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Spotify creates 'Ultimate Workout' playlist

Screenshot from ´Burn After Reading.´
Screenshot from 'Burn After Reading.'

We’re two weeks into 2014 and you may already be contemplating giving up on your New Year’s resolution to get in shape. But don’t fall off the wagon yet!

Just in time to renew your commitment, Spotify teamed up with the Music in Exercise and Sport Group at Brunel University in London to create the 'Ultimate Workout' playlist. After all, music is a great motivator.

How did they craft the perfect 20-song list? First, the music-streaming platform analyzed the global popularity of tracks by studying more than 6.7 million workout playlists created by its users. Then Spotify called upon the researchers at Brunel University to carefully curate the list with tracks that are scientifically proven to make you work harder based on their tempo (beats per minute), style and lyrical content.

If you’re interested in sweating to these tunes, be sure to turn off the shuffle option on your iPhone. The 20 tracks are placed in specific order — the playlist kicks off with a warm up, leading into high intensity and strength training, and ending with a cool down.

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  • Basically, these beats are scientifically proven to make your workout extra sweaty. And who knows — they may even help you stick to that fitness resolution.

    Here are the first 10 tracks in Spotify’s Ultimate Workout playlist:

    1. Roar – Katy Perry
    2. Talk Dirty – Jason Derulo ft 2 Chainz
    3. Skip To The Good Bit – Rizzle Kicks
    4. Get Lucky – Daft Punk ft Pharrel Williams
    5. Move – Little Mix
    6. Need U (100%) – Duke Dumont ft A*M*E
    7. You Make Me – Avicii
    8. Feel My Rhythm – Viralites
    9. Timber – Pitbull ft Ke$ha
    10. Applause – Lady Gaga — AFP Relaxnews

    Spotify users can follow the playlist at

    Have a favorite workout tune that didn’t make the list? Share it in the comments.

    Kelly O'Shea
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