Tunes That Keep Me Moving and Grooving


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Music is the number 1 way to get me to exercise, and I change my playlist up often.  A real motivator of mine is to save my very favorite songs only for workout time.  That way I am starving to hear them and can’t wait to hear the next one.  It keeps me working out longer and the time breezes by. 
Music has always been a big passion of mine.  I like everything from oldies, punk,  and classic rock, to alternative and 80s dance. 

The set I'm sharing with you today get me moving, even when I'm tired.  In fact, there are times when I don't want to exercise, but need to, so then I use the magic of music.  It makes you want to move.
If you don't have an MP3 player, you aren't alone.  I just got one.  I mixed up songs on YouTube and made playlists there instead of relying solely on CDs or the radio.  It helps to not have commercials interrupt your rhythm.  You are also assured that only songs that you like are coming up next with the speed you prefer.  Pause is a great feature, too!
If you want to save money on an MP3 player, try some of the "older generations" of the one that catch your interest.  Usually, while being new, they are less costly because they are not the latest, greatest thing on the market.  For example, if the latest version is a "7th generation," try looking for a "Generation 6 or 5."
Here are a few songs from my current playlist.  They are all upbeat, as I rarely have slow songs on my list.

Gwen Stefani "The Sweet Escape"

Katy Perry "Hot and Cold"

Selena Gomez "Whiplash"

No Doubt "Platinum Blonde Life"

Soup Dragons "Divine Thing"  

James Marsters "Dangerous"

Jason Mraz "The Remedy"

Lou Gramm "Midnight Blue"

Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California"

All-American Rejects "Gives You Hell"

Maroon 5 "Misery"

Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

Rancid "Ruby Soho"

Spin Doctors "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong"
I hope you enjoyed your tour through some of my playlist. 
What do you have on your playlist?  I'm looking for fast-paced songs.

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  • 43
    If you have a (free, like I have) Spotify account, you can find this playlist under my username MsDrPepper (can be lower case)... user/ msdrpepper/ playlist/ 2cTIKiMVDps0AVTEFKWG4Z

    You will have to copy this URL, remove the spaces after the / and then paste into your URL line and enter. Sparkpeople doesn't allow live links in comments.

    - 10/22/2017   12:28:39 AM
  • 42
    I love ND and gwen stefani. check out my page layout lol - 2/6/2012   8:19:11 PM
  • 41
    I love the Podrunner podcasts. They're fun, they're calibrated so I can pick a speed that pushes me without pushing too hard, new ones come out every couple of weeks, and best of all, they're free! - 2/6/2012   11:41:51 AM
  • 40
    i love music and it totally inspires me as well :D - 2/6/2012   10:40:11 AM
  • 39
    Working Man by Rush - 2/6/2012   8:39:39 AM
    BeeGees: "Staying Alive" or all of the soundtrack from Saturday Night Fever Album
    Bob Seger: "That Old Time Rock & Roll, Proud Mary, Katmandu" for fast paced songs
    Bruce Springsteen: "Born to Run" - 2/6/2012   8:33:42 AM
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    Oh yeah, I forgot Cajun! - 2/5/2012   9:09:12 PM
  • 36
    Reggae, Celtic, Doug & the Slugs, Paul Simon, and many others - a real mixu-up! - 2/5/2012   9:08:45 PM
    I can't wait to download some of these songs!! - 2/5/2012   7:32:12 PM
  • 34
    I personally like to dance, and I work out to showtunes (Think "Dancing Queen" from Mamma Mia or "Oklahoma" from Oklahoma) or oldies from the 50's and 60's for the tempo. Love my Richard Simmons Sweatin' to the Oldies! I also love country music, and a lot of those songs have an upbeat tempo too. - 2/5/2012   12:06:34 PM
  • 33
    Z Z TOP: Lookin' for Some Tush and the whole "Eliminator" album
    Early KANSAS - the 1st album just named KANSAS rocked!! They did a cover of the J J Cale tune "Bringin' It Back" that was high speed
    Another goodie was Aerosmith's "Toys in the Attic" album - particularily the song "Big 10 Inch" - 2/5/2012   8:27:20 AM
  • 32
    Spin Doctors...another one: Two Princes!

