- 30 Upbeat Songs to Get Wedding Guests on the Dance Floor
- Your guests are sure to crowd the dance floor when you play these upbeat songs at your wedding.
- “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran
- “Hey Ya!” by Outkast
- “Shut Up and Dance” by WALK THE MOON
- “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston
- “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas
- “Yeah!” by Usher
- “Electric Boogie” by Marcia Griffiths
- “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” by Backstreet Boys
- “We Found Love” by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris
- “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life by Bill Medley
- “Downtown” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
- “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
- “Timber” by Pitbull feat. Kesha
- “Hot In Herre” by Nelly
- “September” by Earth Wind and Fire
- “Let Me Go” by Hailee Steinfeld, Alesso feat. Florida Georgia Line, Andrew Watt
- “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison
- “Finesse (Remix)” by Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B
- “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga
- “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
- “Lost in Japan” by Shaun Mendes & Zedd
- “Taki Taki” by DJ Snake feat. Selena Gomez, Ozuna, and Cardi B
- “You’re the One That I Want” by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta
- “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates
- “Come on Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners
- “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man
- “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
- “Raise Your Glass” by Pink
- “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce feat. Jay-Z
- “Kiss” by Prince
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30 Upbeat Songs to Get Wedding Guests on the Dance Floor
Weddings by Hanel
Playing upbeat songs during your reception are a surefire way for guests to dance the night away. From classic favorites to hot new tracks, you’ll want to have a playlist that is filled with high-energy, upbeat wedding songs to help kickstart the party. So, if you’re looking for a killer playlist to get everyone dancing on your big day, then you should totally check out this roundup of feel-good songs.
Your guests are sure to crowd the dance floor when you play these upbeat songs at your wedding.
“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran
We (like everyone else this year) absolutely love Ed Sheeran. Therefore, we definitely think this pop hit will help get the party started.
“Hey Ya!” by Outkast
This 2003 jam will bring back #memories as everyone attempts to shake it like a Polaroid picture.
“Shut Up and Dance” by WALK THE MOON
“Shut Up and Dance” basically tells your guests (in a nice way, of course) to stop their chatting and to get out on the dance floor.
“I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston
Seriously though, who wouldn’t want to grab a dance partner once they hear this classic song?
“I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas
We have a feeling that your wedding is going to be a good night—especially if you put on this upbeat song.
“Yeah!” by Usher
Another track that will take you down memory lane is Usher’s “Yeah!”. It has been a crowd pleaser since 2004 and is a perfect addition to you playlist of upbeat songs.
“Electric Boogie” by Marcia Griffiths
If you’re looking for an upbeat song that everyone can dance to together, then why not choose the upbeat song that started The Electric Slide?
“Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” by Backstreet Boys
You and your besties will for sure get up and dance together as soon as this 90s throwback comes on.
“We Found Love” by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris
Rihanna’s vocals and Calvin Harris’s beat make this dance song a perfect track to play during your reception.
“(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life by Bill Medley
Calling all “Dirty Dancing” fans, this upbeat song will make your guests Swayze crazy.
“Downtown” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
As soon as Ryan Lewis starts singing “Downtown” we know it will be hard for you and your guests to not join the dance floor.
“Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
Cue the lip synching and air guitars, Journey’s classic rock song is an upbeat song for all ages.
“Timber” by Pitbull feat. Kesha
Once this song starts playing, you and your guests better be ready to “swing your partners round and round.”
“Hot In Herre” by Nelly
When we hear this song it’s hard not to think of Nelly’s bandaid and middle or high school dance parties—making it the perfect throwback song choice.
“September” by Earth Wind and Fire
As soon as the lyrics “Do You Remember?” come on it will be hard for you or your guests to sit still during this soulful track.
“Let Me Go” by Hailee Steinfeld, Alesso feat. Florida Georgia Line, Andrew Watt
A pop song with a country twist, we know you and your guests will be out on the dance floor once the beat drops.
“Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison
Whether you have brown eyes or not, Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” is a great upbeat love song to play to get the party started.
“Finesse (Remix)” by Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B
This remix of Bruno Mars’ hit song “Finesse” is gold. Not only does this party song have a throwback vibe, but it is perfect for dancing.
“Just Dance” by Lady Gaga
A feel good jam that’s great to sing and dance along to, “Just Dance” is an upbeat song that nails it when it comes to getting the party started.
“Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
Ah, Justin Timberlake literally kills it every time when it comes to pumping up the crowd—especially with this party song.
“Lost in Japan” by Shaun Mendes & Zedd
If you’re a Justin Timberlake fan, you’ll likely love the smooth vocal stylings of Shaun Mendes in this upbeat song. It’s a tune that will definitely be frequently played at 2019 weddings.
“Taki Taki” by DJ Snake feat. Selena Gomez, Ozuna, and Cardi B
This is a super-sultry party song and ideal for either late-night or the after-party. We love the song’s Latin flavor—it’s sure to draw your guests to the dance floor.
“You’re the One That I Want” by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta
Whether you’re a movie-musical buff or just want to play an upbeat wedding song with some nostalgic flair, this song from Grease should definitely find a spot on your playlist.
“You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates
We love this lively and upbeat song, which appeals to wedding guests of all ages. The Hall & Oates tune has been featured in many a rom-com, including The Wedding Singer and (500) Days of Summer, so it’s definitely a favorite for many. It’s also a great choice for a fun recessional song.
“Come on Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners
There’s nothing better than a wedding singalong, and this is a popular choice if you want your guests to belt out some fun lyrics while jumping around the dance floor.
“Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man
Though this is a newer upbeat song, it appeals to guests of every generation. The beat is totally catchy and it’s definitely a crowd-pleaser.
“Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
We love a good wedding dance-off, and this is the perfect party song to form a circle and encourage your guests to show off their best moves (like Jagger).
“Raise Your Glass” by Pink
Weddings are all about celebration, and this song is all about having a good time (with drink in hand, natch). It’s an ideal upbeat song to draw your guests back to the dance floor after a break.
“Crazy in Love” by Beyonce feat. Jay-Z
We all know that Beyonce and Jay-Z are straight-up relationship goals, so prepare to watch your guests do their best Bey and Jay impressions on the dance floor when your DJ turns up this upbeat song.
“Kiss” by Prince
Throwback songs are always favorites during wedding receptions, and this upbeat song is a fun choice to keep the party going.
A list of playlists? In 2015, the state of music discovery has really come to this. Now that on-demand streaming is no longer a novelty, services from Spotify and Rhapsody to Google Play Music and Tidal are competing to out-curate one another. One of the main ways these companies are working to bring new music to the surface is the playlist — to the point where these simple sets of songs now cry out for a little curating of their own.
Thing is, with some variations, the types of professionally made playlists available on each interactive streaming service — as opposed to radio-style services epitomized by Pandora — are starting to become fairly consistent, too. Whatever your preferred streaming app, it’s a fair bet you’ll find mood- and genre-based playlists alongside playlists created with more of an editorial touch. Some services allow users to share playlists they’ve made themselves; others don’t, opting to keep the curation in-house.
Since launching June 30, Apple Music has stood out for a particular emphasis on creative song selection by experts. That’s most quickly evident in the company’s Beats 1 online-radio station, but it’s also true of the service’s 10,000-plus playlists. When Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google parent company Alphabet, recently criticized the idea of a digital music service picked by “a handful of elite tastemakers” as out-of-date, media reports construed the comment as a jab at Apple — despite the fact that Google Play Music hires its own human cognoscenti as well. Apple Music just happens to do it better.
So what are the best playlists on Apple Music? Well, this gets tricky. The service recommends only so many playlists each day, and many of them seem to reflect what I already like more than what I might like. Still, with the end of Apple Music’s three-month free trial approaching for many of the millions who signed up shortly after the service launched, it’s time to curate the curators. From Beyoncé workouts to reggae clashes, here’s a guide to 50 Apple Music playlists worth a listen.
1. “Intro to Alice Coltrane”
Apple Music has a category of playlists “introducing artists.” More than a few need no introduction: Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Adele. (I guess listeners whose Belieber potential was piqued by “Where Are Ü Now” or “What Do You Mean” need a place to start, too.) Meanwhile, playlists like this thoughtful primer on transcendent jazz harpist and pianist Alice Coltrane (wife of John) show how much musical ground Cupertino’s curators have covered.
2. “Melvins: Deep Cuts”
Another equally self-explanatory category of Apple Music playlists offers up an artist’s lesser-known tracks. In the case of chart-toppers like One Direction and Luke Bryan, this approach can seem oxymoronic. But you can see how deep the playlisters have gone by steering away from current charts toward, say, this handy dive into the vast, varied discography of sludge-metal vets and grunge forefathers the Melvins.
