19 '90s Songs To Work Out To For A Dope Sweat Session

by Ni'Kesia Pannell

If there's one thing I'll wake up early for, it's a workout session. But some days, the struggle to get up and get to the gym is all too real. On those days, knowing that I have a dope playlist to help me push through my run or weights gives me that extra spurt of energy needed. Now of course I love listening to current day tracks from Future, Haim, and Tory Lanez, but nothing beats a playlist of '90s songs to work out to.

There's always going to be something about the '90s that gives me an unexplainable feeling of good vibes and girl power. And what better source for that than music. I mean, who could really deny the impact that the '90s had on pop, hip-hop, and R&B? Whether you realized it then or not, the '90s was shaping us up to have a solid list of throwback jams to turn to when we need an extra boost.

Though I possibly couldn't give you every single track that could be put on a workout playlist from the '90s, these picks will have you scurrying down to the gym as soon as you can to get your next workout in.


"Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer

Probably one of the best tracks to give you a bit of encouragement, MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This" will give you the perfect end of run theme song.


"Barbie Girl" by Aqua

Aqua's catchy and fun song "Barbie Girl" might have been played out to some people in the late '90s, but when you put it on your throwback workout mix, it'll give you all the energy you need to keep going.


"Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" by Will Smith

Hit the treadmill Big Willie style with the still relevant "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It".


"Heartbreaker" by Mariah Carey feat. Jay Z

One of my favorite Mariah Carey jams from the '90s, the Jay Z featured "Heartbreaker" is one of those songs that deserves a repeat play during squat sessions.


"I Think I'm In Love With You" by Jessica Simpson

The bubblegum pop era has provided the world with great songs to work out to. And, in my humble opinion, Jessica Simpson's "I Think That I'm In Love With You" is the one that set the bar.


"Big Pimpin'" by Jay Z feat. UGK

A workout session wouldn't be a workout session without getting your "Big Pimpin'" on.


"Holla Holla" by Ja Rule

If Ja Rule's debut single "Holla Holla" doesn't make you want to get into workout mode, then I don't know what will.


"Groove Is In The Heart" by Deee-Lite feat. Q-Tip

Deee-Lite's dance heavy "Groove Is In The Heart" should need no explanation for its placement on your upcoming workout mix. Don't you just want to move when you hear this one?


"(You Drive Me) Crazy" by Britney Spears

Though Britney Spears didn't supply the majority of her dance tracks until the 2000s, you can't help but want to get down to her "Crazy" with no reservations.


"Waiting For Tonight" by Jennifer Lopez

One of my favorite songs from the '90s, Jennifer Lopez's "Waiting For Tonight" got me pumped for the move into the millennium back then. Now, it gets me pumped for the gym. No matter the location though, I still want to hit a mean vogue.


"Touch It" by Monifah

A change in pace from her previous released work, Monifah's dance-based "Touch It" has a tempo that will motivate anyone whose been procrastinating on their workout game to get up, get out, and move something.


"Back That *ss Up" by Juvenile

There's no denying that hearing this track will make you go hard during your workout.


"She's A B*tch" by Missy Elliott

Almost any Missy song is perfect for a workout mix and "She's A B*tch" is one that will put you in a zone to get the job done.


"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" by Backstreet Boys

The '90s weren't the '90s without boy bands like Backstreet Boys, and their dance track "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" is set to give you the groove you need to rock your workout right.


"Wannabe" by Spice Girls

The Spice Girls really made songs for almost every part of your life. Why should your workouts be exempt? Throw this one on and get moving.


"Livin' La Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin

What's a workout without a little Ricky Martin?


"Bailamos" by Enrique Iglesias

My absolute favorite song by Enrique Iglesias, "Bailamos" isn't one of the songs I would choose for the main workout itself. Reserved for the cool down or for a few squats, this smooth beat will have you putting a little rhythm in your routine.


"Thong Song" by Sisqo

If you're not too busy hitting Sisqo's high notes toward the end, "Thong Song" is a perfect song that'll keep you running toward the final destination.


"Mo' Money, Mo' Problems" by Notorious B.I.G. feat. Mase & Puff Daddy

Great for a cool down, the slow tempo of this Notorious B.I.G song will help you finish the workout strong.