20 Amazing Zumba Songs to Kick-Start Your Dance Workout

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Since strutting onto the fitness scene in the mid-90s, Zumba has become a worldwide workout phenomenon, spreading dance fever to more than 15 million people of all shapes, sizes and ages. Inspired by Latin music and dance, this heart-pumping cardio workout uses choreographed routines to get participants moving, grooving and sweating off hundreds of calories per class.
"I started Zumba in January and have lost 35 pounds," says SparkPeople member JENNYFOOG. "This is the first exercise I have ever enjoyed. I burn between 600 and 800 calories a class depending on the instructor's intensity and how hard I push myself."

Music is a great way to maintain motivation for any workout, but with Zumba it truly takes center stage. After all, it was a spontaneous musical decision that inspired the Zumba we know and love today: After forgetting his aerobics music for a fitness class in his native Colombia, Alberto "Beto" Perez improvised by popping in his personal cassette filled with salsa music. And, thus, Zumba was born.
Although many instructors use Latin American songs in their classes today, any up-tempo track will do. Below, we've compiled a hand-picked playlist with feedback from Zumba enthusiasts and our own members. You'll want to keep listening long after the last mamba!

1. Zumba Fitness, "Zumba Mami" – Amazon  iTunes
2. Daddy Yankee, "La Rompe Corazones" – Amazon  iTunes

3. Regina, "Ibiza Vibe" – Amazon  iTunes
4. Pitbull, "Shake Senora" – Amazon  iTunes
5. Los 5, "Acapulco" – Amazon  iTunes

6. Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, "Despacito" – Amazon  iTunes
7. Selena, "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" – Amazon  iTunes

8. Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake, "Love Never Felt So Good" – Amazon  iTunes
9. Elvis Crespo, "Suavemente"  Amazon  iTunes

10. Snoop Dogg with David Guetta, "Sweat" – Amazon  iTunes
11. Don Omar, "Danza Kuduro" – Amazon  iTunes

12. Wisin, "Que Viva la Vida" – Amazon  iTunes
13. Deorro with Elvis Crespo, "Bailar" – Amazon  iTunes

14. Enrique Iglesias, "Bailando" – Amazon  iTunes

15. Wisin, "Ven Bailame" – Amazon  iTunes
16. Juan Magan, "No Sigue Modas" – Amazon  iTunes

17. Jennifer Lopez, "Ain't Your Mama" – Amazon  iTunes
18. Bruno Mars, "Perm" – Amazon  iTunes

19. Zumba Fitness, "Pa La Discoteka a Bailar" – Amazon  iTunes
20. Shakira, "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" – Amazon  iTunes

What are your favorite Zumba songs?

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