20 Classic Rock Songs to Power You Through Your Next Workout

By , SparkPeople Blogger
From running to spinning to yoga, every workout has its own natural rhythm. Whether it's marked by footfalls on pavement, pedal strokes or a pattern of inhales and exhales, the cadence helps us stay tune with our bodies, our breath and our heartbeat. Most likely, this is why music is such a common—and, for many, essential—exercise companion. The beat keeps time with our movements, engages our minds and makes each workout seem a little less like work.
 
When it comes to exercise playlists, there are the more obvious ones, like Latin-inspired Zumba soundtracks, energizing girl power anthems and motivating running songs. But when you're looking for a little dose of nostalgia, why not add some classic rock to your repertoire? We compiled a list of our favorite songs from the 60s and 70s, so you can reminisce about the good old days while you get your sweat on.
 
1. ZZ Top, "Sharp Dressed Man" – Amazon  iTunes


2. Heart, "Barracuda" – Amazon  iTunes


3. Queen, "Fat Bottomed Girls"Amazon  iTunes


4. Tom Petty, "Won't Back Down"Amazon  iTunes


5. Foghat, "Slow Ride"Amazon  iTunes


6. Aerosmith, "Walk This Way"Amazon  iTunes


7. Free, "All Right Now"Amazon  iTunes


8. Bruce Springsteen, "Born to Run" – Amazon  iTunes


9. Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Fortunate Son" Amazon  iTunes


10. Rolling Stones, "Start Me Up" Amazon  iTunes


11. Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Sweet Home Alabama" Amazon  iTunes


12. Dire Straits, "Walk of Life"Amazon  iTunes


13. Journey, "Don't Stop Believin'"Amazon  iTunes


14. Steve Miller, "Fly Like an Eagle"Amazon  iTunes


15. The Doors, "Light My Fire" – Amazon  iTunes


16. Eagles, "Already Gone"Amazon  

17. Fleetwood Mac, "Go Your Own Way"Amazon  iTunes


18. Led Zeppelin, "Rock and Roll" Amazon  iTunes


19. Survivor, "Eye of the Tiger" – Amazon  iTunes


20. The Who, "My Generation" – Amazon  iTunes

Which classic rock songs would you add to the list?

