10 Workout Songs to Get Your Body Moving


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It's the third full week in January. Is your motivation to exercise still going strong? If you feel yourself starting to slip, maybe it's time to refresh your workouts—or your approach to them. One of my favorite things to do when I'm feeling blah about being active is to update my iPod with some fresh new songs. It makes "just another run" seem new and interesting, and when I find the right songs, I couldn't even sit still while listening to them if I tried!

So here are 10 workout songs that I am completely obsessed with lately. When I hear these, it's get-up-and-go-time! Hopefully you'll find a few new favorites from this list, too.

(Click on the song title to hear a preview and/or to purchase the mp3 from amazon.com.)

Pink – Raise Your Glass

Bodyrockers – I Like The Way

Neon Trees – Animal

Vampire Weekend – A-Punk

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll

Michael Jackson – P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)

Chromeo – Bonafied Lovin

Nina Simone – Sinnerman (Felix Da Housecat's Heavenly House Mix)

Girl Talk – In Step

Michael Mind – Ride Like The Wind (Klaas Remix)

What workout songs are getting you up and out the door right now? Share your top picks below!

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  • 129
    Thanks - 10/21/2017   1:21:54 AM
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    I love these lists! - 10/1/2017   5:31:14 AM
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    good suggestions - 8/24/2017   7:38:51 AM
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    Great music to workout by - 4/27/2017   12:32:10 AM
    Yes!! Thank you! - 4/10/2017   2:34:48 PM
  • 124
    "I am the Best" by 2NE1 (Korean pop group) is REALLY GOOD. Also, I really like "So Long Self" by Mercy Me. I would really recommend that song for any Christian who doesn't already know it. :-) - 11/21/2015   11:28:03 AM
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    I have this playlist up on Spotify, and is available to share - look for user name MSDRPEPPER https://open.spotify.com/user/msdrp
    Cq - I just used it for rebounding (a few hours ago). - 11/15/2015   4:41:46 PM
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    Brittney spears. You better work bitch - 3/11/2014   9:32:37 AM
    CRAZYGYMGIRL-You rock!! Thank you so much for your recommendation of Melissa Ethridge's "I Run for Life". I listened to it and just had to purchased it. It is indeed, very inspirational and the beat is great. Thanks again!! - 3/2/2011   3:40:49 PM
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    Anything with a good beat.

    - Britney Spears - Hold It Against Me, Gimme More, Toy Soldier, Freakshow, Circus, The Hook Up, Me Against the Music, Rock Me In, Break the Ice etc. (Basically anything that is upbeat by her is amazing to workout too!)
    - Christina Aguilera - Fighter, Bionic, Primma Donna, Not Myself Tonight, Aint No Other Man, Dirrty, Keeps Getting Better, Candyman, I Hate Boys, Show Me How You Burleseque, The Beautiful People.
    - Rihanna - S&M, Breakin' Dishes, Who's That Chick, Don't Stop the Music.
    - P!nk - Raise Your Glass, Most Girls, You Make Me Sick, , Whatdya Want From Me, So What, etc.
    - Kanye West - Stronger (dislike him, but this song is great)
    - Janet Jackson

    ** Sidenote: Read the rude comments. If you do not like that music, that is fine. But do not get snippy with people who enjoy that. Nobody is making you listen to it.

    - 1/29/2011   3:56:03 PM
    For me there's just something about rock/metal that just makes me want to get up and go. Some of my favorites that I have on a playlist for playing volleyball with friends are:

    Break Stuff - Limp Bizkit
    Bodies - Drowning Pool
    Forest - System of a Down
    Sirius - Alan Parsons Project
    We Die Young - Alice In Chains
    All the Small Things - Blink 182
    Monkey Wrench - Foo Fighters
    Savior - Rise Against
    Headstrong - Trapt
    Meaning of Life - Disturbed

    Some of these are explicit so please keep that in mind if there are any little ones around. - 1/26/2011   4:11:58 PM
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    Teenage Dream, by Katy Perry.
    Like a G6- Far East Movement
    Mean- Taylor Swift (and several other Taylor Swift songs)
    Beg- Evans Blue
    One Headlight- Wallflowers

