Ultimate Workout Playlist (60 Songs)

I’m a huge proponent of using music in your workouts to help get you going.  Even on my most low energy, depressed days, when I’m literally dragging myself to the gym or park with a head full of self-talk like, “Just WALK for 15 minutes- you don’t have to run or lift weights.” If, when I get there, I put my ipod on, after a few minutes, I can’t help but start running or working out harder.  Like music magic.

Lyrics, tempo, beat, and rhythm get me in the mood to work out.  I like booty-shakin’ music, R&B, Christian Pop, and a little rock-n-roll.  Below are the top 60 songs currently on my “Work Out” Playlist.

To get me moving or start the workout I love to hear Good Morning” by Mandisa & Toby Mac.

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When it’s time to lift heavy weights on squats, Sober” by Pink is great because it’s a little slower (which is how I like to do squats, and I feel like it makes me dig deep).
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In the groove and feeling good?

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If you’re working out some emotional stuff, going through a heartbreak, or life is just generally shitty, here are a few songs to give you some encouragement.

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Overcomer” by Mandisa (I added the lyrics to the whole song because it’s so perfect.)

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Ready to cool down and stretch?  You & I” by Lada GaGa starts with a great slower tempo.

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Let’s share.  What are your favorite songs to workout to?  
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  1. August 28, 2013 / 3:27 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this list!!!

    I find music really helps me move as well and like you I also like booty shaking music. To be honest, I've been slacking a little lately and am thinking I will download the songs on this list that I don't have and create a workout list to move to.

    Thank you for the motivation, from both me and my favorite jogging partner (my dog).

    • August 28, 2013 / 3:38 am

      I love running with dogs! Booty shakers unite! 🙂

  2. August 28, 2013 / 11:18 am

    I have become a Pandora addict when working out. I have several different stations that I alter between to keep me motivated. My current favorite is the workout power hits. Its a fun mix of old school and new songs.

    • August 28, 2013 / 6:09 pm

      I hear Pandora is great.

  3. August 28, 2013 / 12:12 pm

    Great list! One of my favorites, ESPECIALLY on cardio days is Eminem's 'Till I Collapse. The lyrics keep me going when I want to stop. 😛 "'Cause sometimes you just feel tired, Feel weak, and when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up. But you gotta search within you, you gotta find that inner strength And just pull that sh*t out of you and get that motivation to not give up And not be a quitter, no matter how bad you wanna just fall flat on your face and collapse."

    • August 28, 2013 / 6:10 pm

      Love those lyrics- perfect for working out!

    • March 6, 2014 / 4:57 pm

      Another good Eminem that makes you wanna work them glutes is "a** like that" definitely makes you wanna dance & move!!

  4. August 28, 2013 / 1:02 pm

    Other than the Adele songs on your list, u have the same songs/albums as me (I have a lot of fall out boy tho -my fav when running). Great playlist!

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    August 28, 2013 / 1:33 pm

    Love this list Megan! I love to end a really tough workout with stretching to Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangster but he Geto Boys 😉 And I'm really loving Katy Perry's new song Roar for running to

    • August 28, 2013 / 6:11 pm

      oh yeah, Roar is awesome!

  6. August 28, 2013 / 1:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing Megan! I plan to get back into a routine of walking/running on my treadmill or riding my bike. This is fantastic!!

    • August 28, 2013 / 6:11 pm

      Music helps for sure!

  7. August 28, 2013 / 3:57 pm

    Great list! My favorite workout song is "All I Do Is Win" DJ Khaled. I always feel like a bad a$$ when it comes on my iPod.

    • August 28, 2013 / 6:12 pm

      You should feel like a badass when you're working out! Strong!

  8. September 4, 2013 / 5:50 pm

    Thanks for a list of great ideas! My current favorites are "Love Me Again" by John Newman and "Wake Me Up" by Avicii. I found your blog a few months ago and thanks to your recommendation, I'm halfway through Jamie Eason's program. I've always worked out and been at a healthy weight but now everything feels so "tight" and toned! Thanks for all the info:)

  9. May 18, 2014 / 10:44 pm

    Thanks for your blog, I am excited to dive into it a little more! Keep up the great work – you look amazing!

  10. July 19, 2018 / 2:31 am

    Thanks for the list of songs. Thanks

    • August 26, 2018 / 9:02 am

      Of course!

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