As a kid, I hated when my dad turned the dial to the "oldies" station. From the back seat of the car, my brother, sister and I would whine and scream that we didn't want to listen to his "old people" songs.
We made fun of their voices and thought their songs were boring. After all, it was strikingly different from the Madonna and New Kids On The Block Songs we listened to with our friends I'm really showing my age now, right? Now that I'm older, I'm glad I got the "music education" from my dad that I did. Now I know that the "old" songs he used to love listening to are some of the best songs ever made, by the best singers and groups in history.
And I'm glad I know them. These days, when these retro songs come on, I don't jump to change the channel. I tune in, bopping my head and sing along. Because, thanks to him, I know all the words. These songs make occasional appearances in my workout playlists these days, too—both when I run and when I teach Spinning. Because they're FUN. And if you love listening, exercising or just plain boogying to "oldies," have I got the playlist for you!
But this isn't just any list. While it includes some of the best rock 'n roll hits from the '50s and '60s you can think of, these are the 80 most upbeat oldies tracks for exercising. I shared the list with members of SparkPeople. Can you guess which took the No. Based on your votes, we have even created a minute continuous cardio remix playlist of the top 15 songs!
Forget record players and juke boxes. You can fill your mp3 player or iPod with these dozens of these oldies tunes next time you work out for a fun, fit blast from the past.
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The Temptations are good to listen to when exercising. They make you want to move. May also want to add some by the Supremes, the Temptations "Ball of Confusion" and other Motown greats.
Great list of songs! A warrior who had more than he needed would make a feast.
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He went around and invited the old and needy. Great list.Who knows workout music better than the trainers who work at some of the best gyms in the United States?
We asked fitness experts for the most intense songs that get them going, and these were their suggestions. Mike Show podcast. Buy it: Find "Welcome to the Jungle" on iTunes. He uses this song to help push through sprints or running steps. Some songs are so powerful that they make you want to hit something.
This STP tune is no exception. Buy it: Find "Down" on iTunes. It's perfect because it's not too crazy, so you don't fry yourself before," says strength coach Jason FerruggiaCSCS. Buy it: Find "Carry It" on iTunes. Buy it: Find "Enter Sandman" on iTunes.
Buy it: Find "Cochise" on iTunes. Are you ready to tear it down? Buy it: Find "Are You Ready? Buy it: Find "Mosh" on iTunes. Great drums and a good up-beat tempo that gets you moving," says health and weight-loss expert, Brad Pilon. Buy it: Find "Lost at Birth" on iTunes. In that situation, save this song to help you work a little harder," says nutritionist Alan Aragon. Buy it: Find "Mouth for War" on iTunes. Buy it: Find "Spaz Out" on iTunes.
You might have never heard of this song we didn'tbut it's another favorite for heavy lifts, Gentilcore says. Buy it: Find "Welcome Home" on iTunes. Intervals are one of the best forms of fat loss currently used by trainers, and this song fits the bill to help you get through the mentally draining sessions.
Buy it: Find "Hells Bells" on iTunes.
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Some people think of the dynamic warmup as a passive process. But when done right, it should have your heart rate pumping and your body ready to go. The song's beginning should have you focused: "You gotta search within you.
Think what you will about Kanye, but this tune has the all the elements of a great workout song. If you're having trouble dragging yourself to the gym, pop this on, grab the keys and go. It's Smith's pre-workout favorite.
Buy it: Find "Power" on iTunes. You won't hear this song on the radio, but you'll probably find it playing at the highly acclaimed, Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Trainingwhere co-owner Mike RobertsonCSCS, recommends this as part of his go-to playlist. The best way to finish a timed-circuit still standing? Pick a fast-paced song and keep on pushing till you've performed all your work. This song is a favorite of Smith and his Diesel Crew.New York.
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It's miles away from the struggles the singer would face later in her career. Always a party starter and roof-igniting karaoke jam, the song become a bittersweet rallying cry in the years since her death.
