21 Fast-Paced Workout Songs You'll Love

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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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  • 203
    I love "Town Called Malice" by the Jam and "She Sells Sanctuary" by the Cult.....showing my age huh? - 5/2/2013   8:32:38 AM
  • 202
    Too funny! I just posted this question on Facebook yesterday! Thank you for the great suggestions everyone! - 5/1/2013   11:49:20 AM
  • 201
    I'm with JENTHEBLOGGER on AC/DC making the playlist for good Beats Per Minute selections. (The lyrics sometimes make me cringe, but the melodies and harmonies are what make the songs so good.) I've been incorporating some bhangra/Bollywood music as of late, too Here are some songs that are in regular rotation now:

    Lonely Boy--The Black Keys
    Heavy Mood-- Tilly and the Wall
    Sheila Ki Jawani--Sunidhi Chauhan & Vishal Dadlani
    Black Tongue--Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    When the Lights Go Out-- Oingo Boingo
    Ghosts Are Everywhere--Presidents of the United States of America
    Cry For You--September
    T.N.T.--AC/DC


    - 5/1/2013   11:13:00 AM
  • 200
    The Japanese girl band Perfume gets me going better than anything else! Especially in the early mornings when i'm still trying to wake up :)
    Electro World and Dream Fighter are two good songs.... - 5/1/2013   10:32:13 AM
  • 199
    I'm showing my age here, but AC/DC always makes my exercise playlist, especially Thunderstruck and Long Way to the Top. Of course, I usually have some Kanye (love Stronger!) and Eminem on there too! In the end, putting music you really enjoy will keep you going and lift your mood as well! - 5/1/2013   10:13:19 AM
  • 198
    Ooh! I love A Little Respect by Erasure! My old ipod crashed (only two months after my computer with my 8,000 songs crashed...), and I had to start all over. I had forgotten about this one, so thank you!

    I have a lot of work out songs, but my absolute "push it" list to get me through a shorter, faster run is:
    -'Till I Collapse by Eminem ft Nate Dogg
    - Only the Horses by Scissor Sisters
    - Captain Jack (Grandale Remix by Captain Jack (this is a Dance Dance Revolution one)
    - U Can't Touch This Remix by Beam vs Cyrus feat. MC Hammer
    - Push It by Salt N Pepa
    - Sweat by Snoop Dogg vs David Guetta
    - Enter Sandman by Metallica
    - Dancing in the Dark by Bruce Springsteen
    - You Get What You Give by New Radicals

    And then when I feel like I can't do any more and have to take a walking break and feel like quitting...I play:
    -Don't Give Up by Peter Gabriel
    Or I will play Springsteen by Eric Church just because I think it is beautiful, and it puts me in a good mood and a little pep in my step to make me start up again (at a slower pace and then into a faster one).

