Rap is similar to electronic music in the sense that it's entirely possible to have a song that's a hit in the clubs but never heard on the radio. These are the tracks you might like listening to, but absolutely love dancing to. To better demonstrate this point, we’ve created a playlist that helps harness that dynamic energy heard in the clubs so you can channel it into your next workout.
To kick off your routine and ease into the genre, start with one of the slower tracks, like the 70 to 80 beats per minute (BPM) songs from Childish Gambino and Riff Raff (Katy Perry's date to the last MTV Video Music Awards). When you’re warmed up, jump into a pool of all-star DJ’s with the hit collaboration, Feelin’.
Generally an interval workout will mix slow and fast songs, but Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora's "Black Widow" is an interval workout in itself—it yo-yos between 82 BPM on the verses and 164 BPM for the choruses. Lastly, while most rap music relies on double digit BPMs, there are a host of triple digit hits in this mix as well. So for those gearing up for cardio, you'll find energy in an uptempo track from college radio favorite Hoodie Allen and an equally brisk return to Pharrell Williams' rap roots.
In spite of focusing on a single genre, there's still lots of variety here: slow songs, fast songs, club smashes, radio hits, and more. Whether you're a casual listener or a diehard one, you should find something to freshen up your current playlist. So, pick up a few new tunes, turn them up, and let the beat propel you onward!
Childish Gambino - Sweatpants - 80 BPM
Will.I.Am, Miley Cyrus, French Montana, Wiz Khalifa & DJ Mustard - Feelin' Myself - 97 BPM
Nicki Minaj - Anaconda - 130 BPM
Juicy J, Wale & Trey Songz - Bounce It - 140 BPM
Big Sean, Lil Wayne & Jhene Aiko - Beware - 98 BPM
Iggy Azalea & Rita Ora - Black Widow - 82 BPM
Schoolboy Q - Man of the Year - 113 BPM
Hoodie Allen - Show Me What You're Made Of - 122 BPM
Major Lazer & Pharrell Williams - Aerosol Can - 128 BPM
Far East Movement & Riff Raff - The Illest - 71 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.