You can practically hear year-old smiling through the chorus, urging every last wallflower on to the dance floor. Who can resist? Download on Amazon. By this point, you know where you stand on this one: You hear Jonathan Cain's piano intro, and you either swell up with joy or wince in pain.
Whatever your take, you're about to get flattened by an emotional steamroller: four minutes of undiluted underdog yearning and a portrait of anonymous lost souls praying for luck and love on the streets of nonexistent South Detroit, starring Steve Perry's scarily, swoopingly elastic voice.
Whether it's playing over the Sopranos finale, soundtracking a White Sox World Series run, turning up on Glee or simply blasting out of your earbuds at the gym, this song represents the apex of scream-along arena-scale pop-rock. Lawrence and ultimately embarking on a midlife crisis that resulted in a worrying beard and Tin Machine.
We defy your feet to stay on the floor as that cyclical, cynical, irresistible chorus hurtles on. We get so used to the sleek, funky side of Michael Jackson that it's easy to forget how hard "Beat It" actually legitimately rocks.
And it's not just Eddie Van Halen's famous finger-busting solo; it's that perfectly formed sneer of a guitar riff—conceived by Jackson and played by session ace Steve Lukather—those exaggered downbeats that feel like medicine balls being slammed down on a concrete floor and the raw desperation in MJ's voice as he chronicles the harsh truths of the street-fighting life. As much of a dance-floor killer as it is, "Beat It" is a genuinely heavy song, psychologically as much as sonically.I think most exercisers agree that listening to some great music goes a long way when you're working out.
It helps increase your energy and motivates you to work harder. In many ways, it even distracts you from the discomfort of exercise so that you'll keep going even when it's tough.
However, not just any music will do. We all have our own tastes and preferences for what we like to listen to when we exercise: pop, dance, techno, rock, metal, hip hop Coach Jen's favoriteor all of the above. Sometimes, it's not the genre that matters; it's the pace or beat. Others like inspirational lyrics.
Personally, I think the beat matters. It has to match the pace of my workout—something I can't listen to and sit still. At the very least, I want to know or be familiar with the song that's playing. When I go to Spinning class, for example, and I encounter music that's too slow for the tempo of the workout, or too obscure for me to "escape" by singing along with the song in my head, I am not a happy exerciser.
Recently, I've been thinking about song length. Most radio hits are around 3 minutes long—you'd have to listen to 10 songs to get through a minute workout—make that 20 for a full hour! I don't know about you, but my mind perceives that as a long time. So I've started to incorporate some longer songs into my playlists.
Think of it this way: Would you rather know you have to exercise through 20 songs or 12? I pick So I've gathered some of my favorite 4- to 6-minute workout songs to share with you! By selecting any of them, you'll have a minute workout playlist that's upbeat and motivating. As each song passes, you'll know you've hit a milestone in your workout.
Stop watching the clock and start working out with these songs! Click on each link to listen to a preview or purchase the mp3 at Amazon or iTunes. Which songs above would you add to your own playlist? We hope you love these product a much as we do! SparkPeople may collect a small percentage of revenue from links on this page.
Thanks for subscribing! Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon! Missing Time Out magazine? You can still read our latest issue from the comfort of your couch. Banks may be known as much for her constant feuds as for her music—but no one can deny that her debut single was one of the hottest club tracks in recent memory. You don't need to be on the dance floor to appreciate Ms.
Bank's breakout hit: Just when you think you've reached your limit, count on her combative, relentless flow to help you tap into your inner fierceness.
Buy on Amazon. We can even imagine the helmet-wearing robots of Daft Punk working out to this song in their LED-plated suits. Even before his King of Pop days, M. Belgian outfit Technotronic's triple-platinum international smash remains one of the most recognizable—not to mention frenzy-inducing—dance tunes. With its relentless beat and driving bassline, we guarantee the jam isn't the only thing that's going to get pumped up. Every treadmill in the world should come with her photo Scotch-taped to its digital display.
