Favorite workout songs??

Looking for suggestions on music to listen to when I work out. My resolution for 2011 is to find more high energy music than the normal Top 40 stuff. While searching for music I found this video, its pretty funny and the song gets me moving. Wait until the end for a url to get the song for free:questionable link removed

Music suggestions welcome. Any songs you can’t go to the gym without?

I run several times a week (was outside until the snow hit, now I’m confined to a treadmill at the Y). Upbeat music definitely helps me.

Some of my favorites (note how old this stuff is, but then, note my age):

  • AC/DC (“Back in Black”, “Thunderstruck”, “TNT”)
  • Toto (at least the faster stuff, like “Hold the Line” and “Girl Goodbye” from their first album)
  • Tom Petty (with or without the Heartbreakers, such as “I Need to Know”, “Running Down a Dream”, and “You Wreck Me”)
  • Traveling Wilburys

Depends on what I’m doing.

Anything by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Angelique Kidjo-Agolo
Stone Temple Pilots-Trippin’ on a Hole…
Beastie Boys-Sabotage
Pat Benatar-All Fired Up
Imani Coppola-Gravity
JC Brooks-Get It Together
Anything by Joe Tex
Any Best of Bootie Mix (free mash-ups)

Cardio: long/distance
More into podcasts/movies on the iPod ready treadmill. I can go for 1.5 hours on a treadmill watching a movie. Although while watching “The Crazies” I almost jumped at the gym while jogging when someone tapped me on the shoulder. Not a movie to be snuck up on while watching.

Weight Lifting
I am usually listing to more mellow music. I did 245lb squats on Saturday to Norah Jones’ “Those Sweet Words”. I like to be able to concentrate on the lift and have it move slower than try and zoom through the motion and eff up my form.

Not normally my kind of music, but once I’m warmed up, if this comes up in rotation, I’m GONE:


My current playlist has the following:

Professional Friend by Kosheen

New Slang by The Shins

Front Row by Metric

Such Great Heights by The Postal Service

Major Tom by Shiny Toy Guns

You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away by The Beatles

We Are the People by Empire of the Sun

The Cave by Mumford and Sons

There are a few others mixed in, but the above seem to strike the right mental note lately when I workout.

Here’s my current playlist:

Get the Party Started - Pink
Single Ladies - Beyonce
Never Going Back to Ok - The Afters (I think the song is about a relationship, but to me it’s about a relationship with food!)
Booty Voodoo - Lee Coulter (an ode to sexy butts!)
I Got It (What You Need) - Galactic & Lyrics Born
Whine Up - Kat DeLuna
I’m Not Over - Carolina Liar
Into the Morning - The Weekend
Never Miss a Beat - Kaiser Chiefs
Snakes on a Plane
How Far We’ve Come - Matchbox 20 (very inspiring towards the end of a workout)
I’ve Got the Music in Me - Kiki Dee Band
Watch Me Move - Fefe Dobson
Hips Don’t Lie - Shakira
Gotta Work - Amerie
Holding Out for a Hero - Bonnie Tyler
Check Yes Juliet - We The Kings
Cobrastyle - Teddybears featuring Mad Cobra
Lala - Ashlee Simpson
Deceptacon - Le Tigre
Shake Your Pom Pom - Missy Elliot
Bounce With Me - Kreesha Turner
I Like It, I Love It - Lyrics Born (good for warming up)
My Big O (I Can) - Johanna Stahley (theme to Ruby)
Spice Up Your Life - The Spice Girls
Shake It - Metro Station
Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That - Robert Randolph & The Family Band (very stompy!)
When Your Heart Stops Beating - +44
Can’t Stop Moving - Sonny J
Move It Like This - Baha Men
Here It Goes Again - OK Go
All of the Above - Big City Rock
I Don’t Wanna Be in Love - Good Charlotte
Too Much Booty In the Pants - 2 Live Crew
Somebody Told Me - The Killers
Stronger - Kanye West
The Cheeky Song - The Cheeky Girls
Crushcrushcrush - Paramore
Whenever Wherever - Shakira
Let’s Get it Started - Black Eyed Peas
Higher Ground - Red Hot Chili Peppers (good cool down song)
Remember the Name - Fort Minor

I love the suggestions, but that first post sure trips my spam trigger.

This is my favorite cycling cadence tune…

Slow part is warm up

It’s almost 8 minutes long, so feel free leave at any time


Well, it IS a poster with 1 (one) post

ETA and he joined on the 19th!

A couple of my running songs. I make no claims of how good these songs are, they just keep me moving.

