How are you doing with that New Year’s resolution to get fit in 2014? If you need a little help, scientists at London’s Brunel University teamed up with music-sharing service Spotify to comb through 6.7 million workout playlists and compile the ultimate workout playlist.
Songs were selected based on their global popularity as well as their beats-per-minutes. (Research has shown high-tempo songs encourage athletes to push harder.) Featuring tracks from Katy Perry, Daft Punk, Avicii and Macklemore, the mix evolves from a soft warmup to high-intensity and strength-training sections, and a cooldown section.
“Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton was the most frequently featured track on workout playlists followed by Wake Me Up by Avicii, ‘Till I Collapse by Eminem and Don’t You Worry Child by Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin.
“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,” suggests Dr Costas Karageorghis, the lead researcher behind the project. “This will increase your work rate, with the added benefit that the difference in effort will be almost imperceptible.”
Karageorghis says the right playlist can even make breathlessness and a racing heart feel like positives: “At the point when your body is shouting ‘stop’, the music has the power to lift your mood and beckon you on.”
Interestingly enough, a companion survey found men and women work out to different music, with guys preferring hard rock and hip-hop and ladies selecting pop divas like Lady Gaga and Rihanna.
What are your go-to workout songs?
Check out the Ultimate Workout Playlist below
1. Roar – Katy Perry – 92 BMP (Mental preparation)
2. Talk Dirty – Jason Derulo ft 2 Chainz – 100 BMP (Stretching)
3. Skip To The Good Bit – Rizzle Kicks – 105 BMP (Stretching)
4. Get Lucky – Daft Punk ft Pharrel Williams – 116 (Aerobic/Warm up)
5. Move – Little Mix – 120 BPM (Aerobic/Warm up)
6. Need U 100% – Duke Dumont ft A*M*E – 124 BMP (Cardio training, low intensity)
7. You Make Me – Avicii – 125 BPM (Cardio training, low intensity)
8. Feel My Rhythm – Viralites – 128 BPM (Cardio training, moderate intensity)
9. Timber – Pitbull ft Ke$ha – 130 BPM (Cardio training, moderate intensity)
10. Applause – Lady Gaga – 140 BPM (Cardio training, high intensity)
11. Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft Ray Dalton – 147 (Cardio training, very high intensity)
12. Happy – Pharrell Williams – 160 BMP (Cardio training, very high intensity)
13. The Monster – Eminem ft Rihanna – 110 (Stength training)
14. Love Me Again – John Newman – 126 (Strength training)
15. Get Down – Groove Armada ft Stush and Red Rat – 127 BPM (Strength training)
16. #thatPOWER – will.i.am ft Justin Bieber – 128 BRPM (Strength training)