Make Exercise Fun Again: Guilty Pleasures Playlist

Have you lost your workout mojo?

Does the treadmill make you feel like a hamster on a wheel?

Is Zumba giving you ZZZZZs?

Don’t worry—it’s not you!

All you need is a new workout playlist, and you’ll be scorching calories again in no time. But not just any song will do, oh no. You need songs that pick you up and make you smile.

What you need is a Guilty Pleasures Playlist!

Guilty pleasure songs are the cheesy, slightly embarrassing songs that everyone knows the words to but won’t admit that they like.

There’s no need to hide! It’s time to use those super silly songs to your advantage.

Here’s my Guilty Pleasures Playlist that’s sure to keep you moving (and laughing).

“YMCA” by The Village People

“Macarena” by Los del Rio

“Baby” by Justin Bieber

“Supermodel (You Better Work)” by RuPaul

“It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones

“Barbie Girl” by Aqua

“We Like to Party” by The Vengaboys

“The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)” by Cher

“You’ve Got It (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids on the Block

“Informer” by Snow

“Groove is in the Heart” by Deee-Lite

What’s on your Guilty Pleasures Playlist?

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  1. Tinfoil Tiaras on March 7, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Hey get yo hands off my man Biebs! ;D I keep going back to the gym because I LOVE the music in the Les Mills group exercise classes (especially step) it’s so uplifting, fun & motivational! Oh Ru Paul- what a character (but that song is great!)

    • Sage on March 8, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      I love me some BodyPump! 🙂 I get a better workout in group classes because of all the energy from the people around me.

      Oh, and Bieber is totally mine. I’m 13 years older than him, but I heard he’s into older ladies.

  2. Megan Gann on March 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, 90s “dance” music. Sean Paul Temperature! Ah! I like “bouncy” music. Things you can’t help but bop around to.

    As for GOOD music, my favorite band ever is Guided by Voices. Kind of like Modest Mouse made raw garage rock. They’re a quite long-together band and have lots of great songs. Echos Myron, I am Tree, Hot Freaks. <3

    Also if you haven't heard Wait So Long – Trampled by Turtles go listen! You can find them on youtube.

    • Sage on March 8, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      Thanks for the recommendations–I’ll have to check them out. I like your term “bouncy” music. I have lots of bouncy music on my ipod. 🙂

  3. Molly on March 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    My guilty music pleasure is 80’s music, especially stuff like Duran Duran. It does help a work out so much!

    I’ve been horrible this year since I broke my arm, as far as working out goes. I can’t wait to be all better!

    • Sage on March 8, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      Yes!!! Let’s hear it for cheesy 80s music! I have so much Wham! on my ipod, it’s not even funny.

      You have an excuse not to work out, so don’t worry about it. You’ll heal soon enough, and taking care of yourself if what’s most important.

  4. xvavaveganx on March 7, 2012 at 6:23 am

    OMG lol I LOVE it!! I used to love Snow – Informer! hahaha! I tend to listen to more alternative/rock/some hip hop when I work out but I do have some guilty pleasures on my iPod in case the mood strikes. Some highlights:

    A ton of Spice Girls
    Lots of New Kids on the Block
    Hanson – MmmBop
    Ace of Base – The Sign

    I can’t believe I just admitted that 😉 I rarely if ever listen to them but they are there. You know, just in case!

    • Sage on March 7, 2012 at 6:58 am

      Haha! I was in love with Snow in middle school, but I couldn’t understand any of his lyrics.

      I LOVE the Spice Girls, and I went to their reunion concert a few years ago. Oh, and I have every Ace of Base album. No shame!

      • xvavaveganx on March 7, 2012 at 7:06 am

        I went too! :X

  5. Shybiker on March 7, 2012 at 5:18 am

    Such smart advice. Nothing motivates us like music. It operates at a visceral level.

    I agree with all your suggestions. Mine are a little obscure — David Bowie (“Rebel, Rebel”); Patti Smith (“Horses”); and Lady Sovereign (“9 to 5”).

    • Sage on March 7, 2012 at 6:55 am

      I won’t workout unless I have good music to motivate me. Thanks for the song suggestions!