This Summer's Hottest Workout Songs


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Oooooh boy it is hot out there!  With temps in the mid-90s and humidity levels above 90% as well here in Cincinnati, it's a wonder I'm exercising at all—let alone doing it outside! Yet somehow, I'm not alone. In my neighborhood, the walkers, runners and cyclists aren't missing a beat.

Speaking of beats, updating my workout playlist with some new songs has made a big difference in my summer workout motivation. Even when you're doing the same old routine, a new set of tunes can help break up the monotony. And when you're lacking motivation, those upbeat songs can make all the difference in getting your sneakers on your feet and your feet out the door.

Here are some of the fun tracks that have been motivating my summer (2013) workouts during the dog days of summer.

(Links go to for mp3 purchases.)

Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky

I actually love this cover of the song by an artist named George Barnett even better than the original!

Electric Guest – This Head I Hold

Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)

Fitz & The Tantrums – Get Away

Fitz & The Tantrums – Out Of My League

Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out

Florence + The Machine – Spectrum (Calvin Harris Remix)

Imagine Dragons – Radioactive

Kelly Clarkson – People Like Us

Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton – Can't Hold Us

Mandisa – Overcomer

Mika – Live Your Life

Mike Posner – The Way It Used To Be

Passion Pit – Take A Walk


Robin Thicke ft. T.I. & Pharrell – Blurred Lines

What songs are you sweating to this summer? Tell us in the comments below!

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  • 758475
    Brittney spears. You better work bitch.
    Best song ever - 3/11/2014   9:29:58 AM
  • 42
    Love Overcomer! go Mandisa! - 11/5/2013   10:02:43 AM
  • 41
    A few I like:

