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100 Workout Songs for Your iPod

I went running today (just a little… mixed in with my morning walk) for the first time in a long time.  It felt great.   Here are the songs on my high impact cardio playlist… either for running, or elliptical or bike or walking anything else cardio.

You may or may not have my taste in music.  I like quite the variety.  I’m an 80’s band- freak so there’s a little of that in there.  I have a 10 year old, so there are a few current hits that I happen to enjoy.  And I’ve always loved The Offspring and the alternative, hard-core fast beat of most of their songs.

Starting with my current favorite song… and then in no particular order after that, here are 100 workout songs for your iPod.

All of these are pretty fast paced for running or high impact cardio:
Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO
Just Wanna Run by The Downtown Fiction
Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes
I Like It Like That by Hot Chelle Rae
Good Feeling by Flo Rida
You Can Still Rock in America by Night Ranger
We’ll Be Alright by Travie McCoy
Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner by Fall Out Boys
Cool for Cats by Squeeze
Pump It by The Black Eyed Peas
How Far We’ve Come by Matchbox Twenty
Only a Lad by Oingo Boingo
Why Can’t I Be Like You by The Cure
Working for the Weekend by Loverboy
Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me For Me) by Blessid
Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne
Rockstar by Nickelback
We’re Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister
Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5
Where Them Girls At by David Guetta, Flor Rida & Nicki Minaj
The Time (Dirty Bit) by The Black Eyed Peas
All Along by The Offspring
Like a G-6 by Far East Movement
S&M By Rihanna
Right Round by Flo Rida
On the Floor by Jennifer Lopez
Tonight Tonight by Hot Chelle Rae
The Edge of Glory by Lady Ga Ga
Super Bass by Nicki Minaj
Don’t Wanna Go Home by Jason Derulo
Magic by B.O.B
One Fine Day by The Offspring
I Like It by Enrique Iglesias
Mr. Saxobeat by Alexandra Stan
Faster by Matt Nathanson
Walla Walla by The Offspring
Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO
Don’t Phunk With My Heart by The Black Eyed Peas
No Brakes by The Offspring
Buzzin’ by Mann
Super Freak by Rick James
Check Yes Juliet by We the Kings
Rise and Fall by The Offspring
Hey Baby by Pitbull
Come Out Swinging by The Offspring
Where Are We Runnin by Lenny Kravitz
The Rockafeller Skank by Fatboy Slim

Not quite as fast-paced, but I still love to run to these too:
Lose Yourself by Eminem
Gonna Make You Sweat by C&C Music Factory
Hot Blooded by Foreigner
I Ran by Flock of Seagulls
Rehab by Amy Winehouse
Police and Thieves by The Clash
No One Like You by The Scorpions
Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leppard
All Right Now by Free
Nothin’ But a Good Time by Poison
Price Tag by Jessie J
Pocketful of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield
Rhythm of Love by Plain White T’s
Written in the Stars by Tinie Tempah
Rock and Roll All Night by Kiss
All the Small Things by Blink 182
Hey Soul Sister by Train
Don’t Trust Me by 3OH!3
What the Hell by Avril Lavigne
DJ Got Us Fallin in Love Again by Usher
The Stroke by Billy Squier
Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People
Cheers (Drink to That) by Rihanna
You Make Me Feel by Cobra Starship
Keep Your Head Up by Andy Grammar
Rumour Has It by Adele
Jump by Van Halen
Centerfold by J Geils Band
Just Dance by Lady Ga Ga
I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas
I’ll Wait by Van Halen
Dirty Little Secret by The All American Rejects
All the Right Moves by One Republic
Rocketeer by Far East Movement
Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’ by Journey
Bring Me to Life by Evanescence
Somewhere Only We Know by Hopes and Fears
Bad by The Cab
Come Sail Away by Styx
Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
Good Life by One Republic
If I Die Young by The Band Perry
Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
Lighters by Bad Meets Evil
Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri
Space Cowboy by The Steve Miller Band
Oh Darling by Plug In Stereo
Don’t You Want Me by Human League
Amazing by Bruno Mars
What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction
(I Just) Died in Your Arms by Cutting Crew
Bad Case of Lovin’ You by Robert Palmer

If you’ve got a favorite workout song that did not make my list, please share! It’s always great to hear more recommendations…


  1. postedOct 20, 2011 12:28 PM
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    Great list. I need to update my playlists…really.badly.