With all their mock informercials and retro video homages, it's a wonder the Beasties never made an all-out exercise video. Still, this aerobic remix from 's Hello Nasty was a rare case of the trio allowing a populist producer to rework a song for purely commercial reasons. And work it did. Fatboy Slim amped-up wah-wah guitars and scratching, and flared out the bottom end with funk. It was the closest thing to outright boogie the New Yorkers had released since "Hello Ladies.
He has a point though. The funky drummerish beat, the plinky cowbell, the manic scream of its singer was she really singing though? This isjust a year after the Milli Vanilli scandal broke. And it says it well. If you say so, Dave. By name alone, the metronomic Strokes drummer even sounds like a Tour de France racer. The perfect Is This It track might immediately bring to mind cigarettes, denim and booze, but Fab's inhumanly locked rhythms help make the debut an optimal exercise regime anthem.
The bpm beat coincidentally, a great target heart rate for the average year-old of "Hard to Explain" keeps your legs pumping the cycle at a brisk 22 mph pace. That brilliant pause comes in at two minutes, giving you a chance to catch your breath before hammering the pedals for the closing burn. Time Out New York.
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You can still read our latest issue from the comfort of your couch Read online.The perfect song can lift your spirits and put you in the right mood to accomplish your goals. Finding the motivation to go for a run can be, well, daunting to say the least. No matter how down, unmotivated or irritated I feel; I can always start improving my mood with the right song.
And sometimes the right quote can just shift my perspective enough to make me feel OK and ready to take on the next challenge.
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Finding the motivation to exercise is a hard thing to do. Mornings, ugh. But, we all know that a good run is a great way to help maintain your weight, heart health and can even help you keep your stress levels in check.
In most cases, the benefits far out way any negatives standing in your way. Remember, that even just twenty minutes is better than no minutes. Here are some great motivational quotes to get you ready to start running and some great songs from Spotify to use with their Spotify Running app or to put on your MP3 player to help keep you pumped up and ready to go.
This throwback to is a personal favorite of mine from my workout playlist. Released inthis upbeat song is sure to get you pumped up to keep going.
The perfect workout song comes to us in the way of this Billboard top 5 for 13 weeks hit. This release ranked in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot and broke the record for staying in the top 10 for 33 weeks last year. This Billboard 1 from is sure to put a little spring in your step. Remind yourself of everything you love about your body before you treat it right with a good workout. Another personal favorite of mine for working out and taking on the day.
This throwback to reminds us all to be survivors and to push through to be the best we can be. This is a great soothing song for a lower paced run or jog.
Sign in. Join YourTango Experts. Photo: Pixabay. Nicole Bradley-Bernard. QuotesSelf January 29, Get your heartbeat up and stay motivated!There's real science to back up how music can affect your overall mood. After listening to this feel-good playlist, good luck resisting a smile or the urge to dance. The message promoted throughout the upbeat tune is that you can overcome any trial or tribulation through positive thinking and prayer. Super producer Mark Ronson released this addictive, high-energy song with the late superstar, Amy Winehouse, in Its old-school vibe will have you smiling while dancing to the funky beat.
When you need some assistance getting "through this thing called life," turn up the volume on Prince 's single, "Let's Go Crazy. When you need an extra boost of confidence or just need an anthem to sing along to while pumping your fists in the air, play this catchy, futuristic song. Even Dolly Parton recorded a version.
Listen Now. So good! The "Godfather of Soul" knew what he'd make you do with this one—dance. Released inthe funky instrumentals stand the test of time. A team of 11 writers worked together on Ronson's smash—and it paid off. Who didn't "clap along" to this at Pharrell's command? Featured on the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, "Happy" inspired so many fan tributes that Pharrell bu rst into tears discussing its success on Oprah Prime.
Though her vocals were nearly unparalleled, the late Aretha Franklin didn't praise them. Before pressing play, make sure the champagne is chilled for this quintessential party anthem. This soulful record would have been at home in the Motown era.
Near its end, get ready for Bey's final key change. Cue up Mary J. Blige when, as she suggests, you finally decide not to let anything get in your way. Repeating the name of this simple tune could turn your day around.