Pop Workout Playlist: 15 Body-Movin' Tunes to Rock Your Fitness Routine
It's late January -- the time when everyone's well-intentioned New Year's resolutions start to feel more like a chore than anything else. But don't ditch your goal get in shape. Billboard has partnered with Zumba to produce a series of playlists to remind you dance workouts can be an extremely fun and very addictive part of your daily routine. Having already looked at EDM and Latin sounds, we turn here to pop -- music specifically designed to move the masses. So get off the couch and start grooving to these tunes, which are setting Zumba classes on fire, coast to coast.
“Worth It,” Fifth Harmony ft. Kid Ink
On this Top 20 pop hit, a skronky Middle Eastern sax sample adds extra sexiness to Fifth Harmony’s message of empowerment. “It's all on you, so what you wanna do?/ And if you don't have a clue/ … I'll tell you what to do,” the ladies sing, telling all potential suitors exactly how it’s going to be.
“Focus,” Arianna Grande
Grande sashayed into the Top 10 with this brassy pop plea to stop all the superficial nonsense and see people for who they really are. Our girl’s searching for “a light inside our universe,” and she won’t settle for paparazzi flashbulbs. Neither will Jamie Foxx, who appears uncredited on the hook.
“Lips are Movin,” Meghan Trainor
Revisiting the neo-doo-wop sound and sassy tone of her breakout single “All About That Bass,” Trainor reached No. 4 on the Hot 100 with this delightful tune about a deceitful guy who’s about to get kicked to the curb.
“Bang Bang,” Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
Old-school R&B meets poppy modern hip-hop on this bad-girl anthem, which reached No. 3 on the Hot 100. It’s “Lady Marmalade: The Next Generation” -- three minutes of saucy sexual innuendo smoothed out with producer Max Martin’s pop finesse.
“What Do You Mean?” Justin Bieber
The Biebs bugs out over mixed signals on this tropical house smash. It’s a grown-up love song with a subtle groove and bittersweet synth line, and when it topped the Hot 100, it silenced many a Bieber skeptic.
“Want to Want Me,” Jason Derulo
Any song that mashes up neatly with Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” is bound to be huge. Indeed, “Want to Want Me” shot to No. 1 in the UK and reached No. 5 on the Hot 100, giving Derulo is sixth Top 10 stateside pop hit.
“Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
This infectious nod the “Minneapolis sound” of the ‘80s spent 14 weeks atop the Hot 100, and that’s just one of the five charts it conquered. And it’s guaranteed to rule and dancefloor (or Zumba class) it touches.
“Love Myself,” Hailee Steinfeld
Pop’s latest triple threat (singer, model, actress) sure got people talking with this highly danceable, slightly suggestive self-love anthem. It reached No. 30 on the Hot 100 and No. 1 in the hearts and minds of those who know how great it feels to truly love yourself, both physically and emotionally.
“Cake By The Ocean,” DNCE
Little Joe Jonas is all grown up. Here, the 26-year-old former teen idol teams with a bunch of buddies for a goofy-sexy disco jam that’s not actually about enjoying baked goods at the seashore. It is pretty sweet, though --especially when he name-checks Puff Daddy and Naomi Campbell.
“Work This Body,” Walk the Moon
This Cincinnati quatet certainly knows how to start a party. Their newest single “Work This Body” lives up to its title and hits listeners with a groove that forces them to shut up and dance.
“Honey I'm Good,” Andy Grammer
On this, the finest pop hoedown of 2014, Grammer celebrates monogamy and faithfulness in a manner usually reserved for earnest ballads. The novel approach earned Andy his first Top 10 pop hit, and it just might have saved a few marriages.
“Time of Our Lives,” Pitbull and Ne-Yo
Whether you follow Pitbull and Ne-Yo’s financial advice and blow your rent money on shots, take heed of the song’s true meaning: “Everyday above the ground is a great day.” The tune topped three Billboard charts (Hot Rap Songs, Hot Dance Songs, and Rhythmic Songs), reminding the world to seize the day and the night.
“I Don’t Like It, I Love It,” Flo Rida feat. Robin Thicke and Verdine White
With its disco beat, whistled hook, and clever rhymes, this Top 10 Hot Rap Songs hit offers something for everybody. It’s a light and fluffy people-mover that never pushes too hard.
“Confident,” Demi Lovato
A triumphant Demi hit No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs with this drum-line doozy about holding your head high. “I make my own choice,” Lovato sings, feeling beyond great in her own skin. A powerful personal anthem that’ll leave you feeling like a million bucks.