10 Songs to Rock Your Cardio Playlist

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Kanye West doesn’t have you “sweatin’ to the oldies” in “The New Workout Plan,” but that is exactly this playlist wants to do. This isn’t the place to find the latest and newest, instead it is old time rock ‘n’ roll that is on tap. Using jog.fm, we’ve found ten songs that will rock your workout, divided up by how many beats per minute (BPM) each has.

Why the focus on the BPM? Good question. ”A suitably motivational playlist can help to ‘colour’ the symptoms of exercise-related fatigue, like breathlessness and a beating heart, in such a way that they are interpreted in a more positive manner,” Dr. Costas Karageorghis, Deputy Head (Research) of the School of Sport and Education at Brunel University, London, told The Daily Telegraph. “This means that at the point when your body is shouting ‘STOP’, the music has the power to lift your mood and beckon you on.”

A song that has around 120 BPM is ideal for low-intensity cardio, in the 130s, you move up to moderate intensity. High, and very high intensity are songs with more than 140 BPM. Increasing the tempo of your music a few BPM above where you normally workout can cause you to increase your intensity, Karageorghis stated. So not only can your mood be lifted by music — making it more likely you’ll stick with the workout — but you can also get a harder cardio session in when you amp up your playlists. Using this method will have you working out smarter and harder. Keep reading how the songs break down and add them to your playlist to get your heart beating to some classic tunes.

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