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10 Recent Running Songs With Above Average Tempos

Let these popular pop and dance tracks carry you through your next workout and help keep your heart rate up the whole way.

A few years ago, the average club track would have clocked in around 128 BPM. Presently, with the growing influence of slower genres like tropical house (think Justin Bieber’s “Sorry”) and reggae (think Katy Perry and Skip Marley’s “Chained to the Rhythm”), dance music is trending toward lower BPMs. This isn’t a bad thing–unless you’re relying on dance tracks to fuel your running mixes. For those of you in the market for faster tracks, we’ve rounded up a few recent favorites.

On the pop side, the playlist below includes unusually fast Top 40 hits—courtesy of Shawn Mendes and Fitz & The Tantrums. Additionally, you’ll find remixes that push recent collaborations from Zedd and The Chainsmokers each above 140 BPM. Lastly, if you need an immediate pick-me-up, there are 160 BPM+ bursts from Yellow Claw and Panic! at the Disco. To that end, when you’re looking for more speed than a traditional pop hit provides, swap in any of the tracks below and let the momentum work its magic.

Fitz & The Tantrums – HandClap – 140 BPM

Zedd & Jon Bellion – Beautiful Now (Big Gigantic Remix) – 148 BPM

The Foreign Resort – Take a Walk – 165 BPM

Yellow Claw & Yade Lauren – Love & War – 161 BPM

Fergie – M.I.L.F. $ – 160 BPM

The Chainsmokers & Daya – Don’t Let Me Down (Hardwell & Sephyx Remix) – 151 BPM


St. Lucia – Help Me Run Away – 158 BPM

Shy Carter & Aleon Craft – Bring It Back – 152 BPM

Shawn Mendes – Stitches – 150 BPM


Panic! at the Disco – LA Devotee – 176 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at Run Hundred. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.