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The 100 Best Workout Songs from the '90s

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11/28/2012 6:00 AM   :  104 comments   :  1,042,221 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)



SparkPeople: Best of 90's Workout Mix (60-Min Non-Stop Mix @ 132 BPM) - Yes Fitness Music
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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.

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  • 54
    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 - 3/2/2012   4:29:03 AM
  • 53
    Really enjoyed reading the list. Only surprise was that "Hot Stepper" didn't make it! =) - 3/1/2012   3:47:57 PM
  • 52
    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! - 3/1/2012   2:41:00 PM
  • JTNITA
    51
    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 - 3/1/2012   1:01:05 PM
  • 50
    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. - 3/1/2012   12:29:04 PM
  • 49
    GREAT list coach nicole! i have many of these on various playlists but i think its time to make an all 90's one! - 3/1/2012   12:09:39 PM
  • 48
    Please do one for the 50--60s! Hooray for you! - 3/1/2012   11:35:40 AM
  • 47
    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! - 3/1/2012   11:08:59 AM
  • 46
    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. - 3/1/2012   8:55:48 AM
  • CRACKERJACK2825
    45
    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!!!!!! - 3/1/2012   8:42:19 AM
  • SHALOMFROMWOO
    44
    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. - 3/1/2012   8:33:17 AM
  • 43
    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!
    - 3/1/2012   8:16:28 AM
  • DAINS859
    42
    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!!!!! - 3/1/2012   8:07:14 AM
  • MIRANDA2112
    41
    Superb selection! Got to save this for future reference - 3/1/2012   7:45:17 AM
  • EKS225
    40
    I had to save this list! I will definetly use it when I buy music next. - 3/1/2012   7:06:27 AM
  • 39
    Baby Got Back? Exercise motivational? Really? And no Bon Jovi, Metallica, White Zombie? - 3/1/2012   6:54:15 AM
  • 38
    Somebody likes Will Smith! ;) He's the only artist with 3 songs on the list! :) - 3/1/2012   2:36:05 AM
  • 37
    Glad a couple of metalheads have chimed in already. Nothing like a crushing groove to get the heart pumping, along the lines of the Scorpions' "Alien Nation" , or Sepultura's "Chaos AD" - 3/1/2012   12:40:18 AM
  • 36
    How did you get the music off of my ipod?? Hahaha - 3/1/2012   12:10:25 AM
  • 35
    Oh my gosh I LOVE THIS! I am just barely getting started on my journey to a healthier lifestyle, but all of the music you have listed is definitely going to get me started on the right foot! Not only that, but because I was so much healthier in the 90's this will definitely motivate me. :D - 2/29/2012   11:49:46 PM
  • 34
    So true about your high school days being your favorite kind of music. I graduated in 95 and I was diggin this list. But my youth soundtrack would not be complete without some Bon Jovi! How about "Keep the Faith" or Jon's solo hit "Blaze of Glory!" - 2/29/2012   11:30:34 PM
  • 33
    I could listen to Lump on a loop for 365 days straight. Love the list! - 2/29/2012   9:28:22 PM
  • 32
    This is a great list! I already have a lot of these on my Gym Rat playlist, but I see a few I need to add! - 2/29/2012   8:57:17 PM
  • 31
    Great music list!
    But for the taste, my taste changes over time a lot. Those music from my high school years are so over, I can't remember when I last listened to them. I mostly listen to recent music, either be it jazz, bossa nova, techno, or just some speedy music for exercise. Especially, since I run every day and listen to music, I listen to new styles I never enjoyed before. - 2/29/2012   6:03:14 PM
  • 30
    Thank you! As someone who is in her early 30s as well, I love 90s music! I actually have most of these songs already so I'm already almost there to making a fantastic workout playlist of just 90s songs. Thank you, again! - 2/29/2012   3:02:10 PM
  • 29
    Yay, Hanson! Favorite band ever. - 2/29/2012   1:26:00 PM
  • 28
    KOOL MOE DEE---I GO TO WORK
    MC HAMMER---TOO LEGIT TO QUIT

