Exercise! - Your Ultimate Kick Butt Hard Cardio Playlist

12-21-2010, 04:37 PM
I have a playlist that I put on when I MEAN BUSINESS for my cardio. It is labeled on my iTunes, in fact, as "Mega Kicka** Cardio".

Mine has:

Defying Gravity - Glee Cast (for warmup)
Dynamite - Taio Cruz
Raise Your Glass - Pink
Indiana - Melissa Etheridge
We R Who We R - Ke$ha (I know, I have a fair amount of shame)
Phantom of the Opera - Me First and the Gimme Gimmes...(they do punk covers, this is off of their Broadway album...the only Broadway I can run to!)
Magic - B.o.B
Firework - Katy Perry
Science Fiction Double Feature - Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Get Over It - The Eagles
Misery Business - this is an A Capella version from Best of College A Capella 2010
Yeah! - Usher
Thriller - Michael Jackson
Love the Way You Lie - Eminem feat. Rhianna (cool down)

Do you have a playlist like this? What's on it?

Shannon in ATL
12-21-2010, 04:38 PM
Ooo, I love yours. I'm going to pirate some of the songs.

I have several - my current favorite has a lot of Tina Turner & Destiny's Child. For some reason Nutbush City Limits & Bootylicious make me want to feel the burn.

12-21-2010, 04:41 PM
oo love it! right now my faves are:

bottoms up-trey songz
just the way you are-bruno marz
ice cream paint job-dj durrough

and a few others that i cant think of haha

12-21-2010, 04:55 PM
Wow! I'm going to have to get some of those songs!

My list consists of:

Fergie - London bridges, fergiliciois
Beyonce- single ladies, diva, upgrade you, get me bodied, check up on it
Christina ag- candy man, still dirty, ain't no other man
Ray Charles- I got a woman, mess around, night time is the right time
Alicia keys- super woman, new york

I usually play them on shuffle, but if it's too slow when I'm jogging I skip to the next one! I like to keep pace with the beat of the music..lol!

Nice post! Gives me some ideas on new songs to change.

My playlist is called Runnin Jams

12-21-2010, 05:18 PM
Here's some of my faves: keep your head- by ting tings (it's my perfect running song), you shook me all night long- AC/DC, secondhand news- fleetwood mac, baba o'riley- the Who. Maybe I need to listen to more music from my generation. . .

12-21-2010, 07:25 PM
I like poppy-dance music for cardio. I always have Britney Spears' "Break the Ice" programmed for around the middle of my run. It always gets me going again when I start flagging and makes me push a bit hard. It's my favourite pick me up for cardio. But of course Gaga is also standard and other Britney songs too.

12-21-2010, 07:57 PM
I love this thread. I don't have a lot of music knowledge and love to refresh my playlists. Thank you for sharing I will be looking up all of the above songs! Here are my currents:

Elliptical Playlist
Whattya Want From Me and No Boundaries by Adam Lambert
Walk This Way - Aerosmith
Conga - Gloria estefan
I Love Rock and Roll - Joan Jett
California Gurls and waking Up in Vegas and Teenage Dream - Katy Perry
Your Love is My Drug - Kesha
Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
Poke Face - Lady Gaga
Can't Be Tamed - Miley Cyrus
Whose Bed have your boots been under - Shania Twain
Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
You Belong with me - Taylor Swift
Undo It - Carrie Underwood

Spinning PlayList
My Immortal - Evanescence
Hallelujah - Lee DeWyze
We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel
Goodbye Earl - Dixie Chicks
Sweet Child O Mine - Guns N Roses
I'm Free - Kenny Loggins
The Climb - Miley Cyrus
Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
Any Man of Mine - Shania Twain
Indian Outlaw - Tim McGraw
Bohemian Rhapsody and We will Rock You- Queen
Firework - Katy Perry
Obsession - Animotion
Bring Me To Life - Evanesence

I also have a cool down list.

12-21-2010, 08:20 PM

The more sappy and bubblegum the song, the harder the Gimme Gimmes slam it. :D

For the uninitiated:



12-21-2010, 08:21 PM
Strangely enough, a lot of my songs are the same as yours, mandalinn. I should check out some of the Broadway covers, those are right up my alley.

Mine also has some Green Day (mostly from American Idiot).

