Use these jams to motivate yourself at the gym—or set a festive mood at your holiday party
We all know it’s easy to start slacking on the exercise front during the holidays—not to mention, planning a party this time of year can get a little hectic. So we designed the playlist below to pull double duty: not only will they add some cheer to the rest of your December workouts (making them a part of the festivities, rather than one more item on your To Do list), they're also the perfect background tunes to liven up your next gathering.
On the workout side of things, there's a warm-up track from pop princess Ariana Grande and an aptly-titled cool down track from chanteuse Fiona Apple. You'll also get a little help dialing things up from Kelly Clarkson—whose song "Underneath the Tree" kicks off at 80 beats per minute (BPM), but doubles that figure with its blockbuster chorus.
On the entertainment front, you might want to fast-forward to one of the following party (and/or conversation) starters: Glee's version of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas," Pentatonix with an a capella take on a "Nutcracker" favorite, or the latest version of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" featuring One Direction, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, and more. In all, this mix of songs will make for good company whether you're rocking solo on a treadmill or with loved ones in your living room. Here are the songs to soundtrack your holiday season:
Ariana Grande - Santa Tell Me - 96 BPM
Kelly Clarkson - Underneath the Tree - 80 BPM
She & Him - Sleigh Ride - 107 BPM
Mariah Carey - Here Comes Santa Clause (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)/Housetop Celebration - 109 BPM
Weezer - Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - 126 BPM
Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014) - 113 BPM
Glee Cast - All I Want for Christmas - 147 BPM
Lucy Hale - Mistletoe - 174 BPM
Pentatonix - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy - 150 BPM
Fiona Apple - Frosty the Snowman - 74 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.