Featuring energy-boosting hits, the songs on this funk music playlist rival Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' global sensation, "Uptown Funk"

By Chris Lawhorn
Updated: March 12, 2015
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Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" is a pop sensation, but that omnipresence on the radio might actually work against the song when you're working out. Put simply, its power to get you revved up may be limited if you've already heard it a couple times that day. The aim of this playlist is to round up a few tracks with a similar feel, so you can swap them in when you need a boost.

In the mix below, you'll find horn-driven hits from The Heavy and Stevie Wonder alongside vintage party anthems from Prince and Michael Jackson. On the collaborative front, there's a funky cut from Bruno Mars' Super Bowl stagemates The Red Hot Chili Peppers, a solo track from Mars that was co-produced by Ronson, and one of the latter's many pairings with Amy Winehouse. Lastly, the list highlights songs from artists like La Roux and Chromeo, who are also putting contemporary spins on retro sounds.

The allure of "Uptown Funk" is that it takes elements from a few decades' worth of hits and combines them into a single tune, but everything in there stands easily on its own. So, if you're looking for a way to make Mars and Ronson's magic last a little longer in your workout mix, check out some of these equally dynamic hits from their predecessors and peers.

The Heavy - How You Like Me Now - 111 BPM

Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' - 122 BPM

La Roux - Kiss and Not Tell - 119 BPM

Stevie Wonder - Superstition - 101 BPM

Bruno Mars - Locked Out of Heaven - 146 BPM

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give It Away - 92 BPM

Chromeo - Jealous (I Ain't with It) - 128 BPM

Parliament - Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker) - 104 BPM

Mark Ronson & Amy Winehouse - Valerie - 111 BPM

Prince - 1999 - 119 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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