The 100 Best Workout Songs from the '90s

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11/28/2012 6:00 AM   :  109 comments   :  1,089,362 Views

I have a theory about music and it's this: Whatever music you listened to and loved the most during your high school and college years will always be your favorite music of all time. So for myself, all the other early-30-somethings, and everyone else who believes some of the best music ever has already been created, I am thrilled to share the mother of all '90s music lists.
 
But this isn't just any list. While it includes some of the best '90s songs you can think of, these are the 100 most upbeat dance, pop, rap and rock tracks for exercising. I shared the list with members of SparkPeople.com, America's largest online community of dieters and exercisers, and got them to vote on their favorites so we could name the absolute BEST workout songs from the '90s. (Can you guess which took the No. 1 spot?) Based on your votes, we have created a 60-minute continuous cardio remix playlist of the top 15 songs! You can get the playlist on iTunes for $9.99, or at amazon.com for just $8.99!

Go ahead and burn yourself a mix CD for your walkman—I mean update your iPod or mp3 player—with these "made in the '90s" tunes next time you work out. You won't be disappointed!

The No. 1 Workout Song from the '90s:
Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
-- Good Vibrations (1991)


No. 2: Madonna— Vogue (1990)
No. 3: Will Smith— Gettin' Jiggy Wit It (1998)
No. 4: Cher—Believe (1998)
No. 5: C+C Music Factory— Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) (1991)
No. 6: Nirvana— Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991)
No. 7: Reel 2 Reel— I Like to Move It (1994)
No. 8: Britney Spears—You Drive Me Crazy (1999)
No. 9: Vanilla Ice— Ice Ice Baby (1990)
No. 10: The Verve— Bittersweet Symphony (1996)
No. 11: Tag Team—Whoomp! (There It Is) (1993)
No. 12: MC Hammer— U Can't Touch This (1990)
No. 13: Snap!—The Power (1990)
No. 14: Aqua—Barbie Girl (1997)
No. 15: Michael Jackson—Black or White (1991)



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Download SparkPeople's 132-BPM 60-minute continuous cardio remix of the 15 most popular workout songs of the 1990s on iTunes for $9.99, or at amazon.com for just $8.99!

Here's the rest of the list (in alphabetic order). Click on each link to listen to a preview (or purchase the mp3) at amazon.com.
 
2 Pac ft. Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman—California Love (1996)
311—All Mixed Up (1995)
69 Boyz—Tootsee Roll (1994)
Ace of Base—Don’t Turn Around (1993)
Ace of Base—The Sign (1993)
Alanis Morissette— You Oughta Know (1995)
Alice in Chains— Man in the Box (1990)
Backstreet Boys—Backstreet’s Back (1997)
Barenaked Ladies— One Week (1998)
Basement Jaxx—Red Alert (1999)
Beastie Boys— Intergalactic (1999)
Better Than Ezra—Desperately Wanting (1996)
Black Crowes— Hard to Handle (1991)
Blackstreet— No Diggity (1996)
Blind Melon—No Rain (1992)
Blur— Song 2 (1997)
The Cardigans— Lovefool (1996)
Chumbawamba—Tubthumping (1997)
Counting Crows— Mr. Jones (1993)
Daft Punk— Around the World (1996)
Daft Punk—Da Funk (1996)
Deee-Lite— Groove Is In the Heart (1990)
Deep Blue Something— Breakfast at Tiffany's (1995)
Depeche Mode— Enjoy the Silence (1990)
Destiny's Child—Jumpin' Jumpin' (1999)
DJ Miko—What’s Up (1994)
EMF—Unbelievable (1990)
Eiffel 65—Blue (Da Ba Dee) (1999)
Eminem— My Name Is (1999)
Eve 6— Inside Out (1998)
Everclear— Father of Mine (1997)
Fatboy Slim—The Rockafeller Skank (1998)
Foo Fighters— Everlong (1997)
Groove Armada—I See You Baby (1999)
Haddaway— What Is Love (1993)
Hanson— MMMBop (1997)
House of Pain— Jump Around (1992)
Janet Jackson—Together Again (1998)
Kriss Kross— Jump (1992) 
La Bouche—Be My Lover (1995)
La Bouche—Sweet Dreams (1994)
Lauryn Hill— Doo Wop (That Thing) (1998)
Len—Steal My Sunshine (1999)
Lit—My Own Worst Enemy (1999)
Londonbeat—I’ve Been Thinking About You (1991)
Lou Bega—Mambo No. 5 (1999)
Low Fidelity Allstars—Battleflag (1997)
Madonna—Ray of Light (1998)
Marc Anthony—I Need to Know (1999)
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones— The Impression That I Get (1997)
Moby—Bodyrock (1999)
Montell Jordan— This Is How We Do It (1995)
Naughty by Nature— O.P.P. (1991)
New Radicals— You Get What You Give (1998)
No Doubt— Spiderwebs (1995)
No Mercy—Where Do You Go (1996)
The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Mase and Puff Daddy— Mo Money Mo Problems (1997)
*NSYNC— Tearin' Up My Heart (1998)
The Offspring—Come Out and Play (1994)
Presidents of the United States of America—Lump (1995)
Quad City DJ’s—C’mon ‘N Ride It (The Train) (1995)
Quad City DJ's— Space Jam (1996)
Rage Against the Machine—Bulls on Parade (1996)
Red Hot Chili Peppers—Give It Away (1991)
Red Hot Chili Peppers—Suck My Kiss (1991)
Real McCoy—Automatic Lover (1995)
Ricky Martin— Livin' la Vida Loca (1999)
Right Said Fred— I'm Too Sexy (1992)
Robyn—Show Me Love (1997)
Salt-N-Pepa with En Vogue— Whatta Man (1993)
Santana ft. Rob Thomas—Smooth (1999)
Scatman John—Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop) (1995)
Semisonic— Closing Time (1998)
Sir Mix-A-Lot— Baby Got Back (1992)
Smashing Pumpkins— Bullet With Butterfly Wings (1995)
Smash Mouth—Walkin' On the Sun (1997)
Spice Girls— Wannabe (1997)
Spin Doctors— Two Princes (1993)
Sugar Ray— Fly (1997)
Third Eye Blind— Semi-Charmed Life (1997)
Vengaboys—Boom Boom (1998)
The Wallflowers—One Headlight (1997)
Weezer— Buddy Holly (1994)
Will Smith—Miami (1998)
Will Smith—Wild Wild West (1999)
 
