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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  • 79
    I love your list TaylorCraftBC65! (Except for the Eagles... I'm with the Dude in the Big Lebowski on that one.) - 1/20/2011   8:08:54 AM
  • 78
    Cool idea, music will get me going - 1/20/2011   8:06:03 AM
  • 77
    Some songs I'm jonsing on right now are:

    Fuego - Pitbull
    Cooler Than Me(Single Mix) - Mike Posner
    Winner - Jamie Foxx featuring Justin Timberlake and T.I.
    Wonderful - Annie Lennox
    One for the Mockingbird - Cutting Crew
    Attitude - Hardknox
    Take Me On the Floor - The Veronicas
    I Don't Wanna Be In Love - (originally by Good Charlotte) Power Music Workout

    For Cooling Down (or Warming Up)
    Ain't Even Done with the Night - John Mellencamp
    Boy with a Coin - Iron & Wine - 1/20/2011   7:52:50 AM
  • 76
    I guess those songs are OK, I prefer the stuff from when I was in the Army, done by groups that would sellout cities in hours, such as:
    Sunshine of your love----------Cream
    Run through the jungle---------CCR
    White room-----------------------Cream
    Heat of the moment------------Asia
    Feel like I'm fixin to die rag--Country Joe and the fish
    All along the watchtower-----JIMI
    Purple haze----------------------JIMI
    Move over -----------------------Janis
    Life in the fast lane-------------Eagles
    Can't get no satisfaction------Stones
    Radar love------------------------Golden Earing
    - 1/20/2011   7:31:27 AM
  • 75
    Thanks for the suggestions! I need some new tunes.
    Some of my favorites:
    How Far We've Come - Matchbox 20
    Sunday Morning - Maroon 5
    One - Metallica
    Superhero - Jane's Addiction (the song from Entourage)
    We Are Only Getting Better - Joshua Radin
    Pretty Vegas - INXS
    Anything by Pink
    - 1/20/2011   6:28:31 AM
  • 74
    My playlist is mostly from my high school years: BEATLES, Dave Clark 5, Beach Boys, Iron butterfly, you get the idea.
    To FULLERBUNNY on Ch*istian playlists, answer is very simple: just buy anyone of the current Ch*istian exercise mags and they have play lists. And you will probably be surprised at the number of Ch*istian songs vs secular songs on those lists. - 1/20/2011   6:15:16 AM
  • 73
    I find it amazing that people have play lists. It makes me jealous - for the life of me a song one day has me trying to dance in my chair and another wondering about the situation of the world. I, too, think it is very cool that everyone can share their ideas here and perhaps spark interest in a heretofore unexplored singer, band, genre.
    Rock On!
    TerrBear - 1/20/2011   2:11:52 AM
  • 72
    Thanks for keeping us upbeat, Coach Nicole! I enjoy your playlists! And I love Pink.
    For those who did have something mean spirited to say, I have several all Christian/Gospel playlists I put in regularly. Make your own, don't complain!!!
    I also found Pandora.com thanks to another Sparker, which has really expanded my available music. I'm enjoying the Ambient Music station especially (what you might hear when you go to a spa and get a glorious massage). Try it!!! - 1/20/2011   1:28:29 AM
  • 71
    This is just what I needed... I want to apologize on behalf of some of my fellow sparkers who found the need to bring their negativity to the comment thread. I went through and picked out three of the songs that I liked, the others werent for me, but im positive that there wasnt a line in the blog that said that we HAVE TO DOWNLOAD THESE.... they were suggestions... open your mind and you will benefit greatly from it.

    Thanks again Coach Nicole... always looking out for us!
    - 1/20/2011   1:00:56 AM
  • 70
    I'm just going by memory, (and I'm kinda weird) but here's some of my workout songs:

    Dragula - Rob Zombie
    Gonna Make You Sweat - C&C Music Factory
    Temperature - Sean Paul
    Highway to the Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
    Ridin' Dirty - Chameleon
    Survivor - Destiny's Child
    Independent Woman - Destiny's Child
    Groove is in the Heart - Dee Light
    Good Vibrations - Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
    A Little Less Conversation - Elvis Presley (Remix by Jxl)

    A little eclectic. I know there's more, but sometimes there's just SOMETHING about a song that makes you hop up and dance. :-) It is TOTALLY different for everyone too...the same song for me will NOT be the same for another!! :-) It's fun to see what people think are good songs to move to!! :-)
    - 1/20/2011   12:01:22 AM
  • 69
    This song is great for ZUMBA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bKo
    - 1/19/2011   11:47:45 PM
  • 68
    Thanks to everyone for all their ideas. Love it! - 1/19/2011   11:35:38 PM
  • 67
    I liked this blog and reading others suggestions for music was also helpful, except the negative comments. I reread the blog to make sure I understood the point Coach Nicole was trying to make. Paraphrasing here: She asked if your motivation to working out was waning. If it was, something that helps her is to look for new music for her Ipod. And here is a list of some of the current songs SHE likes. She isn't saying that everyone needs to like her picks. At the end, she asks for suggestions from other members about songs they like. That would have been a perfect opportunity for certain people to LIST some of the music they like, instead of bashing the choices that were listed. It could have been a wonderful opportunity to open people's eyes to a different genre of music instead it turns into a negative thing.