3. “Inspired by the Beach Boys”
These playlists focus on music that follows in the footsteps from an artist or album. The Beach Boys were pretty influential, right? From Saint Etienne to Olivia Tremor Control, this playlist’s more cultish selections are (here we go again, sorry) inspired.
4. “Inspired by 808s & Heartbreak”
Here’s a shining example of an Inspired By playlist based around an album. With Kanye West performing his melancholy, Auto-Tune–heavy 2008 album in full lately, it’s worth taking a look at its influence on Drake, Lorde, the xx, and Raury.
5. “FKA Twigs: Influences”
Influences playlists are the opposite of Inspired By, laying out ancestors rather than descendants. U.K. multi-threat Tahliah Barnett has an eclectic lineage in futuristic electronics and silky grooves, here rendered in a playlist that goes, welcomely, from Broadcast to Siouxsie & the Banshees to Erykah Badu.
6. “Country Hits: 1952”
Another batch of playlists cover a range of genres’ “hits” and “gems” by year. Given the consistent and well-deserved concern over country radio’s lack of female stars, why not start with the year of Kitty Wells’s pioneering “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”? It’s too bad the rest of the list is as male-dominated as country radio in that pre–Patsy Cline, pre–Loretta Lynn era — but at least those men include Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell.
7. “Singer/Songwriter Gems: 1965”
Where Hits reflect their times, Gems playlists aim to compile great songs that might not have ruled the charts. And thus, here’s your regularly scheduled reminder that Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” was not a big hit.
8. “Family Tree: Parliament-Funkadelic”
The Family Tree series of playlists brings together songs from a band and its other related projects, including solo acts and spinoffs. Jazz front men and their players are ideally suited, as are certain rock groups, but it’s hard to go wrong with psych-funk extraterrestrials Parliament-Funkadelic, whose playlist spans tracks credited to Zapp & Roger, James Brown, the Five Stairsteps, Ohio Players, Talking Heads, and a George Clinton–produced Red Hot Chili Peppers cover of the Meters.
9. “In the Mix: Carl Craig”
In the Mix playlists are collections of a remixer’s, ahem, remixes. Sure, Apple has your Skrillex and your David Guetta, even your Jacques Lu Cont, your Four Tet, and your Justice, but why not settle in with a Detroit techno eminence? Especially when his playlist starts with a gleaming 2007 rework of Canadian electropop duo Junior Boys’ “Like a Child”?
10. “Beyond the Hits: New Wave”
The Beyond the Hits category isn’t limited to a particular year, or to obvious Gems. Instead it’s meant to showcase a group of artists’ classic songs that “got lost in the shuffle” yet are “every bit as exciting as those artists’ better-known hits, without the over-familiar feeling.” These tracks from the likes of Blondie and the Cure are a fine place to begin.
11. “Behind the Boards: Toy Selectah”
From superproducers Timbaland or the Neptunes, to don’t-call-him-a-producer Steve Albini, the Behind the Boards set of producer collections runs the gamut of predictable subjects. Luckily, the curators don’t stop at the obvious. In keeping with Apple Music’s global approach, take a trip to Mexico with a madcap set of tracks produced by Monterrey DJ and producer Antonio “Toy” Hernández, formerly of trailblazing rap group Control Machete.
12. “Sampled: Art of Noise”
So far, so intuitive: Sampled playlists compile songs that, yes, sample a given source, from Billy Squier’s “The Big Beat” and lesser-known funk group Skull Snaps’ ubiquitous “It’s a New Day” to Michael Jackson and Blue Note Records highlights. U.K. producer Trevor Horn was early to sampling with ’80s synth-poppers Art of Noise, and here you can hear them repaid by Ginuwine, Lil’ Kim, Fatboy Slim, the Prodigy, and, more recently, Mac Miller.
13. “Sounds Like: DJ Mustard”
Sounds Like sounds like what you’d think. Iggy Azalea’s presence here (twice!) gets a pass because she anchors a fascinating look at how far the crunk&b producer’s influence has extended in just a few years’ time, from Jidenna’s “Classic Man” to the — almost — Chris Brown–excusing “Loyal.” You’ll find yourself thinking, You mean Mustard didn’t work on Tinashe’s “All Hands on Deck”?!
