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The Top 40 Workout Songs for Summer

Get Ready to Rock Your Workout!

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The perfect workout playlist can be a powerful tool when it comes to boosting your performance! These 40 classic songs of summer are arranged to take you through a gradual warm-up and then inspire you to pick up the pace with rising BPMs, guiding you all the way to the finish line—faster than ever!

Greyhound: Swedish House Mafia

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Hit the road running—but at a gradual pace. The driving Swedish House Mafia beat in "Greyhound" will start you off on a high note (without overdoing it) right out of the gate.

Download it now: Swedish House Mafia - Greyhound - 125 BPM (6:51)

RELATED: 10 Songs to Warm Up Before Your Workout

Titanium: David Guetta

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With lyrics like I’m bulletproof, nothing to lose this summer anthem will put you in the right mindset for an amazing run.

Download it now: David Guetta (Featuring Sia) - Titanium - 126 BPM (4:04)

You Make Me Feel: Cobra Starship & Sabi

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The upbeat tempo of "You Make Me Feel" will help you shift out of warm-up mode and into a more steady, powerful pace.

Download it now: Cobra Starship & Sabi - You Make Me Feel - 127 BPM (6:16)

Teenage Crime (Axwell & Henrik B Remode): Adrian Lux

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There's nothing like a good remix to help build up your intensity.

Download it now: Adrian Lux - Teenage Crime (Axwell & Henrik B Remode) - 128 BPM (5:30)

Blackout (Wideboys Remix): Breathe Carolina

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Put a little dub-step into your run with the high-energy beat of "Blackout."

Download it now: Breathe Carolina - Blackout (Wideboys Remix) - 128 BPM (6:17)

RELATED: See more of the best running songs to feed your need for speed

Earthquakey People: Steve Aoki & Rivers Cuomo

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Stay light on your feet with the totally groovy Earthquakey People, featuring Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo rapping and rhyming to the carefree beat.

Download it now: Steve Aoki & Rivers Cuomo - Earthquakey People - 128 BPM (3:36)

We Found Love (Cahill Club Remix): Rihanna

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Rihanna’s amazing vocals and the driving beat of this "We Found Love" remix are guaranteed to rev you up!

Download it now: Rihanna - We Found Love (Cahill Club Remix) - 128 BPM (6:29)

RELATED: Get Rihanna's Rock-Hard Abs with this Workout

Changed the Way You Kiss Me (Chuckie Edit): Example

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This UK hit has an infectious beat and catchy chorus—guaranteed to help you keep the pedal to the medal.

Download it now: Example - Changed The Way You Kiss Me (Chuckie Edit) - 128 BPM (3:38)

Wild Ones: Flo Rida & Sia

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"Wild Ones" is definitely one of our favorite songs to sweat to this summer. But if you can sing along to the chorus, it’s time to pump it up a bit!

Download it now: Flo Rida & Sia - Wild Ones - 129 BPM (3:53)

We Own the Night (Featuring Luciana): Tiesto & Wolfgang Garner

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Shift up a gear with Tiesto and Wolfgang Garner’s awesome collaboration, "We Own the Night."

Download it now: Tiesto & Wolfgang Garner - We Own The Night (Featuring Luciana) - 130 BPM (3:38)

Sweet Disposition (Axwell Remix):The Temper Trap

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While it’s not a new release, no summer workout playlist is complete without "Sweet Disposition." There's something about the pace of the killer beat that's perfect for pounding pavement.

Download it now: The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition (Axwell Remix) - 130 BPM (6:44)

Love You Like a Love Song (DJ Escape & Tony Coluccio Club Remix): Selena Gomez and the Scene

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You don't have to be pre-teen to love Selena Gomez. Her songs are a summer playlist staple, especially this super motivating remix of "Love You Like a Love Song."