12-21-2010, 08:28 PM
My current playlist is a random mix of pop and rock -

Lady Gaga - Bad Romance and Boys, boys, boys
FloRida - Club Can't Handle Me
Taio Cruz - Break Your Heart and Dynamite
Paramore - Ignorance
Adam Lambert - If I Had You
Ricky Martin - Livin La Vida Loca
Nicotine and New Found Glory - punk cover of "Neverending Story"
Destiny's Child - Survivor
"369" and "Church" from Step Up2 soundtrack
30 Seconds to Mars - Closer to the Edge
Katy Perry - Waking Up in Vegas
Pink - Centerfold
Iron Maiden - Aces High
Rise Against - Halfway There and Behind Closed Doors
Disturbed - Liberate
Coheed and Cambria - Welcome Home

Next round, I'm throwing in some Agent Orange :)

Oh...and New Found Glory has some punk covers of cinema favorites a la Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

12-21-2010, 08:33 PM
21 Guns is a GREAT song for me to run to. Forgot about that one!

My favorite Gimme Gimmes song is their rendition of "Rainbow Connection". But I adore the entire Broadway album.

I also have the Bad Romance rendition they did on Glee. I used to have the Gaga version, but I think the Glee one has a bit more depth so I replaced it.

Also - Fire Burning - Sean Kingston

12-21-2010, 09:29 PM
I have some of the same as above (Katy Perry, Beyonce); I also have some Mary J. Blige (try "Work That" - power to the ladies!) and random fun songs off movie soundtracks like "Shake your pom pom" (Missy Elliot - booty shaking time!).

My new addition to the running playlist is....The Darkness. I'll admit it. I crank me some British glam rock and boy my feet start flying. Try it! Put "I believe in a thing called love" on your playlist and get ready to book. "Crazy Train" is also good for this.

12-25-2010, 03:21 PM
I have a few, depending on what musical mood I'm in. I'm all over the board with my tastes, so I never know what's going to motivate me.

I got a new iPod for Xmas, so I was super excited to put together some new playlists. This is what I worked out to this morning (and yes, this is the playlist of a 43-year old woman. Don't judge me! LOL):

Only Girl (In the World) - Rihanna
Smack That - Akon
Meet Me Halfway - Black Eyed Peas
Naughty Girls Need Love Too - Samantha Fox
U and Dat - E-40 w/ T. Pain
I Kissed a Girl - Katy Perry
Low - Flo Rida
My Love - Justin Timberlake
Butterfly - Crazy Town
Toxic - Britney Spears
Tonight I'm Loving (okay, so I have the dirty version, and it's so not "loving") You - Enrique Iglesias

For cooling down (I usually shuffle through this and pick one or two songs):
Crazy for You - Adele
Playground Love - Air
Golden Slumbers - Ben Folds
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
Better Be Home Soon - Crowded House
Delicate - Damien Rice
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
Love - John Lennon
The Weight of My Words - Kings of Convenience
Mad World - Michael Andrews
Turn Me On - Norah Jones
Street Spirit (Fade Out) - Radiohead
Glitter in the Air - Pink
Let It Be Me - Ray LaMontagne

Oh, and thank you guys for turning me on to the Gimme Gimmes -- awesome stuff!

12-28-2010, 10:22 AM
Great thread! I'm stealing a song from each post, I think! Here are a few of my favorites - I really need a thumping beat when I'm running:

Rude Boy - Rhianna
Shoop - Salt n Pepa
Carry Out - Timbaland & Justin Timberlake ( i loooove this one)
Da Dip - Old School Players
Hey Baby (drop it to the floor) - Pitbull/TPain
Shut it Down - Pitbull/Akon
Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani
LoveGame - Gaga
OMG - Usher
Soundsystem - Michael Franti
Everybody Ona Move - Michael Franti
Yell Fire - Michael Franti

12-28-2010, 10:57 AM
My play list is called "Even Newer Than New Workout Music" (because it supplanted "Workout Music" and "New Workout Music"). It reflects my advanced age. ;-)

Big Time - Peter Gabriel
Your Love - Outfield ("Josie's on a vacation far away ...")
Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
Home by the Sea - Genesis
Dog Days Are Over - Florence & the Machine
Suffragette City - David Bowie
3 A.M. Eternal - The KLF
Sober - Pink
Disturbia - Rihanna
I Want Her - Keith Sweat
O.M.G. - Usher (The line "Honey got a booty like pow-pow-pow" inspires me)
Lust for Life - Iggy Pop
Hey Baby - No Doubt
I Don't Want to Be - Gavin DeGraw
Cars - Gary Neuman
Don't Stop Till You Get Enough - Michael Jackson

Cool down includes:

Soldier of Love - Sade
I'm So Into You - Sisters With Voices
Right Here - Sisters With Voices
Nothing on You - B.O.B.