    I have a very eclectic taste in music. I listen to everything from country, rock, hip-hop and Christian music. I especially like music from the various Women of Faith artists. It is wonderful music to listen to while cleaning. - 1/19/2011   11:00:13 PM
  • 66
    Other than Pink none of these did anything for me. But music choices are personal. Right now my Mp3 is loaded with Shakira, Pink, 3 Doors Down, Christina Aguilera, Metallica, AC/DC, Rob Zombie, Blood on the Dance Floor, Black Eyed Peas, Cher, Brian Setzer Jace Everett, with Nickelback, Twisted Sister & KT Tunstall coming soon. I've been waiting for my library to get Rhianna in, no luck yet.

    I'm going to check out some of the other selections listed in the comments.

    To the people who complain & insult b/c they've never seen a Christian music for workout blog...be productive, go write one yourself if it bugs you so much instead of being so rude. Quite frankly your comments are completely the opposite of how a Christian is supposed to be. Grow up & learn your manners. - 1/19/2011   10:33:10 PM
  • 65
    Body Rockers and Nina Simone! I've never run into anyone else who listened to those. I like obscure offbeat things. Yaz (Don't Go Remix), Speed Caravan (Daddy Lolo), any club dance mixes especially by Depeche Mode. - 1/19/2011   10:08:39 PM
    The Time (Dirty Bit) - Black Eyed Peas
    Hey Baby (Drop it to the Floor) - Pitbull & T Pain
    Now You See It - Honorebel & Pitbull
    Like a G6 - Far East Movement
    Waka Waka - Shakira
    Loca - Shakira
    Shots - LMFAO
    and anything else I can Zumba to! - 1/19/2011   10:05:58 PM
  • SEAMAN7890
    I love to hear what everyone else is listening to or motivated by! It gives me ideas on songs I have never heard or haven't thought of in a long time. A couple that always get me in the mood are "imma bee" , " let the drummer kick" by Citizen cope, and "paper planes" by M.I.A. - 1/19/2011   9:42:59 PM
  • 62
    I LOVE that Pink song - 1/19/2011   9:39:55 PM
  • 61
    oh and while i'm here lol...i'll add a couple of my new ones...i love them, got a great beat!

    Higher by Taio Cruz
    Bass Down Low ft the Cataracs
    Don't Stop the Party by Black Eyed Peas
    Saturday by Basshunter
    Hey by Lil Jon ft. 3OH!3

    - 1/19/2011   9:37:30 PM
  • 60
    I don't an Ipod or MP3 player. I still have to use my portable cd player or the house cd player. I just normally leave the radio on to Classic Rock & Roll mixed with todays tunes. I also have and love the American Idiot CD. Rock on! - 1/19/2011   9:37:18 PM
  • 59
    Wow...some peopel are just rude. You don't have to agree with her...these are RECOMMENDATIONS, but u definitely don't have to be rude about it. Just because u choose to not listen to music based on ur beliefs (which i can respect) doesnt give u the right to slam someone else's list. This list was here to HELP us get through our workouts...take it or leave it. If u don't like it why not put a more positive spin and add some of ur favs...honestly arent christians supposed to be positive and nonjudging? lmao. Anyways, i havent heard of many of these songs and i'll check them out...if i dont like them i wont be back to RANT, i have more important things to do...hopefully working out to some pumping new music! Thanks....and thanks everyone else who have added their favs its nice to switch it up, it can get really boring listening to the same stuff. I never even leave comments on blogs...but man that annoyed me just reading them. - 1/19/2011   9:32:53 PM
    Right now my top five are MSI's Bring the Pain, 311's Creatures, Clutch's Electric Worry, The Impression that I Get by the Mighty Bosstones, and uprising by Muse, in no particular order.

