10 Workout Songs that Sound Like "Uptown Funk"
Featuring energy-boosting hits, the songs on this funk music playlist rival Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' global sensation, "Uptown Funk"
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.