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10 Workout Songs Beyond the Top 40

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The best thing about working out to pop music is also the worst thing about working out to pop music: A great hook—the one that sent a tune racing up the charts and into your fitness playlist—is often the same thing that will drive you crazy when you hear it twice an hour on the radio. 

To extend the shelf life of your pop favorites and add some variety to your workout mix, consider a few up-tempo tunes worthy of a Top 40 title but that have yet to enter the gym circuit. In the list below, you'll find irresistible songs by undiscovered talents and repeat chart-toppers alike, all with so much energy they may as well have been designed for a spin class. Press play on these 10 tracks to hit the gym refreshed and ready to sweat. 

Ladyhawke - Blue Eyes - 110 BPM
Band of Skulls - Asleep at the Wheel - 145 BPM
NONONO - Pumpin Blood - 121 BPM
Chela - Romanticise - 110 BPM
Friendly Fires - Skeleton Boy - 119 BPM
TV on the Radio - Mercy - 86 BPM
Vampire Weekend - Unbelievers - 155 BPM
Phoenix & R. Kelly - Trying to Be Cool - 114 BPM
Grouplove - Ways to Go - 101 BPM
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - If You Didn't See Me (Then You Weren't on the Dancefloor) - 117 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.


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