21 Fast-Paced Workout Songs You'll Love

By , SparkPeople Blogger
It's been far too long since I've shared some new music ideas for you to update your workout playlists, but reading the New York Times Well blog recently reminded me just how important music is during exercise. Recapping several studies about music's affects on exercise intensity and perceived exertion, one in particular caught my eye. In a small study, male college students pedaled stationary bicycles while listening to popular music that the researchers secretly either slowed down or sped up at random, without the knowledge of the participants. When the music was faster, they pedaled faster, liked the music better, and elevated their heart rates more, yet perceived their workouts as less intense than they actually were. When the music slowed down, exactly the opposite happened.

We all know that some good booty-shaking tunes can make our workouts more fun, which is why I prefer to go for beat and music tempo over "motivation" factor, like how the song makes me feel or whether the actual lyrics are particularly inspiring.

If you want to boost the intensity of your workouts and make them feel easier at the same time, try update your workout playlist with one of these upbeat workout songs.

Black Eyed Peas – Rock That Body

Matchbox Twenty – How Far We've Come

Junior Senior – Move Your Feet

Michael Jackson – Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough

The Sounds – Dance with Me

Madonna – Sorry

KT Tunstall – Suddenly I See

Journey – Any Way You Want It

Jimmy Eat World – Pain

Gnarls Barkley – Smiley Faces

Erasure – A Little Respect

Sean Paul – Temperature

Jennifer Lopez – Let's Get Loud

Alien Ant Farm – Smooth Criminal

Johnny Cash – I've Been Everywhere

OK Go – Here It Goes Again

Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)

Rihanna – Please Don't Stop the Music

The Offspring – You're Gonna Go Far, Kid

Rancid – Time Bomb

Outkast – Hey Ya

What are your favorite upbeat workout songs? Do you agree that great music can make your workouts feel easier?

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Lasgo ! Inna , Madonna,
Dj encore- i see right through you. Report
When I'm walking, the song 500 Miles by the Proclaimers will start playing in my head at some point. I don't need to carry an iPod :) Report
Thanks for all the awesome suggestions! For me, music changes exercise to playtime!
*hugs* Report
Nice lists here...
I'd also like to add:
"Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus (don't judge me).
"Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen.
"Can't hold us down" by Lil Kim and Christina A.
"Let me blow your mind" by Eve feat Gwen Stefani.
"Imma Be" Black Eyed Peas.
Great list - Definitely took a few of your suggestions - comes just in time for my 1/2 marathon this weekend and was definitely looking to spice the play list up.

Some of my favorites:

Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
Lay All your love on me - Abba
Promises in the Dark - Pat Benatar
Lose Yourself - Eminem
I'm Not Afraid - Eminem
Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield
Alive & Kicking - Simple Minds
Relight my Fire (old disco song)
Beautiful Day - U2
Pretty Vegas - INXS
Paradise City - Guns n Roses
It Goes Around the World - ATC
I'm Every Woman - Chaka Kahn
I Get Knocked Down - Chumbawumba
Telephone - Lady Gaga Report
HOw about the Classics, as in Bach, Mozart? Report
Is it sad to admit that I bought a CD of music I heard at the gym (a compilation of euphoric house tunes such as Spiller's Groovejet)? Seriously, though, when I listen to it now, it reminds me of being there!