14. “Reggae Clash Series: Coxsone Dodd vs. Duke Reid”
Now we’re starting to get somewhere. Reggae Clash Series pits two producers or artists head-to-head, sound-system-style. The clash between King Tubby and Lee “Scratch” Perry may combine two icons of dub, but there’s little denying the ska, reggae, and rocksteady from pre-dub Jamaican producers Coxsone Dodd and Duke Reid, whether Skatalites’ “Guns of Navarone,” Alton Ellis’s “I Am Still in Love,” the Paragons’ “The Tide Is High,” or Jackie Mittoo’s “Hot Milk.”
15. “Classic 45s: Early Rock, Pop, and Soul” / “Classic 45s: Punk, Post-Punk, and Indie”
Let’s treat these two playlists, which celebrate the twin heydays of the 7-inch single, as the A-side and the B-side of the same idea. Here we see Apple Music branching out beyond clearly defined playlist categories, and the results find the missing link between Elvis and Buzzcocks.
16. “Best of Future Garage” / “Roots of Future Garage”
Another playlist approach is to give a primer on a genre and then trace its origins. Here, listen to how the sleek electronics of Disclosure, AlunaGeorge, SBTRKT, Joy Orbison, and Burial grew out of the impressionistic sketches of earlier Burial, James Blake, or Mount Kimbie.
17. “Indie Pop Forefathers,” Vols. 1, 2, 3
The phrase indie pop gets thrown around these days, but this playlist focuses on the unassailable precursors of the ’80s variety: Buddy Holly’s “Everyday” and the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby,” Roy Orbison’s “Only the Lonely,” and Gal Costa’s “Baby.”
18. “Songs in Colours (Jamie xx)”
Some of the more interesting Influences-based playlists go beyond “influences,” per se, to draw inspiration from a specific album, in the case of Jamie xx’s masterful 2015 In Colours …
19. “Shades of Cool (Lana Del Rey)”
… Or a song, in the case of Lana Del Rey’s ’60s-soundtrack-ready “Shades of Cool,” off of 2014’s Ultraviolence.
20. “Best Synthesizer Soundtracks for Films”
Apple has any number of film-related playlists, from “Slackers and Swingers: Music From the Indie Film Revolution” (Reservoir Dogs’ “Stuck in the Middle With You”? Check!) to best-ofs for specific actors or directors (Leonard DiCaprio’s is a fine example). Spanning staples like Giorgio Moroder, Vangelis, and Daft Punk, here’s one for synth-loving cinephiles.
21. “Songs That Predicted Shoegaze and Dream-Pop”
Apple has some worthwhile genre-based playlists aren’t purely Best Ofs, such as this chronological guide to psychedelic folk and rock that presaged the likes of My Bloody Valentine and the Jesus and Mary Chain.
22. “Grime 2.0”
Another spin on the usual Best Of, here’s a refresher on the resurgent U.K. grime scene, with plenty of Skepta (Beats 1 DJ Julie Adenuga’s brother), Wiley, and Kano.
23. “Turkish Psychedelic Folk Songs”
It’s hard to hate a Best Of that’s this out-there. Sure, we could highlight the specificity of Apple’s “Contemporary Experimental Metal,” “The Folk and Americana Side of Christian Music,” or the bluntly named “Hipster’s Guide to Country” playlists. But this mind-melting set of Anatolian psych-folk exists, so.
24. “Best of Ghana”
That said, the service is teeming with playlists presenting the “best” of various genres, scenes, or moments. Given Dr. Dre’s role at Apple, “Best of Gangsta Rap” is obvious; “Best of Musique Concrete” or “Best of Classic Prog Rock,” maybe less so. But the expert approach to curation really shows its worth when you can also explore as far afield as Ghana, tracing highlife, funk, and rock from the West African nation …
25. “Brazillions: Excellent Tropicalia and Post-Tropicalia”
… Or Brazil, for tracks by Os Mutantes, Jorge Ben, and more.
26. “Global Bass: Tecnobrega”
While in Brazil, meet “Brazil’s Beyoncé,” Gaby Amarantos, and the city of Belém’s homegrown tecno brega (literally “cheesy techno”), with its galloping beats and neon hooks.
27. “Bowie in Berlin”
A whole other tranche of playlists is based around a single artist, whether that means Robyn’s remixes, the Smiths’ B-sides, Weird Al’s polkas, Grateful Dead’s country songs, R. Kelly’s theatrical songs, Led Zeppelin’s heavy blues, or Slash’s best guitar solos. David Bowie’s Berlin period (1977’s Low and Heroes, 1979’s Lodger, generally hanging with Iggy Pop) turns out to be an unsurprisingly fertile source.