12-28-2010, 11:46 PM
3 A.M. Eternal - The KLF

Wow, I completely forgot this song ever existed. I had it on several mix tapes back in the day, and now I'm running-not-walking to download and add. Thanks for the reminder!

12-29-2010, 11:57 AM
Gloo, don't forget to download "Justified and Ancient" with Tammy Wynette while you're at it on the KLF playlist

That has one of the most demented videos of the early 90s.

("Hey, hey ... all bound for moo-moo land ....")

Also great for cardio.


06-14-2011, 05:12 AM
I'm bumping this thread for more ideas! My playlist needs a refresher!

06-27-2011, 12:56 PM
My jogging playlist is really long, so bear with me :) I shuffle it up to keep things interesting since I run 3-4 times a week and get bored easily with the same stuff over and over again. My list includes:

Animal I Have Become (Three Days Grace-TDG)
Baby (Justin Bieber) (LOL! Yes, seriously!)
The Big Bang (Rock Mafia)
Dog Days Are Over (Florence & the Machine)
Don't Phunk With My Heart (Black Eyed Peas-BEP)
I Don't Want to Lose Your Love (Outfield)
My Love (Justin Timberlake - JT)
Pump It (BEP)
Riot (TDG)
SexyBack (JT)
Stronger (Kanye)
Toxic (Britney)
What the **** (Avril Lavigne)
Don't Phunk With My Heart (BEP)
Hold It Against Me (Britney)
F*** You (CeeLo)
Never Say Never (Justin Bieber...again)(LOL!)
Gold Digger (Kanye)
Something in Your Mouth (Nickelback)
F*cking Perfect (Pink)
Raise Your Glass (Pink)
Born This Way (Lady Gaga)
OMG (Usher)
Killing in the Name (RATM)
B.Y.O.B (System of a Down)
Animals (Nickelback)

06-27-2011, 05:54 PM
I have a few different playlists, because I like to change it up. Here is one of them:

Hey Baby - Pitbull
My Girls - Christina Aguilera ft Peaches
Fancy - Drake ft TI & Swizz Beat
Sleazy - Ke$ha
More - Usher
Take Me On The Floor - The Veronicas
Paper Planes - MIA
Did It Again - Shakira
Stereo Love - Edward Maya ft Vika Jigulina
I Just Wanna Run - The Downtown Fiction

07-12-2011, 12:48 AM
i have a million playlists for working out but some of my fave songs to run to are:

U2 - Vertigo
Nelly - Heart of A Champion
Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow, Time of My Life
Bruce Springsteen- Badlands and Born To Run
Bon Jovi - Living on A Prayer, We Got it Going On, One Wild Night
Michael Jackson - Man in the Mirror
Paramore - Misery
Kelly Clarkson - Never Again, I Do Not Hook Up, How I Feel
Liz Phair - Extraordinary
Avril Lavigne - What the ****, Girlfriend, Skater Boi
Britney Spears - Toxic, Til the World Ends, Womanizer
J Lo - On the Floor
Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias - I Like It
Lady Gaga - Edge of Glory
Rise Against- Re-education Through Labor
Def Leppard - Pour SOme Sugar On Me
Billy Idol - Dancing With Myself, Be a Lover, Mony Mony
Dashboard Confessional - Hands Down, The Motions, Alter The Ending
Metallica - King Nothing, Master of Puppets
Drop Kick Murphys - I'm Shipping Up To Boston

i have tons more but will list them later... going to hit the hay!

07-12-2011, 12:49 AM
oh one more one of my FAVES

Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet

Precious Little
07-12-2011, 06:37 AM
This is some of what I have on my ipod at the moment for walking/running:


Got that Vibe - Afrika Bambaataa

When you gonna give it up to me - Sean Paul
Daddy's Home - Sean Paul
Press It Up - Sean Paul
Temperature - Sean Paul
She wanna be down - Sean Paul
Watch dem roll - Sean Paul

Fuego - Pitbull
Krazy - Pitbull
Bon Bon - Pitbull
Descarada (dance) - Pitbull

In the Ayer - Flo Rida
Right round - Flo Rida
Low - Flo Rida
Puzzle - Flo Rida
Turn Around (5 4 3 2 1) - Flo Rida

