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Sexy Workout Songs that Celebrate You

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2/6/2013 6:00 AM   :  78 comments   :  73,493 Views

With Valentine's Day coming up, we've all been bombarded with messages about love, romance and sex for weeks already. Fortunately, this isn't another one. February may be synonymous with "relationships" but I think it's a great time to think about your relationship with yourself and different, yet still important kind of love: self-love. This is important whether you're single, coupled or something in between.
 
Many of our readers are working to lose weight and have battled body hatred for a long time. Many who have lost the weight expected that to change, only to later realize that body love isn't about being a certain size: It has to come from within, and you can have it no matter how you look if you just cultivate it. The truth is that we are all worthy of care, respect, love and confidence, and we can all take steps to "own" our bodies, move with confidence, dress with style, and not let fear of what others may think stop us from doing what we want to do, whether that's dancing at that upcoming wedding, joining that gym, wearing a swimsuit, or asking for that promotion.  
 
Exercise inspires that confidence at any size. While I listen to a wide variety of songs when I work out—some with embarrassing lyrics but great beat and others with inspiring messages—I really enjoy listening to workout songs that make me feel good about myself and my body. These encourage me to keep going with my workouts, and the whole thing becomes a virtuous cycle of love and health and fitness and confidence that feeds itself.
 
So what are these love-your-body songs? I've got 21 that'll make you feel strong, confident and sexy during (and long after) your next workout.

Aretha Franklin – Respect


Beyonce – Check On It


Black Eyed Peas – My Humps


Bodyrockers – I Like the Way You Move


Destiny's Child – Bootylicious


Fergie – Fergalicious


Fountains of Wayne – Stacy's Mom


India.Arie – Video


Justin Timberlake ft. Timbaland– SexyBack


LMFAO- Sexy and I Know It


Kim Carnes – Bette Davis Eyes


Katy Perry – Firework


Lady Gaga – Born This Way


MIKA – Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)


Missy Elliott – Work It


Peaches & Herb – Shake Your Groove Thing


P!nk – Perfect


Queen – Fat Bottomed Girls


Right Said Fred – I'm Too Sexy


RuPaul – Supermodel (You Better Work)


Sir Mix a Lot – Baby Got Back


Whitney Houston – I'm Every Woman

 
Do any of these songs boost your confidence? What songs make you feel strong and beautiful?


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  • 78
    I have to admit that although Sir Mix a Lot Baby Got Back is very insulting for women, I love working out to it :) - 5/20/2014   6:49:47 PM
  • 77
    These songs are not my thing...Aretha Franklin and Queen might be old school, but I think that they are the best on the list. - 2/11/2014   8:09:24 PM
  • 76
    I so love I like the way you move by the body rockers these are great songs thank you . some of these are already on my playlist !!!! - 2/11/2014   6:45:51 PM
  • 75
    YOU FORGOT ONE!!! Bruno Mars - Just the way you are!

