The FITNESS Top 100 Workout Songs
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The FITNESS Top 100 Workout Songs

Ever wonder what the professionals listen to when they're working out? We talked to top trainers across the country to find out.

AC/DC to Common

 

Here at FITNESS, we think the best thing about MP3 players is that no one can judge our dorky workout music -- what we listen to is just between us, our ears, and our feet. Until now.

The thing is, we needed inspiration. "Eye of the Tiger" just doesn't pack the same motivating punch it used to, and there's only so much Britney Spears one can take on the treadmill or the trails. So we decided to talk to the professionals -- the people who work out for a living. We asked top trainers across the country to share their workout playlists, and this is what they told us, in alphabetical order by artist.

P.S. Okay, we admit it, we still love "Eye of the Tiger," which is why it did make our final cut. Britney, however, was not so lucky.

"TNT" - AC/DC

"Walk This Way" - Aerosmith
Aerosmith - A Little South of Sanity - Walk This Way

"Dirty Little Secret" - The All-American Rejects
The All-American Rejects - Move Along - Dirty Little Secret

"So What'cha Want" - Beastie Boys
Beastie Boys - Check Your Head - So What'cha Want

"Loser" - Beck
Beck - Mellow Gold - Loser

"Crazy in Love" - Beyoncé
Beyoncé - Dangerously in Love - Crazy in Love

"Don't Phunk with My Heart" - Black Eyed Peas
Black Eyed Peas - Monkey Business - Don't Phunk With My Heart

"Wonderful Person" - Black Masses

"No More Drama" - Mary J Blige
Mary J. Blige - No More Drama - No More Drama

"You're Beautiful" - James Blunt
James Blunt - Back to Bedlam - You're Beautiful

"Under Pressure" - David Bowie
David Bowie & Queen - Best of Bowie - Under Pressure

"I Want Candy" - Bow Wow Wow
Bow Wow Wow - The Best of Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy

"Right Now" - Garth Brooks

"Gonna Make You Sweat" - C&C Music Factory
C+C Music Factory - C+C Music Factory: Super Hits - Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)

"We Belong Together" - Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey - The Emancipation of Mimi - We Belong Together

"Ridin'" - Chamillionaire
Chamillionaire & Krayzie Bone - The Sound of Revenge - Ridin'

"Since U Been Gone" - Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson - Breakaway - Since U Been Gone

"Feelin' Alright" - Joe Cocker
Joe Cocker - Joe Cocker: The Anthology - Feeling Alright

"Yellow" - Coldplay
Coldplay - Parachutes - Yellow

"Testify" - Common
Common - Be - Testify

Debra Cox to The Go-Go's

"Absolutely Not" - Debra Cox
Deborah Cox - The Morning After - Absolutely Not

"Dreams" - The Cranberries
The Cranberries - The Cranberries: Stars - The Best of 1992-2002 - Dreams

"She Sells Sanctuary" - The Cult
The Cult - Love - She Sells Sanctuary

"One More Time" - Daft Punk
Daft Punk - Discovery - One More Time

"Groove Is In the Heart" - Deee-Lite
Deee-Lite - The Very Best of Deee-Lite - Groove Is In the Heart

"Jumpin' Jumpin'" - Destiny's Child
Destiny's Child - The Writing's on the Wall - Jumpin', Jumpin'

"Whip It" - Devo
Devo - Freedom of Choice - Whip It

"Rio" - Duran Duran
Duran Duran - Rio - Rio

"Get Ur Freak On" - Missy Elliot
Missy Elliott - Miss E...So Addictive - Get Ur Freak On

"Lose Yourself" - Eminem
Eminem - 8 Mile - Lose Yourself

"Unspeakable Joy" - Kim English
Kim English - Unspeakable Joy - EP - Unspeakable Joy (Razor N Guido Remix)

"London Bridge" - Fergie
Fergie - The Dutchess (Bonus Tracks) - London Bridge

"In Da Club" - 50 cent
50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Tryin' - In da Club

"The Rockafeller Skank" - Fatboy Slim
Fatboy Slim - The Rockafeller Skank - EP - The Rockafeller Skank

"Happy" - Fischerspooner
Fischerspooner - Odyssey - Happy

"DOA" - Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters - In Your Honor - DOA

"Take Me Out" - Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out

"Hemorrhage (in My Hands)" - Fuel
Fuel - Something Like Human - Hemorrhage (In My Hands)

"Solsbury Hill" - Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel - Shaking the Tree - Sixteen Golden Greats - Solsbury Hill

"We Got the Beat" - The Go-Go's
The Go-Go's - Beauty and the Beat - We Got the Beat

Gorillaz to Madonna

"Feel Good Inc" - Gorillaz
Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc (Bonus Video Version) - Single - Feel Good Inc (Single Edit)

"Hair of the Dog" - Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses - The Spaghetti Incident? - Hair of the Dog

"The Love" - Sammy Hagar

"Numb/Encore" - Jay-Z and Linkin Park
Jay-Z & Linkin Park - MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups Presents: Collision Course - Numb / Encore - Exclusive - Numb / Encore

"Bonnie & Clyde" - JayZ and Beyoncé
Jay-Z & Beyoncé - The Bluprint - The Gift & The Curse - 03' Bonnie & Clyde

"I Love Rock 'n Roll" - Joan Jett
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'N Roll (Remastered) - I Love Rock 'N Roll

"Someone Saved My Life Tonight" - Elton John
Elton John - Elton John: The Greatest Hits 1970-2002 - Someone Saved My Life Tonight

"Pull Up to the Bumper" - Grace Jones
Grace Jones - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Grace Jones - Pull Up to the Bumper

"Touch the Sky" - Kanye West
Kanye West & Lupe Fiasco - Late Registration - Touch the Sky

"Mr. Brightside" - The Killers
The Killers - Hot Fuss - Mr. Brightside

"I Go To Work" - Kool Moe Dee

"Where Are We Runnin'" - Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz - Baptism - Where Are We Runnin'?

