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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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
Great list! Report
Great list!! May I respectfully suggest one change? In 1977 Foghat released a live album with cut 3 being a concert performance of Slow Ride. It is about 7 minutes worth of up beat, hard driving guitar rock that gets my blood pumping. If you would like a preview that track is available to listen to on YouTube. Report
Adding a link to this playlist in spotify would be awesome! Report
So many songs, so many choices! Report
The best rock n roll music ever made! This is my favorite era! Janet added some good ones. I would add "Wild Thing" The Troggs, "Mama's Got a Squeeze" Box Who, "Low Rider" War, "Billy Don't be a Hero" Paper Lace, "Spirit In the Sky" Norman Greenbaum Sweet "Ballroom Blitz" "Dragging The Line" Tommy James and the Shondells, "Thunderstruck" ACDC there are just so many Report
Perfect list!!! Report
Great list! Report
GENIE-B
Good picks--I think I have them all on my iPod already, lol. Love me some classic rock. Report
Good music! Report
Some fun suggestions Report
I knew them all! I listen to some of them. Report
AZMOMXTWO
I have most of the music listed and much more I walk to music and I work out to music if I need to speed up I just put on a faster beat Report
RO2BENT
some greats Report
Good ideas, there are so many music channels now, it’s not hard to get these songs. I like early country music and bluegrass too, and polka music gets you moving like crazy! Just ask Alexa! Report
RAPUNZEL53
Nice! Report
1. Queen - "Don't Stop Me Now", 2. Moody Blues - "I'm Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band, 3. Dave Clark Five - "Do You Love Me", 4. Bee Gees - "You Should be Dancing", 5. ELO- "Mr. Blue Sky", 6. Golden Earring - "Radar Love", 7.Michael Jackson - "Don't Stop til You Get Enough". Report
makes me feel old - it took me all the way to springsteen to even recognize a name here! stones, credence clearwater, the who, doors - those i'd call classic, and i listened to music constantly in the 60s, early 70s. most of the rest i've never heard of! sigh... getting old... Report
Great selection. Report
good list Report
Great list! Report
I'm 46 and I think these songs are too old to workout too. I need more current choices. Report
ROSSYFLOSSY
Great list! Report
DMEYER4
thanks Report
I'm 68 and don't even know a lot of those songs because there were so many great MoTown songs back then. But, Steppenwolf "Born to Be Wild" would be on my list. One of my all time favorite songs is Steppenwolf's "The Pusher" which really was against drugs. Report
Awesome! Report
Love the song suggestions! Report
ZRIE014
great Report
Great selections Report
Awesome Report
Awesome Report
Excellent taste in music!!! Report
you had me until you included Fleetwood Mac Report
Finally a great list of real music Report
Oh my! Some of my old favorites! Report
NKLESZCZ
Iggy Pop - Lust for Life Report
ROSSYFLOSSY
Great Playlist! Report
Awesome playlist!!! Report
some great songs there. Report
Great list...thanks! :) Report
ZRIE014
great Report