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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 SparkPeople.com, 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 amazon.com 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)



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Download SparkPeople's 132-BPM 60-minute continuous cardio remix of the 15 most popular workout songs of the 1990s on iTunes for $9.99, or at amazon.com for just $8.99!

Here's the rest of the list (in alphabetic order). Click on each link to listen to a preview (or purchase the mp3) at amazon.com.
 
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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Comments

PLATINUM755 11/3/2019
Thx! Report
DEBICROSBY58 10/20/2019
Thank you but no thanks don’t like most of the songs Report
ARTJAC 10/18/2019
THANKS Report
LIDDY09 10/18/2019
Thanks Report
DAWNGW 10/18/2019
Good mix, but I'm from a generation that went to high school in the 80's. I still like most of the ideas and if I made my own playlist I'd add some of the ones from this list, plus mostly 1980s and some really great funky 70s songs, too! Report
CHRISINMIAMI 10/18/2019
I don't recognize most of the songs. Not a good list for me. Report
JHOLMES614 10/18/2019
This is a good mix, thanks. Report
SPINECCO 10/18/2019
Awesome. Report
CHRISTINEM80 10/18/2019
Such a great list of songs!! Report
DIAMONDWIFE2018 4/26/2019
YES!! This is awesome! Report
COOKIESBYFORCE 1/29/2019
LL Cool J: Mama Said Knock You Out needs to be on anyone's 90s workout mix. Report
SUSANBEAMON
I've heard of some of these, but by the 90's, I was deep into jazz. Report
some of my fave songs! Report
GREAT Report
MICHELLEMAE1970
Rhythm is a dancer. Report
Thanks. Report
Some fun titles Report
BONDMANUS2002
Absolutely great Report
Wonderful Report
Awesome list! Thanks for the throwback! Report
ROSSYFLOSSY
Great list! Report
great list Report
...will have to give it a listen... looking for move & groove exercise music... Report
good list Report
cool songs, can really help get you going! Report
GREAT Report
CHRIS3874
Gee I guess no classic rock groups recorded ANY material in the 90's. Report
GKNIGHT69
Great list! Report
I shall copy this Report
SUSANBEAMON
interesting mix and I remember some of them. Other, not so much. Report
Not my kind of music..... Report
Love the 90s work out list! Report
Great 90s workout list!! Report
good list Report
Great list! Report
Great for getting up and going! Report
Nice list Report
Nice list Report
Per my age this should be "my music" but most of the list I just consider to be blah if not down right awful. Give me the "oldies" play list over these for working out. Also some of the current stuff I dance to also makes great workout music. Report
HMARQUETTE
Loser by Beck, more 80's but Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order, Enter Sandman by Metallica, Even Flow (or Jeremy) by Pearl Jam, by Green Day, by The Offspring, Interstate Love Song by Stone Temple Pilots, and who could forget Blink 182's All The Small Things Report
DIXIEHEALTHY15
I went through and checked on a number of these songs, and none of the ones I checked will make it to my workout list....I require songs with at least 130 beats per minute, for the most part (my range is 110 to 150 bpm). There are websites to check beats per minute on songs....it's really helped me hit my target heart rate. Report
I agree with MYTHERNAL, "just because it was a popular song doesn't mean it has a great beat for working out." Report
SMORSEBVR
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