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The 100 Best Workout Songs from the '90s

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I have a theory about music and it's this: Whatever music you listened to and loved the most during your high school and college years will always be your favorite music of all time. So for myself, all the other early-30-somethings, and everyone else who believes some of the best music ever has already been created, I am thrilled to share the mother of all '90s music lists.
But this isn't just any list. While it includes some of the best '90s songs you can think of, these are the 100 most upbeat dance, pop, rap and rock tracks for exercising. I shared the list with members of, America's largest online community of dieters and exercisers, and got them to vote on their favorites so we could name the absolute BEST workout songs from the '90s. (Can you guess which took the No. 1 spot?) Based on your votes, we have created a 60-minute continuous cardio remix playlist of the top 15 songs! You can get the playlist on iTunes for $9.99, or at for just $8.99!

Go ahead and burn yourself a mix CD for your walkman—I mean update your iPod or mp3 player—with these "made in the '90s" tunes next time you work out. You won't be disappointed!

The No. 1 Workout Song from the '90s:
Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
-- Good Vibrations (1991)

No. 2: Madonna— Vogue (1990)
No. 3: Will Smith— Gettin' Jiggy Wit It (1998)
No. 4: Cher—Believe (1998)
No. 5: C+C Music Factory— Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) (1991)
No. 6: Nirvana— Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991)
No. 7: Reel 2 Reel— I Like to Move It (1994)
No. 8: Britney Spears—You Drive Me Crazy (1999)
No. 9: Vanilla Ice— Ice Ice Baby (1990)
No. 10: The Verve— Bittersweet Symphony (1996)
No. 11: Tag Team—Whoomp! (There It Is) (1993)
No. 12: MC Hammer— U Can't Touch This (1990)
No. 13: Snap!—The Power (1990)
No. 14: Aqua—Barbie Girl (1997)
No. 15: Michael Jackson—Black or White (1991)

SparkPeople: Best of 90's Workout Mix (60-Min Non-Stop Mix @ 132 BPM) - Yes Fitness Music

