10 Upbeat Songs to Finish Your Workouts Strong

By Chris Lawhorn

serious-female-runner-musicThe last few minutes of a workout are often the hardest part—which is to be expected, since you already have expended most of the energy with which you started. But it can also be the best time to go hard, since your chance to rest is just around the corner.

To give you a boost of energy when fatigue starts to set in, we’ve assembled a list of songs that are both uptempo and upbeat. Each track clocks in at 140 beats per minute (BPM) or above, setting a fast pace that will inspire you do the same. While the tempo and themes of confidence are similar throughout, there’s still plenty of variety here.

In the list below, you’ll find an electronic/rap collaboration between Flux Pavilion and Childish Gambino alongside the infectious hit that Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and M.I.A. performed at Super Bowl XLVI. There are also few throwback tracks ranging from Fischerspooner’s breakthrough dance track to Supergrass’ rollicking smash from the Clueless soundtrack.

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On the whole, this is less of a traditional playlist than a collection of power tracks for big finishes. So, sample a few, pick out your favorites, and fire them up when you reach the homestretch.

Lady GaGa – Applause – 140 BPM
Flux Pavilion & Childish Gambino – Do or Die – 145 BPM
Blondie – Call Me – 142 BPM
Fischerspooner – Emerge – 147 BPM
Tegan and Sara & The Lonely Island – Everything Is AWESOME!!! – 148 BPM
Supergrass – Alright – 145 BPM
Madonna, Nicki Minaj & M.I.A. – Give Me All Your Luvin’ – 147 BPM
Blink-182 – All the Small Things – 145 BPM
Cascada – Everytime We Touch – 142 BPM
The Cars – Shake It Up – 147 BPM