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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DEE107 3/13/2018
thanks for sharing Report
LOSER05 2/17/2018
thanks. Report
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 !!!!

:-))) Report
Crosseyed and Painless - Talking Heads! Report
For you rock fans, don't forget "Overcome" by Creed. I am overcoming many obstacles to reach my goals. :-) Report
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! Report
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

different types of music that are upbeat Report
My favorite workout songs are a bit older than these here.... FAVORITE, is Sugar Sugar, and Hungry eye. Report
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. Report
I love the songs we dragon boat to... Sister Scissors - I don't feel like dancing;
and Tom Cochrane's Life is a Highway Report
I've got the Britney Spears: Womaniser on my iPod that I saw in this article! Report
I like any fast catchy tunes. The one that caught my eye was Pocketful of Sunshine. I really like it. Report
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. Report

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.

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! Report
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) Report
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. Report
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)
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. Report
Wow, thanks for sharing all these songs, I'm starting my playlist now. Report
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! :) Report
I love Pink's "So What" to get me moving Report
Everyone has good suggestions...I may add some to my Ipod... Report
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 :) Report
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?? Report
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. Report
I get an adrenaline rush listening to Rage Against the Machine and STP. Report
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 :( Report
I like the song from Biggest Loser - Proud, by Heather Small Report
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. Report
I love Get Ready by the Temptations and Smokin' by Boston Report
Anything Foo (Fighters). The pace is extreme and helps me when I'm doing speed workouts on the treadmill or on the trail. Report
I love the Coldplay song... i am actually looking for new songs to perk up my workout. Report
Thanks :) Report
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!!! :) Report
rickrolled... that was too funny Report
Some of my favorites...

Hot N Cold - Katy Perry
Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool Jay
Low - FloRida
In the End - Linkin Park Report
Rock on!!!! the rythym helps to keep the body movin Report
Sparkguy...ya know how to rock and jam. Love the stones and ACDC. Report
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 Report
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.! Report
I can't believe I just got rick-rolled by SparkPeople.

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 Report
Who needs an ipod when you can sing all your favorites as you walk Report
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! Report
Great Blog! I'll be returning to it often. :-) Thank you everyone for all your suggestions.
Beautiful Day by U2 Report
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. Report
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. Report
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