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21 Songs to Turn Your Next Workout Into a Dance Party


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You don’t have to be a dancer to love this music. 

Let’s face it, some workouts can really use that extra jolt of energy. You know, the kind of music that you can’t help but start swaying or bopping along to. The kind of beats that will wake you up better than that second (or third) cup of coffee. That’s exactly the idea behind this week’s playlist. 

But that doesn’t mean you need to use the songs on this playlist for a dance cardio workout. I love listening to dance music on the days I’m feeling especially sluggish. There’s just something about the heavy bass, thumping rhythms, and catchy vocals that get me motivated and push me through the end of the workout. Having said that, if you’d like to use this playlist to jump around, shimmy, shake, or drop it low—you should absolutely go for it. 

This playlist is also great for study breaks, when you want to get up and wiggle for a few minutes between chapters, or even as a hype-me-up playlist to use as you get ready for a night out. Why not turn your makeup routine into a full-on choreography moment? This list is dappled with classic bangers you’re sure to know—Rihanna’s “We Found Love” and Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance”—plus new favorites—“Hold Me Closer” from Britney Spears and Elton John, and “SUMMER RENAISSANCE” from Beyoncé. So clear some space, turn up the volume, and get ready to groove. Listen to the playlist below, or keep scrolling for all the tracks.

Full playlist:

  1. “Hold Me Closer” by Elton John, Britney Spears
  2. “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga, Colby O’Donis
  3. “Levitating — Don Diablo Remix” by Dua Lipa, DaBaby
  4. “One More Time” by Daft Punk
  5. “SUMMER RENAISSANCE” by Beyoncé
  6. “Cake by the Ocean” by DNCE
  7. “Dancing With the DJ” by The Knocks
  8. “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley
  9. “You Got the Love — New Voyager Radio Edit” by The Source, Candi Staton
  10. “Payback” by Cheat Codes feat. Icona Pop
  11. “Burn” by Ellie Golding
  12. “Hot Stuff” by Kygo, Donna Summer
  13. “Hello” by Martin Solveig feat. Dragonette
  14. “Starstruck” by Years & Years
  15. “We Found Love” by Rihanna, Calvin Harris
  16. “On the Floor” Radio Edit by Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull
  17. “Bad Habits — MEDUZA Remix” by Ed Sheeran
  18. “Stupid Love” by Lady Gaga
  19. “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry, Juicy J
  20. “You” by Regard, Troye Sivan, Tate McRae
  21. “Seventh Heaven” by Beck


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Amy is an A.C.E.-certified personal trainer, PROnatal prenatal and postpartum specialist, and former host of Sweat With SELF workout videos. She is a native Floridian who has been living in New York City for over a decade writing, editing, and doing all things digital. She received her B.A. in… Read more

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