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Comments

MUSICNUT 6/21/2018
Thanks for the great list! :) Report
LESSOFMOORE 2/25/2018
Wonderful nostalgia! Report
BLISSFULMOMENTS 1/25/2018
Music and exercise goes together....Rock on! Report
DEE-NICE 1/18/2018
I really appreciate this because usually I cant stand what is normally considered workout music. It would be even better if organized by intensity...from warm up to aerobic intensity then back to cool down. Report
VELVETALCHEMIST 1/4/2018
I was on board until I got to Journey. *groan* Aren't we over them yet? *lol*
I'm totally going to have Slow Ride stuck in my head tonight, though. ;) Report
BLUECAFE 1/1/2018
Great list! Report
TWEETYKC00 1/1/2018
Love these, must haves! Report
HOLLYM48 12/29/2017
Love the list! Report
JANTHEBLONDE 12/29/2017
Love the playlist! Report
EMGERBER 12/29/2017
The right music can be a huge workout motivator. Report
_LINDA 12/28/2017
A list of my all time favorites!!! Report
IGUELIGUEL 12/28/2017
Add “Born to be Wild”-Steppenwolf
“Bang a Gong (get it on)”- T.Rex
“Takin’ Care of Business”- Bachman-Turner Overdrive
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EO4WELLNESS 12/28/2017
when I saw "classic rock" I wondered if it would really be classic or more modernized. . . but it is a great selection! Report
EO4WELLNESS 12/28/2017
when I saw "classic rock" I wondered if it would really be classic or more modernized. . . but it is a great selection! Report
GETULLY 12/28/2017
each song is a winner! Report
SUSANBEAMON 12/11/2017
Too bad I couldn't listen to any of them. You tube anyone? Or is this just another advertisement to get us to spend money? Report
TWEETYKC00 12/7/2017
Sweet list! Report
MIYAMO 12/7/2017
Great list. Report
SPARKYFLOWER 12/5/2017
I love this music, 71 years old and Rock and Roll never forgets. Smile Report
JWRFLINT 12/4/2017
As an older man and can't run due to health, I really like the quiet music, don't even have to know the words, the music brings out peace for me. Report
LDTGR1 12/4/2017
Paint It Black by the Stones is a good motivator, Stand Back by Stevie Nicks & Flashdance Report
BIKE4HEALTH 12/4/2017
Just did a workout with every one of these songs...excellent workout and great options Report
NANCYPAT1 12/4/2017
Nice Report
SUSANYOUNGER 12/4/2017
Thank you , love it. Report
BIKE4HEALTH 12/3/2017
Great ones...there are others but a great list of classics that will give you a great workout Report
JERSEYGIRL24 12/2/2017
Layla (original version) has become my go-to song for almost everything. It gets me through some pretty mind-numbing stuff at work. And I work out to it all the time. Report
ADRIENALINE 12/2/2017
I love every one! Report
BIKE4HEALTH 12/2/2017
Best rock and roll ever was this era Report
BIKE4HEALTH 12/2/2017
Best rock and roll ever was this era Report
LOSER05 12/2/2017
my Doors is on the list WooHoo! Report
LOSER05 12/2/2017
my Doors is on the list WooHoo! Report
NANCYPAT1 12/2/2017
Good choices for a good workout Report
NANCYPAT1 12/2/2017
Good choices for a good workout Report
ANHELIC 12/1/2017
Great music to work out to. Thanks. Report
CHRISINMIAMI 12/1/2017
Hated this list! I’m 69 and these songs are ancient! Report
MAROO358 12/1/2017
Thanks Melissa these are great classic rock tunes to work out to, but I feel like I am aging myself remembering when these songs first came out (ouch I will be 60 on my next birthday)! Report
NANCYPAT1 12/1/2017
Love these songs and they definitely are on my lis Report
SHOAPIE 12/1/2017
Good music Report
OAKVILLAGE 12/1/2017
Kraftwerk - Autobahn, the long version is great for jogging, or a good Nordic walk.
Foreigner - Feels like the First Time
Kansas - Carry on My Wayward Son
Kansas - Dust in the Wind is a great cool down tune.
The various albums of Merry Axemas (because it is the Christmas season)
Uriah Heep - Easy Livin'
Kenny Wayne Shepard - Slow Ride, Blue on Black
Mountain - Nantucket Sleigh Ride Report
SPARKYFLOWER 12/1/2017
Love classic rock Thank you Report
PLCHAPPELL 12/1/2017
Great list Report
JAMER123 11/30/2017
Awesome!! Thanks. Report
PROVERBS31JULIA 11/30/2017
Oooh this one will be an awesome addition to make into a Spotify playlist! I will get onto that soon and post the link in here and likely on my SparkPage (for any of you already on Spotify, friend me at msdrpepper .).

LATER: (you will need to copy the broken links, paste them elsewhere - open text message or email - delete the blank spaces after the back slashes, then copy that and paste into a new tab. Sorry...)


http:// open.spotify.com/ user/ msdrpepper/ playlist/ 5kimTvEJvcGnsEKIJoYBT1 Report
ARTJAC 11/30/2017
GREAT Report
ADRIENALINE 11/30/2017
My Two favorite classics are The Police Canary in a Coalmine and The Allman Brothers Jessica but this is a great list with those two additions. Report
LIS193 11/30/2017
Great list! Report
APACHESTEVE 11/30/2017
Great list!! May I respectfully suggest one change? In 1977 Foghat released a live album with cut 3 being a concert performance of Slow Ride. It is about 7 minutes worth of up beat, hard driving guitar rock that gets my blood pumping. If you would like a preview that track is available to listen to on YouTube. Report
VELVET_01 11/30/2017
Adding a link to this playlist in spotify would be awesome! Report
PICKIE98 11/30/2017
So many songs, so many choices! Report
_LINDA 11/30/2017
The best rock n roll music ever made! This is my favorite era! Janet added some good ones. I would add "Wild Thing" The Troggs, "Mama's Got a Squeeze" Box Who, "Low Rider" War, "Billy Don't be a Hero" Paper Lace, "Spirit In the Sky" Norman Greenbaum Sweet "Ballroom Blitz" "Dragging The Line" Tommy James and the Shondells, "Thunderstruck" ACDC there are just so many Report
 
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