Top 100 Exercise Songs For Your iPod

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If you’re coming to this post for the first time, I have a more current list (10/20/11) that I’ve shared on this post:  100 Workout Songs for Your iPod

Yeah, I know this is a food blog , but I just can’t help adding in a few exercise and diet tips now and then.  It’s a daily struggle for me to lose weight and maintain, and I find that intense workouts help tremendously.  I couldn’t possibly eat all of this food that I blog about without frequent exercise. Sometimes I walk, more often I run, and I always lift weights.  I couldn’t do any of it though without my iPod.  If I can listen to upbeat music while exercising, it really helps me get through my workouts with boundless energy.  Since I always have a tough time finding this sort of music on iTunes, I thought I’d share my own favorites.  Keep in mind that these are my favoritesmy taste in music, and you may very well not like my taste in music! They’re all just fun, bouncy, fast songs to motivate your butt to get off the couch so that you can feel less guilty about spending time in the kitchen.  If you have any favorites that you’d like to add, please do so in the comments below.

*Warning: Some of the songs below contain profanity, but if you go to iTunes to preview the songs- it will give you a warning if a song contains bad language.  It doesn’t bother me (I guess someone cursing at me while running makes me feel like Jillian is training me 🙂 ) but I know that some prefer a cleaner style of music.

Good, fast songs for Running (some may like them for walking too):
”Don’t Trust Me” by 30H!3
”Right Round” by Flo Rida
”Be My Escape” by Reliant K
”Falling Down” by Atreyu
”Walkie Talkie Man” by Steriogram
”Ready to Fall” by Rage Against the Machine
”Every Time I Look for You”by Blink 182
”Dumpweed” by Blink 182
”Don’t Leave Me” by Blink 182
”Aliens Exist” by Blink 182
”What’s My Age Again?” by Blink 182
”Mutt” by Blink 182
”Hold N Cold” by Katy Perry
”Phoebe Cates” by Fenix TX
”Smokescreen” by Flying Blind
”Cheating” by Jettingham
”Bring You Down” by Left Front Tire
”Trouble” by Pink
”Try too Hard” by Pink
”So What” by Pink
”Humble Neighborhoods” by Pink
”Fat Lip” by Sum 41
”Wishen” by The Loose Nuts
”New Girl” by Third Eye Blind
”All Along” by The Offpring
”Hammerhead” by The Offspring
”One Fine Day” by The Offspring
”Damit, I Changed Again” by The Offspring
”Million Miles Away” by The Offspring
”Want You Bad” by The Offspring
”Come Out Swinging” by The Offspring
”No Brakes” by The Offspring
”Walla Walla” by The Offspring
”The Kids Aren’t Alright” by The Offspring
”Staring at the Sun” by The Offspring
”You’re Gonna Go Far” by The Offspring
”Rise and Fall” by The Offspring
”Check Yes Juliet” by We the Kings
”When I Grow Up” by The Pussycat Dolls
”Shut Up and Let Me Go” by The Ting Tings
”That’s Not My Name” by The Ting Tings
”Dance Dance” by Fall Out Boy
”Lights and Sounds” by Yellowcard

Edited 1/30/10 to add 22 more songs:
“Say Hey (I Love You)” by Michael Franti & Spearhead
“Just Dance” by Lady Ga Ga
“I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas
“Crash” by Gwen Stefani
“Savior” by Rise Against
“Hotel Room Service” by Pitbull
“Where are we Runnin?” by Lenny Kravitz
“The Rockafeller Skank” by Fatboy Slim
“In Da Club” by 50 Cent
“Get UR Freak On” by Missy Elliott
“Gonna Make You Sweat” by C&C Music Factory
“TNT” by AC/DC
“Here it Goes Again” by Ok Go
“Sweet Caroline” by the Glee Cast
“I’ll Wait” by Van Halen
“Hey Soul Sister” by Train
“Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” by Night Ranger
“The Stroke” by Billy Squier
“All the Right Moves” by One Republic
“Uprising” by Muse
“Going Away to College” by Blink 182
“There’s Only One Way to Rock” by Sammy Hagar

