Listening to music while you exercise can increase your endurance by as much as 15 percent. But what if you need more than just psychological motivation? If you’re a runner or jogger, cranking up your headphones can also help you find and maintain a psychical pace. You just need the right workout songs to do it.
Top 13 Songs for Maintaining Your Jogging Pace
The average jogger takes between 10-20 minutes to complete a mile. For music, this translates to anywhere from 100-200 beats per minute (BPM). We’ve put together a descending list of workout songs that will help you keep pace no matter where you fall on the scale. It doesn’t matter if you’re a 10-minute marvel or a 20-minute couch potato; this list has a little something for everyone.
“Uptown Funk” is the perfect song to warm you up for a long run. Its 115 BPM will help you set a comfortable pace, and its slow and steady rhythm will allow you to build your stamina for what lies ahead. As a bonus, its catchy lyrics are a sure way to get you pumped.
Do you struggle for Monday motivation? Let Daft Punk remind you that you can get it done. Not only does “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” have an empowering message, but with a rock-solid 123 BPM that never wavers, you could set the hands of a clock by the rhythm of this song. It’s great for finding a pace and sticking to it.
If you’re a slow jogger but hate slow music, “Disturbia” is the workout song for you. It’s an upbeat techno number that manages to stay around 125 BPM despite its energy, and what’s more, it has Rihanna practically counting your footfalls out loud with choruses of “buh-buh-be-dum.”
Do you have the feeling? The Black Eyed Peas came out with this feel-good anthem several years ago, and it’s been one of the most popular workout songs ever since. Its 128 BPM will lengthen your strides and help you reach that next endorphin rush.
“U Can’t Touch This” is blared everywhere from gyms to weight loss camps because of its loud, boastful spirit. Despite its frantic synthesizers, however, the actual BPM of this song is only 134, so you won’t kill yourself trying to keep up. You’ll just get a boost of confidence when you need it the most.
Another classic, “Beat It” will keep you at a nice 135 BPM in terms of pace and speed. But beware its catchy chorus and unforgettable bass! You might just find yourself unable to resist the temptation of doing the hand movements as you jog, and that’s sure to get you some odd looks.
At 142 BPM, this song is fast enough to keep you energized but slow enough that it won’t outpace you during your run. It’s also a good sample of what Skrillex can do with a remixer, so if you like what you hear, check out the rest of his discography for even more workout songs. There’s a reason why Skrillex is on so many exercise playlists.
This unique song blends pop and hip-hop in an explosion of fast lyrics and rhythmic melodies. Not only will it keep your legs pumping on a physical level, but it will also serve as a psychological punch with its motivational and inspirational message. Its total BPM is 146.
There’s a lot to love about “Animal.” For one, its 148 BPM will result in nice and steady strides. It’s also a certified earworm, the kind of song that you’ll find yourself humming all day long. Last but not least, the lyrics will keep you sufficiently motivated with lines like “What are you waiting for?” and “I want some more.”
This powerhouse trio brings down the house with “Bang Bang,” a high-energy and fast-paced workout song celebrating girl power. Already a favorite among dance studios and fitness trainers, it’ll also set a nice, challenging pace for runners at 149 BPM.
When you’re a winner, only a winning song will do. This power rap offers a whopping 150 BPM, one of the fastest in mainstream music, and it will also pump you up with its confident and powerful lyrics. If you’re looking for a song that will get you over that last hill or through that final mile, let “All I Do Is Win” be your guide.
Drums are the throbbing undercurrent of this song, so it should come as no surprise that it tops 155 BPM in some places. It has the kind of rhythm that you’ll unconsciously match with your breaths and strides. The title might be a little ironic in terms of workout songs, but that’s just part of its charm.
As you can probably guess from the name, this song is a loud, chaotic frenzy of in-your-face noise. Its 166 BPM is faster than anything on the radio today, and your legs probably won’t be able to match its pace unless you’re an Olympic sprinter. All things considered, however, “Na Na Na” makes a great workout song for its sheer energy and enthusiasm.
These are just a few workout songs to help you maintain your jogging or running pace. What do you think? Have we left off any good ones? Or have you tried any of these tunes and noticed improvements in your time? Sound off in the comments!