We all know the importance regular exercise is in our lives but often it can be difficult to find the motivation especially with this super hot weather we have been having this summer. Something that can help us get pumped up is the right playlist of music. Whether it be soothing tunes for yoga or dance jams for aerobics, the right songs can help us exercise to the best of our abilities. The website/app Spotify is a great place to get playlists of music, and in their Workout section they have over 65 playlists to choose from specifically designed for exercising. With so many to chose from we thought it would be fun to share our favorite of these playlists for all different kinds of workouts. Let us know which ones you enjoy! 

80s Workout

Spotify is perhaps more well known amongst youth but it has a ton of fun throwback playlists for young and old to enjoy. One of the best is the 80s workout with some great peppy songs like ‘Celebration’ from Kool & the Gang, ‘It’s Raining Men’ from The Weather Girls, ‘Holiday’ from Madonna. These songs will put a smile on your face while you are exercising!


Pumped Pop

The Pumped Pop playlist is a great choice for your moderate workouts. The songs are bubbly but with calming moments. This would not be the choice for a Zumba routine but if you wanted some beat without being too crazy it would be great. Some highlights are ‘Rewrite the Stars’ from The Greatest Showman, Party for One from Carly Rae Jepsen, ‘One Last Time’ by Ariana Grande, and ‘Sucker’ by the Jonas Brothers.

Throwback Workout

To be honest most of the club themed playlists felt a little lacking to me in getting that dance tempo and tone. The best in my opinion is Throwback Workout which is billed as a throwback to the “biggest hits of the 2000s”. I don’t know how much of a throwback that really is but with songs from TLC, Destiny’s Child, T-Pain, and Missy Elliott you should be able to get a pretty good workout listening to it.

Fun Run 150-165 BPM

A good playlist to accompany your run is ‘Fun Run 150-165 BPM’. As stated in the title these songs all have a beat per minute perfect for the pace of a long run. There are a number of BPM playlists but this was my favorite. This includes songs like ‘Titanium’ by David Guetta and Sia, ‘Harder to Breathe’ by Maroon 5 and ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams. They even have ‘Run, Run, Run’ by Celeste Buckingham, which will be the perfect fit!

Indie Workout-

The Indie Workout playlist probably isn’t ideal for a hard core workout but if you are looking for something pleasant with a decent beat this is the choice. I love indie music so it is definitely one of my favorite including bands like The Shins, Arcade Fire and Maggie Rogers.

Yoga and Meditation-

I wasn’t over the moon about any of the yoga playlists to be honest but the Yoga & Meditation offering sounded the least synthetic, so it was my favorite. It has some nice violin pieces like ‘The Sleeper’ by Claes Nilsson or ‘Calming Violin’ by Pierre Koenigs. So, if you are looking to relax and get your chakras on this is the best one!

One word of caution about the Spotify lists: some contain songs with explicit language. In fact, in the Workout Twerkout list every song is labeled explicit so you might want to think twice before playing the music in a public place or gym.

Other than that, the Spotify playlists can be a fun way to spice up or calm down your exercise routine depending on the need.

What are some of your favorite playlists or songs in general to exercise with? We’d love to hear in the comments section. Happy exercising!