100 Best Workout Songs
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100 Best Workout Songs

Put the boom-boom back in your zoom-zoom with these fresh playlist picks.

100 Best Workout Songs in the World

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The Best Hip-Hop Songs

Sweat-worthy rap and R&B workout songs (75 to 139 beats per minute)

"Find Your Love" - Drake (95 BPMs)

Find Your Love - Thank Me Later

"Got Your Back" - T.I., featuring Keri Hilson (75 BPMs)

Got Your Back (feat. Keri Hilson) - Got Your Back (feat. Keri Hilson) - Single

"Check It Out" - will.i.am and Nicki Minaj (129 BPMs)

Check It Out - Check It Out - Single

"2012 (It Ain't the End)" - Jay Sean, featuring Nicki Minaj (126 BPMs)

2012 (It Ain't the End) [feat. Nicki Minaj] - 2012 (It Ain't the End) [feat. Nicki Minaj] - Single

"Midnight Hour" - Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek, featuring Estelle (139 BPMs)

Midnight Hour (feat. Estelle) - Reflection Eternal: Midnight Hour (feat. Estelle) - Single

"In My Head" - Jason Derulo (108 BPMs)

In My Head - Jason Der?lo

"Who Dat" - J. Cole (90 BPMs)

Who Dat - Who Dat - Single

"Club Can't Handle Me" - Flo Rida, featuring David Guetta (127 BPMs)

Club Can't Handle Me (feat. David Guetta) [From

"Not Afraid" - Eminem (86 BPMs)

Not Afraid - Recovery

"DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love Again" - Usher, featuring Pitbull (118 BPMs)

DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love (feat. Pitbull) - DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love (feat. Pitbull) - Single

The Best Power-Up Songs

Power workout songs to pick up the pace (76 to 163 beats per minute)

"Break Your Heart" - Taio Cruz, featuring Ludacris (122 BPMs)

Break Your Heart - null

"Hot Mess" - Cobra Starship (120 BPMs)

Hot Mess - Hot Mess

"Gettin' Over You" - David Guetta, featuring Fergie and LMFAO (130 BPMs)

Gettin' Over You - Gettin' Over You (feat. Fergie & LMFAO) - EP

"Double Vision (Wiz Khalifa Mix)" - 3OH!3 (120 BPMs)

Double Vision (Wiz Khalifa Mix) - Double Vision - Single

"One Step at a Time" - Four Year Strong (163 BPMs)

One Step At a Time - Enemy of the World

"Power" - Kanye West (76 BPMs)

Power - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

"I Like It" - Enrique Iglesias, featuring Pitbull (129 BPMs)

I Like It (feat. Pitbull) - Euphoria

"Girls and Boys in School" - Neon Trees (120 BPMs)

Girls and Boys In School - Habits (Bonus Track Version)

"Hunted Down" - Soundgarden (83 BPMs)

Hunted Down - Telephantasm

"I Can Talk (French Horn Rebellion Remix)" - Two Door Cinema Club (163 BPMs)

I Can Talk (French Horn Rebellion Remix) - Kitsun? x Ponystep (Mixed by Jerry Bouthier)

The Best Dance Workout Songs

Bouncy beats that move your feet (115 to 130 beats per minute)

"California Gurls" - Katy Perry, featuring Snoop Dogg (125 BPMs)

California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg) - California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg) - Single

"22nd Century" - Kelis (130 BPMs)

22nd Century - Flesh Tone

"Red Light" - Alina (115 BPMs)

Red Light - Red Light - Single

"Morning After Dark" - Timbaland, featuring Nelly Furtado and SoShy (118 BPMs)

Morning After Dark (feat. Nelly Furtado & SoShy) - Shock Value II

"Only Girl (in the World)" - Rihanna (126 BPMs)

Only Girl (In the World) - Only Girl (In the World) - Single

"We No Speak Americano" - Yolanda Be Cool and DCUP (125 BPMs)

We No Speak Americano - We No Speak Americano - Single

"Lovers n' Fighters (Original Mix)" - Kruse & Nuernberg (124 BPMs)

