The Ultimate Workout Playlist, According to Science

Though they may not be listening to them on tape, people all over the world are pumping iron to the 20 songs listed below.

Though they may not be listening to them on tape, people all over the world are pumping iron to the 20 songs listed below.

You may have heard about scientists at Brunel University in London recently compiling what they claim to be the ultimate workout playlist. Scientists teamed up with Spotify to search through 6.7 million user-generated playlists that have the word “workout” in the title.

The tracks most frequently featured on Spotify workout playlists are listed below. Do you agree with this selection? To be honest I haven’t heard a lot of these songs (I guess I don’t get out much), but obviously someone is listening to them…

Tracks featured on the playlist all have a certain number of beats per minute (bpm) that make them motivating for certain stages in your workout. The songs are put in a certain order to walk you through a warm up, strength training session and cool down. According to one of the scientists who compiled the playlist, “When synching your movements to the beat of the music, increase the intensity of your workout by raising the music tempo by one or two BPMs beyond your comfort zone – this will increase your workrate with the added benefit that the difference in effort will be almost imperceptible.”

The Songs

  1. Roar by Katy Perry
  2. Talk Dirty – feat. 2 Chainz by Jason Derulo
  3. Skip To The Good Bit by Rizzle Kicks
  4. Get Lucky – Radio Edit by Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
  5. Move by Little Mix
  6. Need U (100%) [feat. A*M*E] [Radio Edit] by Duke Dumont and A*M*E
  7. You Make Me by Avicii
  8. Feel My Rhythm by Viralites
  9. Timber by Pitbull and Ke$ha
  10. Applause by Lady Gaga
  11. Can’t Hold Us – feat. Ray Dalton by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
  12. Happy by Pharrell Williams
  13. The Monster by Eminem and Rihanna
  14. Love Me Again by John Newman
  15. Get Down by Groove Armada and Stush
  16. #thatPOWER by will.i.am and Justin Bieber
  17. It’s My Party by Jessie J
  18. Play Hard – feat. Ne-Yo & Akon by David Guetta
  19. Burn by Ellie Goulding
  20. Royals by Lorde

After typing that list, my spellcheck is going bonkers. I guess real words and names just aren’t hip anymore. Anyway, check out the list, but consider making your own. You can check out how many beats per minute a song has on iTunes and on other websites. Here’s what to look for depending on what kind of exercise you’re doing:

Running, jumping rope: 160 bpm and up

Jogging, spinning: 140 to 160 bpm

Power walking, stair-climbing, elliptical: 125 to 140 bpm

Walking, toning: 105 to 125 bpm

Stretching, yoga, warming up: 60 to 115 bpm

Happy listening!

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