Awhile back, I created an online workout music database--which I use to gauge all of the songs that I write about here. I've got my hunches. But I'd like to be able to give you something more substantial than just my personal theories on what's great. To that end, I post loads of songs there--virtually every single that's released. And it's always interesting to get feedback--particularly when folks hate something I thought they'd love. Or vice-versa.
And I have never been further from the mark than I was this month.
Almost none of the songs that did well with folks were ones I'd expected.
There is a slow-boiling track by Metric. It's brilliant, but I thought it might be too slow. And Booty Luv have a textbook UK dance hit--in the best sense. But, there's also a load of angsty, dude rock that I can't imagine taking to the gym.
Nevertheless, there were lots of folks who said they would do precisely that.
So, here's the full list of what folks loved--my suspicions be damned!
128 BPM – Axwell, Bob Sinclair & Ron Carroll – What A Wonderful World
118 BPM – Metric – Help I'm Alive
143 BPM – Forever the Sickest Kids – Whoa Oh! (Me vs. Everyone)
126 BPM – Theory of a Deadman – Hate My Life
128 BPM – Chris Lake & Nastala – If You Knew (Feed Me Remix)
131 BPM – Hyper Crush – Keep Up
129 BPM – Metallica – Cyanide
148 BPM – Basshunter – Now You're Gone
152 BPM – Trapt – Contagious
127 BPM – Booty Luv – Say It
MC's resident DJ Chris Lawhorn weeds through each week's releases to find the best, new music for a workout. The highlights are presented here, organized by their beats per minute.
More songs—and resources for matching them to the pace of your routine—can be found on RunHundred.com.