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The Top 10 Workout Songs For November. What’s Yours?

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I USED to be able to keep up with music. I knew artists, albums, words. I had a wall of cassette tapes circa 1987…

Which was replaced with a tower of CDs in college…

WHICH I stayed up all night and ripped when I got my first iPod…

WHICH looks ancient now!

Moral of the story… I’M OLD!

I admit it. I can’t keep up. I run my own business, have 2 kids, a house that needs to be cleaned, meals that need to be cooked and, umm yeah, I have to sleep!

Honestly, I’ve been listening to 95% of the same music for the last 10 years. Sure, now and then I download a new tune, but half of them are older ones I’m just learning about.

It’s sad.

Well, I think it’s sad, but only because I miss discovering new music. So when Chris from RunHundred asked if I’d like a few new song suggestions, I hopped on the idea. He’s going to shoot a new top 10 every month to share on the site. This month’s….

This month’s top 10 list has a little of what you’d expect—and a little you might not.  Flo Rida, who’s no stranger to this list, shows up in two tracks this month.  Enrique Iglesias continues his transition from balladeer to club rocker.  And Kelly Clarkson, after faltering with the first single off her new album, bounced back ferociously with the second.

As for surprises, they’re mostly entries from folks relatively new on the dance scene.  Highlights include songs from Tim Berg (who remixed his own track under his Avicii moniker), Skrillex (whose collaboration with Kaskade is the first dubstep track ever the make the Top 10), and Wolfgang Gartner (who’s made the chart with a little help fromWill.I.Am).

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular blog for workout songs.

To find more workout songs–and hear next month’s contenders–folks can check out Run Hundred’s free database of music for working out.  Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

I’d love your reviews in the comments? Do you listen to any of these during your workouts? Have any new song suggestions yourself?
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    November 8, 2011

    I wish I could give you a great list but I am in the same music rut as you. Thanks for the ideas. I will have to check these songs out. I have songs I will be adding to my playlist but they are all very old songs. The only “new” songs I know are from the classes I take at the gym. lol


    November 8, 2011

    I too have been listening to the same music over and over again during my workouts. I have a playlist of what I think is good running music, which I used for training for the half-marathon, but now that that’s over, I could DEFINITELY use some new tunes.

    I’ll definitely be checking out your list and Run Hundred! Thanks!


    November 8, 2011

    I am an indie rock snob myself. I love running to the Postal Service even though it’s Older. I also love: Maps and Atlases, TV on the Radio, Ra Ra Riot, and Tegan and Sara. I gotta admit though–now than I have a four month old, I haven’t had time to update my iPod, never mind discover new tunes!


    November 8, 2011

    What a great idea! Thanks Roni and Chris for working together to post new music suggestions. I especially love how the BPM are noted after each song! New motivation for running :)


    November 8, 2011

    My husband laughs at me because I find that only Foo Fighter’s Greatest Hits album will do for my running. The drum beats are so regular and powerful it keeps me in a good rhythm. I know there must be others (and maybe a little more updated, hello there!) But I have a hard time. LOL. Sometimes Matchbox Twenty if I’m feelin’ spicy. I’m 34 btw…


    November 8, 2011

    Oh, Roni, you’re making me feel nostalgic with your “wall of tapes” that Loverboy I spy in there? ;)

    I have Goldfrapp’s entire catalog on heavy rotation in my MP3 player for running – the BPM between songs seems fairly consistent and the tempo is just perfect for my all-day pace. If I’m really kicking it hard, I’ll put on some early Stone Temple Pilots to fire me up.


    November 8, 2011

    I kinda have an obsession with not letting my music get stale. Ask my husband — he never updates his iPod and I call his taste in music “old man music.” Last album (ha! remember those! vinyl! older than you!) I bought was Foster the People, which I love. Also a fan of Vampire Weekend, Beck, Spoon and OK Go. Adele’s great, too, but that’s really not workout music. Oh, and B.o.B.!

    Lois Anne Bullen

    November 8, 2011

    I’m trying to keep up with new music, too – there’s just so much!! Here are a few 2011 songs that are close to the beat range in Chris’s post:

    Lykke Li – Youth Knows No Pain (125 bpm)
    Lykke Li – Rich Kid Blues (127 bpm)
    Peter, Bjorn, & John – Tomorrow Has To Wait (120 bpm)

    I also love “It’s Real” by Real Estate, but it may be a little fast (152 bpm).

    Good luck!!

    Charlie Hills

    November 8, 2011

    My recommendations for workout songs:

    * It’s a Small World After All
    * Stars and Stripes Forever
    * Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, Allegretto, Second Movement
    * Just about any twelfth century Gregorian chant
    * My Humps

    Oh man, I’m old with you then. I listened to about 5 seconds of the playlist and had to turn them off since my rave glo-stick is in the shop.