    Led Zeppelin: Good Times, Bad Times, Rock & Roll

    Daft Punk: One More Time

    Bruce, The BOSS: Born to Run, Dancin' in the Dark (Can't Start a Fire Without a SPARK!)

    Blue Oyster Cult: Burnin' for You

    Tom Petty: Runnin' Down a Dream

    Santana: Jingo (and SO many others!)

    Stevie Wonder: Higher Ground

    Michael Jackson: PYT, Rock with You, Off The Wall, Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', Man in the Mirror

    U2: Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses?

    Soul Asylum: Somebody to Shove

    Jimi Hendrix: Fire (and SO many others!)

    Queen: Another One Bites the Dust

    The Doors: Let It Roll, LA Woman

    The Who: Live at Leeds album, nearly the WHOLE THING!

    Don, Co-Leader of All Health Professionals, Binghamton Area Losers and Laid Off But Staying Strong SparkTeams - 2/5/2012   8:16:59 AM
  • 31
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    Adelle - 2/5/2012   12:26:36 AM
    Here's my list (Top 10 plays):

    Hot N Cold By: Katy Perry
    Sos (Rescue Me) By: Rihanna
    Girl By: Beck
    You Shook Me All Night Long By: AC/DC
    Trouble By: Bitter:Sweet
    Jump (For My Love) By: Girls Aloud
    This Is How a Heart Breaks By: Rob Thomas
    Gold By: Interference
    The Shot Heard 'round the World By: Boys Like Girls
    (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To By: Weezer - 2/4/2012   10:50:19 PM
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    PINK FLOYD - 2/4/2012   9:55:07 PM
  • 28
    LMFAO: SHOTS, Maroon 5: Moves like Jagger and Britney Spears Toxic/Womanizer - 2/4/2012   5:41:27 PM
  • 27
    Cast in Bronze!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 2/4/2012   5:16:29 PM
  • 26
    Spike!! - 2/4/2012   12:01:13 PM
  • 25
    I love Gwen,Mercy Me and Pink! - 2/4/2012   11:18:02 AM
  • 24
    I love the Oldies from the '50's and '60's. - 2/4/2012   9:18:30 AM
  • 23
    I have to admit I don't know (m)any of your playlist songs :) To each his/her own! - 2/4/2012   6:40:30 AM
  • 22
    I enjoy seeing what others are listening and moving to. - 2/3/2012   6:17:39 PM
  • 21
    I'm not a big heavy metal fan, but if I am ever found keeled over on an elliptical machine from working out too hard, my iPod will be playing "Kickstart My Heart" by Motley Crue or "You Could Be Mine" by Guns & Roses. I work so hard, I don't even notice until I feel the sweat! :) - 2/3/2012   3:50:53 PM
  • RITSON71
    at the moment on my walkman

    Globel Underground 10 - Danny Tenaglia
    DJ Shadow - The Less You Know
    The Prodigy - Invaders Must Die
    The Jam - Greatest Hits
    Nirvana - Nevermind - 2/3/2012   1:45:58 PM
  • 19PITSY53
    None on my playlist. - 2/3/2012   12:58:27 PM
    Went to the /, from the recommendation above, OH MY!!!! REALLY GOOD MUSIC, anything to keep you going, like the bunny from Energizer. - 2/3/2012   12:11:04 PM
    If you like Maroon 5 then you HAVE to put "Moves Like Jagger" on your playlist!