28. “Workout Like Beyoncé”
Here’s another single-artist set, this one highlighting Bey’s more up-tempo tracks. It dovetails nicely with another notion not lost on streaming companies: the strong link between music and exercise.
29. “Americana Troubadours”
Genre-based playlists come with the territory. In the Americana genre, this set of earnest balladeers gets points for including country alternatives Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, and Chris Stapleton.
30. “Jukebox Hits: Classic Blues”
Other genre playlists (“Sittin’ and Cryin’,” “Feeling the Blues,” “Rambling and Tumbling”) show different shades of the blues, but “Jukebox Hits: Classic Blues” is a well-conceived introduction to the canon, helping rock-weaned ears out with some oft-covered originals by John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, and Howlin’ Wolf.
31. “Movin’ and Groovin’”
Classified as “soul/funk,” this playlist plucks up rising soul postmodernist Leon Bridges and drops him off next to both ’60s originators (Aretha, Otis, Sam) and contemporary standard-bearers (Saun & Starr, Monophonics, Speedometer).
32. “Let’s Have a Party”
If you’re going to play “oldies,” here’s a batch of familiar rock-and-roll rave-ups to make your party a goodie.
33. “Soul Brother No. 2”
Opener “Sunday Candy,” from Chance the Rapper’s Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment gem of an LP Surf, sets the tone for this playlist from Apple’s hip-hop team: a Zeitgeist-y intersection between slow, jazz, and highly lyrical rap. Don’t worry, Kendrick’s on here, too.
34. “Cinematic Soul”
Filed under R&B, this playlist handily exemplifies the unpredictable connections the format allows, jumping between up-and-comers (Andra Day, Alessia Cara), list-defining statements of purpose (Shirley Bassey’s Diamonds Are Forever theme), and a lesser-known hit from a superstar (Michael Jackson’s “We’re Almost There”), in between the Stylistics, Marvin Gaye, Isaac Hayes, Barry White, and, because the list is set up in a way that ensures she belongs, Adele.
35. “Year of the Woman”
Okay, so that “Hipster’s Guide to Country” playlist is actually full of great vintage classics, and Apple Music’s “House Party” country playlist delves into current hits as befits Sam Hunt’s namesake rap-informed smash. But with powerful 2014–2015 material by Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Ashley Monroe, Maddie & Tae, and Mickey Guyton, this country playlist is a stirring corrective to all the bros dominating the airwaves. Just one thing: Where’s Little Big Town’s 2014-released, 2015-charting stunner “Girl Crush” (which conveniently could’ve doubled as this playlist’s title)?
36. “The Staple Singers: Gospel and Protest”
The Staple Singers served. With guest spots from Curtis Mayfield and Steve Cropper, here’s a Christian & Gospel playlist that’ll give you religion.
The human touch in action. “Dylanesque” is a rock-critic cliché, but this nominally “classic rock” playlist takes a bracingly broad view of what resembles Bob Dylan, encompassing Sun Kil Moon, PJ Harvey, Courtney Barnett, and even Of Montreal and the Fiery Furnaces.
38. “Opening Lines: 1-2-3-4!”
A conceit that’s as simple as ABC — songs that begin with someone counting to four — gives birth to a “rock” playlist that finds space for Outkast, Cornelius, and Kraftwerk along with the Ramones, Guns N’ Roses, the Flaming Lips, and Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers.
39. “Pop for Jorts”
Worth noting for the name alone. The description just says, “Shake it, shake it, baby, to these high-energy bangers.” But the songs, drawn mainly from this year, tellingly illuminate what Apple views as up-tempo pop — from across the underground and the charts — right now. That means Shamir and Gallant, the Knocks’ Fetty Wap collaboration, Calvin Harris’s Haim collaboration, Sweden’s Susanne Sundfør, and Los Angeles’s Sky Ferreira.
40. “No Problem With Houston”
Beyoncé briefly attended Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. So did multiple-Grammy-winning R&B/hip-hop songwriter and producer Bryan-Michael Cox. So did a founder of WordPress. And, as this playlist shows, so did some of today’s top jazz talents, including Robert Glasper.
41. “Blue Note Records: Jazz Funk”
This set devoted to James Brown’s influence on jazz in the ’70s is part of what Apple tells us is a planned 30-playlist set curating the historic label’s catalogue.
