All the 6-Minute Songs You’ll Ever Need!

Six-minute energetic songs are so useful in indoor cycling profiles. The possibilities are endless: use them for longer climbing, cadence work, or paceline efforts. Do four sets of 6-minute over/under intervals (just above and just below FTP or lactate threshold heart rate) at different cadences. Use them for 3–2–1 intervals

I’ve definitely got my favorite energetic 6-minute songs, but I do tend to overuse them, so I’ve been on the hunt for new ones recently. I’ve curated as many 6-minute songs (give or take about 10 seconds) as I can and put them into five different Spotify playlists that fall into tempos for the following cadence ranges*:

  • 55 to 69 rpm
  • 70 to 79 rpm
  • 80 to 89 rpm
  • 90 to 99 rpm
  • over 100 rpm

*If you don’t ride to the beat, that’s fine too! Just use them as you see fit!

There aren’t a ton of mainstream songs that are this long—unless they are remixes, and we’ve got tons of remixes for you. You’ve probably also noticed that pop and dance tracks fall into a predictable rhythm of 120 to 140 bpm. That’s why the playlists of climbing-appropriate tracks (55 to 79 rpm) are much larger than the others—there are far more of those songs out there!

If you have additional 6-minute song suggestions (especially ones that can be used for cadences of 80 to low-100s rpm), please leave them in the comments below and we’ll add them to our playlists.

If you don’t use Spotify for your classes, not to worry, we do have PDFs of the playlists that you can download. Nevertheless, I recommend you get yourself a free Spotify account; that way you can still access these playlists. Then you can listen to them and decide if you want to purchase the songs or find them in the resources that you typically use, whether that’s iTunes, Apple Music, SoundCloud, etc. I am constantly adding new songs to the playlists in Spotify, so the PDF may not be updated. Your free Spotify account will allow you to see our continual updates.

2 Responses to “All the 6-Minute Songs You’ll Ever Need!”

  1. Yesim Peddy says:

    Hi Jennifer!

    I think the link to the playlist for the first (55-69 RPM) is not working.
    Thanks so much!

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