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December 2017’s Top 10
Even if you don’t know Venn diagrams by name, you probably know what they look like. (Two circles are placed side by side so that they overlap slightly.) With regards to workout music, you might imagine one circle includes current Top 40 hits and the second features recent singles that clock in at more than 120 beats per minute (BPM). The overlapping area between these two circles would include songs meeting both criteria. Most months, this group of songs—Top 40 hits above 120 BPM—includes the most popular workout music. But this month is different.
Music releases are a bit more competitive in December, as record labels often save high profile albums to capitalize on holiday sales. On a practical basis, this means that faster hits have been replaced with music by big stars. To that end, you’ll find new music from stadium acts like Taylor Swift and U2. Also commanding attention are comebacks from Madison Square Garden headliners LCD Soundsystem and Pharrell’s club unit N.E.R.D. Finally, bucking this trend, you’ll find indie country favorites Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit and the MTV Europe Music Award winner (in the Best New Act category) Dua Lipa.
What this month’s list lacks in speed it makes up for in familiarity. There’s a good chance someone below has scored some major hit—or perhaps a string of minor ones—in your own lifetime. That being said, this month’s playlist may provide a chance to check in, take stock and plot the path ahead (literally and figuratively) on your next run. To that end, here’s the full list—according to the votes logged on the workout music site Run Hundred.
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 their particular workout routines.