Instant Happy: Workout Playlist of Vintage Broadway Musical Numbers

I'm like you: I struggle to get the motivation I need to get myself to the gym. I go for long periods without any dips in workout enthusiasm and then BAM. It hits me. I can't even lift my arm to reach the bottle of Apathy Anti-Bad-Mood Spray resting on the night stand.

Call it "lazy"; call it "depression" - call it whatever you want. I really don't have the body to justify putting off my workouts. Lately, I've been getting energy from taking long walks in the hills around my home. I recently moved to the Denver metro area and the let me tell you - Colorado sunshine is OFF THE CHAIN. It's wonderful.

I put together this little playlist of vintage Broadway songs to keep me moving and I thought I'd share it with you. I recommend you play them in order. Sometimes, I like the film soundtrack better than the cast recordings - so I took that liberty to include theme here.


  1. "Sound of Music" by Julie Andrews
  2. "On Broadway" by George Benson
  3. One" from A Chorus Line.
  4. "America" from West Side Story.
  5. "Greased Lightning" from Grease, The Movie soundtrack.
  6. "Oklahoma!" 1943 recording.
  7. "Get Me To The Church on Time" from My Fair Lady.
  8. "We Go Together" from Grease, The Movie soundtrack.
  9. "There's No Business Like Show Business" with Bruce Yarnell, Rufus Smith and Ethel Merman.
  10. "Overture/All That Jazz" from Chicago. I like the film version - but it's album only on iTunes, unfortunately. If you don't want to buy the album, try the Bebe Neuwirth version.
  11. "Fame" by Irene Cara.
  12. "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the Beast.
  13. "Aquarius" from Hair.

Now, obviously, I took some liberties. And I've largely ignored more recent productions. What have I missed? Which show tunes do you think would be a good addition to this Broadway playlist for walking?



Post Tags

On Twitter

Follow @heidirettig