As 2014 comes to an end, I thought I’d share the songs that are currently in my playlist. I am a music nerd, but when it comes to working out, dance pop, electronica, and hip-hop are the genres that inspire me to workout at my strongest. Check out a sample of what is currently getting me moving.
A song about a party girl’s regrets is, for some reason, one of my favorite songs to run to. In fact, I’ve run around Delaware Park (in Buffalo, NY) with this song on repeat.
Katy Perry-Dark Horse
A song that warns a guy not to fall in love with a girl is overtaken by a killer beat. I use this song for lifting and running. Juicy J’s rap really gets me going.
The Notorious B.I.G.-Hypnotize
Has it really been 17 years since Biggie Smalls was killed? This gem lives on. It is definitely one that I use for lifting.
David Guetta featuring John Legend-Listen
The velvet voice of John Legend over some incredible Guetta beats? Yes, please. Song is a must have for those long runs or cardio workouts.
Calvin Harris featuring John Newman-Blame
Harris and Newman share the same purpose as Guetta and Legend, but the song is awesome and can be used for cardio, lifting or walking.
Ellie Goulding-Anything Could Happen
The title alone is inspiring, even if the lyrics to the song are very dark. Ellie Goulding’s voice is haunting, as if she is daring you to complete a run, a set, or a rep.
Disclosure featuring Sam Smith-Latch
Another song with an amazing beat and haunting vocals. I have used this song as a cool down and for doing crunches. Hearing Sam Smith scream in falsetto, “I’m latching on to you” inspires me to contract my abs.
Has anyone seen Salt-N-Pepa singing this in the latest Geico ads? It brought back some memories and an opportunity to reintroduce this classic to my workout music. I prefer Expression and None Of Your Business to this song, but I can’t deny the catchiness and the sexuality. Recommended for those days when I don’t want to run, but you have to.
George Michael-Flawless (Go To The City)
An underrated jam from his 2004 album Patience, it provides enough of that “f*ck you” bravado needed when attempting to finish a workout. Consider also adding The Ones’ Flawless, which is the tune that George samples in this song.
Mary J. Blige-My Loving
This song gets me going in a way that I can’t describe. Mary J. worked with new producers in a new venue to record this album and I absolutely love it. I love this song for cardio, weights, runs, and just walking down the street.
What songs are on your playlist? Are there recommendations that you have for me? Don’t be shy to share.
Oh, and Happy New Year!!!