Rock bands have generally disappeared from the cultural landscape. As I write this, there are just two bands classified as rock groups that appear on Billboard’s top 20 songs: 5 Seconds of Summer and Maroon 5. With tastes in recent years focusing on dance and rap tracks, tempos have shifted consistently downward as a result. To that end, if you’re looking for fast songs, you typically have to explore beyond the Hot 100. In the list below, that’s exactly what we’ve done.
The list kicks off with a Regrettes song that balances influences from both punk and 1960s girl groups and closes out with a blistering 198 BPM single from New York City darlings Interpol. In between, you’ll find inclusions from famous guitarists Johnny Marr from The Smiths and Daron Malakian from System of a Down. This playlist also includes a springy joint from M. Ward (who you may recognize as Zooey Deschanel’s counterpart in the duo She & Him) and an emphatic number from the genre-hopping master Mondo Cozmo.
Even if the tracks featured below are all rooted in rock, each does something a bit different with the genre. To that end, you can pluck your favorites or play it back from end to end. In either case, it’ll serve you well.
The Regrettes – Helpless – 164 BPM
Johnny Marr – My Eternal – 167 BPM
Ward – Return to Neptune’s Net – 153 BPM
The Get Up Kids – Better This Way – 152 BPM
Daron Malakian and Scars On Broadway – Dictator – 175 BPM
Mondo Cozmo – Tonight Tonight – 150 BPM
Parquet Courts – Total Football – 171 BPM
The Love Language – New Amsterdam – 173 BPM
DD Walker – Malibu – 184 BPM
Interpol – The Rover – 198 BPM
To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at Run Hundred. Visitors can browse song selections there by genre, tempo and era to find the music that best fits their particular workout routine.
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