Lovers N' Fighters (Original Mix) - Lovers N' Fighters - Single

"Commander" - Kelly Rowland, featuring David Guetta (125 BPMs)

Commander (feat. David Guetta) - Commander (feat. David Guetta) - Single

"Go Ape (Live from the Cherrytree House)" - Far East Movement (128 BPMs)

Go Ape (Live from The Cherrytree House) - Go Ape (Live from The Cherrytree House) - Single

"Hey, Hey (Vandalism Remix)" - Dennis Ferrer (128 BPMs)

Hey Hey (Vandalism Remix) - Hey Hey

Motivating Workout Songs

Motivating lyrics that stoke your session (89 to 148 beats per minute)

"Stronger Than" - Pete Yorn (115 BPMs)

Stronger Than - Pete Yorn

"King of Anything" - Sara Bareilles (118 BPMs)

King of Anything - Kaleidoscope Heart

"Impossible" - Shontelle (90 BPMs)

Impossible - null

"Rockstar 101" - Rihanna (140 BPMs)

Rockstar 101 - Rated R

"Take My Breath Away" - Michael W. Smith (126 BPMs)

Take My Breath Away - Wonder

"Waves of Change (Kaskade Mix)" - Samantha James (128 BPMs)

Waves of Change (Kaskade Mix) - dance.love

"Sure Fire Winners" - Adam Lambert (89 BPMs)

Sure Fire Winners - For Your Entertainment

"Secrets" - OneRepublic (148 BPMs)

Secrets - Waking Up

"Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" - Shakira, featuring Freshlyground (126 BPMs)

Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) [feat. Freshlyground] - Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) [feat. Freshlyground] - Single

"Forget You" - Cee Lo Green (128 BPMs)

Forget You - The Lady Killer

The Best Remixes

Music makeovers for any workout (100 to 152 beats per minute)

"Violet (Ospina and Oscar P Main Mix)" - Oscar P (124 BPMs)

Violet (Ospina and Oscar P Main Mix) - Violet

"Try Me (RAC Mix)" - Anoraak (131 BPMs)

Try Me (RAC Mix) - Try Me

"Sweet Disposition (Axwell Remix)" - The Temper Trap (129 BPMs)

Sweet Disposition (Axwell Remix) - Sweet Disposition - EP

"All the Right Moves (Danger Remix)" - OneRepublic (152 BPMs)

All the Right Moves (Danger Remix) - All the Right Moves (Remixes)

"Bulletproof (Tiborg Remix)" - La Roux (126 BPMs)

Bulletproof (Tiborg Remix) - The Gold - EP

"Dance Rock Shake Pop (Reydon Radio Remix)" - Jump Smokers (126 BPMs)

Dance Rock Shake Pop (Reydon Radio Remix) [feat. Alex Peace] - Dance Rock Shake Pop (Feat. Alex Peace) - EP (Remixes)

"Whole Lotta Love" - Santana, featuring Chris Cornell (100 BPMs)

Whole Lotta Love (feat. Chris Cornell) - Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time (Deluxe Version)

"Telephone (DJ Dan Extended Vocal Remix)" - Lady Gaga and Beyonce (126 BPMs)

Telephone (DJ Dan Extended Vocal Remix) - Telephone (The Remixes)

"Hard (Jody den Broeder Club Remix)" - Rihanna, featuring Jeezy (125 BPMs)

Hard (Jody den Broeder Club Remix) - Hard (The Remixes) [feat. Jeezy]

"Alejandro (Afrojack Remix)" - Lady Gaga (128 BPMs)

Alejandro (Afrojack Remix) - Alejandro (The Remixes)

The Best Yoga & Cool-Down Songs

Songs for stretches and asanas (52 to 126 beats per minute)

"Crimson" - Morcheeba (77 BPMs)

Crimson - Blood Like Lemonade

"Makyen Ghrir Allah" - EarthRise SoundSystem, featuring Hamid Boudali (85 BPMs)

