Feel the burn as Franz Ferdinand, Katy Perry, and CHVRCHES turn up the heat on familiar hits for a workout playlist you'll wish didn't end
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 10 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 The Roaring Twenties, the six song mash-up that closes out Pitch Perfect 2, and CHVRCHES' bracing take on a Whitney Houston hit. Adding a few more layers, Anberlin tackle The Cure's timeless "Love Song," while the latter act's Robert Smith provides vocals on a cover from Crystal Castles.
On the whole, you've got pop stars singing rock songs, men singing songs once performed by women, and rustic acts reinventing '80s tracks. 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. Here's the full list...
The Lost Twenties - All I Have to Do Is Dream - 118 BPM
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox & Von Smith - Shake It Off - 143 BPM
CHVRCHES - It's Not Right, But It's Okay - 128 BPM
Crystal Castles & Robert Smith - Not in Love - 135 BPM
Expatriate - Missing - 127 BPM
The Barden Bellas - World Championship Finale 2 - 130 BPM
Anberlin - Love Song - 155 BPM
Franz Ferdinand - Call Me - 149 BPM
Katy Perry - Use Your Love - 130 BPM
The Wind & The Wave - Don't You (Forget About Me) - 120 BPM
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