our no shame workout playlist

Alexis has no shame

What started as an entertaining facebook thread around the office has turned into a hilarious soundtrack, a big hairy audacious playlist, if you will. We're going on record here. If you can honestly say you don't own this music already, you can claim we recommended you invest in it. We won't tell.

Okay, we all know how great it is to have an iPod filled with new music. It’s even more rad if it’s filled with the latest underground & indie tunes, right? We all like to think we have our fingers on the pulse.

But on some days, you NEED those guilty pleasures, those embarrassing personal favorites that help you finish your hill intervals. These songs could damage your street cred. These songs are for headphones ONLY. These songs are too low rent to write a blog post abo…ahem.

We say there's no need to be embarrassed, even if these songs are questionable at best. They're so bad, they're good. Without further ado, without any irony, here is our No Shame Workout Playlist.

Get Out Of My Dreams, Get Into My Car” - Billy Ocean
The King of the Caribbean wants to take you on a joyride to Love Town. Just let it happen.

How Bizarre” - OMC
It’s not a good sign when a brand new song is already generic enough to be played in your dentist’s office.

Jenny From The Block” - Jennifer Lopez
They just don’t make music like this anymore. Maybe because it shouldn’t have been made in the first place.

Raise A Little Hell” - Trooper
Hesher alert! If this is on your iPod, might I remind you: it isn’t appropriate to drink light beer in your water bottle.

Touch It” - Monifah
The person who should feel shameful is Monifah herself – homegirl borrowed my one-armed red pleather mini dress & choker twelve years ago and STILL hasn’t given it back.

TiK ToK” - Ke$ha
I really want to not like this song. I have tried SO HARD. Anyone have any tips for Ke$ha-itis?

Changes” - 2pac
Okay, so Tupac is rad. But Tupac sampling BRUCE HORNSBY? Um…um. That’s all I have.

Don’t Cry For Me Argentina (Remix)” - Madonna
This song is shameful for a few reasons. First of all, it sounds like they scrounged the beat out of the Gipsy King’s trash can. Second of all, the video shows Madonna….acting. And we all know how good that is.

I Like It” - Enrique Iglesias
This song achieves the dubious honor of being instantly cheesy. Congratulations Enrique!

Livin’ It Up” - Ja Rule
If you are rocking out to this on your morning run, do yourself a favor and take a hard look in the mirror when you get home.

Baby” - Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris
Does Ludacris need to make a mortgage payment? I mean really!

Chattahoochee” -  Alan Jackson
Before you start judging – can YOU waterski in cowboy boots? I didn’t think so.

Opposites Attract” - Paula Abdul
In the video for this song, Paula gets freaky with an animated cat. My question is, how did this happen? Did a bunch of suits sit around and go, “Paula grinding with a cartoon kitty. I like it….GREEN LIGHT!” Terrifying.

We Didn’t Start The Fire” - Billy Joel
Ahhh, the Piano Man. You know how some music sound timeless, even 25 years later? This isn’t one of those songs.

Cradle of Love” - Billy Idol
Another Billy. Another no-shame song. Mental note to self: do not name son ‘William.’

Xanadu” - Olivia Newton-John
Little Miss Grease Lightning literally comes to life FROM A MURAL and rollerskates her way into an artist’s heart. You can’t make this stuff up.

Over & Over Again” - Nelly & Tim McGraw
If this is your cool down song post-run, we can’t be friends anymore. Final answer.

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We know you have more songs you'd add to this list. The lines are open. Fess up.

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Comment by Lisa — March 22, 2011 @ 1:25 pm


I also enjoy running to ‘Kick Start My Heart’ by Motley Crue, ‘The Humpty Dance’ by Digital Underground, and anything 90′s and dance-y.

Bel Biv Devoe anyone?

Comment by Stephanie Andrews — March 22, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

Just add “Easy Lover” by Phil Collins, and this is basically what I run to! Haha.

Comment by Liz — March 22, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

Anybody up for some hip hop boyband songs? This one always gets me going:
B2K – Bump Bump Bump

Comment by Cindy — March 22, 2011 @ 2:20 pm


Comment by Jena — March 22, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

How should I feel if most of these were already on my playlist?? lol

Comment by christina — March 22, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

I’m so proud to call you my friend. Next time – head to toe unicorn tears please.

