And today we’re listening to another of my workout mixes. Feel the burn, right?
1) Survivor – Destiny’s Child
So help me, but a bit of righteous girl anger always gets me in the zone!
2) Firework – Katy Perry
Now I’m not the biggest KP fan, but this tune is hugely motivational (particularly when you’re fourteen miles into a training walk, your thighs are twinging, your feet feel twice as big as they usually do, and some random guy has just given you evils (thanks, random in Wandsworth!)). Good beat too.
3) So What – Pink
I bet Pink has amazing workouts. I love how she just channels all her anger into music and lyrics and performing and something I’m learning to do more and more myself as I grow up – find outlets for all the stuff inside me that are positive, rather than acting out (which I was never too bad for doing…) or internalising it all (….which I do far, far too much!). As always, shoutout to Miss Jenna for getting me into Pink!
4) Keep the Car Running – Arcade Fire
And oh, how often I wish I had a car on some of these training walks!
5) A Life Less Ordinary – Ash
As extra incentive this song always reminds me of the accompanying video, starring, as well as the lovely Ash boys (and the divine Miss CH), the wonderful Ewan Macgregor (yummy incentive) and the perpetually gorgeous Cameron Diaz (body of awesome incentive – I know I’ll never get that slim but she’s such a helathy looking chick).
6) Mountains – Biffy Clyro
Good bass. Nice bit of driving forward in the riffs too.
7) Womanizer – Britney Spears
And now, back to the gorgonzola….
8) Boom! Shake The Room! – DJ Jazzy Jeff and the French Prince
More song titles need punctuation marks, for sure. This always makes me want to do the chorus arms. You remember the chorus arms, right?
9) Monkey Wrench – Foo Fighters.
Great for intervals. Add some air guitar to mix it up!
10) DARE – Gorillaz
Another great solid beat – a little too slow for running or aerobics or spinning, but great for walking or weights.
11) Numb/Encore – Jay-Z and Linkin Park
Just about angry enough to keep my focused. I did warn you that many of my workout choices are very very very different to my usual acoustic-y, angsty girl rock, boys with guitars, piano heavy ballads, and Canadian indie fare. I *heart* Joel Plaskett (thanks for the intro, Christy!), but he’s not ideal for working out. He’s more hanging with friends / sipping wine / grading papers / riding the subway stuff. For reals. Some bands I love (Foos, Muse, The Postal Service etc) are great to listen to and workout to, but a lot of workout stuff I only use when attempting to find my buns under all the rest of me!
12) She Don’t Have to Know – John Legend
A little soulful pallette cleanser after all the man angst.
13) Pumpkin Soup – Kate Nash
Silly, frothy, fun.
14) Bad Romance – Lady Gaga.
Ceaselessly amusing. Particularly if you actually have this going through your head at the time…
15) Time to Pretend – MGMT
A very bleak lyric to a very bouncy pop beat. Oh well, “Let’s make some music, make some money, find some models for wives…”
16) Starlight – Muse
Epic rock with an epic beat. *This* is great for running (or rather, my approximation of running!).
17) Such Great Heights – The Postal Service.
One of my favourite songs ever.
It even sounds good slowed down and covered (a let less workout ready though!).
18) Better Than Revenge – Taylor Swift
TAYLOR! (Yeah, I’m a bit of a ‘Swiftie’) Most of her stuff is very sweet and lovely and perfect for listening to while gazing out of a rainy window, dreaming of days to come (not that, you know, I ever do that…), but a couple of tracks are workout-tacular. And hey, “no amount of vintage dresses give you dignity”, baby.
19) Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne
Don’t judge me. 😉
So that’s workout mix number 2 – hope it entertained you!