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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.

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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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The Best 80s and 90s Pump Up Songs—From My 10 Years as a Trainer 

80s and 90s Pump Up Songs

When it’s time to play pump up songs—whether for sporting events, like basketball or baseball, or workouts, like running or indoor cycling—you better not sleep on songs from the 80s and 90s decades. These decades brought us a ton of powerful sing-alongs, moody motivational music, and fast-paced tunes.

Which brings me to a key point: there are a few different types of pump up songs and you’ll probably want a mix of types for best impact. 

Here are the types of pump up songs for a great event or workout class.

Sing-along Pump Up Songs

Like the name implies, these are songs that are so popular that even people not born in the 70s, 80s, and 90s know every single word. Sing-alongs are especially good for getting the crowd dancing and participating. 

My advice? Use these sparingly for maximum impact. Do one sing-along every five or so songs. And, do not do a sing-along as your first song. You want to get the crowd “warmed up” before you play your best cards songs. 

Fast-tempo Pump Up Songs

If you’re working out, you typically want a song that has a quick pace or tempo to help you move faster with ease. Songs that have a faster BPM (beats per minute) tend to work well here. 

My advice? Start with a well-known fast tempo song, and use these songs when you’re doing your hardest work (i.e. sprints or HIIT). 

Emotional / Motivational Pump Up Songs

Sometimes you’ll find an incredible pump up song that’s not a sing-along nor is it very fast, but it has a strong beat and emotional or motivational lyrics to really tug at your heart strings and get you PUMPED. 

My advice? Use as many of these as you want to get you motivated. Sprinkle in the fast-paced songs when you need to move fast and then add your favorite surprise-and-delight sing-alongs for an added effect. 

Let’s take a look at some of the best pump up songs from the 80s and 90s by each type of pump up song. 

The 10 Best Sing-along 80s and 90s Pump Up Songs

  1. “Kids In America,” Kim Wilde 
  2. “Footloose,” Kenny Loggins
  3. “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.,” John Cougar Mellencamp 
  4. “Livin’ On A Prayer,” Bon Jovi 
  5. “We Got The Beat,” The Go-Go’s
  6. “What’s My Age Again?” blink-182
  7. “Livin’ la Vida Loca,” Ricky Martin 
  8. “Wannabe,” Spice Girls 
  9. “Welcome To The Jungle,” Guns N’ Roses
  10. “You Shook Me All Night Long,” AC/DC

The 10 Best Fast-tempo 80s and 90s Pump Up Songs

  1. “Bad Reputation,” Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  2. “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” Travis Tritt
  3. “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” Brooks & Dunn
  4. “We Didn’t Start The Fire,” Billy Joel
  5. “Tootsee Roll,” 69 Boyz
  6. “Turn The Beat Around,” Gloria Estefan 
  7. “Emotions,” Mariah Carey 
  8. “Maneater,” Hall & Oates
  9. “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” The Police 
  10. “Kickstart My Heart,” Motley Crue 

The 10 Best Motivational 80s and 90s Pump Up Songs 

  1. “Working for the Weekend,” Loverboy
  2. “She Works Hard For the Money,” Donna Summer
  3. “I’m Still Standing,” Elton John
  4. “Dr. Feelgood,” Motley Crue 
  5. “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Journey
  6. “The Final Countdown,” Europe 
  7. “The Distance,” CAKE 
  8. “Just A Girl,” No Doubt
  9. “Finally,” CeCe Peniston
  10. “U Can’t Touch This,” MC Hammer

I added all of these into the ultimate 80s and 90s pump up playlist. 

You can listen on Spotify here or YouTube here: 

You might also like my other curated song lists: 

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

Oldies Workout Songs

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

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

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

Enjoy!

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

Oldies Workout Songs For Sprints and HIIT Exercises

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

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

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

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

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

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60s Workout Songs For Weight Lifting, Running, and Indoor Cycle

60s Workout Songs

Even with 50+ years between us and the 1960s, the decade still has some solid classics to add to your workout routine and playlist. These 60s workout songs will have you singing along and dancing in between sets, especially if you like The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, and more. 

I organized these 60s workout songs by speed, so you can quickly find the music that will fit your high-intensity cardio (whether that’s running, indoor cycling, or something else) and others that can fit steady state work (like weight lifting, endurance cardio, etc.) Here’s a rough breakdown of the three options: 

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

Enjoy! 

60s Workout Songs for Cardio Sprints and HIIT Exercises 

  1. “Bristol Stomp,” The Dovells
  2. “Hello Mary Lou,” Ricky Nelson 
  3. “Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out),” Ernie Maresca
  4. “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” The Beach Boys
  5. “Wipe Out,” The Surfaris
  6. “She Loves You,” The Beatles
  7. “Good Lovin’,” The Young Rascals

60s Workout Songs for Steady State Cardio, Running, and Weight Lifting Exercises 

  1. “Cathy’s Clown,” The Everly Brothers
  2. “Stuck on You,” Elvis Presley
  3. “The Twist,” Chubby Checker
  4. “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool,” Connie Francis
  5. “Tossin’ and Turnin’,” Bobby Lewis
  6. “Hit the Road Jack,” Ray Charles
  7. “Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp),” Barry Mann
  8. “Little Sister,” Elvis Presley
  9. “Mashed Potato Time,” Dee Dee Sharp 
  10. “The Loco-Motion,” Little Eva
  11. “Twistin’ the Night Away,” Sam Cooke
  12. “Peppermint Twist,” Joey Dee and the Starliters
  13. “Twist and Shout,” The Isley Brothers
  14. “I’m Blue (The Gong-Gong Song),” The Ikettes
  15. “It’s My Party,” Lesley Gore 
  16. “Heat Wave,” Martha and the Vandellas
  17. “Donna the Prima Donna,” Dion 
  18. “Shut Down,” The Beach Boys 
  19. “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” The Beatles
  20. “Oh, Pretty Woman,” Roy Orbison 
  21. “I Get Around,” The Beach Boys 
  22. “A Hard Day’s Night,” The Beatles
  23. “Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” Manfred Mann
  24. “Please Please Me,” The Beatles 
  25. “Dancing in the Street,” Martha and the Vandellas
  26. “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss),” Betty Everett
  27. “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” The Temptations
  28. “I Saw Her STanding There,” The Beatles
  29. “Wooly Bully,” Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
  30. “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” Four Tops
  31. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” The Rolling Stones
  32. “Help!” The Beatles
  33. “My Girl,” The Temptations
  34. “Stop! In the Name of Love,” The Supremes
  35. “Ticket to Ride,” The Beatles
  36. “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” James Brown 
  37. “It’s Not Unusual,” Tom Jones
  38. “Do You Believe in Magic,” The Lovin’ Spoonful
  39. “Last Train to Clarksville,” The Monkees
  40. “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” Four Tops
  41. “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” Nancy Sinatra
  42. “You Can’t Hurry Love,” The Supremes
  43. “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” The Temptations
  44. “We Can Work It Out,” The Beatles 
  45. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” The Beach Boys
  46. “I’m a Believer,” The Monkees
  47. “Happy Together,” The Turtles
  48. “Soul Man,” Sam & Dave
  49. “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher,” Jackie Wilson
  50. “Dance to the Music,” Sly and the Family Stone
  51. “Born to Be Wild,” Steppenwolf 
  52. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash, The Rolling Stones
  53. “Think,” Aretha Franklin
  54.  “Sugar, Sugar,” The Archies
  55. “I Can’t Get Next to You,” The Temptations
  56. “Everyday People,” Sly and the Family Stone
  57. “Build Me Up Buttercup,” The Foundations
  58. “Sweet Caroline,” Neil Diamond
  59. “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” Marvin Gaye 

