Running to the top 40 beat

Matt Liasse and Matt Liasse

It’s something that clumps Black Eyed Peas’ new hit ‘Boom Boom Pow’ with Flo Rida’s ‘Sugar’ and 3OH!3’s ‘Starstrukk.’ When throwing in We The King’s ‘Secret Valentine,’ the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s ‘Zero,’ Britney Spears’ ‘If You Seek Amy’ and Seether’s ‘Careless Whisper,’ you got yourself the perfect set of songs to save on your iPod as a workout playlist. With the help of the newly surfacing Web site,, creator Chris Lawhorn has fashioned a place for people to come in and find new songs to feel the burn to. Lawhorn, a DJ for a spring break company, said that when he turned 30 years old a year ago, he vowed to get in better shape, which inspired his making of the site. Before beginning, Lawhorn recalled his days in high school when he ran track as an extracurricular activity and liked to run to songs that featured beats where the bass hit with every step he took. Now, he searches today’s top 40 for songs that have between 116 beats per minute (which would equal a fast walk when stepped to correctly) and 160 beats per minute (that would equal a fast run or sprint). Lawhorn said the Web site showcases songs to ‘help people stay on target’ when working out. He added that this is the ideal Web site for marathoners, who are looking for a specific tempo to run to. He also said he has heard of a few people who have used the site for their show horses, who also have to step to a specific tempo, even though he had never anticipated a demographic as bizarre as the horse community. The Web site not only names many songs perfect for a workout, but also features the beats per minute each song has in it. For instance, ‘Sex On Fire’ by Kings Of Leon has a rate of 153 BPM and The Tings Tings ‘That’s Not My Name’ has 145 BPM, which makes them perfect songs for a fast run. But songs like Keith Urban’s ‘Kiss A Girl’ (121 BPM) and Enrique Inglesias’ and Ciara’s ‘Taking Back My Love’ (125 BPM) are better for more of a slower jog. Sophomore Brian Cowan said he enjoys listening to fast-paced harder rock bands like Underoath and The Devil Wears Prada because ‘it’s more of pump up music with the heavy drums and guitar.’ Sophomore Nicole Surman said she would use the Web site for new song ideas, and also said she uses Lil Wayne because hip hop pumps her up more. The Web site covers song options from almost every genre such as pop with Kelly Clarkson’s ‘My Life Would Suck Without You,’ (145 BPM) hip hop with Jamie Foxx and T.I.’s ‘Just Like Me’ (151 BPM) and Keri Hilson and Lil Wayne’s ‘Turnin’ Me On,’ (158 BPM) and rock with The Offspring’s ‘You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid,’ (126 BPM) and Fall Out Boy’s ‘American Suitehearts’ (160 BPM). features different songs that users of the site are invited to vote and take part in regarding the popularity of each tune. Although, for unknown reasons, Lawhorn shared that some songs are weirdly more popular than others with the same exact tempos, like Katy Perry’s ‘Hot N Cold’ trampling P!nk’s ‘So What.’ With this, Lawhorn wanted to stress that some songs ‘people do and don’t work out to are similar.’