  2. postedOct 20, 2011 12:58 PM
  3. postedOct 20, 2011 1:42 PM

    Everybody Got Their Something, by Nikka Costa

  4. postedOct 20, 2011 2:26 PM

    I LOVE that you shared these. I am in desperate need of updating my tunes for running. Congrats on getting a run in.

  5. postedOct 20, 2011 8:28 PM

    You have me at a disadvantage; two actually.

    The first is I never, you read that right, never workout. As a matter of fact when I need to run across a street to avoid being hit by a moving vehicle, my body can’t remember how to start.

    The second is I do not recognize any of those tunes by their names. Maybe if you hum a few bars of each …

  6. postedOct 20, 2011 11:22 PM

    I’m Latin and 45 with a 13 year old girl so my list is varied (as in oldies, disco, latin) lol.. but a couple of mine (for walking): “Another ChaCha”- Santa Esmeralda, “Tweedly Dee” – Laverne Baker (I think) – “Please don’t stop the music” Rhianna.
    Btw, just found your website looking for pumpkin snickerdoodles. I’m going to try your recipe this weekend. Thank you. 🙂

  7. postedOct 21, 2011 5:31 AM

    Nice list! Add Elevation by U2.

  8. postedOct 21, 2011 9:31 AM

    Great list! I also love “No Sleep Tonight” by The Faders and “Anthem” by Superchick. Gotta have the girl power!!!

  9. postedOct 22, 2011 2:29 AM

    Run Like Hell – Pink Floyd

  10. postedOct 22, 2011 4:21 PM

    “Pretender” by the Foo Fighters and “Walk Like an Egyptian” are really fun to run to as well.

    Great list! Thanks.

  11. postedOct 25, 2011 7:01 PM

    Love this post Lori! I’m always looking for workout music to get me motivated. Great list!!

  12. postedOct 27, 2011 7:36 AM

    I really like running to “house music”- my favorites right now are by Pretty Lights- “Finally Moving” and “Hot Like Sauce” are AWESOME. Also “I Can’t Stop” by Flux Pavilion

  13. postedOct 27, 2011 5:24 PM
    Meg @ Sweet Twist

    What an awesome list….I will have to make note of these for my runs.

  14. postedOct 31, 2011 10:52 AM

    This list could not have come at a better time! I’m running my first marathon on Saturday & desperately needed to get some new inspriational songs on my MP3 player! Thanks ever so much!

  15. postedOct 31, 2011 11:13 AM
    Julie @ juliechiou [dot] com

    great list! 🙂

    You asked for suggestions so here are some fast pace beat songs that I love running to:

    Blow – Ke$ha
    You Make me Feel – Cobra Starship feat. Sabi
    Gasoline – Britney Spears
    I Wanna Go – Britney Spears

  16. postedNov 2, 2011 10:40 AM

    i like to run to “Bend and Snap” and “WHipped into shape” from legally blonde the musical!

    • postedNov 2, 2011 11:21 AM

      How fun! Will have to check those out for sure 🙂

  17. postedNov 6, 2011 8:20 AM

    I like “Bombs over Baghdad” (it always gets me through the toughest hills) and “I don’t like your girlfriend” By Avril. They keep me moving. Thanks for the other ideas!

  18. postedNov 9, 2011 7:29 PM

    One Way or Another by Blonde is fantastic!

  19. postedNov 16, 2011 8:20 AM

    AWESOME list! I have been looking for something like this!

  20. postedNov 18, 2011 11:49 AM

    Bulletproof by La Roux – even my dad has it on his iPod for his workouts!

  21. postedNov 24, 2011 11:01 AM

    This is an extensive list, thanks for all the ideas!

  22. postedNov 28, 2011 10:07 AM

    great list! Thank you!

    I love Dog Days are Over – Florence +The Machine

  23. postedNov 29, 2011 2:40 AM

    Very nice list! Totally required for a good workout!

  24. postedJan 10, 2012 12:43 PM

    Awww, come on. No “Eye of the Tiger”? That one is a MUST!

  25. postedJan 10, 2012 7:32 PM

    Get Me Bodied – Beyonce, is SUCH a great workout song!

  26. postedJan 13, 2012 11:00 PM

    Somewhere Only We Know is by Keane. Hopes and Fears is the name of the CD.