Apart from euphoric house, anything by the Chemical Brothers - they've NEVER recorded a bad track - with the Beth Orton tracks good for cool down. Though I like it, Drum and Bass is too fast! Report
I find when I listen to music my feet have to move. To me the best to listen to is show tunes When I listen to Chorus Line I see myself dancing ..so I dance.. Report
BLACKHUNTER, I listen to a lot of country. Check out Anthony Smith's "If That Ain't Country" album. Tons of upbeat stuff there. I also like Garth Brooks, he has quite a few songs that get you moving, like "Longneck Bottle", "Two Pina Coladas", "Wrapped Up In You", "Do What You Gotta Do". George Strait, " Carrying Your Love With Me", "All My Ex's Live in Texas", Hank Williams, "Hey, Good Lookin'", Jeannie C. Riley "Harper Valley P.T.A.", Jo Dee Messina, "Bring on the Rain", Johnny & June Carter Cash "Jackson", Johnny Paycheck "Take this Job and Shove It", LeAnn Rimes, "One Way Ticket", Mindy McCready, "A Girl's Gotta Do" and "Guys Do It All the Time" Roger Miller, "Dang Me" and "King of the Road" Tennessee Ernie Ford "Sixteen Tons" (great for weights, lol) Toby Keith "How Do You Like Me Now", "I Wanna Talk About Me", and "I Love This Bar" Bobby Bare and the Old Dogs "Still Gonna Die" Dave Dudley "Six Days on the Road" (also recorded by Sawyer Brown), Dixie Chicks "Ready to Run" and "Goodbye Earl" Eddie Rabbit "Every Which Way but Loose" and "I Love a Rainy Night"
Hope this helps the country fans! Report
Thanks, I just bought a new ipod and wanted some new music! Great article! Report
#1 workout song:

Don't stop moving
by S Club 7 Report
Thanks for suggesting the new tunes! Report
Great Great choices everyone! Im gonna have to add these songs to my playlist...May I reccomend this site:

http://www.inthegym.net /

they have many playlists and I love it becuase its by genre! Report
Hey guys! I absolutely LOVE working out to music because it makes you forget that you're working out and makes you feel energized. Here is some of the music that I love to listen to for Warm Up, Work out, Cool down, and Stretching:

Warm Up:
Chariots of Fire (don't know artist), New Morning (by Alpha Rev), The Adventure (by Angels and Airwaves), A New Day (by Celine Dion), Viva La Vida (by Coldplay), Happy (Natasha Bedingfield), Freckles (Natasha Bedingfield), Feels Like Today (Rascal Flatts), Kings and Queens (30 Seconds to mars),

Work out:
Take a Chance (by ABBA), About a Girl (by The Academy Is...), Assorted All-American Rejects songs, Weight of the world (by Chantal Kreviazuk), Hollywood (by Collective Soul), Lose My Breath (Destiny's Child), Rock & Roll (by Eric Hutchinson), The First of Me (Hoobastank), Swing With Me (Jessica Simpson), Wavin' Flag (Coca-cola Celebration Mix by K'naan), Jeans On (Keith Urban), Elevation (from Tomb Raider by Knights Bridge), Say Hey (Michael Franti & Spearhead), Supermassive Black Hole (Muse), Uprising (Muse), Pirate Bones (Natasha Bedingfield), Unwritten (Natasha Bedingfield), Trouble (Pink), When I Grow Up (The Pussycat Dolls), Funny Little Feeling (Rock 'N' Roll Soldiers), Hey, Soul Sister (Train), The Kill (30 Seconds to Mars), If We Ever Meet Again (Timbaland)

Cool Down:
So Small (by Carrie Underwood), Home Sweet Home (by Carrie Underwood. Great to listen to when you are heading home from an outdoor workout), Hard Times (by Eastmountainsouth), Oceano (Josh Groban), Sunday Morning (Maroon 5), Fireflies (Owl City), In My Arms (Plumb),

Lakme Flower Duet (from Tomb Raider), Caribbean Blue (by Enya), Storms in Africa (by Enya), Now We Are Free (Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard), Remember When It Rained (Josh Groban. Gives me chills), You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban), 503 (Joshua Bell and Hans Zimmerman), Exogenesis: Symphony, Parts 1, 2, and 3 (Muse), Little Stranger (Peter Bradley Adams & Renee Stahl), A Good Day (Priscilla Ahn), Report
Usually anything by Linkin Park will do it for me. They have songs to get you moving and slower songs for cooling down. The perfect workout band. Report
Bob Segar - Old time Rock & Roll - always does it for me.
Elton John - Philadelphia Freedom
Donna Summer - Heaven Knows Report
How about Abba?? The Whole "Mamma Mia" soundtrack can be used for warm up and cool down too. "Dancing Queen" and "Waterloo" are my favorites.

