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21 Fast-Paced Workout Songs You'll Love

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5/1/2013 6:00 AM   :  227 comments   :  916,676 Views

It's been far too long since I've shared some new music ideas for you to update your workout playlists, but reading the New York Times Well blog recently reminded me just how important music is during exercise. Recapping several studies about music's affects on exercise intensity and perceived exertion, one in particular caught my eye. In a small study, male college students pedaled stationary bicycles while listening to popular music that the researchers secretly either slowed down or sped up at random, without the knowledge of the participants. When the music was faster, they pedaled faster, liked the music better, and elevated their heart rates more, yet perceived their workouts as less intense than they actually were. When the music slowed down, exactly the opposite happened.

We all know that some good booty-shaking tunes can make our workouts more fun, which is why I prefer to go for beat and music tempo over "motivation" factor, like how the song makes me feel or whether the actual lyrics are particularly inspiring.

If you want to boost the intensity of your workouts and make them feel easier at the same time, try update your workout playlist with one of these upbeat workout songs.

Black Eyed Peas – Rock That Body





Matchbox Twenty – How Far We've Come





Junior Senior – Move Your Feet





Michael Jackson – Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough





The Sounds – Dance with Me





Madonna – Sorry





KT Tunstall – Suddenly I See





Journey – Any Way You Want It





Jimmy Eat World – Pain





Gnarls Barkley – Smiley Faces





Erasure – A Little Respect





Sean Paul – Temperature





Jennifer Lopez – Let's Get Loud





Alien Ant Farm – Smooth Criminal





Johnny Cash – I've Been Everywhere





OK Go – Here It Goes Again





Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)





Rihanna – Please Don't Stop the Music





The Offspring – You're Gonna Go Far, Kid





Rancid – Time Bomb





Outkast – Hey Ya





What are your favorite upbeat workout songs? Do you agree that great music can make your workouts feel easier?

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  • MAKINGCHANGES24
    177
    Lasgo ! Inna , Madonna,
    Dj encore- i see right through you. - 9/23/2010   6:54:44 PM
  • PEPE865
    176
    When I'm walking, the song 500 Miles by the Proclaimers will start playing in my head at some point. I don't need to carry an iPod :) - 9/23/2010   3:32:56 PM
  • 175
    Thanks for all the awesome suggestions! For me, music changes exercise to playtime!
    *hugs* - 9/23/2010   3:05:39 PM
  • 174
    Nice lists here...
    I'd also like to add:
    "Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus (don't judge me).
    "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen.
    "Can't hold us down" by Lil Kim and Christina A.
    "Let me blow your mind" by Eve feat Gwen Stefani.
    "Imma Be" Black Eyed Peas.
    - 9/23/2010   10:44:31 AM
  • 173
    Great list - Definitely took a few of your suggestions - comes just in time for my 1/2 marathon this weekend and was definitely looking to spice the play list up.

    Some of my favorites:

    Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
    Lay All your love on me - Abba
    Promises in the Dark - Pat Benatar
    Lose Yourself - Eminem
    I'm Not Afraid - Eminem
    Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield
    Alive & Kicking - Simple Minds
    Relight my Fire (old disco song)
    Beautiful Day - U2
    Pretty Vegas - INXS
    Paradise City - Guns n Roses
    It Goes Around the World - ATC
    I'm Every Woman - Chaka Kahn
    I Get Knocked Down - Chumbawumba
    Telephone - Lady Gaga - 9/23/2010   9:29:39 AM
  • 1BOOMBALATTY
    172
    HOw about the Classics, as in Bach, Mozart? - 9/23/2010   7:08:43 AM
  • CCALGREEN
    171
    Is it sad to admit that I bought a CD of music I heard at the gym (a compilation of euphoric house tunes such as Spiller's Groovejet)? Seriously, though, when I listen to it now, it reminds me of being there!

