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The 10 Songs You Need On Your Workout Playlist This December 2017

December 2017’s Top 10

Even if you don’t know Venn diagrams by name, you probably know what they look like. (Two circles are placed side by side so that they overlap slightly.) With regards to workout music, you might imagine one circle includes current Top 40 hits and the second features recent singles that clock in at more than 120 beats per minute (BPM). The overlapping area between these two circles would include songs meeting both criteria. Most months, this group of songs—Top 40 hits above 120 BPM—includes the most popular workout music. But this month is different.

Music releases are a bit more competitive in December, as record labels often save high profile albums to capitalize on holiday sales. On a practical basis, this means that faster hits have been replaced with music by big stars. To that end, you’ll find new music from stadium acts like Taylor Swift and U2. Also commanding attention are comebacks from Madison Square Garden headliners LCD Soundsystem and Pharrell’s club unit N.E.R.D. Finally, bucking this trend, you’ll find indie country favorites Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit and the MTV Europe Music Award winner (in the Best New Act category) Dua Lipa.

What this month’s list lacks in speed it makes up for in familiarity. There’s a good chance someone below has scored some major hit—or perhaps a string of minor ones—in your own lifetime. That being said, this month’s playlist may provide a chance to check in, take stock and plot the path ahead (literally and figuratively) on your next run. To that end, here’s the full list—according to the votes logged on the workout music site Run Hundred.

N.E.R.D. & Rihanna – Lemon – 96 BPM

LCD Soundsystem – Tonite – 121 BPM

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Cumberland Gap – 160 BPM

U2 – Get Out of Your Own Way – 130 BPM

Miley Cyrus – Younger Now (R3HAB Remix) – 70 BPM

Maroon 5 & Julia Michaels – Help Me Out – 116 BPM

Taylor Swift – Call It What You Want – 82 BPM

Luis Fonsi & Demi Lovato – Echame La Culpa – 96 BPM

Dua Lipa – New Rules – 117 BPM

Beck – Up All Night – 110 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 routines.

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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.