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Here's the rest of the list (in alphabetic order). Click on each link to listen to a preview (or purchase the mp3) at
2 Pac ft. Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman—California Love (1996)
311—All Mixed Up (1995)
69 Boyz—Tootsee Roll (1994)
Ace of Base—Don’t Turn Around (1993)
Ace of Base—The Sign (1993)
Alanis Morissette— You Oughta Know (1995)
Alice in Chains— Man in the Box (1990)
Backstreet Boys—Backstreet’s Back (1997)
Barenaked Ladies— One Week (1998)
Basement Jaxx—Red Alert (1999)
Beastie Boys— Intergalactic (1999)
Better Than Ezra—Desperately Wanting (1996)
Black Crowes— Hard to Handle (1991)
Blackstreet— No Diggity (1996)
Blind Melon—No Rain (1992)
Blur— Song 2 (1997)
The Cardigans— Lovefool (1996)
Chumbawamba—Tubthumping (1997)
Counting Crows— Mr. Jones (1993)
Daft Punk— Around the World (1996)
Daft Punk—Da Funk (1996)
Deee-Lite— Groove Is In the Heart (1990)
Deep Blue Something— Breakfast at Tiffany's (1995)
Depeche Mode— Enjoy the Silence (1990)
Destiny's Child—Jumpin' Jumpin' (1999)
DJ Miko—What’s Up (1994)
EMF—Unbelievable (1990)
Eiffel 65—Blue (Da Ba Dee) (1999)
Eminem— My Name Is (1999)
Eve 6— Inside Out (1998)
Everclear— Father of Mine (1997)
Fatboy Slim—The Rockafeller Skank (1998)
Foo Fighters— Everlong (1997)
Groove Armada—I See You Baby (1999)
Haddaway— What Is Love (1993)
Hanson— MMMBop (1997)
House of Pain— Jump Around (1992)
Janet Jackson—Together Again (1998)
Kriss Kross— Jump (1992) 
La Bouche—Be My Lover (1995)
La Bouche—Sweet Dreams (1994)
Lauryn Hill— Doo Wop (That Thing) (1998)
Len—Steal My Sunshine (1999)
Lit—My Own Worst Enemy (1999)
Londonbeat—I’ve Been Thinking About You (1991)
Lou Bega—Mambo No. 5 (1999)
Low Fidelity Allstars—Battleflag (1997)
Madonna—Ray of Light (1998)
Marc Anthony—I Need to Know (1999)
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones— The Impression That I Get (1997)
Moby—Bodyrock (1999)
Montell Jordan— This Is How We Do It (1995)
Naughty by Nature— O.P.P. (1991)
New Radicals— You Get What You Give (1998)
No Doubt— Spiderwebs (1995)
No Mercy—Where Do You Go (1996)
The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Mase and Puff Daddy— Mo Money Mo Problems (1997)
*NSYNC— Tearin' Up My Heart (1998)
The Offspring—Come Out and Play (1994)
Presidents of the United States of America—Lump (1995)
Quad City DJ’s—C’mon ‘N Ride It (The Train) (1995)
Quad City DJ's— Space Jam (1996)
Rage Against the Machine—Bulls on Parade (1996)
Red Hot Chili Peppers—Give It Away (1991)
Red Hot Chili Peppers—Suck My Kiss (1991)
Real McCoy—Automatic Lover (1995)
Ricky Martin— Livin' la Vida Loca (1999)
Right Said Fred— I'm Too Sexy (1992)
Robyn—Show Me Love (1997)
Salt-N-Pepa with En Vogue— Whatta Man (1993)
Santana ft. Rob Thomas—Smooth (1999)
Scatman John—Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop) (1995)
Semisonic— Closing Time (1998)
Sir Mix-A-Lot— Baby Got Back (1992)
Smashing Pumpkins— Bullet With Butterfly Wings (1995)
Smash Mouth—Walkin' On the Sun (1997)
Spice Girls— Wannabe (1997)
Spin Doctors— Two Princes (1993)
Sugar Ray— Fly (1997)
Third Eye Blind— Semi-Charmed Life (1997)
Vengaboys—Boom Boom (1998)
The Wallflowers—One Headlight (1997)
Weezer— Buddy Holly (1994)
Will Smith—Miami (1998)
Will Smith—Wild Wild West (1999)
Special thanks to SparkPeople's Editorial Assistant Melinda Hershey who had way too much fun doing the research for this post.

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I agree with MYTHERNAL, "just because it was a popular song doesn't mean it has a great beat for working out." Report
I just turned 70 but my favorite workout songs come from the past few years... Some Night (Fun), Love Runs Out (One Republic)... etc Report
I graduated in 2000, and a good majority of these songs are already in my collection. I feel this overwhelming need to throw Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness into a discman and relive some quality angst. *grin* Report
Not for me, I like modern music, I love techno, it really helps to pump me up. Report
This list of songs takes me way back to my teenage years. Graduated in 1995 and my all time Favorite era of music was definitely the 80's and 90's. It was the Bomb !!! back in the day...Lol ! Report
Well this takes me way back! Time to go listen to Bittersweet Symphony on repeat all day. xx Report
Soundgarden? Ministry? Pantera? Rammstein?
Mother Love Bone? Jane's Addiction? Hole? Marilyn Manson? White Zombie? Report
At 38 years young, I fall squarely into this demographic... and although I do not care for the fifteen songs at the top, I have to agree with most of the rest of them. (For the record, Cypress Hill's "Jump Around" should TOTALLY be on this list!!) Report
One of the best albums to workout with is the soundtrack from "Flash Dance". Report
I have to say I prefer the 80's music to the 90's though I do love the 90's as well. As a broadcaster for an online radio station, I am always looking for new songs to add to my playlist for the week. I play a range of genre's as well as decades and some of these songs, I will be adding to my SAM Report
Not a fan. I liked a lot of this music when I was younger (and still do!) but just because it was a popular song doesn't mean it has a great beat for working out. Report
Can you make this available in CD or DVD form for us older not quite so with it generation lol ?? Thanks Report
Love the list! Graduated high school in '98 and love, love, love 90's music. I already have 5 of the top 15 on my mp3 player for workouts. Can't wait to add some more oldies and goodies. Report
I was in high school in the 80s, but 90s music is my favorite to work out to. I usually just let Pandora choose, but a lot of these are in regular rotation on my workout station. :-) Report
This takes me back to TRL and high school! I love it! Downloading to my phone tonight so they will be with me on the treadmill :) Report
I love dancing to the 80's and some 90's. Report
I really don't agree about favorite songs being from your high school years. I heard those back then, got tired of them, and have no interest in listening to them now. I LOVE current music! Report
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You totally just made my day :D Gonna see how many of these I still have, and which ones I need to find! Thanks! Report
This list really takes me back! Thanks!! Report
Great list, with a bunch of old favorites that I forgot about, Thanks!!! Report
This is the best list yet Coach Nicole!

