The FITNESS Top 100 Workout Songs of 2009
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The FITNESS Top 100 Workout Songs of 2009

Build your playlist with our exclusive roundup of 2009's best rev-you-up tunes.

The Best Songs for Running, Cycling, Jumping Rope, and Dance

Reach your resolution -- and start building your playlist -- with our exclusive roundup of 2009's best rev-you-up tunes.

Bring It (160-plus beats per minute)

Best for running (5 mph or faster), cycling (a moderate 80 rpm and above), jumping rope, cardio dance

"Best I Ever Had" - Drake

Drake - So Far Gone - Best I Ever Had

"Run This Town" - Jay-Z, featuring Rihanna and Kanye West

Jay-Z - Run This Town (feat. Rihanna & Kanye West) - Single - Run This Town (feat. Rihanna & Kanye West)

"Obsessed" - Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey - Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel - Obsessed

"21 Guns" - Green Day

Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown (Deluxe Version) - 21 Guns

"Heard 'Em All" - Amerie

Amerie - In Love & War - Heard 'Em All

"Backwards Down the Number Line" - Phish

Phish - Joy (Deluxe Version) - Backwards Down the Number Line

"Relator" - Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson

Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson - Break Up - Relator

"I'm in Love with a Ripper" - YACHT

YACHT - See Mystery Lights - I'm In Love With a Ripper

"End Transmission" - AFI

AFI - Crash Love (Expanded Edition) - End Transmission

"American Ride" - Toby Keith

Toby Keith - American Ride - American Ride

"I Need a Girl" - Trey Songz

Trey Songz - Ready (Deluxe Version) - I Need a Girl

"Boombox" - Bassnectar

Bassnectar - Cozza Frenzy - Boombox

"Say Hey (I Love You)" - Michael Franti and Spearhead, featuring Cherine Anderson

Michael Franti & Spearhead - NOW That's What I Call Music, Vol. 32 - Say Hey (I Love You)

"Jumpin" - Jeremih

Jeremih - Jeremih - Jumpin

"Show Off" - Ginuwine

Ginuwine - A Man's Thoughts - Show Off

"Maybe This Time" - The Derek Trucks Band

The Derek Trucks Band - Already Free (Bonus Track Version) - Maybe This Time

"Kinda Like a Big Deal" - The Clipse, featuring Kanye West

The Clipse - Kinda Like a Big Deal (feat. Kanye West) - Single - Kinda Like a Big Deal

"Champion" - Ace Hood, Jazmine Sullivan, and Rick Ross

Ace Hood, Jazmine Sullivan & Rick Ross - Ruthless (Exclusive Edition) - Champion

"Right Here (Departed)" - Brandy

Brandy - Human (Deluxe Version) - Right Here (Departed)

"Fireflies" - Owl City

Owl City - Ocean Eyes - Fireflies

The Best Songs for Jogging, Elliptical, and Stairclimbing

In the Zone (140 to 160 beats per minute)

Best for jogging (4.5 to 5 mph), elliptical, stairclimbing

"The Trouble with Flying" - Orba Squara

Orba Squara - The Trouble With Flying - The Trouble With Flying

"Battlefield" - Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks - Battlefield (Deluxe Version) - Battlefield

"I Do Not Hook Up" - Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson - All I Ever Wanted (Deluxe Version) - I Do Not Hook Up

"Paragraphs of Love" - Ghostface Killah, Vaughn Anthony, and Estelle

Ghostface Killah, Vaughn Anthony & Estelle - Ghostdini Wizard of Poetry In Emerald City (Deluxe Version) - Paragraphs of Love

"Blue Jeans" - Jessie James

Jessie James - Jessie James - Blue Jeans

"Last to Know" - Three Days Grace

Three Days Grace - Life Starts Now - Last to Know

"Knock You Down" - Keri Hilson, Kanye West, and Ne-Yo

Keri Hilson, Kanye West & Ne-Yo - In a Perfect World... (Bonus Track Version) - Knock You Down

"Love Drunk" - Boys Like Girls

Boys Like Girls - Love Drunk - Single - Love Drunk

"Solo" - Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato - Here We Go Again - Solo

"Break Up" - Mario, featuring Gucci Mane and Sean Garrett

Mario - D.N.A. - Break Up

"One Time" - Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber - My World - One Time

"Welcome to the Future" - Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley - American Saturday Night (Bonus Track Version) - Welcome to the Future

"Something Is Squeezing My Skull" - Morrissey

Morrissey - Years of Refusal - Something Is Squeezing My Skull

"Pitkin County Turnaround" - Steve Martin

Steve Martin - The Crow - New Songs for the Five String Banjo - Pitkin County Turnaround

