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10 Recent Workout Songs Built Around Classic Hits

These new songs borrow from some familiar old tunes. Here's how to get a wave of nostalgia while working out to new beats.

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Riding a wave of nostalgia—for the ’90s in particular—there have been a slew of recent hits that draw inspiration and more from existing favorites. Some of the homages are straightforward while others come at the past from an angle. Starting with examples from the former category, you can probably guess the connection between recent tracks like “What a Night,” “Fast Car” and “Sugar” and The Four Seasons, Tracy Chapman and Baby Bash, respectively.

By glancing at the titles, you might not know that Sigala’s “Easy Love” repurposes the Jackson 5’s “ABC” or that Cheat Codes & Kris Kross Amsterdam’s “Sex” borrows the hook from Salt-N-Pepa’s “Let’s Talk About Sex.” Moving further away from the source, The xx’s “On Hold” renders almost unrecognizable a sample from Daryl Hall & John Oates’ “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do).” Lastly, Shawn Mendes and Camilba Cabello provide the mix’s wildcard as their inclusion takes its title not from a previous track—but from a teen horror film franchise.

The advantage of the songs below—in the scope of a workout—is that they each provide a simple point of entry. In almost every track above, you’ll recognize something from the past—albeit generally amped up and better-suited to working out than the original source material. In short, the tracks below will sound fresh and familiar at once—the combination of which is perfect for kicking off your next run.

Kat DeLuna & Stefflon Don – What a Night – 104 BPM

The xx – On Hold – 125 BPM

David Guetta, Cedric Gervais & Chris Willis – Would I Lie to You (Extended) – 124 BPM

Jonas Blue & Dakota – Fast Car (Radio Edit) – 114 BPM

99 Souls, Brandy & Destiny’s Child – Girl Is Mine – 120 BPM


Cheat Codes & Kris Kross Amsterdam – Sex – 105 BPM

Sigala – Easy Love – 124 BPM

Robin Schulz & Francesco Yates – Sugar – 123 BPM

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – I Know What You Did Last Summer – 113 BPM 

Nevada, Mark Morrison & Fetty Wap – The Mack – 106 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.