This uptempo playlist features the latest speedy songs to help you pick up the pace
While pop songs are often upbeat, they're not always uptempo. Simply put, the beat that’ll get you onto a dance floor doesn’t necessarily tempt you to turn it up on the treadmill. In either instance, you’ll be moving, but when you add tempo to the mix, that’s when you’ll really start to break a sweat. To kick your cardio up a notch, we’ve pulled together the best fast-paced workout songs from multiple genres.
Since most pop songs emphasize groove over momentum, you'll rarely find one that tops 130 beats per minute (BPM). Most everything above that will be rock and electronic music—both of which are featured prominently in the playlist below. In the former category, you'll find a song with a throwback feel from Ray LaMontagne, a blistering return from Paramore, and a hit from Imagine Dragons with an added verse from Kendrick Lamar. While any of those will work for a run, the tracks above 150 BPM will separate the joggers from the sprinters.
On the electronic side of things, you'll find a breezy number from What So Not and layer upon layer of horns and bass from TNGHT. For your warm up, you'll find a woozy warm-up track from Disclosure and Sam Smith. Similarly, the set closes with a cool-down song from nightlife icon Deadmau5.
While focusing on songs above 130 BPM might require a move away from the pop charts, there are still plenty of familiar artists represented here. In the end, it doesn't matter which kind of song below gets you moving. It only matters that you move.
Here's the full list to get you started:
Disclosure & Sam Smith - Latch - 122 BPM
Foster the People - Coming of Age - 130 BPM
TNGHT - Higher Ground - 161 BPM
What So Not - High You Are (Branchez Remix) - 137 BPM
Ray LaMontagne - Supernova - 136 BPM
Band of Skulls - Asleep at the Wheel - 145 BPM
Jimmy Eat World - I Will Steal You Back - 161 BPM
Paramore - Now - 162 BPM
Imagine Dragons & Kendrick Lamar - Radioactive - 139 BPM
Deadmau5 - Phantoms Can't Hang - 128 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.