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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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
Great list! Report
Awesome list!! Report
Awesome list!! Report
Great list! Report
Great list. I can't think of any to add. You nailed them all :) Thank you. Report
Probably won't get to it today, but hope to put this in a Spotify playlist. Many of these songs have been used in previous Spark music blogs. Report
Feeling old!! My two all time favorites, Cyndi Lauper Girls Just Want To Have Fun is 34 years old!! Gloria Gaynor I will Survive is 39!!! Its seems like only yesterday I was singing and dancing along to them lol. Report
Some awesome songs Report
love these songs-- Report
thanks for the great ideas Report
some great music here thank you Report
some great music here thank you Report
awesome list Report
It is amazing how the right music can boost your energy. Report
Nice song list. Report
Great! Report
Great play list for exercise Report