    Apart from euphoric house, anything by the Chemical Brothers - they've NEVER recorded a bad track - with the Beth Orton tracks good for cool down. Though I like it, Drum and Bass is too fast! - 9/23/2010   6:43:54 AM
  • 170
    I find when I listen to music my feet have to move. To me the best to listen to is show tunes When I listen to Chorus Line I see myself dancing ..so I dance.. - 9/22/2010   11:48:56 PM
  • 169
    BLACKHUNTER, I listen to a lot of country. Check out Anthony Smith's "If That Ain't Country" album. Tons of upbeat stuff there. I also like Garth Brooks, he has quite a few songs that get you moving, like "Longneck Bottle", "Two Pina Coladas", "Wrapped Up In You", "Do What You Gotta Do". George Strait, " Carrying Your Love With Me", "All My Ex's Live in Texas", Hank Williams, "Hey, Good Lookin'", Jeannie C. Riley "Harper Valley P.T.A.", Jo Dee Messina, "Bring on the Rain", Johnny & June Carter Cash "Jackson", Johnny Paycheck "Take this Job and Shove It", LeAnn Rimes, "One Way Ticket", Mindy McCready, "A Girl's Gotta Do" and "Guys Do It All the Time" Roger Miller, "Dang Me" and "King of the Road" Tennessee Ernie Ford "Sixteen Tons" (great for weights, lol) Toby Keith "How Do You Like Me Now", "I Wanna Talk About Me", and "I Love This Bar" Bobby Bare and the Old Dogs "Still Gonna Die" Dave Dudley "Six Days on the Road" (also recorded by Sawyer Brown), Dixie Chicks "Ready to Run" and "Goodbye Earl" Eddie Rabbit "Every Which Way but Loose" and "I Love a Rainy Night"
    Hope this helps the country fans! - 9/22/2010   10:09:51 PM
  • 168
    Thanks, I just bought a new ipod and wanted some new music! Great article! - 9/22/2010   5:26:54 PM
  • CYCLONE564
    167
    #1 workout song:

    Don't stop moving
    by S Club 7 - 9/22/2010   4:29:53 PM
  • 166
    Thanks for suggesting the new tunes! - 9/22/2010   2:38:29 PM
  • ALDANAD84
    165
    Great Great choices everyone! Im gonna have to add these songs to my playlist...May I reccomend this site:

    http://www.inthegym.net /

    they have many playlists and I love it becuase its by genre! - 9/22/2010   2:22:00 PM
  • 164
    Hey guys! I absolutely LOVE working out to music because it makes you forget that you're working out and makes you feel energized. Here is some of the music that I love to listen to for Warm Up, Work out, Cool down, and Stretching:

    Warm Up:
    Chariots of Fire (don't know artist), New Morning (by Alpha Rev), The Adventure (by Angels and Airwaves), A New Day (by Celine Dion), Viva La Vida (by Coldplay), Happy (Natasha Bedingfield), Freckles (Natasha Bedingfield), Feels Like Today (Rascal Flatts), Kings and Queens (30 Seconds to mars),

    Work out:
    Take a Chance (by ABBA), About a Girl (by The Academy Is...), Assorted All-American Rejects songs, Weight of the world (by Chantal Kreviazuk), Hollywood (by Collective Soul), Lose My Breath (Destiny's Child), Rock & Roll (by Eric Hutchinson), The First of Me (Hoobastank), Swing With Me (Jessica Simpson), Wavin' Flag (Coca-cola Celebration Mix by K'naan), Jeans On (Keith Urban), Elevation (from Tomb Raider by Knights Bridge), Say Hey (Michael Franti & Spearhead), Supermassive Black Hole (Muse), Uprising (Muse), Pirate Bones (Natasha Bedingfield), Unwritten (Natasha Bedingfield), Trouble (Pink), When I Grow Up (The Pussycat Dolls), Funny Little Feeling (Rock 'N' Roll Soldiers), Hey, Soul Sister (Train), The Kill (30 Seconds to Mars), If We Ever Meet Again (Timbaland)