Download it now: Selena Gomez and the Scene - Love You Like a Love Song (DJ Escape & Tony Coluccio Club Remix) - 130 BPM (6:38)

Roadhouse Blues (Crystal Method Remix): The Doors

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New songs are great, but we love looking to the classics for inspiration too. This throwback gets a modern edge with a little help from Crystal Method.

Download it now: The Doors - Roadhouse Blues (Crystal Method Remix) - 132 BPM (4:57)

RELATED: Who doesn't love a good throwback? See more in this Best Workout Songs of 1980 Playlist

Give Me All Your Luvin' (Party Rock Remix): Madonna, Nicki Minaj & LMFAO

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We’ve got to hand it to Madonna—who knew she’d still be putting out this many great workout songs decades later? With a little help from Nicki Minaj and LMFAO, this remix of "Give Me All Your Luvin'" is sure to keep you running strong.

Download it now: Madonna, Nicki Minaj & LMFAO - Give Me All Your Luvin' (Party Rock Remix) - 132 BPM (4:02)

Marry the Night: Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga’s "Marry the Night" was made for running (have a little interval fun by pumping up your pace with the chorus).

Download it now: Lady Gaga - Marry the Night - 132 BPM (4:24)

RELATED: Expert Running Tips to Pick Up the Pace

Umbrella Beach: Owl City

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Owl City’s electronic "Umbrella Beach" comes complete with a pumping tempo and light lyrics for smooth sailing.

Download it now: Owl City - Umbrella Beach - 136 BPM (3:50)

My Life: Slaughterhouse & Cee Lo Green

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Get a little more hardcore with this pounding remix of "My Life," created by the unlikely collaboration of Cee Lo Green and Slaughterhouse.

Download it now: Slaughterhouse & Cee Lo Green - My Life - 137 BPM (4:25)

Little Lion Man: Mumford & Sons

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A unique blend of folk, bluegrass, rock, and country, this surprisingly moving track adds a little variety to your playlist to keep you on our toes.

Download it now: Mumford & Sons - Little Lion Man - 139 BPM (4:05)

RELATED: Top 6 Country Songs for Your Workout

Beat It: Michael Jackson

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There is nobody better to rev you up as you edge toward the halfway point of your run than the King of Pop himself. An oldie but goodie, MJ’s "Beat It" will help you kick up your pace with a smile on your face.

Download it now: Michael Jackson - Beat It - 140 BPM (4:18)

RELATED: Ultimate Michael Jackson Playlist

Lights (Bassnectar Remix): Ellie Goulding

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Another one of our favorites for summer, this remix of Ellie Goulding’s "Lights" is perfect for a fitness playlist.

Download it now: Ellie Goulding - Lights (Bassnectar Remix) - 140 BPM (4:36)

Vertigo: U2

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Go back in time with U2’s uptempo "Vertigo."

Download it now: U2 - Vertigo - 140 BPM (3:14)

Levels (Skrillex Remix): Avicii

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Time to start pumping up the pace again! Kick off your ascent with Avicii’s "Levels."

Download it now: Avicii - Levels (Skrillex Remix) - 142 BPM (4:41)

Nero: Promises

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Keep turning up the heat with this beat!

Download it now: Nero - Promises - 144 BPM (4:17)

Allegretto: Bond

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This song is ideal for outdoor runs. Bond’s instrumental Allegretto will make you feel like you're the star of an adventure movie! (Stuck on the treadmill? Imagine yourself flying on your favorite outdoor route).

Download it now: Bond - Allegretto - 146 BPM (3:53)

Dreaming: Nikki & Rich

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By this point, your pace should be increasing with the beats! Keep climbing to the next level with the faster, fun tempo of "Dreaming."

Download it now: Nikki & Rich - Dreaming - 150 BPM (3:30)

Audio, Video, Disco: Justice

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The simple but catchy, lyrical loop in "Justice" will keep your mind in the zone (and off your faster pace).

Download it now: Justice - Audio, Video, Disco - 151 BPM (4:52)

The Fixer: Pearl Jam

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Rev up and rock out with Pearl Jam’s upbeat track.

