Pump It Up: 5 Fun Fitness Tracks for Your iPod

By , SparkPeople Blogger
As a fitness instructor, I spend a lot of time listening to music, searching for new (and old) songs I can add to my Spinning classes or listen to while I run. I can't emphasize enough how important music is to my workouts—it really motivates me to get started, and to keep going when I'm feeling tired. So I'm going to share with you some of the newest tunes on my workout playlist. Then I want you to tell me what you're listening to!

Here are five of my new favorite workout songs. Click on each link to listen to a preview (or purchase the mp3) at amazon.com.

The Academy Is…: About a Girl (pop/rock)

Black Eyed Peas: I Gotta Feeling (pop/dance)

Boys Like Girls: The Great Escape (pop/rock)

Lady Gaga: Poker Face (pop/dance)

The Ting Tings: Shut Up and Let Me Go (pop/alternative)

Now it's your turn. What's on your iPod right now?

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MUSICNUT 5/2/2020
Thanks for the great article! :) Report
Love these selections. Music helps Report
Wow, lots of other music suggested. I created a playlist on Spotify for any who have a Spotify account - (you will need to copy and paste into another field, delete the spaces after the forward slash, and then copy again.

http : // open.spotify.com/ user/ msdrpepper/ playlist/26Zf6avTHjVQKH2so0Jm63?si=

It’s not real easy to friend me on Spotify (MSDRPEPPER ) but send me a note if you need help. I created my account years ago, without going through Facebook. It took awhile (like a year or two), before I was able to see and friend my brother’s account since he created his Spotify account through Facebook. And I totally get it that not everyone wants to sign up with Spotify, so don’t feel bad or get defensive. It’s cool!! I just have it as an option to play the music without me having to mess with sync with itunes (I would rather go to the dentists and have my teeth cleaned then mess with itunes sync!! haha!)... Report
good tunes Report
thanks for sharing Report
Absolutely great Report
Thanks for sharing! Report
pissed of and mad about it is my execrated walking song Report
its 2016 now, whys this link still bfloatin around S.P.?
SHUCKS!, i cant rates this one with a thumbs down? Report
I know SP push listening to music all the time but I just can't get into it, when I am outside I prefer to listen to nature not all that noise. Hiking and music is not really a good idea, it is better to hear what is going on in the world, missing the crash of a large animal is better then blindly running into a moose or bear. Sometimes in the house or barn I do listen to audio books, it interests me without overlaying the normal sounds. Report
Michael Jackson, I want to love you Report
Most of the time I don't listen to music if I am walking outside. Because peoples so crazy. So the days that I am on the treadmill I do. Report
I have a hard time not walking to the tempo of whatever song I'm listening to, so I just get annoyed when the music is so slow that I'm strolling or so fast that I can't catch my breath. I put audio books on my iPod, mostly the ones I've always intended to read but never got around to before. Report
Shout by Sean Paul Report
Shout by Sean Paul Report
Right now I've been running to:

Depeche Mode- "Just Can't Get Enough"
Salt n Pepa- "None of Your Business"
Leela James- "Long Time Coming"
Audioslave- "Like a Stone"
The Donnas- "Fall Behind Me"
The Heavy- "How You Like Me Now?"
The Ting Tings- "Great DJ"

And a few more. I'm getting a lot of great ideas here for new music, thanks everybody! Report
AC/DC, Shinedown, Disturbed, Santana's Guitar Heaven, Metallica, Pearl Jam, anything that rocks heavy really gets me pumped. Report

Here's a few of my all time favorites. They never come off my ipod!
The power- Snap
Feels Good- Tony Toni Tone
Stronger- Kanye West
Push it- Salt n' Pepa
Humpty Dance- Digital Underground
Shut up and Drive- Rihanna
Right Round- Flo Rida
Rub you the Right Way- Johnny Gill
Poison/ Do me- Bell Biv Devoe
Whiskey in a Jar- Metallica
Bust a Move- Young MC
u + ur hand- Pink Report
I have a exercise play list with:

1. Get the Party Started--Pink
2. Bad Romance--Lady Gaga
3. Poker Face--Work out mix Lady Gaga
4. Lady Marmalade--Workout mix
5. Bad Girls--Workout mix
6. Sexy Back--J. Timberlake
7. I love the nightlife
8. C'mon n' Ride It (The Train) Quad City DJs

Then if I am feeling aggressive or I am running I have a Loud List:

1. Enter Sandman Metallica
2. Holier Than Thou Metallica
3. Through the Never Metallica
4. The Struggle Within Metallica
5. That Was Just Your Life Metallica
6. The End of the Line Metallica
7. Broken, Beaten, and Scarred Metallica
8. Crazy _itch Buck Cherry
9. Animals Nickelback
10. Run to the Hills Iron Maiden
11. Holy Diver Dio
12. Peace Sells Megadeath
13. Break Stuff Limp Bizkit
14. When Worlds Collide Powerman 5000
15. Icky Thump White Stripes

So, depending on my mood, I'll do one or the other. Yes, Metallica isn't exactly upbeat music, but if you had a rough day at work, jumping on the elliptical trainer or pumping iron to it just seems to make it all better. :-)