    and several other. A huge assortment of rock, pop, country, and Christian make up my list. I LOVE it. - 1/26/2011   1:42:01 PM
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    I like to workout with Kool and the Gang - Celebration, Beyonce - Single Ladies, plus many others. I also workout to Caribbean music. - 1/25/2011   8:03:06 PM
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    I like Will Smith's "Just the Two of Us" and "Candy" - 1/25/2011   2:00:31 PM
  • 115
    Having another one of those "I'm Getting Old" moments - I liked two songs here. Thought the rest were not so hot .... Am not liking that this is happening more and more with current music .... - 1/25/2011   11:06:18 AM
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    Guess if just goes to prove how individual music tastes are ..one things for certain the wrong music to work out to is like kissing a guy with garlic breath. - 1/23/2011   4:49:49 PM
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    One Way Out - Allman Bros. Band
    Road House Blues - The Doors
    Fortunate Son - Creedance Clearwater Revival
    Queen of the Rollerderby - Leon Russell
    Ring, Ring - ABBA
    Walk This Way - Aerosmith
    Tulsa Time - Eric Clapton
    Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
    Saturday Nights All Right For Fighting - Elton John
    Whatever Gets You Through The Night - Elton John, John Lennon
    Halls Of Karma (Lord Have Mercy On My Soul) Black Oak Arkansas
    Sun Spot Baby - Bob Sieger
    Cat Scratch Fever - Ted Nugent
    Rubberband Man - Spinners - 1/23/2011   11:47:19 AM
    Newsboys - Born Again - 1/22/2011   2:46:27 PM
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    Thanks to everyone for sharing...one thing is obvious...there are as many tunes to get us going as there are people on SparkPeople! Mine...just a few..
    Patrick Hernandez - Born To Be Alive
    Kevin Rudolf Ft. Lil Wayne - Let It Rock
    Enrique Iglesias - I Like It
    Quad City DJ's - C'mon 'N Ride It (The Train)
    The Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling
    Talking Heads "Burning Down the House" - 1/21/2011   10:18:37 PM
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    AC/DC, Shinedown, Disturbed...these are the people who drive my workout. - 1/21/2011   9:10:33 PM
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    A recent addition to my play list is the cd Inventions by Ash Koley. Great songs with a good beat. - 1/21/2011   7:47:46 PM
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    I think this is a great post. Having the right music totally makes your workout that much easier - and having the wrong music makes it unbearable! I've had days where something slow and depressing comes on in the middle of my workout and all my motivation just disappears.

    I will also admit to a guilty pleasure and say that I've found Lady Gaga's upbeat songs to be perfect for a workout. A tad embarrassing, but that's why it's a guilty pleasure. :) Thanks for the suggestions, I'll add some to my playlist! - 1/21/2011   12:12:22 PM
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    I love to get moving to any of Janet & Micheal Jackson's fast tempo songs. I also have ALOT of Beyonce' & Rhianna on my player right now!!! - 1/21/2011   7:54:09 AM
    Thanks for posting this! There are some great songs here. - 1/21/2011   5:01:59 AM
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    Agree with Jackson's PYT and lots of other Michael and Janet Jackson tunes.

    Here's a few that work for me:

    Walking on Sunshine - Katrina & the Waves
    Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
    Runnin' Down A Dream - Tom Petty
    Runaround & Crash Burn - Blues Traveler
    That Was Your Mother (and most of the Graceland Album) - Paul Simon
    Third Wind & Eighteen - Pat Metheny (the percussion on Third Wind is AMAZING!)
    Jingo - Santana (LOTS of Santana with its fiery Latin percussion just sends me on my way!)
    Boddhisatva - Steely Dan
    Two Princes & Little Miss Can't Be Wrong - Spin Doctors
    The Who's Live at Leeds Album and selections from Quadrophrenia
    Do I Do - Stevie Wonder (LOVE Stevie!)
    Don't Fear the Reaper & Burnin' For You - Blue Oyster Cult - 1/21/2011   12:24:14 AM
    I rotate frequently. Here are some from my current walking playlist:

    Gonna Make You Sweat-C&C Music Factory
    Sing a Song-Earth, Wind & Fire
    Dancing Machine-Jackson 5
    You Can't Stop Me-Jadakiss
    Get Up-Mary Mary
    Touch It-Monifah
    Back in Black-AC DC
    Dude Look Like a Lady-Aerosmith
    Bring Me to Life-Evanescence - 1/20/2011   9:47:31 PM
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    I love to workout to Pink, Justin Timberlake and the Black Eyed Peas. I too have a Christian playlist. It's good for the body and the soul! - 1/20/2011   9:19:30 PM
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    I love U2 and Green Day Pandora! - 1/20/2011   7:58:30 PM
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    I highly recommend Melissa Ethridge's "I Run for Life". It's a great song with a great beat and inspiring message. - 1/20/2011   7:16:03 PM
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    Great list. I love mj songs and pink. also black eyed peas have killer dance music. Lot of punk music is really up beat too. I mostly listen to Pandora. I got an account with them yrs ago and now that my tv does internet its awesom cuz I can watch youtube and listen to pandora. Great for watching sp work out vids. - 1/20/2011   6:01:02 PM
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    I absolutely love Katy Perry's California Girl, Justin Timberlake's Sexy Back, and a track from the movie, Slumdog Millionaire~Jai Ho. - 1/20/2011   5:48:33 PM
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    My fav workout song is Bullet Proof- LaRoux, it just makes me want to get up and move!!! - 1/20/2011   5:37:54 PM
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    I have started listening to dance music in the kitchen so while i am cooking or doing dishes, I can keep my booty moving. 1 of my TOP songs is
    Timbaline ft. Justin Timberlake, Carry Out

