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30 Workout-Worthy Christmas Songs

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Many exercisers agree that uplifting music helps increase energy and motivation while working out. This is especially important during the holiday season, when ''to-do'' lists are long and the temptation to skip workouts is high.
Making fitness a priority is a key to holiday weight-loss success. Use these festive songs of the season to help you create a perfect holiday workout playlist that will keep you moving and in the holiday spirit at the same time!

  1.  Up On The House Top by The Jackson 5

  1.   Father Christmas by The Kinks

  1.   Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree by Mary J. Blige

  1.    Shake Up Christmas by Train

  1.   Mele Kalikimaka by Jimmy Buffett

  1.   Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses

  1.   Jingle Bell Rock by Rascal Flatts

  1.    Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by U2

  1.   12 Days of Christmas by Reliant K

  1.   What Christmas Means To Me by Stevie Wonder

  1.   Last Christmas by Wham!

  1.   Jingle Bells by Diana Krall

  1.   Wizards In Winter by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

  1.   All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey

  1.  Joy to the World by Mannheim Steamroller

  1.    Sleigh Ride by The Ronettes

  1.  Step Into Christmas by Elton John

  1.    I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by Twisted Sister

  1.   Cool Yule by Brian Setzer

  1.   Feliz Navidad by Jose’ Feliciano

  1.   Rock And Roll Christmas by George Thorogood &  The Destroyers
  1.    Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! By Ella Fitzgerald

  1.   Everybody Loves Christmas by Eddie Money

  1.   We Need A Little Christmas by The Cast of Glee

  1.   Run Rudolph Run by CeeLo Green

  1.   Christmas All Over Again by Tom Petty

  1.   Christmas This Year (Feat. Leigh Nash) by Toby Mac

  1.   Santa’s Got A Brand New Bag by Shedaisy

  1.   Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer by Straight No Chaser

  1.   Handel’s Messiah by Relient K

Celebrating Hanukkah? Be sure to check out these songs to inspire your Hanukkah workouts.
For a twist on the traditional Christmas songs, check out this Make It Pop!: Christmas Beat playlist from our friends at Yes! Fitness Music. If features (count 'em) 20 full-length remixed Christmas party hits!
Make It Pop!: Christmas Beat (20 Full-Length Xmas Party Hits - Remixed & Reloaded) - Yes Fitness Music

Do you ever work out to holiday music? Did you discover any new favorite holiday tunes thanks to this list?

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Great list! Report
Can't start too early! Report
Lots of interesting music. Report
Love the list! Report
Great list! Report
Thank you Report
This is a great list! Report
I watch The Price is Right while a workout video plays on You Tube on my phone lol!! Report
Sting's "I Saw Three Ships," Natalie Merchant's "Go Where I Send Thee," and Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas" are also good. Neil Diamond and Johnny Mathis both have a lot of great Christmas songs as well. L.L. Cool J's "Rock the Bells" would make a good workout song too! Report
Loved all the Christmas songs!! Report
Thanks for sharing. Report
I'm on this road for the rest of my life. - Dennis Banks (Ojibwa) ~ #Commit 4/24/18 Report
Love the UPBEAT in these. Playing them while doing house chores makes it go quicker. Report
thanks for sharing the list Report
I've been enjoying working out to Christmas songs Report
September is the month I start craving Christmas music. These song will be a nice addition to my collection Report
This list cracked me up. I kept alternating between, "YES! I love that song!" and "Nooooo, I can't STAAAAAAND that one! BLEGH." No in-between. But you need some Yule Shoot Your Eye Out by FOB for that little touch of bah humbug. :D Report
I love working out to Christmas music. About this time every year I pull out my Leslie Sansone WATP Christmas audio. It's a 30-minute walk. One track is with instructions, the second one is music only. It gets the workout done but keeps me in a Chistmas mood! I will definitely try making my own play list from this list of songs. Report
interesting, Report
I love be bopping around with Christmas. Report
I agree with the people who like "Linus and Lucy", doesn't feel like Christmas 'til I've seen Charlie Brown. One of my favorite all time songs is "All I Want for Christmas is You", but the best version is by Vince Vance and the Valiants! Report
Christmas Long Ago by the Echelons is also a fun little tune.
I'm glad Straight No Chaser made the list. All their cds are so much fun to listen to but most people I know have never heard of them. Pick up their Christmas (and non-Christmas) cds, you won't be disappointed. Report
Eh, I just say anything Trans Siberian Orchestra. I can get behind them. :) Report
A couple of fun ones..."The Man With All the Toys" by the Beach Boys and "It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas" by the Pet Shop Boys. I do work out to Christmas music, a few of the above are on my list, and many others as well. Report
Fun list. Report
99% of workout music lists and playlists on SP are secular. Sure would appreciate it if SP would post one that is contemporary Christian music and spiritual in nature, instead of good time, funny, secular Christmas music. I saved the single Christian music playlist I've seen SP post; sure would love to have one for Chrstmas. If SP ever does post one, please provide a link to this list, in the Christian list's blog, so there is no griping. (There was griping when wth Christian list was posted, even though 99.9% of music lists posted were secular! Unbelievable.) Thank you SP for all you do. Report
The band Fun. has a great new version of Sleigh Ride. It's so upbeat and funky, perfect for a holiday workout. Report
And now I have "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" stuck in my head. Only Brenda Lee is singing it. ;) Report
I assume the "Father Christmas" referred to is from "Scrooge"? I'd have to agree, maybe not the best Christmas song ever, (I'd go with Sting's "Gabriel's Message" or the "Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth" by Bing Crosby and David Bowie) but it is a lot of fun and great to move to. (The movie is fun too!!!) Report
Father Christmas is the best Christmas song ever and is awesome when you are working out!!! Report
a bit ordinary Report
Try Little Drummer Boy by Audio Adrenaline Report
thanks for the seasonal list, makes me want to stuff stockings and dance.
Love the other suggestions, too - Linus & Lucy is one of my all time favorites.
Michael Buble' would have been nice.
Let's get that Christian list going (gospel & such) - Kirk Franklin & The Family are on my playlist. Report
What? No Vince Guaraldi Charlie Brown's Christmas? Lucy and Linus? Not even Lucy and Linus?

On the upside ... no Madonna butchering the Ertha Kitt classic Santa Baby. She had the sexiest voice ... ever. Report
On a Christian Christmas music CD someone made for me ... there is a version of the song DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR that is AWESOME. It make take some looking to find but the singer's name is Deniece Williams (and yes that is the correct spelling) Good luck! Report
Somehow I just can't see working out to Christmas music - but I definitely use it to pace my housecleaning, wrapping sessions and baking leading up to Christmas. Report
Oh, and just one more - It's Christmas, C'est Noel by Jordy Report
I don't work out to ANY music (the beats sometimes put me off) but I'd add a few to these which I LOVE and are nice and upbeat:
Leroy the redneck reindeer - Joe Diffie, Grandma got run over by a reindeer - Elmo&Patsy, Back Door Santa - Clarence Carter, Christmas in Hollis - RUN DMC and Sleigh Ride - TLC Report
This list made me giggle - well over half of these songs play at work, and most of us sort-of-dance and giggle about them. It's great to have some upbeat Xmas music - these are definitely workout-worthy! Report