My all time favorite work out song is an oldie, "Physical" by Olivia Newton John. Thanks for the great ideas. Report
My favorite five are
Kat Deluna-Whine Up
Rihanna-Pon de replay
Rihanna-Please don't stop the music
Pitbull-Anthem Report
bob airplane love it while running walking Report
Say Hey ( I love you) by Michael Franti & Spearhead
It Happens ( Sugarland)
So What (Pink)
Disturbia ( Rihanna)
Everytime we Touch ( Cascada)

Music makes the workout so much better and faster! Report

BABY- Justin Bieber
UPGRADE YOU- beyonce
DIVA- Beyonce

I wasn't a big Britney Spears fan until I needed to workout, but this order of hits really keeps me going on the elliptical: 3, Womanizer, Circus, If U Seek Amy, Radar, My Perogative, Toxic, I'm a Slave 4 U, Overprotected, ...Baby One More Time, Stronger Report
Praise Music:

Sing, Sing, Sing - Chris Tomlin is my current favorite. Can't NOT run to that song! Report
1. Rihanna- Hard
2. The Black Eyed Peas - Imma Be
3. Orianthi- According to You
4. Kesha- Blah Blah Blah
5. Shakira- Give It up to Me
And a ton of others, but these get me moving. Report
Nice. Definitely Inspriring. This is what my first 5 looks like:

1. Jamie All Over-Mayday Parade
2. Watch My Shoes- 3 Deep
3. Sweet Child O Mine- Guns n Roses
4. Right Round- R.O.O.T.S.
5. All these things that I've done- The Killers Report
Thanks everyone for your suggestions! I am constantly on the lookout for new songs to work out to. When I want to treat myself - instead of going for food- I now download a new song from iTunes... My wish list is definitely growing tonight ;)!
Some of my favorites are:
Basement Janxxx - Do your thing (lengthy intro but worth sticking it through!)
Chemical Brothers - Galvanize
Bicycle Race - Queen
anything Fatboy Slim and/ or Groove Armada
Proud Mary - Ike and Tina Turner
Chelsea Dagger - Fratellis

and many more... Report
I totally agree with Lady Gaga and Black Eyed Peas. I also like Elvis -" A little less conversation, a little more action" Chicago - "Feeling stronger every day." Thank you for all the other great songs!! Report
My must have workout artist is M.I.A. Her songs are uptempo and amazing. I am always so modivated to push hard when I hear them.
I highly recomend the songs Bird Flu and World Town! Report
Wow - thanks for the great song ideas! Report
SHOCKINGGIRL, WOW! I think your playlist is absolutely AWESOME! I copied it and will start to build the playlist TODAY. Thanks for sharing it. Report
I love to listen to really hard thrash/death metal when I work out. It gets me "angry" and I work out extra hard. I currently have 2 Metallica albums (Master of Puppets and Kill em All), 2 Megadeth albums (Rust in Peace and Countdown to Extinction) and a bunch of other bands that aren't mainstream but are awesome and VERY hard/fast (Amon Amarth, Alestorm, TYR, and Ensiferum) all on my MP3 player...I just let it play and know that the next song will be hard hitting...and so will I! :) Report
I love the Ting Tings...Great DJ is awesome!!! Check it out! Report
First I start with Boogie Man by Rob Zombie, then I go to Shakira: Hips Don't Lie and She-Wolf, then on to Saving Abel, then Cage the Elephant - then on and on and on :) Report
I love this blog! I listen to all kinds of music...mostly old school rock and hard rock.
1- to get me going is Fuel-Metallica
2-Gimme 3 steps-Lynyrd Skynyrd
3-Break out-Foo Fighters
4-Travelin' Band-Creedence Clearwater Revival
5-for my cool down I love...Carnival by Tori Amos Report
first 5 on the mp3 player at the moment get me in the mood to move even if i didnt feel like it b4 hearing the toons play:

1. come out n play - the offspring
2. cherry lips (go baby go) - garbage
3. black night - deep purple
4. be urself (& 5 other cliches) - supernova
5. all my life - foo fighters Report
My all time favorite song to get me all fired up, no matter how tired I am, is Mr. Brightside by The Killers. It's fast paced and I can't help but push myself harder every time it comes on! These days, it's been the new Rob Thomas album, Cradlesong, especially Gasoline, Real World 09 and Give Me The Meltdown. Report
Went through my entire collection of 2836 songs and picked 963 (!) (and one at a time!) for my exercise playlist to go on my Zen mp3 player. I really love just listening to the whole 963 on random when I work out.

