10 Cover Songs That Turn Classic Tracks into Workout Anthems

Get your heart rate pumping to covers from familiar musicians with this workout playlist — cover edition.

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While there's no shortage of cover songs around these days, many — if not most — are subdued, acoustic versions. Lovely as they are, these tunes are more likely to cause stirring in your soul than in your soles. To that end, this playlist highlights remakes that provide fresh takes and a little momentum.

Good covers offer two distinct advantages: They breathe new life into tunes you once loved and provide a different listening experience for ones you might not have liked. In the mix below, you'll find a version of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" that sounds like it's from the Roaring Twenties, Anberlin's take on The Cure's timeless "Love Song," and CHVRCHES' bracing take on a Whitney Houston hit.

New sounds and quick rhythms aside, the mix of familiar and fresh elements here is what makes these songs perfect for working out. No matter what kind of music you like, there's something here that will fit perfectly into your playlist. So, preview a few and see what moves you — literally.

Workout Playlist, Cover Edition

All I Have to Do Is Dream — The Lost Twenties (118 BPM)

Shake It Off — Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox & Von Smith (143 BPM)

It's Not Right, But It's Okay — CHVRCHES (128 BPM)

Not In Love — Crystal Castles & Robert Smith (135 BPM)

World Championship Finale 2 — The Barden Bellas (130 BPM)

Love Song — Anberlin (155 BPM)

Call Me — Franz Ferdinand (149 BPM)

Use Your Love — Katy Perry 130 (BPM)

Don't You (Forget About Me) — The Wind & The Wave (120 BPM)

To find more workout songs, check out the Run Hundred database. You can browse by genre, tempo, and era to find the best songs to accompany every type of workout.

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