Songs That Make You Move

Last summer I was at my favorite local park. I love this park, but the gravel walking trail that runs around the outside edge of it…well…it’s hilly. I was slogging through the exercise routine on my iPhone… jog …walk… *sweat*…jog…*sweat, sweat*…walk…jog…you get the sense of it.

I have no idea how I did it, but I accidentally hit “play music” in the program I guess. I don’t have music on my phone. But some miracle occurred, because it started playing a song.

And I ran.

And I ran.  And….I ran.  And ran some more.

I skipped the next three walks.  I ran up hills. Down hills. I just kept running.

I got back to my car thinking I was Queen of the Universe. I’d run farther, faster, than I’d ever run before.

Okay, let’s be for real here. My “run” is a slow jog by most people’s standards. But a few months before, I hadn’t been able to run to the end of my driveway, so this..this was progress.

Why was I able to do that?

It was the music.

What music?

This. Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson.

Did you listen to it? If you did, just try and tell me you weren’t moving at least a little, even if it was only your head, bobbing back and forth.  The man had serious genius. Even the video is a work of art.

The driving beat of it is perfect for running–at least it’s perfect for my slow pace.  Anyway, this—and Jeanne’s blog yesterday about exercise—got me thinking about the music that makes me move.

Moving because I’m “supposed to” is drudgery.  Moving to music is…natural.  When an awesome song comes on, it’s impossible to NOT move. It’s fun.

Here’s another one.  I Can Dream About You from the Streets of Fire original motion picture soundtrack.

Okay seriously.  Were you not at least swaying in your chair?

Today I’m playing DJ, but there’s a reason.  The truth is, I need your help with something.

I’m going to put some songs here that, even if I’m cooking dinner when they play, have me bopping around the kitchen, playing drums with the spoons and spatulas, while I cook.

Turn the sound up, cuz here they are, in no particular order…

First is The Pointer Sisters

Here’s Kenny Loggins..

And a really old one…even though the video producer could not always spell correctly…

Going even older, here’s Michael Jackson again…back when he was a little boy.

I’m bopping around so much I can barely type. *grin*

I love this one–partly because of the awesome flashmob at Ohio State University. No telling how many times I’ve watched this, but it still leaves me with a big grin on my face every time.

And the final one–also from Michael Jackson. It’s a little slower, but I still dance to it, and I love the message.

So Bandits and Buddies…
It’s that time of year–time to get in the gym or out on the running trail, so I’m building a playlist to put on my iPod–feel good music that will make me want to keep running–make me want to
move–the kind of music that won’t let you sit still when you hear it.
Give me your best list…
What are the songs that make you get your groove on–the ones that make you dance around the kitchen?
The ones you can’t ignore?
Will you share your feel-good playlist with me?

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  • Helen says:

    Is he coming back to the heat ?

    Have Fun

    • Amy Conley says:

      Helen, don’t forget I’m coming too. It’s freezing here. I need heat and sunshine.

      • Helen says:


        You are more than welcome I am really over the heat we have been having too hot to sleep and I ate to think what my electricity bill will be like having the air con running all day 🙂
        Stay warm

        Have Fun

      • Cassondra says:

        Ooooo, Amy! I wanna go with you! We can talk books on the flight.

        Helen, can I come visit too? Steve just told me it was actuall ONE degree outside this morning when he went to work.

        • Helen says:


          You are more than welcome it would be great but yes we would be indoors with the air con or we could go to the beach

          Have Fun
          Stay warm

  • Helen says:


    Good on you for exercising 🙂

    I would say all of the above and throw in some of Rod Stewart’s faster ones they will get you moving and how about The Beetles Back in he USSR and perhaps Revolution and then there is Deep Purple and Led Zepplin they can move you as well and my mind is a blank with actual titles but know some of the will move me (a little ) LOL

    Have Fun

    • Cassondra says:

      Good ones, Helen!
      I’m with Amy. I want to come there. It was 3 degrees Fahrenheit here last night. the wind chill was -10. But of course, if I come down there to the heat, I won’t want to go outside to exercise then, either. *grin*

      I love Rod Stewart especially. The Beatles have some great rockers. Don’t know why I didn’t think of those. OH! And Paul Simon’s Kodachrome. Don’t know why your list made me think of it, but gotta have that too!

  • Jane says:

    Hello Cassondra,
    Anything by Beyonce and Madonna works for me. My feel good playlist would include Jay Z’s “Empire State of Mind,” Rage Against the Machine’s “People of the Sun,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” Sneaker Pimps’ “6 Underground,” Coldplay’s “Yellow,” Tupac’s “California Love,” Katy Perry’s “Roar,” and The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony.”

    • Cassondra says:

      Jane, what an awesome list!

      I would not have thought of some of these. I also love Madonna a lot–showing my age I guess–the ones I naturally go to are 80s songs. Going to look up all of these!