Comment by Jac — March 22, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

It’s tricky-run dmc
Push it- salt n peppa

That’s right old school rap! :)

Comment by Julie — March 22, 2011 @ 6:38 pm

Wait, Xanadu is seriously good (is there something wrong with me?)

My addition to this would be Push It by Salt n Peepa (yes “pepp*a* That’s just how bad /good it is)

Comment by Deanne — March 22, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

I admit to listening to Paramore on many lululemon run club runs…

Comment by Navi — March 22, 2011 @ 7:07 pm


Comment by geri — March 22, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

I have a huge guilty pleasure for ’90′s pop. Britney, Justin, Spice Girls. You name it, I want to dance to it.

Comment by Jessica — March 22, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

Livin’ La Vida Loca perks me up every single time.

Comment by Jen — March 22, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

I include Marvine Gaye- Let’s Get It On. It seems to get me movin!

Comment by Lesley — March 23, 2011 @ 5:31 am

“I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany.
“Running just as fast as we can”…nuff said.
ps. love the pic <3

Comment by Kirsten — March 23, 2011 @ 9:01 am

This playlist could use a little WHAM! “Wake me up before you go-go.”!

Comment by Daniela — March 23, 2011 @ 9:58 am

Rump Shaker, WRECKX-N-EFFECTS! All I wanna do is a zoom zoom zoom and a boom boom, just shake your rump! Works every time for me!

Comment by Jena — March 23, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

Second Wham. I am a child of the 80s so love running to the beat of Depech Mode, People are people;Erasre – chains of love (Respect is a good cool down!); London Beat – Been Thinking About You.

Comment by Nicola Young — March 23, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

Hahaha.. I love running to the 80s as well. Billy Idol’s Greatest Hits is something I listen to regularly..hehe!
And I love a bit of Depeche Mode, as well.
Why wasn’t anything by Culture Beat mentioned? Nothing like a bit of Mr. Vain or Inside Out to get the heart pumping! ;)

Comment by LauraF — March 24, 2011 @ 5:33 am

“Heaven is a Place on Earth” – Belinda Carlisle and other 80′s pop music (Duran Duran, Soft Cell, Madonna)!

Comment by erin m. {{well in l.a.}} — March 24, 2011 @ 9:16 am

I’d put Physical by Olivia Newton John instead of Xanadu. No Limit by 2 Unlimited, Move This by Technotronic, I Like to Move It by Reel to Real, Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran, Push it by Garbage, Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani, and Survivor by Destiny’s Child.

Comment by Crystal — March 24, 2011 @ 10:20 am

I love Xanadu. So glad to know I’m not the only one!

Comment by caryn — March 24, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

How about Come on Eileen…and almost anything by The Stray Cats! :)

Comment by Deb — March 24, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

Touch It used to be my jam!!! But it is too slow for a run.

Comment by laurie — March 24, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

I have more than a few of those songs on my ipod!

Comment by Lilah — March 25, 2011 @ 7:24 am

Ahhhhh I love this list!!!! Totally creating it!

Comment by Julia Wylie — April 4, 2011 @ 10:39 pm

I have to add “Party in the USA” Miley Cyrus and “Baby” Glee to this list… the glee version of Baby gets me going every time, so I feel no shame about having a Justin Bieber song on my ipod! I’m running the San Diego marathon in a few weeks, and publishing my playlist here: http://justwailon.com/a-few-of-my-favorite-things/my-playlist/ send me suggestions!

Comment by Cait — May 20, 2011 @ 7:30 am

its a good collection and “Raise A Little Hell” – Trooper is my favorite one. All the songs are nice but this one is something special for me :p

Comment by cam gigandet workout guy — July 30, 2011 @ 11:20 am

Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one, so that when we finally meet the person, we will know how to be grateful.

Comment by music citizens — July 31, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

Glee version “dont stop believing” keeps me inspired to keep running and i always wanna start singing during my sing lol

Comment by Steph@nie — August 13, 2011 @ 10:54 am

Pump Up The Jam by Technotronic is key. So is the music video:

Comment by McKenna — November 15, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

Ohh Oliva Newton John..My favorite!

Comment by Linn — January 4, 2013 @ 8:00 am

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