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Run Hundred: Workout Music & Running Songs

 
by Chris Lawhorn, DJ, Workout Music Expert

 
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I'm not sure why there are so many tracks that clock in at 125 beats per minute.

It's a nice, round number. And, a lot of music in this range is dance and pop--which is likelier to use a drum machine or loops than a live drummer.

So, perhaps people are deliberately writing songs with this tempo.

Whatever the case may be, there's a wealth of material at this speed. Here are five of my favorites, for your workout:

1. Chemical Brothers " Swoon
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2. Hard-Fi - Hard to Beat
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3. Serge Gainsbourg - Sea, Sex and Sun
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4. Erasure " Fingers and Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)
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5. Black Eyed Peas " Rock That Body
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This list was compiled using reader votes on my workout music site.




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