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Spotify's top workout tracks

By Jacque Wilson, CNN
updated 9:21 AM EST, Tue February 5, 2013
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Ke$ha's "Die Young" was the top workout track on Spotify during the first half of January.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Spotify users have created 2.8 million "workout" playlists
  • Men tend to prefer hip-hop hits while exercising, Spotify says
  • Women like dance tracks from artists such as Ke$ha and David Guetta

(CNN) -- Nothing makes a workout go by faster than the perfect playlist. Studies show listening to music while exercising can boost your spirits, distract you from feelings of fatigue and increase your workout intensity.

"Music is like a legal drug for athletes," exercise and music expert Costas Karageorghis told the American Council on Exercise. "It can reduce the perception of effort significantly and increase endurance by as much as 15%."

Spotify users must like the high; they've created more than 2.8 million "workout" playlists on the music streaming service.

But after a while, even your favorite tunes can be overplayed. Spotify has released the top tracks that got gym goers moving between January 1 and 13. Steal some to keep your time on the treadmill upbeat. Mobile users can access the playlist here.

(Warning: Some of the songs may contain explicit content.)

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Or, if you'd like something a little more personal, check out the songs that led to first lady Michelle Obama's impressive guns.

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Or go pro, by listening to the same music that fitness trainer Jackie Warner uses to pump up her workouts.

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British pop star Ellie Goulding also shared her "Music to Run to" motivational playlist with Spotify. She told the company, "Music and working out go hand in hand. The beat of a song or the perfect playlist can always carry you through a tough workout."

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What tracks keep you moving in the gym? Share your favorites in the comments below.

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