The FITNESS Top 100 Workout Songs of 2008
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The FITNESS Top 100 Workout Songs of 2008

Punch up your workout playlist -- and kick your butt into shape -- with the year's most motivating, rock-your-body workout music.

The Best Songs for Spinning

1. "Magic Touch" - Robin Thicke featuring Mary J. Blige

Robin Thicke & Mary J. Blige - Something Else (Deluxe Edition) - Magic Touch (Moto Blanco Remix) [Club Mix]

2. "Explode" - Uh Huh Her

Uh Huh Her - Common Reaction - Explode

3. "Closer" - Ne-Yo

Ne-Yo - Year of the Gentleman (Bonus Track Version) - Closer

4. "It's Not My Time" - 3 Doors Down

3 Doors Down - 3 Doors Down (Bonus Track Version) - It's Not My Time

5. "4 Minutes" - Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland

4 Minutes

6. "See You Again (Live)" - Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus - Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus (Best of Both Worlds In Concert) - See You Again

7. "So What" - Pink

P!nk - So What - Single - So What

8. "Use Somebody" - Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon - Only By the Night (Deluxe Version) - Use Somebody

9. "American Boy" - Estelle featuring Kanye West

Estelle & Kanye West - Shine - American Boy (feat. Kanye West)

10. "Green Light" - John Legend featuring Andre 3000

Green Light (feat.  Andre 3000)

11. "In the Ayer" - Flo Rida featuring will.I.am

Flo Rida - Mail On Sunday (Deluxe Version) - In the Ayer (feat. Will.I.am)

12. "Time to Pretend" - MGMT

MGMT - Oracular Spectacular - Time to Pretend

13. "Spotlight" - Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson - Jennifer Hudson (Bonus Track Version) - Spotlight

14. "Put On" - Young Jeezy featuring Kanye West

Young Jeezy & Kanye West - The Recession (Bonus Track Version) - Put On

15. "Dangerous" - Kardinal Offishall featuring Akon

Dangerous

16. "Addicted" - Saving Abel

Saving Abel - Saving Abel - Addicted

17. "Baby (Rock Remix)" - LL Cool J featuring Richie Sambora

LL Cool J - Exit 13 (Bonus Track Version) - Baby (Rock Remix) [feat. Richie Sambora]

18. "Swagga Like Us" - Jay-Z & T.I. featuring Kanye West & Lil Wayne

Jay-Z & T.I. - Swagga Like Us (feat. Kanye West & Lil Wayne) - Single - Swagga Like Us (feat. Kanye West & Lil Wayne)

19. "Trainwreck" - Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato - Don't Forget - Trainwreck

20. "La Femme Parallel" - Thievery Corporation featuring LouLou

Thievery Corporation - Radio Retaliation - La Femme Parallel (feat. LouLou)

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21. "The Shock of the Lightning" - Oasis

Oasis - Dig Out Your Soul - The Shock of the Lightning

22. "Forever" - Chris Brown

Chris Brown - Forever - Single - Forever

23. "My Apocalypse" - Metallica

Metallica - Death Magnetic - My Apocalypse

24. "Damaged" - Danity Kane

Danity Kane - Welcome to the Dollhouse - Damaged

25. "Boots of Chinese Plastic" - The Pretenders

Pretenders - Break Up the Concrete (Bonus Track Version) - Boots of Chinese Plastic

26. "Womanizer" - Britney Spears

Britney Spears - Circus (Deluxe Version) - Womanizer

27. "Disturbia" - Rihanna

Rihanna - Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded - Disturbia

28. "I Don't Care" - Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy - Folie a Deux (Deluxe Version) - I Don't Care

29. "The Right Life (Tiesto Remix)" - Seal

Seal - The Right Life (Remixes) - EP - The Right Life (Tiesto Remix Edit)

30. "Gettin' Up" - Q-Tip

Q-Tip - The Renaissance - Gettin' Up

31. "Shawty Get Loose" - Lil Mama featuring Chris Brown & T-Pain

Lil Mama - Shawty Get Loose (feat. T-Pain & Chris Brown) - Single - Shawty Get Loose

32. "Psychosocial" - Slipknot

Slipknot - All Hope Is Gone (Special Edition) - Psychosocial

33. "Going Wrong" - Armin van Buuren with DJ Shah featuring Chris Jones

Armin Van Buuren & DJ Shah - Going Wrong (feat. Chris Jones) - Going Wrong

34. "Dreams" - Buckcherry

Buckcherry - Black Butterfly (Deluxe Version) - Dreams

35. "About a Girl" - The Academy Is...

