With the Emmy Awards airing this weekend, we wanted to pay tribute to the songs you hear between your favorite shows. Whether they’re popular songs hijacked by marketing departments or underdogs propelled to fame by heavy rotation, we’ve surveyed the lot in search of the best commercial hits. Moreover, those brisk enough for a workout made the cut below.
The list kicks off with a recent single from Beck and closes out with a Top 20 tune from Fifth Harmony and Kid Ink. In between, you’ll find a throwback track from The Clash and an indelible hook from Europe. Rounding out the mix, you’ll find one of Run DMC’s signature songs alongside a smash from their one-time collaborators Aerosmith. Whether they came to your attention first through a stereo or from the TV, the selections below should have an air of familiarity. Couple that with some fresh air and you’ve got most everything you need for a lively run. Here are all our picks—along with the brands they represent.
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 routine.