    What I consider new to me aren’t really new. Just Foster the People’s “Pumped up Kicks” and Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” are workout worthy. Add in Better than Ezra’s “Juicy” and RHCP’s “Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” for warm up or cool downs and that’s about the extent of it for me. I’m so uninspired by the crap out there now I’m surprised I found those!


    November 8, 2011

    These are a little out there for me. I’ve only heard two of these – Hangover and Tonight, Tonight. Obviously I’ve heard of Kelly Clarkson, but hvaen’t heard this song yet.

    But I do like dance music for running. Don’t listen to it regularly, but on my iPod during a run, keeps me going@


    November 8, 2011

    this is where it comes in handy to work in radio! I’m liking Jessie J’s “Domino”, Flo Ride with Etta James “Good Feeling”, Karmin “Crash Your Party”…and although it’s not new – I’m really loving the new Evanescence track!


    November 8, 2011

    Awesome! I didn’t care for most of the songs–but I did find one to add to my “wishlist”. Many thanks to Chris for sharing! I find that I have soooo many songs on iTunes that I never listen to so I have started making “random” playlists. I just make sure none of the songs are; more than 4 minutes long, holiday tunes, sung by a Disney Channel star or a spoken podcast. Even if I truly HATE some of the songs as they come across–I feel I’ve gotten my 99 cents worth :-)


    November 8, 2011

    It’s not new per se, but this summer when I was on vacation, I heard “Drop It Low (Jumpsmokers Remix) by Kat DeLuna and downloaded it immediately when I got home. It’s become my go-to song for hill training or when I need a boost during a run. The driving beat can’t help but make me move faster.


    November 8, 2011

    A few of my favorite workout songs are:

    *Don’t Stop the Party – BEP
    *Rock That Body – BEP
    *Love Lockdown – Kayne West
    *Just Dance – Lady Gaga
    *I Need to Know – Marc Anthony
    *How Far We’ve Come – Matchbox Twenty
    *Break My Stride – Matthew Wilder
    *Stonger (Workout Remix) – Kayne West **My favorite!!!***

    I love reading what other people have and getting new ideas. Nothing makes me look forward to a workout more than new music :)


    November 8, 2011

    I love listening to Skinny Songs when I work out. Sounds so funny… and most of the songs are, but they have a great beat and the words can be so inspiring and remind me of why I’m running.


    November 8, 2011

    Thanks for sharing this Roni! That’s awesome.


    November 8, 2011

    I can relate Roni. I too am old (in fact, a little older than you) and I’m stuck in a music rut. My husband knew about my fixation on 80’s music before he married me, and married me anyway! That’s love!! However, I have ‘graduated’ to adding some Lady Gaga, Chris Brown and Black Eyed Peas into the mix. (I’m such a geek! :) ) Happy Tuesday.


    November 9, 2011

    Roni, like you, I have also been listening to the same workout songs for the past 5 years. I still have “Since You’ve Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson and “Sugar We’re Going Down” by Fall Out Boy on my running ipod.

    Looking forward to these posts! <3 new music!


    November 9, 2011

    My most recent 7-8 mile playlist:
    Bartender Song-Rehab
    Sexy and I Know it-LMFAO
    Guitar Town-Steve Earle
    This City-Patrick Stump feat. Lupe Fiasco
    God Love Her-Toby Keith
    The Show Goes On-Lupe Fiasco
    Without You-David Guetta feat. Usher
    Club Can’t Handle Me-Flo Rida feat. David Guetta
    Super Bass-Nicki Minaj
    Yeah 3X-Chris Brown
    Made in America-Toby Keith
    Party Rock Anthem-LMFAO
    Love Hangover-Jason Derulo
    Double Vision-3OH!3
    Story of My Life-Social Distortion
    If We Ever Meet Again-Timbaland feat. Katy Perry

    I am also partial to Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run…love crossing the finish line of a race to that one! I Gotta Feeling–Black Eyed Peas always gets me going too! I am big on having good running playlists that really pump me up! I try to stragetically place the songs where they will benefit me the most! Like, at the half way point, I know I might need a boost, so I try to put in a really high energy song at that point to get me going. May be silly, but it all works out in my head anyway! :)


    November 9, 2011

    And…by the way…I am old too! Closing in on 40! UGH! 12 year old daughter keeps me a little up to date on music….A LITTLE! lol


    November 9, 2011

    Have you tried Free downloads if you register. They put together a mix every Monday. Some 30 minute mixes while others are longer. Nice change to the 80’s I am use to.

    Nice, I hadn’t heard of that site! I posted my last month’s workout playlist. I buy probably 1-2 albums a month since I spend all day listening to music while at home working :)

    If you ever want some recommendations, speak up!