Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland performs during the MTV Staying Alive Fundraising and farewell event to celebrate the achievements of Bill Roedy, Chairman and Chief Executive of MTV Networks International at the Westbury Hotel on January 27, 2011 in London, England. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Staying Alive Foundation / July 19, 2012)

We knew our graduate degree in musicology would come in handy eventually. (Yes, we really have one.)

We put it to good use making the perfect playlist to complement your gym experience — regardless of your musical interests. If you're bored of your regular tunes, try our custom list, crafted with high beats per minute in mind.

If Carrie Underwood and Kenny Chesney are the top artists on your iPod, try running along to these fast-paced country songs:

"Turn on the Radio" by Reba McEntire

"Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum

"Another Nine Minutes" by Yankee Grey

"Rain Is a Good Thing" by Luke Bryan

"Pickin' Wildflowers" by Keith Anderson

"I Got You Right Here" by Gretchen Wilson

"One Way Ticket" by LeAnn Rimes

"Shine" by Matt Stillwell

"East Bound and Down" by Jerry Reed

"Redneck Woman" by Gretchen Wilson

If you like self-help books and motivating fitness lyrics, try these inspirational songs:

"Stronger Than" by Pete Yorn

"What a Feeling" by Irene Cara

"Pump Up the Volume" by Marrs

"Rockstar 101" by Rihanna

"Waves of Change" by Samantha James