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Best Workout Playlists

Updated on November 30, 2012
Best Workout Playlists
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I like running just as much as the next average person. In other words, I like it about as much as going to the dentist. Yet, just like I suck it up and go to the dentist twice a year, I suck it up and lace up my running shoes each morning. I’ll admit that some days I engage in some brisk walking rather than running, but regardless, I log about 4.5 miles a day (not an exhaustingly long distance, but not too shabby either).

What keeps me going is knowing that even though I’d rather be sitting down at the moment, I’ll feel so much better once I’m done. Well, that and some heart pumping workout music. I know some people like to just let their mind wander in the silence, but I need a distraction. Mostly because the only thoughts that pop into my head are, “I want to stop, I want to stop.” That’s where music comes in. It helps to drown out the voice that’s yelling at me to sit down already. If this describes you, then read on because below are some great workout playlists (complete with some guilty pleasure songs) that will help pass the time and keep you moving.


Best Music to Workout To

Each list includes enough songs to cover about an hour of exercise.

Workout Playlist 1 - 80s Music

Song
Artist
Approximate Length
The Way You Make Me Feel
Michael Jackson
5:00
Pour Some Sugar on Me
Def Leppard
4:25
I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)
Shalamar
4:05
Tainted Love
Soft Cell
2:35
We're Not Gonna Take It
Twisted Sister
3:40
Bad Medicine
Bon Jovi
5:20
Addicted to Love
Robert Palmer
4:00
Wild Thing
Tone Loc
4:25
I Love Rock and Roll
Joan Jett
2:55
Beat It
Michael Jackson
4:20
Don't Stop Believin'
Journey
4:10
Heat of the Moment
Asia
3:30
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Eurythmics
3:35
Footloose
Kenny Loggins
3:50
We Built This City
Starship
4:55

Workout Playlist 2 - 90s Music

Song
Artist
Approximate Length
Jump Around
House of Pain
3:40
Hey Jealousy
Gin Blossoms
3:55
Poison
Bell Biv Devoe
4:20
All-Star
Smashmouth
3:20
Ice Ice Baby
Vanilla Ice
4:30
Baby Got Back
Sir Mix-a-Lot
4:20
Wannabe
Spice Girls
2:50
This is How We Do It
Montell Jordan
4:40
Vogue
Madonna
4:50
Come As You Are
Nirvana
3:40
Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)
Offspring
3:10
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
C+C Music Factory
4:00
Pump Up the Jam
Technotronic
3:35
Everybody (Backstreet's Back)
Backstreet Boys
4:45
Hypnotize
Notorious B.I.G.
3:50
Buddy Holly
Weezer
2:40

Workout Playlist 3 - Early 2000s Music

Song
Artist
Approximate Length
Survivor
Destiny's Child
4:15
Get the Party Started
Pink
4:00
Stacy's Mom
Fountains of Wayne
3:15
Hey Ya!
Outkast
3:50
1985
Bowling for Soup
3:10
Let's Get it Started
Black Eyed Peas
3:35
Crazy in Love
Beyonce
3:55
Feel Good Inc
Gorillaz
3:30
Don't Cha
Pussycat Dolls
3:35
Sugar, We're Goin Down
Fallout Boy
3:45
SexyBack
Justin Timberlake
4:00
Suddenly I See
KT Tunstall
3:20
Feedback
Janet Jackson
3:20
It's My Life
Bon Jovi
3:50
Lady Marmalade
Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, Pink
4:35
Hollaback Girl
Gwen Stefani
3:20

Workout Playlist 4 - Later 2000s Music

Song
Artist
Approximate Length
Party Rock Anthem
LMFAO
3:50
I Gotta Feeling
Black Eyed Peas
4:00
Gangnam Style
Psy
3:40
Poker Face
Lady Gaga
3:55
Everybody Talks
Neon Trees
3:00
Right Round
Flo Rida
3:25
Dynamite
Taio Cruz
3:35
Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
Kelly Clarkson
3:40
Pumped Up Kicks
Foster the People
3:55
Tonight Tonight
Hot Chelle Rae
3:20
Let it Rock
Kevin Rudolph featuring Lil' Wayne
3:50
California Gurls
Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg
4:00
Don't Trust Me
3OH!3
3:10
Evacuate the Dance Floor
Cascada
3:30
Die Young
Ke$ha
3:30
Some Nights
Fun
4:40

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