  27. postedJan 17, 2012 10:48 AM

    Umbrellla- Punk Goes Crunk
    Waka Waka, Hips Don’t Lie, Ojos Asi – Shakira
    Only Girl in the World- Rihanna
    United State of Pop 2009, Just Dance to New Order – DJ Earworm (free on his site)
    Damaged (Power Remix) – Nicky Sky

  28. postedJan 20, 2012 4:59 PM

    Great List!
    I’ll add the entire Sum 41 – Does this look infected CD. I could run straight through every song.
    My Chemical Romance – Just about anything
    The Hours – Ali in the Jungle. This was on a Nike commercial and it totally makes me bustmybutt!
    The Killers – Ready My Mind

  29. postedFeb 9, 2012 4:16 PM

    Thank You For This Playlist. Very helpful.

    Try: Diturbia – Down With The Sickness
    Saliva – Click Click Boom
    Shakira – Loca


  30. postedFeb 16, 2012 12:48 PM

    Country Girls Shake it for Me – Luke Bryan
    I love this song it is so fast paced, I just breeze right through it.

  31. postedFeb 19, 2012 7:28 AM

    Died This Way- Lady GaGa (skrillex remix)

  32. postedFeb 27, 2012 10:30 PM

    Where is the Can, Wolf Eyes, Philip Glass, and Randy Newman? Am I the only person who works out to REAL workout music?

  33. postedMar 5, 2012 11:39 AM
    Wendy Mar

    My latest fav is “My Body” by Young the Giant! Fantastic beat and this is the chorus. . .”My body tells me no, but I won’t quit! ‘Cuz I want more!” Definitely need that one to get me through the last few miles!

  34. postedMar 5, 2012 1:16 PM
    Alli. T.

    Flaunt it-Rupee

  35. postedApr 14, 2012 5:42 PM

    Love this list!!! You have so many songs that I love for running and some that I hadn’t heard before. Thank you. Here are some of my faves:
    All Around the World- TheophilusLondon
    Gold Digger- Kanye West
    Here We Go- Pat Green
    Smoke a Little Smoke- Eric Church
    Turn Around, Pt. 2- Flo Rida & Pitbull
    Work Out- J. Cole

  36. postedApr 14, 2012 9:09 PM

    Definitely “Haunted” by Matthew C. Shuman! Love it!

    This has been the rage at our gym for like the past few weeks, one of our exercise instructors used it for their workout and everyone was really getting into it! Very different and fun piece to move to! 🙂



  37. postedApr 17, 2012 1:04 AM

    Survivor – EYE of The Tiger

  38. postedApr 26, 2012 3:09 PM
    Tawsha S

    I love running to Rolling in the Deep by Adele and In The Dark by Dev. Thanks for the list! I have a lot of these songs on my iPod already so I bet I’ll like what you’ve recommended. I’m running out of songs that still keep me running!

  39. postedMay 6, 2012 5:34 AM

    fall out boy**

  40. postedJun 19, 2012 4:45 PM

    Turn up the music by Chris Brown
    love on top by Beyonce
    End of time by Beyonce
    what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger by Kelly Clarkson
    Laser light by Jesse j
    Domino by Jesse j

  41. postedJul 1, 2012 9:22 AM
    Teresa Eskew

    This one is different but very inspirational for tempo work or at the end os a race.
    Liberation by A.R. Rahman. It is instrumental and it is from the movie 127 hours ( the backpacker that got his arm caught in a rock.) Very cool movie and song.

  42. postedJul 8, 2012 11:43 PM

    what makes you beautiful is an awesome one!

  43. postedJul 10, 2012 1:33 PM

    Great list, thanks! I love Gloriana’s “How Far Do You Wanna Go?” for an inspired run.

  44. postedJul 19, 2012 10:30 PM

    GLAD YOU CAME AND CHASING THE SUN- BOTH BY THE WANTED are really good tunes they get your body moving!

  45. postedJul 22, 2012 9:19 PM
    Randi Livengood

    Birthday Cake-Rihanna/Chris Brown its a great sassy song that gets me pumped on my run, also Dance in the Dark-Lady Ga Ga, Hard-Rihanna, Work Hard-Wiz Khalifa,Big Sean-Dance (A$$ remix), Ludacris-My Chick Bad

  46. postedAug 8, 2012 4:36 PM

    The Fighter by Gym Class Heros

  47. postedAug 9, 2012 2:18 AM

    I love adding new songs to my playlist when running, some great ideas in this lot – thanks. I must admit I do like Adam Lamber and his new album Trespassing has quite a few songs that have a great beat that I can run to, not to mention there’s a song called (surprisingly) running which motivates me.

  48. postedAug 9, 2012 4:36 PM

    I LOVE this playlist. We have a very similar taste!! Thanks for the help!!!!