60s Fitness Music for Climbs, Yoga, and Chill Exercises

  1. “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini,” Brian Hyland
  2. “I Like It Like That,” Chris Kenner
  3. “Stand By Me,” Ben E. King
  4. “You Beat Me to the Bunch,” Mary Wells
  5. “Fingertips,” Little Stevie Wonder 
  6. “I Got You Babe,” Sonny & Cher
  7. “California Girls,” The Beach Boys 
  8. “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You),” Marvin Gaye
  9. “California Dreamin’,” The Mamas & the Papas
  10. “Paint it Black,” The Rolling Stones
  11. “Respect,” Aretha Franklin
  12. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell
  13. “It’s Your Thing,” The Isley Brothers
  14. “Come Together,” The Beatles 

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70s Workout Songs For Groovy Weight Lifting, Running, and Indoor Cycle

70s workout songs

If you like KC and the Sunshine Band, Bee Gees, and ABBA, then you’ll love this 70s workout songs playlist. It’s got plenty of groovy disco music, classic rock songs, and memorable sing-alongs that you (or your fitness classes) will love. 

To make it even easier to create your own playlist, I’ve organized the 70s workout songs by their speed or BPM (beats per minute). That way, you can create a running playlist, weight lifting routine, or indoor cycling routine quickly. 

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

Enjoy! 

70s Workout Songs for Sprints and HIIT Exercises 

  1. “Treat Her Like a Lady,” Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
  2. “Signs,” Five Man Electrical Band 
  3. “I Just Want to Celebrate,” Rare Earth
  4. “American Pie,” Don McLean
  5. “Rockin’ Robin,” Michael Jackson 
  6. “Crocodile Rock,” Elton John
  7. “The Ballroom Blitz,” Sweet
  8. “Love Machine,” The Miracles 
  9. “The Boys Are Back in Town,” Thin Lizzy 
  10. “Barracuda,” Heart
  11. “My Sharona,” The Knack 
  12. “Shake Your Groove Thing,” Peaches & Herb
  13. “I Was Made for Dancin’,” Leif Garrett
  14. “We Are Family,” Sister Sledge
  15. “I Was Made for Lovin’ You,” KISS 
  16. “Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor),” Robert Palmer 

70s Workout Songs for Steady State, Running, and Weight Lifting Exercises 

  1. “Band of Gold,” Freda Payne 
  2. “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” Three Dog Night 
  3. “ABC,” The Jackson 5 
  4. “Spirit in the Sky,” Norman Greenbaum
  5. “Green-Eyed Lady,” Sugarloaf
  6. “Mississippi Queen,” Mountain 
  7. “I Want to Take You Higher,” Ike & Tina Turner
  8. “Joy to the World,” Three Dog Night
  9. “One Bad Apple,” The Osmonds
  10. “Me and Bobby McGee,” Janis Joplin
  11. “Brown Sugar,” The Rolling Stones
  12. “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves,” Cher
  13. “Alone Again (Naturally),” Gilbert O’Sullivan
  14. “The Candy Man,” Sammy Davis Jr. 
  15. “Let’s Stay Together,” Al Green 
  16. “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress,” The Hollies
  17. “Burning Love,” Elvis Presley
  18. “School’s Out,” Alice Cooper 
  19. “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree,” Tony Orlando and Dawn
  20. “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” Jim Croce
  21. “That Lady,” The Isley Brothers
  22. “Superstition,” Stevie Wonder 
  23. “Stuck in the Middle with You,” Stealers Wheel 
  24. “Love Train,” The O’Jays
  25. “Dancing in the Moonlight,” King Harvest
  26. “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” Loggins and Messina
  27. “Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu,” Johnny Rivers
  28. “Ramblin’ Man,” The Allman Brothers Band
  29. “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” The Temptations
  30. “Seasons in the Sun,” Terry Jacks
  31. “Come and Get Your Love,” Redbone
  32. “The Loco-Motion,” Grand Funk Railroad
  33. “Jungle Boogie,” Kool & the Gang
  34. “Hooked on a Feeling,” Blue Swede
  35. “Hollywood Swinging,” Kool & the Gang
  36. “Takin’ Care of Business,” Bachman-Turner Overdrive 
  37. “Love Will Keep Us Together,” Captain & Tennille
  38. “Rhinestone Cowboy,” Glen Campbell
  39. “Philadelphia Freedom,” Elton John
  40. “Some Kind of Wonderful,” Grand Funk Railroad
  41. “Jive Talkin’,” Bee Gees
  42. “Kung Fu Fighting,” Carl Douglas
  43. “The Hustle,” Van McCoy & the Soul City Symphony
  44. “Fight the Power,” The Isley Brothers
  45. “Get Down Tonight,” KC and the Sunshine Band
  46. “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You),” James Taylor
  47. “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  48. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” Elton John & Kiki Dee
  49. “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” The Four Seasons
  50. “Play That Funky Music,” Wild Cherry 
  51. “You Sexy Thing,” Hot Chocolate
  52. “Get Up and Boogie,” Silver Convention 
  53. “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” KC and the Sunshine Band 
  54. “You Should Be Dancing,” Bee Gees
  55. “Turn the Beat Around,” Vicki Sue Robinson
  56. “That’s the Way (I Like It),” KC and the Sunshine Band
  57. “Sing a Song,” Earth, Wind & Fire
  58. “Rock and Roll Music,” The Beach Boys 
  59. “Rock and Roll All Nite,” KISS 
  60. “Take the Money and Run,” Steve Miller Band 
  61. “I Just Want to Be Your Everything,” Andy Gibb
  62. “Best of My Love,” The Emotions 
  63. “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher,” Rita Coolidge
  64. “I’m Your Boogie Man,” KC and the Sunshine Band
  65. “Dancing Queen,” ABBA
  66. “Hot Line,” The Sylvers 
  67. “Car Wash,” Rose Royce
  68. “Feels Like the First Time,” Foreigner 
  69. “Don’t Stop,” Fleetwood Mac
  70. “Way Down,” Elvis Presley
  71. “Keep It Comin’ Love,” KC and the Sunshine Band 
  72. “Walk This Way,” Aerosmith 
  73. “Boogie Nights,” Heatwave
  74. “Go Your Own Way,” Fleetwood Mac 
  75. “Shadow Dancing,” Andy Gibb
  76. “Night Fever,” Bee Gees
  77. “Stayin’ Alive,” Bee Gees
  78. “Boogie Oogie Oogie,” A Taste of Honey
  79. “You’re the One That I Want,” John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
  80. “Take a Chance on Me,” ABBA 
  81. “Hot Blooded,” Foreigner
  82. “Disco Inferno,” The Tramps
  83. “What’s Your Name,” Lynyrd Skynyrd
  84. “Bad Girl,” Donna Summer
  85. “Le Freak,” Chic
  86. “I Will Survive,” Gloria Gaynor
  87. “Hot Stuff,” Donna Summer 
  88. “Y.M.C.A.,” Village People 
  89. “Ring My Bell,” Anita Ward 
  90. “I Want You to Want Me,” Cheap Trick 
  91. “Boogie Wonderland,” Earth, Wind & Fire, The Emotions 
  92. “Disco Nights (Rock-Freak),” GQ
  93. “September,” Earth, Wind & Fire 
  94. “Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough,” Michael Jackson 

