The 50 Best Workout Songs of the Year


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I'm on the lookout for fun new workout songs every single day. I love discovering them, exercising to them, and sharing them with YOU via my blog posts.

All year long, I've been compiling a list of my favorite exercise songs. Here, you'll find the top 50 songs that had me running, Spinning, moving and grooving the past 12 months! 

After I created my top 50, I asked members of, America's #1 weight loss and fitness website, to vote on their favorites, too. Find out which song took the top spot and whether your favorites made the list, and how you can download a brand new 60-minute cardio workout mix of the top 12 songs (as voted on by exercisers like you)!

No. 1 Workout Song of the Year:
Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger

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No. 2:
Lady Gaga – Born This Way

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No. 3:
LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem

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No. 4:
Adele – Rolling In the Deep

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No. 5:
Black Eyed Peas – Just Can't Get Enough

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No. 6:
Jennifer Lopez – On the Floor

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No. 7:
LMFAO – Sexy And I Know It

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No. 8:
Lady Gaga – Edge of Glory

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No. 9:
Katy Perry – Last Friday Night

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No. 10:
Pink – Perfect

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No. 11:
Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks

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No. 12:
Nicki Minaj – Super Bass

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Download SparkPeople's 132-BPM 60-minute continuous cardio remix of the 12 most popular workout songs of the year for just $10.99!

Here's the rest of the top 50, ranked in order by your votes:
13    Rihanna – "S&M"
14      Beyonce – "Run The World (Girls)"
15    Ke$ha – "Blow"
16    Adele – "Someone Like You"
17    Bruno Mars – "Grenade"
18    Pitbull – "Give Me Everything"
19    Katy Perry – "E.T."
20    Gym Class Heroes  ft. Adam Levine – "Stereo Hearts"
21    Britney Spears – "I Wanna Go"
22    Kelly Clarkson – "Mr. Know It All"
23    Hot Chelle Rae – "Tonight Tonight"
24    Lady Gaga – "You and I"
25    Cobra Starship – "You Make Me Feel"
26    Selena Gomez and the Scene – "Love You Like A Love Song"
27    One Republic – "The Good Life"
28    Flo Rida – "Good Feeling"
29    Enrique Iglesias – "Dirty Dancer"
30    Alexandra Stan – "Mr. Saxobeat"
31    Enrique Iglesias – "I Like How It Feels"
32    Beyonce – "Best Thing I Never Had"
33    Rihanna ft Calvin Harris – "We Found Love"
34    Kanye West ft. Rihanna – "All Of The Lights"
35    Pitbull – "Rain Over Me"
36    Coldplay – "Paradise"
37    Britney Spears – "Hold It Against Me"
38    David Guetta – "Where Them Girls At"
39    David Guetta ft Usher – "Without You"
40    Jennifer Lopez – "I'm Into You"
41    Coldplay – "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall"
42    Nicki Minaj – "Moment 4 Life"
43    Jessie J – "Price Tag"
44    Dev – "Bass Down Low"
45    Whiz Khalifa – "Roll Up"
46    Tinie Tempah – "Written In The Stars"
47    Jason Derulo – "It Girl"
48    Coldplay ft Rihanna – "Princess Of China"
49    Demi Lovato – "Skyscraper"
50    Lupe Fiasco – "The Show Goes On"
Did any of your favorites make the list? What are your favorite workout songs from 2011?

