Best Pop Workout Songs

Pop music is a favorite style for many people to use when exercising, mainly because it has songs with a catchy beat that make it easy to move to. We’ve collected a few of the most popular pop songs to use during exercising and listed them below. We have quite a variety of songs with a variety of tempos.

Chosing the right tempo of music can be very important as your body will naturally move itself to that tempo. Choose a tempo that is too slow or too fast, and you may spoil your workout. For that reason, an approximate beat per minute (BPM) has been listed beside each song. As you can see, unlike other types of dance music which has a high BPM, disco music usually falls in the moderate tempo range, about 110 to 130 BPM.

Here is a basic guideline of which tempos are good for different workouts:

  • Under 100 BPM: Slower paced workouts and during warm ups and cool downs
  • 100 to 130 BPM: Walking and portions of your workout that are a little faster paced
  • Over 130 BPM: Higher impact exercise and cardio
  • 135 to 140 BPM: Power walking
  • 135 to 155 BPM: Jogging
  • 150 to 175 BPM: Running
  • Over 175 BPM: Fast running and sprinting

Pick music that will gradually increase your tempo until you reach your optimum speed and then gradually decrease your tempo at the end of the workout. This will ensure that you are warming up and cooling down properly.

“8th World Wonder” by Kimberley Locke Est. BPM: 100

“All Nite (Don’t Stop)” by Janet Jackson Est. BPM: 129

“All That She Wants”by Ace of Base Est. BPM: 100

“Back on the Chain Gang” by the Pretenders Est. BPM: 154

“Beat It” by Michael Jackson Est. BPM: 135

“Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson Est. BPM: 120

“Buttons” by The Pussy Cat Dolls Est. BPM: 128

“Come on Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners Est. BPM: 106

“Everybody Have Fun Tonight” by Wang Chung Est. BPM: 130

“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor Est. BPM: 110

“Footloose” by Kenny Loggins Est. BPM: 165

“Freeze Frame” by J. Geils Band Est. BPM: 187

“Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne Est. BPM: 164

“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper Est. BPM: 135

“Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky)” by Bill Conti Est. BPM: 95

“Hungry Like The Wolf” by Duran Duran Est. BPM: 130

“It Feels So Good” by Sonique Est. BPM: 135

“Karma Chameleon” by Boy George Est. BPM: 186

“Mickey” by Toni Basil Est. BPM: 150

“Physical” by Olivia Newton-John Est. BPM: 124

“Pump Up the Jam” by Technotronic Est. BPM: 126

“Queen of Hearts” by Juice Newton Est. BPM: 170

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