When it comes to working out nothing can be quite so motivating as the music you listen to while doing it. And that’s why today’s Ten on Tuesday topic is 10 Favorite Work Out Songs. These are the ones that I’m playing frequently right now:
- Mean by Taylor Swift. I think of the “mean” person in the song as my fat self – the one who says that I can’t change – but I know that I will ultimately triumph over her.
- Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson. I know it’s about recovering from a break up but for me it’s about working through the pain and coming out stronger and better.
- All Summer Long by The Rock Heroes. It’s a catchy little tune and it puts me in a good mood.
- We Are Young by Fun. It’s overplayed on the radio, that’s for sure, but it makes me feel strong when I listen to it.
- Raise Your Glass by Pink. Anything by Pink is good for getting you moving, I think.
- Everybody Talks by Neon Trees. It’s true, everybody does talk.
- I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers. I’m not ready to run 500 miles or anything but it’s a fun song.
- Wild Ones by Flo Rida.
- Sexy And I Know It by by LMFAO. I work out. Heh.
- Gonna Fly Now from Rocky. Yes, I am that corny.
For me, music with a good beat can make or break the workout. Whatever song motivates and keeps you moving . . . is a good workout song. (And I LOVE the Rocky theme! It always works to keep me moving a little bit longer and a little bit harder.)
*jealous of those earbuds!* love your mix of oldies (but goodies!) and new stuff. had to smile…guess we listen to different radio…because I think I heard We are Young for the first time on Glee (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul-pLYo5MJ8)
This is a fun topic and I’ll enjoy seeing what others listen to while exercising. I like listening to books.
Good topic! Some of my favorites:
Hey Ya! by OutCast
F**k You by Cee Lo Green
Mercy by Duffy
Are You Gonna Be My Girl by Jet
Toxic by Britney Spears
Mayhem by Imelda May
Diggin’ Your Scene by Smashmouth
And when I want to feel hardcore, I listen to Metallica.
There are a variety of things I listen to depending on what I’m doing. I love watching action/adventure on the treadmill. I lisren to books when I walk at lunch- So Cold the River waa a fun one. The elliptical gets music. Pink’s Raise Your Glass gets me moving. Play hard, Carole!
I’m really going to have to get some music loaded on my phone so I can listen while I walk … right now I just listen to Daisy panting. Heh, so not motivating for me lol. Great list, and I actually know most of the songs!!
I am probably going to reveal how OLD I really am, but I love to work out to music from the Flashdance sound track. 80s GOLD! Thanks for this post.
It’s all about the music for me and my workouts. Wild Ones is a great one. I like Flo Rida. I know – I’m a big kid.
I’m so proud of you! You are really embracing your exercise routine!
Katie K says
Here’s my eclectic list:
Once In a Lifetime, And She Was and Cities by Talking Heads
You Can Make It If You Try and Sing A Simple Song by Sly & The Family Stone
Super Freak by Rick James
Rock el Casbah by Rachid Taha
Cream by Prince & The New Power Generation
Allah Hoo from Monsoon Wedding (a great movie– have you seen it?)
Baraat from Monsoon Wedding
Walk Away by Kelly Clarkson
Ojalá Que Llueva Café by Juan Luis Guerra
The Battle of New Orleans by Johnny Horton
Highwayman by Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson
Move It On Over by George Thorogood
Father Figure by George Michael
Travelin’ Thru by Dolly Parton
The Holdup by David Bromberg
Lookin’ Out My Back Door by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Run Through The Jungle by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Just What I Needed by The Cars
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) [The Slammin’ Vocal Club Mix]
Don’t Stop the Dance by Bryan Ferry
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band: Come To Poppa and Night Moves
Avenging Annie by Andy Pratt
I listen to cheesy disco music-seriously, I have some relatively obscure disco hits in my playlist-and house music. My logic is that if it’s engineered to get you dancing, it’s perfect for working out.
I am right there with Martha. In the words of the kids on American Bandstand, It’s got a great beat and you can really dance to it. Since I am a product of the disco era, that music makes me move, great for working out. And my children pretend not to know me….sometimes an added benefit when I am working out.
Kristi aka FiberFool says
I agree on PINK and a few others. I do enjoy that song by fun, but I don’t have it on my workout playlist yet. Working out has diversified my music collection some. Before I would have laughed if you asked me if I would own any Black Eye Peas, Lady Gaga, PINK, Katy Perry etc.
You had me until “Gonna Fly Now” — I’m not crazy about it. I love the Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce and Christina Aguilera for running.
Great list! I had a good list of favorites when I was doing Jazzercise, but now I can’t remember them. 🙁
I’ve been using a CD of Big Band Swing songs from the 1940s to keep my peddling up on the exercise bike! It’s fun. I’m so glad you’re hanging in there with the exercise, this is the year it finally worked for me, too! 🙂