To get the most out of my workout I need to be listening to my favorite tunes. Even when I was going through the P90X program (a total of 3 times!), I had Tony Horton guiding me through the workout while my favorite music was blasting in the background. Music get’s me pumped up and makes working out more enjoyable. I’ve mentioned this before; there have been many recent studies that show if you listen to music while exercising, your brain will probably work better too. Our emotional ties to music can also help us perform our best.
With all of that being said, I present you with my top 10 workout songs as of February 2012:
10- Florence & The Machine – “You’ve Got The Love”: This song has become a staple for me as the first song I play during my workout. Florence Welch’s soothing yet powerful voice helps me get through my warm-up/stretching routine, and prepares me for my workout.
9- Neon Trees – “Everybody Talks”: This uptempo song is fun to sing along with especially the part where lead singer Tyler Glenn shouts “Hey honey you can be my drug, you can be my new prescription. TOO MUCH CAN BE AN OVERDOSE, ALL THIS TRASH TALK GETS ME ITCHIN!”
8- M83 – “Midnight City”: This French band lays down a dance-pop song that’s loaded with some awesome synths and stadium-sized drums. It also has a sexy sax solo in it! I like to shout out the line “THE CITY IS MY CHURCH” when I workout to this song.
7- Modest Mouse – “Float On”: While this song is not new (released in 2004) by any means, it is a classic for me. This indie-pop march is my go to song for cardio. Theres something special about reaching that exhaustive point while “and we’ll all float on” plays in the background.
6- Eminem featuring Royce Da 5’9″ – “Above The Law”: Eminem is the master of lyrics, he’s also my favorite hip hop artist. When I listen to him spit rhymes I can feel the anger in his voice and words, it makes me angry which is definitely a good thing when I’m lifting weights. Try this; sprint during Eminem’s entire verse. I do it every single time, can you last the entire verse?
5- The Killers – “Daddy’s Eyes”: The combination of Brandon Flower’s vocals, Dave Keuning’s awesome guitar riffs, and the rest of the bands near perfect musical talent are enough to put me in a good mood every single time. The lyrics “dreams should last a long time, this is not what I call goodbye” is followed by a euphoric feeling as the entire band plays in harmony; that part always makes me push myself harder.
4- Young The Giant – “My Body”: Lead vocalist Sameer Gadhia increases in tension until the chorus blasts forth with an overwhelming flow of emotions. “My body tells me no!” he exclaims, “but I won’t quit ‘cause I want more.”, what better way to describe my workout?
3- Fun featuring Janelle Monae – “We Are Young”: This fairly new indie-pop band is climbing my list of favorite bands. The chorus is massive with frontman Nathan Reuss’ singing “Tonight, we are young/ So let’s set the world on fire”. It’s a catchy track that leaves you feeling good about yourself.
2- The Airborne Toxic Event – “Innocence”: The build up in the song is epic; it starts out slow paced with the beautiful sound of Anna Bulbrook’s violin, it then proceeds to explode in your face. Lead singer Mikel Jollett is one of the most talented writers in the music industry; I can feel his pain as he shouts “And I tear, I tear, so hard, And I tear, I tear, so hard And I beg and scream, I was wrong. It’s over, she’s gone.” By the end of it I am overwhelmed with emotions, it makes me want to fight for what I want in life. If you haven’t heard of this band, you should really give them a listen, you can thank me later.
1- Gotye featuring Kimbra “Somebody That I Used To Know”: I admit, I am utterly addicted to this song. It’s getting more play than any other song for me at the moment. Gotye’s sound is different than others, this song in particular is haunting, overflowing with emotion. Kimbra’s beautiful vocals explode onto the track. The backing vocals towards the end of the song are a great touch. I dare you to listen to this song and not sing it all day in your head!
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