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Perfect playlists for your favorite workout


When your current playlist runs dry and stale, a fresh crop of songs is all that’s needed to bring new motivation to any type of workout.

Woman doing yoga

Playlist for pilates, yoga, stretching

For muscle-toning workouts like Pilates or yoga, a playlist with soothing melodies will help you find your Zen, but it’s always good to have a few upbeat songs thrown in for good measure.

  1. Ón Taobh Tuathail Amach – Kila
  2. Happy – Natasha Bedingfield
  3. Bonnie Mulligan – Sharon Shannon
  4. Charlie Brown – Coldplay
  5. Jasmine – Kila
  6. Anything Could Happen – Ellie Goulding
  7. Now Is the Start – A Fine Frenzy
  8. Orinoco Flow – Celtic Woman
  9. Man in the Mirror – Michael Jackson
  10. Iridescent – Linkin Park
  11. Human – The Killers
  12. Stairway to Heaven – Rodrigo y Gabriela
  13. Iga Bani – Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté
Woman lifting weights

Playlist for heavy lifting

Hit the weights with determination and concentration. Songs to complement lifting are tough and serious to keep you focused, even on that last rep.

  1. Run The World (Girls) – Beyoncé
  2. Sour Cherry – The Kills
  3. No Church in the Wild (feat. Frank Ocean) – Kanye West & Jay-Z
  4. Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
  5. Upgrade U – Beyoncé
  6. Tightrope (feat. Big Boi) – Janelle Monae
  7. Invincible (feat. Ester Dean) – MGK
  8. Unnatural Selection – Muse
  9. Truth – Chiddy Bang
  10. Second Chance – Peter Bjorn and John
  11. Bad Reputation – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
  12. Conquest – The White Stripes
  13. Drop the World – Lil Wayne & Eminem
Woman dancing

Playlist for dancing queen

If you’re a dance fanatic and love workouts that get your whole body moving, like Zumba or Turbo Kick, you’ll love this refreshing playlist of upbeat, catchy songs.

  1. Dancing with Myself – Billy Idol
  2. 4 Minutes (feat. Justin Timberlake and Timbaland) – Madonna
  3. Spectrum (Say My Name) Calvin Harris Remix – Florence and the Machine
  4. Save the World Radio Mix – Swedish House Mafia
  5. Midnight City (Eric Prydz Private Remix) – M83
  6. Pata Pata – Miriam Makeba
  7. Danza Kuduro – Don Omar, Lucenzo
  8. The Reeling (Calvin Harris remix) – Passion Pit
  9. D.A.N.C.E. – Justice
  10. Pop – N’SYNC
  11. Yeah! – Usher
  12. Calabria 2008 – Enur (Featuring Natasja)
  13. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
Woman running

Playlist for cardio workouts

Give these playlists a listen when you’re getting cardio in. Whether running, biking or walking, these songs have a positive feel that will keep you motivated throughout the workout.

Playlist 1

  1. Lights Out – Santigold
  2. Tightrope – Walk the Moon
  3. Walking the Dog – Fun.
  4. Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  5. Hold On – Alabama Shakes
  6. Down On the Corner – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  7. Everybody Got Their Something – Nikka Costa
  8. MMMBop – Hanson
  9. Shake It Out – Florence and the Machine
  10. Death – White Lies
  11. Destroy Everything You Touch – Ladytron
  12. Love Like Woe – The Ready Set
  13. Carry On – Fun.

Playlist 2

  1. Punching in a Dream – The Naked and Famous
  2. Let’s Dance to Joy Division – The Wombats
  3. Waka Waka (This Time for Africia) – Shakira
  4. We Walk – The Ting Tings
  5. We Take Care of Our Own – Bruce Springsteen
  6. Love on Top – Beyoncé 
  7. Heavy Chevy – Alabama Shakes
  8. Shake Me Like a Monkey – Dave Matthews Band
  9. Semi Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind
  10. Daylight – Matt & Kim
  11. Little Secrets – Passion Pit
  12. Just a Dream – Nelly
  13. Magic – The Sound of Arrows
Football player

Playlist for game day

On the day of a big race or competition, it’s imperative to have the perfect playlist. When you hear these songs, your mind will stay focused on your goals.

  1. Swagger Like Us (feat. Kanye West) – Lil Wayne
  2. Bedroom Hymns – Florence and the Machine
  3. This Town – O.A.R.
  4. All the Above (feat. T-Pain) – Maino
  5. Imma Be – Black Eyed Peas
  6. Lonely Boy – The Black Keys
  7. Fader – The Temper Trap
  8. Here I Come – Fergie
  9. I’mma Shine – YoungBloodz
  10. Not Afraid – Eminem
  11. Remember the Name (feat. Styles of Beyond) – Fort Minor
  12. Bout It – Yung Joc (Feat. 3LW)
  13. Tighten Up – The Black Keys

Anywhere, anytime

When you load your workout playlists to Xbox Music, you can access your tunes when you’re at the gym via your Windows Phone, or at home via Xbox. This kind of flexibility is essential to keeping you motivated!

Best new songs

  • Suit & Tie (feat. Jay-Z) – Justin Timberlake
  • Thrift Shop (feat. Wanz) – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Don’t You Worry Child (feat. John Martin) – Swedish House Mafia

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