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10 best workout songs: The most-listened-to exercise music mixes familiarity and fun

10 best workout songs: Top exercise music is fresh, familiar and fun

0014, RodeoHouston, Bruno Mars concert, March 2013
A revved-up version of the Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars song. "Uptown Funk," was the top workout song in 2015. Photo by © Michelle Watson/

There's been a lot of research to show that listening to music while you work out can make for bigger gains in the gym. But what do we listen to most?

The folks at the workout music site Run Hundred polled more than 128,000 fitness buffs to come up with the most-listened-to exercise songs in 2015. They include familiar pop stars like Demi Lovato and One Direction, fresh acts like Andy Grammar and Jess Glynne and remixes of big singles like “Heartbeat Song” and “Uptown Funk.”

The list includes a club collaboration pairing The Magician with Years and Years and the only rock band to make the cut—Walk the Moon, which did it without the help of its smash “Shut Up and Dance.” Many of the songs are revved up with a higher beats per minute (BPM) to get the workout going.

No. 10 - Demi Lovato – "Confident" – 130 BPM
No. 9 - The Magician & Years and Years – "Sunlight" (Radio Edit) – 122 BPM
No. 8 - Andy Grammer – "Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah)" – 120 BPM
No. 7 - Icona Pop – "Emergency" – 126 BPM
No 6 - One Direction – "Drag Me Down" – 139 BPM
No. 5 - Walk the Moon – "Work This Body" – 135 BPM
No. 4 - Jess Glynne – "Hold My Hand" – 123 BPM
No. 3 - Kelly Clarkson – "Heartbeat Song" (Nebuer Remix) – 135 BPM
No. 2 - Katy Tiz – "Whistle (While You Work It)" – 162 BPM
No. 1 - Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars – "Uptown Funk" (Dave Audé Remix) – 124 BPM