Anyone who’s ever been to boot camp knows the power of music when it comes to amping up exercise and boosting motivation.
But you can only listen to variations of “C-130 rolling down the strip” so many times.
That’s why the always musically-minded folks at Billboard teamed up with Spotify to ping more than 1.5 billion playlists built by 40 million users to create the mother of all sweat-soaking song compilations, a Top 25 of all-time workout greats.
“The results are an accurate cross-section of the music that may come to mind when you think of hitting it hard – ” ‘Let the Bodies Hit the Floor,’ anyone? ‘Bulls On Parade,’ of course. Metallica, naturally,” reads Billboard’s write-up of the results. “But also some less predictable choices from the data pool: Dropkick Murphys’ ‘I’m Shipping Up to Boston,’ made famous by the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Departed,’ as well as Kanye’s mega-politik ‘Black Skinhead.’ Ok, maybe ‘Black Skinhead’ makes sense, considering it starts off with the sound of someone obviously straining on a stairmaster.”