The best kind of fitness music makes your heart rate rise, matches the intensity of your workout, and gets you excited to sweat. Enter EDM (electronic dance music), a DJ-synthesized sound that uses steady, upbeat tempos and catchy, soulful lyrics to energize the dance floor of a club. And, with an average BPM of 128 beats per minute, this genre is equally as effective for energizing your workouts.
If there was any doubt that electronic music had fully crossed over into the mainstream, it was surely vanquished when Daft Punk hit this year's Grammy stage with Pharrell, Nile Rodgers, and Stevie Wonder. Beyond the "Get Lucky" hitmakers, though, there's a variety of other DJs and producers stepping into the spotlight.
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Avicii and David Guetta—both of whom appear in the playlist below—are already international DJ sensations and quickly approaching Daft Punk in terms of name recognition. You'll also find acts like Zedd and Major Lazer who teamed with Hayley Williams (from Paramore) and Sean Paul to help break onto the charts. Lastly, this mix introduces big beat anthems from Krewella and Martin Garrix that have been dominating the festival scene—even if you haven't heard them on the radio yet.
Whether you're a casual fan, a diehard clubber, or trying to set a new personal best, there's definitely something here that will bring a little dancefloor energy to your next workout.
Krewella - Live for the Night - 127 BPM
Zedd & Hayley Williams - Stay the Night - 128 BPM
Afrojack, Steve Aoki & Miss Palmer - No Beef - 128 BPM
Major Lazer & Sean Paul - Come on to Me - 110 BPM
3LAU & Bright Lights - How You Love Me - 128 BPM
Martin Garrix - Animals - 127 BPM
Armin van Buuren & Trevor Guthrie - This Is What It Feels Like - 130 BPM
Avicii - Addicted to You - 128 BPM
Porter Robinson & Mat Zo - Easy - 128 BPM
David Guetta & Skylar Grey - Shot Me Down - 129 BPM
To find more workout songs, check out the free database at Run Hundred. You can browse by genre, tempo, and era to find the best songs to rock your workout.