Let's talk for a moment about the math of workout music. There are three types of songs that dominate Top 40 radio presently: pop ballads, rap songs, and dance tracks. Ballads are usually too slow for working out, but rap and dance music aren't ideal either. The average rap song clocks in at 80 BPM (beats per minute), and the average dance track at around 128 BPM, but the average runner moves faster than either, logging at least 150 steps per minute. So what's a sprinter to do? Lucky for you, we managed to uncover several former top-40 hits that can match faster fitness tempos to help you accelerate your run or add energy-boosting intervals to your next jog.
While you don't need to match your beats and steps exactly, getting them in the same vicinity will help you get more out of your workout. The playlist below comprises 10 tunes from hot artists, all at or above 150 BPM.
Take a few of these with you to pick up the pace of your next workout.
The Go-Go's - Vacation - 156 BPM
Jimmy Eat World - The Middle - 163 BPM
Black Eyed Peas - Pump It - 153 BPM
Neon Trees - Everybody Talks - 155 BPM
The Black Keys - Lonely Boy - 165 BPM
Modern English - I Melt with You - 156 BPM
Three 6 Mafia & Webbie - Lil Freak (Ugh Ugh Ugh) - 154 BPM
Fatboy Slim - The Rockafeller Skank - 152 BPM
Avril Lavigne - What the Hell - 150 BPM
My Chemical Romance – Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na) - 166 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.