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Hopefully your running success isn’t as fleeting as these artists’ careers.
It takes time to officially achieve the title of one-hit wonder. Men Without Hats couldn’t top 1982 tune “The Safety Dance,” and DNCE has yet to match “Cake By the Ocean,” thought it was only released in 2016, so maybe another popular song will emerge from a second album.
But we suspect that the following tunes from the first half of the 2010s will go down as one-hit wonders. They’ve even spawned some dance moves, like “Teach Me How to Dougie” and “Cat Lady.” And a few of them feature a gimmicky sound you expect from a memorable tune, like the whistling in “Whistle (While You Work It)” and the saxophone in “Mr. Saxobeat.”
The appeal? The spotlight may have been brief for the artist, but the song stands on its own merit. They won by being awesome—and will make you also feel awesome while you run.
Mr. Probz – Waves (Robin Schulz Radio Edit) – 120 BPM
Sheppard – Geronimo – 142 BPM
Katy Tiz – Whistle (While You Work It) – 162 BPM
Cali Swag District – Teach Me How to Dougie – 86 BPM
Alexandra Stan – Mr. Saxobeat – 129 BPM
Rej3ctz – Cat Daddy – 103 BPM
Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup – We No Speak Americano – 126 BPM
Outasight – Tonight Is the Night – 120 BPM
Karmin – Brokenhearted – 120 BPM
Neon Trees – Everybody Talks – 155 BPM
To find more workout songs, check out the database at Run Hundred. Browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era to find the music that best fits with a particular workout.