The Academy Is... - Fast Times At Barrington High - About a Girl

36. "A Milli" - Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III - A Milli

37. "Universal Mind Control" - Common

Common - Universal Mind Control - Universal Mind Control (UMC)

38. "Feedback" - Janet Jackson

Janet - Discipline - Feedback

39. "I Kissed a Girl" - Katy Perry

Katy Perry - I Kissed a Girl - Single - I Kissed a Girl

40. "Something Is Not Right with Me" - Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids - Loyalty to Loyalty - Something Is Not Right With Me

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41. "Dreamin' of You" - Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan - The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs - Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 - Dreamin' of You

42. "Come on Over" - Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson - Come On Over - Single - Come On Over

43. "Not Now But Soon" - Imogen Heap

Imogen Heap - Not Now But Soon - Single - Not Now But Soon

44. "Lights Out" - Santogold

Santogold - Santogold - Lights Out

45. "Ooh Yeah" - Moby

Moby - Last Night - Ooh Yeah

46. "It's Amazing" - Jem

Jem - Sex and the City (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - It's Amazing

47. "Mercy" - Duffy

Duffy - Rockferry - Mercy

48. "Burnin' Up" - Jonas Brothers

Jonas Brothers - Burnin' Up - Single - Burnin' Up

49. "100 Yard Dash" - Raphael Saadiq

Raphael Saadiq - The Way I See It - 100 Yard Dash

50. "Pocketful of Sunshine" - Natasha Bedingfield

Natasha Bedingfield - Pocketful of Sunshine - Pocketful of Sunshine

51. "Crush" - David Archuleta

David Archuleta - Crush - Single - Crush

52. "Leavin'" - Jesse McCartney

Jesse McCartney - Departure - Leavin'

53. "Sandcastle Disco" - Solange

Solange - Sol-Angel & the Hadley St. Dreams - Sandcastle Disco

54. "Shut Up and Let Me Go" - The Ting Tings

The Ting Tings - Shut Up and Let Me Go - Single - Shut Up and Let Me Go

55. "Take You There" - Donnie Klang featuring P. Diddy

Donnie Klang - Just a Rolling Stone - Take You There (feat. P. Diddy)

56. "We Break the Dawn" - Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams - We Break the Dawn - Single - We Break the Dawn

57. "Keeps Gettin' Better" - Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera - Keeps Gettin' Better - Single - Keeps Gettin' Better

58. "Strange Overtones" - David Byrne & Brian Eno

David Byrne & Brian Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today - Strange Overtones

59. "Love Is Noise" - The Verve

The Verve - Forth - Love Is Noise

60. "Energy" - Keri Hilson

Keri Hilson - Energy - Single - Energy

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61. "Viva La Vida" - Coldplay

Coldplay - Viva la Vida - Viva la Vida

62. "Touch My Body" - Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey - E=MC2 - Touch My Body

63. "Bleeding Love" - Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love - Single - Bleeding Love

64. "Human" - The Killers

The Killers - Day & Age (Deluxe Version) - Human

65. "U Want Me 2" - Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan - Closer - The Best of Sarah McLachlan (Deluxe Version) - U Want Me 2

66. "Slipped Dissolved and Loosed" - Lambchop

Lambchop - Oh (Ohio) [Bonus Track Version] - Slipped Dissolved and Loosed

67. "Chemtrails" - Beck

Beck - Modern Guilt - Chemtrails

68. "Special Place" - Rootz Underground

Rootz Underground - Movement - Special Place

69. "Girls Around the World" - Lloyd featuring Lil Wayne

Lloyd & Lil Wayne - Girls Around the World - Single - Girl's Around the World

70. "Let's Love" - Matthew Sweet

Matthew  Sweet - Sunshine Lies (Deluxe Version) - Let's Love

71. "Right Hand on My Heart" - The Whigs

The Whigs - Mission Control - Right Hand On My Heart

72. "Not That Big" - Temposhark featuring Imogen Heap

Temposhark - The Invisible Line - Not That Big

73. "Without You" - Shawn Hlookoff

Shawn Hlookoff - Without You - Single - Without You

74. "One for the Cutters" - The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady - Stay Positive - One for the Cutters

