Music, the language of the soul, is as old as humanity. The therapeutic benefits of music can be traced back in time to ancient shamanistic rituals. Music, as tool of healing was recognized in the writings of Aristotle, Pythagoras and Plato. They believed that it can influence physical, emotional, cognitive and social well-being and improve quality of life. In fact, there have been many recent studies that show if you listen to music while exercising, your brain will probably work better too.
Here is my top 10 workout songs as of June 2012, enjoy!
#10 Two Door Cinema Club – “Something Good Can Work For You”: A catchy chorus that eventually falls into a rhythm-vocal shout interchange which makes it fun to pump iron to. This Irish band has a sound that is clean and catchy, with rhythms that are effortlessly danceable.
#9 Foster The People – “Don’t Stop (Color On The Wall)”: FTP are polished indie-electro at it’s finest. This song in particular was written from the perspective of a child with it’s quirky and fun lyrics. It brings me back to my childhood days which is why I love it.
#8 Phoenix – “1901”: This awesome French band have been known to create effortless pop-rock songs. I’m a big fan of synths; this track has a pronounced amount of them. You may have heard this song during a Cadillac commercial.
#7 Metric – “Help I’m Alive”: Big hooks, bursting chorus, and slick synths; this is why I love working out to this song.
#6 The Naked & Famous – “Young Blood”: Exploding with energy, this song sounds like the love child of Passion Pit and MGMT. I saw them perform live last March; they totally impressed me. Check this New Zealand band out!
#5 The Submarines – “1940 AmpLive Remix”: This song gets my hyped with it’s funky bass beats and a mid-high progressive guitar rift that speaks emotion of the song.
#4 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Gold Lion”: “It’s gutsy, bruised, womb-warm, simultaneously tender and defiant, and just about as sprawling as you can get“– NME.
#3 The Kooks – “Sway”: This track is an epic rock ballad that get’s me pumped up during my workouts. It has a slow and delicate build-up, leading to an intense, passionate chorus.
#2 Funeral Suits – “All Those Friendly People”: This synth-heavy track has been a go to during my workouts. “Shared love of epic, distorted guitars, blistering harmonious pop, art rock and electronica”, which they claim to on their biography; I’d say that’s an accurate description. Check these guys out.
#1 The Shoes – “Time To Dance (Extended Video Edit): Here is one of those songs that when you first hear it you automatically start stomping your feet, and want to know who sings it; it’s that catchy! The music video is disturbingly brilliant as Jake Gyllenhaal goes around murdering hipsters. Make sure to check it out.
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