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What’s On YOUR Workout Playlist?

by jenny sansouci on June 2, 2013

Nothing motivates me or inspires me more than music. (Well, except for maybe cute guys who do yoga…oh, and of course, helping people). I kid. Admittedly, I don’t really like to do aggressive workouts very often. Almost never. I’ve never liked going to gyms and I’ve never been into any type of aerobics classes. I prefer doing yoga and taking really long walks, wandering the streets of whatever city I’m in for hours. I used to run a lot, but after a couple of injuries I reluctantly learned to tone it down. But once in awhile, I feel like doing something more physically intense, like running up the stairs at Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn as many times as I can. Running up long flights of stairs is an aggressive workout that takes a lot of energy, and every time I do it, I’ve noticed there are certain songs that pump me up to keep going. 

I have songs and playlists for all different moods and activities. You probably do too. Chill out songs, more spiritual feeling yoga songs, melodic moody love songs, and songs that are positive and inspirational…but for running stairs, I just need something that makes me feel more intense and fired up. It requires that I get in a totally different zone than I need to be in for a long walk or a yoga class. So I put together a playlist on Spotify called “STAIRS” – these are 25 of the songs that get my adrenaline pumping so I can actually get in the zone for this kind of workout.

NOTE: A couple (not all) of these songs are a tiny bit aggressive/vulgar (this ain’t a restorative yoga playlist, friends), so if that makes you uncomfortable, don’t listen to all of them (especially #6). If you’re looking for super positive and inspirational songs, I got you here.

By the way, we’re in the judge free zone here on this blog, in the trust tree, in the nest, so don’t go around being all judgey about my music…or I’ll delete you. 😉

So here are 25 of my current stairs-running songs. I actually tested every single one today running the steps at the park while I was thinking about writing this post and I can vouch for their effectiveness. Since not everyone has Spotify (although truly, Spotify is epic), I’ve linked to the songs so you can preview, purchase and download them as mp3s, if you want.

So light ’em up!

1) Trevor Hall – Fire

2) Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark

3) Paramore – Misery Business

4) Kanye West – Stronger

5)  Crazy Town – Butterfly

6) Buckcherry – Crazy Bitch

7) – Scream & Shout

8) Imagine Dragons – Radioactive

9) Patrick Stump – Spotlight (New Regrets)

10) Chamillionaire – Ridin’ Dirty

11) Panic! At The Disco – There’s A Good Reason..

12) Maroon 5 – One More Night

13) Justin Timberlake – LoveStoned

14) Fall Out Boy – The Phoenix

15) Buckcherry – Brooklyn

16) Gym Class Heroes – The Queen And I

17) Britney Spears – Break the Ice

18) La Roux – Bulletproof

19) Rihanna – Disturbia

20) Flo Rida – I Cry

21) The Offspring – Self Esteem

22) Nirvana – Breed

23) Buckcherry – Lit Up

24) Republica – Ready To Go

25) Fall Out Boy – This Ain’t A Scene

Ok, I want to hear from you. Let me know what songs get you fired up to workout and I promise I won’t judge! Let’s collaborate in the comments.

What do you think are the best workout songs? What’s on your workout playlist?

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Alyssa June 2, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Loose Yourself-eminem
Magic- BOB
Dancing with Myself- Billy Idol
Rebel Yell- Billy Idol
Police on my Back- the Clash
Bad Reputation – Joan Jett
I Get Around- Pennywise
Surfin USA- Pennywise
Pretty Little Tragedy- Public Offenders
Come On Come On- Public Offenders
I Wanna Be Sedated- The Ramones
Plowed- Sponge
Molly- Sponge
Do You Wanna Be My Girl- Jet
You Wreck Me- Tom Petty
Blister in the Sun- Violent Femmes
Untouched- The Veronicas


Hadley Gustin June 2, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Great choices, Jenny! I’m definitely a fan of some those songs myself especially when it comes to being active. My best workout songs are below… They’re constantly changing, though as I’m sure yours do, too, so please, keep us updated as you come across more good workout tunes.

Active Music:

-“Something Better” by Canterbury
-“Filthy Rotten Scoundrel” by Deaf Havana
-“Leeches” by Deaf Havana
-“Dream On” by Depeche Mode
-“21st Century” by Dirty Vegas
-“U Make Me Wanna” by Eddie Amador & Kimberly Cole
-“Uneligible” by Fantasia
-“Open” by Free & Easy
-“Live Those Days Tonight” by Friendly Fires
-“True Love” by Friendly Fires
-“Look At Me” by Geri Halliwell
-“Scream If You Wanna Go Faster” by Geri Halliwell
-“Shake Your Bootie Cutie” by Geri Halliwell
-“Edge of Something” by Jamie Cullum
-“Barefoot and Buckwild” by Lauren Alaina
-“How Ya Doin’?” by Little Mix
-“The Thing That Helps Me Get Through” by Michael Franti
-“Paddling Out” by Miike Snow
-“Rapture” by Iio
-“What Nature Brings” by Nekta
-“No Sex for Ben” by the Rapture
-“Rockstar 101” by Rihanna
-“Relentless” by Stereo MC’s
-“Under the Gun” by Supreme Beings of Leisure
-“This World” by Supreme Beings of Leisure
-“Mirror” by Supreme Beings of Leisure
-“Trouble” by This Providence
-“Under the Light” by West Indian Girl
-“Bone” by Young Guns
-“Towers (On My Way)” by Young Guns
-“Pressure” by Nadia Ali


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