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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  • 164
    The 80's 90's up to the current music of today can really get you pumped for a great work out - 10/6/2012   7:53:47 PM
  • 163
    I like music from all decades. I was born in 1960 so my early memories are The Beatles, Rolling Stones and other British bands. I also like today's music like Pink, Katy Perry, Pitbull (Pause!) and a bunch of others. My iPod has a very eclectic mix of songs on it. Call Me Maybe might be annoying to some people but it's got a great tempo for walking.
    - 10/6/2012   7:34:16 PM
    FOOTLOOSE!!! - 10/6/2012   6:38:10 PM
  • 161
    I am really surprised there are no songs by Whitney Houston from the 80s! She had good dance songs! 90s has the worst songs. I think the 70s had the best! - 10/6/2012   3:58:45 PM
  • 160
    ♫ 50's - 60's -70's -80's - 90's Mix em' up! - 10/6/2012   3:20:24 PM
    can't beat the 70's - 10/6/2012   3:08:19 PM
  • 158
    Techno - it's non-stop and fun. - 10/6/2012   11:37:05 AM
  • 157
    Where were the country songs??? all I saw was Rock/pop songs. Where was Alabama? they have some good up beat music... Also missing from the Rock/pop category was Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band... - 10/6/2012   11:10:59 AM
  • SJACK06S
    I'm a 90s girl! - 10/6/2012   10:45:25 AM
    i prefer to listen to broadway show tunes, when i exercise. - 10/6/2012   9:34:08 AM
    My favorites are the 50's and 60's. - 10/2/2012   10:14:24 PM
  • 153
    This was really hard! How can I choose only 10 for each? Not possible! - 9/29/2012   11:54:50 PM
  • 152
    80's and 90's music is not "oldies". Just sayin'.... It can't be. I'm still in my 30's :P - 9/29/2012   6:46:36 PM
    Oldies and 70s have the best beat for exercising - 9/29/2012   5:55:11 PM
  • 150
    Definitely 80's! - 9/29/2012   5:51:16 PM
  • 149
    70s and 80s - 9/29/2012   4:09:42 PM
  • CCHEF1
    I like the oldies 'cause I'm an oldie. - 9/29/2012   4:07:14 PM
  • 147
    70's and 80's for sure! - 9/29/2012   3:02:37 PM
    Liked alot of song from 80-90s. - 9/29/2012   2:12:18 PM
  • SNAFU1969
    Radar Love by Golden Earring is a song I like to work out to. - 9/29/2012   1:36:55 PM
  • 144
    I go for the beat and love the 80s, 60s & 90s. A few of my cardio favs are She Bops, Mr. Postman, Let's Twist and Hey Mickey. When I need to kick my energy up a notch I turn to Salt N Pepper's Push It then Ricky Martin's She Bangs and La Vida Loca. - 9/29/2012   11:50:13 AM
  • 143
    I go for the beat and love the 80s, 60s & 90s. A few of my cardio favs are She Bops, Mr. Postman, Let's Twist and Hey Mickey. When I need to kick my energy up a notch I turn to Salt N Pepper's Push It then Ricky Martin's She Bangs and La Vida Loca. - 9/29/2012   11:50:09 AM
  • 142
    Soooo hard to answer! I think the 90's were it for me though if a had to choose. Nirvana Red hot Chil Peppers Sublime oh yay. - 9/29/2012   11:34:08 AM
    It was hard to trim the 80's. I had so many I already use to work out with. - 9/29/2012   11:21:51 AM
  • 140
    my current faves are Blow (Ke$ha), Break your Heart (Taio Cruz), DJ Got us Fallin in Love (Usher), I Like It (Narcotic Thrust), Stronger (Kanye WEst), Ready to Go (Republica, Till the World Ends (Brittney), Memories (extended) (by David Guetta ft Kid Cudi), When Love Takes Over (Guetta feat Kelly Rowand, Gangnam Style (Psy),

