,” Jason Derulo, 2 Chainz
    • “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor
    • “Bang Bang,” Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
    • “Summer,” Calvin Harris
    • “Break Free,” Ariana Grande, Zedd
    • “Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley
    • “Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
    • “Sugar,” Maroon 5
    • “Shut Up and Dance,” Walk the Moon
    • “Blank Space,” Taylor Swift 
    • “Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd
    • “Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift
    • “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
    • “Lips Are Movin,” Meghan Trainor 
    • “Worth It,” Fifth Harmony, Kid Ink
    • “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor
    • “Time of Our Lives,” Pitbull, Ne-Yo
    • “Ex’s & Oh’s,” Elle King
    • “House Party,” Sam Hunt
    • “Work,” Rihanna, Drake
    • “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” Justin Timberlake
    • “My House,” Flo Rida 
    • “Work from Home,” Fifth Harmony
    • “Cake by the Ocean,” DNCE
    • “Just Like Fire,” P!nk
    • “Perfect,” One Direction
    • “Despacito (Remix),” Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber
    • “Something Just Like This,” The Chainsmokers, Coldplay 
    • “24K Magic,” Bruno Mars 
    • “Starboy,” The Weeknd, Daft Punk
    • “Strip That Down,” Liam Payne, Quavo 
    • “Look What You Made Me Do,” Taylor Swift 
    • “Youngblood,” 5 Seconds of Summer 
    • “What Lovers Do,” Maroon 5, SZA
    • “Mi Gente,” J Balvin, Willy William, Beyonce 
    • “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus
    • “Sucker,” Jonas Brothers
    • “Thank U, Next,” Ariana Grande
    • “I Don’t Care,” Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber 
    • “Sweet but Psycho,” Ava Max 
    • “Me!” Taylor Swift, Brendon Urie 
    • “Beautiful People,” Ed Sheeran, Khalid 
    • “The Git Up,” Blanco Brown 
    • “Hey Look Ma, I Made It,” Panic! at the Disco 

See my full list of workout songs from 2010 here.

2000s Workout Songs

  • For sprints, HIIT, and breathless cardio intervals:
    • “Get Ur Freak On,” Missy Elliott
    • “The Middle,” Jimmy Eat World
    • “Hella Good,” No Doubt
    • “Gotta Get Through This,” Daniel Bedingfield
    • “Sk8er Boi,” Avril Lavigne
    • “The Way You Move,” Outkast, Sleepy Brown
    • “Hey Ya!” Outkast
    • “Lose My Breath,” Destiny’s Child
    • “Are You Gonna Be My Girl,” Jet
    • “Let’s Get It Started,” The Black Eyed Peas
    • “Hey Mama,” The Black Eyed Peas
    • “Since You Been Gone,” Kelly Clarkson
    • “Lose Control,” Missy Elliott, Ciara, Fatman Scoop
    • “Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” Fall Out Boy 
    • “Everytime We Touch,” Cascada
    • “Dance, Dance,” Fall Out Boy
    • “Pump It,” The Black Eyed Peas
    • “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race,” Fall Out Boy
    • “Thnks fr th Mmrs,” Fall Out Boy
    • “Boom Boom Pow,” The Black Eyed Peas
    • “My Life Would Suck Without You,” Kelly Clarkson
    • “Circus,” Britney Spears
    • “Green Light,” John Legend, Andre 3000
  • For endurance cardio and weight lifting:
    • “Independent Women,” Destiny’s Child
    • “Where the Party At,” Jagged Edge, Nelly
    • “Survivor,” Destiny’s Child
    • “Lady Marmalade,” Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, P!nk
    • “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” Jennifer Lopez
    • “Family Affair,” Mary J. Blige
    • “Bootylicious,” Destiny’s Child
    • “Kryptonite,” 3 Doors Down
    • “Wherever You Will Go,” The Calling 
    • “A Thousand Miles,” Vanessa Carlton
    • “In The End,” Linkin Park
    • “Soak Up The Sun,” Sheryl Crow 
    • “Move B*tch,” Ludacris, Mystikal, I-20 
    • “Lose Yourself,” Eminem
    • “Get Busy,” Sean Paul
    • “Crazy In Love,” Beyonce 
    • “Bring Me To Life,” Evanescence
    • “Get Low,” Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, Ying Yang Twins
    • “Shake Ya Tailfeather,” Nelly, P. Diddy, Murphy Lee
    • “Headstrong,” Trapt
    • “Stand Up,” Ludacris, Shawnna
    • “Jenny From The Block,” Jennifer Lopez, Jadakiss, Styles P
    • “Fighter,” Christina Aguilera
    • “What Was I Thinkin’,” Dierks Bentley
    • “Yeah!” Usher, Lil Jon, Ludacris
    • “Goodies,” Ciara, Petey Pablo
    • “Lean Back,” Terror Squad, Fat Joe, Remy Ma
    • “Tipsy,” J-Kwon
    • “Freek-a-leek,” Petey Pablo
    • “Milkshake,” Kelis
    • “Toxic,” Britney Spears
    • “Salt Shaker,” Ying Yang Twins, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz
    • “Headsprung,” LL Cool J
    • “Just Lose It,” Eminem
    • “Redneck Woman,” Gretchen Wilson 
    • “Hollaback Girl,” Gwen Stefani
    • “1,2 Step,” Ciara, Missy Elliott
    • “Candy Shop,” 50 Cent, Olivia
    • “Don’t Cha,” The Pussycat Dolls, Busta Rhymes
    • “Mr. Brightside,” The Killers
    • “Pon de Replay,” Rihanna
    • “How We Do,” The Game, 50 Cent 
    • “Hate It or Love It,” The Game, 50 Cent 
    • “Switch,” Will Smith
    • “My Humps,” The Black Eyed Peas
    • “Caught Up,” Usher
    • “Holiday,” Green Day 
    • “Run It,” Chris Brown, Juelz Santana
    • “Bring Em Out,” T.I.
    • “Numb/Encore,” Jay-Z and Linkin Park
    • “Temperature,” Sean Paul
    • “SexyBack,” Justin Timberlake, Timbaland
    • “Me & U,” Cassie
    • “Buttons,” Pussycat Dolls, Snoop Dogg
    • “SOS,” Rihanna
    • “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” Panic! at the Disco
    • “Ms. New Booty,” Bubba Sparxxx, Ying Yang Twins
    • “Dirty Little Secret,” The All-American Rejects 
    • “Too Little Too Late,” JoJo
    • “Life Is a Highway,” Rascal Flatts
    • “Call Me When You’re Sober,” Evanescence
    • “Glamorous,” Fergie, Ludacris
    • “Fergalicious,” Fergie, will.i.am
    • “Stronger,” Kanye West
    • “U + Ur Hand,” P!nk
    • “Here (In Your Arms),” Hellogoodbye
    • “Shup Up and Drive,” Rihanna 
    • “Low,” Flo Rida, T-Pain
    • “I Kissed a Girl,” Katy Perry
    • “Disturbia,” Rihanna 
    • “Don’t Stop the Music,” Rihanna 
    • “Pocketful of Sunshine,” Natasha Bedingfield
    • “So What,” P!nk 
    • “Hot n Cold,” Katy Perry
    • “When I Grow Up,” Pussycat Dolls 
    • “One Step at a Time,” Jordin Sparks
    • “Cyclone,” Baby Bash, T-Pain
    • “Womanizer,” Britney Spears
    • “Poker Face,” Lady Gaga
    • “Just Dance,” Lady Gaga, Colby O’Donis
    • “I Gotta Feeling,” The Black Eyed Peas
    • “Right Round,” Flo Rida
    • “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” Beyonce 
    • “Gives You Hell,” The All-American Rejects
    • “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho),” Pitbull 
    • “Party in the U.S.A,” Miley Cyrus
    • “Good Girls Go Bad,” Cobra Starship, Leighton Meester
    • “Hotel Room Service,” Pitbull 
    • “If U Seek Amy,” Britney Spears
    • “I Do Not Hook Up,” Kelly Clarkson

See my full list of 2000s workout songs here.

