New Year, New Tunes
With a new year upon us, there’s an opportunity to take stock of what’s going on in workout music right now. To that end, we’re taking an early glance at 2018 to see what’s changed and what’s the same. Along the way, we’ll recap the month’s biggest tunes to illustrate these trends at work and give your playlist a refresh.
In keeping with developments over the last few years, this year’s inaugural picks err on the slow side–with more than half the list clocking in below 110 beats per minute (BPM). As with most musical developments, this shift is cyclical. For the time being, hitmakers and listeners alike continue to favor slower tracks—even while working out. Beyond that, club culture also remains a key influence in gym tracks, with dance remixes from Kelly Clarkson, Kesha and Maroon 5 each making the cut this month. The biggest change from this time last year is the presence of two hits with Spanish titles—“Mi Gente” and “Echame La Culpa”—owing largely to the breakout success of 2017’s summer smash “Despacito.”
In short, the top of this year foreshadows slower tracks, club beats and Spanish lyrics. Which of those trends will endure is anyone’s guess. In a month, we’ll check back; in the interim, here’s the full list, according to the votes logged on the workout music site Run Hundred.
To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at Run Hundred. Visitors can browse song selections there by genre, tempo and era to find the music that best fits their particular workout routines.