Best R&B Workout

What are the best R&B workout songs?

The best R&B songs for working out and exercising are the ones that have the same tempo as the type of workout you are planning – fast tempo for high-end cardio, moderate tempo for weight-lifting, etc.  Choosing the right tempo of music is very important because your body will naturally move itself at that speed – choose one that is too slow or too fast, and you may decrease the effectiveness of  your workout.

Here are some guidelins for which tempos are good for different types of 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

Put together your playlist so that the songs will gradually increase in tempo until you reach your optimum speed… and then gradually decrease in tempo at the end of the workout. This will help ensure that you are warming up and cooling down properly. Also, make sure you have enough music to last during your entire workout. You do not want to run out of songs at the end of your workout – this is when you need music the most!  Since most songs range in length from about 3 to 5 minutes long, plan on using at least 10 to 12 songs for a 45 minute workout.

Listed below are the top 24 R&B workout songs, in alphabetical order by title. For your convenience, we have compiled the songs in a playlist, making it easy for you to listen to a sample or purchase a song. Additional commentary about each song is provided below the playlist.

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Best R&B Workout Songs

  1. “Brick House” performed by the Commodores Est. BPM: 128
  2. “Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid Est. BPM: 143
  3. “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé Est. BPM: 101
  4. “Glamorous Life” by Sheila E Est. BPM: 128
  5. “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” performed C+C Music Factory Est. BPM: 116
  6. “Good Vibrations” performed by Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch Est. BPM: 124
  7. “Hold On” by En Vogue Est. BPM: 100
  8. “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer Est. BPM: 125
  9. “I’m So Excited” by the Pointer Sisters Est. BPM: 183
  10. “Jumpin’ Jumpin'” by Destiny’s Child Est. BPM: 131
  11. “Just Fine” by Mary J. Blige Est. BPM: 125
  12. “Le Freak” performed by Chic Est. BPM: 121
  13. “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince & the Revolution Est. BPM: 98
  14. “Lose My Breath” by Destiny’s Child Est. BPM: 119
  15. “Milkshake” by Kelis Est. BPM: 113
  16. “Motownphilly” by BoysIIMen Est. BPM: 114
  17. “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It” performed by En Vogue Est. BPM: 101
  18. “My Prerogative” performed by Bobby Brown Est. BPM: 110
  19. “New Attitude” performed by Patti Labelle Est. BPM: 132
  20. “No More Drama” by Mary J. Blige Est. BPM: 128
  21. “Pon de Replay (Hey Mr. DJ)” by Rihanna Est. BPM: 128-135
  22. “Reflections” performed by Diana Ross & The Supremes Est. BPM: 100
  23. “Respect” performed by Aretha Franklin Est. BPM: 115
  24. “Yeah!” by Usher featuring Lil’ Jon & Ludacris Est. BPM: 105

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