100 Best Workout Songs of 2008: What's Your Favorite?


By: , SparkPeople Blogger

The January 2009 issue of Fitness magazine recently named their top 100 workout tunes of 2008. I was so excited to see this list, because I'm always looking for new songs to add to my iPod and use in my classes. Find out if your favorites made the list!

Fitness breaks the 100 songs into five categories, which each include 20 of the best songs for Spinning, running, walking, weight training and even yoga. I have to admit that I hadn't heard most of the songs on this list, but here are the ones that I do like from their list:

Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland 4 Minutes

Estelle ft. Kanye West: American Boy

Britney Spears: Womanizer

Rihanna: Disturbia

Fallout Boy: I Don't Care

Natasha Bedingfield: Pocketful of Sunshine

Coldplay: Viva La Vida

The Killers: Human

To see the full list of 100 songs, click here. You can also check out our newest SparkSounds Playlist: Best Workout Songs of 2008. It includes our staff picks, some of the songs above, plus a few more surprises! And the best part? Listening to SparkSounds is free! (To see all 12 SparkSounds playlists, click here.)

Do you agree with Fitness magazine's list of best workout songs? What is your favorite workout song of 2008?

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  • 216
    thanks. - 2/17/2018   12:58:49 PM
  • 215
    I love the songs Dazz by jazz band it's a funk ,great to workout to you really got,to move & it's long ,so listen and workout......baby !!!!

    :-))) - 2/13/2013   1:09:17 PM
  • 214
    Crosseyed and Painless - Talking Heads! - 8/19/2011   9:56:04 AM
  • 213
    For you rock fans, don't forget "Overcome" by Creed. I am overcoming many obstacles to reach my goals. :-) - 8/19/2011   9:20:56 AM
    STARRYNIGHT5, thank you very much for the Christian upbeat workout music- I loved Petra, Newsboys, and DC Talk in the 80's and 90's and just haven't spent the time these days to find upbeat Christian music- appreciate the list! - 4/4/2011   6:49:28 PM
    Great Christian workout songs....
    BeBe & CeCe Winans- Anybody Wanna Pray with Me
    P.O.D.- Alive....Boom
    TobyMac-Get This Party Started
    Disciple-Rise Up.....Game On
    Flyleaf-Again....Fully Alive
    Him Up
    Kirk Franklin-Stomp!...Revolution

    - 1/26/2011   10:25:31 PM
    different types of music that are upbeat - 12/23/2010   10:03:52 AM
  • 209
    My favorite workout songs are a bit older than these here.... FAVORITE, is Sugar Sugar, and Hungry eye. - 6/9/2010   9:02:04 AM
  • 208
    Big Hair 80s like Warrant's "Down Boys" or "Uncle Tom's Cabin", AC/DC "You Shook Me All Night Long. Or I can go the other way and listen to "Hello Good Morning" by Diddy or "I'm in the House" by Steve Aoki. As long as it has a good beat, its on my ipod. - 5/29/2010   9:51:32 AM
  • 207
    I love the songs we dragon boat to... Sister Scissors - I don't feel like dancing;
    and Tom Cochrane's Life is a Highway - 9/13/2009   9:51:33 PM
  • 206
    I've got the Britney Spears: Womaniser on my iPod that I saw in this article! - 9/10/2009   7:19:03 PM
    I like any fast catchy tunes. The one that caught my eye was Pocketful of Sunshine. I really like it. - 9/9/2009   5:21:30 PM
    I love all music that has a good beat . keeps me moving and I get good results in my step workouts. Can't just pick one. - 8/5/2009   8:24:12 PM
  • 203

    I don't know about y'all, but I love that song.

    Come on get higher, loosen my lips, with faith and desire at the swing of your hips.

    I love that song,

    Just about every song posted I LOVE!!!!

    Let it rock, is AWESOME!!

    Man i love music, I hardly ever go anywhere without taking my CD's along!

    Great blog.

    - 8/5/2009   12:11:21 PM
  • 202
    I posted this on another board, but I'll post it here too:
    Music is such a personal thing. I absolutely love hiphop and funk when I'm doing cardio. Blackeyed Peas - Let's Get it Started and Destiny's Child - Bootylicious are 2 of my faves. Fatboy Slim and Moby are awesome too. But so is Enigma - if you skip the super trance-y stuff. Anything with a good, steady, rockin' beat! Oh - and Earth, Wind and Fire! Love, love, love them! - 4/17/2009   9:02:46 PM
    Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith have some really wonderful "fast beat Christian tunes".