90s Workout Songs

  • For sprints, HIIT, and breathless cardio intervals:
    • “U Can’t Touch This,” MC Hammer 
    • “Emotions,” Mariah Carey
    • “We Didn’t Start The Fire,” Billy Joel 
    • “Motownphilly,” Boyz II Men
    • “Finally,” CeCe Peniston
    • “Move This,” Technotronic
    • “2 Legit 2 Quit,” MC Hammer 
    • “Whoomp! (There It Is),” Tag Team
    • “Rhythm Is A Dancer,” Snap!
    • “Tootsee Roll,” 69 Boyz
    • “Run Away,” Real McCoy 
    • “Turn The Beat Around,” Gloria Estefan
    • “C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train),” Quad City DJ’s
    • “Just A Girl,” No Doubt
    • “Wannabe,” Spice Girls 
    • “All For You,” Sister Hazel 
    • “Ooh Aah…Just a Little Bit,” Gina G. 
    • “Together Again,” Janet Jackson
    • “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It,” Will Smith
    • “Spice Up Your Life,” Spice Girls
    • “Raise the Roof,” Luke
    • “Livin’ la Vida Loca,” Ricky Martin
    • “Bailamos,” Enrique Iglesias
  • For endurance cardio and weight lifting:
    • “Poison,” Bell Biv DeVoe
    • “Pump Up The Jam,” Technotronic
    • “Opposites Attract,” Paula Abdul
    • “Escapade,” Janet Jackson
    • “Ice Ice Baby,” Vanilla Ice 
    • “U Can’t Touch This,” MC Hammer 
    • “Love Shack,” The B-52’s 
    • “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now),” C+C Music Factory
    • “Good Vibrations,” Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch 
    • “Baby Got Back,” Sir Mix A Lot
    • “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It),” En Vogue
    • “Achy Breaky Heart,” Billy Ray Cyrus
    • “I’m Too Sexy,” Right Said Fred
    • “Jump Around,” House of Pain
    • “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana 
    • “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg,” TLC 
    • “Friday I’m In Love,” The Cure
    • “Let’s Get Rocked,” DEF LEPPARD
    • “Rump Shaker,” Wreckx N Effect
    • “If,” Janet Jackson
    • “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),” The Proclaimers
    • “I’m Every Woman,” Whitney Houston 
    • “All That She Wants,” Ace of Base 
    • “Boom! Shake The Room,” DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 
    • “The Sign,” Ace of Base
    • “All I Wanna Do,” Sheryl Crow 
    • “Because of Love,” Janet Jackson
    • “This Is How We Do It,” Montell Jordan 
    • “The Rhythm of the Night,” Corona
    • “Macarena,” Los Del Rio
    • “MMMBop,” Hanson
    • “Semi-Charmed Life,” Third Eye Blind
    • “Barbie Girl,” Aqua
    • “I Don’t Want to Wait,” Paula Cole 
    • “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” Backstreet Boys
    • “When The Lights Go Out,” Five
    • “One Week,” Barenaked Ladies
    • “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart),” Backstreet Boys
    • “Time After Time,” INOJ
    • “Cruel Summer,” Ace of Base
    • “Touch It,” Monifah
    • “Dangerous,” Busta Rhymes
    • “…Baby One More Time,” Britney Spears
    • “Every Morning,” Sugar Ray 
    • “Where My Girls At?” 702
    • “All Star,” Smash Mouth
    • “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” Shania Twain 

See my full list of 90s workout songs here.

80s Workout Songs

  • 80s Workout Songs for Running Sprints and HIIT Exercises (140+ BPM)
    • “Call Me,” Blondie (143 BPM)
    • “You May Be Right,” Billy Joel (151 BPM)
    • “Heartbreaker,” Pat Benatar (156 BPM)
    • “Queen of Hearts,” Juice Newton (170 BPM)
    • “Whip It,” Devo (158 BPM)
    • “We Got The Beat,” The Go-Go’s (152 BPM)
    • “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” The Police (82 BPM; can go “double time” at chorus)
    • “Kids in America,” Kim Wilde (160 BPM)
    • “Working for the Weekend,” Loverboy (147 BPM)
    • “Maneater,” Hall & Oates (178 BPM)
    • “She Works Hard For the Money,” Donna Summer (137 BPM; close enough!)
    • “You Can’t Hurry Love,” Phil Collins (98 BPM; can go “double time” at chorus)
    • “I’m Still Standing,” Elton John (177 BPM)
    • “Footloose,” Kenny Loggins (174 BPM)
    • “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.,” John Cougar Mellencamp (164 BPM)
    • “Walk Like An Egyptian,” The Bangles (103 BPM; can go “double time” at chorus)
    • “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” Queen (77 BPM: can go “double time”)
    • “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me,” Billy Joel (141 BPM)
    • “You Make My Dreams,” Hall & Oates (167 BPM)
    • “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da,” The Police (148 BPM)
    • “Tainted Love,” Soft Cell (144 BPM)
    • “Mickey,” Toni Basil (150 BPM)
    • “Always Something There To Remind Me,” Naked Eyes (149 BPM)
  • 80s Workout Songs for Steady State, Jumps, and Weight Lifting Exercises (120 – 140 BPM)
    • “Stomp!” The Brothers Johnson (120 BPM)
    • “Cars,” Gary Numan (128 BPM)
    • “Fame,” Irene Cara (131 BPM)
    • “Celebration,” Kool & the Gang (122 BPM)
    • “Kiss On My List,” Hall & Oates (121 BPM)
    • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Pat Benatar (127 BPM)
    • “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” The Police (140 BPM)
    • “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” Deneice Williams (123 BPM)
    • “Physical,” Olivia Newton John (124 BPM)
    • “Hurts So Good,” John Cougar (125 BPM)
    • “Let’s Groove,” Earth, Wind, & Fire (125 BPM)
    • “Our Lips Are Sealed,” The Go-Go’s (131 BPM)
    • “Oh, Pretty Woman,” Van Halen (128 BPM)
    • “Beat It,” Michael Jackson (139 BPM)
    • “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” Eurythmics (125 BPM)
    • “Hungry Like The Wolf,” Duran Duran (128 BPM)
    • “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin,” Michael Jackson (122 BPM)
    • “Jump,” Van Halen (130 BPM)
    • “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” Cyndi Lauper (120 BPM)
    • “Uptown Girl,” Billy Joel (129 BPM)
    • “Love Is a Battlefield,” Pat Benatar 
    • “Like a Virgin,” Madonna 
    • “All She Wants to Do Is Dance,” Don Henley
    • “Addicted to Love,” Robert Palmer
    • “You Give Love a Bad Name,” Bon Jovi 
    • “What Have You Done For Me Lately,” Janet Jackson 
    • “Manic Monday,” The Bangles
    • “Take Me Home Tonight,” Eddie Money
    • “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” Whitney Houston
    • “Livin’ on a Prayer,” Bon Jovi 
    • “Open Your Heart,” Madonna
    • “(I Just) Died In Your Arms,” Cutting Crew
    • “Hip to Be Square,” Huey Lewis and the News
    • “Rock Steady,” The Whispers
    • “Got My Mind Set on You,” George Harrison
    • “Never Gonna Give You Up,” Rick Astley
    • “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car,” Billy Ocean
    • “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
    • “Nothin’ but a Good Time,” Poison
    • “My Prerogative,” Bobby Brown
    • “Straight Up,” Paula Abdul
    • “She Drives Me Crazy,” Fine Young Cannibals
    • “Wild Thing,” Tone Loc
    • “Bust a Move,” Young MC
    • “Love Shack,” The B-52’s
    • “Funky Cold Medina,” Tone Loc 