Makyen Ghrir Allah Feat. Hamid Boudali (feat. Hamid Boudali) - The Yoga Sessions

"Tango Square" - Gotan Project (82 BPMs)

Tango Square - Tango 3.0 (Deluxe Version)

"Oxygene, Part IV" - Christian Prommer (116 BPMs)

Oxyg?ne, Pt. IV - Drumlesson Zwei (Bonus Track Version)

"I Am" - Christina Aguilera (55 BPMs)

I Am - Bionic

"Donde Esta" - Si*Se (96 BPMs)

Donde Esta - Gold - EP

"Chaos" - Taylor Eigsti (84 BPMs)

Chaos - Daylight at Midnight

"There Is XXXX (Within My Heart)" - You Say Party (126 BPMs)

There Is XXXX (Within My Heart) - XXXX (Deluxe Version)

"God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise" - Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs (64 BPMs)

God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise - God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise

"They Don't Want" - Electric Wire Hustle (52 BPMs)

They Don't Want - Electric Wire Hustle

The Best Songs for Strength Training

Tempos to help you crank out more reps (76 to 127 beats per minute)

"Misery" - Maroon 5 (103 BPMs)

Misery - Hands All Over

"On the Sly" - The Bamboos, featuring Kylie Auldist (111 BPMs)

On the Sly - On the Sly (feat. Kylie Auldist)- EP

"Stereo Love" - Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina (127 BPMs)

Stereo Love - Ultra Weekend 6

"Love the Way You Lie" - Eminem, featuring Rihanna (87 BPMs)

Love the Way You Lie (feat. Rihanna) - Recovery (Deluxe Edition)

"Ridin' Solo" - Jason Derulo (90 BPMs)

Ridin' Solo - Jason Der?lo

"Raise Your Glass" - Pink (122 BPMs)

Raise Your Glass - Raise Your Glass - Single

"Where There's Gold" - Small Sins (113 BPMs)

Where There's Gold - Pot Calls Kettle Black

"Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)" - Jazmine Sullivan (95 BPMs)

Holding You Down (Goin' In Circles) - Jazmine Sullivan

"Liquor Store Blues" - Bruno Mars, featuring Damian Marley (76 BPMs)

Liquor Store Blues (feat. Damian Marley) - Doo-Wops & Hooligans (Deluxe Version)

"Whataya Want from Me" Adam Lambert (93 BPMs)

Whataya Want from Me - For Your Entertainment (Deluxe Version)

Best Country Workout Songs

For some giddyup and go (72 to 124 beats per minute)

"Need You Now" - Lady Antebellum (106 BPMs)

Need You Now - Need You Now

"I Got Your Country Right Here" - Gretchen Wilson (95 BPMs)

I Got Your Country Right Here - I Got Your Country Right Here

"Mine" - Taylor Swift (122 BPMs)

Mine - Speak Now

"Shine" - Matt Stillwell (124 BPMs)

Shine - Shine Deluxe

"Undo It" - Carrie Underwood (75 BPMs)

Undo It - Play On

"Turn On the Radio" - Reba McEntire (123 BPMs)

Turn On the Radio - All the Women I Am

"Little White Church" - Little Big Town (107 BPMs)

Little White Church - The Reason Why

"Hillbilly Bone" - Blake Shelton, featuring Trace Adkins (72 BPMs)

Hillbilly Bone (feat. Trace Adkins) - Hillbilly Bone - EP

"Whistlin' Dixie" - Randy Houser (79 BPMs)

Whistlin' Dixie - Whistlin' Dixie - Single

"Rain Is a Good Thing" - Luke Bryan (108 BPMs)

Rain Is a Good Thing - Doin' My Thing

The Best Rock Workout Songs

Tunes to juice your stride (110 to 188 beats per minute)

"This Is War" - Thirty Seconds to Mars (160 BPMs)

This Is War - This Is War

"Dead End Friends" - Them Crooked Vultures (152 BPMs)

Dead End Friends - Them Crooked Vultures (Bonus Track Version)

"All In" - Lifehouse (140 BPMs)

