|this is what 5:30 am looks like at the gym|
I get weirdly excited when people post their running playlists, because then I get to play judgy mcjudgerson. Let's be honest here, running playlists are where good tastes in music go to die. I would listen to Taylor Swift* if it meant getting my legs to finish that last tenth of a mile. Plus, since I work out at 5:30 in the morning, I need something to wake me up AND make me want to shake it, you feel me? I also never know what's going to get me groovin'. I have had some of my best work outs listening to Frank Sinatra and classical music. But I have a select group of songs that never fail me, granted I haven't been listening to them nonstop. We all have our secret boy band playlists we bust out at the gym, but these are my not-so-obvious song choices.
Bohemian Like You - The Dandy Warhols // This song is wonderful. And the lead singer is so strung out you'll think you are too. However, I do not recommend looking it up on youtube, as I once naively did. Let's just say the music video is a little rated R (R for Robin Thicke).
Empire Sate of Mind - Alicia Keys & Jay-Z // THIS SONG IS EVERYTHING. It combines my love of Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, and sick beats.
Hey Ya! - OutKast // Team OutKast for life. I nominate this as one of the best songs in the history of the world. IT JUST NEVER GETS OLD. No shame. LEND ME SOME SUGA', I AM YO' NAY-BAH!
Architects and Engineers - Guster // A feel-good, windows down in your car kind of song.
Tightrope - Janelle Monae // THIS SONG. I can't get enough of it. I never get tired of it. I have been known to run longer just to finish the song. I swear there is a ghetto black lady deep inside my white, BBC-loving heart.
Canned Heat - Jamiroquai // YES. THIS IS THE NAPOLEON DYNAMITE DANCE SONG. YES IT IS. This song is wonderful for two reasons: 1. It makes me want to groove 2. It makes me picture the dance scene which inevitably makes me giggle which makes my workout a little less horrible.
Fitz & the Tantrums - Spark // I love this band. I love this song. Listen to it. You'll dance in your car.
Yeah Yeah - Willy Moon // This song makes me feel like I could beat someone up and then karate chop something.
Collapse - Mutemath // It's pretty much all drum beats, but like I said, I need some good beats.
When I Get Famous - Jamie Cullum // This song makes me want to take over the world, or at least a small country.
Fitz & the Tantrums - Fools Gold // Basically anything on this album would work for me.
Ratatat - Seventeen Years // Ratatat is kind of weird. It's all instrumental, sort of rock with a little techno? I was introduced to them long ago by an extreme hipster, to give you an idea. But this song is amazing.
Lizstomania - Phoenix // This song will make you dance in your kitchen.
When all else fails, there's Justin Timberlake, The Black Keys, and Kanye. Always Kanye.
*no I would not.