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Some Things You Can Enjoy

January 3, 2014

Nicking a ploy and some musical cues from The Black Keys, Colony House pairs their guitar-rock with some Killers-esque vocal melodies for an infectious tune.

How much interpretive dancing can you do in a pencil skirt? Apparently lots, as the protagonist of the video for Andrew Collberg’s “Rich” points out. A wonderful video.

Our last “Best of 2013 list” comes not from me, but from Chris Lawhorn over at RunHundred. Let him tell you what to work out to. —Stephen Carradini

The end of the year is a great time to survey workout music for two reasons. First, it provides a chance to look back at the year that’s winding down and reminisce. Second, the new year is when folks make resolutions–often to get into better shape–and the recap includes a few songs that might help with that.

The list below reflects more than 70,000 votes placed last year on Run Hundred—the web’s most heavily-trafficked workout music blog. According to the folks polled there, the most popular artists in the gym this year were David Guetta and Pitbull. They’re the only two artists who appear in the list twice—though they managed this feat with the help of collaborators like Christina Aguilera, Ke$ha, Rihanna, Akon, and Ne-Yo.

As is the case each year, there are some workout music staples present in the list. There are chart hits—like those from Flo Rida and Jason Derulo. There are hits that got beat out by their own remixes—like those from Lady GaGa and Avicii. There are monster hits that didn’t make the cut—like Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” Lastly, there are songs that got more love in the gym than on the radio—like Fergie, Q-Tip, and GoonRock’s contribution to The Great Gatsby.

On the whole, there should be a few songs here you loved, a few you missed, and a few that have been given a makeover since you last heard them. If you’re looking for a few tunes to jump start the new year—and possibly a new you—the list below provides 10 great places to start.

Pitbull & Christina Aguilera – Feel This Moment – 137 BPM

Selena Gomez – Come & Get It (Dave Aude Club Remix) – 130 BPM

Fergie, Q-Tip & GoonRock – A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got) – 130 BPM

Flo Rida – How I Feel – 128 BPM

Lady GaGa – Applause (DJ White Shadow Trap Remix) – 141 BPM

Jason Derulo – The Other Side – 128 BPM

Avicii – Wake Me Up (Avicii Speed Remix) – 126 BPM

David Guetta, Ne-Yo & Akon – Play Hard – 130 BPM

Rihanna & David Guetta – Right Now (Justin Prime Radio Edit) – 131 BPM

Pitbull & Kesha – Timber – 130 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine. —Chris Lawhorn

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