20 Classic Rock Songs to Power You Through Your Next Workout

By , SparkPeople Blogger
From running to spinning to yoga, every workout has its own natural rhythm. Whether it's marked by footfalls on pavement, pedal strokes or a pattern of inhales and exhales, the cadence helps us stay tune with our bodies, our breath and our heartbeat. Most likely, this is why music is such a common—and, for many, essential—exercise companion. The beat keeps time with our movements, engages our minds and makes each workout seem a little less like work.
When it comes to exercise playlists, there are the more obvious ones, like Latin-inspired Zumba soundtracks, energizing girl power anthems and motivating running songs. But when you're looking for a little dose of nostalgia, why not add some classic rock to your repertoire? We compiled a list of our favorite songs from the 60s and 70s, so you can reminisce about the good old days while you get your sweat on.
1. ZZ Top, "Sharp Dressed Man" – Amazon  iTunes

2. Heart, "Barracuda" – Amazon  iTunes

3. Queen, "Fat Bottomed Girls"Amazon  iTunes

4. Tom Petty, "Won't Back Down"Amazon  iTunes

5. Foghat, "Slow Ride"Amazon  iTunes

6. Aerosmith, "Walk This Way"Amazon  iTunes

7. Free, "All Right Now"Amazon  iTunes

8. Bruce Springsteen, "Born to Run" – Amazon  iTunes

9. Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Fortunate Son" Amazon  iTunes

10. Rolling Stones, "Start Me Up" Amazon  iTunes

11. Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Sweet Home Alabama" Amazon  iTunes

12. Dire Straits, "Walk of Life"Amazon  iTunes

13. Journey, "Don't Stop Believin'"Amazon  iTunes

14. Steve Miller, "Fly Like an Eagle"Amazon  iTunes

15. The Doors, "Light My Fire" – Amazon  iTunes

16. Eagles, "Already Gone"Amazon  

17. Fleetwood Mac, "Go Your Own Way"Amazon  iTunes

18. Led Zeppelin, "Rock and Roll" Amazon  iTunes

19. Survivor, "Eye of the Tiger" – Amazon  iTunes

20. The Who, "My Generation" – Amazon  iTunes

Which classic rock songs would you add to the list?

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MAWMAWJ2 11/28/2018
Now THIS is an awesome playlist! Report
GETULLY 10/20/2018
All fabulous ones! Report
LZRD19891 9/5/2018
I like Green Grass and High Tides by the Outlaws -- it's lonnnnng and allows you to really focus on breathing, form, etc.. In a different mood, I'm all for One Night in Bangkok from Chess Report
BABY_GIRL69 7/27/2018
Rock on!!!! Report
All are great! Report
MUSICNUT 6/21/2018
Thanks for the great list! :) Report
Wonderful nostalgia! Report
Music and exercise goes together....Rock on! Report
I really appreciate this because usually I can’t stand what is normally considered workout music. It would be even better if organized by intensity...from warm up to aerobic intensity then back to cool down. Report
I was on board until I got to Journey. *groan* Aren't we over them yet? *lol*
I'm totally going to have Slow Ride stuck in my head tonight, though. ;) Report
Great list! Report
Love these, must haves! Report
Love the list! Report
Love the playlist! Report
The right music can be a huge workout motivator. Report
A list of my all time favorites!!! Report
Add “Born to be Wild”-Steppenwolf
“Bang a Gong (get it on)”- T.Rex
“Takin’ Care of Business”- Bachman-Turner Overdrive
when I saw "classic rock" I wondered if it would really be classic or more modernized. . . but it is a great selection! Report
when I saw "classic rock" I wondered if it would really be classic or more modernized. . . but it is a great selection! Report
each song is a winner! Report
Too bad I couldn't listen to any of them. You tube anyone? Or is this just another advertisement to get us to spend money? Report
Sweet list! Report
Great list. Report
I love this music, 71 years old and Rock and Roll never forgets. Smile Report
As an older man and can't run due to health, I really like the quiet music, don't even have to know the words, the music brings out peace for me. Report
Paint It Black by the Stones is a good motivator, Stand Back by Stevie Nicks & Flashdance Report
Just did a workout with every one of these songs...excellent workout and great options Report
Thank you , love it. Report
Great ones...there are others but a great list of classics that will give you a great workout Report
Layla (original version) has become my go-to song for almost everything. It gets me through some pretty mind-numbing stuff at work. And I work out to it all the time. Report
I love every one! Report
Best rock and roll ever was this era Report
Best rock and roll ever was this era Report
my Doors is on the list WooHoo! Report
my Doors is on the list WooHoo! Report
Good choices for a good workout Report
Good choices for a good workout Report
Great music to work out to. Thanks. Report
Hated this list! I’m 69 and these songs are ancient! Report
Thanks Melissa these are great classic rock tunes to work out to, but I feel like I am aging myself remembering when these songs first came out (ouch I will be 60 on my next birthday)! Report
Love these songs and they definitely are on my lis Report
Good music Report
Kraftwerk - Autobahn, the long version is great for jogging, or a good Nordic walk.
Foreigner - Feels like the First Time
Kansas - Carry on My Wayward Son
Kansas - Dust in the Wind is a great cool down tune.
The various albums of Merry Axemas (because it is the Christmas season)
Uriah Heep - Easy Livin'
Kenny Wayne Shepard - Slow Ride, Blue on Black
Mountain - Nantucket Sleigh Ride Report
Love classic rock Thank you Report
Great list Report
Awesome!! Thanks. Report
Oooh this one will be an awesome addition to make into a Spotify playlist! I will get onto that soon and post the link in here and likely on my SparkPage (for any of you already on Spotify, friend me at msdrpepper .).

LATER: (you will need to copy the broken links, paste them elsewhere - open text message or email - delete the blank spaces after the back slashes, then copy that and paste into a new tab. Sorry...)

http:// open.spotify.com/ user/ msdrpepper/ playlist/ 5kimTvEJvcGnsEKIJoYBT1 Report
GREAT Report
My Two favorite classics are The Police Canary in a Coalmine and The Allman Brothers Jessica but this is a great list with those two additions. Report