Poll: Which Decade Had the Best Workout Songs?


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Country. Dance. Metal. Rock.
Oldies. Techno. Disco. Pop.
Our world is full of music for every taste and personality. And whether you are a music connoisseur, or you devote yourself to a single band, there's no denying that music can be motivating, uplifting, and energizing—especially when it comes to your workouts.
We love helping our members discover new kinds of music to power their exercise sessions—and now we'd love to hear from you! We're working to develop the most best-ever library of workout songs based on YOUR votes.
First up, help us name the best workout songs from the '90s, '80s, '70s and earlier (Oldies)!
All you have to do is take this short survey to vote for your favorite songs from each era. We've done the legwork and found 50-100 upbeat tracks from every decade. All you have to do is pick the winners. We'll compile your votes and announce the top workout songs of every decade in an upcoming feature!
Which decade do you think offers the best songs to fuel your workouts? Tell us in the comments below!

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  • 216
    60s or 70s - 6/24/2017   11:25:51 AM
  • 215
    I don't prefer any of those genres. - 5/14/2017   8:42:08 AM
    Honestly, I think your choice will be impacted on when you were born. I know that for me, I'm thinking the 90s and 00s, but I can already many people disagree! - 2/15/2017   11:00:01 AM
  • 213
    The 60's, 70's and a few 80's. most of the 90's are awful - 9/29/2016   8:50:38 PM
  • 212
    Most definitely the 80s! Many different types of music, all worth listening to, except for maybe Country, lol... - 9/29/2016   3:17:10 PM
    The 80's... Girls just wanna have fun, Livin on a prayer, foot loose, pump up the jam, push it - 9/12/2015   12:08:06 AM
  • 210
    80's. Queen. Bon Jovi. - 9/11/2015   4:42:45 PM
    80s and 90s Michael Jackson, Lauper, Madonna..all had great work out music - 9/11/2015   2:18:05 PM
    Hawaiian Music - all decades - 7/24/2015   7:32:17 PM
    I miss Green Day and Billy Joel - 6/18/2015   1:22:50 AM
    The 80s! ! - 3/23/2015   2:35:02 PM
  • 205
    80's and 90's - 3/23/2015   10:52:48 AM
  • 204
    80's!!!! - 3/23/2015   7:04:42 AM
  • 203
    70's! - 1/27/2015   12:09:07 AM
  • 202
    The 80's had the best music!
    Just wondering, is this still a valid poll? ... since the article is from 2012? - 10/30/2014   4:20:23 PM
    The 80's of course!!!! - 10/30/2014   9:33:39 AM
  • 200
    To me it is definitely the 60's - 7/26/2014   2:00:49 PM
  • 199
    Give rock from the 70's and 80's.. - 7/1/2014   10:02:56 PM
  • 198
    Whoops... forgot to answer the question...I think it was the 50's. Latin Salsa had Beny More, Fajardo and Celia Cruz while the US had Elvis, Bill Haley, The Everly Brothers and Fats Dominos.

    I wasn't born yet, but the dance: salsa, Cha Cha, swing, jazz and rock that came out at that time... it changed music and dance forever. For the first time in history, people were animated. - 4/26/2014   8:42:17 AM
  • 197
    I like different decades... I like (my favorite) Celia Cruz, Beny More, Roberto Torres, Aragon, Fajardo, Gloria Gaynor, Gloria Estefan, Talking Heads, TLC, Jane's Addiction, Donna Summers, Destiny's Child, B52's,Gypsy Kings / Alabina, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Big and Rich, C+C Music Factory... even Tchaikovsky has a tune that I put on my player.

