Workout Music: Groovy Tracks to add to your Mix

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Music has the power to change your workout experience. In the last year, I have been trying quite a few different types of high-intensity workouts, from Betty Rocker to Fittlyss. And I have found that, when a groovy track comes on, tough exercises like burpees don’t seem as difficult anymore. The rhythm of funky tracks is often upbeat and motivating, but it’s more than that. Listening to feel-good groovy music just adds that something special to a workout, that get-down and enjoy it kind of feeling. Of course, music is personal, but here are some groovy tracks to add to your workout music mix, to inspire you to get down on it!


Groovy Prince

Prince is one of the funkiest musicians who ever lived. Add some of his tracks to your playlist, and you’ll be one step closer to having a groovy workout. Some of his tracks have a way of making the toughest exercises so much easier, by just filling the room with a feel-good groove that keeps you going. Just remember, if you’re in the gym don’t forget where you are, as you may get lost in the music and find yourself dancing instead. Prince has a way of pulling you in.

Here are some of the grooviest tracks:

Prince – Dirty Mind

Prince – Uptown

Prince – Controversy

Prince – Kiss

Prince – You Got the Look

Prince – Lady Cab Driver

Prince – Cindy C. (Yes, this song was to Cindy Crawford)

Prince has a ton of music to choose from.
I’d recommend you get a few of his albums, starting with Dirty Mind, Controversy, Parade, The Black Album and Sign o’ the Times. Find your favourite tracks on each and create a playlist to test out on your next upbeat workout. You could also create a playlist on YouTube if you’re listening off your computer.

Best Workout to do with Prince: Home workouts with exercises like burpees, crunches, lunges. Routines where you’re doing a series of high-intensity exercises and then resting in between. Prince will make those crunches, lunges and mountain climbers (almost) a piece of cake.


Kool Kiesza

When I first discovered Kiesza, I watched “Hideaway” over and over again on YouTube. I simply couldn’t get enough.

Besides her incredible voice and dance moves, she injects her music with an high energy, especially in “Hideaway”.
This is a track to add to your playlist – It’s upbeat and youthful, and simply… cool. It’s a feel-good track that motivates me during workouts, especially when running on the treadmill!

Kiesza – Hideaway

Kiesza – No Enemiesz

Kiesza – Sound of a Woman

Best Workout to do with Kiesza: Running on the Treadmill. I find my groove so quickly and want to run for longer. Try and let me know what you think.


Bootsy Collins

This music has a different kind of groove – more of a house disco vibe. Many of his tracks make me feel happy because they’re all just having so much fun making the music and it rubs off on me. Booty’s voice is very groovy too. I find myself smiling and wanting to break out into a dance. Sometime we get so serious about our exercising, that we forget to have some fun too.

Bootsy Collins – Play with Bootsy

Bootsy Collins – Do the Freak


Kool & The Gang

This is an American funk band, popular in the 1970s and 1980s. Their song “Fresh” is such a cool track – From the moment it comes on, it injects my workout with the happy upbeat vibe I am looking for. It changes the experience.

The links below take you directly to the YouTube videos. Watching the videos of these hits brings them to life even more, as you watch the bands singing and dancing and having a funky good time. It’s uplifting! These videos remind me of how different music was back then. They’re all dancing, grooving to the music, absolutely loving it. It was so much more about the music than anything else, like getting the perfect Instagram shot. This kind of music brings that nostalgic happiness back, and it adds to something special to my workout experience.

Kool & The Gang – Fresh

Kool & The Gang – Get Down On It

Kool & The Gang – Celebration

Other Groovy Tracks:

The Sugar Hill Gang – Rapper’s Delight

Jamiroquai – You Give Me Something

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll

Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars

The Isley Brothers – Who’s that Lady

Groovy Warm-Up Tracks:

Lakeside – Fantastic Voyage

Got To Give lt Up – Marvin Gaye

Carl Carlton – She’s a Bad Mama Jama

Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground

If You Want Me To Stay by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Groovy Wind-Down Tracks:

Daft Funk Lose Yourself in Dance

Rick James – Give it to me Baby

The Brothers Johnson – Strawberry Letter 23

Sly and The Family Stone- If you want me to stay

Parilament – Flashlight (12 Inch Extended Version)

That’s it friends, hope you found some groovy music to add to your upbeat workout playlist. If you have any others to share, please do in the comments. I would love to discover more too! If you enjoyed the post, please share it with your fellow fit buddies, inspiring more groovy feel-good workouts for all! 🙂



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