Working out is rarely something people love to do. Maybe they just don’t have the right tunes! Headphones were made so music could be enjoyed privately. If no one can hear your playlist but you, then why not include some of those old cheesy favorites? Here is a list of the best music to walk, run or dance to. This list will equate to a half-hour workout.
“Tennessee” by Arrested Development: start off with this catchy mid-tempo song to get moving. This early 90s rap-soul-funk fusion group put out a handful of truly great songs before they disbanded in 1996.
“Do Me Baby” by Bel Biv Davoe: This one is a little dirty, but it is sure to pick up the pace just a bit. The remaining members of New Edition, minus singer Bobby Brown, had two big hits with this tune and “Poison,” from the eponymous 1991 album. Be amazed at how well the lyrics come back to you after all these years.
“It Takes Two” by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock: The quintessential shake-it song. The hip-hop duo from Harlem released the song in 1988. The female vocals were sampled from a 1972 Lyn Collins song called “Think (About It.)” It is impossible to sit still while listening to this song.
“Now That We Found Love” by Heavy D and the Boyz: This hit from 1991 is the perfect song to distract you from how hard you are working out. The lyrics are simple and catchy, and the beat is strong and at the ideal tempo to work up a sweat.
“Everybody Everybody” by Black Box: If these songs are being played in order, than this song is a great follow-up to Heavy D and the Boyz. It also has the perfect beat for exercise.
“All Night Long (Touch Me)” by Cathy Dennis: This was Dennis’ one big hit in the states. It is infectious and you will be trying to sing along in between huffs and puffs. In spite of her soulful voice, Dennis had much more success behind the scenes, writing hits for the Spice Girls and Kylie Minogue.
“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper: This one is for the girls! Cyndi Lauper is the ultimate example of individuality. The 80s pop queen is still touring. She released an album of acoustic versions of her hits, called “The Body Acoustic.”
“Tricky” by Run-D.M.C.: One of the founders of modern rap music, Run D.M.C. released this song on the 1986 smash Raising Hell. The album also featured their monster hit “Walk This Way” with Aerosmith. “Tricky” has a strong beat and heavy bass line. Hit the pavement!
“Wild Thing” by Tone Loc: No list of fun workout music would be complete without Tone Loc. The quirky rap artist, born Anthony Smith, released “Loc-ed After Dark” in 1989. The album spawned two hits, “Wild Thing,” which sampled the Van Halen song “Jamie’s Cryin'” and “Funky Cold Medina,” which was co-written by Marvin Young, aka Young MC. Thinking back to how much fun you had and how silly everyone looked in the early 90’s will entertain you straight through this song and through the sweat.
Finally, “Bust a Move” by Young MC: Just admit it. You know every word to this massive 1989 hit. This song went so mainstream that it won the very first Grammy Award for Best Rap Recording. The funky bass line in this track was provided by Flea, the bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. If this song doesn’t give you energy to finish your workout, nothing will.