A great workout playlist provides two things: familiarity and freshness. While your current favorite songs pick up your spirits, new contenders keep you on your toes. Taken individually, the songs that made this year's top 10 are each great picks for topping off an existing mix. As a whole, though, they might work even better—as they nail both criteria for a great workout playlist.
On the familiar side of things, you'll find pop stars like Demi Lovato and One Direction. You'll also find breakthrough hits from new acts like Andy Grammer and Jess Glynne. Lastly, you'll find remixes that give a second wind to big singles like “Heartbeat Song” and “Uptown Funk.”
On the fresh side, there's a club collaboration pairing The Magician with Years and Years. The only rock band to make the cut—Walk the Moon—did it without the help of its smash “Shut Up and Dance.” Lastly, newcomer Katy Tiz nabbed the number two spot with an unusually fast pop song (and almost no help from Top 40 radio).
Each new year finds countless folks resolving to get (or stay) shape. If you're still making resolutions, you can score your musings on the last year with some of its musical highlights. Then use the best of 2015 to power you into 2016.
10. Demi Lovato – Confident – 130 BPM
9. The Magician & Years and Years – Sunlight (Radio Edit) – 122 BPM
8. Andy Grammer – Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah) – 120 BPM
7. Icona Pop – Emergency – 126 BPM
6. One Direction – Drag Me Down – 139 BPM
5. Walk the Moon – Work This Body – 135 BPM
4. Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand – 123 BPM
3. Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song (Nebuer Remix) – 135 BPM
2. Katy Tiz – Whistle (While You Work It) – 162 BPM
1. Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (Dave Audé Remix) – 124 BPM
To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at Run Hundred. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.