Hopefully by now you’ve worn out our Winter Olympics-inspired workout playlist and are ready for something fresh to match the season.
So how about these 9 jams designed to amp your heart rate, motivate your muscles and get you dreaming of the bright summer months ahead? This slightly schizophrenic list encompasses everything from rap and country to pop and a boy band. Enjoy!
1. ‘Best Day of My Life’ by American Authors
Plucky banjo strings are soon joined by human voices, creating a happy musical fabric in this American Authors hit from late last year.
The song’s steady beat proves great for a warm-up stretch, jog, and high five. And be inspired: this just may be the best day of your life!
2. ‘All I Do Is Win’ by DJ Khaled featuring Ludacris, Rick Ross, T-Pain and Snoop Dogg
Since Emma Stone killed it on the Tonight Show, this song has experienced a rap renaissance.
It’ll put the fire in your belly with lyrics like “all I do win win win no matter what / got money on my mind I can never get enough / and every time I step up in the building / everybody hands go up.”
3. ‘Ain’t It Fun’ by Paramore
‘Ain’t It Fun’ is a perfect jogging song – upbeat, bright, and sounds like it belongs in a romantic comedy montage.
If you have a chance, check out the song’s video – it documents the band’s efforts to land very strange world records (i.e. smashing clocks with guitars).
4. ‘She Looks So Perfect’ by 5 Seconds of Summer
For our requisite boy band pick, check out this release from relative newcomers 5 Seconds of Summer.
It’s almost impossibly catchy and may prove to be the hit of the summer (if Katy Perry allows it). It’s also wonderful for anyone who misses Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block, ‘N Sync and the like…
5. ‘The Monster’ by Eminem featuring Rihanna
If you’re a weight lifter, you’re probably accustomed to getting in touch with your inner ‘Monster,’ but this song will inspire cardio fans as well.
As usual, the pairing of Eminem and Rihanna is awesome – though if you are sensitive to explicit lyrics, it may be the one to skip.
6. ‘Country Girl Shake It for Me’ by Luke Bryan
Country’s latest ‘It’ boy Luke Bryan contributes a fast ditty from his 2011 album, asking us to “Spin [him] around this big ole barn / Tangle [him] up like grandma’s yarn.” We like to think he’s referring to spinning class.
7. ‘Extraordinary’ by Liz Phair
In our blast-from-the-past slot is Liz Phair’s anthemic ‘Extraordinary.’
Just when you’re beginning to feel tired and demotivated, Liz Phair’s big bass-line crescendo kicks in, urging you to stay with it and be, in her words, an “average everyday sane psycho supergoddess.”
8. ‘Days Go By’ by Keith Urban
Urban’s country-pop ditty starts out a bit slow – and you may be tempted to skip it altogether. But DON’T!
It quickly shifts into high gear. And it’s nearly impossible to remain stationary when Urban plays the guitar.
9. ‘Happy’ by Pharrell
For the last minute push to the end, jam out to Pharrell’s number one smash. You may be ‘Happy’ because you’ve finished a particularly challenging workout or because you finished period — either way, you’ll have a smile on your face.