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Spotify Announces the 10 Most Popular Workout Songs of the Year

Spotify Announces the 10 Most Popular Workout Songs of the Year

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Well, he said he wanted attention for his music — Eminem and Rihanna’s hit, “The Monster,” has topped Spotify’s list of  the most popular workout songs in the U.S., while Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s “Can’t Hold Us” is the global favorite, appearing on more workout playlists than any other song on Earth. Looks like this really is his moment!

The digital music provider (and party music savior) released some interesting tidbits with their rankings. Apparently, pump-up tracks like Eminem’s “Till I Collapse” and the “Rocky” classic “Eye of the Tiger” featured prominently on men’s playlists, while women were more likely to pick pop music like Rihanna. Spotify also found that women were more likely to pick music they could listen to synchronously (i.e. songs they can exercise to in time to the beat), which supports research into the subject [1] [2] [3]. Who knew?

Check out the track listing below, and if you’ve got a Spotify account, listen to the playlist here.

The most popular workout songs in the U.S.

1.       ”The Monster” by Eminem

2.       ”Timber” by Pitbull

3.       ”Work B**ch” by Britney Spears

4.       ”Wake Me Up” by Avicii

5.       ”Leaving You” by Various Artists

6.       ”Roar” by Katy Perry

7.       ”Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

8.       ”Till I Collapse” by Eminem

9.       ”Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke

10.   ”John Doe” by B.o.B. and Priscilla

Did any of your favorites make the list? Let us know in the comments below, or tweet the author @ncjms.

Works Cited +

  1. The effects of music tempo and loudness level on treadmill exercise. Edworthy J, Waring H. Ergonomics, 2006 Dec 15;49(15):1597-610.
  2. Effects of music during exercise in different training status. Baldari C, Macone D, et al. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 2010 Sep;50(3):281-7.
  3. Exercise, music, and the brain: is there a central pattern generator? Schneider S, Askew CD, et al. Journal of Sports Sciences, 2010 Oct;28(12):1337-43.