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Songs With 120 Bpm for Your Running and Workout Playlist

Pump up your workout by filling your playlist with these 120 BPM songs.

Pump up your workout by filling your playlist with these 120 BPM songs.

Must-Have Songs With 120 Beats per Minute

Ever wonder why your favorite athletes or celebrities always have their headphones on when working out or going for a jog? It's not just because of their infatuation with music. There's scientific evidence that proves how listening to upbeat songs helps fuel your workouts. This explains why you often hear athletes talk about "pre-game" songs (their go-to music to get their minds running, blood pumping, and adrenaline flowing). You don't have to be an athlete to enjoy the benefits of listening to songs in 120 BPM.

You could put your nerd glasses on for a bit and look for songs that match the rhythm and tempo of your sport or activity. But that would be a tad too complicated for many folks, so it's generally recommended to choose songs in 120 BPM. These songs have just the right speed for most forms of physical activity, including jogging, running, and weightlifting.

You might be surprised by your performance after curating a playlist of songs in 120 BPM. These songs seem to magically get your strides into rhythm, effortlessly matching the fast tempo—and thus allowing you to ramp up your workouts without even realizing it. Of course, you should put all this to the test.

To help you create your own playlist, here's a list of some of the best tracks in 120 BPM.

1. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”

  • Artist: Whitney Houston
  • Year: 1987

2. “Sex Bomb”

  • Artist: Tom Jones
  • Year: 1999

3. “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi

  • Artist: Bon Jovi
  • Year: 2000

4. “I Will Survive”

  • Artist: Gloria Gaynor
  • Year: 1978

5. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”

  • Artist: Cyndi Lauper
  • Year: 1983

6. “Like a Virgin”

  • Artist: Madonna
  • Year: 1984

7. “Love Somebody”

  • Artist: Maroon 5
  • Year: 2012

8. “Come on Over Baby (All I Want Is You)"

  • Artist: Christina Aguilera
  • Year: 2000

9. “Call Me Maybe”

  • Artist: Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Year: 2011

10. “Just Dance”

  • Artist: Lady Gaga
  • Year: 2008

11. “Hot Stuff”

  • Artist: Donna Summer
  • Year: 1979

12. “Ridin’ Solo”

  • Artist: Jason Derulo
  • Year: 2010

13. “Sugar”

  • Artist: Maroon 5
  • Year: 2014

14. “Blurred Lines”

  • Artist: Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell
  • Year: 2013

15. “Papi”

  • Artist: Jennifer Lopez
  • Year: 2011

16. “Thriller”

  • Artist: Michael Jackson
  • Year: 1984

17. “Wrecking Ball”

  • Artist: Miley Cyrus
  • Year: 2013

18. “Raise Your Glass”

  • Artist: P!nk
  • Year: 2010

19. “Born This Way”

  • Artist: Lady Gaga
  • Year: 2011

20. “Waka Waka”

  • Artist: Shakira
  • Year: 2010

Even More Workout Music at 120 BPM

21. “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga

22. “Telephone” by Lady Gaga ft. Beyoncé

23. “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz

24. “Blow” by Ke$ha

25. “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey

26. “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson

27. “Your Love Is My Drug” by Ke$ha

28. “Rumor Has It” by Adele

29. “Break Your Heart” by Taio Cruz ft. Ludacris

30. “We R Who We R” by Ke$ha

31. “How to Save a Life” by The Fray

32. “Black Betty” by Ram Jam

33. “Please Don’t Go” by Mike Posner

34. “Don’t Cha” by The Pussycat Dolls

35. “Sunshowers” by M.I.A.

