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The 100 Best Workout Songs from the '90s

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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, 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 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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Here's the rest of the list (in alphabetic order). Click on each link to listen to a preview (or purchase the mp3) at
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.

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I would just like to say.. I was born in '89 but I recognize all these songs and love a bunch of them :).. Report
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. Report
Were is Bloodhound Gang-The Bad Touch! I love working out to this song!!! LOL But SOME great songs on the list! Report
Nice! Going to be updating my playlist later! Report
"Gonna Make You Sweat" absolute fav of all time of 90's music.
Love the Music Lists. Report
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 Report
Brian setzer orchestra- jump &jive
Among so many others missing... But I must say fairly well rounded good list! :)
Santana ft. Rob Thomas—Smooth (1999) Only song on there I really loved. Didn't care much about the 90's music. Report
Wow, thanks for the wonderful trip down memory lane! Do I get to count the calories burned from laughing so hard? :) Report
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. Report
Awesome List!!! I'm rocking and singing. Great going! Report
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. Report
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. Report
Thanks for the list and the memories! Report
great list of songs.. Report
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. Report
Uh, "Semi-Charmed Life" is about doing drugs. o_o Report
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 ... Report
Yay, Hanson! All-time favorite band. Report
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. Report
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) Report
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. Report
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. Report
love all of these songs! Report
No Cake? The Distance is a permanent fixture on my running playlist. Report
I listened to every one of those songs back in the day! What a trip down memory lane! wow, lol. Report
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... Report
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! Report
Thanks, I will be adding some of these to my list!!! Report
Some of them I know and most of them I don't know but will have to try them out. I think I listened to more country music in the 90's. Report
This just made my day!!! I'm SO gonna make a new playlist now! Report
I thought that I would see a couple from 2Unlimited for workout songs. I wonder if the Mango song is in there. (Don't remember the name of it, but it was from a skit from SNL) Report
60s, maybe? Or back to Buddy Holly. (Now I'm showing my age!) Report
Thanks for this list. I forgot a lot of these songs. For R&B/pop, I was also thinking motownphilly-boyz ii men, emotion--mariah carey, someday--mariah carey, keep on movin--soul to soul, back to life--soul to soul, back and forth--aaliyah, gypsy woman--crystal waters. No, no, no part 2--destiny child, another night--real mccoy Report
Really enjoyed reading the list. Only surprise was that "Hot Stepper" didn't make it! =) Report
I'd love to see a Country music list. Most of the songs I have on my iPod are Country, 80's, 90's, and beyond! Report
George Clinton - Atomic Dog
McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now
James Brown - The Big Payback (try it and see)
Baha Men - Who Let The Dogs Out
The Beach Boys - Wipe Out
Michael Jackson - Shake Your Body Down
Marvin Gaye - Got To Give It Up (Extended Version)
Tony Toni Tone - Feels Good
Shalamar - Uptown Festival
Yarbrough & Peoples - Don't Stop The Music
Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive
The Whispers - And The Beat Goes On
And the list goes on - Not all 90's but then again neither am I Report
I'm a 90s kid, so for me this time of music will always be better than any other to me. First thing that came to mind when you said 90s was Backstreet's Back. So glad it was on there. Great list! Time to make a playlist. Report
GREAT list coach nicole! i have many of these on various playlists but i think its time to make an all 90's one! Report
Please do one for the 50--60s! Hooray for you! Report
What a list! I'd say that I enjoyed about 75% of those songs when they were popular. :) As has already been mentioned, I'd love to see an 80s list, too! Report
I already have some of these songs. I just didn't realize that they would be considered "workout" songs also. That is a great idea though, to create your own workout CD or playlist on your smart phone, mp3, or computer/iPad. Report
Somebody raided all my mixed tapes from high school........Seriously, though, there are some great memories attached to those songs and I will definitely be getting them in the near future. I just hope there's no trip down memory lane to the point that I forget to do my workout!!!!!! Report
I so agree! Although I am a true Country Fan now I still can't enough of the music I listened to in High School and College - John Denver, Barry Manilow, Karen Carptenter. Always smile when I hear those old songs. And - I LOVE listening to music when I am out running. I carry an extra battery with me in case my current battery dies. Report
Hey, Nicole! This is a GREAT list.
I, too, would like to see a list of songs from the '70s and '80s. Also, the "big band" era. They so knew how to dance in the 30s, 40s and 50s!
How about a song list for us 'older' folks, with some 70's (even early 80's)? I am so bad at creating my own lists. That's probably why my ipod is so boring!!!!! Report
Superb selection! Got to save this for future reference Report
I had to save this list! I will definetly use it when I buy music next. Report
Baby Got Back? Exercise motivational? Really? And no Bon Jovi, Metallica, White Zombie? Report
Somebody likes Will Smith! ;) He's the only artist with 3 songs on the list! :) Report
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