Top 50 songs to work out to


What should you take into account when you chose a playlist to work out to? Would you rather listen to music with a beat to get some rhythm? Are the lyrics important to keep you motivated? What musical genre should you chose for your workouts?

Select the songs accordingly to the exercises you are going to perform. For example, if you do aerobics you should chose a song that follows 128 to 136 bpm. On the other hand, if you’re going kickboxing, the song you chose should have a 140-150bpm. With most exercises, the choice is usually the 120-140 bpm track.

Chose songs with a lot of rhythm. When the rhythms are weak or not very strong, your ability to improve the repetitive movement decreases and may even create the perception that the exercise is harder than it actually is. There’s no rule that adapts to every individual, because, when it comes to music, each person should chose the musical genre that best awakens their feelings. If the lyrics have a positive message, that’s even better. Women tend to let themselves get affected by motivational messages easier than men. Outgoing people respond better to cheered up songs than shy people.

What are the benefits of listening to music during the workout?

– You improve your sense of humor (the choice of the song with motivational lyrics may increase even more the positive feelings associated with the exercise, increasing your humor before, during and after going to the gym);

– You reduce the feeling of effort and fatigue;

– You increase “rhythmicity” in your movements;

– Your energy is used more efficiently;

– You improve your focus ability;

– Your performance during the workout is almost automatic;

– Motivates you to exercise longer;

– Makes you feel like you want to put more intensity into your workout;

– Promotes the increase of neuromuscular efficiency and coordination in long-term repetitive activities (ex: long distance cycling and running).

When you chose your playlist, you should take into account that the important is to make a perfect combination between the song’s rhythm and the number of bpm. If you are listening to the right song, your performance may increase up to 20%.

Ellie Goulding – Burn – 88 BPM

M83 – Midnight City – 105 BPM

Linkin Park & Steve Aoki – A Light That Never Comes – 116 BPM

Snow Patrol – Called Out in the Dark – 121 BPM

NONONO – Pumpin Blood – 121 BPM

Bastille – Pompeii – 127 BPM

Britney Spears – Work Bitch – 127 BPM

Avicii & Nicky Romero – I Could Be the One (Radio Edit) – 128 BPM

Porter Robinson & Mat Zo – Easy – 128 BPM

Zedd & Hayley Williams – Stay the Night – 128 BPM

Alex Gaudino & Mario – Beautiful – 128 BPM

Krewella – Alive – 128 BPM

Rihanna – What Now (Firebeatz Remix) – 128 BPM

David Guetta, Ne-Yo & Akon – Play Hard – 130 BPM

Fergie, Q-Tip & GoonRock – A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) – 130 BPM

Rihanna & David Guetta – Right Now (Justin Prime Radio Edit) – 131 BPM

Other songs you may want to listen to when you work out:

Eric Prydz – Call On Me
Benny Benassi – Satisfaction
The XX – Intro
Martin Garrix – Animals
Calvin Harris & Alesso – Under Control ft. Hurts
Chemical Brothers – Saturate
Blur – song 2
LCD Soundsystem – Tribulations
Gold Panda – You
The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
Muse – uprising
Moby – Lift me up
Rudimental – Waiting all night feat. Ella Eyre
Naughty Boy – La La La ft. Sam Smith
Flo Rida – Good Feeling
Klangkarussel – Sonnentanz
Eminem feat. Nate Dogg – Till I Collapse
Calvin Harris – Let’s Go ft. Ne-Yo
Eminem – Lose Yourself
Icona Pop – All Night
Jorge Quintero – 300 Violin Orchestra
Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger
Groove Armada – Superstylin’
Foster The People – Helena Beat
Foo Fighters – Best Of You
Marilyn Manson – Tainted Love
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
David Guetta – Titanium ft. Sia
David Guetta – She Wolf (Falling To Pieces) ft. Sia – This Is Love ft. Eva Simons
Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child ft. John Martin
Foo Fighters – The Pretender
Fort Minor – Remember The Name
Guns N’ Roses – Welcome to the Jungle


Juanjo Perez, Música para correr, una playlist alternativa, 20th of October 2013, translation and adaptation of the original version

N/d, 45 músicas para turbinar seu treino, 22nd of April 2013, translation and adaptation of the original version

Tamara Grand, Music to Enhance Your Workout: Tips for the Perfect Playlist, 14th of January 2013, translation and adaptation of the original version


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