June 19 2018
Rounding up some of the best summer-themed songs for this season's workout playlist.
The most popular workout songs this month feature tempos around 100 beats per minute (BPM) almost exclusively. This is slower than the pace required by most running or cardio workouts. Much of this trend can be attributed to the general slowing of Top 40 music that’s been going on for the last few years. Having said all of that, the are still plenty of ways you can put these songs to work in your routine, so let’s consider a few options.
The tracks with tempos in the triple digits include a Carly Rae Jepsen remix, a new country single from Sugarland and a collaboration between Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd from the Black Panther soundtrack. While a bit slow for a run, these are all well-paced for warming up and cooling down. Moreover, the double-digit tracks include a raucous anthem from The New Resistants, a remix from Taylor Swift and a collaboration between Carrie Underwood and Ludacris. Owing to their sub-100 BPM speeds, these are great tracks for strength-based exercises like crunches and push-ups, which tend to use slower movements and require more intensity.
At a glance, the tunes here might seems too slow for a workout. However, they make more sense when considered as songs that power folks on in spite of tempo. A workout routine requires variety, just as a playlist does. To that end, many of the tunes below will prove to be worthy allies in the non-cardio portions of your routine. However you want to put them to use, 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.