70s Fitness Music for Climbs, Yoga, and Chill Exercises

  1. “Let It Be,” The Beatles
  2. “Everything is Beautiful,” Ray Stevens
  3. “Spill the Wine,” Eric Burdon & War 
  4. “O-o-h Child,” Five Stairsteps
  5. “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” John Denver 
  6. “Mr. Big Stuff,” Jean Knight
  7. “What’s Going On,” Marvin Gaye 
  8. “Whatcha See is Whatcha Get,” The Dramatics
  9. “Proud Mary,” Ike & Tina Turner
  10. “Lean on Me,” Bill Withers
  11. “I’ll Take You There,” The Staple Singers
  12. “Rocket Man,” Elton John
  13. “I Can See Clearly Now,” Johnny Nash
  14. “Let’s Get It On,” Marvin Gaye
  15. “You’re So Vain,” Carly Simon
  16. “Me and Mrs. Jones,” Billy Paul
  17. “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” Stevie Wonder 
  18. “Bennie and the Jets,” Elton John
  19. “Tell Me Something Good,” Rufus & Chaka Khan 
  20. “Shining Star,” Earth, Wind & Fire
  21. “Fame,” David Bowie
  22. “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” Bad Company 
  23. “Take It to the Limit,” Eagles 
  24. “Dream On,” Aerosmith 
  25. “You’re My Best Friend,” Queen 
  26. “Fly Like an Eagle,” Steve Miller Band
  27. “Somebody to Love,” Queen 
  28. “Baby Come Back,” Player 
  29. “It’s a Heartache,” Bonnie Tyler
  30. “We Will Rock You,” Queen
  31. “We Are the Champions,” Queen

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The Best 2010s Workout Songs—According to My 10 Years Teaching Fitness

2010 Workout Songs

The 2010s produced some of the best workout songs. Trust me—I taught fitness classes nearly that entire decade. It also launched to fame some of my favorite bands and artists that I like to use for motivational, high-energy, high-emotion workout songs: Fall Out Boy, Imagine Dragons, and Panic! at the Disco to name a few. 

If you’re looking for powerful workout songs from the 2010s that will pump you up, this list has you fully covered. Here are my favorite 2010s workout songs—great for spin class, workout routines, stretching, and more! I’ve broken the songs up by their BPM (beats per minute). 

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

2010s Workout Songs for Sprints and HIIT Exercises 

  1. “My First Kiss,” 3OH!3, Kesha
  2. “Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO, Lauren Bennett, GoonRock
  3. “F*ck You (Forget You),” CeeLo Green 
  4. “The Edge of Glory,” Lady Gaga
  5. “Wild Ones,” Flo Rida, Sia 
  6. “50 Ways to Say Goodbye,” Train
  7. “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up),” Fall Out Boy
  8. “Sweet Nothing,” Calvin Harris, Florence Welch
  9. “Turn Down for What,” DJ Snake, Lil Jon
  10. “Cheerleader,” OMI
  11. “Honey, I’m Good,” Andy Grammer
  12. “Uma Thurman,” Fall Out Boy
  13. “Feel It Still,” Portugal. The Man
  14. “Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish
  15. “High Hopes,” Panic! at the Disco

