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Every Country Hit You Should Know Before the 2015 CMA Awards

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For fans of the genre, the annual Country Music Association Awards (airing November 4 on ABC at 8/7c) are appointment viewing. Even if you only have a passing interest, the show provides a star-studded recap of what's happening in country right now and, usually, a few water cooler-worthy moments to discuss the next day too. So we've compiled a workout playlist that'll get you moving and prepped for the broadcast at once.

The list below kicks off with a rallying cry from Miranda Lambert and winds down with a festive track from Kenny Chesney. The songs in the middle aren't your typical workout tunes—they emphasize narratives over beats. To that end, you're unlikely to lose yourself in the rhythm, but you may very well find yourself swept up in the stories.

While everything in the list below is rooted in country, there's still plenty of variety with crossover acts like Little Big Town crossing paths with traditionalists like Chris Stapleton. Between the two, there's Kacey Musgraves—who's held her own while touring with Katy Perry and shooting videos with Willie Nelson. So if you want to mix up your routine while previewing this year's CMAs, here our 10 of our picks, organized by the category in which they were nominated. 

Entertainer of the Year
Miranda Lambert - Automatic - 97 BPM

Music Video of the Year
Kacey Musgraves - Biscuits - 101 BPM

Musical Event of the Year
Keith Urban & Eric Church - Raise 'Em Up - 108 BPM

Album of the Year
Chris Stapleton - Parachute - 114 BPM

New Artist of the Year
Thomas Rhett - Crash and Burn - 129 BPM

Vocal Duo of the Year
Maddie & Tae - Your Side of Town - 115 BPM

Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town - Quit Breaking Up with Me - 110 BPM

Male Vocalist of the Year
Blake Shelton - Bring Back the Sunshine - 139 BPM

Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini - XO - 109 BPM

Song of the Year
Kenny Chesney - American Kids - 85 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.

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