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The Best Songs to Sweat to This Summer

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Summer is in full swing, and if you're suffering from the heat wave that has been affecting so many regions, the thought of sweating through your workouts may be hard to bear. You can do a lot to stay cool in the summer heat (exercising in the shade, putting an ice pack in your sports bra or under your hat, and wearing moisture-wicking workout clothes), but you can only do so much to motivate yourself to get going. If you need help putting a pep in your step, start with your music. It makes such a difference in motivating you to get out the door and keeping your going!

There are so many great songs out right now that I'm having a hard time adding them to my own workout playlists fast enough. To make it easier for you, here are the sweet 16 songs I'm sweating to (and loving it) so far this summer.

(Links go to for mp3 purchases.)

Calvin Harris ft. Ne-Yo – Let's Go

David Guetta ft. Sia – Titanium (This is my jam! I listen to it on repeat during my runs.)

Ellie Goulding – Lights

Imagine Dragons – It's Time (only $0.25 on!)

Japandroids – The House That Heaven Built

The Killers – Runaways
(Starts off slow, but the chorus rocks.)

Linkin Park – Burn It Down

Maroon 5 – Payphone

Neon Trees – Everybody Talks (Everything on this album rocks.)

Owl City ft. Carly Rae Jepsen – Good Time

P!nk – Blow Me (One Last Kiss)

Pitbull – Back In Time

Rihanna – Where Have You Been

Train – Drive By

Usher - Scream

Walk The Moon – Anna Sun (currently a free download on!)

What songs are you sweating to this summer?

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EVILCECIL 11/23/2017
Great songs. Report
I have this saved into a Spotify Playlist - here is the link (you will have to copy the entire thing, paste it in, and then delete the spaces between the segments, before you hit Enter.). user/ msdrpepper/ playlist/ 1EbiuascYqRLk0Gk1ynxk7

I only have the free account - too tight to pay for a monthly subscription. But you do have to sign up with them to find and play the members playlists. All the SparkPeople blogs on various playlists are named starting with SP and followed by the name of the blog itself. So this one is identified in Spotify as "SP - The Best Songs to Sweat to This Summer".

I have some other playlists that are sort of a work in progress, particularly music in the 120-125 or so bpm for rebounding (or could be used for walking or slow running)... you're welcome to listen to those as well. Report
JVANAM 7/27/2017
Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
- Mae West Report
CECELW 7/26/2017
That is a pretty good list. I listen to Gospel music. Whatever helps get your workout in Report
MBPP50 7/26/2017
Awesome! Thanks. Report
IMAMOMMA 7/25/2017
Need a list for hard rockers and metal heads out here ... 😉 Report
I would like to recommend: "I am the best" by 2NE1. That is a VERY good motivational song. I also like "So long self" by Mercy Me. Report
DINKER0798 7/25/2017
Nice list, just very outdated Report
MAMA4305 7/25/2017
My favorite to listen to while I workout is glamorous by Fergie ft Ludacris . I repeated several times, I love it , love it. This is a old one that you gotta love. Report
JANET552 7/25/2017
Thanks for compiling the list. Report
Music while working out is a must! Report
My current workout playlist has 130 songs, but I could listen all day to "Happy" by Pharrell Williams and "Sexy and I Know It" by LMFAO Report
Titanium is a favorite. I need workout songs that have a fast beat and uplifting lyrics so Titanium is always in my mix. From suggestions form others I think I will be adding...

Pitbull - Back in Time
I Love It - Icona Pop
Part of Me - Katy Perry

Thanks guys!

Saw a lot of folks mention 80s music - Modern English has some great fast beat songs like After the Snow and Life in the Gladhouse.

Others in my current mix...

