Updated 31 January 2014

The 10 most popular workout songs

US digital music provider, Spotify, has identified the 10 most popular songs to work out to. Do you agree? Would you like to add your own faves to the list?

Spotify is a commercial music streaming service providing Digital Rights Management-protected content from record labels including Sony, EMI, Warner Music Group and Universal. That said, the bad news is we cannot access it from South Africa.

Too bad, but with 24 million active users across the globe (except, as said, in SA or the rest of Africa) the digital music provider released some interesting tidbits with their rankings.

According to TheGreatist, pump-up tracks like Eminem’s “Till I Collapse” and the “Rocky” classic “Eye of the Tiger” were favoured most by men, while women's playlists included Rihanna's "We Found Love".

The most popular track of all is "Can’t Hold Us" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Spotify also found that women were more likely to pick music they could listen to synchronously - i.e. songs they can exercise to in time to the beat. 


1. ”Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis  and Ray Dalton
Cant Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton) by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on Grooveshark

2. ”Timber” by Pitbull and Ke$ha
Timber by Pitbull Feat. Kesha on Grooveshark

3. ”Work B**ch” by Britney Spears
Work Bitch by Britney Spears on Grooveshark

4. ”Wake Me Up” by Avicii
Wake Me Up by Avicii on Grooveshark

5. ”Leaving You” by Various Artists
Leaving You by Various Artists on Grooveshark

6. ”Roar” by Katy Perry
Roar by Katy Perry on Grooveshark

7. ”The Monster” by Eminem and Rihanna
The Monster (feat. Rihanna) by Eminem on Grooveshark

8. ”Till I Collapse” by Eminem
'Till I Collapse (feat. Nate Dogg) by Eminem on Grooveshark

9. ”Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke
Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. and Pharrell) by Robin Thicke on Grooveshark

10.”John Doe” by B.o.B. and Priscilla
John Doe (Feat. Priscilla) by B.o.B on Grooveshark

What are your favourite workout songs? Tell us in the comments below. 

Read more:

How to use music to ease your anxiety
Is pop music linked to depression? 
How scientists remixed brain waves into music


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