Some of my favorite workout songs of all time are here! Definitely a great list. It gave me some new ideas for the playlist too! Report
Great playlist. Here's a Spotify version with most of the songs (add http:// to the front of that link).
laylist/1ERcGLOxLyBnjvSkrvf4W0 Report
Rhythm is a Dancer by Snap! Love that song. Report
I think you missed one as my favorite is Diana Ross Chain Reaction. Report
Memories of High School Class of 95' !
Those where the days ....... sigh. Report
Boy, do I feel old. I only knew a couple of these songs, and a handful of the artists. Report
looks good Report
Born in the 80's, I grew up listening to all of this. And all I have to say is WELL DONE on including Song 2 by Blur. Best way to get pumped up for intervals, in my opinion.
I would just like to say.. I was born in '89 but I recognize all these songs and love a bunch of them :).. Report
Um, Everclear is on this list, but "Santa Monica" would have been a MUCH better workout song pic. I have had that gem on a mix tape since high school...yep, when I sported the Walkman. Report
Were is Bloodhound Gang-The Bad Touch! I love working out to this song!!! LOL But SOME great songs on the list! Report
Nice! Going to be updating my playlist later! Report
"Gonna Make You Sweat" absolute fav of all time of 90's music.
Love the Music Lists. Report
Nicely compiled list. There was one song I noticed missing and looked through the comments to see if anyone else was looking for it...
Faith No More - Epic Report
Brian setzer orchestra- jump &jive
Among so many others missing... But I must say fairly well rounded good list! :)
Santana ft. Rob Thomas—Smooth (1999) Only song on there I really loved. Didn't care much about the 90's music. Report
Wow, thanks for the wonderful trip down memory lane! Do I get to count the calories burned from laughing so hard? :) Report
So, yeah since not everyone uses itunes, and I'd love to have this playlist, I'm a bit left out. I use Amazon, and such because I don't let apple own me. Report
Awesome List!!! I'm rocking and singing. Great going! Report
I'm obviously not from that era in music. I have heard of one song and about 3 artists. I like 60s and country and gospel. I do think the idea of big band era sounds interesting, too. Report
Please don't make us wait much longer for 50's, 60's, and 70's. and where's the Country music on any of this? LOTS of good choices there. Or maybe put together a Country list, and include several decades. Report
Thanks for the list and the memories! Report
great list of songs.. Report
90s music was horrible. There are maybe 3 or 4 songs on this list I like, and I can't imagine working out to them, they don't have the right beat. Report
Uh, "Semi-Charmed Life" is about doing drugs. o_o Report
Wow ... This list reminds me of when my workout still had it going on in the music department... step aerobics for hours every week ... of course "Finally! (It had Happened to Me)" in the aerobics remix was the main musical motivator back then ... and Victoria Johnson's "Attitude" was the reference book of choice ... Report
Yay, Hanson! All-time favorite band. Report
Haha. Talk about blasts from the past!

I have to respectfully disagree with the rankings, though. As far as WORKOUT music? C+C Music Factory should be #1. Report