Make the year's biggest hit songs sound new again with this remix round-up, featuring Katy Perry, Jessie J, Calvin Harris, and more of your faves

By Chris Lawhorn
December 11, 2014
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Remixes are the musical equivalent of a second wind. In your workouts, there will occasionally be moments when it seems you've hit a wall-only to have that wall suddenly disappear. Similarly, there might be songs in your playlist that have lost the power to push you onward. In that case, these remixes might be just the thing to bring those tunes-and you-back from the brink. (In a fitness funk? These 7 Signs You're Setting Yourself Up for Workout Burnout may be to blame).

The list below kicks off with a hip-hop reworking of DJ Snake & Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What." It's positioned as a warm-up track because it has one of the lower beats per minute (BPM) in the set. But, if you're familiar with the original, you know the song's power isn't in its speed-but in its uplifting energy. To that end, you can use the remix of Charli XCX's breakthrough "Boom Clap" for your cool-down. Everything else here is within a beat of 128 BPM, a rhythm that can set a great pace for most cardio workouts. While the tempo remains constant, the music is more varied, mixing a variety of club smashes with pop hits-including a John Legend ballad that's been transformed into a dance festival favorite.

In all, this remix round-up will help you blow the dust off some of your current favorites and get acquainted with whatever workout tracks you missed in their original incarnations. When you're ready to get moving, everything you need is below:

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.