  • Amy Conley says:

    Way to many. If it was from the ’70’s, late ’60’s, or ’80’s it will get me moving. Hubby thinks I’m weird cause I dance in the house. I taught my boys the box stsp and the waltz in our front yard. I told them if they could dance they could have any girl they wanted, so they learned, and they got the girl.

    A month or so ago the tv channel AXS had a bunch of concerts and Def Leopard got me moving so much I dvred it. And I’m ready to go to Vegas and see them in person.

    We have also told our kids if they come over and the Bee Gees are playing, they may as well leave. 😉

    • Amy Conley says:

      PS Cassondra, Thanks for the package. I opened my door on my birthday and was so surprised to have a pa kage. It was my only Birthday Present, so it meant even more. A proper thank you will also be sent.

      • Cassondra says:

        Ohhhh! I’m so glad it arrived on your birthday! And happy belated! I’d have put in a different card if I’d know that!

    • Cassondra says:

      LOL, about the BeeGees Amy! I dance all over the house and love it.
      By the way, I think you’re brilliant for telling your boys that if they can dance, they can get the girl. It’s TRUE! Most girls like to dance, and so many men don’t want to. If you get a guy who loves to dance with you, you hang onto him!

      • Amy Conley says:

        Cassondra, don’t get me wrong, my husband HATES to dance. I have to bribe him for one slow song if we are out. The Bee Gees are the only “dancing” he enjoys.

  • Deanna says:

    We’re not the gym hitting or running sort and I have an aversion to what I call jangly music. While I do enjoy the occasional music with a good beat, for the most part, I don’t like listening to it for long periods of time. Since it’s that time of the year, hubs and I have started making an effort to get more active and we go out and walk for 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how we fee and how hot it is outside (it’s the height of summer here in Australia). Since it’s the two of us, we talk while we walk and catch up with each other on things that to us, news and such. The hubs also has taken to doing little jogs and he’s say “I’m going to run to that lamp post” or “I’m going to run to where the road changes color” and such. He doesn’t run much since he has really bad knees so short spurts are all he can manage, then we waits till I catch up to him and we continue our walk. It’s been a fun way to spend some time together and still be active. I am hoping that we can continue doing this with some consistency throughout the year.

    • Cassondra says:

      Deanna, my husband, Steve, used to walk with me, and sometimes I could get him to do my run-walk routine, and I loved doing that with him. But the truth is that he loves the gym, and I’d so much rather be outside, that we don’t usually make it happen.

  • flchen1 says:

    Hm… I wonder if this would improve my running experiences! I’ve never really run with music before, and in general, don’t play a lot of music. I think I do like Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off–I don’t know how well it would do to set a pace though 😉

    • Cassondra says:

      Flchen1, it really helps me. I run faster, but it doesn’t feel like it. I think it just lifts my energy, and moving to the music feels like fun instead of drudgery.

  • Shannon says:

    I have to say that I don’t remember “new” music. A lot of the rock tunes have already been mentioned. If you can stand the lyrics, a lot of old disco tunes (thinking Flashdance, YMCA, and It’s Raining Men have the beat). Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Madona do have some dance tunes. My best guess is that some of the more recent techno that I have heard at clubs might also have what you need.

    • Cassondra says:

      Shannon, the techno does have that beat, but I have to admit that I kind of hate it. There’s not enough variation in chords or melody for me. I need music that moves, melodically, as well as with the beat. I definitely need to find Flashdance
      OH, and Lady Gaga! Bad Romance would be just the thing and I love that song. I’m laughing out loud because we are thinking alike and you have just the kind of thing in mind that I’m after. I had It’s Raining Men by The Weather Girls on my list, and had found the video to include in this blog, but I saw it was getting too long. So much great music out there, but when I need to come up with the titles, I draw a blank.

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson gets me every time. Gimme Some Lovin by Spencer Davis Group, Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone, Thriller by Michael Jackson, Dancing In The Street by Martha and the Vandellas, Barbra Ann by The Beach Boys. I know I’ve dated myself with some of these. Also, how about KC and the Sunshine Band’s Get Down Tonight?

    • Cassondra says:

      Debbie I’m right there with you, dating myself as well. I love love love your list! I’m writing all these down. I had Thriller, but the rest are all new ones going in the download queue.

      That KC and the Sunshine Band one is perfect.

  • Lynrd Skynrd’s Sweet Home Alabama. That will get me out of my chair every time. Of course every time I get up to dance the dogs bark at me so I suspect my dancing is not up to par, or at least not up to doggie standards!!

    Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

    Aerosmith’s Dude Looked Like a Lady
    (I do the Mrs. Doubtfire dance. I miss Robin Williams.)

    It’s Rainin’ Men – I love to watch the costume drama men video you can find on YouTube that is set to this song.

    Brick House by the Commodores

    I am vowing to get up and move more this year. I am on my feet all day at work, but apparently that is not the same!

    • Cassondra says:

      Oh, OH! Louisa! I LOVE funk! And that opens a whole new bunch of ideas. Brick House is my favorite, but I also love Play That Funky Music White Boy (Is that the actual title? It’s the hook, so it’s what I remember).

