Study Shows Listening to Drake Will Make You Run Slower

Perfect for a chill run then?

A new study by British retailer Pour Moi has revealed the music artists that make you run faster (and slower). The most interesting tidbit? Listening to Drake will make you run… slower. That's right, keep the rapper out of your playlist if you like your running workouts to be high intensity.

"Listening to Drake can add 21 seconds per kilometer to your activity time. The Canadian hip-hop artist first found fame in 2010 and has since produced number one hits like ‘Take Care’ and ‘One Dance,’ which sat at the top of the US charts for a total of 10 weeks. However, listening to these chart-toppers could add a total of 1 minute and 45 seconds to your next three-mile run which adds up to an additional 14 minutes and 42 seconds to a marathon," the study said.

Researchers analyzed data of 60 runs with every runner listening to a different artist each time. They then looked at the total distance ran (km), overall time, km split time, average pace per km, average pace difference (difference between artists) to calculate the difference in speeds.

Want to run faster? Check out the artists that make you run faster below.

  1. Beyoncé
  2. Harry Styles
  3. Britney Spears
  4. Adele
  5. Taylor Swift
  6. Shawn Mendes
  7. Rihanna
  8. Ed Sheeran
  9. Olivia Rodrigo
  10. Justin Bieber

See the full list here.

Drake isn't alone, however. Other artists that make you run slower are BTS, Doja Cat, Nicki Minah, and Katy Perry. Before you point it out, yes, we're equally as surprised that Adele's music makes people run faster. Obviously, the people of Twitter were onto something when they made memes of Megan Thee Stallion dancing to "Water Under the Bridge."


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Paolo Chua
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Paolo Chua is the Associate Style Editor at Esquire Philippines, where he writes about fashion and grooming. Before joining Esquire Philippines, he was a writer at Town & Country Philippines.
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