Some others on my list:
Garbage- "Push It"
Ace of Base- "Beautiful Life"
Mika- "Lollipop"
Switchfoot- "More Than Fine", "Dare You To Move"
Snow Patrol- "Chocolate" Report
I love We Be Clubbin by Ice Cube, now that makes me want to kick butt on the machines. Report
Panama-by Van Halen is THE best pump up song out there, everytime it comes on my playlist I push myself that much harder, I wish it was an hour long song.
Some others on my playlist: Ke$ha, Eminem, Passion Pit, Motley Crue (Kickstart My Heart really gets you moving too), Little Lion Man- by Mumford & Sons, Heads Will Roll- Yeah Yeah Yeahs Report
These songs always get me going

Get Up - Mary Mary
God in Me - Mary Mary
Shackles (Praise You) - Mary Mary
Love Him Like I Do- Deitrick Haddon with Mary Mary
Fragile - Chrisette Michele
Be Ok - Chrisette Michele
Epiphany - Chrisette Michele
Check on it - Beyonce
Pon De Replay - Rihanna
Cupid Shuffle - Cupid

For cool down
Any Maxwell song
Vivian Green - Beautiful
Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved
Angie Stone - So Happy Being Me

most of these are not my cup-o-tea- I like Christian music and some 'older' stuff...
my list has AC-DC, ZZ TOP, CCR, Motley Crew, techno, Chris Tomlin, etc.
and this could make me unpopular but I don't like anything by 'unladylike gag-me' er, I mean, lady gaga Report
Whatever makes you want to get up and move. I'm a big Broadway fan, so it's showtunes all the way for me. I lost 85 pounds listening to Barbara belt out I'm the greatest star. It was inspiring and kept me moving. Report
Funny, the stuff I listen to when I work out isn't stuff I would listen to normally. I have alot of Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, Black-Eyed Peas, and stuff like that. And a little Limp Bizkit. I've noticed that my jog pace picks up according to the music pace. I normally listen to classic rock or country when I'm not exercising..haahhaa!!! What a switch! Report
thanks for the ideas, it gave me inspiration to revamp my jogging music.
For jogging i mainly listen to dance music because it pushes me forward:
david guetta
dj tiesto
calvin harris
la roux both original and mixes
freemasons mixes

enjoy your music guys! lifes not so colourful without it xx Report
Thanks for the tip, in comment 110 (motiontraxx.com podcast free on itunes). Workoutmusic.com also has a free podcast, but not as many posts as motiontraxx. Report
Really? I mean...really? Only two of three songs did it for me (Sean Paul, Beyonce and Blackeye Peas). Try some Akon, Kanye West or Nelly Furtado, those will really get you moving! Report
I love Goldfrapp. Love their song "Alive." Instantly puts me in a I wanna move mood. Another favorite is Metro's "Shake It." I've enjoyed reading people's favorites. Report
Thanks, Pepperjunkie, for pointing me to Albannach! I love the new "hard" Celtic music. Amazon and iTunes don't have them. You have to go to the web site albannachmusic.com, but you can listen to full songs, not just clips. Report
We use a lot of those songs you mentioned in Jazzercise - makes sense! :-) Thanks!! Report
I just added a couple Ke$ha songs, some Lady Gaga and Enrique's "I Like It."
I like to cool down to "Airplanes" by B.O.B. Report
For me it is anything by the Black Eyed Peas, as everything they do is reeeeaaal fast paced i.e. Pump It, Shut Up, Boom Boom Pow, Imma Be. Also, Outkast's Bombs Over Baghdad and some of their other stuff will get you moving fast!

In line with the Techno stuff, I suggest the C&C Music Factory's - Gonna Make You Sweat and the Tom Tom Club's - Genius of Love. The tracks are long and have great beats. Report
These are great suggestions - I will definitely be adding them to the mix...