If you're remotely interested, I uploaded the entire list [https://sites.google.com/site/sean
redirects=0]. First five great ones:

Flock of Seagulls - I Ran
a-ha - Take on Me
Amy Winehouse - Rehab
Andrew W.K. - Party Hard
Asia - Only Time Will Tell Report
My favorite song for pushing me to workout harder is "Crazy Bitch"....the beat, the words, everything just gets me moving! There have been times when I have gotten to the club and realized my iPod was dead...really made for a long and boring workout! Report
I have all of these on my mobile and I usually exercise to them

Whine up - Kat DeLuna feat. Elephant Man

What is Love - Haddaway

Sun is Shining (Remix) - Bob Marley

Sexual - Amber

Sandstorm - Darude

Please don't Stop the Music - Rihanna ( with Akon) (remix)

Mambo Number 5 - Lou Bega

Lovefool - The Cardigans

Lose My Breath - Destiny Child

Its Not Right But Its Ok - Whitney Houston (Remix)

Heaven - Bleach AMV & Dj Sammy

Finally - CeCe Peniston

Crush - Jennifer Paige

Bootylicious - Destiny Child (Richard Humpty Vission Mix)

Back To Life - Soul 2 Soul
Lady Gaga feat. flo Rida - starstruck
The Veronicas- Untouched http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whbT

Nichkelback- S.E.X
OH my gosh! I am SOOOOO glad you made a post about great music! I cannot go out for a power walk without my mp3 - I won't do it. This post is WAY more than 5 songs, but I love you all and I hope all the MANY hours I have used to compile these songs will benefit someone else! I laugh when I listen to my music because I have such a WIDE variety of really fast, make-you-want-to-get-off-the-couch-
and-dance! You are bound to love something (or many somethings) on this list. Okay, here's a WILD mix of songs - see what you like:
I Love Rock N' Roll by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts(MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE to walk fast to)
Do You Love Me (Now That I Can Dance) by the Contours.
Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
I'm So Excited by the Pointer Sisters
RESPECT by Aretha Franklin
I Was Made to Love You by Tobymac
Achy breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus
Cecilia by Simon and Garfunkel
Give Me Your Eyes by Brandon Heath
Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
9 to 5 by Dolly Parton
ABC by the Jackson 5
Play that Funky Music White Boy by Wild Cherry
867-5309 by Tommy Tutone
All She Wants to Do is Dance by Don Henley
Black Betty by Ram Jam
Another One Bites the Dust by Queen
Black Horse and the Cherry Tree by KT Tunstall
What I Like About You by the Romantics
Any Way You Want It by Journey
Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf
Axel F. (Theme from Beverly Hills Cop)
Burn for You by Tobymac
Bye Bye Bye by N'Sync
Call Me by Blondie
Mony Mony by Billy Idol
Spirit Thing by the Newsboys
Harden My Heart by Quarterflash
Start Me Up by the Rolling Stones
Stray Cat Strut by the Stray Cats
Conga by Gloria Estefan
Dance to the Music by Sly and the Family Stone
Don't You Want Me by the Human League
Electric Avenue by Eddy Grant
Superstition by Stevie Wonder
Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics (LOVE to walk fast to this!)
Talk About It by Nicole C Mullen (Another GREAT song to exercise to)
Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar
Freeze-Frame by the J. Geils Band
My Deliverer by Mandisa
Peggy Sue by The Crickets
FunkyTown by Lipps Inc.
Tequila by The Champs
Get the Party Started by P!nk
Queen of the Night by Whitney Houston (The Bodyguard Soundtrack)
Wherever We Go by the Newsboys
Renegade from Styx (let it get about 20-30 seconds into the song)
Soul Man by Sam & Dave
Hot Stuff by Donna Summer
Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
Livin La Vida Loca by Ricki Martin
Walkin' on Sunshine by Katrina & the Wave
Love Shack by the B-52s
Maniac by Michael Sembello
Rock the Casbah by The Clash
Shine by The Newsboys
Bang On the Drum All Day by Todd Rundgren
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go by Wham! Report
Song 2 (Blur)
This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race (Fallout Boy)
Anything by Coldplay
Ghost of Stephen Foster (Squirrel Nut Zippers) (and others by them)
Cyclops Rock (and anything else by They Might Be Giants)
Couch Potato (It's a parody of Lose Yourself by Eminem!) (and anything else by Weird Al!)

I do like some of the new "high energy" stuff people mentioned (i.e., Let it Rock) but haven't downloaded it lately. My latest downloads were albums by All American Rejects, Daughtry, and Plain White Ts. Report
I can't do this
By: Plumb Report
A few favorites from my running mix: great beats for a 10-12 minute mile

"Everytime we touch" - Cascada
"If you want blood" - AC/DC
"My life would suck without you" - Kelly Clarkson
"Jump" - Van Halen
"Right Now" - Van Halen
"Let's get it started" - Black Eyed Peas
"Something's gotta give" - Leann Rimes
"Just Dance" - Lady Gaga
"Don't Stop Believin'" - Journey (I think it's on every mix I've ever made...)

And, of course, for crossing the finish line, the "Chariots of Fire" theme song. Report
Tamberine- Eve
Diva- Beyonce
The Battle is the Lord- Yolanda Adams
Show Out- Unk
Move- Mims Report
My top five: 1. Addison Road - Sticking with You
2. Rascal Flatts - Life is a Highway
3. Lonestar - Walking in Memphis
4. Pink - So What
5. Heather Rigdon - Gravity for Grace (this is a great cool-down number. If you haven't heard her check her out on iTunes... she is amazing!)
This list would be forever long... so I just chose 5 of my favorites..which are constantly changing... lol!