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The FITNESS Top 100 Workout Songs of 2008

The Best Songs for Spinning

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

 

2. "Explode" - Uh Huh Her

 

3. "Closer" - Ne-Yo

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

7. "So What" - Pink

 

8. "Use Somebody" - Kings of Leon

 

9. "American Boy" - Estelle featuring Kanye West

 

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

 

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

 

12. "Time to Pretend" - MGMT

 

13. "Spotlight" - Jennifer Hudson

 

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

 

15. "Dangerous" - Kardinal Offishall featuring Akon

 

16. "Addicted" - Saving Abel

 

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

 

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

 

19. "Trainwreck" - Demi Lovato

 

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

 

The Best Songs for Running

21. "The Shock of the Lightning" - Oasis

 

22. "Forever" - Chris Brown

 

23. "My Apocalypse" - Metallica

 

24. "Damaged" - Danity Kane

 

25. "Boots of Chinese Plastic" - The Pretenders

 

26. "Womanizer" - Britney Spears

 

27. "Disturbia" - Rihanna

 

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

 

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

 

30. "Gettin' Up" - Q-Tip

 

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

 

32. "Psychosocial" - Slipknot

 

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

 

34. "Dreams" - Buckcherry

 

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

 

36. "A Milli" - Lil Wayne

 

37. "Universal Mind Control" - Common

 

38. "Feedback" - Janet Jackson

 

39. "I Kissed a Girl" - Katy Perry

 

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

 

The Best Songs for Walking

41. "Dreamin' of You" - Bob Dylan

 

42. "Come on Over" - Jessica Simpson

 

43. "Not Now But Soon" - Imogen Heap

 

44. "Lights Out" - Santogold

 

45. "Ooh Yeah" - Moby

 

46. "It's Amazing" - Jem

 

47. "Mercy" - Duffy

 

48. "Burnin' Up" - Jonas Brothers

 

49. "100 Yard Dash" - Raphael Saadiq

 

50. "Pocketful of Sunshine" - Natasha Bedingfield

 

51. "Crush" - David Archuleta

 

52. "Leavin'" - Jesse McCartney

 

53. "Sandcastle Disco" - Solange

 

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

 

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

 

56. "We Break the Dawn" - Michelle Williams

 

57. "Keeps Gettin' Better" - Christina Aguilera

 

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

 

59. "Love Is Noise" - The Verve

 

60. "Energy" - Keri Hilson

 

The Best Songs for Weight Training

61. "Viva La Vida" - Coldplay

 

62. "Touch My Body" - Mariah Carey

 

63. "Bleeding Love" - Leona Lewis

 

64. "Human" - The Killers

 

65. "U Want Me 2" - Sarah McLachlan

 

66. "Slipped Dissolved and Loosed" - Lambchop

 

67. "Chemtrails" - Beck

 

68. "Special Place" - Rootz Underground

 

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

 

70. "Let's Love" - Matthew Sweet

 

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

 

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

 

73. "Without You" - Shawn Hlookoff

 

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

 

75. "Believe" - Staind

 

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

 

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

 

78. "Waterfall" - James

 

79. "Great Day" - Lindsey Buckingham

 

80. "Ghost Under Rocks" - Ra Ra Riot

 

The Best Songs for Yoga

81. "Reckoner" - Radiohead

 

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

 

83. "Light On" - David Cook

 

84. "Chasing Pavements" - Adele

 

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

 

86. "Kissing" - Bliss

 

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

 

88. "A&E" - Goldfrapp

 

89. "I'm Yours" - Jason Mraz

 

90. "Love Remains the Same" - Gavin Rossdale

 

91. "Temporary Lighthouses" - Morley

 

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

 

93. "Azul" - Natalia Clavier

 

94. "Remember November" - Juliana Hatfield

 

95. "Love Story" - Taylor Swift

 

96. "Fall for You" - Secondhand Serenade

 

97. "Need U Bad" - Jazmine Sullivan

 

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

 

98. "Jai Bhavani" - Cheb i Sabbah

 

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

 

100. "If I Were a Boy" - Beyonce

 

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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