      And no, I can’t sit still either when Sweet Home Alabama comes on, but I didn’t have that on my list. And Aerosmith…excellent!

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Great post, Cassondra. Those songs really do make a body wanna jump around a move a bit.

    My playlists are all slow and soothing, the kind that puts you to sleep, so not good for exercising.

    I use my TV for exercising on my bike — the only kind I can do until my knee surgery — but some of the story lines get my heart jumping lol.

    • Cassondra says:

      Jo, Steve actually watches movies while he works out. They have a movie room at the gym, and he’s always in there. If he likes the movie, he’ll stay and exercise the entire time!

  • catslady says:

    I can’t remember the last time I danced in the kitchen lol. Weddings are good for things like the chicken dance etc. lol. One of my favorites was Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

    • Cassondra says:

      Catslady, I love that entire album.

      If I had to pick out three “most important” albums ever, I have to say I think that would be among them.

  • Cassondra,

    You must’ve been looking over my shoulders today. Last night I watched the 2014 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductions. When they started honoring Linda Ronstadt, I realized how much I missed listening to her albums. So today I’ve been adding her songs to my computer music library.

    The ones that make me bop:
    You’re No Good
    Just One Look
    When Will I Be Loved

    Love The Pointer Sisters!!
    I’m So Excited
    Neutron Dance

    Grand Funk Railroad:
    Feelin’ Alright
    We’re An American Band
    Footstompin Music

    Yeah, I have trouble sitting still to those. Just ask Rusty Puppy!

    • Cassondra says:

      Suz, love all these!

      I like Ronstadt’s Poor Poor Pitiful Me–not the subject matter, but it’s a rockin’ song.

  • Cassondra, what a fun post. And I so agree with you about music being such a motivator. By the way, love that flash mob video. I hadn’t seen it before.

    Until I had an ipod, I would never have realised quite what a fondness I have for 80s Brit synthesiser pop. You’d be amazed what I’ve got on there! Try Tainted Love or Just Can’t Get Enough. Both always have me bopping like a bad bopper!

    • Cassondra says:

      Awesome, Anna, I’m adding to my list!

      And that’s the thing–doesn’t matter if you’re a good bopper, as long as you bop!

  • Kaelee says:

    I just can’t sit still when I hear Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper, Karma Chameleon by Boy George, Pontoon by Little Big Town, Let’s Twist Again by Chubby Checker and quite a few songs by Elvis Presley. A lot of Rock and Roll, Motown, Do Wop and other songs from 50’s and 60’s get me moving.

    I think I’m going to have to resurrect my Walkman as my husband who is now retired doesn’t like music all day long and I do.

    • Cassondra says:

      Kaelee, I think you are a good candidate for an iPod! Okay don’t throw fruit. I was the same way. I used a walkman long after the new tech came out. Then Steve got me an iPod and I was floored how much I loved it. All that music on this tiny little thing. I admit that I don’t like iTunes or the learning curve to use it, but once I had it, it’s so worth it, and Ihave SO MUCH MUSIC!

      I’m with you, by the way. Almost anything Motown. Oh yeah—makes me wanna move!

  • Mozette says:

    Ooooh… I love songs that make me groove and shake and dance… yeah, like ‘Footloose’… just can’t resist dancing to that in a department store (I don’t care who’s looking either!).

    But my absolute groovy, shake-my-butt song is:

    ‘Shake Your Groove Thing’ by Peaches & Herb

    And just them dancing around makes you want to get up and dance too.

    And would you believe that Herb was a Chicago cop??? Yeah, that’s what I’ve heard… 😀

    • Cassondra says:

      Mozette I love that! I’m totally going to get that for my iPod. Now every time I hear it, I’ll think of you shaking your booty in a department store! *grin*

  • gamistress66 says:

    go girl go 😉 shake that booty 🙂 something old — bob seger’s “old time rock & roll” gotta get out on the dance floor anytime that one plays, something new that has me grooving before I know it is “uptown funk” by Bruno mars

    • Cassondra says:

      LOL! Gamistress, I’m just not able to sit still when this stuff comes on. I don’t care where I am, I start doing a little shimmy. Okay, looking up the new one by Bruno now.

  • Cassondra, I’m not one to dance readily. Just not my thing. I mainly listen to music in the car.

    I’m impressed by how many people get up and dance, though. 🙂

    • Cassondra says:

      Ah well, Nancy, there have to be some onlookers to make us dancers feel like the strange ones, right? *grin*

  • Laurie G says:

    Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run and Thunder Road

    Caribbean Queen by Billy Ocean

    • Cassondra says:

      Laurie G, I cannot believe I forgot Billy Ocean. No WAY can I sit still when Caribbean Queen comes on.

      I’m a total Springsteen fan too. He falls into my “crank it up driving music,” along with ZZ Top. I admit that it makes me get a heavy foot though. :0/