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Poll: Which Decade Had the Best Workout Songs?

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9/21/2012 6:00 AM   :  199 comments   :  34,914 Views

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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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  • 149
    70s and 80s - 9/29/2012   4:09:42 PM
  • CCHEF1
    148
    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
  • SANDYLP61
    146
    Liked alot of song from 80-90s. - 9/29/2012   2:12:18 PM
  • SNAFU1969
    145
    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
  • 141
    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
  • TERRIEANN53
    132
    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
  • ROSESOAN
    129
    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
    126
    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
  • MAGPULMOM
    123
    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
    121
    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
  • TERRYDALE1
    120
    Have to go with 70's...maybe some late 60's...good stuff - 9/24/2012   8:37:42 PM
  • PSYCHOMUNKEY
    119
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billbo
    ard_Year-End_Hot_100_singles_of_197
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    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
  • 114
    I think that every decade has good songs. I like songs with a nice beat that I can dance along to. I love K-pop (Korean pop music), Europop, and electronica, but I work out to anything that has a fast pace. I hate when people speed up slower songs and say that they are good workout songs. - 9/23/2012   11:02:24 PM
  • HONEYBADGER25
    113
    I like Modern Songs Like:Moves Like Jagger, Payphone (Both by Maroon 5), What makes you Beautifu (One Direction)l, Born this Way (Lady Gaga), So Whatn(Pink), Country Song (Seether), and anything by AudioSlave. - 9/23/2012   9:36:05 PM
  • LOKESH9702
    112
    can someone provide a list of actual songs plz. - 9/23/2012   9:15:33 PM
  • 111
    Where's "Start Me Up" by the Rolling Stones???

    And give me anything by the Dropkick Murphys. - 9/23/2012   8:44:02 PM
  • 110
    I do a mix from a variety of decades I like music from every age...but not all of it. - 9/23/2012   8:31:03 PM
  • 109
    I have to go with the 80s...everyone wanted to "get physical" like the song and wear leotards and leg warmers :) I love some fast paced 80s music when I am working out! - 9/23/2012   7:39:42 PM
  • 108
    My cycle spin instructor plays "Proud Mary" for us. It's a perfect song for spinning. - 9/23/2012   7:11:19 PM
  • 107
    At first, I was going to say definitely 90s and 20s, but there are so many great artists from the past, like Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner, etc. - 9/23/2012   6:46:08 PM
  • 106
    I lost 45 lbs working out listening to the whole CD from Aerosmith's Get a Grip. Slow songs to start for warm up then fast paced until the last few songs for cool down. LOVE them! Also fantastic workout or especially kickboxing CD is Slam Jams 1 by various artists. Let me know what you think! - 9/23/2012   6:37:47 PM
  • CATHERINE514
    105
    I prefer 60's, 70's and 80's but it has to have a good bass beat and not be too slow. The music has to get deep inside me and it makes me just want to move.
    - 9/23/2012   6:36:42 PM
  • 104
    I love all the 1 hit wonders of the 80's. Today on the way to church I heard "They Don't Know" by Tracey Ulman. What a great song! Also love "99 Red Balloons" by Nina. - 9/23/2012   6:26:00 PM
  • BIERMA
    103
    Righteous Brothers from the 50-60s - 9/23/2012   6:11:24 PM
  • 102
    I love all kinds of music really but the 60s are my favorite. What happened to Genesis in the 70s? Queen is great work out music - gets you moving. - 9/23/2012   5:34:52 PM
  • 101
    I'm a member of generation x so my vote is with the 80s. - 9/23/2012   4:27:59 PM
  • 100
    I like the 60s (mostly MoTown) and the 80s, which is when I was a teen. Just hearing the opening riff on a lot of those songs gets my heart jumping! - 9/23/2012   4:26:58 PM

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