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Girl Power: The Workout Playlist

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14 songs to fuel your workout -- by women, for women, about women, celebrating women.
Girl Power: The Workout Playlist

I'd been listening to my husband's workout music for two years when I finally decided to make my own workout playlist. He's got great taste in music, but his mix of workout songs was all wrong -- focused exclusively on a driving beat, with no attention to the emotions behind the lyrics. But some of his picks were perfectly positive and empowering, like "Good Luck," by the Basement Jaxx. And finally, after two years too long, I realized my entire workout playlist should be just that.

So here is the somewhat cheesy, but always energizing mix I came up with. It's a healthy combination of songs that celebrate women ("American Girl"), hate men ("You're So Vain"), and make you just want to be the best, better than all the rest. (Thank you, Tina.)

"American Girl" - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Greatest Hits - American Girl

"The Best" - Tina Turner
Tina Turner - Simply the Best - The Best

"Good Luck" - Basement Jaxx
Basement Jaxx & Lisa Kekaula - Kish Kash - Good Luck

"Dancing Queen" - ABBA
ABBA - ABBA - Gold - Greatest Hits - Dancing Queen

"You're So Vain" - Carly Simon
Carly Simon - Carly Simon: Clouds in My Coffee 1965-1995 - You're So Vain

"Just a Girl" - No Doubt
No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom - Just a Girl

"I Will Survive" - Gloria Gaynor
Gloria Gaynor - Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive: The Anthology - I Will Survive

"Freedom" - George Michael
George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice - Freedom

"Holiday" - Madonna
Madonna - Madonna - Holiday

"Fighter" - Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera - Stripped - Fighter

"Crazy in Love" - Beyonce
Beyoncé - Dangerously In Love - Crazy In Love

"Road Rage" - Catatonia
Catatonia - Equally Cursed and Blessed - Road Rage

"Like a Virgin" - Madonna
Madonna - Like a Virgin - Like a Virgin

"Glamorous" - Fergie (for your cool down)
Fergie - The Dutchess (Bonus Tracks Version) - Glamorous

 

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