42. “If You Like … Kind of Blue”
Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue is perennially among the top vinyl album sellers. There are If You Like … playlists for Beck, Ed Sheeran, Halsey, you name it — even an “If You Like Pina Coladas” playlist — but this collection of tracks that “mirror” the allure of Davis’s 1959 masterpiece ably fills what — for jazz newcomers, at least — seems like a real need.
43. “Motown for the Whole Family”
Oh, yes, there are Kids & Family playlists, too. “Cool Lullabies,” “Pop for the Whole Family,” “Classic Children’s Songs,” and “Driving With the Kids” undoubtedly have their place. Motown virtually guarantees all generations can maintain their sanity.
44. “The 3 a.m. Drive Home”
Don’t stress the title. This batch of “hypnotic late-night electro grooves” serves as a clever tour through a certain strain of electronic music, from Aphex Twin in 1997 to the Knife in 2006 and on through Hudson Mohawke, Rustie, and Evian Christ more recently. Car and wee hours not required.
45. “Daft Punk’s Teachers”
Apple hardly has a monopoly on this concept, but a playlist based on the musical idols name-checked on Daft Punk’s “Teachers” (from 1997’s Homework) could introduce the French dance duo’s many more recent fans to the robots’ preceding, um, technologies. What’s needed next is a playlist based on Swedish duo the Tough Alliance’s like-minded 2005 shout-out to influences, “Take No Heroes” (there is an “Intro to Tough Alliance” playlist).
46. “Getting Parents to Like Noise”
Starting with Jimi Hendrix and ending with a track from Lou Reed’s (in)famous Metal Machine Music, this playlist filed under “experimental” coaxes listeners gently into skronk and skree.
47. “It’s a New Day”
Classified as “indie,” this playlist stands out for its sunny genre-hopping, from the oft-sampled title track to jazz by Royer Abers Ubiquity to Earth, Wind & Fire, the Rolling Stones, A$AP Rocky, Major Lazer, Talking Heads, Gang Starr, Al Green, Rich Homie Quan, Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T.,” Arthur Russell’s Loose Joints disco exploration “Tell You (Today),” Frank Wilson’s Motown nugget “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do),” and other auspicious picks.
48. “Girls Are Saving Indie Rock”
More conventionally indie, this set of recent songs from the likes of Bully, Hop Along, Girlpool, Sleater-Kinney, Waxahatchee, Courtney Barnett, Torres, Cherry Glazerr, Speedy Ortiz, Ex Hex, Bleached, and Best Coast very nearly lives up to its hyperbolic title.
49. “Surf Rock Para el Verano”
Summer may be gone, but this playlist of Spanish-language surf rock is a refreshing way for nonspeakers to dip their toe into Apple Music’s many Latin-music playlists.
50. “Ambient Music: Studying”
Activity-based playlists are a huge focus for streaming services, and Apple Music plays this game, too, as a couple of earlier entries on this list have suggested. With school back in full swing, this playlist is sure to be one of the more popular ones this season. Flipping Brian Eno’s classic definition of ambient music, this list is as interesting as it is ignorable, doubling as an undistracting soundtrack for library work and a primer on three-plus decades of ambient, from Laurie Spiegel to Max Richter. As long as you’re hitting the books, you might as well learn something, right?
10 Upbeat Songs to Finish Your Workouts Strong
The 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. (If you’d rather run to stories, check out these 10 gripping podcasts to get you through longer cardio workouts.)
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.
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
To find more workout songs, check out the free database at Run Hundred. You can browse by genre, tempo, and era to find the best songs to rock your workout.
Whether your workout of choice is HIIT or strength training, you need an exercising playlist that will get your blood pumping and push you past your limits. These are FitnessTrainer‘s picks for the best workout songs of 2015 (so far). Get motivated for your next training session with these brand-new jams.
The Best Songs for HIIT
1. Energy by Drake
Lyric that will get your blood pumping: “Got a lotta people tryna drain me of this energy”
2. Overload by Life of Dillon
Lyric that will get your blood pumping: “Oh I can’t stop it, no I can’t control it.”
3. King by Years & Years
Lyric that will get your blood pumping: “I wanna feel like you’ve let me go
so let me go.”
4. Hold My Hand by Jess Glynne
Lyric that will get your blood pumping: “Break my bones but you won’t see me fall, oh.”
5. Pay No Mind by Madeon feat. Passion Pit
Lyric that will get your blood pumping: “Just calm yourself and breathe.”
6.Intoxicated by Martin Solveig & GTA
Lyric that will get your blood pumping: “Let’s dance.”
