Top 20 workout songs

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5. "Night by Night" by Chromeo

Dismiss Chromeo as a mere good-time party band at your peril; "Night by Night" captures the workings (or lack thereof) of men and women—"She says I'm not romantic! I say she's too dramatic!"—and turns it into a sizzling electro anthem, a disco Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, if you will. One to accompany you on the treadmill in times of friction.

4. "Dancing on My Own" by Robyn

The Swedish pop star makes music to get your system pumping, hence the title of her awesome Body Talk series. She targets one muscle in particular though—your heart—and "Dancing on My Own" makes you feel simultaneously desperate and defiant. Work those complicated emotions out, yo!

3. "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" by Michael Jackson

Even before his King of Pop days, M.J.'s dance-floor decrees were irresistible. Throw this 1978 disco burner on the iPod, and you'll find yourself obeying the dearly departed icon's every command: "Let's dance!" Roger. "Let's shout!" You got it. "Shake your body down to the ground!" Yes, master.

2. "One More Time/Aerodynamic" by Daft Punk

The melding of Daft Punk's anthemic smash hit "One More Time" with the funky, instrumental "Aerodynamic" is simply genius, creating a euphoric, powerfully building (fl)ab burner. We can even imagine the helmet-wearing robots of Daft Punk working out to this song in their LED-plated suits.

1. "The Edge of Glory" by Lady Gaga

You've made it! You're on the last lap of your excruciating treadmill run, the red LEDs are counting down, three minutes to go and you're so nearly there—you're on the edge! The edge of glory! Let that Clarence Clemons sax solo inspire you to sprint to the finish. We're proud of you.

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