    Cool Down:
    So Small (by Carrie Underwood), Home Sweet Home (by Carrie Underwood. Great to listen to when you are heading home from an outdoor workout), Hard Times (by Eastmountainsouth), Oceano (Josh Groban), Sunday Morning (Maroon 5), Fireflies (Owl City), In My Arms (Plumb),

    Stretching:
    Lakme Flower Duet (from Tomb Raider), Caribbean Blue (by Enya), Storms in Africa (by Enya), Now We Are Free (Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard), Remember When It Rained (Josh Groban. Gives me chills), You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban), 503 (Joshua Bell and Hans Zimmerman), Exogenesis: Symphony, Parts 1, 2, and 3 (Muse), Little Stranger (Peter Bradley Adams & Renee Stahl), A Good Day (Priscilla Ahn), - 9/22/2010   1:09:01 PM
  • CHOCOBEANS
    163
    Usually anything by Linkin Park will do it for me. They have songs to get you moving and slower songs for cooling down. The perfect workout band. - 9/22/2010   9:24:12 AM
  • KATHYMCW1
    162
    Bob Segar - Old time Rock & Roll - always does it for me.
    Elton John - Philadelphia Freedom
    Donna Summer - Heaven Knows - 9/22/2010   8:01:04 AM
  • SDORITY905
    161
    How about Abba?? The Whole "Mamma Mia" soundtrack can be used for warm up and cool down too. "Dancing Queen" and "Waterloo" are my favorites.

    Some others on my list:
    Garbage- "Push It"
    Ace of Base- "Beautiful Life"
    Mika- "Lollipop"
    Switchfoot- "More Than Fine", "Dare You To Move"
    Snow Patrol- "Chocolate" - 9/22/2010   5:25:32 AM
  • 160
    I love We Be Clubbin by Ice Cube, now that makes me want to kick butt on the machines. - 9/21/2010   10:27:36 PM
  • 159
    Panama-by Van Halen is THE best pump up song out there, everytime it comes on my playlist I push myself that much harder, I wish it was an hour long song.
    Some others on my playlist: Ke$ha, Eminem, Passion Pit, Motley Crue (Kickstart My Heart really gets you moving too), Little Lion Man- by Mumford & Sons, Heads Will Roll- Yeah Yeah Yeahs - 9/21/2010   8:45:02 PM
  • HARPERHOWARD
    158
    These songs always get me going

    Get Up - Mary Mary
    God in Me - Mary Mary
    Shackles (Praise You) - Mary Mary
    Love Him Like I Do- Deitrick Haddon with Mary Mary
    Fragile - Chrisette Michele
    Be Ok - Chrisette Michele
    Epiphany - Chrisette Michele
    Check on it - Beyonce
    Pon De Replay - Rihanna
    Cupid Shuffle - Cupid

    For cool down
    Any Maxwell song
    Vivian Green - Beautiful
    Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved
    Angie Stone - So Happy Being Me




    - 9/21/2010   7:45:32 PM
  • 157
    most of these are not my cup-o-tea- I like Christian music and some 'older' stuff...
    my list has AC-DC, ZZ TOP, CCR, Motley Crew, techno, Chris Tomlin, etc.
    and this could make me unpopular but I don't like anything by 'unladylike gag-me' er, I mean, lady gaga - 9/21/2010   5:56:59 PM
  • SANDYCHAUVIN
    156
    Whatever makes you want to get up and move. I'm a big Broadway fan, so it's showtunes all the way for me. I lost 85 pounds listening to Barbara belt out I'm the greatest star. It was inspiring and kept me moving. - 9/21/2010   4:58:02 PM
  • 155
    Funny, the stuff I listen to when I work out isn't stuff I would listen to normally. I have alot of Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, Black-Eyed Peas, and stuff like that. And a little Limp Bizkit. I've noticed that my jog pace picks up according to the music pace. I normally listen to classic rock or country when I'm not exercising..haahhaa!!! What a switch! - 9/21/2010   4:20:43 PM
  • 154
    thanks for the ideas, it gave me inspiration to revamp my jogging music.
    For jogging i mainly listen to dance music because it pushes me forward:
    david guetta
    eminem
    dj tiesto
    calvin harris
    la roux both original and mixes
    freemasons mixes