    Great song! - 1/20/2011   4:52:51 PM
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    I got some great new ideas. Thanks to all you with your suggestions. Some I would have never even been open to but I went online and listend to them and found some new ones to add to the iPod. Sorry to read the sad "non- christian like" comments that were posted. Have a great workout everyone!! - 1/20/2011   3:43:13 PM
    Love me some Girl Talk! Just FYI, you can download his latest album legally. Just google it. :) - 1/20/2011   3:35:35 PM
    I will love Britney forever for a workout. Circus is my very favorite! Songs that have done it for me in the past are Since You've Been Gone- Kelly Clarkson and Bootylicious-Destiny's Child. The songs that get me to the gym in the first place (the hardest step for me) are Singing my Song-Christina Aguilera and Ask Myself-Robin Thicke. I know there aren't any really recent songs, but I like to sing along, so new songs just don't thrill me!! - 1/20/2011   12:53:50 PM
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    Men Without Hats-The Safety Dance
    Classic!!! - 1/20/2011   12:35:00 PM
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    An absolute motivational work out song that gets and keeps me going is stronger by Kanye West! Others are Bullet Proof- LaRoux Goodbye-Krinstinia Debarge Pretty Girl Rock- Keri Hilson Telephone-Lady Gaga and Beyonce and Get Me Bodied- Beyonce. - 1/20/2011   12:24:49 PM
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    i really have too many favorite work out songs to list and therefore have created SEVERAL different type of workout mixes to choose from depending on my mood: old school hip-hop, 80's alternative, new wave, disco, upbeat neosoul and mixes with all genres. i also add super fast songs for sprints and interval training as well as warm ups and cool downs. - 1/20/2011   12:24:19 PM
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    I was hoping for some christian contemporary upbeat music. I sometimes go on the elliptical trainer and listen to Israel Houghton, even some Brooklyn Tabernacle. - 1/20/2011   12:10:43 PM
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    Hoedown Throwdown--Miley Cyrus (I know, but it has a really good beat)
    Bust a Move--Young MC
    The Choice is Yours--Black Sheep (From the commercial with hamsters driving cars)
    Love in an Elevator--Aerosmith
    Love Shack--The B52's
    Callin' Baton Rouge--Garth Brooks
    Lots of stuff be Queen
    Jump in the Line--Harry Belefonte
    Anything that has a really good beat to it. Believe it or not, you can get ideas for fresh songs from commercials or theme songs. - 1/20/2011   12:02:21 PM
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    Mumford and Sons... their entire CD is wonderful. A favorite song is Little Lion Man. great stuff... very upbeat. - 1/20/2011   10:51:48 AM
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    My fave lately has been Oh Yeah by Great Big Sea. I love anything of theirs though. That song is also the opening credits for Republic Of Doyle. - 1/20/2011   10:25:59 AM
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    Metallica and Alice in Chains! - 1/20/2011   9:34:43 AM
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    On my IPod:
    Love the Way you Lie (Eminem & Rihanna) **don't usually like Eminem, but this song is first on my play list b/c it gets me going**
    Give me the meltdown (Rob Thomas)
    Raise your glass (Pink)
    Anything Guns n Roses
    Fighter (Christina Aguilera) This is in the middle of my playlist to keep me going - the words are awesome!
    .....just a few of my choices. - 1/20/2011   9:14:08 AM
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    Lady Gaga, Metallica, Megadeth, and other hard, heavy, metal!! :) - 1/20/2011   9:08:11 AM
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    I have to have my ipod when I workout otherwise it's just not going to happen. To those who are complaining about there never being a list with Christian rock on it maybe instead of complaining make up a list.

    Currrently on my ipod:
    Black Magic woman- Santana
    Rock and Roll all Night- KISS
    So What- Pink
    Pts. of Athrty-Linkin Park
    By Myself- Linkin Park
    I Will Not Bow- Breaking Benjamin
    Girl on Fire- Rob Zombie
    School's Out- Alice Cooper
    Fighter- Christina Aguilera
    What I've done- Linkin Park - 1/20/2011   9:04:54 AM
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    I find it amazing that the people dogging the list want Christian music. WOW! Way to live the life and spread your beliefs! - 1/20/2011   9:03:15 AM
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    I have all three of the Verve Remixed cd's and although some of the songs aren't the greatest workout songs, overall they are awesome!! - 1/20/2011   8:51:58 AM
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    let's not ever forget Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch- Good Vibrations!!!!! - 1/20/2011   8:44:59 AM

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