The Top 10 Workout Songs for December 2014
Rejuvenate your workout routine for the new year with these motivating tracks from new faces and your go-to favorites
What's striking about this month's top 10 exercise playlist is the number of pop songs on it that are sung by artists who aren't typical pop stars. Instead of Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, or Beyonce, you'll find a contemporary hit from Meghan Trainor, an upbeat single from Dutch rapper Mr. Probz, and a confessional club cut from Mary Lambert. Even when Top 40 favorites do appear, they seem slightly transformed-as in the case of Taylor Swift's electropop experiment or OneRepublic's dancefloor makeover.
In terms of working out, none of the songs below top 140 beats per minute (BPM). However, what they lack in speed, they make up in dynamism. So if you find yourself hitting a wall mid-routine, check out the huge chorus on Imagine Dragon's latest, the army of horns surrounding Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, and the blistering remix from Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj. (Pick up the pace during your running workout with these 10 Songs Faster Than Anything on the Radio Right Now.)
On the whole, this month's picks mix breakthrough acts who know how to write a great hook, pop chart regulars who are trying something new, and a string of hits that have been amped up and re-imagined. When listened to altogether, this combination makes for the best kind of playlist to keep you moving-one that sounds both fresh and familiar at the same time.