For Running...
Lose Yourself - Eminem
Can't Hold Us - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Heartbeat - Nneka
Bootylicious - Destiny's Child
Do Your Thing - Basement Jaxx
Girlfriend - Avril Lavigne
Just Dance - Lady Gaga
18 Wheeler - Pink
Independent Women - Destiny's Child
Feel Good Inc - Gorillaz

For Strength Training...
Burning Down the House - Talking Heads
Heroes - David Bowie
Don't Give Up - Peter Gabriel
Hard Headed Woman - Cat Stevens Report
My favorite right now is Papatouai by Stromae. Can't listen to this and not move! Report
Going to try some of these songs. some of my favorites include Remix by NKOTB, I Love it by Icona Pop as well as some 80's songs and lots of songs by Pink Report
I love the ZOMBA hits like RAKATA, FOLLOW THE LEADER, and anything by Pitbull. I enjoy reggeton music and salsa at the gym as well. Imagining myself dancing salsa thinner as I go along... Report
Thank you!! I have most of these already on my MP3, but downloading the other from now :) Report
and pretty much anything by Foster the People...they get me pumped for my work outs! Report
Awesome Playlist! Report
WOW... thanks Coach! I did 5 songs of movin, before I knew it, I had my workout in!!! Report
LMFAO- Party Rock Anthem
What a feeling- Alex Gaudino
I'll meet you there- Owl City

I like to change my playlist monthly so I don't get bored with the music. Some of these I'm not familiar with, some I already had. Thanks for the suggestions. Report
i just get my walks in first thing in the am before the heat. :) Report
I need this blog!
Thank you for recommending the Japandroid song. I love it. It's now on repeat on my ipod. Report
Wow - I've never heard of any of these songs and actually only have heard of a few of the artists. :-) Report
I always love the playlist posts & blogs . . . some songs I already have on my playlist & others I have not heard of. It's always nice to get ideas of new songs that you might like. Report
Thanks Coach Nicole. I had some of these, but the ones I didn't rock! You always have the best playlists...keep 'em coming! Report
Thanks so much, Nicole. I've been working out to music for 30 years (I'm 58) and I always appreciate the strong beat (as in these songs) that keeps me moving. I hadn't heard of many of them but they'll be on my IPod today. Report
I agree with PEACH1981 that I've not heard of any of these songs, but then I'm 62 and like real music that has lyrics you can understand rather than screaming. Report
well thonly one i see in this collection that looks pleasent is Titanium
but other then that, I'd take Donny osmond and the beatles and some
clean 80's music anyday. Report
Thanks, (from my youngest daughter 18) Showed her the list, I don't know them all, but of course she does! Report
None of THESE that's for sure !! Report
I guess I am a minority--I do not use an iPod or anything else--I just work out, walk, run, whatever. I don't even like the loud music they play during the gym classes. Report
I must say these tunes are not of my age or culture group. But if you play some Irish Tunes. Then I'm down the trail and moving on.
always love your playlists! Report
I used to love listening to music but have gotten away from it a long time ago!!to bad as I miss working out with the music but don't work out anymore because of the arthritis in my spine just to painful!! I do listen to the music on my radio in my art studio at night.....awesome sounds!! Report
Great collection. Report
Thanks for good ideas and helping me look current to my grandkids. Report
I'm listening to all of these too. Report
Hey - Call me maybe! That song just gets stuck in my head. Report
Thanks for the suggestions. Report
Thanks for the suggestions. Report
Can't wait to get exercising to some of this music,,, Report
Thanks for this, I was motivated to download some new work out music. I LOVE the Calvin Harris song and also the Rihanna song. I've also just been introduced to Swedish House Mafia, which is awesome to work out to. Report
@DEARFACE- Ya, sorry about that. It was just free earlier this week when I wrote this blog. I fixed the text. Thanks! Report
I love Japandroids! Unfortunately, when I follow the link, it says it's $0.99 - not free. Report
I LOVE this playlist! These are definitely songs that will get me moving!! Thanks! Report
Thanks, I just added a couple of these to my workout playlist! Here are some of the other ones that I suggest:

Part of Me - Katy Perry
Let's Get It Started - Black Eyed Peas
The Fighter - Gym Class Heroes
Get Me Bodied - Beyonce

That's just a few. Hope someone finds it helpful! Report
Good call on Anna Sun! I saw Walk the Moon in concert, and the whole time I thought, "This music would be awesome to run to!" Report
Awesome job! This list is the bomb! These will def. help any summer workout.

TITANIUM! That is my jam, too!

You sound like a hipster!

Paul Report
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