By Edut Birger
It’s New Year’s Resolution season, and you promised yourself you’d start going to the gym. But when it comes to mustering up the willpower to peel yourself out of bed half an hour early to do core, or to stopping by the gym after a long day at work, we all know it’s easier to just...not. How do you solve this problem? Put on a playlist of songs that get your heart pumping and adrenaline racing. Here are 10 songs that will motivate you to work out so hard, you’ll look ten times better than you did when you were with your ex.
10) “Running Behind” – HOLYCHILD
Nothing gets you moving like hardcore snare set to a song that’s literally about running (well, I’m sure it’s a metaphor, but the repeated “running behind” lyric reminds me to turn up the treadmill speed). This song, from “The Shape of Brat Pop to Come,” is upbeat enough to convince you that working out is fun–if only for the duration of this playlist.
9) “Magnets feat. Lorde” – Disclosure
This song has the perfect rhythm for you to time your bicep curls to. Lorde and Disclosure make an awesome duo, pairing classic beats with simple synth on Disclosure’s latest album, “Caracal.” Lorde’s lyrics encourage us to “embrace the point of no return,” which I’m pretty sure is referring to the eventual endorphin high we all know and love.
8) “Better Off” – Haim
Proceed with caution: If you listen to the lyrics of this song, you will definitely get furious at your ex, and proceed to workout even harder out of spite.
7) “Miracle Mile” – Cold War Kids
Cold War Kids KNOWS you can run that miracle mile. Again. And again. AND again. This is my favorite song to listen to mid-workout. Not only is the friendly reminder to “come up for air” much appreciated, but it’s just upbeat enough to make me forget that there’s sweat in my eyeballs and push me just one more miracle mile further.
6) “King Kunta” – Kendrick Lamar
If you’ve never worked out to funky jams, you’re missing out. This masterfully produced song marries hip hop vocals with a great funk bassline. If that’s not enough to entertain you, Lamar’s narrative about going from “a peasant, to a prince, to a motherf***in king” offers the inspiration we all need to get through another rep of squats. Because, deep down, we all want to squat like kings.
5) “Cough Cough” – Everything Everything
I’ve lost count of how many drops are in this song. All I know is that each one will give you another spurt of adrenaline. This song off the album “Arc” alternates between intense drumming and intense synth, and builds up over and over again. The harmonized vocals only add to the feeling that you have your own team of musical cheerleaders.
4) “That Did It feat. Tink” – Sleigh Bells
I want Tink and Sleigh Bells to get married. This is a dynamic duo if I’ve ever seen one. The mix of Sleigh Bells’ harsher electronic sound and guitar line with Tink’s unbelievable rapping and beautiful voice just can’t be beat. I have no idea what she’s saying most of the time, but I definitely agree with it. And the few lines I am able to make out blow me away. Remember, “the future isn’t bright, it’s blinding.”
3) “What Kind Of Man” – Florence + The Machine
THANK YOU, Florence, for bringing back the electric guitar. The harp thing was getting pretty old. This is reminiscent of some of their earlier stuff (think “Kiss With a Fist”), but comes off of their new acclaimed album, “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.” The vocals. The kick drum. The guitar. There’s nothing to complain about here. This song will get your heart pumping for that home stretch (literally. Remember to stretch when you get home.)
2) “The Trouble With Us” – Marcus Marr, Chet Faker
The funk returns. Another amazing collaboration. Chet Faker can do no wrong when it comes to production (that man knows how to make noise that people enjoy), and Marcus Marr’s voice is a perfect fit for this. The bassline will just make you happy (similar to the Sienfeld theme, but on steroids). This song is definitely your reward for making it through your workout.
1) “Digital Witness” – St. Vincent
Nowadays, we don’t get enough music with good horns, but there’s some amazing brass in this song. This social commentary on the digital age will get you thinking about the perils of mass media during your cool-down. There’s no reason you shouldn’t exercise your brain, too.