Special thanks to SparkPeople's Editorial Assistant Melinda Hershey who had way too much fun doing the research for this post.

Are any of your '90s favorites missing from this list? Share them below!
 





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Comments

  • JIMWILSON81
    109
    One of the best albums to workout with is the soundtrack from "Flash Dance". - 10/22/2014   11:29:11 PM
  • AKINYIMARIE
    108
    I have to say I prefer the 80's music to the 90's though I do love the 90's as well. As a broadcaster for an online radio station, I am always looking for new songs to add to my playlist for the week. I play a range of genre's as well as decades and some of these songs, I will be adding to my SAM - 10/21/2014   5:23:48 PM
  • 107
    Not a fan. I liked a lot of this music when I was younger (and still do!) but just because it was a popular song doesn't mean it has a great beat for working out. - 10/20/2014   9:34:28 AM
  • KRJBDPMOM
    106
    Can you make this available in CD or DVD form for us older not quite so with it generation lol ?? Thanks - 10/19/2014   10:51:03 PM
  • 105
    Love the list! Graduated high school in '98 and love, love, love 90's music. I already have 5 of the top 15 on my mp3 player for workouts. Can't wait to add some more oldies and goodies. - 8/12/2014   9:03:54 PM
  • MOONLIGHTMOUSE
    104
    I was in high school in the 80s, but 90s music is my favorite to work out to. I usually just let Pandora choose, but a lot of these are in regular rotation on my workout station. :-) - 1/23/2014   8:44:52 PM
  • 103
    This takes me back to TRL and high school! I love it! Downloading to my phone tonight so they will be with me on the treadmill :) - 1/10/2014   11:18:25 AM
  • DELLMEL
    102
    I love dancing to the 80's and some 90's. - 9/22/2013   8:59:17 PM
  • 101
    I really don't agree about favorite songs being from your high school years. I heard those back then, got tired of them, and have no interest in listening to them now. I LOVE current music! - 9/3/2013   6:00:03 PM
  • SBOOGIE
    100
    Suzanna Vega-Tom's Diner - 7/9/2013   5:36:15 PM
  • SBOOGIE
    99
    Suzanna Vega-Tom's Diner - 7/9/2013   5:36:11 PM
  • 98
    You totally just made my day :D Gonna see how many of these I still have, and which ones I need to find! Thanks! - 3/6/2013   8:08:39 PM
  • 97
    This list really takes me back! Thanks!! - 2/16/2013   3:01:03 PM
  • 96
    Great list, with a bunch of old favorites that I forgot about, Thanks!!! - 2/11/2013   7:06:23 PM
  • 95
    This is the best list yet Coach Nicole!

    Some of my favorite workout songs of all time are here! Definitely a great list. It gave me some new ideas for the playlist too! - 2/2/2013   1:00:38 PM
  • NCASARES
    94
    Great playlist. Here's a Spotify version with most of the songs (add http:// to the front of that link).