    THESE GET ME MOVIN WITH MORE ENERGY THAN I EVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE!!!! - 2/29/2012   1:10:09 PM
  • 27
    This is a great list! You gotta love music from the 90s. I could probably come up with so much more to add, but I'll just say one: The Cranberries "Zombie." - 2/29/2012   12:58:32 PM
  • 26
    Coolio - 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumphin New)
    CeCe Peniston - Finally
    Crystal Waters - Gypsy Woman
    Ghost Town DJs - My Boo
    Whitney Houston - Step by Step
    K7 - Come Baby Come - 2/29/2012   12:54:30 PM
  • 25
    Great list. I love 90's music.
    I'd add:
    Christina Aguilera - Genie In A Bottle
    Jennifer Lopez - If I Had Your Love
    TLC - Waterfalls
    Destiny's Child - Say My Name
    Oasis - Wonderwall
    Matchbox Twenty- 3 AM
    Googoo Dolls - Iris
    - 2/29/2012   12:08:33 PM
  • 24
    Tsk, tsk, Coach Nicole! Leaving out Volcano Girls by Veruca Salt, Connection by Elastica, and Army of Me by Bjork! Girls rocked it out in the 90s! :) :) - 2/29/2012   12:07:15 PM
  • 23
    PLEASE please please please get this on a combined soundtrack for iTunes!!! I think there are about 80 of the 100 that are definates, 19 maybe's and 1 I could live without. But downloading 1 soundtrack would be a LOT easier than hitting 80+!! - 2/29/2012   11:54:16 AM
  • 22
    Are there any workout sets with christian contemporary music? - 2/29/2012   11:53:59 AM
  • 21
    Just reading the titles of the late '90s songs brings back high school memories. And the others take me back to elementary and jr. high. This is a great list! - 2/29/2012   11:47:01 AM
  • STYLESTARLET
    20
    This is great! Just what I needed to rev up my ipod workout mix! - 2/29/2012   11:38:31 AM
  • 19
    I agree with your theory. - 2/29/2012   11:10:21 AM
  • 86THEFAT
    18
    oooh nice, guess I have some new stuff to download - 2/29/2012   11:06:37 AM
  • 17
    Nice assortment of one-hit wonders :) I know that if I ever collapse on the elliptical, my iPod will be playing You Could Be Mine by Guns & Roses, Ain't My B*tch by Metallica, or Kickstart My Heart by Motley Crue (which *just* misses being a '90s song) when it happens. - 2/29/2012   10:35:01 AM
  • 16
    This is my high school sound track!! Love all these songs!! I've got a few of these on my mp3. Especially Right Said Fred.....I'm too sexy!! - 2/29/2012   10:20:14 AM
  • 15
    Metallica -- Holier Than Thou
    White Zombie -- More Human Than Human (explicit content)
    - 2/29/2012   9:24:44 AM
  • 14
    I LOVE this list...THANK YOU!!!! Yeah today's music has many I enjoy listening to but I'm the same age and still LUV the 90's and late 80's!!!! Thanks again :):):) - 2/29/2012   9:17:14 AM
  • 13
    guess I need to go over to the iTunes store...a few of these I need but I have a lot of them already!!!! - 2/29/2012   9:17:14 AM
  • 12
    Love the list! - 2/29/2012   9:16:09 AM
  • 11
    I really had to laugh when you said that about the music of high school and college being your favorite...it's true. Now I'm a lot older, and my music was from the 60's. Beach Boys, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jan & Dean, Rod Stewart, Lettermen, Kingston Trio, Pete Seager, the Monkeys....etc. But I have grandkids and do recognize some of the songs you listed. Whatever decade it is, music moves us and I can still remember the words and sing along to those old songs!!! Thanks for a nice memory. - 2/29/2012   9:06:48 AM
  • 10
    Sister Hazel All For You - 2/29/2012   8:29:51 AM
  • 9
    One of my favorites was Pump It, Hottie by RedHead Kingpin. I don't know the exact year, but I think it was the early '90's.

    @BECK6811...they do have an '80's list and it's great! - 2/29/2012   8:18:16 AM
  • 8
    Oh dear, I'm 55 and I know most of the songs and artists and enjoy them, more than a few are on my MP3. But you're right, I lean hard toward 70s rock. - 2/29/2012   8:15:41 AM
  • ALICOTTER
    7
    Ok not only do I not know any of the songs listed I don't recognize most of the artists. I am really out of touch. Course I rarely listen to the radio so it isn't surprising. - 2/29/2012   8:00:22 AM
  • 6
    It's like you looked into my soul and pulled out its play list. LOL. Love it. - 2/29/2012   7:55:27 AM
  • 5
    that is amazing:) Thanks for the songs and the memories! - 2/29/2012   7:44:41 AM

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