Ray Of Light: Madonna
Do Your Thing: Basement Jaxx
Amelia Earheart: Give Her A Lizard
Lucky Star: Basement Jaxx & Dizzee Rascal
Whole Lotta Love: Perry Farrell
Trout: Neneh Cherry
Jind Mahi: Malkit Singh
Gone Daddy Gone: Gnarls Barkley
Been Caught Stealing: Jane's Addiction
Red Alert: Basement Jaxx
Music : Madonna
Where's Your Head At: Basement Jaxx
Whole Lotta Love: Perry Farrell
Freestylers - Painkiller
It rocks! Report
Kowleen: I LOVE Underworld, especially to workout to! Dinosaur Adventure 3D and Push Upstairs are amazing to workout to, also. (Yay, going to see them live in October!)

I really like any electronic music with a good beat. Well, as long as it's not annoying Top 40 crap. Report
Sorry..music doesn't work for me when I'm walking..I end up stopping in the middle of the street and listening, or walking slower..I have to concentrate on what I'm doing... Report
For me, techno is the way to go. My absolute faves are Moaner and Kittens by Underworld. DJ Tiesto is also awesome to get the heart rate up.

Current workout playlist includes Sleepyhead by Passion Pit, The Space Dance (and many remixes) by Danny Tenaglia, a whole bunch of Underworld, Animal and Silvia by Miike Snow, Scott Hardkiss Report
Coach Nicole- any chance of making this into a collection that I can buy with 1 press of a button at iTunes??? Yes, you can call me lazy but it would be so FAST that way!!!! :-) Thanks for the great suggestions. Maybe I'll get my hubby to download them for me while I'm at school! Report
Dance music usually gets me moving quicker. Some of my faves:

September - Cry for You
Kim Leoni - Medicine
Deadmau5 - Ghosts n Stuff
& just about ANYTHING Daft Punk! Report
I use Journey's greatest hits and throw in "Don't Fight It" by Kenny Loggins and Steve Perry. I may have to add a few of the suggestions on here. Thanks! Report
Calypso is fun. But my new favorite band, Albanach, will make anyone's heart get moving. 1 set of bagpipes and 5 or 6 drummers. I heard them at the Estes Park Highland games and even the old people were really getting into them. Report
not my kinda work out music but thanks
I don't even know many of these performers : ) Report
For endurance activities like running or stationary bikes I like to listen to books on tape. I find when my mind is engaged I'm not counting every step and I enjoy my workout more. Report
Can anyone recommend a few good warm-up songs to add to the mix? Any genre would do :) Report
"Techno" music, (House, Techno, Trance etc) is by far the best music to work out to. Most of the songs are at 128 -140 beats per minute which is similar to your heart rate. If it's too New Age for ya at first eventhough most songs have vocals, you can start out with 90's classics like Snap, La Bouche, Ace of Base, Hattaway, Dee-lite, Real McCoy, Report
I use the soundtrack from "Grease". Warm up w/'hopelessly devoted to you', and at about 20-25 min you have 'hand jive' a 6 min kick butt song. I do skip the 'blue moon songs (2 of them) and 'beauty school drop out'. If you do that you will get slow, fast, slow, fast etc. Hound dog (just before hand jive) is fast but i decrease my resistance on the elliptical and then increase both it and my speed for hand jive. cool down to 'freddy my love'.

if i work out for an hour, I move on to ABBA Gold--altho most of their songs are fast, they have slow parts, then sprints during the fast and furious.
Music is the only thing that will make me work out!!

I'm not a huge Foo Fighters fan, but there is something about "All My Life" tempo & lyrics that is the perfect workout song:

Hey, don't let it go to waste
I love it but, I hate that taste
Weight keeping me down

All my life I've been searching for somethin
Somethin never comes, never leads to nothin
Nothin satisfies, but I'm gettin close
Closer to the prize at the end of the rope

Also love "Stronger," Daft Punk and Kanye West both have versions. Report
Kill Joy by Nerd is Perfect. its 6 Minutes long and it helps with that last mile.... trust me. Report
Can anyone come up with a nice jazzy country song list for workouts and running? Report
Yay! New work out music. Report
I like 80's pop to work out to - Rick Springfield - Love Somebody
Wham - Wake me up Before you Go and El Debarge - Who's Johnny
Also love High School Never Ends by Bowling for Soup