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August 31, 2009

The Best Music for Climbing Stairs

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Whether you're on a stair stepper, stair climber, StairMaster, or actual stairs, the tempo range generally recommended spans from 124-128 BPM. This is usually the province of dance cuts and remixes. Both are represented here. But, I've tried to round it out with some Van Halen, Duran Duran, and a brassy, swinging number from Lyle Lovett. (For the latter, you won't actually hear much brass on the iTunes sample. But the song's narrative gradually gives way to a sort of game of catch between the fiddle, backup singers, steel guitar, horns, and piano. I can't promise it'll win you over. But it'll definitely try.)

1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero - 124 BPM Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz! (Deluxe Edition) - Zero

2. Bendj and Sushy - Me and Myself (Wolfgang Gartner Radio Edit) - 128 BPM Bendj - Me and Myself (feat. Sushy) - EP - Me and Myself (Wolfgang Gartner Radio Edit)

3. Van Halen - (Oh) Pretty Woman - 128 BPM Van Halen - The Best of Both Worlds - (Oh) Pretty Woman

4. DJ Laz, Casely & Flo Rida - Move Shake Drop (Remix) - 128 BPM DJ Laz, Flo Rida & Casely - Category 6 - Move Shake Drop Remix

5. The Offspring - You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid - 126 BPM The Offspring - Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace - You're Gonna Go Far, Kid

6. Duran Duran - The Reflex - 127 BPM Duran Duran - Duran Duran: Greatest - The Reflex

7. Lyle Lovett - That's Right (You're Not from Texas) - 127 BPM Lyle Lovett - The Road to Ensenada - That's Right (You're Not from Texas)

8. Kylie Minogue - In My Arms - 128 BPM Kylie Minogue - X - In My Arms

9. James - Sometimes - 124 BPM James - The Best of James - Sometimes

10. Eric Prydz - Pjanoo - 126 BPM Eric Prydz - Heaven - Pjanoo

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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