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35 Girl Power Anthems to Energize Your Next Workout

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Girls just want to have fun—and get fit! We all know that amazing feeling of euphoria and accomplishment that comes after a workout, and how much the body and mind benefit from a heart-pounding sweat session. But when you're feeling tired, burned out or just plain uninspired, the memory of the last time you killed it at the gym may not be quite enough to motivate you to get off the couch and get moving.

When you can't talk yourself into a workout, try singing instead. For centuries, people have been using music as mental fuel for exercise. Research shows that an up-tempo beat not only makes exercise more enjoyable, but can also enhance performance. If your aim is to get more out of your gym session—or simply muster the motivation to clean out the garage—try getting your groove on.

You don't have to be on the heels of a nasty breakup to appreciate a fun, feisty (albeit somewhat angry) "girl power" anthem. We polled some music fans for their favorite sweat-inducing, heart-pumping feminist tracks. Turns out, as women we don’t simply roar—we run, walk, lift and otherwise kick butt.
 
1. Ariana Grande, Problem – Amazon  iTunes
2. Beyonce, Run the World (Girls)  Amazon  iTunes



3. Beyonce, Single Ladies – Amazon  iTunes
4. Britney Spears, Stronger  Amazon  iTunes
5. Carl Carlton, She’s a Bad Mama Jama – Amazon  iTunes
6. Chaka Khan, I’m Every Woman  Amazon  iTunes



7. Cher, BelieveAmazon  iTunes
8. Christina Aguilera, FighterAmazon  iTunes
9. Christina Aguilea and Various Artists, Lady MarmaladeAmazon  iTunes
10. Crystal Waters, 100% Pure LoveAmazon  iTunes
11. Cyndi Lauper, Girls Just Want to Have FunAmazon  iTunes



12. Des'Ree, You Gotta Be – Amazon  iTunes
13. Destiny's Child, Independent WomanAmazon  iTunes
14. Destiny's Child, Survivor – Amazon  iTunes
15. Dixie Chicks, Wide Open SpacesAmazon  iTunes



16. Ellie Goulding, BurnAmazon  iTunes
17. Fifth Harmony, That’s My GirlAmazon  iTunes
18. Florence + the Machine, Dog Days Are OverAmazon  iTunes
19. Garbage, Only Happy When It RainsAmazon  iTunes
20. Gloria Gaynor, I Will Survive – Amazon  iTunes
21. Gwen Stefani, Hollaback GirlAmazon  iTunes
22. Katy Perry, Roar – Amazon  iTunes



23. Katy Perry, Firework – Amazon  iTunes
24. Kelly Clarkson, Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Amazon  iTunes
25. Kelly Clarkson, InvincibleAmazon  iTunes
26. Madonna, Express YourselfAmazon  iTunes
27. Mandisa, Overcomer – Amazon  iTunes
28. Marina and the Diamonds, How to Be a HeartbreakerAmazon  iTunes
29. Missy Elliott, Get Ur Freak OnAmazon  iTunes
30. P!nk, Just Like a PillAmazon  iTunes



31. Rachel Platten, Fight SongAmazon  iTunes
32. Robyn, Dancing on My OwnAmazon  iTunes
33. Selena Gomez, Like a ChampionAmazon  iTunes
34. Sheryl Crow, Soak up the SunAmazon  iTunes



35. Sia, The GreatestAmazon  iTunes
 
Which of these girl power anthems are destined for your workout playlist? Would you add any others to the list?
 
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Comments

MROZEKT817 3/11/2018
Adding this to my Spotify! :) Report
SPARKYFLOWER 12/20/2017
Good play list. Thank you for sharing. Report
PIPPAMOUSE 12/14/2017
Solid play list. Report
JUNETTA2002 11/22/2017
Thank you for sharing. Great article. Report
JESISWINNING 10/29/2017
I would add:
The Ropes "Kill Her Off"
Britney Spears "Stronger" and "Piece of Me"
Kellie Pickler "Tough"
Demi Lovato "Confident"
JaneDear Girls "Merry Go Round" and "Wildflower"
The Runaways "Cherry Bomb"
Lorde "Yellow Flicker Beat"
Bjork "Army of Me"
I have so many... I'll stop now though! Report
DEE107 10/21/2017
good songs thanks Report
DIROB57 10/9/2017
I already have Mandisa's "Overcomer" on my upbeat worship mix...which is my exercise/housecleaning playlist! Report
ALABAMASUSAN17 10/4/2017
Great list! Thank you! Report
LORNE67 8/24/2017
awesome list, I'm going to add "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" to my play list. Report
KATHYJO56 7/26/2017
These are great and especially Pink Report
CECELW 7/25/2017
I love Pink's music...most of it I should say Report
NASFKAB 7/10/2017
really useful list Report
SUSANBEAMON 7/8/2017
Most of these I've never heard. I tend to listen to Jazz and Blues. Report
ALUKOWSKY 7/7/2017
DEFINITELY Sheryl Crow's "Soak Up the Sun." That's one of my all-time "No Excuses" songs. Report
PLATINUM755 7/1/2017
I'll have to look into some of these to add to my collection! Report
BUSYGRANNY5 7/1/2017
Great choices!! Report
CECELW 7/1/2017
Fun blog. I read a couple of posts on your blog. I'll just say, there's whiners every where. Hopefully, by now you've learned how to ignore them. Report
AUNA_VISTA 7/1/2017
I really love Wide Open Spaces, by the Dixie Chicks!

One issue that I'm concerned about on this site is that I never see models for your articles that I can relate to as an overweight woman. I think you are doing all of us a disservice by not showing more variety in your models. It isn't very nice of you, but rather very cruel. Report
DMEYER4 7/1/2017
awesome Report
MARIHELEN 7/1/2017
Yay!!! Report
LADYIRISH317 7/1/2017
Jump by the Poynter Sisters. Report
PICKIE98 7/1/2017
I see four that I would even consider.. Report
_LINDA 7/1/2017
Fantastic list! I am still a bit old school though -Gloria Gaynor's song still gets me every time I hear it! Report
NEPTUNE1939 7/1/2017
great Report
DEE107 6/19/2017
thanks Report
great list
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ROBBIEY
Music to sweat to. Report
Love these songs Report
12. Des'Ree, You Gotta Be, from this list would do it for me! Report
Love this list Report
Awesome! Report
Awesome songs Report
Just what I need to get my summer swinging! Report
lots of great songs there Report
Love the playlist! Report
Great list Report
Thanks for the great playlist! :) Report
Woo hoo! Rock on. Report
Makes me want to move more Report
All those girls are beautiful inside and out Report
"I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor is my all time favorite girl power song!!!! Report
OK so when are you going to do the OPPOSITE for MEN on this site ??? Report
Awesome play list. Thanks. Report
how about some Halestorm and other metal bands for those of us who can't stand pop music?! Report
no Sara Bareilles? How is that possible! Brave, King of Anything, and Gonna Get Over You are some of my favorites. She has so many, it's tough to choose!
and I prefer Cake's version of I Will Survive. Report
BRIARGAL
Great list! Report
Awesome list!! Report
Awesome list!! Report
Great list! Report
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