Dancing Machine: My Favorite Exercise Music

In general, I’m pretty much incapable of doing any activity without the proper soundtrack as an accompaniment. If ever you see me shopping in the grocery store, standing in line at the bank, or just strolling down the street, I’m knee deep in my own music video fantasy.

The success of my exercise routine is highly dependent upon the perfect music mix. I have a painfully short attention span, which makes reading books/magazines while exercising almost impossible. Sometimes, if I get stuck on a bad song while I’m exercising, I can feel a noticeable lag in my productivity. But with the perfect music, I become a MACHINE.

I rarely listen to entire albums, and some of my favorite work-out songs are not songs which I would listen to under any other circumstance (i.e. around other people). In fact, I’ve been embarrassed more than once by realizing that the song I’m jamming out to is blaring so loudly that the person on the spin bike next to me is mouthing the lyrics to a fairly embarrassing song.

Likewise, there’s a lot of music I love that drags me down when I’m working out.

Here are some of my favorite songs for working out.  What Are Your Favorite Exercise Songs?

[There are a few artists (Daft Punk, Michael Jackson, Peaches, Prince, etc.) which compose a huge portion of my mixes. The list below only includes a few “essentials”.]

Amanda Blank– Big Heavy

Bel Biv Devoe– Poison

Britney Spears– Womanizer

The Contours– Do You Love Me?

The Cool Kids featuring Lil Wayne– Gettin’ It

Crystal Castles– Untrust Us

Daft Punk– Around The World

Destiny’s Child– Nasty Girl

The Donnas– Too Bad About Your Girl

Drake– Best I Ever Had

The Dresden Dolls– Mandy Goes To Med School

Feist– Gatekeeper (Do Right Remix)

The Fiery Furnaces– Single Again

Girl Talk-One of the few artists whose entire albums can be the soundtrack of my workouts; I especially love Night Ripper and Feed The Animals

Gnarls Barkley– Smiley Faces

Gogol Bordello– Mala Vida

Gossip– Where The Girls Are

Jackson Five– Dancing Machine

Jamiroquai– Canned Heat

Jump, Little Children– My Guitar

Kanye West– Stronger

Lady Gaga– Bad Romance

Lady Gaga– Paparazzi

Le Tigre– Nanny Nanny Boo Boo

M.I.A.– Teqkilla

M.I.A.– Bamboo Banga

Madonna– Deeper and Deeper

Marvin Gaye– Got To Give It Up (Part 1)

Michael Jackson– Bad

Michael Jackson– Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’

Miss TK and The Revenge– No Biterz (DMNDAYS Remix)

N.E.R.D.– She Wants To Move

Outkast– Bombs Over Baghdad

Otis Redding– Love Man

Pat Benetar– Heartbreaker

Peaches– Mommy Complex

Peaches– Tombstone, Baby

Prince– Baby, I’m A Star

Prince– Computer Blue

The Prodigy– Smack My Bitch Up

Queen– Bicycle Race

The Red Hot Chili Peppers– Higher Ground

Rihanna– Rude Boy

The Roots– Web

Spank Rock– Loose

Sleater-Kinney– Dig Me Out

Sleater-Kinney– Entertain

Tobacco– Backwoods Altar

Unk– Walk it Out (Remix)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs– Date With The Night




Filed under exercise, music

7 responses to “Dancing Machine: My Favorite Exercise Music

  1. Kris

    As someone who has begun working out, just with entirely opposite goals as you…I live by Rick Ross. Something about his “Biggie-esque” style voice and ridiculous beats gets me amped to max out. Eminem’s new album also provides an angry, semi-possessed voice to push my ass through the last set.

    • I love when other people have completely different work-out music tastes. I feel like the music we listen to when exercising says SO MUCH about who we are as people. I mean, I love Ella Fitzgerald but if I hear “Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea” when I’m on the elliptical, my mind goes “ho-hum”.However, if I hear “Womanizer” any place other than the club or the gym, my mind goes “BLEGH”.

      But in the right context? Those two sings will get me AMPED.

      Actually, now that you mention it, I might need to put a Rick Ross song on my ipod.

  2. Great list! I love that you said “I’m knee deep in my own music video fantasy.” SO funny! 🙂

    • Haha Thanks! Yeah, I’m essentially moonwalking down the streets of Winston-Salem. I also mentally choreograph dances when I’m working out, so I become totally focused on my ‘dance moves’ and am able to stay in the zone during my work out. Sounds crazy, but it’s SO effective.

  3. Hey! Great minds think alike! I just wrote a post on my list of the Best Workout Song Ever too! http://dishinaboutnutrition.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/best-workout-songs-ever/

  4. Great list! I desperately need to update my iPod playlist; it’s at the point where it’s not motivating me anymore. I may have to download some songs off your list! 😉

    P.S. Love Otis Redding! 🙂

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