2010s Workout Songs for Steady State, Running, and Weight Lifting Exercises 

  1. “Tik Tok,” Kesha 
  2. “California Gurls,” Katy Perry, Snoop Dogg
  3. “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love,” Usher, Pitbull 
  4. “Sexy B*tch,” David Guetta, Akon 
  5. “Like a G6,” Far East Movement, The Cataracs, Dev
  6. “Club Can’t Handle Me Now,” Flo Rida, David Guetta
  7. “Baby,” Justin Bieber, Ludacris
  8. “Only Girl (In The World),” Rihanna
  9. “You Belong With Me,” Taylor Swift
  10. “Firework,” Katy Perry
  11. “Give Me Everything,” Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Afrojack, Nayer
  12. “Super Bass,” Nicki Minaj
  13. “On The Floor,” Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull 
  14. “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” Katy Perry 
  15. “Tonight (I’m Loving You),” Enrique Iglesias, Ludacris, DJ Frank E
  16. “Raise Your Glass,” P!nk
  17. “Born The Way,” Lady Gaga
  18. “Till The World Ends,” Britney Spears
  19. “Tonight, Tonight,” Hot Chelle Rae
  20. “You Make Me Feel…” Cobra Starship, Sabi 
  21. “Sexy and I Know It,” LMFAO 
  22. “We Found Love,” Rihanna, Calvin Harris
  23. “Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen
  24. “Payphone,” Maroon 5, Wiz Khalifa 
  25. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” Kelly Clarkson
  26. “We Found Love,” Rihanna, Calvin Harris 
  27. “What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction 
  28. “Good Feeling,” Flo Rida
  29. “Moves Like Jagger,” Maroon 5, Christina Aguilera
  30. “Feel So Close,” Calvin Harris
  31. “Dance (A$$),” Big Sean, Nicki Minaj
  32. “Can’t Hold Us,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Ray Dalton
  33. “Get Lucky,” Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams
  34. “I Knew You Were Trouble,” Taylor Swift
  35. “Gangnam Style,” Psy
  36. “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?),” Ylvis
  37. “Best Song Ever,” One Direction 
  38. “Happy,” Pharrell Williams
  39. “Talk Dirty,” Jason Derulo, 2 Chainz
  40. “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor
  41. “Timber,” Pitbull, Kesha
  42. “Bang Bang,” Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
  43. “Summer,” Calvin Harris
  44. “Break Free,” Ariana Grande, Zedd
  45. “Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley
  46. “Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
  47. “Sugar,” Maroon 5
  48. “Shut Up and Dance,” Walk the Moon
  49. “Blank Space,” Taylor Swift 
  50. “Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd
  51. “Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift
  52. “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
  53. “Lips Are Movin,” Meghan Trainor 
  54. “Worth It,” Fifth Harmony, Kid Ink
  55. “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor
  56. “Time of Our Lives,” Pitbull, Ne-Yo
  57. “Ex’s & Oh’s,” Elle King
  58. “House Party,” Sam Hunt
  59. “Work,” Rihanna, Drake
  60. “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” Justin Timberlake
  61. “My House,” Flo Rida 
  62. “Work from Home,” Fifth Harmony
  63. “Cake by the Ocean,” DNCE
  64. “Just Like Fire,” P!nk
  65. “Perfect,” One Direction
  66. “Despacito (Remix),” Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber
  67. “Something Just Like This,” The Chainsmokers, Coldplay 
  68. “24K Magic,” Bruno Mars 
  69. “Starboy,” The Weeknd, Daft Punk
  70. “Strip That Down,” Liam Payne, Quavo 
  71. “Look What You Made Me Do,” Taylor Swift 
  72. “Youngblood,” 5 Seconds of Summer 
  73. “What Lovers Do,” Maroon 5, SZA
  74. “Mi Gente,” J Balvin, Willy William, Beyonce 
  75. “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus
  76. “Sucker,” Jonas Brothers
  77. “Thank U, Next,” Ariana Grande
  78. “I Don’t Care,” Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber 
  79. “Sweet but Psycho,” Ava Max 
  80. “Me!” Taylor Swift, Brendon Urie 
  81. “Beautiful People,” Ed Sheeran, Khalid 
  82. “The Git Up,” Blanco Brown 
  83. “Hey Look Ma, I Made It,” Panic! at the Disco 

2010s Fitness Music for Climbs, Yoga, and Chill Exercises

  1. “Haven’t Met You Yet,” MIchael Buble
  2. “Stuck Like Glue,” Sugarland
  3. “Pumped Up Kicks,” Foster The People 
  4. “Down On Me,” Jeremih, 50 Cent
  5. “Titanium,” David Guetta, Sia 
  6. “Young, Wild & Free,” Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Bruno Mars
  7. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift
  8. “Somethin’ Bout a Truck,” Kip Moore
  9. “Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Wanz
  10. “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons
  11. “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line, Nelly 
  12. “Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus
  13. “Come & Get It,” Selena Gomez 
  14. “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX
  15. “Let It Go,” Idina Menzel
  16. “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” Drake, Majic Jordan 
  17. “Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood
  18. “See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth
  19. “Watch Me,” Silento
  20. “Take Me to Church,” Hozier
  21. “Fight Song,” Rachel Platten
  22. “Elastic Heart,” Sia
  23. “Renegades,” X Ambassadors
  24. “Marvin Gaye,” Charlie Puth, Meghan Trainor 
  25. “H.O.LY.,” Florida Georgia Line
  26. “Believer,” Imagine Dragons
  27. “Slow Hands,” Nial Horan
  28. “Thunder,” Imagine Dragons 
  29. “What About Us,” P!nk
  30. “Havana,” Camila Cabello, Young Thug
  31. “The Fighter,” Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood
  32. “Meant to Be,” Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line
  33. “I Like Me Better,” Lauv
  34. “Whatever It Takes,” Imagine Dragons
  35. “Sorry Not Sorry,” Demi Lovato 
  36. “Happier,” Marshmello, Bastille
  37. “Natural,” Imagine Dragons
  38. “You Need to Calm Down,” Taylor Swift 

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The 142 Best 2000s Workout Songs For Cardio & Strength Exercises

2000s Workout Songs

Maybe it was all the Four Lokos and Monster Energy drinks we were drinking back then, but MAN the 2000s have some incredible pump up workout songs! I gathered the best 2000s workout songs from my 10+ years of teaching fitness classes. These are great for a wide range of workouts, from running sprints and HIIT exercises to steady-state squats and indoor cycling climbs. 

I’ve broken down the 2000s workout songs by BPM (beats per minute): 

  • 140 or more BPM: Great options for sprint songs. Typically, these are the songs you’ll want to use when you want fast pedaling, because riders like to pedal to the beat of the music. 
  • 120-140 BPM: Great for marches and jumps. I like to choose songs with a powerful, steady beat. You can play with the resistance and sit or stand while still maintaining a consistent pace. 
  • 120 or less BPM: Great for climbs. Think slower feet and heavy resistance. 

Enjoy! 

