If you were raised on the radio, you'll love how these throwback 90s rock tracks from Green Day, No Doubt, and more get you pumped to work out

By Chris Lawhorn
Updated: July 23, 2015
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The ‘90s spawned a variety of musical movements, with pop groups and hair bands giving way to gangsta rap and electronica acts. Having said that, no genre had more of an impact on mainstream radio than alternative rock-thanks largely to grunge acts like Nirvana and pop punk acts like Green Day.

In terms of working out, the advantage of rock tracks is that they provide a greater variety of BPMs (beats per minute) than pop songs. To that end, the list below starts with tracks in the 80 BPM range (which are good for strength training) and ends with tracks nearly double that tempo (which are good for cardio).

In addition to variations in speeds, the playlist highlights a number of different developments within the genre of rock. Mixed in with expected alternative hits there's a crossover track from Metallica, a ska-influenced song from No Doubt, and a vintage cut from Lenny Kravitz. In short, the scope is focused enough to keep you on track and varied enough to keep you engaged. So when you feel like a run down memory lane, here are some old friends to keep you company.

Beastie Boys - Sabotage - 83 BPM

Green Day - Basket Case - 88 BPM

No Doubt - Just a Girl - 108 BPM

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit - 119 BPM

Metallica - Enter Sandman - 125 BPM

The Cranberries - Dreams - 128 BPM

Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way - 130 BPM

The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - 133 BPM

AC/DC - Thunderstruck - 133 BPM

The Offspring - Come Out and Play - 160 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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