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=39gs4hEGQt8
    - 2/11/2014   4:45:19 PM
  • 03191952
    74
    God's blessings are just being here every day - 2/11/2014   4:17:37 PM
  • 73
    I adore Pink, but I don't think Perfect is a great workout song. Maybe it is just me. It isn't a song that I want to get up and move to. It's much too reflective for that. Don't get me wrong, it is a great song and very personal to me. I think for this particular list Raise Your Glass would have been better. Or maybe So What. - 2/11/2014   1:56:30 PM
  • 72
    what about some real American music - there is a bit to much RnB here too - 2/11/2014   10:34:06 AM
  • 71
    Play lists are a personal thing... from the list I chose "Video" to add to my workout list but the rest were not songs I enjoy or motivate me. - 2/11/2014   8:56:47 AM
  • DININA48MN
    70
    You are not alone AJCUNDIFF (comment #47). I agree 100% with each of your ideas. If the songs are anything like the pictures, I will not like them. However, I agree with the comment someone made that "Respect" is a good song for the list. - 2/11/2014   3:06:28 AM
  • 69
    " I am woman" helen ready.
    - 2/11/2014   1:11:54 AM
  • 68
    Not my songs! But I'm 74. Give me "the first time ever I saw your face" or "Bobby McGee." - 2/11/2014   1:11:11 AM
  • CMB113
    67
    I like "Poeple Like Us" by Kelly Clarkson. Also "Girl From the Gutter" by Kina. - 10/25/2013   11:23:25 AM
  • 66
    Maybe it's just me but I think all of the people bashing this playlist just aren't getting the point. The videos are on there for a reference to the song. Why would you work out while watching music videos unless you were trying to learn how to dance like them. The songs are trying to boost your self confidence by saying hey you may not be perfect, you maybe a big girl, or have a big butt, or a fat bottom, but you are just too bootylicious to worry about such things as the so called unattainable 1%. Why would anyone want to be that size anyway. Really? I want to be healthy but a healthy size for one person is not always a healthy size for everyone. Like Gaga says You Were Born This Way. Just because you gained a few or a few hundred doesn't mean you have to weigh 90 lbs or look emaciated. Beyonce has some meat on her bones. That's what she feels is sexy for her. Adele has an amazing voice (I know she isn't on this playlist but some of her songs are on mine) but she is a big girl and she is beautiful. We should celebrate the music and not look so hard at the person behind the music. No one is perfect even if they think they are or even if you think they are. I was not disappointed by this playlist at all but I am a little disappointed in the close-mindedness of some of the posters on here. - 8/24/2013   11:34:47 PM
  • 65
    I love the song "Who Says", by Selena Gomez. I think it's a great one for the young girls to listen to these days. - 3/31/2013   11:51:58 AM
  • RENATA144
    64
    I live to Dance !!! - 3/27/2013   11:03:32 PM
  • 63
    I can take or leave some of the songs, but you've got some great ones in there...Fat-Bottomed Girls and Video in particular. - 3/17/2013   12:53:24 PM
  • 62
    This list is interesting, but I will stick to my favorites. Always good to see what other people suggest, though. - 3/15/2013   9:07:54 AM
  • 61
    If only there was a link to download this playlist. hmmmmmm! I' sexy and I know It. LOL - 3/11/2013   2:54:43 PM
  • 60
    Fat Bottomed Girls! Love that song, but some videos you just can't unsee! - 3/9/2013   10:34:49 AM
  • 59
    What? Where's Heather Small's Proud--the most empowering song ever? - 3/8/2013   11:31:38 AM
  • 58
    Don't care for most of these. I agree with some other posters that some of the songs are not great examples of pro-women music.

    However, I loved seeing RESPECT on the list, and discovered India-Arie. Those are great, positive ones!