2000s Workout Songs For Sprints and HIIT Exercises

  1. “Get Ur Freak On,” Missy Elliott
  2. “The Middle,” Jimmy Eat World
  3. “Get the Party Started,” P!nk
  4. “Hey Baby,” No Doubt, Bounty Killer
  5. “Hella Good,” No Doubt
  6. “Gotta Get Through This,” Daniel Bedingfield
  7. “Sk8er Boi,” Avril Lavigne
  8. “The Way You Move,” Outkast, Sleepy Brown
  9. “Hey Ya!” Outkast
  10. “Lose My Breath,” Destiny’s Child
  11. “Are You Gonna Be My Girl,” Jet
  12. “Let’s Get It Started,” The Black Eyed Peas
  13. “Hey Mama,” The Black Eyed Peas
  14. “Since You Been Gone,” Kelly Clarkson
  15. “Lose Control,” Missy Elliott, Ciara, Fatman Scoop
  16. “Sugar, We’re Goin Down,” Fall Out Boy 
  17. “Everytime We Touch,” Cascada
  18. “Dance, Dance,” Fall Out Boy
  19. “Pump It,” The Black Eyed Peas
  20. “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race,” Fall Out Boy
  21. “Thnks fr th Mmrs,” Fall Out Boy
  22. “Boom Boom Pow,” The Black Eyed Peas
  23. “My Life Would Suck Without You,” Kelly Clarkson
  24. “Circus,” Britney Spears
  25. “Green Light,” John Legend, Andre 3000

2000s Workout Songs For Steady State, Weight Lifting, Indoor Cycling Jumps, and More

  1. “Independent Women,” Destiny’s Child
  2. “Where the Party At,” Jagged Edge, Nelly
  3. “Survivor,” Destiny’s Child
  4. “Lady Marmalade,” Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, P!nk
  5. “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” Jennifer Lopez
  6. “Family Affair,” Mary J. Blige
  7. “Bootylicious,” Destiny’s Child
  8. “Kryptonite,” 3 Doors Down
  9. “Wherever You Will Go,” The Calling 
  10. “A Thousand Miles,” Vanessa Carlton
  11. “In The End,” Linkin Park
  12. “Soak Up The Sun,” Sheryl Crow 
  13. “Move B*tch,” Ludacris, Mystikal, I-20 
  14. “Lose Yourself,” Eminem
  15. “Get Busy,” Sean Paul
  16. “Crazy In Love,” Beyonce 
  17. “Bring Me To Life,” Evanescence
  18. “Get Low,” Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, Ying Yang Twins
  19. “Shake Ya Tailfeather,” Nelly, P. Diddy, Murphy Lee
  20. “Where Is the Love?” Black Eyed Peas
  21. “Rock Your Body,” Justin Timberlake
  22. “Work It,” Missy Elliott
  23. “Miss Independent,” Kelly Clarkson
  24. “Headstrong,” Trapt
  25. “Stand Up,” Ludacris, Shawnna
  26. “Jenny From The Block,” Jennifer Lopez, Jadakiss, Styles P
  27. “Fighter,” Christina Aguilera
  28. “What Was I Thinkin’,” Dierks Bentley
  29. “Yeah!” Usher, Lil Jon, Ludacris
  30. “Goodies,” Ciara, Petey Pablo
  31. “Lean Back,” Terror Squad, Fat Joe, Remy Ma
  32. “Tipsy,” J-Kwon
  33. “Freek-a-leek,” Petey Pablo
  34. “Milkshake,” Kelis
  35. “Toxic,” Britney Spears
  36. “Salt Shaker,” Ying Yang Twins, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz
  37. “Headsprung,” LL Cool J
  38. “Just Lose It,” Eminem
  39. “Redneck Woman,” Gretchen Wilson 
  40. “Hollaback Girl,” Gwen Stefani
  41. “1,2 Step,” Ciara, Missy Elliott
  42. “Candy Shop,” 50 Cent, Olivia
  43. “Don’t Cha,” The Pussycat Dolls, Busta Rhymes
  44. “Mr. Brightside,” The Killers
  45. “Pon de Replay,” Rihanna
  46. “How We Do,” The Game, 50 Cent 
  47. “Hate It or Love It,” The Game, 50 Cent 
  48. “Switch,” Will Smith
  49. “My Humps,” The Black Eyed Peas
  50. “Caught Up,” Usher
  51. “Holiday,” Green Day 
  52. “Run It,” Chris Brown, Juelz Santana
  53. “Bring Em Out,” T.I.
  54. “Numb/Encore,” Jay-Z and Linkin Park
  55. “Temperature,” Sean Paul
  56. “SexyBack,” Justin Timberlake, Timbaland
  57. “Me & U,” Cassie
  58. “Buttons,” Pussycat Dolls, Snoop Dogg
  59. “SOS,” Rihanna
  60. “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” Panic! at the Disco
  61. “Ms. New Booty,” Bubba Sparxxx, Ying Yang Twins
  62. “Dirty Little Secret,” The All-American Rejects 
  63. “Too Little Too Late,” JoJo
  64. “Life Is a Highway,” Rascal Flatts
  65. “Call Me When You’re Sober,” Evanescence
  66. “Glamorous,” Fergie, Ludacris
  67. “Fergalicious,” Fergie, will.i.am
  68. “Stronger,” Kanye West
  69. “U + Ur Hand,” P!nk
  70. “Here (In Your Arms),” Hellogoodbye
  71. “Shup Up and Drive,” Rihanna 
  72. “Low,” Flo Rida, T-Pain
  73. “I Kissed a Girl,” Katy Perry
  74. “Disturbia,” Rihanna 
  75. “Don’t Stop the Music,” Rihanna 
  76. “Pocketful of Sunshine,” Natasha Bedingfield
  77. “So What,” P!nk 
  78. “Hot n Cold,” Katy Perry
  79. “When I Grow Up,” Pussycat Dolls 
  80. “One Step at a Time,” Jordin Sparks
  81. “Cyclone,” Baby Bash, T-Pain
  82. “Womanizer,” Britney Spears
  83. “Poker Face,” Lady Gaga
  84. “Just Dance,” Lady Gaga, Colby O’Donis
  85. “I Gotta Feeling,” The Black Eyed Peas
  86. “Right Round,” Flo Rida
  87. “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” Beyonce 
  88. “Gives You Hell,” The All-American Rejects
  89. “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho),” Pitbull 
  90. “Party in the U.S.A,” Miley Cyrus
  91. “Good Girls Go Bad,” Cobra Starship, Leighton Meester
  92. “Hotel Room Service,” Pitbull 
  93. “If U Seek Amy,” Britney Spears
  94. “I Do Not Hook Up,” Kelly Clarkson