See my full list of 80s workout songs here.

70s Workout Songs

  • 70s workout songs for sprints and HIIT exercises:
    • “Treat Her Like a Lady,” Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
    • “Signs,” Five Man Electrical Band 
    • “I Just Want to Celebrate,” Rare Earth
    • “American Pie,” Don McLean
    • “Rockin’ Robin,” Michael Jackson 
    • “Crocodile Rock,” Elton John
    • “The Ballroom Blitz,” Sweet
    • “Love Machine,” The Miracles 
    • “The Boys Are Back in Town,” Thin Lizzy 
    • “Barracuda,” Heart
    • “My Sharona,” The Knack 
    • “Shake Your Groove Thing,” Peaches & Herb
    • “I Was Made for Dancin’,” Leif Garrett
    • “We Are Family,” Sister Sledge
    • “I Was Made for Lovin’ You,” KISS 
    • “Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor),” Robert Palmer 
  • 70s workout songs for steady state cardio, running, and weight lifting exercises:
    • “Band of Gold,” Freda Payne 
    • “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” Three Dog Night 
    • “ABC,” The Jackson 5 
    • “Spirit in the Sky,” Norman Greenbaum
    • “Green-Eyed Lady,” Sugarloaf
    • “Mississippi Queen,” Mountain 
    • “I Want to Take You Higher,” Ike & Tina Turner
    • “Joy to the World,” Three Dog Night
    • “One Bad Apple,” The Osmonds
    • “Me and Bobby McGee,” Janis Joplin
    • “Brown Sugar,” The Rolling Stones
    • “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves,” Cher
    • “Alone Again (Naturally),” Gilbert O’Sullivan
    • “The Candy Man,” Sammy Davis Jr. 
    • “Let’s Stay Together,” Al Green 
    • “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress,” The Hollies
    • “Burning Love,” Elvis Presley
    • “School’s Out,” Alice Cooper 
    • “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree,” Tony Orlando and Dawn
    • “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” Jim Croce
    • “That Lady,” The Isley Brothers
    • “Superstition,” Stevie Wonder 
    • “Stuck in the Middle with You,” Stealers Wheel 
    • “Love Train,” The O’Jays
    • “Dancing in the Moonlight,” King Harvest
    • “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” Loggins and Messina
    • “Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu,” Johnny Rivers
    • “Ramblin’ Man,” The Allman Brothers Band
    • “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” The Temptations
    • “Seasons in the Sun,” Terry Jacks
    • “Come and Get Your Love,” Redbone
    • “The Loco-Motion,” Grand Funk Railroad
    • “Jungle Boogie,” Kool & the Gang
    • “Hooked on a Feeling,” Blue Swede
    • “Hollywood Swinging,” Kool & the Gang
    • “Takin’ Care of Business,” Bachman-Turner Overdrive 
    • “Love Will Keep Us Together,” Captain & Tennille
    • “Rhinestone Cowboy,” Glen Campbell
    • “Philadelphia Freedom,” Elton John
    • “Some Kind of Wonderful,” Grand Funk Railroad
    • “Jive Talkin’,” Bee Gees
    • “Kung Fu Fighting,” Carl Douglas
    • “The Hustle,” Van McCoy & the Soul City Symphony
    • “Fight the Power,” The Isley Brothers
    • “Get Down Tonight,” KC and the Sunshine Band
    • “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You),” James Taylor
    • “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” Bachman-Turner Overdrive
    • “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” Elton John & Kiki Dee
    • “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” The Four Seasons
    • “Play That Funky Music,” Wild Cherry 
    • “You Sexy Thing,” Hot Chocolate
    • “Get Up and Boogie,” Silver Convention 
    • “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” KC and the Sunshine Band 
    • “You Should Be Dancing,” Bee Gees
    • “Turn the Beat Around,” Vicki Sue Robinson
    • “That’s the Way (I Like It),” KC and the Sunshine Band
    • “Sing a Song,” Earth, Wind & Fire
    • “Rock and Roll Music,” The Beach Boys 
    • “Rock and Roll All Nite,” KISS 
    • “Take the Money and Run,” Steve Miller Band 
    • “I Just Want to Be Your Everything,” Andy Gibb
    • “Best of My Love,” The Emotions 
    • “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher,” Rita Coolidge
    • “I’m Your Boogie Man,” KC and the Sunshine Band
    • “Dancing Queen,” ABBA
    • “Hot Line,” The Sylvers 
    • “Car Wash,” Rose Royce
    • “Feels Like the First Time,” Foreigner 
    • “Don’t Stop,” Fleetwood Mac
    • “Way Down,” Elvis Presley
    • “Keep It Comin’ Love,” KC and the Sunshine Band 
    • “Walk This Way,” Aerosmith 
    • “Boogie Nights,” Heatwave
    • “Go Your Own Way,” Fleetwood Mac 
    • “Shadow Dancing,” Andy Gibb
    • “Night Fever,” Bee Gees
    • “Stayin’ Alive,” Bee Gees
    • “Boogie Oogie Oogie,” A Taste of Honey
    • “You’re the One That I Want,” John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
    • “Take a Chance on Me,” ABBA 
    • “Hot Blooded,” Foreigner
    • “Disco Inferno,” The Tramps
    • “What’s Your Name,” Lynyrd Skynyrd
    • “Bad Girl,” Donna Summer
    • “Le Freak,” Chic
    • “I Will Survive,” Gloria Gaynor
    • “Hot Stuff,” Donna Summer 
    • “Y.M.C.A.,” Village People 
    • “Ring My Bell,” Anita Ward 
    • “I Want You to Want Me,” Cheap Trick 
    • “Boogie Wonderland,” Earth, Wind & Fire, The Emotions 
    • “Disco Nights (Rock-Freak),” GQ
    • “September,” Earth, Wind & Fire 
    • “Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough,” Michael Jackson 

See my full list of 70s workout songs here.