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  • 62
    Jason Derulo...It girl!! - 7/25/2017   7:33:39 PM
  • 61
    it is $10.99 on itunes not 7.99 - 11/2/2015   2:27:18 PM
    I like to listen to music in the house when I am doing my cleaning. Music of the 80's. - 6/16/2013   8:33:25 AM
  • 59
    Ok, I'm a country girl? I need that list too !!! Have a fun day folks. - 2/15/2013   9:59:08 AM
  • 58
    I just downloaded this and it will be my new music for Spin Class...woo hoo!...I'm ready to Spin now. - 11/21/2012   1:38:43 PM
    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! - 4/11/2012   9:57:07 PM
  • 56
    That is SO funny I have EVERY SINGLE ONE of those songs on my IPOD TOUCH under the playlist named "workout music" Great choices! - 2/28/2012   7:17:04 AM
  • SAS202554
    I love Adele!!! - 2/25/2012   11:25:47 AM
    I listen to most of eveything on the list. I like to listen to old school music as well like Montell Jordan "This Is How We Do It" and "Let Me Clear My Throat" to get me pump - 2/9/2012   1:30:10 PM
    Most of these did meet my faves! I teach workout classes and I LOVE Best of 2011 workout remixes...I found them on iTunes and downloaded the entire album. Excellent motivation! - 1/27/2012   6:20:39 PM
    My absolute FAVORITE work out albums are from Girl Talk. Girl Talk remixes songs together so the whole album sounds like one long, energetic, song. It's free to download from Girl Talk's website at illegal art. Feed the Animals and All Day are amazing albums. Everyone should give her a listen. - 1/27/2012   11:29:04 AM
  • 51
    I've been doing Zumba and they use a lot of these songs which is great becauase then I'm singing songs I enjoy and working out, great list thanks for posting! - 1/25/2012   11:20:52 AM
    A lot of these songs are on my MP3 player, but I also like some older stuff, like Gorillaz - Dare, Trey Song - Bottoms Up & Survivor - Eye of the Tiger - 1/20/2012   1:13:53 PM
  • 49
    Wonderful choices. There are some I don't know but plan on getting to. - 1/19/2012   11:23:22 AM
  • 48
    While there are several really good songs on here, like LMFAO and Nicki Minaj, There are a lot of songs on this list that I cannot fathom how they are good for workouts. - 1/16/2012   12:19:02 AM
    This list sounds good. I plan to download these when I get my new phone. - 1/7/2012   7:04:31 PM
  • SARHOD99
    Great songs on this list! Can't wait to download it! - 1/3/2012   9:31:43 AM
    Moves Like Jagger is one of the songs I listen too in the first 15 minutes to really get my cardio workouts pumping!!! - 12/24/2011   6:09:13 PM
  • 44
    I recognize most of these songs from the playlist at the boot camp I attend. - 12/24/2011   6:56:58 AM
  • 43
    Great songs, super selection! Moves like Jagger a favorite.
    - 12/19/2011   6:01:25 AM
  • 42
    I haven't heard a single one of them! LOL - 12/18/2011   11:15:29 AM
  • 41
    My Fave workout music is anything by Hot Chelle Rae. "Tonight Tonight" "I Like to Dance" "I Like it Like That" I picked one bands music to work out to. That way, any time I put their CD's on I immediately get in the exercise mind-set. It works for me, I've lost 120 pounds with the help of their music. - 12/16/2011   8:59:42 AM
    danza kuduro by Don Omar is my favourite workout song! - 12/14/2011   8:11:58 PM
    Dynamite by Taio! My Get-Up-and Go song! - 12/14/2011   5:51:58 PM
    Love Moves Like Jagger. It makes me WANT to move everytime I hear it! - 12/14/2011   9:55:06 AM
  • 37
    Great choices!!! - 12/13/2011   8:14:12 PM
  • 36
    Great list coach Nicole love them Some we use at zumba class - 12/13/2011   4:35:23 PM
  • 35
    These are great songs! I LOVE listening to hip hop rap music during my workout...Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil' Wayne, Drake, Wiz Khalifa, and Big Sean are missing from that list. I would also add some Janet Jackson, Madonna, and definitely Prince! - 12/13/2011   12:19:16 PM
    Doesn't it bother anyone else that Foster the People's hit Pumped Up Kicks is about shooting kids? - 12/13/2011   11:18:36 AM
  • 33
    I really like a lot of these. I just do not get the deal with Pumped up Kicks. It's slow and boring and sounds like it's from the 50's. I can't imagine doing anything to that but cooling down. And Adele? Sure, she is nice to listen to, but I can't imagine doing any kind of workout to those songs. I agree with others about the genre. Of course it makes sense most of these are pop, as they probably should be, but there are great rock and country and metal songs to work out to also! Overall a pretty good list though. - 12/13/2011   9:48:45 AM
  • ERINEC11