    I found online lots of DJ mashups and I LOVE those, like Madonna's Express Yourself using Lady Gaga Born this way. - definitely mixes it up - just takes a while to find a safe legal way to download - 9/29/2012   10:30:57 AM
  • 139
    I like 80's music but any era is okay as long as it has a beat that makes you want to move. Fun survey, but it was hard to keep it to 10 in each decade. - 9/29/2012   10:25:37 AM
  • 138
    Rolling Stones - 9/29/2012   9:15:54 AM
  • 137
    90's! Definately!
    - 9/29/2012   9:09:35 AM
  • 136
    Definitely LOVE the rock out 80's and 90's...give me funk any day of the week! But also love Pink, Lady Gaga and Maroon Five. Can't forget Prince...he's the bomb! - 9/29/2012   8:09:17 AM
  • 135
    60s.... - 9/29/2012   4:58:58 AM
  • 134
    70's had a lot, but the 80's focused on "beat" as does the most recent stuff from Katy Perry, Pink, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Lady GaGa, etc (Black Eyed Peas too) - 9/28/2012   3:31:34 PM
  • 133
    The 80's and a lot of music that has recently been coming. - 9/27/2012   11:26:00 PM
    I have a mix of 60's, 70's and early 2000(?). The ones I'm not sure about are All Star and Crazy Frog and The Hamster Dance. Anyone know what decade they're from? I tossed in the Cookie Monster singing "C Is For Cookie" just for the fun of it. :) - 9/27/2012   10:56:59 PM
  • 131
    The 80s, by far! I'd put on my work out DVDs and mute them, then play the mix tape I made to accompany & keep me motivated. I made several different mixes so I wouldn't tire...through in some Pink Floyd for cool down ;) - 9/27/2012   4:34:04 PM
  • 130
    Looks like I have several people of my generation here. The 80's is what I have on my Ipod, but I also have some great 60's stuff. - 9/27/2012   3:17:29 PM
    I loved 60's and early 70's music, so much up tempo and a good sing-a-long if you are not out of breath - 9/27/2012   8:46:39 AM
  • 128
    80s! So hard to limit it to 10 (and this didn't incllude the best of EWF and some others!) There are even Beatles tunes I like better from 60s. And where is Paul Simon's Graceland??? - 9/27/2012   7:46:46 AM
  • 127
    80's music great while it was happening and now a lot of teens and shows it is popular again! Music used in the zumba workouts is great too! - 9/27/2012   12:14:46 AM
  • KUSH66
    Beastieboys.. Paul revere..great beat. But we need a entire list girls. Not a few as songs here and there. We need to create a list. - 9/26/2012   3:12:09 PM
  • 125
    Hey Mickey! - 9/26/2012   1:23:01 PM
  • 124
    I am 59 and for some reason I like the newer music. I don't care to listen to stuff that I grow up with. So give me lady Gaga, and other current music to workout with. - 9/26/2012   7:01:38 AM
    80's TOTALLY!!! - 9/26/2012   1:15:58 AM
  • 122
    For me it's disco all the way so 70's. There are also some perfect workout tunes from the 80's and 90's. - 9/25/2012   9:50:29 PM
  • CLIP53
    I have to say the mid to late 60's and the early to mid 70's. For me anything old school R&B and the classic rock of the time. - 9/25/2012   12:40:59 PM
    Have to go with 70's...maybe some late 60's...good stuff - 9/24/2012   8:37:42 PM

    Scroll to the bottom & pick your year. All the official Billboard Top 100 songs from each year! - 9/24/2012   10:41:15 AM
  • 118
    Interesting there weren't many country songs on those lists. I guess most the new (and popular) country are from the last couple decades. - 9/24/2012   7:40:17 AM
  • 117
    The 1990"s. - 9/24/2012   6:35:41 AM
  • 116
    I like a little of everything but 80's tops my list. Now that I've taken the survey it won't let me see the list again. There were some great ideas there... Is it posted anywhere else ? - 9/24/2012   12:42:38 AM
  • 115
    Mixing together music from the 50's, Early 60's and Late 60's into one category is like mixing the music of the 70's, 90's, and current day. They are just too different to be mixed together. And, you left off most of the wonderful Motown/R&B music that is great to work out to. What about the Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself, and Reach Out, I'll Be There. Soul Man by Sam and Dave. The Supremes - You Keep Me Hangin' On and You Can't Hurry Love. Marvin Gaye - Too Busy Thinkin' About My Baby and Heard it Through the Grapevine. Lovely Day by Bill Withers. One of my favorites is Joe Jeffery Group's - My Pledge of Love. Then, there are others from the 60's like Ricky Nelson - Fool's Rush In. Kentucky Rain by Elvis. Hush by Deep Purple. All of these are great 60's music. They when you get into the 70's and 80's there is It's a Miracle by Barry Manilow, I've Had The Time of My Life by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warren. I LOVE Maxine Nightingale's - Right Back Where We Started From. So many Billy Joel songs like - You May Be Right. More Today Than Yesterday by Spiral Staircase has a wonderful beat for working out. Your "Oldies" list just is not right. - 9/23/2012   11:11:28 PM

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