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10 Workout Songs You’ll Recognize From Commercials

With the Emmy Awards airing this weekend, we wanted to pay tribute to the songs you hear between your favorite shows. Whether they’re popular songs hijacked by marketing departments or underdogs  propelled to fame by heavy rotation, we’ve surveyed the lot in search of the best commercial hits. Moreover, those brisk enough for a workout made the cut below.

Related: 10 Imaginative Cover Songs To Reinvent Your Next Run

The list kicks off with a recent single from Beck and closes out with a Top 20 tune from Fifth Harmony and Kid Ink. In between, you’ll find a throwback track from The Clash and an indelible hook from Europe. Rounding out the mix, you’ll find one of Run DMC’s signature songs alongside a smash from their one-time collaborators Aerosmith. Whether they came to your attention first through a stereo or from the TV, the selections below should have an air of familiarity. Couple that with some fresh air and you’ve got most everything you need for a lively run. Here are all our picks—along with the brands they represent.

Acura MDX

Beck – Wow – 92 BPM

Apple

AC/DC – Thunderstruck – 133 BPM

Choice Hotels

The Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go – 113 BPM

Geico

Europe – The Final Countdown – 117 BPM

Honda

Empire of the Sun – Walking on A Dream – 127 BPM

Lincoln

Shiny Toy Guns – Major Tom – 165 BPM

Adidas

Kid Cudi & Pharrell Williams – Surfin’ – 130 BPM

Applebee’s

Run DMC – It’s Tricky – 128 BPM

Disney

Aerosmith – Walk This Way – 109 BPM

Hershey’s

Fifth Harmony & Kid Ink – Worth It – 101 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at Run Hundred. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo and era to find the music that best fits their particular workout routine.

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Chris Lawhorn

Chris Lawhorn

Chris Lawhorn runs the workout music database Run Hundred and contributes playlists to Women's Running. He also operates the Case/Martingale record label and holds a BA in English from Ball State University. Before joining Women's Running, Chris covered workout music for Shape and Marie Claire. To find more running songs, folks can check out the free database at Run Hundred. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular routine.