36. “Stacy’s Mom” by Fountains of Wayne

37. “Dj Got Us Fallin’ in Love” by Usher ft. Pitbull

38. “Smooth Criminal” by Michael Jackson

39. “The Sweet Escape” by Gwen Stefani

40. “Drive By” by Train

41. “Come as You Are” by Nirvana

42. “Tik Tok” by Ke$ha

43. “Bye Bye Bye” by NSYNC

44. “Blah Blah Blah” by Ke$ha ft. 3OH!3

45. “Hummingbird Heartbeat” by Katy Perry

46. “Move Ya Body” by Nina Sky

47. “Groove Is in the Heart” by Deee-Lite

48. “My Love” by Justin Timberlake

49. “Grace Kelly” by Mika

50. “Just Lose It” by Eminem

51. “Buddy Holly” by Weezer

52. “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” by Cake

53. “The Hand That Feeds” by Nine Inch Nails

54. “Love Lockdown” by Kanye West

55. “People Are People” by Depeche Mode

56. “Music” by Madonna

57. “Me Against the Music” by Britney Spears ft. Madonna

58. “Beautiful, Dirty, Rich” by Lady Gaga

59. “Lolli Lolli (Pop That Body)" by Three 6 Mafia ft. Project Pat

60. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Michael McDonald

61. “Love Runs Out” by OneRepublic

62. “I’m on Fire” by Bruce Springsteen

63. “Good Morning” by Mandisa ft. TobyMac

64. “How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston

65. “Pop” by NSYNC

66. “Up Up & Away” by Kid Cudi

67. “I Can Love You Better” by Dixie Chicks

68. “Two Black Cadillacs” by Carrie Underwood

69. “Walk” by Pantera

70. “Daylight” by Maroon 5

71. “Hot Mess” by Cobra Starship

72. “Wind It Up” by Gwen Stefani

73. “Now That We Found Love” by Heavy D & The Boyz & Aaron Hall

74. “Brokenhearted” by Karmin

75. “Maps” by Maroon 5

76. “Honky Tonk Women” by The Rolling Stones

77. “Stutter” by Maroon 5

78. “Stupid Girl” by Garbage

79. “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)” by Dierks Bentley

80. “Poison” by Alice Cooper

81. “Story of My Life” by One Direction

82. “People Are Strange” by The Doors

83. “Control” by Janet Jackson

84. “Monster” by Lady Gaga

85. “Fly” by Nicki Minaj & Rihanna

86. “Eenie Meenie” by Justin Bieber & Sean Kingston

87. “M!ssundaztood” by P!nk

88. “Tell It to My Heart” by Taylor Dayne

89. “Cake by the Ocean” by DNCE

90. “Not Coming Home” by Maroon 5

91. “Smack That” by Akon ft. Eminem

92. “Crush on You” by The Jets

93. “Supermassive Black Hole” by Muse

94. “Masquerade” by Nicki Minaj

95. “Jungle Drum” by Emiliana Torrini

96. “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne

97. “I Got U” by Duke Dumont ft. Jax Jones

98. “My Love” by Route 94 ft. Jess Glynne

99. “Save Tonight” by Eagle Eye Cherry

100. “She Doesn’t Mind” by Sean Paul

101. “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga ft. Colby O’Donis

102. “Don’t Stop the Music” by Rihanna

103. “Loba” by Shakira

104. “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga

105. “Don’t Wanna Go Home” by Jason Derulo

106. “Dancing Tonight” by Kat DeLuna ft. Fo Onassis

107. “And We Danced” by Macklemore ft. Ziggy Stardust

108. “Like a G6” by Far East Movement ft. The Cataracts, DEV

109. “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction

110. “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" by Katy Perry

111. “California Gurls” by Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg

112. “If We Ever Meet Again” by Timbaland ft. Katy Perry

113. “Up in the Air” by Thirty Seconds To Mars

114. “Wake Me Up” by Avicii

115. “Domino” by Jessie J

116. “More Than Friends” by INNA ft. Daddy Yankee

117. “Jump” by Madonna

118. “Lost in Your Light” by Dua Lipa ft. Miguel

119. “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry

120. “Respect” by Aretha Franklin


Liz Westwood from UK on May 13, 2020:

This is a great selection. These are just the kind of songs I like to listen to when I'm in the gym.