In January 2013, Spotify assessed 2.8 million workout playlists created by its users in order to discover the most popular workout tunes. Spotify found that dance music dominated the charts. No, I’m not talking about “Macarena.” But, I am referring to smash hits by Ke$ha, Britney Spears and Flo Rida.
In all seriousness, the right music can make the difference between a boring and intense workout. Research shows that working out with a rapid beat can actually improve speed, endurance and even enjoyment of the workout. More important, music can distract you from tireness and relax you at the same time.
Therefore, when it comes to creating a playlist for the gym, it’s important to sync your workouts to an upbeat soundtrack. Here are the top ten most popular songs to workout to according to Spotify:
1. Die Young
Generally speaking, Ke$ha’s music revolves around party antics and binge drinking. “Die Young” is no different. But, if you’re looking for an upbeat tempo, that will keep you dancing on the treadmill or elliptical all night long this song if for you.
2. Scream & Shout
The Princess of Pop is back and better than ever. The new hit “Scream & Shout” by Britney Spears and will.i.am insinuates a good night out. This electropop club banger will help you power through any workout.
3. Thrift Shop
In this dance track, Macklemore spits about the glories of thrift shopping (odd I know). With Ryan Lewis on the chorus, this up-tempo song will keep you “popping tags” and beasting through those tough circuits.
4. Don’t You Worry Child
One of my personal favorites is by Swedish electronic dance group, Swedish House Mafia. “Don’t You Worry Child” is the sixth and final single released before the group announced an indefinite hiatus (insert sad face here). This song is perfect for those intense spin workouts.
5. Sweet Nothing
Florence Welch's divine vocals in combination with Calvin Harris’ uplifting electro-dance beats make for an exceptional workout tune. “Sweet Nothing” is the perfect tune for long distance runs.
6. I Cry
This rap house song is most popular for its catchiness and club-nature. While it’s no “Right Round” or “Apple Bottom Jeans” (my personal favs), Flo Rida’s song “I Cry” is great for those cardio and weight lifting workouts.
There’s nothing like a Kanye West beat to get you pumped up at the gym. With A-list rappers Jay-Z and Big Sean on the track, this rap song will help you power through extra reps on the bench press.
“Titanium” is an upbeat tune that draws from the genres of pop, house and urban-dance. Recorded by infamous house DJ David Guetta featuring Sia, the song's lyrics are about inner strength, making it the perfect muscle and strength training tune.
9. Gangnam Style
Korean musician PSY hit the scene in July of 2012 with his song “Gangnam Style.” With a billion hits on the Internet, this song became an instant smash hit. Thanks to PSY and his ridiculous dance moves, this tune will keep you laughing all workout.
10. Locked Out Of Heaven
Bruno Mars really hit the jackpot with this one. “Locked Out Of Heaven” is a funky, reggae rock song infused with positive energy. This song has topped the Billboard Hot 100 list for six consecutive weeks, and now this workout playlist!
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Julie Smith is a freelance writer and avid runner. She has recently updated her iPod with Spotify’s workout list. When she’s not running, Julie eats healthy and takes natural remedies from NativeRemedies.com. She loves being fit!