  49. postedAug 28, 2012 12:00 PM
    Ana Ross

    I certainly find that music helps me run faster or keep my pace. It’s good to experiment with different beats per minute (bpm) to keep a regular pace especially when training for longer runs and endurance. cheers!

  50. postedSep 11, 2012 10:09 AM

    You think Lose Yourself by Eminem is not fast-paced ??? Strange !! Love the list by the way !!

  51. postedSep 18, 2012 6:33 AM
    Theresa Hibbard

    Pop by nsync!!!

  52. postedSep 18, 2012 6:46 PM

    Iko, Iko….the Dixie Cups
    Day-O….Harry Belafonte
    Jump in the line…Harry Belafonte
    Too Close….Alex (something….can’t remember his last name right now)

  53. postedOct 2, 2012 2:49 PM

    What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger-Kelly Clarkson
    Fighter-Christina Agulara
    Everyday and Hook Me Up- BonJovi
    Not Afraid and Till I Collapse (my FAVORITE!)-Eminem
    Stand-Rascle Flatts
    Stronger-Kanye West
    In Love With A Girl-Gavin Degraw
    Disease- Matchbox 20
    Down With the Sickness-Disturbed
    and Hell Yea-Rev Theory

  54. postedOct 10, 2012 8:32 PM
    Natasha VanDusen

    Gangnam Style- Psy

  55. postedOct 11, 2012 2:37 PM

    TILL I COLLAPSE – Eminem
    Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls) – Foster the People

  56. postedOct 23, 2012 9:05 AM
    Danielle Wilkerson

    I like to workout to: Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice and U Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer. They are both upbeat and fun songs to listen to to get you pumped up! 🙂

  57. postedNov 3, 2012 12:18 PM

    Harder, better, faster, stronger by daft punk should be required for workout playlists. It’s definitely always on mine 🙂

  58. postedNov 7, 2012 2:41 AM


  59. postedNov 15, 2012 5:06 AM

    Thunderhorse Dethclok
    Through the fire and flames. Drangonforce

  60. postedNov 15, 2012 12:46 PM

    midnight city by m83 is a great song to listen to while running

  61. postedNov 27, 2012 1:50 PM

    My favourite at the moment is Script’s Live lounge cover of Eminem’s Lose yourself.

  62. postedNov 27, 2012 7:19 PM
    Erin Alyce

    Bass down low- Dev
    Movin’- Group 1 Crew.
    And really, Im sixteen and I noticed the lack of ‘Eye of the Tiger’ come on now. 😉
    But really, I loved this. There were so many obvious choices and I thought, ‘Duh, why didn’t I think of that months ago!’ Nice post!

  63. postedDec 9, 2012 4:34 AM

    Fail in love by sharon doorson is also a great workout song

  64. postedJan 8, 2013 8:27 AM

    You’re leaving out one of the best work out songs ever!! Show me the money by petey Pablo. Listen to that song and try to tell me you didn’t get pumped!

  65. postedJan 20, 2013 10:55 PM

    I want you by common

  66. postedFeb 5, 2013 10:42 AM

    I just started working out the songs i run to are
    -Wild ones flo rida
    -one more night – maroon 5
    -marry the night – lady gaga
    -turn me on – nicki minaj
    -titanium- david guetta
    -love drunk – boys like girls

  67. postedApr 19, 2013 12:58 AM

    what a feeling and eye of the tiger

  68. postedJul 21, 2013 10:47 PM

    I love listening to You’re Gonna Go Far Kid by The Offspring. Has a GREAT fast paced sound!!

  69. postedAug 9, 2013 6:21 AM

    I really like to work out to “Feel This Moment” by Pitbull ft. Christine Aguilera

  70. postedAug 23, 2013 4:21 AM

    What about:
    2Pac-Holla If Ya Hear Me
    Skrillex-First of The Year
    Skrillex-Make It Bun Dem
    Michael Jackson-They Dont Care About Us

  71. postedAug 24, 2013 9:39 AM

    Nice to see that there are so many The Offspring’s songs.. luv ’em.
    I like running to The Captain by Biffy Clyro or Serpentine by Disturbed or Wild Side by Mötley Crüe.

  72. postedMar 28, 2014 3:41 AM

    cool songs… you should try danza kudoro by Don Omar. I just love it.

  73. postedFeb 7, 2015 11:10 PM

    Titanium by David guetta
    chandelier by sia

  74. postedJan 7, 2018 6:33 PM
    Tammie Winkler

    Enter Sandman Metallica, Kickstart my Heart Motley Crue, & from the Blade movie soundtrack Confusion (Pump Panel reconstruction mix) by New Order! 

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