    - 5/1/2013   9:55:25 AM
  • 197
    Two of the above listed songs are on my cell phone for exercising (Journey and MJ). Gloria Estefan is one of my favorites also: "Get On Your Feet", "Turn The Beat Around", "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You"... - 5/1/2013   9:44:34 AM
  • MEBAZI
    196
    Not too bad of a list, but I think a person's playlist is personal and has to speak to them. Never been a fan of someone giving me songs to motivate me. But I will use a couple of these songs =) - 5/1/2013   9:21:07 AM
  • DELLMEL
    195
    Love Beyonce. Just can't dance like her but I try to get with it. Lol - 5/1/2013   8:43:23 AM
  • 194
    Thanks! Have several of these, but there are some I don't. Gonna get a few more of these. - 5/1/2013   7:41:45 AM
  • HENRIKSSONSKAN
    193
    Swedish eurodisco singer E-Type har several tunes which make you move, for example Russian lullaby, Back in the loop, Angels crying, Borschtjii, Hold your horses, Campione or Life. All of them super for jogging or just getting in a good mood! - 4/1/2013   11:21:49 AM
  • 192
    I have most of the songs on this list but not in one playlist. I think I'm going to make it now. - 2/20/2013   2:07:16 PM
  • 191
    Great list. I love the black eyed peas, that's not my name, by the ting tings. anything with a fast beat helps when I run. - 1/22/2011   8:55:25 PM
  • 190
    I'm a HUGE Beyonce fan and I love her live performance of Crazy in Love from her B*day Experience tour. I always listen to it at the start and end of my treadmill workout. It gets my blood going and by the end of my workout...I think I'm here and it gives the extra edge to push hard towards the end. THANK YOU B! - 12/21/2010   4:24:15 PM
  • DEE1BABE
    189
    Frankie Goes to Hollywood ... RELAX - 10/28/2010   4:37:31 PM
  • 188
    Daniel Bedingfield - I Gotta Get Thru This...it's the perfect motivation to go a little bit harder during a workout. - 10/18/2010   5:07:21 PM
  • 187
    This may be a weird one, but I find myself almost singing it out loud and pedaling faster when on the elliptical machine at the gym ... Marvin Gaye's version of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" ... - 10/9/2010   8:28:10 PM
  • 186
    Music is an important part of my workouts. Katy Perry and Blake Lewis are 2 favorites of my workouts. I also like WhiteCross. - 10/7/2010   10:21:40 PM
  • LADYBUG-LADYBUG
    185
    I like prodigy's album music for a jilted generation - 10/4/2010   11:08:41 PM
  • 184
    So glad Rancid made the list! - 10/3/2010   10:03:24 AM
  • 183
    Relient K is great for upbeat short songs - 10/2/2010   6:18:29 PM
  • FERNANDARAMOS84
    182
    Is there a way to share a zip file with all the musics together? - 9/30/2010   3:39:08 PM
  • MICHELLEJ653
    181
    I exercise to Biggest Loser CD 80's music - 9/29/2010   7:08:01 AM
  • 180
    I actually like listening to the soundtrack of Mamma Mia-it has some really fast paced songs and it is over an hour long so you get a good workout. I use it even when I'm doing Walk it Out and it seems to work fine. - 9/24/2010   5:16:28 PM
  • 179
    I love listening to Gwen Stefani when I work out. I also love Rancid (so happy that they were on your list!), Michale Jackson, motley Crue, Rise Against, Black eyed Peas, Lady GaGa, and lots of punk rock! Its so loud and fast that you just can't help but get your butt movin'! - 9/24/2010   1:29:17 PM
  • MOIRAMALLISON
    178
    I need upbeat lyrics in addition to upbeat tempo - and How Far We've Come just doesn't cut it. - 9/24/2010   12:50:46 PM
  • 177
    I'm a big fan of running to Beyonce (or is it from her Destiny's Child days?) Crazy in Love - 9/24/2010   12:01:10 PM
  • MEGTELL
    176
    Opening up iTunes right now, so I can add these to my Couch to 5K routine. Thanks!! - 9/24/2010   3:56:12 AM
  • MAKINGCHANGES24
    175
    Lasgo ! Inna , Madonna,
    Dj encore- i see right through you. - 9/23/2010   6:54:44 PM
  • PEPE865
    174
    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
  • 173
    Thanks for all the awesome suggestions! For me, music changes exercise to playtime!
    *hugs* - 9/23/2010   3:05:39 PM
  • 172
    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
  • 171
    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
    170
    HOw about the Classics, as in Bach, Mozart? - 9/23/2010   7:08:43 AM
  • CCALGREEN
    169
    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
  • 168
    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
  • 167
    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
  • 166
    Thanks, I just bought a new ipod and wanted some new music! Great article! - 9/22/2010   5:26:54 PM
  • CYCLONE564
    165
    #1 workout song:

    Don't stop moving
    by S Club 7 - 9/22/2010   4:29:53 PM
  • THINAGIN2
    164
    Thanks for suggesting the new tunes! - 9/22/2010   2:38:29 PM
  • ALDANAD84
    163
    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
  • 162
    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
    161
    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
    160
    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
    159
    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
  • 158
    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
  • 157
    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
    156
    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
  • 155
    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
    154
    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

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