“Song of the Moment” Workout Playlist

When it comes to music, I’m usually the last to know (and care) about chart-topping songs. That’s why my Pandora “Today’s Hits Radio” station is my best friend.

It usually takes a few listens for me to like a new song, a few more listens after that to make sure I wan’t to spend the $1.29 to buy it. But when that song’s mine, I play it every chance I get on my “Recently Added” workout playlist.

  1. “Midnight City” by M83: This song is essential for nighttime runs. Ever since I first had it in my workout music rotation, it’s come on only when the city lights are out. Whenever it comes on, I feel like I’m in a car commercial.
  2. “Lights” by Ellie Goulding: No matter how many times I hear this song, which is a lot, I never get tired of hearing it. Maybe it’s her voice, the beat of the song, or the fact that Ellie Goulding can do no wrong musically. The Bassnectar remix of this song is also perfect for workout playlists.
  3. “We Are Young” by Fun: Unlike “Lights,” I got sick of this song being played ad nauseum, but when it’s mixed in with other songs during my workout, I can tolerate it. Plus, every good workout mix needs a “raise your hands and go crazy” anthem.
  4. “Heartbeat” by The Fray: At this point in my workout, I’m usually feeling my own heart beat pretty hard. It’s a nice reminder that I’m alive and active. It also reminds me of my other, metaphorical, emotional heart, and that’s always a nice distraction from the pounding of my physical heart.
  5. “Too Close” by Alex Clare: After seeing the music video for this song, it’s all I think about when it comes on my iPod. It reminds me to keep on fighting and push harder.
  6. “One More Night” by Maroon 5: Thinking of the incredibly sexy Adam Levine singing this song (or any other song) directly to me has always been a huge motivator during my workouts. In fact, a lot of times I just shuffle all my Maroon 5 songs for the duration of my workout.

I’m sure as soon as I click “Publish,” the songs mentioned on this playlist are going to be yesterday’s hits. So help me out. What are the “songs of the moment” that are just perfect for a workout playlist?

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