    Chapman's "All About Love" CD has at least 5 songs I can think of and Smith's "Go West Young Men" is an old title, but has some nice tracks too. Petra too has some great music. There is a lot out there. Go to iTunes.com and listen to samples. :0) - 4/15/2009   8:34:57 AM
  • 200
    I love Taylor Swift's new CD "Fearless". A lot of the songs get me going on the elliptical. I especially love "I'm Only Me When I'm With You" from her debut cd. - 4/9/2009   2:12:54 PM
  • 199
    Good day everyone. I'm looking for ideals of Christian workout song. I have collect a few that have a fast beat
    Revolution (Kirk Franklin)
    Talk about it (Nicole C Mullen)
    Something Beautiful ( Newsboys)
    No Plan B (Group I Crew)
    Change a heart, Change the world (Jump 5)
    Undeniably You (Avalon Remix)
    Start Jumpin (Jump 5)
    Don't Stop (V'enna)
    Lose my Soul (TobyMac/Kirk Franklin)
    Just wondering if anyone had any other fast pace Christian song to workout with Thanks (I get my songs through itunes)
    - 3/16/2009   4:27:04 PM
  • SHERI1969
    I'm a Christian and don't know any of the songs listed on either site. I think it would be great if Sparkpeople could come up with a "religious" list of songs for people who don't or won't listen to this kind of music. - 3/10/2009   4:40:08 AM
  • 197
    Wow, thanks for sharing all these songs, I'm starting my playlist now. - 2/23/2009   2:10:40 PM
  • 196
    Has anyone heard Mary Mary's latest song "Get Up"? ... okay I just have to share some of the song: Layin' low rest and pause, sleeping long slow motion.Gonna do. should of could of would of done - EXCUSES. What are you afraid of? Don't you know what you're made of? One of God's greatest creations Take this invitation now ... GET UP! Cause you can't stop ... GET UP Got a lot to do. 24 hours almost gone ... GET UP! Don't sit there GET UP! If you wanna get there...clocks don't stop and time won't wait ... GET UP!

    I had to share the lyrics cuz they're perfect for me! Gets me up every time! :) - 2/19/2009   4:26:27 PM
  • 195
    I love Pink's "So What" to get me moving - 2/19/2009   11:12:11 AM
  • 194
    Everyone has good suggestions...I may add some to my Ipod... - 2/18/2009   9:49:57 AM
  • 193
    Welll... I read through some of the comments and I was surprised to see there wasnt much rock or metal.. hah..
    Being a metalhead and a rocker girl I love loudmusic that distracts me from my surroundings and lets me out of my shell.
    for example, heres some stuff youll find on my playlist;

    Dragula, Numb, and Living Dead Girl - Rob Zombie
    Something in your mouth - Nickelback
    Pet- A Perfect Circle
    Into the night - chad kroeger and carlos santana
    Carmelldansen by Caramell (techno)
    Shut up and swollow - combichrist (hardcore industrial)
    Pour some sugar on me - Def lepoard
    Hungry for heaven - Dio
    Supermassive blackhole - Muse
    I Don't wanna stop - Ozzy Osbourne

