Listeners have created more running playlists than any other workout type. Picture: Pexels
Listeners have created more running playlists than any other workout type. Picture: Pexels

Spotify predicts top workout trends for 2020 based on your playlists

By IOL Supplied Time of article published Jan 9, 2020

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As we enter the new tear, updating your workout and self-care routine are likely top of mind. 

With more than 54 million workout-focused playlists on Spotify, we’re taking a closer look at trends - and sharing our 2020 fitness predictions based on current listening habits globally.

Some key highlights from the data include:

The most popular workout and wellness type:

Listeners have created more running playlists than any other workout type. Denmark where we see running playlists created at the highest rate. Yoga follows in popularity, and Sweden might be the world’s most zen nation based on the high number of meditation and yoga playlists Spotify listeners have created. In fact, Swedish listeners create these playlists at a 521% rate higher than listeners in other countries. 

2020 predictions

Focusing on self-care will continue to reign supreme in 2020. Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next”, Lizzo’s “Good as Hell” and Hailee Steinfeld’s “Love Myself” are popular female empowerment anthems on people’s “self-care” playlists. 

And we saw a 113% increase in streams of meditation playlists in the past year, higher than for any other workout and wellness type. We also saw an increase in streams of Pilates (71%) and weight-training playlists (66%), and predict these will all continue to grow in popularity in 2020. 

Working on Our ZZZzzz’s

Listening to Health & Fitness podcasts increased 145% in the past year and listeners are falling in love with sleep podcasts. The most popular podcast in the health & fitness category at the moment is Sleepy, where host Otis Gray reads classic stories to help listeners doze off. Sweet dreams! 

So, what songs do listeners sweat to? 

Eminem’s “'Till I Collapse” is the most-streamed track in workout playlists at the moment. Ed Sheeran’s “I Don't Care” with Justin Bieber is the second most-streamed workout song, followed by “Dance Monkey” by Tones and I, “If I Can’t Have You” by Shawn Mendes and “Beautiful People” by Ed Sheeran and Khalid.

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