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The 120 Endurance Playlist

Want to improve your running performance? Try updating your iPod. British researchers found that the beats per minute, or BPM, of your music impacts your performance. They found that listening to songs that clock in at more than 120 BPMs increased running capacity by an impressive 15 percent.

If you want to take advantage of this phenomenon, try incorporating some of the fast-paced songs below into your mix. Tunes like the 156 BPM Roundball Rock—which you might remember as the classic NBA on NBC theme song—or Iron Maiden’s 159 BPM Run to the Hills can give your feet an extra kick of motivation when your energy starts to lag.

And if the tracks below aren’t your style, measure the BPMs of your own favorites here or browse through a BPM index of thousands of songs here.

Run time: 55 mins 32 seconds
Average BPM: 144

  • Get Up Offa That Thing – James Brown
  • Don't Stop Me Now – Queen
  • Roundball Rock (NBA on NBC Theme) – John  Tesh
  • You Dropped a Bomb on Me – The Gap Band
  • The Hardest Button to Button – The White Stripes
  • 54-46 Was My Number – Toots & The Maytals
  • London Calling – The Clash
  • Run to the Hills – Iron Maiden
  • Burning Down the House – Talking Heads
  • ATLiens – Outkast
  • Sir Psycho Sexy – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • It's Bigger Than Hip-Hop – Dead Prez
  • Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N' Roses
  • Rock and Roll Band – Boston

Tags: Motivation, Cardio, Energy, Running