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Could These Actually Be The Best Songs To Listen To To Up Your Tempo Whilst Spinning

When working out, the music you listen to can have a huge impact on your performance and mood.

The right soundtrack can help to motivate you to push yourself harder when exercising – but what are the best songs to listen to?

The new research from Sigma Sports analysed thousands of “spinning”, “indoor cycling” and “turbo training” playlists to find out the best and most popular songs or artists to listen to when hitting the pedals. 

The research revealed that Blinding Lights by The Weeknd is the most popular indoor cycling song, appearing on 270 playlists.

Meanwhile Shut Up and Dance by WALK THE MOON is the most popular speedy song, appearing on 142 playlists designed to boost your tempo.

RankSongArtistNumber of playlist appearances
1Blinding LightsThe Weeknd270
2ThunderstruckAC/DC190
3The BusinessTiesto175
4STAY feat. Justin BieberThe Kid LAROI160
5SandstormDarude153
6RosesImanbek Remix144
7Bad HabitsEd Sheeran129
8Friday feat. Mufasa & Hypeman (Dopamine Re-Edit)Riton126
9Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)Elton John122
10Head and Heart feat. MNEKJoel Corry121
10Highway to HellAC/DC121
10Your Love (9PM)ATN121
  • Topping the list of the most popular cycling songs is Blinding Lights by The Weeknd, featuring on 270 of the spinning playlists we analysed. This arguably comes as no surprise considering the song is the second most streamed song on Spotify of all time, with almost 3 billion streams on the platform.
  • Rock band AC/DC are the most popular artist when it comes to cycling songs, with two of their songs featuring in our top 10 ranking and the band appearing on 413 indoor cycling playlists overall.
RankSongArtistNumber of playlist appearances
1Shut Up and DanceWALK THE MOON142
2Timber feat. Ke$shaPitbull130
3Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)Eurythmics111
4One Kiss feat. Dua LipaCalvin Harris109
5Give Me Everything feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & NayerPitbull108
6Shape of You – Workout Remix 135 BPMWorkout Music TV105
7Don’t Stop the MusicRihanna104
8DynamiteTaio Cruz101
9Raise Your GlassP!nk100
10I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)Whitney Houston95
  • American band WALK THE MOON top the list for the most popular speedy cycling song, with their track Shut Up and Dance featuring on 142 playlists designed to increase your tempo and heart rate.
  • In terms of the best speedy artists, it is Scottish DJ and producer Calvin Harris that takes the crown, appearing on 495 high tempo playlists.

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