    enjoy your music guys! lifes not so colourful without it xx - 9/21/2010   3:18:35 PM
  • 153
    Thanks for the tip, in comment 110 (motiontraxx.com podcast free on itunes). Workoutmusic.com also has a free podcast, but not as many posts as motiontraxx. - 9/21/2010   2:44:35 PM
  • MEENIWEENI
    152
    Really? I mean...really? Only two of three songs did it for me (Sean Paul, Beyonce and Blackeye Peas). Try some Akon, Kanye West or Nelly Furtado, those will really get you moving! - 9/21/2010   2:36:22 PM
  • LISALOU2010
    151
    I love Goldfrapp. Love their song "Alive." Instantly puts me in a I wanna move mood. Another favorite is Metro's "Shake It." I've enjoyed reading people's favorites. - 9/21/2010   2:18:02 PM
  • 150
    Thanks, Pepperjunkie, for pointing me to Albannach! I love the new "hard" Celtic music. Amazon and iTunes don't have them. You have to go to the web site albannachmusic.com, but you can listen to full songs, not just clips. - 9/21/2010   1:29:00 PM
  • 149
    We use a lot of those songs you mentioned in Jazzercise - makes sense! :-) Thanks!! - 9/21/2010   1:10:32 PM
  • CONURSEMAMA
    148
    I just added a couple Ke$ha songs, some Lady Gaga and Enrique's "I Like It."
    I like to cool down to "Airplanes" by B.O.B. - 9/21/2010   1:05:24 PM
  • FREEDOM4MENOW
    147
    For me it is anything by the Black Eyed Peas, as everything they do is reeeeaaal fast paced i.e. Pump It, Shut Up, Boom Boom Pow, Imma Be. Also, Outkast's Bombs Over Baghdad and some of their other stuff will get you moving fast!

    In line with the Techno stuff, I suggest the C&C Music Factory's - Gonna Make You Sweat and the Tom Tom Club's - Genius of Love. The tracks are long and have great beats. - 9/21/2010   1:00:12 PM
  • 146
    These are great suggestions - I will definitely be adding them to the mix...

    Ray Of Light: Madonna
    Do Your Thing: Basement Jaxx
    Amelia Earheart: Give Her A Lizard
    Lucky Star: Basement Jaxx & Dizzee Rascal
    Whole Lotta Love: Perry Farrell
    Trout: Neneh Cherry
    Jind Mahi: Malkit Singh
    Gone Daddy Gone: Gnarls Barkley
    Been Caught Stealing: Jane's Addiction
    Red Alert: Basement Jaxx
    Music : Madonna
    Where's Your Head At: Basement Jaxx
    Whole Lotta Love: Perry Farrell
    - 9/21/2010   12:25:17 PM
  • 145
    Freestylers - Painkiller
    It rocks! - 9/21/2010   12:20:10 PM
  • 144
    Kowleen: I LOVE Underworld, especially to workout to! Dinosaur Adventure 3D and Push Upstairs are amazing to workout to, also. (Yay, going to see them live in October!)

    I really like any electronic music with a good beat. Well, as long as it's not annoying Top 40 crap. - 9/21/2010   12:08:54 PM
  • 143
    Sorry..music doesn't work for me when I'm walking..I end up stopping in the middle of the street and listening, or walking slower..I have to concentrate on what I'm doing... - 9/21/2010   11:49:56 AM
  • 142
    For me, techno is the way to go. My absolute faves are Moaner and Kittens by Underworld. DJ Tiesto is also awesome to get the heart rate up.

