Songs from the Top 40 tend to dominate workout playlists. And while they might keep you entertained while you pound the pavement, the majority of the Top 40 is hip hop and pop music better suited for dancing in the clubs than powering through your run. Why? People move slower when they dance. If they didn't, gyms would be empty and everyone would just go clubbing for 30 minutes after work.
It's rare to hear songs on the radio that are above 130 beats per minute. If you're like me, you might be thinking, "What about rock?" Rock is still a major force in the music world, but not so much on the radio. In fact, the last rock song to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts was Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" for one week in 2008. In the 150 or so weeks since then, it's been all about club tunes (and Adele).
The point: If you're looking for a great soundtrack for your run, you're better off seeking out outliers (like the Avril Lavigne and Black Eyed Peas songs below) or finding some rock (like the Pearl Jam and 30 Seconds To Mars songs below).
Here are 10 great places to start:
To find more workout songs, check out the free database at RunHundred.com, where you can browse by genre, tempo, and era to find the best songs to rock your workout.