    open.spotify.com/user/ncasares/p
    laylist/1ERcGLOxLyBnjvSkrvf4W0 - 1/23/2013   12:32:14 PM
  • 93
    Rhythm is a Dancer by Snap! Love that song. - 12/16/2012   12:59:36 PM
  • 92
    I think you missed one as my favorite is Diana Ross Chain Reaction. - 12/12/2012   2:28:47 PM
  • 91
    Memories of High School Class of 95' !
    Those where the days ....... sigh. - 12/10/2012   9:55:53 PM
  • 90
    Boy, do I feel old. I only knew a couple of these songs, and a handful of the artists. - 12/7/2012   7:15:13 PM
  • SGCSVCEEC
    89
    looks good - 12/7/2012   11:07:03 AM
  • COCOAHONEY
    88
    Born in the 80's, I grew up listening to all of this. And all I have to say is WELL DONE on including Song 2 by Blur. Best way to get pumped up for intervals, in my opinion.
    WHOOOOOOOOOOHOO! - 12/7/2012   12:31:09 AM
  • JWATTS2134
    87
    I would just like to say.. I was born in '89 but I recognize all these songs and love a bunch of them :).. - 12/5/2012   11:30:44 PM
  • 86
    Um, Everclear is on this list, but "Santa Monica" would have been a MUCH better workout song pic. I have had that gem on a mix tape since high school...yep, when I sported the Walkman. - 12/5/2012   8:41:24 PM
  • 85
    Were is Bloodhound Gang-The Bad Touch! I love working out to this song!!! LOL But SOME great songs on the list! - 12/5/2012   10:09:30 AM
  • 84
    Nice! Going to be updating my playlist later! - 12/5/2012   8:30:15 AM
  • 83
    "Gonna Make You Sweat" absolute fav of all time of 90's music.
    Love the Music Lists. - 12/5/2012   7:38:27 AM
  • SKOOBAHDIVER
    82
    Nicely compiled list. There was one song I noticed missing and looked through the comments to see if anyone else was looking for it...
    Faith No More - Epic - 12/5/2012   6:46:07 AM
  • STACYHU
    81
    Brian setzer orchestra- jump &jive
    Among so many others missing... But I must say fairly well rounded good list! :)
    - 12/5/2012   6:00:15 AM
  • 80
    Santana ft. Rob Thomas—Smooth (1999) Only song on there I really loved. Didn't care much about the 90's music. - 11/30/2012   2:45:51 PM
  • 79
    Wow, thanks for the wonderful trip down memory lane! Do I get to count the calories burned from laughing so hard? :) - 11/30/2012   1:10:31 AM
  • 78
    So, yeah since not everyone uses itunes, and I'd love to have this playlist, I'm a bit left out. I use Amazon, and such because I don't let apple own me. - 11/29/2012   5:24:39 PM
  • 77
    Awesome List!!! I'm rocking and singing. Great going! - 11/29/2012   4:50:15 PM
  • 76
    I'm obviously not from that era in music. I have heard of one song and about 3 artists. I like 60s and country and gospel. I do think the idea of big band era sounds interesting, too. - 11/29/2012   11:56:05 AM
  • 75
    Please don't make us wait much longer for 50's, 60's, and 70's. and where's the Country music on any of this? LOTS of good choices there. Or maybe put together a Country list, and include several decades. - 11/29/2012   11:40:10 AM
  • SUNNYLIFE72
    74
    Thanks for the list and the memories! - 11/29/2012   6:52:32 AM
  • 73
    great list of songs.. - 11/29/2012   5:34:44 AM
  • 72
    90s music was horrible. There are maybe 3 or 4 songs on this list I like, and I can't imagine working out to them, they don't have the right beat. - 11/29/2012   2:20:53 AM
  • 71
    Uh, "Semi-Charmed Life" is about doing drugs. o_o - 11/28/2012   12:48:46 PM
  • 70
    Wow ... This list reminds me of when my workout still had it going on in the music department... step aerobics for hours every week ... of course "Finally! (It had Happened to Me)" in the aerobics remix was the main musical motivator back then ... and Victoria Johnson's "Attitude" was the reference book of choice ... - 11/28/2012   11:45:43 AM
  • 69
    Yay, Hanson! All-time favorite band. - 11/28/2012   10:00:40 AM
  • 68
    Haha. Talk about blasts from the past!

    I have to respectfully disagree with the rankings, though. As far as WORKOUT music? C+C Music Factory should be #1. - 11/28/2012   9:33:46 AM
  • 67
    I am too old for this list :-))).
    I would like to se a list from 70's and 80's when the music was really good. (lol) - 11/28/2012   9:00:09 AM
  • 66
    If you have an iPhone, there is a free app I love called Songza. It lets you choose a playlist of music based on your mood or your activity (including exercise). One section has playlists from decades; they have tons of good 90s playlists, and other decades if your "favorite music of all time" happens to be from an earlier time period. - 11/28/2012   8:53:31 AM
  • 65
    I am in my fifties and I know a lot of these songs from my kids but my playlist is really a mix of decades. But this is a fun list of songs. How far Mark Wahlberg has come. - 11/28/2012   6:34:08 AM
  • SKWRIGHT426
    64
    love all of these songs! - 11/15/2012   10:59:19 AM
  • MAMROTU73
    63
    No Cake? The Distance is a permanent fixture on my running playlist. - 6/5/2012   6:52:33 PM
  • LEIAMLOW
    62
    I listened to every one of those songs back in the day! What a trip down memory lane! wow, lol. - 5/24/2012   11:54:26 AM
  • 61
    LOL I looked through the list twice, and obviously that was a decade when I was way too busy to listen to music. The only song I recognize is the Hanson one, because one of my daughters played it constantly. Talk about a lost decade... - 3/26/2012   8:48:09 AM
  • 60
    I've had Whoomp! There It Is on my workout mix for years now, everyone always laughs at me when they see it. I don't care, it always gets me excited! - 3/15/2012   8:59:18 PM

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