"Testimony" - The Phenomenal Handclap Band, featuring Aurelio Valle and Jaleel Bunton

The Phenomenal Handclap Band - The Phenomenal Handclap Band - Testimony (feat. Aurelio Valle & Jaleel Bunton )

"Get On Your Boots" - U2

U2 - No Line On the Horizon - Get On Your Boots

"IM Da Man of My City" - Popov

Popov - IM Da Man of My City - IM Da Man of My City

"Anywhere but Here" - Mayday Parade

Mayday Parade - Anywhere But Here (Deluxe Version) - Anywhere But Here

"Break Your Little Heart" - All Time Low

All Time Low - Nothing Personal (Bonus Track Version) - Break Your Little Heart

"Permanent Heartbreak" - The Friday Night Boys

The Friday Night Boys - Off the Deep End - Permanent Heartbreak

The Best Songs for Brisk Walking

Steady and Sweaty (125 to 140 beats per minute)

Best for brisk walking (3.5 to 4.5 mph), light elliptical or stairclimbing

"I Gotta Feeling" - The Black Eyed Peas

Black Eyed Peas - The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies) - I Gotta Feeling

"Big Green Tractor" - Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean - Wide Open - Big Green Tractor

"Smile" - Uncle Kracker

Uncle Kracker - Happy Hour (Deluxe Version) - Smile

"Uprising" - Muse

Muse - The Resistance - Uprising

"Lakeside" - BLK JKS

BLK JKS - Mystery - EP - Lakeside

"Down" - Jay Sean, featuring Lil Wayne

Jay Sean - All or Nothing (Bonus Track Version) - Down (feat. Lil Wayne)

"Fitz and the Dizzyspells" - Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird - Noble Beast - Fitz and the Dizzyspells

"When Love Takes Over" - David Guetta, featuring Kelly Rowland

David Guetta - When Love Takes Over (feat. Kelly Rowland) - Single - When Love Takes Over (feat. Kelly Rowland)

"Celebration" - Madonna

Madonna - Celebration - Single - Celebration

"3" - Britney Spears

Britney Spears - 3 - Single - 3

"I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" (More English Extended Mix) - Pitbull

Pitbull - I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) - EP - I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) [More English Extended Mix]

"Leave the World Behind" (Radio Edit) - Axwell, Ingrosso, Angello, and Laidback Luke

Axwell, Ingrosso, Angello & Laidback Luke - Leave the World Behind - EP - Leave the World Behind (Radio Edit)

"Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" - A.R. Rahman and the Pussycat Dolls, featuring Nicole Scherzinger

A. R. Rahman & The Pussycat Dolls - Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny) [feat. Nicole Scherzinger] - Single - Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny) [feat. Nicole Scherzinger]

"Fire Burning" - Sean Kingston

Sean Kingston - Fire Burning - Single - Fire Burning

"Last Forever" (Original Dub Mix) - Norman Doray and Tristan Garner, featuring Errol Reid

Norman Doray & Tristan Garner - Subliminal Sessions Summer 2009 (Mixed By Erick Morillo) - Last Forever (Original Dub Mix) [feat. Errol Reid]

"Beggin'" - Madcon

Madcon - Beggin' - Single - Beggin'

"Hundred Mile Stare" - Queensryche

Queensryche - American Soldier - Hundred Mile Stare

"Make Me" - Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson - Number Ones - Make Me

"I Get Lifted" - Eric Morillo

Eric Morillo - Ministry of Sound: Annual 2010 - I Get Lifted

"Dangerous Animals" - Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys - Humbug - Dangerous Animals

The Best Songs for Strength Training and Walking

Easy Does It (105 to 125 beats per minute)

Best for walking (3 to 3.5 mph), strength training

"Cowboy Casanova" - Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood - Play On - Cowboy Casanova

"Play My Cards for Me" - John Forte

John Forte - StyleFREE the EP - Play My Cards for Me

"Straight Through My Heart" - Backstreet Boys

Backstreet Boys - This Is Us (Deluxe Version) - Straight Through My Heart

"Honky Tonk Stomp" - Brooks & Dunn, featuring Billy Gibbons

Brooks & Dunn - #1s...and Then Some - Honky Tonk Stomp (feat. Billy Gibbons)