60s Workout Songs

  • 60s workout songs for sprints, HIIT, and breathless intervals:
    • “Bristol Stomp,” The Dovells
    • “Hello Mary Lou,” Ricky Nelson 
    • “Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out),” Ernie Maresca
    • “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” The Beach Boys
    • “Wipe Out,” The Surfaris
    • “She Loves You,” The Beatles
    • “Good Lovin’,” The Young Rascals
  • 60s workout songs for steady state cardio, running, and weight lifting exercises:
    • “Cathy’s Clown,” The Everly Brothers
    • “Stuck on You,” Elvis Presley
    • “The Twist,” Chubby Checker
    • “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool,” Connie Francis
    • “Tossin’ and Turnin’,” Bobby Lewis
    • “Hit the Road Jack,” Ray Charles
    • “Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp),” Barry Mann
    • “Little Sister,” Elvis Presley
    • “Mashed Potato Time,” Dee Dee Sharp 
    • “The Loco-Motion,” Little Eva
    • “Twistin’ the Night Away,” Sam Cooke
    • “Peppermint Twist,” Joey Dee and the Starliters
    • “Twist and Shout,” The Isley Brothers
    • “I’m Blue (The Gong-Gong Song),” The Ikettes
    • “It’s My Party,” Lesley Gore 
    • “Heat Wave,” Martha and the Vandellas
    • “Donna the Prima Donna,” Dion 
    • “Shut Down,” The Beach Boys 
    • “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” The Beatles
    • “Oh, Pretty Woman,” Roy Orbison 
    • “I Get Around,” The Beach Boys 
    • “A Hard Day’s Night,” The Beatles
    • “Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” Manfred Mann
    • “Please Please Me,” The Beatles 
    • “Dancing in the Street,” Martha and the Vandellas
    • “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss),” Betty Everett
    • “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” The Temptations
    • “I Saw Her STanding There,” The Beatles
    • “Wooly Bully,” Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
    • “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” Four Tops
    • “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” The Rolling Stones
    • “Help!” The Beatles
    • “My Girl,” The Temptations
    • “Stop! In the Name of Love,” The Supremes
    • “Ticket to Ride,” The Beatles
    • “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” James Brown 
    • “It’s Not Unusual,” Tom Jones
    • “Do You Believe in Magic,” The Lovin’ Spoonful
    • “Last Train to Clarksville,” The Monkees
    • “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” Four Tops
    • “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” Nancy Sinatra
    • “You Can’t Hurry Love,” The Supremes
    • “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” The Temptations
    • “We Can Work It Out,” The Beatles 
    • “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” The Beach Boys
    • “I’m a Believer,” The Monkees
    • “Happy Together,” The Turtles
    • “Soul Man,” Sam & Dave
    • “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher,” Jackie Wilson
    • “Dance to the Music,” Sly and the Family Stone
    • “Born to Be Wild,” Steppenwolf 
    • “Jumpin’ Jack Flash, The Rolling Stones
    • “Think,” Aretha Franklin
    •  “Sugar, Sugar,” The Archies
    • “I Can’t Get Next to You,” The Temptations
    • “Everyday People,” Sly and the Family Stone
    • “Build Me Up Buttercup,” The Foundations
    • “Sweet Caroline,” Neil Diamond
    • “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” Marvin Gaye 

See my full list of 60s workout songs here.

Workout Songs by Genre

Country Workout Songs

  • The Best Country Workout Songs for Sprints and HIIT
    • “Good Time,” Alan Jackson (BPM: 130)
    • “Vacation,” Thomas Rhett (BPM: 137) 
    • “5-1-5-0,” Dierks Bentley (117 BPM) 
    • “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” Brooks & Dunn (BPM: 130)
    • “Mountain Music,” Alabama (BPM: 135)
    • “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” Travis Tritt (BPM: 125)
    • “I Like It, I Love It,” Tim McGraw (BPM: 128)
    • “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” The Charlie Daniels Band (BPM: 140)
    • “Born to Boogie,” Hank Williams Jr. (BPM: 135)
    • “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” Luke Bryan (BPM: 106) 
    • “Guitars, Cadillacs,” Dwight Yoakam (BPM: 130)
    • “Something Like That,” Tim McGraw (BPM: 120)
    • “Fastest Girl In Town,” Miranda Lambert (BPM: 145) 
    • “Second One To Know,” Chris Stapleton (BPM: 97) 
    • “Lil Bit,” Nelly, Florida Georgia Line (BPM: 120) 
    • “It Ain’t My Fault,” Brothers Osborne (BPM: 123) 
    • “American Kids,” Kenny Chesney (BPM: 85) 
    • “Party For Two,” Shania Twain, Billy Currington (BPM: 120) 
    • “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!” Shania Twain (BPM: 120) 
    • “Chattahoochee,” Alan Jackson (BPM: 115)
    • “Singles You Up,” Jordan David (BPM: 110) 
    • “You Broke Up With Me,” Walker Hayes (BPM: 120) 
    • “Like I Love Country Music,” Kane Brown (BPM: 125) 
    • “She Had Me At Heads Carolina,” Cole Swindell (BPM: 135) 
    • “Here For The Party,” Gretchen Wilson (BPM: 124) 
    • “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home),” Elle King, Miranda Lambert (BPM: 120) 
    • “Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood (BPM: 90) 
    • “Heartache On The Dance Floor,” Jon Pardi (BPM: 116) 
    • “Truck Yeah,” Tim McGraw (BPM: 98) 
    • “Parachute,” Chris Stapleton (BPM: 116) 
    • “Drink In My Hand,” Eric Church (BPM: 113) 
    • “Snapback,” Old Dominion (BPM: 100) 
    • “Little Red Wagon,” Miranda Lambert (BPM: 95) 
    • “Brand New Man,” Brooks & Dunn (BPM: 120)
    • “Leave The Night On,” Sam Hunt (BPM: 86) 
    • “White Liar,” Miranda Lambert (BPM: 92) 
    • “Queen of Hearts,” Juice Newton (BPM: 86) 
    • “Flatliner,” Cole Swindell, Dierks Bentley (BPM: 115) 
    • “Why We Drink,” Justin Moore (BPM: 117) 
    • “Cadillac Ranch,” Chris LeDoux (BPM: 133) 
    • “Ain’t Going Down Until The Sun Comes Up,” Garth Brooks (BPM: 170) 
  • The Best Country Workout Songs for Steady State Cardio, Running, and Weight Lifting:
    • “Friends in Low Places,” Garth Brooks (BPM: 120)
    • “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy),” Big & Rich (BPM: 102)
    • “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” Shania Twain (BPM: 125)
    • “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” Trace Adkins (BPM: 125)
    • “Life Is a Highway,” Rascal Flatts (BPM: 120)
    • “Beer for My Horses,” Toby Keith ft. Willie Nelson (BPM: 105)
    • “Redneck Woman,” Gretchen Wilson (BPM: 105)
    • “Chicken Fried,” Zac Brown Band (BPM: 98)
    • “Before He Cheats,” Carrie Underwood (BPM: 75) 
    • “Fancy Like,” Walker Hayes, Kesha (BPM: 80) 
    • “As Good As I Once Was,” Toby Keith (BPM: 119) 
    • “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker (BPM: 118)
    • “House Party,” Sam Hunt (BPM: 104) 
    • “All My Friends Say,” Luke Bryan (BPM: 117) 
    • “Jolene” by Dolly Parton (BPM: 108)
    • “Buy Me a Boat” by Chris Janson (BPM: 100)
    • “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” Kenny Chesney (BPM: 122) 
    • “Backwards,” Rascal Flatts (BPM: 123; use the first minute as a recovery / talk track) 
    • “Take It Back,” Reba McEntire (BPM: 111) 
    • “Achy Breaky Heart,” Billy Ray Cyrus (BPM: 123)
    • “All My Ex’s Live in Texas,” George Strait (BPM: 120)
    • “Here for a Good Time,” George Strait (BPM: 110)
    • “Body Like a Back Road,” Sam Hunt (BPM: 100) 

