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Music for Working Out at the Gym

The benefits of music on exercise seem to be self-explanatory. According to the University of Florida Health and Human Performance Department, "There are studies showing that music can improve exercise and athletic performance by providing a distraction from the boredom and discomfort associated with some activities and by improving mood, confidence, self-esteem and motivation."

Even so, there are times when going for a run or a hike with only the sounds of nature as accompaniment make for a great workout. Music, whether man-made or natural, gives you energy to keep going, offers a rhythm to run/walk/blade/whatever to, and gives you something to think about besides your feet screaming at you to stop!

Here are some song lists of CDs I have made to run to, for my gym to play, or for spinning classes I have taught. I have also included a number of song lists from friends.

Disclaimer: Just by listing the songs here does not imply that I like all of them, so please don't write to complain about the music -- instead make your own CD and email me the songlist.

Most CDs are 90 or 100 min. long, unless otherwise noted.

Spin 1 & 2
Side A
Winning - Carpe Diem
Boll Weevil - Presidents of the United States of America
Tom Sawyer - Rush
What Is Hip? - Tower of Power
Pick Up The Pieces - Average White Band
Mission Impossible - Movie Soundtrack
Caribbean Blue - Enya
September - Earth Wind & Fire
Hot Dog - Led Zeppelin
Kissing You - Des'ree
Side B
Windsurfer - Teja Bell & Steve Kindler
Misirlou - Dick Dale and His Del-tones
Tightrope - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Let's Go Crazy - Prince
Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) - US3
Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson
Here Come The Hotstepper - Ini Kamoze
Come on Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
Brazilian - Genesis
Avalon - Roxy Music


Spin 3&4
Side A
Double Rise Set - Wolfstone
You Wreck Me - Tom Petty
Young Hearts Run Free - Kym Mazelle
Brazilian - Genesis
Climb That Hill - Tom Petty
Nandu's Dance - Mynta
Another One Bites The Dust - Queen
Callin' Baton Rouge - Garth Brooks
All I Want - Toad The Wet Sprocket
Shepherd Moon - Enya
Side B
Red Hot Chicken - Wet Willie
Low Rider - War
Baby Fat - Wet Willie
I Hung My Head - Sting
Discipline - King Crimson
Up On Cripple Creek - The Band
Get Up Offa That Thing - James Brown
Shout Bamalama - Wet Willie
Pulling Mussels From A Shell - Squeeze
Book Of Days - Enya


Spin 5
Side A
Jessica - Allman Bros.
Brick House - The Commodores
Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf
Sex Machine - James Brown
Good Vibrations - Marky Mark
Flashlight - Parliament Funkadelic
Testify - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Straight Up - Paula Abdul
Walkin' On Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves
Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House


Instrumental Glide (from ED)
Side A
Discipline - King Crimson
Moby Dick/Bonzo's Montreux - Led Zeppelin
The Brazilian - Genesis
Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson
Zap - Eric Johnson
Rude Mood - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Jessica - Allman Bros.
Scuttle Buttin' - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Testify - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Cathedral - Van Halen
Bron Yr Aur - Led Zeppelin
Side B
Frankenstein - Edgar Winter
Theme from S.W.A.T.
Travis Walk - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Hideaway - Eric Clapton
One More Ride - Allman Bros.
Steppin' Out - Cream
Little Wing - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Regatta De Blanc - The Police
The Other Way of Stopping - The Police
Glad - Traffic
Wham - Stevie Ray Vaughan


Alphabetical Mix (from ED)
Side A
Walk This Way - Aerosmith
Pick Up The Pieces - Average White Band
Come Together - Beatles
Sex Machine - James Brown
Pump It Up - Elvis Costello
Crossroads - Cream
Twisting By The Pool - Dire Straits
Fantasy - Earth Wind & Fire
The Brazilian - Genesis
Manic Depression - Jimi Hendrix
Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson
Discipline - King Crimson
Side B
The Ocean - Led Zeppelin
Helen Wheels - Paul McCartney
Fiyo on the Bayou - Neville Bros.
Up For the Down Stroke - Parliament Funkadelic
You Wreck Me - Tom Petty
Next To You - The Police
It's The End of the World As We Know It - R.E. M.
Rip This Joint - Rolling Stones
Tom Sawyer - Rush
What is Hip? - Tower of Power
Mofo - U2
Travis Walk - Stevie Ray Vaughan
The Seeker - The Who


Geetar Mix (from ED) - 60 min.
Side A

Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum
Walk Away - James Gang
Mississippi Queen - Mountain
Frankenstein - Edgar Winter Group
Rock and Roll Part 2 - Gary Glitter
Rocky Mountain Way - Joe Walsh
Slow Ride - Foghat
Side B
My Sharona - The Knack
Bad Case of Lovin' You (Doctor, Doctor) - Robert Palmer
Let It Ride - Bachman Turner Overdrive
One Way Or Another - Blondie
Just What I Needed - The Cars
St. Stephen - Grateful Dead
Bridge of Sighs - Robin Trower


Stevie Ray Vaughan Mix (from ED)
Side A
Love Struck Baby
Rude Mood
Pride and Joy
Mary Had A Little Lamb
Scuttle Buttin'
Couldn't Stand The Weather
Cold Shot
Stang's Swang
You'll Be Mine
Lookin' Out The Window
Come On (Part III)
Side B
The House is Rockin'
Travis Walk
Love Me Darlin'
Let Me Love You Baby
Long Way From Home
Telephone Song
Hard To Be
Mama Said
Little Wing
So Excited
Voodoo Chile
Hillbillies From Outer Space


Zeppelin Jams (from ED)
Side A

The Ocean
Ozone Baby
Wearing and Tearing
The Wanton Song
When the Levee Breaks
Misty Mountain Hop
Travelling Riverside Blues
I Can't Quit You Baby
Walter's Walk
Royal Orleans
Side B
Hots On For Nowhere
The Rover
Out On The Tiles
Bring It On Home
How Many More Times
Tea For One
Moby Dick/Bonzo's Montreux


Zeppelin's Lighter Side (from ED)
Side A

Hey, Hey What Can I Do?
Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
Since I've Been Loving You
That's The Way
Gallows Pole
Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
Going To California
Ten Years Gone
Side B
The Rain Song
The Battle of Evermore
Down By The Seaside
Celebration Day
White Summer/Black Mountain Side
Black Country Woman
Hats Off To (Roy) Harper
Poor Tom

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