Songs Scientifically Proven to Help Fuel Your Workouts

by Lexi Petronis

Robert MitraRobert Mitra
Research has shown that listening to music while you exercise can be a definite "do": It can trick you into thinking you're not working out as hard as you are and even increase your endurance by as much as 15 percent. Plus, it's just nice--there are times I look forward to working out purely because it means the chance to listen to a new favorite song on repeat.


Some studies have found that songs clocking in with 140 to 144 beats per minute are optimal for your workout (surprisingly, a good example of the right tempo is the fourth movement of Beethoven's Fourth Symphony!). Spotify combed through 6.7 million workout playlists of its users to find the songs that are most popular for sweating. Take a look-are any of these on your playlists (I'll admit right now that No. 9 is on mine)?

1. "The Monster," Eminem
2. "Timber," Pitbull
3. "Work B**ch," Britney Spears
4. "Wake Me Up," Avicii
5. "Leaving You," Various Artists
6. "Roar," Katy Perry
7. "Can't Hold Us," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
8. "Till I Collapse," Eminem
9. "Blurred Lines," Robin Thicke
10. "John Doe" (feat. Priscilla), B.o.B.

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But Spotify also teamed up with Costas Karageorghis, Ph.D., a researcher with the Music in Exercise and Sport Group at Brunel University, to create the "Ultimate Workout Playlist"--20 songs that provide enough beats per minute to keep you going through your exercise routine, including songs like:

"Talk Dirty," Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz
"Skip to the Good Bit," Rizzle Kicks
"Get Lucky," Daft Punk
"The Monster," Eminem, Rihanna
"Get Down," Groove Armada

So what are your favorite workout songs? (P.S. Check out the tunes Glamour editors sweat to--maybe there's something worth adding to your own playlist!)

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