See my full list of country workout songs here.

Classic Rock Workout Songs

  • The Best Classic Rock Workout Songs for Sprints and HIIT (BPM: Higher than 140) 
    • “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” Twisted Sister 
    • “My Sharona,” The Knack 
    • “Rock the Casbah,” The Clash
    • “Feeling This,” blink-182
    • “Blitzkrieg Bop,” Ramones
    • “Basket Case,” Green Day 
    • “Self Esteem,” The Offspring
    • “Savior,” Rise Against
    • “All the Small Things,” blink-182 
    • “Fat Lip,” Sum 41 
    • “Monkey Wrench,” Foo Fighters 
    • “Hate to Say I Told You So,” The Hives 
    • “Story of My Life,” Social Distortion
    • “Ruby Soho,” Rancid 
    • “Red Flag,” Billy Talent 
    • “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor,” Arctic Monkeys 
    • “Last Nite,” The Strokes
    • “I Wanna Be Sedated,” The Ramones 
    • “Buddy Holly,” Weezer
    • “The Middle,” Jimmy Eat World 
    • “Paranoid,” Black Sabbath 
    • “Crazy Train,” Ozzy Osbourne 
    • “The Pretender,” Foo Fighters 
    • “Everlong,” Foo Fighters 
    • “Basket Case,” Green Day
    • “Mr. Brightside,” The Killers 
    • “Breed,” Nirvana 
    • “Intergalactic,” Beastie Boys 
    • “Smooth Criminal,” Alien Ant Farm 
    • “The Kids Aren’t Alright,” The Offspring
    • “What’s My Age Again?” blink-182
    • “Misery Business,” Paramore 
    • “Kickstart My Heart,” Motley Crue
    • “Rock and Roll All Nite,” KISS 
    • “Draw the Line,” Aerosmith
    • “She’s Out of Her Mind,” blink-182
    • “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” Elton John
    • “I’m Still Standing,” Elton John
    • “Bad Reputation,” Joan Jett
    • “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” The Police
    • “Black Betty,” Ram Jam 
    • “Just A Girl,” No Doubt
  • The Best Classic Rock Steady State, Running, and Weight Lifting Songs (BPM: 120 – 140)
    • “You Shook Me All Night Long,” AC/DC
    • “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” KISS
    • “Addicted to Love,” Robert Palmer
    • “The Distance,” CAKE 
    • “In Too Deep,” Sum 41 
    • “My Own Worst Enemy,” Lit 
    • “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” The Clash
    • “Highway to Hell,” AC/DC 
    • “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” Billy Joel 
    • “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana 
    • “Seven Nation Army,” The White Stripes 
    • “Highway to Hell,” by AC/DC 
    • “Enter Sandman,” Metallica 
    • “Livin’ on a Prayer,” Bon Jovi 
    • “Come as You Are,” Nirvana
    • “Welcome to the Jungle,” Guns N’ Roses 
    • “1985,” Bowling for Soup 
    • “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” Tom Petty 
    • “Feel Good Inc.,” Gorillaz 
    • “Thks fr th Mmrs,” Fall Out Boy 
    • “Don’t Trust Me,” 3OH!3
    • “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” ZZ Top 
    • “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record),” Dead or Alive 
    • “Rebel Yell,” Billy Idol 
    • “Bad Medicine,” Bon Jovi
    • “All Right Now,” Free
    • “I Love Rock ‘N Roll,” Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
    • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Pat Benatar
    • “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” Scorpions
    • “The Boys Are Back In Town,” Thin Lizzy
    • “Sharp Dressed Man,” ZZ Top
    • “Come On Eileen,” Dexys Midnight Runners, Robert Palmer 
    • “Walk This Way,” Run DMC, Aerosmith
    • “Cherry Bomb,” The Runaways
    • “Heartbreaker,” Pat Benatar

See my full list of Classic Rock workout songs here.

Motivational Workout Songs

Traditional Motivational Workout Songs

  • “Lose Yourself,” Eminem
  • “Till I Collapse,” Eminem, Nate Dogg
  • “Love Myself,” Hailee Steinfeld
  • “Messiah – Dirty South Remix,” I See MONSTAS, Dirty South
  • “Thunder,” Imagine Dragons
  • “Jungle,” X Ambassadors, Jamie N Commons
  • “The Champion,” Carrie Underwood, Ludacris
  • “Out Here Grindin’,” DJ Khaled
  • “Numb / Encore,” JAY-Z, Linkin Park
  • “Turn Down for What,” DJ Snake, Lil Jon
  • “She’s Kinda Hot,” 5 Seconds of Summer
  • “Sweat – Remix,” Snoop Dogg, David Guetta
  • “Remember the Name,” Fort Minor, Styles of Beyond
  • “Lose My Breath,” Destiny’s Child
  • “Way Down We Go,” KALEO
  • “Go Hard or Go Home,” Wiz Khalifa, Iggy Azalea
  • “You Shook Me All Night Long,” AC/DC
  • “Shots,” LMFAO, Lil Jon
  • “The Other Side,” Jason Derulo
  • “Whatever It Takes,” Imagine Dragons
  • “We Are the Champions

