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The Top 40’s great virtue—musically and culturally—is that it provides a set of common touchstones. Whether you love or hate a given hit, you’re at least aware of it. Big hits provide a cultural shorthand for what’s going on in the world right now. At the same time, the familiarity also prevents most hits from lingering long on a workout playlist.
So, if your playlist if feeling old, we’ve compiled 10 brisk to freshen it up. Starting with the overlooked hits by well-known acts, you’ve got club tunes from The Prodigy and The Chainsmokers alongside college radio favorites from Death Cab for Cutie and Bastille. There’s a smashing selection of riffs from White Reaper, Oxford rock from Foals, and a Ruen Brothers track that sounds like Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder fronting Kings of Leon.
Single out your favorites or take the mix wholesale for a clean slate. It doesn’t matter which approach gets you moving, only that you move.
To find more workout songs, check out the database at Run Hundred. Browse by genre, tempo, and era to find the music that best fits with your workout routine.