3 Exercise Music Playlists to Pump up Your Workouts

Music is an exhilarating and fun way to get your adrenaline pumping while you exercise, and the right playlist can really boost your performance

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Choose a music playlist based on exercise type

Sometimes when you’re exercising you need an extra surge of adrenaline to help push you to run that extra kilometre, do an extra set of squats, or hold that yoga pose for another few breaths.

And for that, there’s a natural and readily available performance enhancing drug: music.

The right beats can distract you from labouring lungs, creaky ankles, and mental fatigue, plus it just makes things more fun. Research has proved that those who exercise in sync with music need less oxygen and perform better. Need another reason? It’s a lot more pleasant to hear a groovy baseline than your raspy breath.

And while there isn’t a surefire recipe for the perfect exercise song, it’s widely accepted that you want a tune that bangs out around 120 beats per minute (BPM) or more.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled the following 3 playlists for your run, high-tensity cardio and yoga workouts.

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Boots ElectricBoots Electric Theme

Icona PopI Love It


M.I.A.Bad Girls

Santa EsmeraldaDon’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

Frankie Valli & The Four SeasonsBeggin’ (Pilooski Re-Edit)

Robin ThickeBlurred Lines

Mayer HawthorneYour Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin’

MusePanic Station

The StrokesWelcome to Japan

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High Intensity Workouts

Daft PunkDerezzed

The Glitch MobSeven Nation Army (Remix)

Sleigh BellsDemons

Tame ImpalaElephant


Dizzee RascalDance Wiv me ft. Calvin Harris

Childish GambinoHeartbreak

AudioslaveShow Me How to Live

DevIn the Dark remix feat. Kanye West

The Black KeysGold on the Ceiling


Billy Bragg & WilcoCalifornia Stars

Frank Ocean (feat. Andre 300)Pink Matter

Sigur RosMilano

Norah JonesSay Goodbye

Justin TimberlakeThat Girl

Louis ArmstrongLa Vie En Rose

Billy SwanDon’t Be Cruel

ZamfirThe Lonely Shepard

Red Hot Chili PeppersWalkabout

Bon IverRE: Stacks

3 Music Playlists to Pump up Your Workouts