On New Year’s Eve, few of us resolve to spend more time listening to music or going to the club. The reason: Everybody already likes doing those things. It’s exercise that’s the chore — though thanks to Zumba, it doesn’t have to be.
Every week, 15 million people take part in the dance-fitness program — a fun way to groove to your favorite tunes while also burning a crazy amount of calories per hour. Although many people associate Zumba with salsa and merengue, classes incorporate numerous styles of music, including EDM, pop, and hip-hop.
With 2016 in full swing and everyone anxious to shed those extra holiday pounds, Billboard has partnered with Zumba to compile a series of playlists highlighting the most popular songs played at classes around the world. First up: the top 15 EDM/ dance songs. These energetic tunes were designed to make people move, so it’s no surprise they’re the favorites of Zumba instructors everywhere. So pop a bottle – a water bottle, that is – and let’s get moving.
BREAKING DOWN THE BEATS
“Bang My Head,” David Guetta feat. Sia
In exercise, as in life, you sometimes hit what’s known as “the wall.” Sia’s advice on this inspirational David Guetta team-up: smash through, rise above, and “feel the love stepping out of you.”
“How Deep Is Your Love,” Calvin Harris
Although it didn’t sell as well as the chart-topping 1977 Bee Gees ballad of the same name, this subtle, sultry, soul-searching deep-house jam reached No. 2 on both the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs and Dance/Club Songs Charts and snuck into the Hot 100, peaking at No. 27.
“Waiting for Love,” Avicii
Patience is a virtue where this Top 10 Hot/Dance Electronic Songs hit is concerned. The track waits until the very end to explode into the euphoric groover you know it’s going to be. But we guarantee your heart will be pumping along with the bassline once the track hits its peak.
“Intoxicated,” Martin Solveig & GTA
French DJ Martin Solveig has his priorities straight: Infatuation may lead to true love, but first, it inspires dancing, and so does this icy-cool, candy-colored cocktail of a song.
“Beautiful Now,” Zedd feat. Jon Bellion
It’s not vanity driving this irresistible EDM pick-me-up, which topped the Dance Club Songs chart and went Top 5 on two other Billboard tallies. Bellion is singing about the beauty of the moment, and how one night with the right friend or lover is worth savoring forever.
“Bad,” David Guetta feat. Showtek & Vassy
Why does this international dance smash feel so good? There’s that squeaky-sweet Vassy vocal, the killer synth riff introduced at 0:47, and of course that beat — a hypnotic thump that comes and goes and leaves the body craving more.
“Revolution,” Diplo feat. Faustix & Imanos & Kai
“It’s never too late to change your luck,” sings Canadian riser Kai on this spooky booty bumper. She’s pushing for regime change in the head — a banishing of bad thoughts to leave room for good ones. Thanks to Diplo’s irresistible rhythm, resistance is futile.
“Can’t Feel My Face (Martin Garrix Remix),” The Weeknd
In the hands of Martin Garrix, the song of the summer of 2015 becomes a chilly late-night jam that makes total sense in the context of the lyrics. It’s more Haddaway than it is MJ, and it’s more than just a superfluous remix of a track that was perfect to begin with.
“Slave To The Rhythm (Audien Remix),” Michael Jackson
It’s like a double resurrection as this Michael Jackson single, which was originally recorded in 1991 and posthumously released in 2014, gets a third life, compliments of a house DJ from Mystic, Connecticut. Remixes, like holograms, mean our heroes never have to die.
“I Want You To Know,” Zedd feat. Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez wants the world to know about the power of love, and Zedd’s beat helps her spread the message. This song topped the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart and crossed over to No. 17 on the Hot 100, proving that this former child star could indeed be an EDM diva.
“Outside,” Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding
The right combination of rhythm and emotion, “Outside” finds Ellie Goulding down but not out, exploring complex feelings over a beat that’s sure to never let her down. Whatever she’s going through, everyone’s been there — that’s why “Outside” went Top 5 on three charts (Dance Club Songs, Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, and Mainstream Top 40) and climbed to No. 29 on the Hot 100.
“Never Forget You,” Zara Larsson & MNEK
Swedish pop meets U.K. garage on this fidgety gem, a No. 16 hit on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. “Feeling it, loving it, everything we do,” Larsson and MNEK sing toward the end, right before the beat builds to a steady clatter, and the song reaches its emotional peak.
“Should’ve Been Us (Lost Kings Remix),” Tori Kelly
The dynamic DJ duo Lost Kings must have listened to the lyrics before putting their hands on this one. “Should’ve Been Us” is all about missed opportunities, and this remix is the complete opposite: a great R&B tune made all the better by a bumping beat.
“Lean On,” Major Lazer feat. DJ Snake & MØ
There’s virtually nowhere in the world this vaguely mournful house tune wasn’t huge. In the U.S., it reached No. 4 on the Hot 100 and No. 1 on both the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs and Mainstream Top 40 charts. Globally, it stands as the most-streamed Spotify track of all time.
“Aint Nobody,” Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson
Jasmine Thompson doesn’t necessarily do it better than Chaka Khan, who scored a No. 1 R&B hit with this funky tune back in 1983. But the British singer does give the track her own spin, and so does German house DJ Felix Jaehn, who transforms her spare and strummy 2013 cover into a proper celebration of true love and serves up the perfect comedown on our Zumba dance party.