    cj - 3/4/2013   11:58:44 PM
  • 57
    I like "Perfect" - Pink - 2/19/2013   12:04:08 PM
  • 56
    I nominate "Who Says" by Selena Gomez. - 2/15/2013   11:26:15 AM
  • 55
    If they're not your cup of tea, that is ok...I think some of them have terrific "pump it up" beats to get you moving. I don't thing the songs have anything to do with age...it's really easy to get amnesia...but I'm seasoned and remember some of the older songs that are just as "out" there. This is not a time to fuss about music...the idea is to get up and get down!! I don't normally watch videos as I work out...I just move...forget the images...ignore the words and just move to the beats! You don't like the songs then just don't listen to them...DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU!!! Unbelievable... - 2/14/2013   1:29:08 PM
  • 54
    Wow - most of these are definitely not my cup of tea. I must be pretty old fashioned but the songs presented here would be called pornographic when I was the age of those who now listen and eat all this up. My momma sure would not have allowed me to watch these or model these. Feel old - but that's ok... I have my own list and I'm ok with what I want to see, hear or dance to. I'm glad I can't hear most of the lyrics on the Zumba songs. - 2/13/2013   10:13:59 PM
  • ARRIAFEMI
    53
    On a more positive note: Beautiful Girl by Trin-i-tee 5:7. - 2/13/2013   1:28:08 PM
  • ROSEYBROCATO
    52
    I think some of you are getting the wrong idea. I don't think these songs are meant to degrade any woman. They are on here to get us pumped up and excited about losing weight. This is what Zumba is all about, this is the music they play. I can't wait to get started. Thanks Spark - 2/13/2013   8:07:18 AM
  • 51
    I hadn't listened to "video" in ages! What a pleasant reminder. This list was kind of a walk down memory lane... I maybe did some dancing in my seat! :-) - 2/12/2013   3:03:22 PM
  • 50
    I agree, most of these songs I find degrading and supportive of the message that it's primarily our bodies that give us value. No thanks, I know our value and it's much higher than that. But since these songs do convey the prevailing cultural message maybe this is what people are left with to get good BPMs in a lot of our workout music. - 2/12/2013   1:54:27 PM
  • 49
    Having a list of favorite music is a great idea. Especially ones that make you think about loving yourself as you are. Being happy with the subtle or major changes you're making. Even if it's not this partucular list but something you put together- anything that helps in a positive way is always a great idea. One song that I really enjoy is Every body wants you by Billy Squire!!! - 2/12/2013   1:54:23 PM
  • 48
    Having a list of favorite music is a great idea. Especially ones that make you think about loving yourself as you are. Being happy with the subtle or major changes you're making. Even if it's not this partucular list but something you put together- anything that helps in a positive way is always a great idea. One song that I really enjoy is Every body wants you by Billy Squire!!! - 2/12/2013   1:54:22 PM
  • AJCUNDIFF
    47
    Am I the only one to find many of these videos offensive and degrading to women? (Fergie, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, etc...) How is seeing nearly naked women with bodies that are only attainable to less 1% of the population supposed to inspire me? I would put many of these videos in the same category as fashion magazines and pornography; damaging to the self esteem of women and teen girls, promoting standards of beauty unattainable to 99% of women thus only serving to make most of us feel bad about ourselves for never being "good enough." I usually love everything about SP, but I have to say I was deeply disappointed by this list... - 2/12/2013   11:58:31 AM
  • 46
    some great music here!!! - 2/12/2013   11:51:14 AM
  • 45
    Pride - Aretha Franklin, Shakira - Whenever,wherever, Natasha Bedingfield - Unwritten. These songs always get me moving. - 2/12/2013   9:04:29 AM
  • 44
    This is a joke right? - 2/12/2013   8:56:12 AM
  • 43
    Definitely some good songs listed that I'm going to add. I also like some of the other songs suggested here in the comments. Thanks for bringing them all back! - 2/11/2013   2:48:42 PM
  • 42
    For me, my top song for personal power is KMFDM's "Juke-Joint Jezebel". A close second is David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel". And the Cruxshadows' "Eurydice" makes me feel beautiful, not because of the lyrics, but because their singer Rogue danced with me to that song when he was moving through the crowd. "Lucretia My Reflection" by the Sisters of Mercy gives me strength. The Cure's "Close to Me" also makes me feel beautiful, but my favorite version is the "Closer" remix, which is a little slow for an aerobic workout. For the dance floor, though? Bring it on. - 2/10/2013   1:27:12 PM
  • 41
    lol Baby Got Back...those ladies do NOT have big behinds. I like the beat to it though. RESPECT that one comes in a faster or slower beat but the one I like by Aretha is "Rock Steady". Now that song can make you feel sexy if you need to lol. My playlist is full of The Jackson 5 songs. I have to listen to calmer lyrics. FINE is on one of my playlist. I was walking one day and the part where she screamed I screamed too lol and I was passing a church parking lot that also was a daycare. All I could do was laugh playing it off. Thanks for the list. - 2/10/2013   3:09:32 AM
  • 40
    I'm with "Self_Respect." Class it up, SP. If a song title requires "****" in it, it's simply not appropriate here. - 2/9/2013   9:29:08 PM
  • VERAMSW
    39
    Sir Mix-A-Lot? Really?? Talk about misogyny. I'm not a huge fan of most of these songs, but that one in particular just depresses me, not something that will inspire me. - 2/9/2013   5:16:33 PM
  • 38
    Rock That Body by Black Eyed Peas, Just Fine by Mary J Blige, Now That We've Found Love by Heavy D, Woo by Anthony Hamilton are all favorites of mine to power through a workout and boost my mood as well. Stronger by Kanye West also a good one working out though might not be to everyone's tastes. - 2/9/2013   2:05:46 PM
  • 37
    Haha! Thank you, these are good choices for 'lovey me' music :0)! - 2/8/2013   9:27:00 PM
  • 36
    I must be an Old School person. Don't recognize most of these groups or their music, except Aretha. And it depends on where I'm exercising what kind of music. Different beats and tempos for hikes in the dessert and other music for in town strolls.
    - 2/8/2013   11:32:08 AM
  • 35
    The only ones I really know are Respect and Betty Davis Eyes. I don't equate "feeling sexy" with feeling confident and strong. - 2/8/2013   9:44:16 AM
  • 34
    Love the songs....some of my favorites are on here. - 2/7/2013   9:20:46 PM
  • 33
    Like some, never heard of others - 2/7/2013   5:36:54 PM
  • 32
    I downloaded Sir Mix a Lot last week. Can't help but smile! - 2/7/2013   2:20:49 PM
  • 31
    Love the Big Girl song! Especially how the large lady dancers are so full of confidence and attitude; makes them look gorgeous. I need to learn to hold myself high like that. - 2/7/2013   1:08:24 PM
  • 30
    Love the list. Getting tired of my old songs which include Prince and Madonna- I am an 80's girl, but love good music from any decade. Thanks! - 2/7/2013   12:33:34 PM
  • 29
    GREAT LIST!! Love it! - 2/7/2013   12:03:04 PM

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