    Current workout playlist includes Sleepyhead by Passion Pit, The Space Dance (and many remixes) by Danny Tenaglia, a whole bunch of Underworld, Animal and Silvia by Miike Snow, Scott Hardkiss - 9/21/2010   11:41:21 AM
  • JENNIAHART
    141
    Coach Nicole- any chance of making this into a collection that I can buy with 1 press of a button at iTunes??? Yes, you can call me lazy but it would be so FAST that way!!!! :-) Thanks for the great suggestions. Maybe I'll get my hubby to download them for me while I'm at school! - 9/21/2010   11:34:22 AM
  • 140
    Dance music usually gets me moving quicker. Some of my faves:

    September - Cry for You
    Kim Leoni - Medicine
    Deadmau5 - Ghosts n Stuff
    & just about ANYTHING Daft Punk! - 9/21/2010   11:27:02 AM
  • JSUMAC
    139
    I use Journey's greatest hits and throw in "Don't Fight It" by Kenny Loggins and Steve Perry. I may have to add a few of the suggestions on here. Thanks! - 9/21/2010   11:10:23 AM
  • PEPPERJUNKIE
    138
    Calypso is fun. But my new favorite band, Albanach, will make anyone's heart get moving. 1 set of bagpipes and 5 or 6 drummers. I heard them at the Estes Park Highland games and even the old people were really getting into them. - 9/21/2010   11:06:17 AM
  • 137
    not my kinda work out music but thanks
    I don't even know many of these performers : ) - 9/21/2010   11:04:19 AM
  • DANDELIONPATCH7
    136
    For endurance activities like running or stationary bikes I like to listen to books on tape. I find when my mind is engaged I'm not counting every step and I enjoy my workout more. - 9/21/2010   10:59:00 AM
  • ACERENO
    135
    Can anyone recommend a few good warm-up songs to add to the mix? Any genre would do :) - 9/21/2010   10:57:54 AM
  • BARRYSH
    134
    "Techno" music, (House, Techno, Trance etc) is by far the best music to work out to. Most of the songs are at 128 -140 beats per minute which is similar to your heart rate. If it's too New Age for ya at first eventhough most songs have vocals, you can start out with 90's classics like Snap, La Bouche, Ace of Base, Hattaway, Dee-lite, Real McCoy, - 9/21/2010   10:47:14 AM
  • IATROSM
    133
    I use the soundtrack from "Grease". Warm up w/'hopelessly devoted to you', and at about 20-25 min you have 'hand jive' a 6 min kick butt song. I do skip the 'blue moon songs (2 of them) and 'beauty school drop out'. If you do that you will get slow, fast, slow, fast etc. Hound dog (just before hand jive) is fast but i decrease my resistance on the elliptical and then increase both it and my speed for hand jive. cool down to 'freddy my love'.

    if i work out for an hour, I move on to ABBA Gold--altho most of their songs are fast, they have slow parts, then sprints during the fast and furious.
    - 9/21/2010   10:40:56 AM
  • 132
    Music is the only thing that will make me work out!!

    I'm not a huge Foo Fighters fan, but there is something about "All My Life" tempo & lyrics that is the perfect workout song:

    Hey, don't let it go to waste
    I love it but, I hate that taste
    Weight keeping me down

    All my life I've been searching for somethin
    Somethin never comes, never leads to nothin
    Nothin satisfies, but I'm gettin close
    Closer to the prize at the end of the rope

    Also love "Stronger," Daft Punk and Kanye West both have versions. - 9/21/2010   10:29:55 AM
  • 131
    Kill Joy by Nerd is Perfect. its 6 Minutes long and it helps with that last mile.... trust me. - 9/21/2010   10:14:48 AM
  • BLACKHUNTER
    130
    Can anyone come up with a nice jazzy country song list for workouts and running? - 9/21/2010   10:12:20 AM
  • JENNIFERBYERS1
    129
    Yay! New work out music. - 9/21/2010   10:10:48 AM
  • TRISTALBLAIR
    128
    I like 80's pop to work out to - Rick Springfield - Love Somebody
    Wham - Wake me up Before you Go and El Debarge - Who's Johnny
    Also love High School Never Ends by Bowling for Soup
    - 9/21/2010   10:03:06 AM

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