Chicago Is So Two Years Ago - Fall Out Boy
Technologic - Daft Punk
Forgot About Dre - Dr. Dre/Eminem
U + Ur Hand - Pink
1, 2 Step - Ciara
Mr. Brightside - The Killers
Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC
Girl All The Bad Guys Want - Bowling For Soup
Bleed It Out - Linkin Park
Crank That - Soulja Boy Tellem
Last Nite - The Strokes
Steady As She Goes - The Raconteurs
Stuttering (Kiss Me Again) - Ben’s Brother

Twist of Cain- Danzig
Balls to the Wall- Accept
All This And More- Dead Boys
Bodies- Drowning Pool
Flight Of Icarus- Iron Maiden
Bodies- Sex Pistols
Devil’s daughter- Silvertide
Crazy Bitch- Buckcherry
Holy Smoke- Iron Maiden
Hellraiser- Motörhead
Fuel- Metallica
Broken Glass- Buckcherry
Dirty Deeds- AC/DC
Hate Breeders- Misfits
Bad Religion- Godsmack
Killing in the Name- Rage Against the Machine
Fuck You Blind- Kid Rock
Kick out the Jams- Henry Rollins with Bad Brains
Shine- Motörhead
Struttin’ Cock- Nashville Pussy
Let there be Rock- AC/DC
Hybrid Moments- Misfits
Down in Flames- Dead Boy
All Pumped Up- The Bullys
Porno Star- Buckcherry
Die My Darling- Metallica
Play the Game- Motörhead
Walk- Pantera
Ridin’- Buchcherry
Street Justice- Twisted Sister
So Hott- Kidd Rock
If you want Blood- AC/DC
On Go- Dead Boys
The Trooper- Iron Maiden

For cardio it’s usually high BPM “club,” techno type stuff, 80s dance, some 70s, with maybe a few popular modern C&W songs thrown in. A typical cardio playlist will have everything from Beyonce to KC and the Sunshine Band to the Beastie Boys to Cab Calloway. For weight lifting it’s heavy metal (get it? :D). No, I don’t know why, it just seems like a more useful “vibe” for weight lifting for some reason.

I think we must be related because I’ve got a lot of these songs on my running play list, too. I also have some really cheesey stuff that’s probably more appropriate for a 15-year old instead of a 35-year old woman:

Evanescense (sp?) - Bring Me to Life
A few songs by Prince
Bizarre Love Triangle
Queen - Fat Bottom Girls
Who Knew - Pink
Gotta Be Someone - Nickelback
My Life Would Suck without You - Can’t remember who…Kelly Clarkson?
Black Horse and a Cherry Tree - K.T. Tunstall
I Would Do Anything for Love - Meatloaf (I almost fall over giggling when it starts)
Love is a Battlefield - Pat Benetar
We Belong - Pat Benetar
Some Aerosmith (but it’s really best for weight lifting)
I’m Yours - Jason Mraz (great for warm ups)

For cool downs, I like

100 Years - Can’t remember the artist; maybe 5 For Fighting
Please Don’t Leave Me - Pink

Possibly the best (or at least most ironic) workout song ever. :smiley:

Ok, we’re totally related because I have almost every one of those songs, too. And I’m a 40-year-old guy. Funny how that old stuff has a good workout beat, isn’t it?

I meant to add, today I got the BPM Analyzer (free download, no apparent limits), and ran it against my music collection. It took a couple of hours, but added a “BPM” tag to my mp3 collection.

Then I created playlists for each range of 5 bpm’s, and threw those on my phone, so I can choose what tempo I want to run to.

It’s not perfect, but it seems pretty good.

http://www.mixmeister.com/bpmanalyzer/bpmanalyzer.asp if anyone is interested. I have no affiliation.

Right up there with “I like big butts.”

Moving thread from IMHO to Cafe Society.

Just reporting in from today’s trip to the gym, with a playlist of BPM-sorted music. Awesome stuff.

Today’s list (all 150-154bpm):

Time After Time - Ozzy Osbourne
Hammerhead - The Offspring
Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) - Jay-Z
I’m Yours - Jason Mraz
Brian Wilson - Barenaked Ladies
Runaway - Bon Jovi
Breakfast In America - Supertramp
Only The Good Die Young - Billy Joel
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Hemmorhage (In My Hands) - Fuel
You Could Be Mine - Guns N’ Roses
Deuces Are Wild - Aerosmith
Turn The Page - Metallica
Caught In A Dream - Tesla
Beat It - Fall Out Boy
Love Drunk - Boys Like Girls
Whatever You Like - T.I.