Download it now: Pearl Jam - The Fixer - 152 BPM (2:57)

Spotlight: MuteMath

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Turn up to volume at this point to help power through!

Download it now: MuteMath - Spotlight - 152 BPM (3:21)

Everybody Talks: Neon Trees

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Light, fun, and fast, "Everybody Talks" has the power to boost your pace without you even knowing it.

Download it now: Neon Trees - Everybody Talks - 155 BPM (2:57)

RELATED: 7 Ways to Make Running More Fun

The Joker and the Thief: Wolfmother

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Go a little retro with Wolfmother’s rockin’ single!

Download it now: Wolfmother - The Joker and the Thief - 157 BPM (4:40)

Renegade: Daughtry

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There's nothing like a good rock song to help you raise the bar! Plus, there's something about Daughtry's vocals that makes them a powerful motivator.

Download it now: Daughtry - Renegade - 157 BPM (3:35)

Major Tom: Shiny Toy Guns

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Ready to rev it up? With its higher BPM, "Major Tom" will pump up your pace in a big way.

Download it now: Shiny Toy Guns - Major Tom - 165 BPM (4:22)

Kings and Queens: 30 Seconds to Mars

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We remember cutie Jared Leto most for his character Jordan Catalano on My So Called Life, but he's also always been the lead vocals for American band 30 Seconds to Mars. "Kings and Queens" marks the peak of your run so push your pace as much as you can during the nearly six-minute symphony.

Download it now: 30 Seconds to Mars - Kings and Queens - 165 BPM (5:47)

Cool in the Cool Way: My First Earthquake

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Start to ease your pace back a little with this punk-inspired song.

Download it now: My First Earthquake - Cool in the Cool Way - 142 BPM (2:30)

RELATED: 10 Ways to Burn More Calories on the Treadmill

Edge of Glory (Bare Noize Remix): Lady Gaga

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You may be bringing down your tempo, but its not over yet! Feel the triumph building with this killer remix of Lady Gaga’s "Edge of Glory."

Download it now: Lady Gaga - Edge of Glory (Bare Noize Remix) - 140 BPM (3:47)

My First Kiss (Innerpartysystem Remix): 3OH!3 & Ke$ha

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It's almost impossible not to feel pumped up when Ke$ha is involved!

Download it now: 3OH!3 & Ke$ha - My First Kiss - 131 BPM (3:12)

All Around the World: Justin Bieber & Ludacris

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Ludacris makes Justin Bieber even better (if that’s possible) with this upbeat track.

Download it now: Justin Bieber & Ludacris - All Around the World - 130 BPM (4:03)

Too Close: Alex Clare

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You may know this song from the Bing commercials, but it's about to be your new favorite way to wrap up a workout.

Download it now: Alex Clare - Too Close - 126 BPM (4:16)

Get Low: Waka Flocka Flame, Nicki Minaj, Tyga, & Flo Rida

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Start cooling down with this hip hop collaboration.

Download it now: Waka Flocka Flame, Nicki Minaj, Tyga & Flo Rida - Get Low - 125 BPM (4:16)

RELATED: Post-run, cool down with these 6 soothing stretches

Pour Some Sugar On Me: Tom Cruise

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End your workout on a high note with Tom Cruise’s (yes, he sings too) rendition of "Pour Some Sugar On Me" from the summer hit Rock of Ages.

Download it now: Tom Cruise - Pour Some Sugar On Me - 90 BPM (3:13)


Bonus! Call Me Maybe: Carly Rae Jepsen

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A summer 2012 playlist without Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is just wrong! For peak performance, we suggest throwing it in at the start or end of your workout, but you can also slot in whenever you feel like singing along.

Download it now: Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe - 120 BPM (3:14)

For more of this summer's hottest workout songs, check out the free database at You can browse by genre, tempo, and era to find the best songs to rock your workout.

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