Workout Songs to Dedicate to Someone or Build Community

  • “Came Here for Love,” Sigala, Ella Eyre
  • “Happier,” Marshmello, Bastille
  • “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” Lenny Kravitz
  • “Mama,” Jonas Blue, William Singe
  • “Rise Up,” Andra Day
  • “You Make My Dreams (Come True),” Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • “Don’t Let Me Down,” The Chainsmokers, Daya
  • “I’ll Be There for You,” The Rembrandts
  • “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Guns N’ Roses
  • “Never Let You Go,” Third Eye Blind
  • “Worth It,” Fifth Harmony, Kid Ink
  • “I Want You,” Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  • “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” Whitney Houston 
  • “Buy My Mom a House,” Carolina Rial
  • “Me & U,” Cassie
  • “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” Drake, Majid Jordan
  • “Feels Like Home,” Sigala, Fuse ODG, Sean Paul, Kent Jones
  • “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” Bon Jovi, Jennifer Nettles
  • “Home,” Phillip Phillips
  • “Got My Mind Set On You,” George Harrison
  • “Together Again,” Janet Jackson
  • “Love Will Keep Us Together,” Captain & Tennille
  • “We are Family,” Sister Sledge
  • “Family Affair,” Mary J. Blige
  • “Better Together,” Jack Johnson
  • “Lean on Me,” Bill Withers
  • “Come Together,” The Beatles
  • “We’re All In This Together,” High School Musical Cast, Disney
  • “I Won’t Give Up,” Jason Mraz
  • “A Thousand Miles,” Vanessa Carlton
  • “You Are Not Alone,” Michael Jackson
  • “She Will Be Loved,” Maroon 5 
  • “Cheetah Sisters,” The Cheetah Girls
  • “I’ll Be Missing You,” Diddy, Faith Evans, 112

Motivational Workout Songs Inspired by Your Haters

  • “Sk8er Boi,” Avril Lavigne
  • “So What,” P!nk
  • “Thnks fr th Mmrs,” Fall Out Boy
  • “Gives You Hell,” The All-American Rejects
  • “I Hate Everything About You,” Three Days Grace
  • “Here I Go Again,” Whitesnake
  • “My Own Worst Enemy,” Lit
  • “You Broke Up With Me,” Walker Hayes
  • “Another One Bites The Dust,” Queen
  • “Bye Bye Bye,” *NSYNC
  • “Problem,” Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea
  • “Freaks,” Timmy Trumpet, Savage
  • “Love Myself,” Hailee Steinfeld
  • “Attention,” Charlie Puth
  • “Miss Independent,” Kelly Clarkson
  • “Heartbreaker,” Pat Benatar
  • “The Only Good Thing (You Ever Said Was Goodbye),” Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  • “Run-Around,” Blues Traveler
  • “Leave It All Behind,” Cult to Follow
  • “Don’t Cha,” The Pussycat Dolls, Busta Rhymes
  • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Pat Benatar
  • “Ain’t Your Mama,” Jennifer Lopez
  • “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
  • “Since U Been Gone,” Kelly Clarkson
  • “What Have You Done For Me Lately,” Janet Jackson
  • “Sorry Not Sorry,” Demi Lovato
  • “Independence Day,” 5 Seconds of Summer
  • “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift
  • “Mama Said Knock You Out,” LL COOL J
  • “Fighter,” Christina Aguilera
  • “Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift
  • “Best Days of Your Life,” Kellie Pickler
  • “Forget You,” CeeLo Green
  • “Survivor,” Destiny’s Child

Choosing the Right Workout Songs

As a fitness instructor, I understand the importance of having the right workout playlist to keep me motivated and energized during my training sessions. In this section, I will share some tips on how to choose the right workout songs that will help you achieve your fitness goals.

Tempo and Rhythm

The tempo and rhythm of a song are crucial factors to consider when selecting workout songs. The right tempo can help you maintain a consistent pace during your workout, while the rhythm can help you synchronize your movements with the music. For instance, if you’re running or doing high-intensity workouts, you may want to choose songs with a faster tempo to keep your heart rate up and maintain your energy levels. On the other hand, if you’re doing indoor cycling or yoga, you may want to choose songs with a slower tempo to help you relax and focus on your breathing.

Genre Selection

The genre of music you choose can also have a significant impact on your workout performance. Different genres of music can evoke different emotions and moods, which can affect your motivation and energy levels. For example, if you’re doing a high-intensity workout, you may want to choose songs from genres like hip-hop, rock, or electronic dance music (EDM) that have upbeat and energetic rhythms. If you’re doing a stretching routine, you may want to choose songs from genres like classical, jazz, or ambient music that have a more calming and relaxing effect.

Lyrics and Message

The lyrics and message of a song can also influence your workout performance. Some people prefer songs with motivational or inspirational lyrics that can boost their confidence and determination during their workouts. Others may prefer songs with a more upbeat or fun message that can help them enjoy their workouts and keep them entertained. It’s important to choose songs that resonate with your personal preferences and fitness goals.

In conclusion, choosing the right workout songs can make a significant difference in your workout performance and motivation levels. By considering factors like tempo, rhythm, genre, and lyrics, you can create a playlist that suits your personal preferences and helps you achieve your fitness goals, whether you’re running, cycling, or doing any other type of workout.

Creating Your Own Workout Playlist

When it comes to working out, music can play an important role in keeping you motivated and energized. Creating your own workout playlist can be a fun and effective way to customize your workout experience. Here are some personalization tips and song selection strategies to help you create the perfect workout playlist.

Personalization Tips

  1. Choose music that matches your workout intensity: The tempo and rhythm of the music you choose should match the intensity of your workout. For example, if you are doing a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout, you may want to choose fast-paced songs with a strong beat.
  2. Mix up genres: Don’t be afraid to mix up genres in your playlist. A variety of music can keep your workout interesting and prevent boredom.
  3. Include songs that motivate you: Choose songs that make you feel empowered and motivated. This can be anything from upbeat pop songs to motivational rap or rock anthems.
  4. Consider the length of your workout: Make sure your playlist is long enough to last the duration of your workout. You don’t want to be stuck listening to the same songs on repeat.

Song Selection Strategies

  1. Start with a warm-up song: Choose a song that has a slower tempo and builds gradually to get you in the mood for your workout.
  2. Build up to a peak song: Choose a song that has a strong beat and gets you pumped up. This can be the peak of your workout.
  3. Include a cool-down song: Choose a song that has a slower tempo and helps you wind down after your workout.
  4. Mix up old and new songs: Don’t be afraid to include some old favorites in your playlist, but also consider adding some new songs to keep things fresh.
  5. Consider the lyrics: Make sure the lyrics of the songs you choose are appropriate for your workout environment. Some gyms may have rules about explicit lyrics.

Creating a workout playlist can be a fun and effective way to personalize your workout experience. By following these personalization tips and song selection strategies, you can create a playlist that keeps you motivated and energized throughout your workout.

Safety and Considerations

I know that music can be a great motivator during workouts. However, it is important to consider safety and other factors while listening to music during exercise. Here are some things to keep in mind.

Volume Levels

Listening to music at high volumes can be damaging to your ears and can also be a safety hazard. When running or cycling outdoors, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and be able to hear approaching vehicles or other potential dangers. Keep the volume at a moderate level so that you can still hear ambient noise.

Environmental Awareness

When working out indoors, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and other people in the gym. Loud music can be disruptive to others and can also be a safety hazard if you are not aware of your surroundings. It’s important to use headphones or earbuds to keep the music to yourself and be aware of your surroundings.

Overall, music can be a great addition to a workout routine, but it is important to consider safety and other factors while listening to music during exercise. By keeping the volume at a moderate level and being aware of your surroundings, you can enjoy your favorite workout songs while staying safe and considerate of others.

