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100 Great Workout Songs

May 13, 2013  |  9:46am
100 Great Workout Songs

We know that nothing gets you through your workout like music—a good melody to distract from the pain, a steady rhythm to keep the pace or a jolt of extra emotion to get you closer to the finish line.

And though your local gym might think that a mix of throbbing pop music works for everyone, we’ve compiled some of our favorite workout songs into 10 unique playlists ranging from classic rock to hip hop to, well, throbbing pop music.

We’ve grouped them by suggested activity, but use your favorite playlists during whatever it is you do to keep fit. I just listened to the Indie Rock Biking on the drive out play soccer.

Here are 100 Great Workout Songs in 10 handy playlists:

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The Dance Yrself Lean Playlist

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The Fly Plyometrics Playlist

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The Indie Rock (Fixed Gear) Biking Playlist

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The Old-School StairMaster Playlist


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The Heavy Lifting Playlist


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The Electronic Elliptical Playlist


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The Rock Climbing Playlist


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The Sugar-Free Pop Aerobics Playlist


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The Knock-Out Boxing Playlist


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The Run-Dammit-Run Playlist


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The Dance Yrself Lean Playlist

1. “Get Up Offa That Thing” by James Brown
Because when the man says to move, you move.

2. Dead Disco by Metric
Even the lyrics sound like an aerobics class: “Step down turn around / Push it to the west.” ...Well, until that whole “pants down” line.

3. “Little Secrets” by Passion Pit
No one’s stopping you from doing a little air keyboard on the treadmill.

4. “ABC” by The Jackson 5
It’s easy as 1, 2, 3…

5. “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” by Arctic Monkeys
Great beat plus those English kids offer you something to aspire to.

6. “We Almost Lost Detroit” by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
The hook in this cover of Gil Scott-Heron will have you smiling during the most grueling workout.

7. “I’m Not Going to Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance” by Black Kids
...or how to tone those abs.

8. “Helicopter” by Bloc Party
Just tune it out when they mention queueing up for junk food.

9. “Tightrope” by Janelle Monaé featuring Big Boi
A great song with a giant hook. For kicks, imagine that’s Janelle up there leading your step class, decked out in her signature white tux.

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

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