Rejuvenate your workout routine for the new year with these motivating tracks from new faces and your go-to favorites
What's striking about this month's top 10 exercise playlist is the number of pop songs on it that are sung by artists who aren't typical pop stars. Instead of Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, or Beyonce, you'll find a contemporary hit from Meghan Trainor, an upbeat single from Dutch rapper Mr. Probz, and a confessional club cut from Mary Lambert. Even when Top 40 favorites do appear, they seem slightly transformed—as in the case of Taylor Swift's electropop experiment or OneRepublic's dancefloor makeover.
In terms of working out, none of the songs below top 140 beats per minute (BPM). However, what they lack in speed, they make up in dynamism. So if you find yourself hitting a wall mid-routine, check out the huge chorus on Imagine Dragon's latest, the army of horns surrounding Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, and the blistering remix from Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj. (Pick up the pace during your running workout with these 10 Songs Faster Than Anything on the Radio Right Now.)
On the whole, this month's picks mix breakthrough acts who know how to write a great hook, pop chart regulars who are trying something new, and a string of hits that have been amped up and re-imagined. When listened to altogether, this combination makes for the best kind of playlist to keep you moving—one that sounds both fresh and familiar at the same time.
Here's the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred—the web's most popular workout music blog.
Taylor Swift - Blank Space - 96 BPM
Mr. Probz - Waves (Robin Schulz Radio Edit) - 120 BPM
OneRepublic - I Lived (Arty Remix) - 128 BPM
David Guetta & Sam Martin - Dangerous - 92 BPM
Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj - Bang Bang (Kat Krazy Remix) - 128 BPM
Mary Lambert - Secrets (Jump Smokers Remix) - 125 BPM
Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding - Outside - 128 BPM
Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk - 116 BPM
Meghan Trainor - Lips Are Movin - 138 BPM
Imagine Dragons - I Bet My Life - 108 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.