    anyways, hope that'll help others lookin for a bit more then dance and hip hop :) - 2/6/2009   4:15:06 PM
  • 192
    Here's the sad thing for me: I have two seniors in high school and I still haven't heard of some of these artists! I can say that I'm not up to date on the current music. I LOVE my 80's! However, I'm listening to the spark people list right now to see what I actually have heard and know! Maybe I'll catch up to the current when it's the past, who knows?? - 1/31/2009   6:37:40 PM
  • 191
    I really like this list. I've sent it to just about everybody I know that has an ipod. I'm constantly looking for good workout music that my husband and I will both like. - 1/28/2009   8:42:00 AM
  • 190
    I get an adrenaline rush listening to Rage Against the Machine and STP. - 1/27/2009   3:37:31 PM
  • 189
    For working out my ipod is set on Breaking Benjamin, Within Temptation, In Flames, Moonspell. Metal music does not work at all. I was trying but I gave up quickly :( - 1/27/2009   12:36:37 PM
  • 188
    I like the song from Biggest Loser - Proud, by Heather Small - 1/27/2009   12:30:24 PM
  • 187
    Some other favorites from 2008 - "So What" by Pink, and "Dangerous" by Akon.
    Also, I love to listen to "One Step at a Time" by Jordin Sparks while I'm doing arm weights each morning. I do listen to Disturbia by Rhianna as well while I'm doing cardio. - 1/27/2009   12:25:12 PM
  • 186
    I love Get Ready by the Temptations and Smokin' by Boston - 1/27/2009   12:11:28 PM
    Anything Foo (Fighters). The pace is extreme and helps me when I'm doing speed workouts on the treadmill or on the trail. - 1/27/2009   11:30:09 AM
  • 184
    I love the Coldplay song... i am actually looking for new songs to perk up my workout. - 1/27/2009   8:55:18 AM
  • 183
    Thanks :) - 1/27/2009   12:49:32 AM
  • 182
    Reggaeton seriously gets me wanting to move -- anything that makes me want to dance and generally if it talks about sexy women. I want to be one of those!!! :) - 1/26/2009   3:54:29 PM
  • 181
    rickrolled... that was too funny - 1/26/2009   12:43:23 AM
  • 180
    Some of my favorites...

    Hot N Cold - Katy Perry
    Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool Jay
    Low - FloRida
    In the End - Linkin Park - 1/25/2009   7:33:06 PM
    Rock on!!!! the rythym helps to keep the body movin - 1/25/2009   5:33:22 PM
  • ROSE_312
    Sparkguy...ya know how to rock and jam. Love the stones and ACDC. - 1/25/2009   3:04:06 PM
  • 177
    there are some great suggestions to add to my ipod playlist, so thanks everyone!

    here are some of my faves that i love:

    live your life -- TI and rhianna
    the great beyond -- REM
    africa (feat. culture) -- karl wolf (yes, this is a remix of toto's original song)
    sober -- pink
    heroine -- shakespears sister
    because of you -- ne-yo
    the noise inside my head -- jon asher
    get up -- 50 cent
    sexual healing -- maxamillion
    crush -- david archuleta - 1/25/2009   2:06:55 PM
    A lot of what I listen to is on 'the list' coldplay, justin timberlake, Fall Out Boy...but my absolute favorite find is a ~6 minute 'remix' of Depeche Mode's 'Personal Jesus'. It lasts and lasts and has the perfect beat.! - 1/25/2009   1:28:28 PM
    I can't believe I just got rick-rolled by SparkPeople.

    - 1/25/2009   1:15:10 PM
  • 174
    I agree with CAMERON419. A bit of heavy metal or rock is great to work out to. My boyfriend loves Guns & Roses so we always have them on when we're working out :-D - 1/25/2009   1:09:57 PM
  • 173
    Who needs an ipod when you can sing all your favorites as you walk - 1/25/2009   12:07:55 PM
  • 172
    I have a playlist on my ipod of over 400 workout songs and they tend to be a mix of pop, classic rock, newer rock and fast fun songs from musicals.

    Of new songs, "Let It Rock" it a great one! - 1/25/2009   11:47:18 AM
  • 171
    Great Blog! I'll be returning to it often. :-) Thank you everyone for all your suggestions.
    - 1/25/2009   8:46:49 AM
  • 170
    Beautiful Day by U2 - 1/25/2009   7:39:38 AM
  • 169
    LOVE this blog will be returning to it often.

    I love " Pocket full of Sunshine" . My son bought me an IPOD for Christmas ( He was tired of seeing me trying to drag a very large very old CD player around ). The first song I bought was Pocketfull of Sunshine. - 1/25/2009   5:59:26 AM
  • 168
    I love southern gospel...Looking For the Lights of That City is my favorite for spinning. As for country I really like Free by Faith Hill and Fever by Garth Brooks. - 1/25/2009   1:20:04 AM
  • 167
    I tend to listen to Christian music, but sometimes I play a country album "If You're Going Through Hell by Rodney Atkins - 1/25/2009   12:22:26 AM

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