Saturday, April 26, 2014

Top 50 Workout Songs

I love my gym, but not only is the music they play there not loud enough (because they anticipate some people listening to their own music on headphones), they play some very un-energizing tunes. When “Total Eclipse of the Heart” came over the speakers a few months ago, I knew I would have to make my own workout playlists and buy some of those cool Jay-Z Aviator headphones. (Unfortunately, I do not have $150 to spend on headphones so I just had to settle for my old $10 ones.)

People listen to all kinds of music while they exercise. Rap. Rock. Jock Jams. The Space Jam soundtrack. Pretty much the only criteria is that the music helps you get pumped up. (And no, I don’t really listen to the Space Jam soundtrack… well, maybe just the Space Jam theme song!)

Without further ado, here’s a list of 50 songs I listen to when I work out. You can download them (legally, of course) and put them in a playlist called “Jeff’s Super Cool Workout Playlist”. Then you will become strong and fast like me.

50 Songs To Work Out To:

Awolnation - “Sail

The Naked and Famous - “Young Blood

Kavinsky - “Nightcall
Want to feel like Ryan Gosling in the movie Drive? Just listen to this song!

Skrillex - “Bangarang
Fun Fact: Skrillex has won the Grammy for Best Dance Recording and Best Dance Album two years in a row.

Katy Perry - “Dark Horse

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - “White Walls

Icona Pop - “I Love It
Crash your car into a bridge? Don’t worry about it; just let it burn. Icona Pop doesn’t care. This song is like Modest Mouse’s “Float On” except it’s a dance song sung by two hot girls and not by a bunch of average-looking hipster guys.

Icona Pop - “Good for You

The Rapture - “How Deep is Your Love?

Macklemore - “And We Danced

Karmin - “Acapella

Death Grips - “I’ve Seen Footage

Jay-Z & Kanye West - “Ni**as in Paris

Kid Cudi - “Erase Me
Relationships are clearly very complicated for Kid Cudi.

The Notorious B.I.G. - “Hypnotize

Eminem - “Lose Yourself
This song is basically tailor-made to work out to. Also, it makes me want to go spit mad rhymes.

Eminem - “Without Me

Flo Rida - “How I Feel

Kanye West - “Love Lockdown
Kanye West was having love trouble. This song was pre-Kim K. of course.

Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz - “Get Low
There is no excuse for having this song on this list. The music video makes me even more ashamed for including it. (Also great: The fact that the official music video is edited, resulting in the song being even more ridiculous.)

Reverend Run - “Mind on the Road
If it’s good enough to be background music in Madden ’06, it’s good enough for you.

50 Cent - “In Da Club

Waka Flocka Flame - “Grove St. Party

Tone Loc - “Wild Thing
After “Wild Thing”, Tone Loc went on to become extremely famous, writing countless other hit songs. Not.

Snap - “The Power

Young MC - “Bust a Move
The best lyrics ever:
Your best friend Harry has a brother Larry
In five days from now he’s gonna marry
He’s hopin’ you can make it there if you can
Cause in the ceremony you’ll be the best man

Tag Team - “Whoomp! (There It Is)

Len -“Steal My Sunshine

Garvey - “Goodbye Horses
Yeah, that’s right. “Goodbye Horses”. Just listen to this song and try not to think about that scene in Silence of the Lambs. It’s got a good beat to lift to.

Nelly - “Ride With Me
You can find this song on one of those NOW CDs.

La Roux - “Bulletproof

Grouplove - “Tongue Tied

Hot Chip - “Ready for the Floor

MGMT - “Kids
Ah, MGMT really takes me back to the good ol’ days pregamming freshman year of college before going out.

Silversun Pickups - “Kissing Families

Mark Ronson & The Business INTL. - “You Gave Me Nothing

Twin Shadows - “Five Seconds

Against Me! - “Thrash Unreal
Fun Fact: The lead singer of Against Me! had a sex change and is now a woman.

Against Me! - “Don’t Lose Touch

Diamond Nights - “The Girl’s Attractive

Blink-182 - “Feeling This
Blink-182 was a very angsty band!

The Killers - “Mr. Brightside

The Kills - “Cheap and Cheerful

Lit - “My Own Worst Enemy

Zombie Nation - “Kernkraft 400
When this song first starts, you’re like, “What in the world am I listening to?” But then, at around the 1:10 mark, you realize you’re listening to the most popular sports anthem of all time.

Britney Spears - “Toxic
Shortly after this song was released, Britney married Kevin Federline. Toxic indeed.

Pearl Jam - “The Fixer

M.I.A., ft. Lil Wayne, 50 Cent - “Paper Planes” Remix
It’s M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes”…Only they remixed it and made it better.

Cher Lloyd - “Want You Back

**Sometimes I lift while listening to mashup artists, namely Girl Talk and The White Panda. Both are pretty good since their music is fast-paced and plays like one continuous track.

Happy listening! Now go work out.