2000s Fitness Music For Indoor Cycling Climbs, Cool Downs, and Yoga

  1. “Hanging By a Moment,” Lifehouse
  2. “It Wasn’t Me,” Shaggy
  3. “Ride wit Me,” Nelly, City Spud
  4. “With Arms Wide Open,” Creed
  5. “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive,” Travis Tritt
  6. “How You Remind Me,” Nickelback
  7. “Hot in Herre,” Nelly
  8. “U Don’t Have to Call,” Usher
  9. “Without Me,” Eminem 
  10. “In Da Club,” 50 Cent
  11. “Right Thurr,” Chingy
  12. “Photograph,” Nickelback
  13. “Lonely,” Akon
  14. “Over and Over,” Nelly, Tim McGraw
  15. “I’m Sprung,” T-Pain
  16. “It’s Goin’ Down,” Yung Joc, Nitti
  17. “Gold Digger,” Kanye West, Jamie Foxx
  18. “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” Bon Jovi, Jennifer Nettles
  19. “Party Like a Rockstar,” Shop Boyz
  20. “Crank That (Soulja Boy),” Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em
  21. “Rockstar,” Nickelback 
  22. “No Air,” Jordin Sparks, Chris Brown 
  23. “Fall for You,” Secondhand Serenade

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Top 80s Workout Songs—From My 10 Years Teaching Exercise Classes

Top 80s Workout Songs

Since the 80s are known for rock music, teased up hairstyles, and high energy performances, it only makes sense that the decade made some banger workout songs. There are SO MANY GOOD hits on this 80s workout songs list. 

Here are just my favorite 80s workout songs—great for spin class, workout routines, stretching, and more! I’ve broken the songs up by genre and then by BPM (for certain workout types).

Table of Contents

Click the links to take you to your desired section. 

80s workout songs by genre:

80s workout songs by BPM / exercise type:

Enjoy! 

80s Heavy Metal Workout 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)

I put these songs into an 80s Heavy Metal spinning routine that will kickstart your heart.

Listen to the songs in my Spotify playlist here or in my YouTube playlist here:

80s New Wave Workout 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)

I put these songs into an 80s New Wave spinning routine that you will love.

You can find all these songs on my Spotify playlist or on YouTube here:

80s Hard Rock Workout 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)

I put these songs into an 80s Hard Rock spinning routine that’ll give you a great workout.

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

80s Classic Rock Workout 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)

I put these songs into an 80s Classic Rock spinning routine for you to enjoy.

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

80s Pop Workout Songs

  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)

I put these songs into an 80s Pop spinning routine for you to try.

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

80s Hip-hop and R&B Workout 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)

I put these songs into an 80s Hip-hop and R&B spinning routine. Enjoy!

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

80s Workout Songs for Running 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 Workout Songs for Steady State, Jumps, and Weight Lifting Exercises (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 Fitness Music for Climbs, Yoga, and Chill Exercises (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 

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Top 90s Workout Songs—From My 10 Years Teaching Exercise Classes 

90s Workout Songs

There are 90 (million!) reasons to love the 90s, and 90s workout songs are high on the list. From boy band bops to hip-hop classics, you can curate a lot of variety into a single 90s workout and spinning playlist and have a little something for everyone to enjoy. 

Table of Contents 

Click the links to take you to your desired section. 

90s workout songs by genre: 

90s workout songs by exercise: 

If you’re building your own playlist and want guidance on what genres to consider, start here:

90s Hip-hop Workout Playlist 

  1. “I Wish,” Skee-Lo
  2. “Mama Said Knock You Out,” LL COOL J
  3. “Boom! Shake the Room,” DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
  4. “Baby Got Back,” Sir Mix-A-Lot
  5. “Back That Thang Up,” JUVENILE, Mannie Fresh, Lil Wayne
  6. “This Is How We Do It,” Montell Jordan, Wino
  7. “Jump,” Kris Kriss
  8. “Rump Shaker,” Wreckx-N-Effect
  9. “Motownphilly,” Boyz II Men
  10. “Where My Girls At,” 702
  11. “Thong Song,” Sisqo
  12. “Jump Around,” House of Pain
  13. “Tootsee Roll,” 69 Boyz

I put these songs into a 90s hip-hop spinning routine that will knock you out. 

Listen to the songs via my Spotify playlist here or my YouTube playlist here: 

90s Hard Rock Workout Songs 

  1. “Even Flow,” Pearl Jam
  2. “Enter Sandman,” Metallica
  3. “Zombie,” The Cranberries
  4. “Thunderstruck,” AC/DC
  5. “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana
  6. “The Beautiful People,” Marilyn Manson
  7. “If Only,” Queens of the Stone Age
  8. “Heart-Shaped Box,” Nirvana
  9. “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” Lenny Kravitz
  10. “Killing In The Name,” Rage Against The Machine
  11. “My Hero,” Foo Fighters
  12. “Bullet With Butterfly Wings,” The Smashing Pumpkins
  13. “You Could Be Mine,” Guns N’ Roses
  14. “Creep,” Radiohead

I put these songs into a, “Smells Like Lean Spirit,” 90s hard rock spin routine here. 

Listen to the songs now via my Spotify playlist here or my YouTube playlist here:

90s Alternative Rock Workout Playlist

  1. “All For You,” Sister Hazel
  2. “Run-Around,” Blues Traveler
  3. “The Distance,” CAKE
  4. “Inside Out,” Eve 6
  5. “I’ll Be There for You,” The Rembrandts
  6. “Come out and Play,” The Offspring
  7. “Enter Sandman,” Metallica
  8. “One Week,” Barenaked Ladies
  9. “Just A Girl,” No Doubt
  10. “Freak of the Week,” Marvelous 3
  11. “How Bizarre,” OMC
  12. “What’s My Age Again?” blink-182
  13. “Basket Case,” Green Day
  14. “Friday I’m in Love,” The Cure
  15. “Only Wanna Be With You,” Hootie & The Blowfish
  16. “Buddy Holly,” Weezer
  17. “Semi-charmed Life,” Third Eye Blind

I put these songs into a high-energy, sweat-inducing 90s alt rock spin routine here. 