    I have to say I'm really embarassed and appalled, reading some of the comments left by other members on this blog entry. Yes, music is a personal preference. Which is why one user may not particularly like Christian music or classic rock, whereas others do. Coach's playlist is her personal preference, so get over it and make your own if you don't like it. - 1/19/2011   9:25:28 PM
  • 57
    Thanks Nicole for the suggestions! I like anything with a good beat to keep me moving. - 1/19/2011   9:24:50 PM
  • 56
    Iam not going to be drawn into this song thing, I am just annoyed that there was even a blog made about something that is (and should be ) so personal and subjective. I am certain that a lot of people wouldn't like my picks , seeing as not everyone likes Classic or Progressive Rock. Yes I am approaching 50 BIG DEAL. - 1/19/2011   9:08:22 PM
  • 55
    To those very few Sparkers who felt Coach Nicole's list was junk or trash (their words), is it really necessary or productive to leave those comments?
    These are Coach Nicole's choices, she didn't say they had to be yours. They are merely suggestions.
    There is no need to be so mean spirited.
    - 1/19/2011   8:40:35 PM
    Thank you for sharing! Not my cup of tea, but I was glad to try out some new ideas. To each his own is right, like a previous Sparker said. To others - let's keep it positive and Sparky here - no need to call the list junk or disparage someone else's choices, just because your own would be different.
    My go-to song right now is Eye of the Tiger by Survivor. - 1/19/2011   8:30:08 PM
    Musical preferences vary GREATLY - very subjective!!! I have several IPod playlists devoted to my workouts .... depends on which exercises I'm doing that day/moment. None of the ones listed here are included on any of mine. To each his own. ;) - 1/19/2011   8:26:00 PM
  • 52
    Funky Little Beat - Connie
    Gonna Make You Sweat - C+C Music Factory
    Good Love - Mary J. Blige
    I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
    Let the Beat Hit 'Em - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
    The Turbo Hustle - D.J. Maestro - 1/19/2011   8:04:55 PM
  • 51
    I am sorry, but I listened to everyone of those songs and the entire list is JUNK! Just once I would like to see some Christian Rock in these lists and not just rock and hip hop trash. - 1/19/2011   7:56:15 PM
    Why is there NEVER a Christian workout playlist? I'm tired of " Revamp your workout with these tunes" and they're all disgusting music I would NEVER listen to. - 1/19/2011   7:42:28 PM
    Rhianna "Good girl gone bad reloaded" CD - 1/19/2011   7:35:05 PM
  • 48
    Boom Boom Pow by Black Eyed Peas - really gets you going :P - 1/19/2011   6:33:40 PM
    John Cougar Mellencamp - It Hurts So Good has always been a favorite of mine! - 1/19/2011   6:31:06 PM
  • 46
    I Gotta Feelin' by the Black Eyed Peas always gets me going-so much so, that I bought the CD and will play it in the morning as I get dressed. Just can't stop moving when it's on! - 1/19/2011   6:29:40 PM
  • 45
    Tetris-dacaav5!! Has helped me finish when I didnt think i could :-) - 1/19/2011   5:56:36 PM
  • 44
    Toby Mac and Superchick!!!! - 1/19/2011   5:29:58 PM
  • 43
    Stronger Kanye West and Survivor are always on my playlist - 1/19/2011   5:01:06 PM
  • 42
    Ok, maybe its a generational thing, but none of the songs, except MJ's Pretty Young Thing" did a thing for me, except would irritate me (hmm maybe an incentive to get through)Lol! - 1/19/2011   3:51:04 PM
  • 41
    Sexy Back by JT and What are you waiting for? by Gwen - 1/19/2011   3:36:27 PM
  • 40
    Anything with a decent beat can get me going.

    Weird Al, Black Eyed Peas, Pussy Cat Dolls, Beyonce, Shakira...and all the 80's and disco that I can't bring myself to admit to..... - 1/19/2011   2:43:32 PM
    working out is the only reason i listen to black eyed peas or lady gaga... - 1/19/2011   2:41:00 PM
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  • 37
    Arise by Flyleaf, very inspirational! - 1/19/2011   1:53:34 PM
  • ASINGH527
    My favorite one right now is The Time (Dirty Bit) by BEP. - 1/19/2011   1:47:35 PM
  • 35
    my all-time fav, never-fail, push me that extra bit is Rage Against The Machine's "Renegades Of Funk"

    just thinking about it makes me want to sprint around the building right now - 1/19/2011   1:11:49 PM
  • 34
    This one gets the blood pumping!
    Take Over Control by Afrojack ft. Eva Simons
    - 1/19/2011   1:09:38 PM
  • 33
    Salsa and merengue music is always great to workout too. It keeps you moving! - 1/19/2011   1:06:34 PM
  • 32
    ANYTHING WITH A GOOD BEAT GET ME GOING.. - 1/19/2011   12:36:24 PM
    Loca by Shakira
    Club Can't Handle Me by Flo-Rida
    Yea yea yea by Chris Brown - 1/19/2011   12:29:13 PM
    SILVARBEL-you so have my list! I thought I was the only dragula fan around! Love Black Eyed Peas for getting pumped up and ya'll don't laugh, I found an old CD from 98, it is MTV's 1998 compilation with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, TLC, and various other groups and I was having a blast listening to it this morning, can't wait to upload to my mp3 - 1/19/2011   12:21:25 PM

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