Whip (and Nae Nae), Walk It Out, and Dougie with a decade of dance tracks that became pop culture phenomenon—and make for excellent workout music
Launching a dance craze is surely a mixed blessing. On one hand, the artist responsible almost always winds up a one-hit wonder (like those on this playlist of 10 Breakthrough Songs to Sweat To). On the other, there's a brief window when dancefloors the world over are full of folks breaking out your signatures moves—which makes you a member of a rather exclusive club.
In tribute to these trendsetters, we've compiled a look at the last ten year's worth of club classics. The list kicks off with a trio of hits from 2006 by Unk, Yung Joc, and—the rare perennial—Lil Jon. It concludes with a Rej3ctz track popularized by supermodel Kate Upton and this year's two-headed pop culture phenomenon: "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)." In the middle, you'll find remixes that provide fresh takes on cranking, popping, locking, and dropping.
The list below plays out chronologically, providing a quick history of recent dance tracks. In terms of working out, everything below was specifically designed to make you move. So if you're unfamiliar with anything below—or just want to polish your form—fire up YouTube, get yourself a mirror, and maybe call a friend. This mix will get you in motion, break up your usual routine, and leave you well-equipped next time the siren's call of one of these tracks lures you to the dancefloor. Here's the full list...
Unk, Outkast & Jim Jones - Walk It Out (Remix) - 80 BPM
Yung Joc & Nitti - It's Goin' Down - 84 BPM
Lil Jon, E40 & Sean Paul of Youngbloodz - Snap Yo Fingers - 82 BPM
Huey, Bow Wow & T-Pain - Pop, Lock & Drop It (Remix) - 72 BPM
GS Boyz - Stanky Legg - 77 BPM
Soulja Boy Tell'Em - Crank That (Travis Barker Remix) - 141 BPM
New Boyz - You're a Jerk - 100 BPM
Cali Swag District - Teach Me How to Dougie - 86 BPM
Rej3ctz - Cat Daddy - 103 BPM
Silento - Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) - 70 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.