7. Don’t Look Down by Martin Garrix feat. Usher
Lyric that will get your blood pumping: “Are your hands shaking? Are your fists breaking?”
8. Talking About by Conor Maynard
Lyric that will get your blood pumping: “I just wanna bounce, baby, bounce, bounce.”
9. All Cried Out by Blonde feat. Alex Newell
Lyric that will get your blood pumping: “Burning up, burning up, burning all my tears away.”
The Best Songs for Running/Cardio
10. Until We Can’t (Let’s Go) by Passion Pit
Lyric that will make you pick up the pace: “So let’s go, let’s go ’til we can’t anymore”
11. Sugar by Maroon 5
Lyric that will make you pick up the pace: “Cause girl you’re hotter than a Southern California day.”
12. Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding
Lyric that will make you pick up the pace: “Yeah, I’ll let you set the pace cause I’m not thinking straight.”
13. Cool by Alesso feat. Roy English
Lyric that make you pick up the pace: “You said, ‘It’s all yours if you take it there.’”
14. One Last Time by Ariana Grande
Lyric that will make you pick up the pace: “But stay with me a minute, I swear I’ll make it worth it.”
15. Miles Away by The Maine
Lyric that will make you pick up the pace: “I am miles and miles away.”
16. I Want You to Know by Zedd feat. Selena Gomez
Lyric that will make you pick up the pace: “And here I go here I go here I go go.”
17. Want to Want Me by Jason Derulo
Lyric that will make you pick up the pace: “Just the thought of you gets me so high.”
18. I Really Like You by Carly Rae Jepsen
Lyric that make you pick up the pace: “I really wanna stop but I just got a taste for it.”
The Best Songs for Stretching/Cool-Down
19. I’m a Ruin by Marina and The Diamonds
Lyric that will help you stretch it out: “But I wanna be free.”
20. Touch the Sky by Hillsong UNITED
Lyric that will help you stretch it out: “I touch the sky when my knees hit the ground.”
21. Where Are Ü Now? by Skillex and Diplo feat. Justin Bieber
Lyric that will help you stretch it out: “See I gave you faith, turned your doubt into hoping, can’t deny it.”
22. Beautiful Me by Dappy
Lyric that will help you stretch it out: “I wish they wore these Nikes, took a hike.”
23. Ghosttown by Madonna
Lyric that will help you stretch it out: “I’ll be your fire when the lights go out.”
24. Hopelessly Coping by Wilkinson
Lyric that will help you stretch it out: “Somebody out here counting on you to break through somehow.”
25. Yoga by Janelle Monáe feat. Jidenna
Lyric that will help you stretch it out: “Baby bend over, let your booty do that yoga.”
Best Songs for Strength Training/Weight Lifting
26. Truffle Butter by Nicki Minaj feat. Drake and Lil’ Wayne
Lyric that will push you past your limits: “Pretty women, wassup? Is ya here right now?”
27. Ride Out by Kid Ink, Tyga, YG, Wale & Rich and Homie Quan
Lyric that will push you past your limits: “We just sit back, relax, doin’ things to impress.”
28. Lean On by Major Lazer & DJ Snake
Lyric that will push you past your limits: “Blow a kiss, fire a gun.”
29. All Hands on Deck by Tinashe feat. Iggy Azalea
Lyric that will push you past your limits: “Kiss the old me goodbye she’s dead and gone.”
30. Blessings by Big Sean feat. Drake
Lyric that will push you past your limits: “I mean whatever it’s worth, I give whatever I’m worth.”
The 100 Best Workout Songs from the ’80s
Today, I am happy to deliver the mother of all ’80s music lists: 100 awesome ’80s hits that are perfect for exercising.
There’s a lot of variety here, from dance and pop hits to a little rap and rock. These are truly the best ’80s workout songs of all time.
After I created this top 100 list, I asked members of SparkPeople.com, America’s #1 weight loss and fitness website, to vote on their favorites, too. Find out which song took the top spot and whether your favorites made the list, and how you can download a brand new 60-minute cardio workout mix of the top 15 songs (as voted on by exercisers like you)!
Go ahead and make a new mixtape–er, I mean update your iPod or mp3 player–with a blast from the past using these “made in the ’80s” tunes next time you exercise.