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Cinco de Mayo Indoor Cycling Workout Routine and Playlist

Cinco de Mayo Indoor Cycling Workout Routine and Playlist

Cinco de Mayo is tricky to get right in a group exercise class for a couple of reasons. First, there are mixed feelings about the holiday, commemorating a Mexican victory in the Franco-Mexican War. It’s not really celebrated in Mexico, but in the U.S. it’s hugely popular. Second, it’s hard to find the perfect Cinco de Mayo indoor cycling music playlist. Do you play only songs in Spanish? Do you play popular songs in Mexico right now?

Ultimately, the answer lies with your riders. What will they like and appreciate? For my classes, I know that a good mix of songs from a bunch of different genres and themes will be well-received.

Here are the types of songs I have included in prior Cinco de Mayo indoor cycling workout routines and music playlists.

  • Popular songs in Spanish with a good beat. There are some songs that transcend their borders. Just like I picture Pitbull coming out of speakers across the globe, I know that there are Spanish songs that Americans enjoy. I listened to a couple until I found ones with a workout beat.
  • Songs by American artists of Mexican descent. This includes folks like Santana, Demi Lovato, and Fergie.
  • Songs related to “Five”. For those of you that know my spin playlist style, I tend to throw in a few wacky songs into the mix. They always get a positive reaction from the crowd, since they’re just a little bit silly, but still provide a good workout. I couldn’t find any songs I liked with “Cinco” in the title, but there were a couple related to “Five” that I wanted to include.

Here are songs I did not include. 

  • Songs by Latin artists that were not of Mexican descent. I frequently find artists like Pitbull and Shakira at the top of a Cinco de Mayo playlist. Neither of those artists are of Mexican descent. Pitbull is Cuban American and Shakira was born in Colombia, of Spanish and Lebanese descent. IMO, it’s okay to play a variety of Latin artists. Just acknowledge that this is a Latin playlist and introduce it properly. 

Without further ado, here’s this year’s Cinco de Mayo indoor cycling routine and playlist.

The Series (47-minute Workout) 

Do the following exercises, three times through. 

  • Song 1: Chorus surge. Find a moderate intensity by riding to the beat of the song. At the chorus, find hard intensity by increasing your RPMs (or pace). 
  • Song 2: Hard intensity; moderate at chorus. Now, do the opposite. Find a hard intensity by riding to the pace of the music and adding heavy resistance. At the chorus, maintain your pace, but take off the resistance to find a moderate intensity. 
  • Song 3: 1 minute intervals. Do a 1 minute interval for each intensity: moderate, hard, and very hard/breathless. 

In between each series, throw in a surprise sprint song where you call out the duration and intensity level. 

The Cinco de Mayo Indoor Cycling Workout Routine and Playlist

(The artist of Mexican descent is bolded.)

Series Song / WorkoutSong
Warm up“Senorita,” Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello
Song 1: Chorus surge“Fergalicious,” Fergie, will.i.am
Song 2: Hard; mod at chorus“Single Soon,” Selena Gomez
Song 3: 1 min. intervals“Confident,” Demi Lovato
Surprise sprints!“La Bamba,” Los Lobos
Song 1: Chorus surge“Paint a Smile,” Jasmine V
Song 2: Hard; mod at chorus“Me & U,” Cassie
Song 3: 1 min. intervals“Get My Name,” Mark Ballas
Surprise sprints!“Kickstart My Heart,” Motley Crue (lead singer Vince Neil)
Song 1: Chorus surge“Faded,” Cierra Ramirez, Casey Veggies, Honey C
Song 2: Hard; mod at chorus“Bam Bam,” Camila Cabello, Ed Sheeran
Song 3: 1 min. intervals“Shower,” Becky G
Cool Down“Smooth,” Santana, Rob Thomas

Want the songs? Listen to them on my Spotify playlist or here:

Other good Cinco de Mayo workout songs that didn’t make the cut:

  1. Matador, by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
  2. Sky Might Fall, by Kid Cudi
  3. Die Romantic, by Aiden (guitarist Angel Ibarra is Mexican American)
  4. A Little Party Never Killed Nobody, by Fergie feat. Q-Tip, GoonRock
  5. The Glamorous Life, by Sheila E.
  6. Come & Get It, by Selena Gomez
  7. Testify, by Rage Against the Machine (Zack de la Rocha is Mexican American)

I’m still looking for the perfect Selena workout remix to add, so if you find one, please share!

Catch ya next week!

Disclaimer: Readers who rely on this information do so at their own risk. Instructors must be properly certified, insured, and have the music licensing in order to teach a spin class. GroupXFitnessTips.com is not liable for any injuries or negligence that occurs.

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High Five: Indoor Cycle Routine With Songs From Five Person Bands

Five Person Bands Indoor Cycling Routine

There’s a lot of reasons for an indoor cycling routine themed around five person bands: it could be played in Cinco de Mayo, the 5th of any month, or it’s just a fun way to play a bunch of boy bands, girl bands, and 80s rock bands. This spin routine has some of my favorite musical groups, including: Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, One Direction, AC/DC, Twisted Sister, and more.

Enjoy!

Reminder: I like to teach my spinning classes in a series of exercises that we do 2-4 times through. I pick a couple exercises to make up the series, and we stick to it throughout the class. That way, participants know what to expect, so they can go big when they’re supposed to and not hold back for fear of another interval around the corner.

The Series (45-minute Workout)

Do the following exercises, three times through. In between each series, add a heavy sprint song (details below).

The Series:

  • Song 1: Climb. Start at a moderate intensity and add resistance throughout to end at hard. Option to have an intensity surge at the chorus.
  • Song 2: Jumps. Coach jumps as you like, in and out of the saddle.
  • Song 3: Breathless at chorus. Start at a high moderate intensity. At the chorus, go faster / add RPM to find breathless.

In between each series do a song with three 30 second breathless / 30 second recovery intervals at a heavy resistance. (The songs are moderately paced, so the heavy resistance will help riders achieve breathless).

The High Five Indoor Cycling Routine and Playlist

Series Song / WorkoutSong
Warm up“Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” Backstreet Boys
Song 1: Climb“You Make Me Feel…,” Cobra Starship, Sabi
Song 2: Jumps“What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction
Song 3: Breathless at chorus“Damaged,” Danity Kane
Bonus: Heavy Breathless 30/30“Draw The Line,” Aerosmith
Song 1: Climb“Chasing The Sun,” The Wanted
Song 2: Jumps“Wannabe,” Spice Girls
Song 3: Breathless at chorus“I’m In Love With a Monster,” Fifth Harmony
Bonus: Heavy Breathless 30/30“We’re Not Gonna Take It,” Twisted Sister
Song 1: Climb“You Got It (The Right Stuff),” New Kids On The Block
Song 2: Jumps“Bye Bye Bye,” *NSYNC
Song 3: Breathless at chorus“You Shook Me All Night Long,” AC/DC
Cool Down“ABC,” The Jackson 5

Want to hear the songs? Check out my Spotify playlist here or here:

Catch ya next week!

