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March 22, 2010

Rock and Dance Workout Music


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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
Axwell, Bob Sinclar & Ron Carroll - Ministry of Sound: Annual 2009 - What a Wonderful World

118 BPM – Metric – Help I’m Alive
Metric - Fantasies - Help I'm Alive

143 BPM – Forever the Sickest Kids – Whoa Oh! (Me vs. Everyone)
Forever the Sickest Kids - Underdog Alma Mater - Whoa Oh! (Me Vs Everyone)

126 BPM – Theory of a Deadman – Hate My Life
Theory of a Deadman - Scars & Souvenirs - Hate My Life

128 BPM – Chris Lake & Nastala – If You Knew (Feed Me Remix)
Chris Lake - Ministry of Sound: Annual 2010 - If You Knew (Feed Me Remix) [feat. Nastala]

131 BPM – Hyper Crush – Keep Up
Hyper Crush - Keep Up - Single - Keep Up

129 BPM – Metallica – Cyanide
Metallica - Death Magnetic - Cyanide

148 BPM – Basshunter – Now You’re Gone
Basshunter - Ultra 2008 - The Singles - Now You're Gone

152 BPM – Trapt – Contagious
Trapt - Only Through the Pain - Contagious

127 BPM – Booty Luv – Say It
Booty Luv - Ministry of Sound: Annual 2010 - 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.

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