No. 1 Workout Song from the ’80s:
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1983)
No. 2: Pat Benatar – Hit Me With Your Best Shot (1980)
No. 3: Survivor – Eye of the Tiger (1982)
No. 4: The B-52’s – Love Shack (1989)
No. 5: Michael Jackson – Beat It (1982)
No. 6: Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer (1986)
No. 7: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – I Love Rock N’ Roll (1982)
No. 8: Michael Jackson – Thriller (1982)
No. 9: Van Halen – Jump (1984)
No. 10: Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’ (1982)
No. 11: Katrina & The Waves – Walking On Sunshine (1983)
No. 12: Prince – Kiss (1986)
No. 13: Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal (1987)
No. 14: Kool and the Gang – Celebration (1980)
No. 15: Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (1983)
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Here’s the rest of the list (in alphabetic order). Click on each link to listen to a preview (or purchase the mp3) at amazon.com.
A Flock of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away) (1982)
a-ha – Take On Me (1985)
The Bangles – Manic Monday (1986)
Billy Idol – Mony Mony (1981)
Billy Idol – White Wedding (1981) (1982)
Blondie – The Tide is High (1980)
Bobby Brown – My Prerogative (1988)
The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star (1981)
Cameo – Word Up! (1986)
The Cars – Shake It Up (1981)
Culture Club – I’ll Tumble 4 Ya (1982)
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon (1983)
The Cure – Just Like Heaven (1987)
David Bowie – Let’s Dance (1983)
David Bowie – Modern Love (1983)
Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) (1985)
Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough (1981)
Depeche Mode – People Are People (1987)
Deniece Williams – Let’s Hear It for the Boy (1984)
Duran Duran – Girls on Film (1981)
Duran Duran – Hungry Like the Wolf (1982)
Duran Duran – Rio (1982)
Eddie Money – Take Me Home Tonight (1986)
Eddy Grant – Electric Avenue (1983)
Erasure – A Little Respect (1988)
Falco – Rock Me Amadeus (1986)
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax (1983)
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Two Tribes (1984)
The Gap Band – You Dropped a Bomb on Me (1982)
George Michael – Faith (1987)
The Go-Go’s – Our Lips Are Sealed (1981)
The Go-Go’s – Vacation (1982)
The Go-Go’s – We Got The Beat (1981)
Grandmaster Flash – The Message (1982
Guns N’ Roses – Paradise City (1987)
Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine (1987)
Guns N’ Roses – Welcome to the Jungle (1987)
Janet Jackson – Control (1986)
Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation
Kenny Loggins – Footloose (1984)
Kevin Rowland & Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen (1982)
Madness – Our House (1982)
Matthew Wilder – Break My Stride (1983)
Madonna – Borderline (1983)
Madonna – Holiday (1983)
Madonna – Into the Groove (1985)
Madonna – Like a Prayer (1989)
Madonna – Lucky Star (1983)
Madonna – Material Girl (1984)
Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach (1986)
Men At Work – Down Under (1981)
Michael Jackson – Bad (1987)
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean (1982)
Michael Jackson – P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) (1982)
Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (1982)
Motley Crue – Girls, Girls, Girls (1987)
Naked Eyes – Always Something There to Remind Me (1983)
New Kids on the Block – Hangin’ Tough (1988)
New Kids on the Block – You Got It (The Right Stuff) (1988)
New Order – Blue Monday (1982)
Pat Benatar – Love is a Battlefield (1983)
Paula Abdul – Forever Your Girl (1988)
Paula Abdul – Opposites Attract (1988)
Philipp Bailey ft. Phil Collins – Easy Lover (1985)
Prince – 1999 (1982)
R.E.M. – It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine) (1987)
R.E.M. – Orange Crush (1988)
R.E.M. – Stand (1988)
Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up (1987)
Rob Base – It Takes Two (1988)
Sammy Hagar – I Can’t Drive 55 (1985)
Scorpions – Rock You Like a Hurricane (1984)
Shannon – Let the Music Play (1983)
Sheila E. – The Glamorous Life (1984)
Soft Cell – Tainted Love (1981)
Talking Heads – Burning Down the House (1984)
Technotronic – Pump Up the Jam (1989)
Tone-Loc – Wild Thing (1989)
Toni Basil – Mickey (1982)
U2 – New Year’s Day (1983)
U2 – Pride (In the Name of Love) (1988)
U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday (1983)
Van Halen – Hot for Teacher (1984)
Violent Femmes – Blister in the Sun (1983)
Wham – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (1984)
Yaz – Situation (1983)
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Are any of your ’80s favorites missing from this list? Share them below!