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January 6, 2010

The Best Workout Music of 2009

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Photo Credit: Myles Dumas

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Like so many other folks, I'm starting off the new year by taking stock of the one that's just ended. Accordingly, I've been tallying the votes for each of last year's singles — to see which made their way into the gym most frequently. As you'd expect, there are a lot of obvious wins — like Lady Gaga nabbing the top spot. And there are some happy surprises. Particularly, I didn't remember Jordin Sparks making a big impression. But with a little time (and a lot of help from Shannon's "Let the Music Play") "S.O.S." seems to have grown on folks.

It's also reassuring to see so many new artists making the cut. The fact that so many of these were relatively unknown last January bodes well for the coming year's offerings.

I'll pick up with those in the next column. Until then, here's the best of 2009.

10. Cut Copy - Hearts on Fire - 125 BPM Cut Copy - In
Ghost Colours - Hearts On Fire

9. The Prodigy - Warriors Dance (South Central Remix) - 128 BPM The Prodigy -
Invaders Must Die (Deluxe Version) - Warrior's Dance (South
Central Remix)

8. Beyoncé - Diva (Karmatronic Remix) - 132 BPM Beyoncé - Above
and Beyoncé - Dance Mixes - Diva

7. Jordin Sparks - S.O.S. - 116 BPM Jordin Sparks -
Battlefield (Deluxe Version) - S.O.S. (Let the Music Play)

6. September - Cry for You - 130 BPM September - Cry
for You - EP - Cry for You (Radio Mix)

5. Katy Perry - Waking Up in Vegas (Calvin Harris Remix) - 131 BPM Katy Perry -
Waking Up In Vegas - Waking Up In Vegas (Calvin Harris Extended

4. Kesha - Tik Tok - 120 BPM Ke$ha - TiK ToK
- Single - TiK ToK

3. Jay Sean & Lil Wayne - Down - 132 BPM Jay Sean - All
or Nothing (Bonus Track Version) - Down (feat. Lil Wayne)

2. Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling - 128 BPM Black Eyed Peas
- The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies) - I Gotta Feeling

1. Lady Gaga - Poker Face (Space Cowboy Remix) Lady GaGa -
Poker Face (Remixes) - EP - Poker Face

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.

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