Listen to the songs now via my Spotify playlist here or my YouTube playlist here: 

90s Country Workout Playlist

  1. “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” Kenny Chesney
  2. “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” Shania Twain
  3. “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” Brooks & Dunn
  4. “Friends in Low Places,” Garth Brooks
  5. “Chattahoochee,” Alan Jackson
  6. “Ready to Run,” The Chicks
  7. “I Like It, I Love It,” Tim McGraw
  8. “Take It Back,” Reba McEntire
  9. “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” Travis Tritt
  10. “Brand New Man,” Brooks & Dunn
  11. “How Do You Like Me Now?” Toby Keith
  12. “Achy Breaky Heart,” Billy Ray Cyrus
  13. “Ain’t Going Down (Til The Sun Comes Up),” Garth Brooks
  14. “Dust On The Bottle,” David Lee Murphy

I put these songs into a fast, HIIT 90s country spin routine here. 

Listen to the songs on my Spotify playlist here or YouTube playlist here:

90s Pop Workout Music 

  1. “MMMBop,” Hanson
  2. “Livin’ la Vida Loca,” Ricky Martin
  3. “Wannabe,” Spice Girls
  4. “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” Backstreet Boys
  5. “Together Again,” Janet Jackson
  6. “I’m Every Woman,” Whitney Houston
  7. “Emotions,” Mariah Carey
  8. “Genie In a Bottle,” Christina Aguilera
  9. “Barbie Girl,” Aqua
  10. “…Baby One More Time,” Britney Spears
  11. “Crush,” Jennifer Page
  12. “I Love You Always Forever,” Donna Lewis
  13. “Waiting for Tonight,” Jennifer Lopez
  14. “All I Wanna Do,” Sheryl Crow

I put these songs into a 90s pop spinning routine full of surprise and delight songs. 

Listen to the songs via my 90s pop Spotify playlist here or my YouTube playlist here:

90s Workout Songs for Fast Cardio Songs (Running, Indoor Cycle, Sprints, etc.) 

  1. “U Can’t Touch This,” MC Hammer 
  2. “Emotions,” Mariah Carey
  3. “We Didn’t Start The Fire,” Billy Joel 
  4. “Motownphilly,” Boyz II Men
  5. “Finally,” CeCe Peniston
  6. “Move This,” Technotronic
  7. “2 Legit 2 Quit,” MC Hammer 
  8. “Whoomp! (There It Is),” Tag Team
  9. “Rhythm Is A Dancer,” Snap!
  10. “Tootsee Roll,” 69 Boyz
  11. “Run Away,” Real McCoy 
  12. “Turn The Beat Around,” Gloria Estefan
  13. “C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train),” Quad City DJ’s
  14. “Just A Girl,” No Doubt
  15. “Wannabe,” Spice Girls 
  16. “All For You,” Sister Hazel 
  17. “Ooh Aah…Just a Little Bit,” Gina G. 
  18. “Together Again,” Janet Jackson
  19. “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It,” Will Smith
  20. “Spice Up Your Life,” Spice Girls
  21. “Raise the Roof,” Luke
  22. “Livin’ la Vida Loca,” Ricky Martin
  23. “Bailamos,” Enrique Iglesias

90s Workout Songs With a Strong Beat For Weight Lifting or Steady State Cardio 

  1. “Poison,” Bell Biv DeVoe
  2. “Pump Up The Jam,” Technotronic
  3. “Opposites Attract,” Paula Abdul
  4. “Escapade,” Janet Jackson
  5. “Ice Ice Baby,” Vanilla Ice 
  6. “U Can’t Touch This,” MC Hammer 
  7. “Love Shack,” The B-52’s 
  8. “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now),” C+C Music Factory
  9. “Good Vibrations,” Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch 
  10. “Baby Got Back,” Sir Mix A Lot
  11. “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It),” En Vogue
  12. “Achy Breaky Heart,” Billy Ray Cyrus
  13. “I’m Too Sexy,” Right Said Fred
  14. “Jump Around,” House of Pain
  15. “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana 
  16. “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg,” TLC 
  17. “Friday I’m In Love,” The Cure
  18. “Let’s Get Rocked,” DEF LEPPARD
  19. “Rump Shaker,” Wreckx N Effect
  20. “If,” Janet Jackson
  21. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),” The Proclaimers
  22. “I’m Every Woman,” Whitney Houston 
  23. “All That She Wants,” Ace of Base 
  24. “Boom! Shake The Room,” DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 
  25. “The Sign,” Ace of Base
  26. “All I Wanna Do,” Sheryl Crow 
  27. “Because of Love,” Janet Jackson
  28. “This Is How We Do It,” Montell Jordan 
  29. “The Rhythm of the Night,” Corona
  30. “Macarena,” Los Del Rio
  31. “MMMBop,” Hanson
  32. “Semi-Charmed Life,” Third Eye Blind
  33. “Barbie Girl,” Aqua
  34. “I Don’t Want to Wait,” Paula Cole 
  35. “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” Backstreet Boys
  36. “When The Lights Go Out,” Five
  37. “One Week,” Barenaked Ladies
  38. “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart),” Backstreet Boys
  39. “Time After Time,” INOJ
  40. “Cruel Summer,” Ace of Base
  41. “Touch It,” Monifah
  42. “Dangerous,” Busta Rhymes
  43. “…Baby One More Time,” Britney Spears
  44. “Every Morning,” Sugar Ray 
  45. “Where My Girls At?” 702
  46. “All Star,” Smash Mouth
  47. “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” Shania Twain 

90s Sing-a-longs, Emo Songs, and More For Slow, Heavy Resistance Movements (i.e. Climbs in Cycle, Hypertrophy Training, etc.) 

  1. “Unskinny Bop,” Poison
  2. “Losing My Religion,” R.E.M.
  3. “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over,” Lenny Kravitz 
  4. “The Way You Do The Things You Do,” UB40
  5. “Two Princes,” Spin Doctor
  6. “Fantasy,” Mariah Carey
  7. “Run-Around,” Blues Traveler
  8. “I Love You Always Forever,” Donna Lewis
  9. “Ironic,” Alanis Morissette
  10. “Pony,” Ginuwine
  11. “Barely Breathing,” Duncan Sheik
  12. “Fly Like an Eagle,” Seal 
  13. “I Like It (Like That),” The Blackout Allstars
  14. “Too Close,” Next
  15. “Truly Madly Deeply,” Savage Garden
  16. “How’s It Going To Be,” Third Eye Blind
  17. “Genie in a Bottle,” Christina Aguilera
  18. “Smooth,” Santana
  19. “Save Tonight,” Eagle-Eye Cherry
  20. “Last Kiss,” Pearl Jam 

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Top 100 Classic Rock Workout Songs To Make You Sweat

Best Rock Workout Songs

In my indoor cycling routines, I’ve played every genre known to man; yet, nothing comes close to classic rock, punk rock, and alternative rock workout songs for days when you want a killer playlist. There’s something about the energy in rock songs that makes people work harder. I said what I said! 

