Give the Top 40 a rest and kick your cardio into high gear with surprisingly fast-paced workout songs from Grimes, Bleachers, and more indie-rock darlings

By Chris Lawhorn
Updated: April 11, 2015

Sometimes, it feels like all the best workout songs stem from Top 40 radio. And if you're sick of the repeat pop jams-which, let's face it, can get played out quickly when you hear them everywhere you go-then this playlist is for you. Mixing up your music by incorporating some fresh tracks could be exactly what you need to re-energize your fitness routine for the better.

With tracks pulled from the latest and greatest in the indie music scene, this playlist starts off with a breezy song from Jukebox the Ghost and winds down with a captivating number from Mr. Little Jeans. In between, you'll find uptempo tunes from rockers like PVRIS and retro/electronic act Penguin Prison. When you want to really pick up the pace, play on the tunes above 150 beats per minute (BPM), like Grimes' synthpop "Oblivion" and Royal Bangs' perfectly titled "Better Run."

Whether you're looking for a temporary break from the pop scene or just some new, motivating songs to freshen up an existing playlist, you'll find exactly what you need here to boost your workouts.

Jukebox the Ghost - Postcard - 117 BPM

PVRIS - My House - 129 BPM

Bleachers - Rollercoaster - 163 BPM

Penguin Prison - Calling Out - 124 BPM

Grimes - Oblivion - 156 BPM

Spoon - Do You - 128 BPM

Flagship - Life Underwater - 156 BPM

Walk the Moon - Shut Up and Dance - 128 BPM

Royal Bangs - Better Run - 174 BPM

Mr. Little Jeans - Good Mistake - 111 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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