If you need some help putting together your ultimate workout playlist, these are the songs most Spotify users like to sweat it out to. Photo by Michael Coghlan.
Walt Hickey at FiveThirtyEight used a massive data set from Spotify's programmer Paul Lamere to find all the playlists with the word "workout" in the title. Then Hickey removed the playlists that didn't have at least one hour's worth of music, as well as any playlists that didn't see at least one play per week. After narrowing everything down, Hickey found the songs that appeared the most and built a perfect playlist around it. Here are the 10 most listened to songs while exercising:
- "Panda" by Desiigner, featured on 5776 playlists.
- "'Till I Collapse" by Eminem, featured on 5110 playlists.
- "One Dance" by Drake, featured on 4954 playlists.
- "Jumpman" by Drake, featured on 4346 playlists.
- "Power" by Kanye West, featured on 3921 playlists.
- "Lose Yourself — Soundtrack Version" by Eminem, featured on 3909 playlists.
- "Don't Let Me Down" by The Chainsmokers, featured on 3810 playlists.
- "Stronger" by Kanye West, featured on 3771 playlists.
- "Work" by Rihanna, featured on 3748 playlists.
- "I Took a Pill in Ibiza — Seeb Remix" by Mike Posner, featured on 3680 playlists.
Most of the top songs used in workout playlists fall under the pop or high-energy hip-hop categories. And generally, most of the tracks hover around the 130 BPM range. When you're trying to keep your energy up, it seems the faster the tempo the better. If hip-hop and pop isn't your cup of tea, you can find more of the most used workout songs at the link below.
The Ultimate Workout Playlist [FiveThirtyEight]