"Flashback" - Del the Funky Homosapien and Tame One

Del the Funky Homosapien & Tame One - Parallel Uni-Verses - Flashback

"Gettin' You Home" - Chris Young

Chris Young - Gettin' You Home - Single - Gettin' You Home

"Good Girls Go Bad" - Cobra Starship, featuring Leighton Meester

Cobra Starship - Hot Mess (Deluxe Version) - Good Girls Go Bad (feat. Leighton Meester)

"She Wolf" - Shakira

Shakira - She Wolf - Single - She Wolf

"Fallin' for You" - Colbie Caillat

Colbie Caillat - Breakthrough (Deluxe Version) - Fallin' for You

"The One" - Mary J. Blige, featuring Drake

Mary J. Blige - The One (feat. Drake) - Single - The One (feat. Drake)

"Border Reiver" - Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler - Get Lucky - Border Reiver

"I Ain't Hiding" - The Black Crowes

The Black Crowes - Before the Frost... Until the Freeze - I Ain't Hiding

"Calloway" (Instrumental Version) - Ricky Skaggs

Ricky Skaggs - Ricky Skaggs Solo Songs My Dad Loved - Calloway

"The Whale Song" - Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse - No One's First, and You're Next - The Whale Song

"1348" - Umphrey's McGee

Umphrey's McGee - Mantis (Bonus Track Version) - 1348

"Quiet Dog" - Mos Def

Mos Def - The Ecstatic - Quiet Dog

"Check My Brain" - Alice in Chains

Alice In Chains - Black Gives Way to Blue (Bonus Track Version) - Check My Brain

"The Only Child of Aergia" - Owen

Owen - New Leaves - The Only Child of Aergia

"Universal Mind Control (UMC)" - Common

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

"Dance Like Michael Jackson" - Far East Movement FM

Far East Movement FM - Animal - Dance Like Michael Jackson

The Best Songs for Yoga, Pilates, Warm-Ups, and Cooldowns

Zen Out (60 to 115 beats per minute)

Best for yoga, Pilates, warm-up, cooldown, stretches

"Lei Lei Ha" (Transglobal Underground Remix) - Watcha Clan

Watcha Clan - Diaspora Remixed - Lei Lei Ha

"Silencio" - Nelly Furtado and Josh Groban

Nelly Furtado & Josh Groban - Mi Plan - Silencio

"I Look to You" - Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston - I Look to You - I Look to You

"Pretty Wings" (Uncut) - Maxwell

Maxwell - Pretty Wings (Uncut) - Single - Pretty Wings (Uncut)

"Slow Light" - Moby

Moby - Wait for Me - Slow Light

"Only You Can Love Me This Way" - Keith Urban

Keith Urban - Defying Gravity - Only You Can Love Me This Way

"Pagan Poetry" - Bjork

Bjork - Vespertine - Pagan Poetry

"By Two's" - Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo - Popular Songs (Bonus Track Version) - By Two?s

"The End" - Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam - Backspacer - The End

"Call Your Name" - Daughtry

Daughtry - Leave This Town (Bonus Track Version) - Call Your Name

"Just Ain't Gonna Work Out" - Mayer Hawthorne

Mayer Hawthorne - Just Ain't Gonna Work Out - Single - Just Ain't Gonna Work Out

"Release" - Tom Sinclair

Tom Sinclair - Daydream Realms - Release

"Another World" - Antony and the Johnsons

Antony & The Johnsons - The Crying Light - Another World

"Oblivion" - Joshua Bell and Carel Kraayenhof

Joshua Bell & Carel Kraayenhof - At Home With Friends - Oblivion

"Stalemate" - Joss Stone with Jamie Hartman

Joss Stone - Colour Me Free! - Stalemate (with Jamie Hartman)

"African Velvet" - AIR

AIR - Love 2 (Deluxe Version) - African Velvet

"Who Says" - John Mayer

John Mayer - Battle Studies (Deluxe Version) - Who Says

"Rama" - Earthrise Sound System

Earthrise Sound System - Turntables On the Hudson Lunar New Year 4707 - Rama

"All Things Must Pass" - Yim Yames

Yim Yames - Tribute To - EP - All Things Must Pass

"Closer to the Bone" - Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson - Closer to the Bone (Bonus Track Version) - Closer to the Bone

Meet Our Mix Masters

Deekron, the Fitness DJ, producer of the free music podcast motiontraxx.com; Derek Beres, DJ and yoga instructor at Equinox Fitness Clubs in New York City; Jay Blahnik, fitness expert for msnbc.com; Patrick Goudeau, Nike Elite Fitness trainer; Mark Jenkins, celebrity trainer; Harley Pasternak, celebrity trainer; Lacey Stone, founder of Lacey Stone Fitness in New York City

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, January 2010.

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