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Favorite Workout Music

October 14, 2011

Are you like me, always looking for new energy and antidotes to boredom from your workout music? I’ve trolled through Genius recommendations and mixes on iTunes, scoured dozens of playlists on women’s magazine websites, listened to a few workout stations on Pandora, and asked friends for ideas on Facebook. I still don’t have as awesome of a collection as I want, but here are my favorites so far, plus more of an explanation of Pandora if you (like me three days ago) haven’t yet realized how great it can be for the gym. Please feel free to share your top workout songs in the comments section! I’d love to hear what works best for you!

Favorite Workout Music

Payphone – Maroon 5

Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5

Secrets – OneRepublic

Blow – Ke$ha

Drive By – Train

Paralyzer – Finger Eleven

Till the World Ends – Britney Spears

Rolling in the Deep – Adele

Set Fire to the Rain – Adele

I Wanna Go – Britney Spears

You and I – Lady Gaga

Telephone – Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce

Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira

Radio Nowhere – Bruce Springsteen

Meet Me Halfway – Black Eyed Peas

Dynamite – Taio Cruz

Break Your Heart – Taio Cruz

Country Girl (Shake It For Me) – Luke Bryan

Poker Face – Lady Gaga

She Wolf – Shakira

Circus (Villains Remix) – Britney Spears

Replay (Ruff Loadez Club Mix) – Iyaz

Forever – Chris Brown

Firework – Katy Perry

Raise Your Glass – P!ink

Sweet Dreams – Beyonce

Never Gonna Leave This Bed – Maroon 5

Paparazzi – Lady Gaga

See You Again – Miley Cyrus

I Do Not Hook Up – Kelly Clarkson

The Way I Are – Timbaland

So What? – P!nk

Over My Head (Cable Car) – The Fray

Shattered (Turn the Car Around) – O.A.R.

Hands Open – Snow Patrol

Is It Any Wonder? – Keane

Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People

My Love – Justin Timberlake

LoveGame – Lady Gaga

Can’t Stop – Maroon 5

The Edge of Glory – Lady Gaga

Hot N Cold – Katy Perry

How Far We’ve Come – Matchbox Twenty

Chicago is So 2 Years Ago – Fall Out Boy

Pocketful of Sunshine – Natasha Bedingfield

Forever Road – Darius Rucker

She’s So California – Gary Allan

Days Go By – Keith Urban

As If – Sara Evans

Elevation – U2

3 – Britney Spears

Womanizer – Britney Spears

Toxic – Britney Spears

Be With You – Enrique Iglesias

Escape – Enrique Iglesias

So, like I was saying, recently my workouts have been revolutionized. It used to be that I slogged through my playlist, which I had long since memorized. Often I got bored and had to talk myself out of going home early. But now I have a great weapon in the fight against workout boredom: Pandora.

I know what you are thinking: Sharon, are you the last person on earth to discover Pandora? In all fairness, I knew about it before now, I just never really utilized it. But in case there are a few people out there who might benefit from this post, I am writing about it.

I never really harnessed Pandora’s power before, because I can’t listen to music at work very often and at home I usually rely on my iPod. But then I discovered that it has a whole genre dedicated to workout music, with a dozen different stations, such as Pop Fitness, Yoga Workout, Dance Cardio, Pop and Hip Hop Power Workout, and Country Fitness.

Once you choose your station, you give thumbs up or thumbs down to each song that plays and Pandora uses your feedback to tailor the station to your preferences. (Just be warned- you can only skip a certain number of songs before you lose the privilege of skipping. So now I only skip when I really don’t want to listen to something.) My gym and apartment both have wi-fi, so I’m able to use the Pandora app on my iPhone, iPod touch, or computer whichever place I’m working out. I am always wondering what song is about to come up, which makes me want to workout longer. When I hear something I really like, I look it up on iTunes and download it to add to the playlist above, which I can use when I feel like my favorites or when I don’t have access to wi-fi. You can also create a “station” based on one song- Pandora serves up songs that are similar to that one and you give thumbs up or down to each. Sometimes I’ll do that with a workout song that I am particularly fond of at the moment.

Like I mentioned above, if you have favorite songs for your workouts, please post them in a comment, or direct me to the place where you found them. I would love to hear what other people are using and get some fresh ideas! Hope this list was helpful and at least a few of the songs suit your tastes!

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katie September 14, 2012 at 11:51 am

i love pandora but never knew it had workout playlists.
again, thanks for a great suggestion.
katie

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granolagrits September 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Yay, so glad that is helpful! When I wrote this, I was totally afraid that everyone would already know that and I was really late to the party. :) So happy to have shared something helpful! Thank you for visiting, glad to hear from you!

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Krista February 21, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Thanks for the info on pandora! Heard of it briefly but did not have any idea how it works! I’m going to check it out now

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