"Why" (remix) - Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox - Diva - Why

"Snap Yo Fingaz" - Lil Jon
Lil Jon featuring E-40 & Sean Paul - Snap Yo Fingers - Single - Snap Yo Fingers

"Rollin'" - Limp Bizkit
Limp Bizkit - Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water - Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)

"I Alone" - Live
Live - Throwing Copper - I Alone

"Mama Said Knock You Out" - LL Cool J
LL Cool J - All World - Greatest Hits - Mama Said Knock You Out

"8th World Wonder" - Kimberley Locke
Kimberley Locke - One Love - 8th World Wonder

"Everybody's Screaming" - Lost Prophets
Lostprophets - Liberation Transmission - Everybody's Screaming!!!

"Sorry" - Madonna
Madonna - Confessions On a Dance Floor - Sorry

Madonna to Rascal Flatts

"Ray Of Light" - Madonna
Madonna - Ray of Light - Ray of Light

"No Woman No Cry" - Bob Marley
Bob Marley - Legend - No Woman No Cry

"Harder to Breathe" - Maroon 5
Maroon 5 - Songs About Jane - Harder to Breathe

"For Whom the Bell Tolls" - Metallica
Metallica - Ride the Lightning (Bonus Tracks) - For Whom the Bell Tolls

"Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" - Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson - Off the Wall - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough

"We Are All Made of Stars" - Moby
Moby - 18 - We Are All Made of Stars

"This Is How We Do It" - Montell Jordan
Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It - This Is How We Do It

"Made You Look" - Nas
Nas - God's Son - Made You Look

"Ride Wit Me" - Nelly
Nelly featuring City Spud - Country Grammar - Ride Wit Me

"It's My Life" - No Doubt
No Doubt - No Doubt: The Singles 1992-2003 - It's My Life

"Ready, Steady, Go" - Paul Oakenfold
Oakenfold - Bunkka - Ready, Steady, Go

"The Way You Move" - Outkast
OutKast & Sleepy Brown - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below - The Way You Move

"Temperature" - Sean Paul
Sean Paul - The Trinity - Temperature

"Evenflow" - Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam - Rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991-2003) - Even Flow

"Runnin'" - Pharcyde
The Pharcyde - Labcabincalifornia - Runnin'

"Get the Party Started" - Pink
P!nk - M!ssundaztood - Get the Party Started

"When Doves Cry" - Prince
Prince - Purple Rain - When Doves Cry

"Hot Ride" - Prodigy
Prodigy - Hot Ride - EP - Hot Ride

"Don't Cha" - Pussycat Dolls
The Pussycat Dolls - PCD - Don't Cha

"Life Is a Highway" - Rascal Flatts
Rascal Flatts - Cars - Life Is a Highway

Real McCoy to Stevie Wonder

"Run Away" - Real McCoy
Real McCoy - Another Night - Run Away

"Pon de Replay (Hey Mr. DJ)" - Rihanna
Rihanna - Pon De Replay (Radio Edit) - Single - Pon de Replay

"It's the End of the World As We Know It" - R.E.M.
R.E.M. - Document - It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

"Eye of the Tiger" - Rocky soundtrack
Survivor - Rocky IV - Eye of the Tiger

"Start Me Up" - Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones - Jump Back: The Best of the Rolling Stones - Start Me Up

"The Seed" - The Roots
The Roots & Cody Chestnutt - Phrenology - The Seed (2.0)

"Love's Divine" - Seal
Seal - Seal IV - Love's Divine

"Sleepwalking" - Seven Mary Three
Seven Mary Three - The Economy of Sound - Sleepwalking

"Hips Don't Lie" - Shakira
Shakira - Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 - Hips Don't Lie (featuring Wyclef Jean)

"Cherub Rock" - Smashing Pumpkins
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream - Cherub Rock

"It's Beginning to Get to Me" - Snow Patrol
Snow Patrol - Eyes Open - It's Beginning to Get to Me

"Born to Run" - Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run - Born to Run

"Hollaback Girl" - Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani - Love, Angel, Music, Baby - Hollaback Girl

"Pump Up the Jam" - Technotronic
Technotronic - Pump Up the Jam - The Album - Pump Up the Jam

"SexyBack" - Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake featuring Timbaland - SexyBack - Single - SexyBack

"El Segundo" - A Tribe Called Quest
A Tribe Called Quest - Peoples' Instinctive Travels & the Paths of Rhythm - I Left My Wallet in El Segundo

"Mysterious Ways" - U2
U2 - Achtung Baby - Mysterious Ways

"Jump" - Van Halen
Van Halen - The Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1 - Jump

"Seven Nation Army" - White Stripes
The White Stripes - Elephant - Seven Nation Army

"Livin' for the City" - Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder - Stevie Wonder: The Definitive Collection - Living for the City

 

Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, September 2006.

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