Disclaimer: Readers who rely on this information do so at their own risk. Instructors must be properly certified, insured, and have the music licensing in order to teach a spin class. GroupXFitnessTips.com is not liable for any injuries or negligence that occurs.

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Movies & TV Spinning Workout Routine With Star Wars & Disney Songs

Movies & TV Soundtrack Spin Routine

This Saturday (May 4) is Star Wars Day (a.k.a. May the Fourth be with you). I pulled together all sorts of songs from movies (like Mulan and High School Musical from Disney, Top Gun, and Footloose), television shows (like Friends), and pop culture to create this INCREDIBLE spin routine. I’m serious…these songs are so good.

Since the Star Wars soundtracks don’t have any lyrics, I went ahead and opted to start class with a few seconds of that infamous intro composition. I’ll play it while I introduce the theme for about 30 seconds and then switch to the actual warm up song.

Bonus! Ask your participants to guess what movie or TV show each song came from.

Enjoy!

Reminder: I like to teach my spinning classes in a series of exercises that we do 2-4 times through. I pick a couple exercises to make up the series, and we stick to it throughout the class. That way, participants know what to expect, so they can go big when they’re supposed to and not hold back for fear of another interval around the corner.

The Series (40-minute Workout)

Do the following exercises, three times through.

  • Song 1: 45/45/45/45 Intervals. Do a 45-second interval for each intensity level: easy, moderate, hard, and very hard/breathless.
  • Song 2: 30 seated / 30 standing climb. Start at a moderate intensity for 30 seconds in the saddle. Then, take the next 30 seconds standing. Then, have a seat and do it again. Each time that you sit back down, add more resistance. Aiming to get to a hard intensity by the end of the song.
  • Song 3: Chorus sprint. Find a high moderate intensity and pedal with the pace of the song. At the chorus, find a very hard/breathless intensity by going faster. Shoot for adding 10-15 RPM to your pace. When the chorus ends, find moderate again to recover.

The Movies and TV Spinning Workout Routine and Playlist

Series Song / WorkoutSong & TV/Movie
Intro / Walk On Song“Star Wars (Main Theme),” John Williams, London Symphony Orchestra [Star Wars]
Warm up“I’ll Make a Man Out of You,” Donny Osmond, Disney [Mulan]
Song 1: 45/45/45/45“I’ll Be There for You,” The Rembrandts [Friends]
Song 2: 30/30 climb“Hey Mickey,” Toni Basil [Bring It On]
Song 3: Chorus sprint“Kids in America,” Kim Wilde [Clueless]
Song 1: 45/45/45/45“Greased Lightnin’,” John Travolta, Jeff Conaway [Grease]
Song 2: 30/30 climb“Space Jam,” Quad City DJ’s [Space Jam]
Song 3: Chorus sprint“Footloose,” Kenny Loggins [Footloose]
Song 1: 45/45/45/45“Jungle Boogie,” Kool & The Gang [Pulp Fiction]
Song 2: 30/30 climb“We’re All In This Together,” High School Musical Cast, Disney [High School Musical]
Song 3: Chorus sprint“Danger Zone,” Kenny Loggins [Top Gun]
Cool Down“Don’t You (Forget About Me),” Simple Minds [The Breakfast Club]

Want to hear the songs? I’ve added all these songs to my Spotify playlist here.

Catch ya next week!

Disclaimer: Readers who rely on this information do so at their own risk. Instructors must be properly certified, insured, and have the music licensing in order to teach a spin class. GroupXFitnessTips.com is not liable for any injuries or negligence that occurs.

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80s Hip-hop and R&B Spinning Workout Routine and Playlist

80s Hip-hop and R&B Spinning Workout Routine and Playlist

If you’re looking for the best Hip-hop and R&B 80s workout songs, you came to the right place. I’ve gathered my favorite 80s hip-hop and R&B songs and turned them into a fabulous indoor cycling routine for your next class. We’ve got Salt-N-Pepa; Kool & The Gang; Earth, Wind & Fire; Tone-Loc; Diana Ross; and many more!

Enjoy!

Reminder: I like to teach my spinning classes in a series of exercises that we do 2-4 times through. I pick a couple exercises to make up the series, and we stick to it throughout the class. That way, participants know what to expect, so they can go big when they’re supposed to and not hold back for fear of another interval around the corner.

The Series (60-minute Ride)

Do the following exercises, three times through.

  • Song 1: Climb Part 1. Match your pedal stroke to the beat and find a baseline resistance. Start at an easy intensity and continue to add resistance until you reach a high moderate intensity by the end of the song.
  • Song 2: Climb Part 2. Maintain the resistance from the song prior, starting at a high moderate intensity. You’re going to continue to add resistance throughout the song to find hard intensity. Option to come in and out of the saddle if that helps you maintain the resistance and desired intensity.
  • Song 3: Climb Part 3. Maintain the resistance from the song prior, starting at hard intensity. Continue to add resistance as throughout the song until you can no longer add resistance without breaking your pedal stroke and/or keeping the pace.
  • Song 4: Reverse Tabata. Remove some resistance but not all. You want to have a pretty heavy resistance on your wheel. Reverse Tabata is 20 seconds of recovery (standing), 10 seconds of breathless work. At the start of the breathless work, you are standing and begin to move your pedal as fast as you can. I like to count down “3,2,1” and at 1, we all sit for the remaining 7 seconds. The idea is that by standing you are able to get to that sprint pace much faster since your bodyweight is over your pedals. Ultimately, the goal is to be doing breathless work for 10 seconds at a very heavy pace.

The 80s Hip-hop and R&B Spinning Routine and Playlist

Series Song / WorkoutSong
Warm up“Celebration,” Kool & The Gang
Song 1: Climb Part 1“Let’s Groove,” Earth, Wind & Fire
Song 2: Climb Part 2“Push It,” Salt-N-Pepa
Song 3: Climb Part 3“Rock Steady,” The Whispers
Song 4: Reverse Tabata“Wipeout,” Fat Boys, The Beach Boys
Song 1: Climb Part 1“Wild Thing,” Tone-Loc
Song 2: Climb Part 2“Funky Cold Medina,” Tone-Loc
Song 3: Climb Part 3“I’m Coming Out,” Diana Ross
Song 4: Reverse Tabata“Bust A Move,” Young MC
Song 1: Climb Part 1“It’s Tricky,” Run-D.M.C.
Song 2: Climb Part 2“Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” Deniece Williams
Song 3: Climb Part 3“Get Down On It,” Kool & The Gang
Song 4: Reverse Tabata“Fight For Your Right,” Beastie Boys (only 7 intervals)
Cool Down“Walk This Way,” Run-D.M.C., Aerosmith

Want to hear the songs? I’ve added all these songs and more to my Spotify playlist here or listen on YouTube here:

Catch ya next week!

Disclaimer: Readers who rely on this information do so at their own risk. Instructors must be properly certified, insured, and have the music licensing in order to teach a spin class. GroupXFitnessTips.com is not liable for any injuries or negligence that occurs.

80s Hip-hop and R&B indoor cycle routine and playlist