Good, Upbeat Songs for Walking (and some may like these for running too!)
”Wrong” by Depeche Mode
”Pocketful of Sunshine” by Natasha Bedingfield
”Obvious” by Hey Monday
”Never Let You Go” by Third Eye Blind
”Love Song” by Sara Bareilles
”Let’s Get it Started” by Black Eyed Peas
”Dirty Little Secrets” by The All-American Rejects
”Poker Face” by Lady GaGa
”Adam’s Song” By Blink 182
”All the Small Things” by Blink 182
”Susan” by Exit
”Scumbag” by Green Day
”Know Your Enemy” by Green Day
”Have a Nice Day” by Bon Jovi
”Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani
”Rock and Roll All Night” by Kiss
”More More More” by Kylie Minogue
”Rock N Roll Band” by Boston
”Peace of Mind” by Boston
”Hella Good” by No Doubt
”Ex Girlfriend” by No Doubt
”Let Me Go” By Three Doors Down
”My Life Would Suck Without You” by Kelly Clarkson
”Mr. Brightside” by the Killers
”Stranger by the Day” by Shades Apart
”Glory” by Sugar Ray
”You Wanted More” by Tonic
”Monkey” by George Michael
”Faith” by George Michael
”Chains of Love” by Erasure
”Sk8er Boi” by Avril Lavigne
”Original Prankster” by The Offspring
”Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)” by The Offspring
”Why Don’t You Get a Job” by The Offspring
”She’s Got Issues” by The Offspring
”Always Where I Need to Be” by The Kooks
”All Summer Long” by The Rock Heroes
”I Wanna” by The All-American Rejects
”Gives You Hell” by The All-American Rejects
”Rockin’ the Suburbs” by Ben Folds
”I Write Sins, Not Tragedies” by Panic! At the Disco
”Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) by Beyonce
”F**k You” by Lily Allen

Soft- Cool Down Music
”Breathe (2AM) by Anna Nalick
”What About Now” by Daughtry
”Speed of Sound” by Coldplay
”Viva La Vida” by Coldplay
”The Time of My Life” by David Cook
”Light On” by David Cook
”No Air” By Jordin Sparks
”Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis
”Sway” by Bic Runga
”Kissing a Fool” by George Michael
”I’m With You” by Avril Lavigne
”Foreplay” by Boston
”More Than a Feeling” by Boston
”Breathe” by Faith Hill

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  • Mackenzie wrote:

    I love this list you made, but I have one question, in the Songs for Walking section. Why not All Summer Long by Kid Rock? Kid Rock is the original artist, why go with a fake that only tries to be as good as Kid Rock.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’m not sure! I’ll have to look at my iTunes and figure out why I didn’t list Kid Rock.

  • zackiteesmack wrote:

    this is an excellent playlist for workouts and i hope to aggregate these music tracks and make a compilation for when i run or lift weights. it’s true that upbeat music can keep you going, to get you through the workout. i’d like to suggest a song from one of my favorite l.a. bands: “here it comes” by incubus. i think it would fit right onto the list!

  • Bec wrote:

    You have a rather varied and good taste in music.

  • Ross wrote:

    why would you include adam’s song on the “Upbeat songs”? it is a song about depression and a dedication to adam whom lost the fight? not that i don’t love the song, i do. But still, it’s like saying MCR’s Disenchanted is good for running.
    on the flip side, if you want to get moving try the mighty mighty bosstones: the impression that i get or any ska songs like less than jake, reel big fish etc.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Yeah, someone else mentioned that too. Clearly, I didnt’ know and haven’t paid close attention to the lyrics. Still like the song though.

  • Kate wrote:

    Adam’s Song? For upbeat? That song is about suicide. Blatantly so.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      oops- guess I didn’t listen too closely to the words on that one.

  • mkkitt wrote:

    Check out “Haunted” by Matthew C. Shuman

    Someone told me about this song, I’m glad I found it because it really gets me and my exercise groups going! I downloaded it from Amazon but it looks like available on iTunes also.



    Hope this helps!

  • Miguel wrote:

    is it the beat?
    by selena is a good exercise song! 🙂

  • Joie de vivre wrote:

    You are so cool! I can’t wait to shake up my iPod a little. I’ve been listening to Adam Lambert, very club-ish, but I need some variation.

  • Kalynskitchen wrote:

    Wow, thank you for this! I’m just about to enter the iPod age (never wanted one until now) and I’m feeling rather overwhelmed about the job of finding good music for walking, so this will really help!

  • Katie @ goodLife {eats} wrote:

    I haven’t updated my ipod or made a new playlist in months…I think it’s about time I do that. I kind of went by the wayside when we reformatted our hard drive because I never reloaded itunes. I just have it plugged into a speaker dock. Thanks for some new ideas!

  • Divina wrote:

    What a great list compiled together. Music makes a huge difference in my exercise routine.

  • Scarlett wrote:

    Love it! Finally a good list! Thanks!
    (uploading as I type!)

  • Just a Girl wrote:

    I have been doing or reducing my walk from 10,000 steps a day in one setting (burns me out) to 5000 a day about two miles… I could not do it without good music!

  • Jeff wrote:

    I have always enjoyed seeing what other people listen to when they work out. Actually I completely forgot about Blink 182 so off to itunes I go.

    My playlists tend to be a little bit on the darker side with punk, heavy metal, electronic, and rap. Normally the heavy metal and rap would annoy the daylights out of me but something about lifting and that music just motivates me more.

  • Amy wrote:

    Yeah! I am a workout fiend and I never have time to download new songs mainly because it requires too much thinking. Having this list is awesome!