    I mix them up with some slower than others, but Celia Cruz and Paulina Rubio really get me moving the fastest. - 4/26/2014   8:34:18 AM
  • 196
    How is there no billy Joel on the list? I Love working out to Uptown Girl. - 4/8/2014   3:58:17 PM
  • 195
    Not that this is by any means a favorite of mine, but when I read about the survey, the first song that came to mind was Olivia Newton John's "Let's Get Physical." How could that not even be in the survey? That song epitomizes 80's aerobics. (But I was happy to see many songs that actually are favorites of mine that I didn't think would make the list... some I couldn't vote for though because despite the fact that they are great songs, they just aren't workout music.) - 1/30/2014   9:27:31 AM
  • 194
    Lets be honest all decades had atleast one song that stands out but 80 and 90 had both contributed very well to those who workout. If you are like me you had so many groups that new how to mix up rythem with actual singing that has become a lost art . The bands new that quality and talent was the key to helping yu foreget you are working and make time just pass by wich is what makes an honest workout song.aerosmiths walk this way is one of my faves among other aerosmiths hits, ac/dc ,queen,pink floyd,brooks and dunn,montgomery gentry,and so many more but i like variety. - 1/29/2014   3:43:22 PM
  • 193
    personally if I want to listen to music when I walk or run. I need a faster beat and since I am a metal head I would prefer listening to Tim Yeung drumming at 247 BPM. Gets my butt moving faster. Hey it helped me lose 40 lbs. - 1/29/2014   12:43:03 PM
    80s and 90s for sure! How can you choose just 10 from the 80s?! There were so many songs that I forgot about until I looked at the list. Oh the memories... - 1/29/2014   10:14:37 AM
  • 191
    Happy from Pharell Williams is my new favorite. - 1/29/2014   10:02:05 AM
    I have an irrational love of Head Like a Hole mashed up with Call Me Maybe. if I had an mp3 player this would totally be my workout tune https://soundcloud.com/pomdeterrifi
    c/pomdeter-call-me-a-hole - 1/29/2014   9:42:44 AM
  • 189
    90s for sure! - 4/7/2013   11:20:33 PM
  • 188
    I'm old school so I like the selections but it could have included some more modern music as well. - 11/16/2012   11:52:28 AM
  • 187
    Way tooo wimpy selection! Hard and fast, where were they? - 10/11/2012   8:18:51 PM
  • 186
    I couldn't participate in the survey because MY favorite music to work out to tends to be brand-new stuff... and it changes often because a fun new song only inspires me for so long! - 10/11/2012   7:41:54 PM
  • 185
    Loved the selection. Most of the ones I would workout to were on there. Wish I could hear some of them now. Guess I will have to go to the tube. LOL. - 10/11/2012   4:39:24 PM
  • K-SHIN
    It was a fun a fun selection - happy trip down memory lane. But with today's selection of pop and techno, I wouldn't exercise to any of those songs. Some of them, yes, but mostly not. However, I'd happily dance to the selection I made and that can be exercise too. ;) hehehe - 10/11/2012   4:36:47 PM
  • 183
    I was actually pretty impressed with the music selection. My husband and I are both musicians, and there was some stuff I didn't expect to see on the survey that I got to vote for! Great survey. - 10/11/2012   4:04:47 PM
  • 182
    Horrible selection. Missing a lots of great options. - 10/11/2012   2:22:38 PM
  • 181
    What no metal or Hard Rock? How about Metallica, Pantera, Iron Maiden, AC/DC? - 10/11/2012   1:45:40 PM
  • 180
    Needed to include Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins. Great workout song! - 10/11/2012   12:41:56 PM
    I'm a modern trance/techno fan for exercise -- it is all about the beat! - 10/11/2012   12:39:41 PM
  • LUMI30
    There was not enough Bon Jovi in that list. It's my life, You give love a bad name.
    Also from this century I like the them song from Slumdog Millionaire.
    90's though was the best for me. I just didn't care for the choices in the survey. More U2 please. - 10/11/2012   12:13:09 PM
  • 177
    Dragonforce just about any of their fast songs. Extreme power metal will always keep me going. Through the Fire and the Flames is my favorite. - 10/11/2012   12:05:26 PM
  • LOPTR27
    I love metal when I work out. Especially stuff like Korpiklaani and Turisas. Don't really need anything else. Those two bands always keep me going. - 10/11/2012   11:56:17 AM
  • 175
    It's so hard to choose! I love 70's disco and R&B, 80's pop and hair metal and 90's rock. I suppose I'd have to go with the 80's though. Hard to beat those classics! - 10/11/2012   11:46:03 AM
    Love it all! - 10/11/2012   11:30:00 AM
  • 173
    It changes from run to run, from work out to work out, some days I need something a little "harder" some days I want bubbly pop songs. Most of my music is from the 90's or is new, but there's some 60's/70's too. the fun of the mp3 era is that you can have variety, why stick with one thing? - 10/11/2012   11:20:10 AM
  • 172
    I use classical music. No decade. The changes in tempo mix up my cycling or jogging and keep things from getting stale. - 10/11/2012   11:05:48 AM
  • 171
    Its not just the beat, its what songs you'd want to hear! I'm not going to go far if I don't want to hear that singer regardless of how good the music is to work out with. Lots of the earlier years are already on my play list, plus some Gloria Estefan like Turn the Beat around. Then there is Cubanisimo!! Talk about your Zumba / Salsa music. - 10/11/2012   11:01:48 AM
  • MAGS05
    Definitely the 70's!!!! - 10/11/2012   10:30:57 AM
    Todays electronic and dance music is what gets me pumped when working out. I also like reggaeton. Heart Zumba for that one! - 10/11/2012   9:02:03 AM
    In the 80s when I did aerobics A LOT I could boogie all day to Matthew Wilder's "Nobody's Gunna Break My Style"
    Ain't nothing gonna break my stride
    Nobody's gonna slow me down
    Oh no, I've got to keep on moving
    Ain't nothing gonna break my stride
    I'm running and I won't touch ground
    Oh no, I've got to keep on moving

    still makes me want to dance!!

    - 10/9/2012   1:07:19 PM
  • 167
    Most of the songs I enjoy come from the 80's and 90's ...think
    Michael Jackson, Elton John, Chaka, Whitney, Natalie Cole,
    AWB...Earth Wind and Fire...stevie...this list goes on and on!! - 10/6/2012   11:56:25 PM

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