Raising Your BPM With a Country Workout Playlist

I appreciate the workout tips, Shape magazine. But come on? Billy Currington‘s “We Are Tonight” is the best you’ve got?

In a new story on Shape.com, they’ve put together a list of 10 songs from country’s sexiest men. And it’s a nice list, but Currington’s latest song has the highest BPM of the whole list. That’s beats per minute, in case you didn’t know.

All the songs on the list, they say, would “make ideal companions for a dip in the lake, a walk in the woods or a jog down a country lane. So, if you’re looking to add a dusky, late summer feel to your workout, this playlist gives you 10 great places to start.”

Tied for the 128 BPM’s with Currington is Jason Aldean‘s “Dirt Road Anthem.” After that, it dips down to 116 BPM on Jerrod Niemann‘s “Drink to That All Night,” then 113 BPMs with Josh Turner‘s “Time Is Love.”

Dierks Bentley‘s “Drunk on a Plane” is one of the slowest on the list at only 104 BPM. I don’t know about you, but unless I’m working out in slow motion or doing tai chi or synchronized swimming, that tune would not make it on to my playlist. No offense.

Sometimes when I’m running, I go back to the Dixie Chicks“Goodbye Earl,” which is 123 BPM or Sara Evans“Suds in the Bucket,” which is a staggering 162 BPM. (At least, according to songbpm.com it is.)

But since this was a list of songs from sexy guys, I’d like to add a few more faster-tempo manly tunes that will really get your workout to workout. Isn’t there some correlation between a faster BPM and a lower BMI (body mass index) anyway?

“Whiskey’s Gone” (140), Zac Brown Band
“Storm Warning” (186), Hunter Hayes
“Better Than This” (135), Brad Paisley
“Old Enough to Know Better” (166), Wade Hayes
“Papa Loved Mama” (166), Garth Brooks
“Nothin’ to Lose” (121), Josh Gracin

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.