Rock and Dance Workout Music – Rock Music Playlist for Working Out



Awhile back, I created an online workout music database–which I use to gauge all of the songs that I write about here. I’ve got my hunches. But I’d like to be able to give you something more substantial than just my personal theories on what’s great. To that end, I post loads of songs there–virtually every single that’s released. And it’s always interesting to get feedback–particularly when folks hate something I thought they’d love. Or vice-versa.

And I have never been further from the mark than I was this month.

Almost none of the songs that did well with folks were ones I’d expected.

There is a slow-boiling track by Metric. It’s brilliant, but I thought it might be too slow. And Booty Luv have a textbook UK dance hit–in the best sense. But, there’s also a load of angsty, dude rock that I can’t imagine taking to the gym.

Nevertheless, there were lots of folks who said they would do precisely that.

So, here’s the full list of what folks loved–my suspicions be damned!

128 BPM – Axwell, Bob Sinclair & Ron Carroll – What A Wonderful World

118 BPM – Metric – Help I’m Alive

143 BPM – Forever the Sickest Kids – Whoa Oh! (Me vs. Everyone)

126 BPM – Theory of a Deadman – Hate My Life

128 BPM – Chris Lake & Nastala – If You Knew (Feed Me Remix)

131 BPM – Hyper Crush – Keep Up

129 BPM – Metallica – Cyanide

148 BPM – Basshunter – Now You’re Gone

152 BPM – Trapt – Contagious

127 BPM – Booty Luv – Say It

MC‘s resident DJ Chris Lawhorn weeds through each week’s releases to find the best, new music for a workout. The highlights are presented here, organized by their beats per minute.

More songs—and resources for matching them to the pace of your routine—can be found on