    Ummm, Adelle? Someone like you?? Really? To work out? Maybe if I want to slide off the treadmill, curl into the fetal position and burn calories by sobbing... Ok, I'm exaggerating a little. But, it is a pretty slow song to workout to. Actually, I pretty much agree with all of AERNEST825's comments. Although, they did have Pumped up Kicks, which is swayed to the "alternative" genre. - 12/13/2011   9:40:29 AM
    What a great list for 2011. I will definately look at downloading the ones I don't have, except for a couple I don't like. I would be great to do top 20's of different decades for a lot of people that just aren't into now pop. - 12/13/2011   9:22:04 AM
  • 30
    Don't much like the list; LMFAO bores me to tears. I love Adele, though "Rolling in the Deep" is much bouncier than the slow beat of "Someone Like You." It would be nice to see dance, techno, electronic, and livelier music there too. I second Metric; they're fantastic to get moving. - 12/13/2011   9:03:16 AM
  • 29
    I guess I'm an old fogey. While I recognize all but about half a dozen of the"artists", there are only two that I'd willing listen to; Kelly Clarkson and Enrique Iglasias, and neither are in the top twelve. Like some others, what's wrong with pulling in songs from the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's, and yes even disco? I'd even like to see some swing from the 40's. - 12/13/2011   8:45:18 AM
    Marry the night- lady gaga - 12/13/2011   8:42:23 AM
    There are no songs from the 80's because these are the best workout songs "OF THE YEAR" meaning 2011 - 12/13/2011   8:35:49 AM
  • 26
    I always hit my highest heart rate for my elliptical workouts during MOVES LIKE JAGGER and SEXY AND I KNOW IT! Seeing this list brings back memories of when I first started working out in the first part of 2011... This list is full and thorough =) - 12/13/2011   7:35:28 AM
    Never heard of any of this crap. Can somebody list the top 50 workout songs from the 80's? - 12/13/2011   6:28:26 AM
  • 24
    why are all of these pop?? where's the punk and rock-n-roll?? It's the beat that gets me going on the elliptical or treadmill. Green Day, U2, the Romantics, Rancid, Vampire Weekend, the Ramones. - 12/11/2011   10:09:42 PM
  • 23
    Great talking point. I would expect there to be mainly pop on the list as that's what most people hear all the time. Anyone started a rockers list? I would definitely have to have some Ian Dury on it, 'Reasons to be Cheerful' spings to mind. I also listen to some Alice Cooper. I'm more a classic rockfan than metal alone, though my daughter throws some good stuff my way. Also love vintage rock and roll and Buddy Holly is an all time fave of mine. I like to vary the tempo to allow for 'rests' between pushes as I am getting on a bit and have fibromyalgia.
    @popeyetheturtle - your comments gave me a giggle. - 12/11/2011   8:39:07 AM
  • 22
    I don't know any of these songs. I prefer to stick to my playlists, which are oldies (60s, 70s) and Christian recordings. - 12/10/2011   8:54:33 AM
    I love most of these
    - 12/9/2011   6:34:41 PM
  • 20
    hmmm I'm realllly old, I guess... turning into a prude... looked up some of these on youtube (the lyrics version) and I have to say many are not inspirational at all. They might have the right beat for the speed I need to go at... but... eh... guess I am going to be looking for the "Old Lady" Playlist... - 12/8/2011   7:40:04 PM
  • 19
    Wow, my musical taste is way different. I totally agree with Lady Gaga though! Otherwise, I'm a big metalhead. Popeyetheturtle, I listen to Hammerfall pretty frequently but never thought to listen to them for workouts! I'll give it a try!

    My workout music consists of Metallica, Ensiferum (from Finland), Amon Amarth, Gojira, Megadeth, etc. Metal gets me going the most! - 12/8/2011   1:03:59 PM
  • 18
    all of my favorites made the list!!!
    - 12/8/2011   11:31:56 AM
  • 17
    Adele, I really like Adele.
    Martha - 12/8/2011   9:44:43 AM
    Great list of songs, I sit at a desk all day but when I hear the songs on this list I bounce around in my seat…
    My favorite would be “Pumped Up Kicks”
    - 12/8/2011   9:26:05 AM
  • 15
    I wanna look like Adam Levine!!!!!! - 12/8/2011   4:36:09 AM
  • 14
    I just found a group of heavy rock/metal that surprised me - I don't usually do metal or contemporary rock (I'm so old - there weren't even sandy beaches when I was born, just big rocks).

    The name of the group is Hammerfall and here is a link - but you'll have to copy it and put it straight in to your browser:

    I've been using this as a warm-up for walking and stationary bike riding. - 12/7/2011   8:51:39 PM
    I agree with most of these songs, especially Moves like Jagger!! :) Maroon 5 is so awesome. - 12/7/2011   2:49:41 PM

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