37 Songs to Help Amp Up Your Alleged New Years Resolution of Working Out

I like to think of myself as someone who cannot answer the question “What is your favorite type of music?” because I don’t have a favorite type.  Generally speaking, I am just not a “favorites” person (I love everything, as my closest friends and husband can attest to).  Wow, how’s that for a profound statement?  I know, I know, I should have been a philosopher or something.  For me, as a near 32-year old married urbanite (another made up word for my blog series), I truly love almost all genres of music and I do try to push myself to appreciate even the most frowned upon tunes out there, like that really stupid Rebecca Black Friday song (it’s Fri-day, Fri-day…).

And while I don’t have a New Years Resolution to lose weight (though I’m sure shaving off a few LB’s wouldn’t hurt me), I recently resolved to create a 2012 workout playlist that I hope doesn’t go stale before February so my workout mojo remains steady.  You see, for me, music is critical to my workouts.  If I don’t have killer music, chances are, I’m not working out.  And contrary to the glamorous image featured here circa 1984 where hot pink belted leotards, pointless leg warmers and huge hair were enough of a distraction that headphones with personal and customized playlists weren’t needed, that’s not the case circa 2012.  At least not for me.  Enjoy the playlist and if it doesn’t work, give Jane Fonda or Richard Simmons a call and I am sure they could help.

In no particular order:

  1. Under the Sheets – Ellie Goulding  (thanks to Ashish Ayra for this one)
  2. What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger – Kelly Clarkson
  3. Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
  4. Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People
  5. Mr. Saxobeat – Alexandra Stan
  6. Good Morning – Mandisa and TobyMac
  7. Last Friday Night (TGIF) – Katy Perry
  8. Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
  9. Wanna Be Startin’ Something – Michael Jackson (such an MJ classic to jam to)
  10. Paradise – Coldplay (not as much of a pump you up song, but incredible nonetheless)
  11. Teach Me How to Dougie – Cali Swag District (yes, this made the list)
  12. Tell Me What We’re Gonna Do Now – Joss Stone
  13. Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice (admit it, you love it)
  14. Search Your Heart – Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson
  15. Mo Money, Mo Problems – Mase, Puff Daddy and Notorious B.I.G.
  16. Single Ladies – Beyonce
  17. Jump On It – Sir Mix-a-Lot
  18. Love Is In the House – TobyMac
  19. Fix You – Coldplay
  20. Walk This Way – Run-D.M.C
  21. Jai Ho – AR Rahman and a bunch of other Indian musicians
  22. Breathe Me – Sia
  23. American Boy (featuring Kanye West) – Estelle
  24. Crack the Shutters – Snow Patrol
  25. Love (featuring Bruno Mars) – Jaeson Ma
  26. Around the World – Daft Punk
  27. No One Like You – David Crowder Band
  28. I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
  29. Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne
  30. California Gurls – Katy Perry
  31. Anyone Else But You – The Moldy Peaches (from Juno)
  32. Somebody to Love (remix) – Justin Bieber (every playlist has to have a Bieber song, come on!)
  33. The B**** of Living – John Gallagher Jr. & Boys (from Spring Awakening soundtrack)
  34. Labels or Love – Fergie
  35. Calabria 2007 – Enur
  36. We Didn’t Start the Fire – Billy Joel
  37. Moment of Surrender – U2 (if you’ve ever seen Bono sing this in concert, you know why this one jams)

One response

  1. I waiting for Richard Simmons to pop his head out of the pic and say Go get em girls!
    Love the song list Ann. 🙂 I’m Sexy and I know it, by LMFAO is a GREAT song to WO with too.

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