All In - Smoke & Mirrors

"Cousins" - Vampire Weekend (177 BPMs)

Cousins - Cousins - Single

"1983" - Neon Trees (153 BPMs)

1983 - Habits (Bonus Track Version)

"Get It Right" - Authority Zero (188 BPMs)

Get It Right - Stories of Survival

"I Don't Wanna Dance" - Hey Monday (146 BPMs)

I Don't Wanna Dance - Beneath It All

"Elevator" - House of Heroes (141 BPMs)

Elevator - Suburba

"Left of Center" - Serj Tankian (160 BPMs)

Left of Center - Left of Center - Single

"(If You're Wondering If I Want You to) I Want You To" - Weezer (160 BPMs)

(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To - (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To - Single

The Best Workout Songs of All Time

Hit-the-gas chart toppers through the decades (104 to 176 beats per minute)

"Get Down Tonight" - KC and the Sunshine Band (113 BPMs)

Get Down Tonight - The Best of KC & The Sunshine Band

"Rock and a Hard Place" - The Rolling Stones (129 BPMs)

Rock and a Hard Place - Jump Back - The Best of the Rolling Stones '71-'93 (Remastered)

"Dancing with Myself" - Billy Idol (176 BPMs)

Dancing With Myself - Dancing With Myself (From the Motion Picture Mean Girls) - Single

"Eye of the Tiger" - Survivor (109 BPMs)

Eye of the Tiger - The Best of Survivor

"Burning Up" - Madonna (138 BPMs)

Burning Up - Madonna

"Beat It" - Michael Jackson (139 BPMs)

Beat It - Thriller

"Walk This Way" - Run-DMC (106 BPMs)

Walk This Way - Run-DMC: Greatest Hits

"Strike It Up" - Black Box (118 BPMs)

Strike It Up - Dreamland

"Seven Nation Army" - The White Stripes (124 BPMs)

Seven Nation Army - Elephant

"Stronger" - Kanye West (104 BPMs)

Stronger - Graduation

Build the Perfect Workout Playlist

Skip the musical roulette.

Instead of setting your MP3 player on shuffle, proactively build playlists that provide the right energy all the way through your workout.

Keep it fresh.

Pick one weekend a month to see what's new on the iTunes charts by your favorite artists and in your favorite genres so your playlist never goes stale.

Get in rhythm.

Studies have shown that listening to music that syncs with your movements provides a better workout than exercising without tunes. See how to match your grooves to your moves below.

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Beats per minute    Perfect for

160 and up    Running, jumping rope

140 to 160     Jogging, Spinning

125 to 140     Power walking, stair-climbing, elliptical

105 to 125     Walking, toning

60 to 115       Stretching, yoga, warming up

Meet Your DJs

We polled readers and leading fitness and music pros for the top tunes of 2010 -- and a few all-time faves -- to sweat to. Then we asked the producer of Motion Traxx workout music podcasts, Deekron, known as the Fitness DJ, to curate the most-thumping nominees into 10 kick-butt playlists. Our panel also included:

Derek Beres, DJ and yoga teacher for Pure Yoga in New York City; Amy Blackburn, star of the Dance Off the Inches: Country Line Dance DVD; Cat Chiarelli, instructor for Crunch gym in West Hollywood; Yomi Desalu, director of music and talent for mtvU; Karina Diaz-Acosta Mahmoud, fitness instructor for Gold's Gym Venice; Johnny Dynell, resident DJ for DavidBartonGym Chelsea in New York City; Neil Haislop, country music journalist and author; Sunwoo Hwang, DJ for celebrity trainers and CEO of Proof Social in San Francisco; Jeanette Jenkins, FITNESS advisory board member; Bianca Kosoy, senior creative director and resident DJ for Equinox Fitness Clubs in New York City; Marion Roaman, owner of Ride the Zone cycling studio in New York City; Ziggy Roman, club DJ based in Union City, New Jersey; Misty Tripoli, Nike Elite trainer

Originally published in FITNESS Magazine, January 2011.