    My current playlist is all Bon Jovi:
    We Weren't Born to Follow
    It's My Life
    Have a Nice Day
    Lost Highway
    We Got It Going On - 2/3/2012   11:17:04 AM
  • 16
    I'll be checking out some of your tunes when I have some time! Thanks!
    On my playlist right now: 2 songs from Shakira (She Wolf & Hips Don't Lie), Billy Joel (Soul), Sheryl Crowe (Soak up the Sun), Esmeralda Suite (from movie Kill Bill 1... this is 10 min of fast paced fun that I never tire of).
    Happy workouts! - 2/3/2012   11:02:04 AM
  • 15
    I love anything with a good, fast beat. Good Feeling by Flo Rida is always one of my first choices when I need to get up and go. I've also discovered a great website that offers DJ mixes. Nothing like 40 minutes of continuous, non stop beats to keep my workout going. - 2/3/2012   10:41:03 AM
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    My "power songs" are "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen and "Sweep the Leg" by No More Kings. I have my playlists set up so that they come on right at the end of my workout, when I need it most!! - 2/3/2012   10:31:56 AM
  • 13
    Anything from P!nk (Pink), Lady Gaga, and any and all songs from the 80's. I also throw in a little upbeat country music like Alabama, or Charlie Daniels Band's Devil went down to Georgia! And lets not forget Hair Bands like Guns and Roses and Aerosmith, and Bon Jovi! - 2/3/2012   10:18:20 AM
    LMFAO's "Sexy and I know it"
    complete and total rock out song.. it ALWAYS gets me moving.. - 2/3/2012   10:00:37 AM
  • 11
    Battle Flag by Lo Fidelity Allstars is ALWAYS on my workout playlist! - 2/3/2012   9:57:59 AM
    Robert Randolph & the Family Band is a MUST! Their "Shake your Hips" is great for interval training. It's 10-1/2 minutes long too! Another great one of theirs is "Going in the Right Direction". - 2/3/2012   9:52:50 AM
  • 9
    Check out Fresh Aire Motivator (Manheim Steamroller). Very interesting instrumentation, I love their stuff! Some fast, upbeat songs, as well as mellow selections for cool-down. - 2/3/2012   9:37:53 AM
  • 8
    Bob Seger's 'Roll Me Away' is always on my workout playlist. That's one that always motivates me to move. - 2/3/2012   9:36:21 AM
    Nickelback's Burn It To The Ground - 2/3/2012   9:33:26 AM
  • 6
    Definitely more of an opinion piece here- I like 1 song, and dislike the rest, sorry. But thanks for the suggestions. I do have a great playlist, and try to switch it them up a bit so things don't get stale. But I love stuff with a heavy, rhythmic beat- just about anything electronic or dance will do that. Particularly when I'm pushing past my comfort zone it's great to just match my steps to the beat. - 2/3/2012   8:58:40 AM
  • 5
    If you are looking for an MP3 player and don't have a lot of extra cash go for a Sandisk Sansa Clip. They are terrific little devices and you can easily get them for way, way less than the Apple versions. My whole family has one and we use them pretty much every single day. They are great for music (including radio), audiobooks, podcasts and can even be used as a recording device. Plus they are small and light weight. No, I don't work for Sandisk, I just really like this product and hate to spend money. - 2/3/2012   7:57:50 AM
  • 4
    Thanks for including Rancid. The boys can get you moving. - 2/3/2012   7:42:43 AM
  • 3
    I always surround myself with music. When I'm having a bad day I listen to Contemporary Christian music, like Casting Crowns or MercyMe to uplift and inspire me. Or on the flip side of a bad day I'll listen to heavy rock like Disturbed or Hinder and it motivates me to workout my anger or sadness. Some times I could just listen to big band music, it always has a great rhythm to move to. And my all time favorite is The Cast of Glee. Their music is always changing and it never gets boring! - 2/3/2012   7:23:45 AM
  • 2
    I usually listen to electronic dance music when I'm working out. Something like the Romanian pop star Inna, Edward Maya with Vika Jigulina, etc. - 2/3/2012   7:22:09 AM
    Pink always gets me moving! - 2/3/2012   6:43:43 AM

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