75. "Believe" - Staind

Staind - Believe - Single - Believe

76. "Click Click Click" - New Kids on the Block

New Kids On the Block - The Block (Deluxe Version) - Click Click Click

77. "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" - Darius Rucker

Darius Rucker - Don't Think I Don't Think About It - Single - Don't Think I Don't Think About It

78. "Waterfall" - James

James - Hey Ma - Waterfall

79. "Great Day" - Lindsey Buckingham

Lindsey Buckingham - Gift of Screws - Great Day

80. "Ghost Under Rocks" - Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot - The Rhumb Line - Ghost Under Rocks

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81. "Reckoner" - Radiohead

Radiohead - In Rainbows - Reckoner

82. "River (Live Version)" - Sara Bareilles

Sara Bareilles - River (Live) - Single - River

83. "Light On" - David Cook

David Cook - David Cook - Light On

84. "Chasing Pavements" - Adele

ADELE - 19 - Chasing Pavements

85. "Live Like You're Dying" - Lenka

Lenka - Lenka - Live Like You're Dying

86. "Kissing" - Bliss

Bliss - Sex and the City (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Kissing

87. "Free Fallin' (Live)" - John Mayer

John Mayer - Where the Light Is - John Mayer Live In Los Angeles - Free Fallin' (Live)

88. "A&E" - Goldfrapp

Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree - A&E

89. "I'm Yours" - Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz - We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things - I'm Yours

90. "Love Remains the Same" - Gavin Rossdale

Gavin Rossdale - Wanderlust - Love Remains the Same

91. "Temporary Lighthouses" - Morley

Morley - Seen - Temporary Lighthouses

92. "Ishq-Love and the Veil" - Niyaz

Niyaz - Nine Heavens - Ishq - Love and the Veil

93. "Azul" - Natalia Clavier

Natalia Clavier - Hed Kandi: Serve Chilled - Azul

94. "Remember November" - Juliana Hatfield

Juliana Hatfield - How to Walk Away - Remember November

95. "Love Story" - Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift - Fearless - Love Story

96. "Fall for You" - Secondhand Serenade

Secondhand Serenade - A Twist In My Story (Bonus Track Version) - Fall for You

97. "Need U Bad" - Jazmine Sullivan

Jazmine Sullivan - Fearless - Need U Bad

98. "Do You Believe Me Now" - Jimmy Wayne

Jimmy Wayne - Do You Believe Me Now - Do You Believe Me Now

98. "Jai Bhavani" - Cheb i Sabbah

Cheb i Sabbah - Devotion - Jai Bhavani

99. "Saracen (Eye of Horus Vocal Mix)" - Jef Stott

Jef Stott - Saracen - Saracen (Eye of Horus Vocal Mix)

100. "If I Were a Boy" - Beyonce

Beyonce - I Am... Sasha Fierce (Deluxe Version) - If I Were a Boy

 
THE EXPERT "DJs"

Michele Olson,* PhD, professor of exercise science at Auburn University Montgomery; Mark Jenkins, celebrity fitness trainer and lifestyle coach; Jillian Michaels, health expert and trainer on NBC's The Biggest Loser; Bethany Lyons, group fitness manager at Crunch in New York City; Lacey Stone, New York City-based fitness expert and founder of Lacey Stone Fitness; Amie Hoff, personal trainer at New York Sports Clubs in New York City; Rudy Reyes, personal trainer and star of Generation Kill on HBO; Tracy Mernin, Amy Gantwerk, and Sarah Mularz, private trainers at The Sports Club/LA in Boston; Jari Love,* star of the workout DVD series Get Ripped!; Jackie Warner, star of Work Out on Bravo TV; Eric Paskel, creator of the Xflowsion workout; Jade Alexis,* instructor at Reebok Sports Club/NY and Equinox Fitness Club in New York City; Marc Santa Maria, regional group fitness director at Crunch in New York City; Jennifer Romanini, assistant fitness manager at The Sports Club/LA in San Francisco; Gia-Ninh Chuang, group fitness manager at Equinox Fitness Club in Vienna, Virginia; Derek Beres, music journalist, DJ, and fitness instructor at Pure Yoga in New York City; Jay Blahnik, fitness expert for MSNBC.com and author of Full-Body Flexibility; Ellen Barrett, creator of the Yogini Workout DVD; Patrick Goudeau, Nike Elite Fitness Trainer
*FITNESS advisory board member

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, January 2009.

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