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 ARE MY TOP 10 WORKOUT SONGS FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2014!
#10 Bastille – “Pompeii”
“The out-of-the-blue chart success of current single ‘Pompeii’ proves their knack to pen a bouncy pop number without the services of Guetta and co – and doing it with aptitude and panache.” – www.digitalspy.com
#9 Sleigh Bells – “Infinity Guitars”
“A classic girl-group tune set against skull-rattling guitar fuzz that hurts so good.” – www.rollingstone.com
#8 The Ting Tings – “Great DJ”
“The elements are all there. Scratchy, Peaches-esque guitar riff? Check. Chorus you’d still be humming after a week in Glasgow with Gallows? Check. Mischievous sense of pop as sonic thrift shop? Check! At its beating heart, peroxide philosopher Katie: “Folks got high at quarter to five/Don’t you feel you’re growing up undone?” she intones cryptically, before gabbling something about ‘The local DJ’ having ‘some songs to play’.” – www.nme.com
#7 Avicii – “Hey Brother”
“Avicii’s latest single ‘Hey Brother’ presents itself as the obvious order of choice. Part folk-tinged guitar, part-soaring club beats, the track is elevated further by the uncredited vocals of bluegrass singer Dan Tyminski. With a dash of soulful brass also thrown into the mix, the result is yet another addictive musical cocktail primed for mass consumption.” – www.digitalspy.com
#6 The Wombats – “1996”
“It invigorates Naked and Famous-esque synth-pop with jubilant harmonic whoops and trills on 1996.” – www.bbc.co.uk
#5 Manchester Orchestra – “Top Notch”
“With a giant sound, and a noticeably heavier production than Simple Math, the Atlanta based band is back with a shout. Featuring a massive opening, followed by consciously orchestrated blasts of sounds, the band takes you on quite the adventure.” – www.underthegunreview.net
#4 Lady Gaga – “Applause”
Great dance song = great workout song.
#3 Lana Del Rey, Cedric Gervias – “Summertime Sadness” (Remix)
“The gloomy cut has received a proper single treatment with a big dance remix courtesy of Cedric Gervais, who transforms Lana’s lachrymose original into a dancefloor stomper.” – www.idolator.com
#2 Hot Chip – “Look At Where We Are” (Major Lazor Remix)
“We, no doubt, enjoy the dubby swagger and the rallying phasers injected into the song, but our favorite moment in the remix is when Alexis Taylor’s voice is isolated in the middle and the Major lets the song’s gorgeous melody run through unadulterated.” www.prettymuchamazing.com
#1 Empire Of The Sun – “Alive”
“‘Alive’ is a beaming, gushing tribute to the power of love (man) with the softest of dancefloor shuffles and a cracking middle eight, as we musicologists say. There’s something of Justice’s ‘D.A.N.C.E.’ in the delirious chants, and a rising build into the final chorus that’s as joyous as Boy Meets Girl’s ‘Waiting For A Star To Fall’. Frankly, that’ll do.” – www.nme.com