Get psyched for your workout—and country music's biggest night—with an exercise playlist of this year's nominees
In light of the Country Music Association Awards, we put together an exercise playlist incorporating a variety of the year's contenders. If you're a casual country fan, the list below should help you brush up while you slim down. If you're a more than a casual listener, it'll give you some idea of what's at stake—and for whom—on the big night.
Most fitness playlists emphasize momentum, but this one (like most country music) is heavier on mood. Rather than cranking up beats to get yourself moving, you can head out for a run and get lost in the stories and rhythm from Kacey Musgraves, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, and Carrie Underwood. While none of these story songs top 120 beats per minute (BPM), there are others that do from Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, and the Eli Young Band. So, if you're doing cardio and looking for something that approximates your pace, you can start with one of those instead.
Whether it's the narratives or the tempos that draw you in, the songs below provide a quick introduction to country's biggest stars so that you can catch up on the best tracks of the year, decide for whom you're going to root, and squeeze in a workout all at once. When you're ready to get started, the artists and songs are listed below along with some of the categories in which they'll be competing.
Song of the Year
Kacey Musgraves - Follow Your Arrow - 99 BPM
Music Video of the Year
Lady Antebellum - Bartender - 101 BPM
Single of the Year
Dierks Bentley - Drunk on a Plane - 104 BPM
Album of the Year
Luke Bryan - That's My Kind of Night - 111 BPM
Musical Event of the Year
Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood - Somethin' Bad - 91 BPM
Entertainer of the Year
Keith Urban - Somewhere in My Car - 118 BPM
Male Vocalist of the Year
Blake Shelton - Ten Times Crazier - 111 BPM
Female Vocalist of the Year
Taylor Swift - Sweeter Than Fiction - 135 BPM
Vocal Group of the Year
Eli Young Band - Dust - 132 BPM
Vocal Duo of the Year
Florida Georgia Line - Dirt - 122
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.