I’ve broken down the Top 100 alternative rock, punk rock, and classic rock workout songs by BPM (beats per minute): 

  • 140 or more BPM: These are your sprint songs. Typically, these are the rock songs you’ll want to use when you want fast pedaling, because riders like to pedal to the beat of the music. 
  • 120-140 BPM: These are your marches and jumps. I like to choose songs with a powerful, steady beat. You can play with the resistance and sit or stand while still maintaining a consistent pace. 
  • 120 or less BPM: These are your climbs. Think slower feet and heavy resistance. 

To round out your spin routine, you may also like these other genres: 

The Best Classic Rock Workout Songs for Sprints and HIIT (BPM: Higher than 140) 

  1. “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” Twisted Sister 
  2. “My Sharona,” The Knack 
  3. “Rock the Casbah,” The Clash
  4. “Feeling This,” blink-182
  5. “Blitzkrieg Bop,” Ramones
  6. “Basket Case,” Green Day 
  7. “Self Esteem,” The Offspring
  8. “Savior,” Rise Against
  9. “All the Small Things,” blink-182 
  10. “Fat Lip,” Sum 41 
  11. “Monkey Wrench,” Foo Fighters 
  12. “Hate to Say I Told You So,” The Hives 
  13. “Story of My Life,” Social Distortion
  14. “Ruby Soho,” Rancid 
  15. “Red Flag,” Billy Talent 
  16. “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor,” Arctic Monkeys 
  17. “Last Nite,” The Strokes
  18. “I Wanna Be Sedated,” The Ramones 
  19. “Buddy Holly,” Weezer
  20. “The Middle,” Jimmy Eat World 
  21. “Paranoid,” Black Sabbath 
  22. “Crazy Train,” Ozzy Osbourne 
  23. “The Pretender,” Foo Fighters 
  24. “Everlong,” Foo Fighters 
  25. “Basket Case,” Green Day
  26. “Mr. Brightside,” The Killers 
  27. “Breed,” Nirvana 
  28. “Intergalactic,” Beastie Boys 
  29. “Smooth Criminal,” Alien Ant Farm 
  30. “The Kids Aren’t Alright,” The Offspring
  31. “What’s My Age Again?” blink-182
  32. “Misery Business,” Paramore 
  33. “Kickstart My Heart,” Motley Crue
  34. “Rock and Roll All Nite,” KISS 
  35. “Draw the Line,” Aerosmith
  36. “She’s Out of Her Mind,” blink-182
  37. “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” Elton John
  38. “I’m Still Standing,” Elton John
  39. “Bad Reputation,” Joan Jett
  40. “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” The Police
  41. “Black Betty,” Ram Jam 
  42. “Just A Girl,” No Doubt

The Top Classic Rock Workout Songs for Marches and Full Body Conditioning (BPM: 120-140) 

  1. “You Shook Me All Night Long,” AC/DC
  2. “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” KISS
  3. “Addicted to Love,” Robert Palmer
  4. “The Distance,” CAKE 
  5. “In Too Deep,” Sum 41 
  6. “My Own Worst Enemy,” Lit 
  7. “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” The Clash
  8. “Highway to Hell,” AC/DC 
  9. “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” Billy Joel 
  10. “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana 
  11. “Seven Nation Army,” The White Stripes 
  12. “Highway to Hell,” by AC/DC 
  13. “Enter Sandman,” Metallica 
  14. “Livin’ on a Prayer,” Bon Jovi 
  15. “Come as You Are,” Nirvana
  16. “Welcome to the Jungle,” Guns N’ Roses 
  17. “1985,” Bowling for Soup 
  18. “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” Tom Petty 
  19. “Feel Good Inc.,” Gorillaz 
  20. “Thks fr th Mmrs,” Fall Out Boy 
  21. “Don’t Trust Me,” 3OH!3
  22. “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” ZZ Top 
  23. “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record),” Dead or Alive 
  24. “Rebel Yell,” Billy Idol 
  25. “Bad Medicine,” Bon Jovi
  26. “All Right Now,” Free
  27. “I Love Rock ‘N Roll,” Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
  28. “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Pat Benatar
  29. “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” Scorpions
  30. “The Boys Are Back In Town,” Thin Lizzy
  31. “Sharp Dressed Man,” ZZ Top
  32. “Come On Eileen,” Dexys Midnight Runners, Robert Palmer 
  33. “Walk This Way,” Run DMC, Aerosmith
  34. “Cherry Bomb,” The Runaways
  35. “Heartbreaker,” Pat Benatar

The Best Classic Rock Fitness Music for Climbs, Yoga, and Stretching (BPM: Less than 120) 

  1. “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” Green Day 
  2. “1979,” The Smashing Pumpkins 
  3. “Seven Nation Army,” The White Stripes
  4. “Eye of the Tiger,” Survivor 
  5. “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” Guns N’ Roses 
  6. “Back in Black,” AC/DC 
  7. “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” Def Leppard
  8. “In the End,” Linkin Park 
  9. “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Journey 
  10. “Scar Tissue,” Red Hot Chili Peppers 
  11. “When I Come Around,” Green Day 
  12. “Stacy’s Mom,” Fountains of Wayne 
  13. “Gives You Hell,” The All-American Rejects 
  14. “Ocean Avenue,” Yellowcard
  15. “Carry on Wayward Son,” Kansas
  16. “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  17. “Take It to the Limit,” Eagles
  18. “Nothin’ But A Good Time,” Poison
  19. “My Sharona,” The Knack 
  20. “When I Look Into Your Eyes,” Firehouse 
  21. “I Want To Know What Love Is,” Foreigner
  22. “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing,” Aerosmith 
  23. “Proud Mary,” Tina Turner 

If you want to use some of these in a routine, be sure to check out my 45-minute spin routines and playlists