Sexy b!tch - Akon

(great for running):
Weekend - Scooter
The Question is What is the Question - Scooter
Neverending Story - Scooter
and no matches - Scooter
Rock Bottom - Scooter (I could have this song on constant 'repeat' for like 20 mins -solid and never get sick of it)

Patron Tequila - Paradiso Girls ft. Lil Jon

Hey - Lil Jon (feat 3OH!3)

Shawty Get Loose - Lil Mama ft. Chris Brown & T-Pain

My World - Emigrate

The Hand that Feeds - Nine Inch Nails
Only - Nine Inch Nails
Starf**kers Inc - Nine Inch Nails
Happiness in Slavery (Fixed remix) - Nine Inch Nails

will post more when I change over but this is a fairly fresh batch so will probably keep me going for a while :)

07-12-2011, 09:00 AM
1. Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar On Me

2. Michael Jackson - You Wanna Be Startin' Something

3. Aerosmith - Love in an Elevator

4. Aerosmith - Sweet Emotion

5. Aerosmith - Back in the Saddle Again

6. Van Halen - Dance the Night Away

7. Kelly Clarkson - My Life Would Suck Without You

8. Pink - So What?? (my favorite!!)

9. Katy Perry - Firework

10. AC/DC - Back in Black

Yeah, my songs are mostly from the 80s but what can I say? I'm almost 40 and the hard rock gets me through some tough cardio, lol.

07-22-2011, 08:47 PM
I have 13 playlists with different times that I shuffle randomly depending on how long I want my workout to be :)

PS. I use all these mainly for running!

30 minutes:
1. It's OK - Cee-Lo Green
2. F*cking Perfect - Pink
3. Gonna Make You Sweat - C&C Music Factory
4. Forget You - Cee-Lo Green
5. On A Mission - Gabriella Cilmi (my ULTIMATE favourite song for running too! ridiculously empowering!)
6. Sugar - Flo-Rida
7. Waka-Waka (This Time For Africa) - Shakira
8. One of the Boys - Katy Perry (COOL DOWN)

48 minutes:
1. Chip on my Shoulder - Legally Blonde Broadway album (WARM-UP. I'm an MT student and find the last section of this song really motivating!)
2. Evacuate the Dancefloor - Cascada
3. Warm This Winter - Gabriella Cilmi
4. Come So Far (Got So Far To Go) - Hairspray movie soundtrack (more MT haha)
5. 1985 - Bowling for Soup
6. California Gurls - Katy Perry
7. Jai-Ho! (You Are My Destiny) - A.R.Rahman
8. Broken Heels - Alexandra Burke
9. Jerk It Out - The Caesars
10. Thanks for the Memories - Fall Out Boy
11. Don't Rain on my Parade - Glee version
12. All The Small Things - Blink 182
13. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) - Natalie Cole (COOL DOWN)

I also have a massive playlist for stretching and one of inspirational songs for weight-loss that I play when I'm cooking at home haha.

07-23-2011, 07:19 PM
I can't do playlists since I get tired of listening to the same songs, so I just let my iPod surprise me on shuffle. But these are some of my favorites for running and weight training:

Two Weeks - All That Remains
Falling Down - Atreyu
Fight for Your Right to Party - Beastie Boys
Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold
Song For the Dumped - Ben Folds
Pump It - Black Eyed Peas
Peace Of Me, Womanizer, Circus, I'm A Slave For You - Britney Spears
All These Things I Hate - Bullet for my Valentine
Quitter - Carrie Underwood
Just Like Heaven - The Cure
You've Seen the Butcher - Deftones
Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode
Inside Out - Eve 6
Let Me In - Evolve
My Time - Fabolous
Same Direction, Out of Control - Hoobastank
Get Out! - Korn
Stronger - Kanye West
All the Above - Maino ft. T-Pain
How Far We've Come - Matchbox Twenty
Can't Be Tamed - Miley Cyrus
Get Your Freak On - Missy Elliot
Uprising - Muse
Walk - Pantera
Decode - Paramore
Under Pressure - Queen
Bulls on Parade, Killing in the Name of, Down Rodeo - Rage Against the Machine
Let Go - Red
Savior, Audience of One - Rise Against
Weight of the World, Always, All Because of You - Saliva
Push It - Salt-N-Pepa
Empty Walls - Serj Tankian
Sound of Madness - Shinedown
With Me - Sum 41
Down and Out - Tantric
All the Things She Said - Tatu
Stinkfist, Aenema - Tool
Bottoms Up - Trey Songz
No Hands - Waka Flocka Flame