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The 80 Best Workout Songs

April 15, 2010  |  7:00am
The 80 Best Workout Songs

I started fitness boot camp this week—a group of otherwise ordinary people who gather at the local high-school football field for things like jumping jacks, sit-ups, squats, lunges and some evil invention called “burpees.” And now I can hardly raise my glass of beer or plop down on the couch in front of the TV without feeling the pain in long-unused muscles.

Sadly, there’s no music during our workouts, but I bet there is during yours. And I bet it’s time for you to update that ol’ workout playlist. “Best” Workout Songs of course, is a matter of taste, but the following songs are guaranteed to get your body moving (even though they don’t include The Suckers’ wonderful, non-exercise-related song by that name.) And if you don’t exercise, just think of all this great music as reason to get up offa that thing.

(Thanks to all my friends on Facebook and Twitter and the Paste staff and interns for the many suggestions. If you’ve got a great workout song not on this list, please add it to the comments below.)

80. “Scatmambo” by Scatman John
Ethiopian Olympic long-distance runner Haile Gebrselassie requested this song during a 2,000-meter race in 1998. He set the world indoor record, proving that it’s not the quality of the song that matters in sports—it’s the 135 beats-per-minute. That said, these other 79 are pleasing to the ear.

79. “Typical” by Mutemath
Recommended by U.S.A. Olympic volleyball player Reid Priddy in Paste’s 2008 feature on Olympic training music.

78. “Let the Day Begin” by The Call
Here’s to the rowers in the morning lake; here’s to the cyclists in the streets…

77. “New Noise” by Refused
The shape of punk to come includes a flatter belly.

76. “Go Faster” by The Black Crowes
Ain’t no workout like dirty, Southern workout.

75. “They” by Jem
Nothing like a little paranoia to keep you going.

74. “Take Me Out” by Franz Ferdinand
Franz-ercise!

73. “The Rockafella Skank” by Fatboy Slim
Norman Quentin Cook made a career of getting bodies moving. Plus his name is Fatboy Slim.

72. “Dancing Choose” by TV on the Radio
Frantic energy resolving in a lovely chorus.

71. “Agony” by The Muffs
Of course a song called agony is going to be perfect for my workout.

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