    "Toxic" by Britney Spears
    "Please Don't Stop the Music" by Rihanna
    "Crazy in Love" by Beyonce
    "One More Time" by Daft Punk
    "Get Ur Freak On" by Missy Elliot
    "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera
    "Temperature" by Sean Paul - 8/13/2013   2:29:14 PM
  • 40
    I'm in the old camp but I enjoyed hearing some new songs. The styles are very interesting. - 8/13/2013   12:59:25 PM
  • 39
    Ooh, glad to see I'm not the only one who is old. I recognize some of the artists but not the songs! - 8/10/2013   11:18:55 AM
  • 38
    WHOGIRL, I'll be old with you! - 8/8/2013   10:11:13 PM
  • 37
    Well, it's official. I am really old. I have no idea who these people are. - 8/8/2013   5:07:35 AM
  • 36
    Blurred lines is all I listen to :) - 8/7/2013   3:31:59 PM
  • 35
    Same old stuff. Thanks for the ideas. - 7/28/2013   7:41:18 PM
  • 34
    Sounds good to me. Anything upbeat to get me moving - 7/28/2013   2:32:49 PM
  • 33
    No need to be nasty if you don't like the music. Sheesh. @@ Don't listen to it! To the OP - thanks for the suggestions. I love some of these. :) - 7/25/2013   6:50:48 AM
  • 32
    lame songs. working out to kelly clarkson???? you call that music?? what a joke of a workout. get REAL good music. van halen, the cult, rage. your list looks like a teen pop music. - 7/24/2013   10:18:06 AM
  • MISSTE25
    For the R&B folks, I also like Outkast "I like the way you move", Mary J. "Feel Good" & Jamie Foxx "Don't Mean It". Just the right tempo for your workout! - 7/24/2013   8:41:14 AM
  • MISSTE25
    Outkast - I like the way u move. Mary J. -fFeel Good. Jamie Foxx. - Don't Mean it. They have great beats to workout to! - 7/24/2013   7:48:49 AM
  • DAWN8378
    Sara Bareilles - Brave. - 7/23/2013   9:18:21 PM
    Great list, especially the George Barnett cover of Get Lucky! - 7/23/2013   3:36:16 PM
  • 27
    I love Weezer (If You're Wondering if I Want You To) I Want You To gives me energy legs!! - 7/23/2013   12:48:21 PM
  • 26
    Oh my!! You cannot help move . I have a Scottie at my feet so could not get up so as not to disturb her---but, boy was I ever moving in place. Oh and I feel so much better. What a wonderful motivation to get and keep moving!! - 7/23/2013   11:43:57 AM
  • 25
    One song that will really get your heart pumping, is Motley Crue's "Jump Start My Heart" hard to keep up but, once you do you will feel victory and accomplished. Not for everybody though, it is a great cardio workout - 7/23/2013   10:07:01 AM
  • 24
    I'm Alright by Jo Dee Messina - 7/23/2013   10:02:28 AM
  • 23
    One of my favorites is Twilight Zone from Golden Earring - love that song! - 7/23/2013   9:43:48 AM
  • 22
    Saved the best for last - Robin Thicke. - 7/23/2013   9:00:16 AM
  • 21
    Love Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke and Fall Out Boy :) - 7/23/2013   8:25:21 AM
  • 20
    Jimmy Buffett for us geezers. Gotta be happy while working out! - 7/23/2013   7:27:29 AM
    How is Fun.'s "Carry On" not on every workout playlist ever? Especially with lines like "Let your past be the sound of your feet upon the ground..." and "My head is on fire, but my legs are fine... Nothing's gonna stop us now." Nothing will get me through a tough spot in a workout better. - 7/20/2013   1:58:31 PM
  • 18
    I can't get enough of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines!! - 7/18/2013   2:51:52 PM
  • 17
    I'm older, so my favorites are older: Gloria Estefan, Manhattan Transfer, Maynard Ferguson, Van Morrison. Chase (Bill Chase's group) this morning, while riding my bike. "Good Morning" by Mandisa is still one of my favorites to get me moving, ever since it came out last summer. - 7/18/2013   2:03:10 PM
  • 16
    LOVE the George Barnett cover of 'Get Lucky'. What talent he has!! Great list, as always Nicole :) - 7/18/2013   12:23:21 PM
  • TARAH85
    Just downloaded quite a few of these! Thanks! - 7/18/2013   12:11:38 PM
  • 14
    I've never even heard of those songs. I listen to the '60s, '70s, Southern Gospel, some Contemporary Christian. Try "Born to Be Wild" if you want a real upbeat and driving piece. - 7/18/2013   10:24:01 AM
    Love"I don't care" by IconaPop! - 7/18/2013   6:39:33 AM
  • 12
    I will agree with Blurred Lines and Radioactive... as well as:
    Selena Gomez "Come and Get It"
    Mackelmore "Thrift Shop"
    Ellie Goulding "I Need Your Love"
    Ke$ha "Crazy Kids"
    Ke$ha "Out Alive"
    Imagine Dragons "Demons"
    DeadMau5 "Ghosts N Stuff" Nero Remix - 7/17/2013   10:19:12 PM
  • 11
    Bruno Mars - Locked Out of Heaven! - 7/17/2013   10:18:10 PM
  • 10
    OK Somebody has to speak up for the rockers.......I have been cycling to Volbeat. In This Moment. Halestorm and Five Finger Death Punch. Kick Ass!!!!!!! - 7/17/2013   8:30:30 PM
  • 9
    Epic by Manic Drive
    Money by Manic Drive
    Human by Manifest
    Tonight by Toby Mac
    Eye on It by Toby Mac
    Me Without You by Toby Mac
    - 7/17/2013   4:57:45 PM
  • 8
    I've been listening to the following this summer during workouts...
    1. Pitbull/Christina "Feel This Moment"
    2. Mumford & Sons "I Will Wait"
    3. Fall Out Boy "My Songs Know..."
    4. Florida Georgia Line "Cruise"
    5. Hunter Hayes "I Want Crazy" - 7/17/2013   2:02:23 PM
  • 7
    I loooove Blurred Lines, every time it comes on in Zumba class I go crazy! - 7/17/2013   12:00:20 PM
  • 6
    I cannot get enough of Ray Dalton's voice on Mackelmore's Can't Hold Us. - 7/17/2013   11:45:39 AM
  • 5
    Fortune Days by The Glitch Mob gets me moving. The song is almost six and a half minutes. So I will play the song three times in a walk and I have my 20 minutes in without realizing it. - 7/17/2013   10:40:24 AM
  • 4
    Love this list! A few are already on my list, but I'll definitely check into the others. - 7/17/2013   10:21:26 AM
  • 3
    I thought "Can't Hold Us" was by the Black Eyed Peas. I feel foolish now. I'm becoming a fan of Mackelmore. He's pretty cool. - 7/17/2013   9:58:42 AM
  • 2
    I love Blurred Lines! It's one of my favorites to run to. I also love running to Maroon 5's "Love Somebody." Its just the speed I run! - 7/17/2013   8:47:10 AM
  • 1
    Quit a few good songs in here....have to decide now if they are things that I would put on my exercise play list. Thanks for the suggestions! - 7/17/2013   6:29:28 AM

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