Music. It’s the most amazing thing in life. Well, fine, it’s one of the most amazing things in life. I’m all about music – as many of you know, my career is in the music field and I’m a lifelong lover of many genres of music.
Sure, I’m a total classical music geek (I’m always game for a conversation on which is your favorite Mahler symphony!) but I also like straight-up Pop music. And Classic Rock. And what used to be called “Alternative” when I was a youth, which is now… I don’t know what. Thinking about how my favorites are probably now almost “oldies” is going to make me feel too old, so let’s move on to the topic of the day!
But wait for it… this list is going to be old music. Nothing that’s on the Top 40 now. Why? Because I tend to use the same playlist over and over, and it’s been summertime. I don’t run with music outside very often and I’ve been doing most of my running outside. So I haven’t been that hip and cool and in-the-know about what the current pop songs are that are good workout songs.
I do use music religiously on the treadmill, bike at the gym, and for other workouts, so I’m gearing up for cooler weather running and other fitness activities and need to compile a great playlist.
Top Five Workout Songs
1. Beastie Boys – Sabotage. This tune has always been my all-time favorite pump-me-up workout song. When it comes through my headphones I run faster, dig deeper, and work harder.
2. Jennifer Lopez – Let’s Get Loud. Okay, do not laugh, but this song was on the playlist for a BodyStep class I used to do ten years ago when I lived in Florida, and from then on it became one of my favorite workout songs. I like the steady beat for running, it’s easy to sing to (loudly with headphones on), and it has a nice fun dancy rhythm.
3.Avril Lavigne – Girlfriend. OMG I love this song for working out. I don’t know why, I just do. I love running to this son – I often put it on replay and keep running. And running. And every time the “HEY!” part comes on I kick it into high gear.
4. Gwen Stefani – Rich Girl. this is kind of a silly song, but it’s been on my playlist for a long time. There’s something about the funkiness and the rapping in the middle by Eve keeps me entertained and moving.
5. Black Eyed Peas – Pump It. This song is buzzy and constantly moving – just like you are during a workout.
For more workout songs, see my reader’s choice Ultimate Workout Playlist!
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What are your favorite workout songs? Do you rotate them or stick with the same ones over and over?
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