Dear 100 Hour Board,
I need more workout music. Current favorites are "Can't Stop the Feeling", "You Can Call Me Al", "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", "Telephone", "Shut Up and Dance With Me", and "Uptown Funk". Recommendations, please! I like all genres, all time periods. I just want fun songs with a good, peppy beat. Language is ok, but not too explicit.
Dear Gym Rat,
Yes I love workout music! Here are some of my favorite workout songs:
- "My Body" by Young the Giant (this is especially good for working out because the lyrics are so work-out-y. "My body tells me no, but I won't quit"? Come on. It's perfect).
- "Ophelia" by The Lumineers
- "Things we Lost in the Fire" by Bastille
- "Mind Over Matter" by Young the Giant
- "Shake it Off" by Taylor Swift
- "On Top of the World" by Imagine Dragons
- "The Sound of Settling" by Death Cab for Cutie
- "Back in the USSR" by the Beatles
- "Cherry Bomb" by the Runaways
- "Unbelievers" by Vampire Weekend
- "All the Single Ladies" by Beyonce
- "Waka Waka" by Shakira
- "Vivir la Vida" by Marc Antony (if you don't mind Spanish music)
- "Despacito" by Justin Bieber
- "Wake Me Up" by Avicii
- "Counting Stars" by One Republic
- "Pompeii" by Bastille
- "Yellow Lines" by Brendan James
- "Honey, I'm Good" by Andy Grammer
- "Sounds like Hallelujah" by The Head and the Heart
- "I Bet My Life" by Imagine Dragons
- "Dog Days Are Over" by Florence + the Machine
- "I Love You All the Time" by Florence + the Machine
- "Est-ce que tu m'aimes?" by Maitre Gim (if you don't mind French music)
- "House Party" by Sam Hunt
- "Eight Days a Week" by the Beatles
- "Mi Gente" by J. Balvin (also in Spanish, but it's really good)
- "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" by Shawn Mendes
- "We Can Sleep When We Die" by Fictionist
- "High Society" by Fictionist
That's a pretty eclectic mix, but to be honest you sort of asked for that, so I don't feel too bad. Some of the songs here are a bit slower-paced than others, but depending on what sort of work-out you're doing, that can be a good thing. Hopefully you at least like some of them and can mix up your work-out playlist!
Dear Gym Bunny,
Some personal favorites include "Eye of the Tiger," music from Pirates of the Carribean, "Blown Away," "TNT," and really anything electronic. I would definitely recommend Spotify, or listening to the radio via radio or app.
Also, I noticed you like to listen back to "We Are Never Getting Back Together" while you work out. I happen to have a work out playlist that consists entirely of Taylor Swift, because what better motivation to work out (or do anything) than T-Swizzle? Here it is:
- "You Belong With Me"
- "Sparks Fly"
- "The Story of Us"
- "Speak Now"
- "Long Live"
- "I Knew You Were Trouble When You Walked In"
- "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
- "Stay Stay Stay"
- "The Lucky One"
- "Holy Ground"
- "Look What You Made Me Do"
- "Blank Space"
- "Shake it Off"
- "How You Get the Girl"
- "Welcome to New York"
My top 5 favorites to work out to are in bold, in case you're looking for a shorter playlist.
Dear Energizer Bunny,
If you like music from all time periods, I'd suggest listening to Postmodern Jukebox. They take modern music and change the style, so you get a Justin Bieber song sounding like it came out of the 1920s. It's pretty fantastic!
Some musicals have some pretty upbeat songs—Hamilton and La La Land are my current favorites. Some specific songs I like are "Feel It Still" by Portugal. The Man, "Classic" by MKTO, "Whatever It Takes" by Imagine Dragons (basically, anything by Imagine Dragons), "My Body" by Young the Giant, and "Shark In The Water" by V V Brown. I also second Tipperary's suggestion to listen to Spotify and the radio, and Pandora is another great way to find good upbeat music.
May all your exercising be full of great music!
-guppy of doom
Dear Gym Bunny,
By far, my favorite workout music is a Pandora playlist called Running Radio. Simply search "running" on Pandora. It should have around one million listeners. One advantage of Pandora is that it allows you to filter out explicit music in the settings!
Also, no matter how you feel about the new Taylor Swift, her single "...Ready For It?" is a great workout song. Just saying.
Dear Gym Bunny,
"Do My Thing" - Estelle feat. Janelle Monae is the first thing that came to mind based on your likes. I think that's perfect for you.
Regarding my own library, I'm just super digging Motown lately. Sort of a medium pace but they keep you happy while you run/work/commute. Highlights are as follows:
"(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher" - Jackie Wilson
"I Want You Back" - Jackson 5
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)"- Stevie Wonder
"You Can't Hurry Love" - The Supremes
"Something's Got a Hold On Me" - Etta James
"I've Got a Woman" - Ray Charles
"Searchin'" - The Coasters
Dear Gyminy Cricket,
For whatever reason, I often have the urge to listen to "New Man" by Ed Sheeran on repeat while running. There is that one line about bleaching stuff, but other than that, it's clean. If not a little angsty... I've had a tendency towards that lately. But it's so classic. I mean, "he wears sunglasses, indoors, in winter, at nighttime"? It gets me every time.
The Lone Musketeer
When I was actually trying to fulfill my New Year's Resolutions of getting more exercise and continuing my education, I came up with a fun way to make each day of exercise different while exposing myself to something new.
In 2012 Rolling Stone came out with a list of the 500 best albums of all time. So when it was time for me to exercise, I went to YouTube and cranked up the next album on the list. It made every workout unique, and it exposed me to some music I otherwise probably wouldn't have listened to.
As a disclaimer, not all of the albums are fun or peppy, and I can't promise there won't be explicit language. If you choose to do this, which I highly recommend, then also don't let #500 scare you away--not all of them are so explicit. But it was a good experience for me, and I think it could be a fun way to exercise and expose yourself to new music.
Dear silver baboon,
I recommend "Cream on Chrome" by Ratatat. I mentally loop this song to myself when I need to feel upbeat, gritty, and determined; I once used it when two friends and I had to quickly leap from boulder to boulder (as well as bypass an unexpected waterfall) to safely escape a darkening Bolivian canyon last March.