Brooklyn Fit Chick “I Lived” 50-Minute Workout Playlist


“I Lived” (50-Minute Ride)

U2 photographed by John Wright

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Today’s playlist is a mixture of old & new songs as well as different musical genres. Back when I was first teaching classes it was my obsession to have a theme for each ride and every song had to blended seamlessly from one to the next. I had “Prince Vs Michael Jackson,” “Love Stinks,” “90s Only,” “Stadium Rock” and (wince) “Boy vs Girl” bands playlists put together that took hours to assemble.

Here is the thing with theme rides—if any of the students don’t like the theme it becomes the worst hour of their life. So now I make sure to “play the whole room.” meaning if the students are generally into hip hop, get some hip hop in there. If they like pop more than classic rock do NOT play The Eagles. If they prefer hard rock do not force Katy Perry on them.

Seems simple but it took a while for stubborn me to listen to different kinds of music including (gulp) pop which I thought I was too cool for in the past. (Turns out I am probably the biggest P!nk fan alive!)

Today, I am open to play just about anything which has made my playlist selection so much more enjoyable for both me and for my students.

Whatever you do to prepare for your classes—remember the room. Always play to the room and you will be sure to enjoy every session.

Enough of my yakking—here is my newest playlist that got me some major “thumbs up” the last few days I have used it. You’re welcome!

  • I Lived (Party Remix): OneRepublic

I know nothing about OneRepublic (well, except for the fact my friend Missy saw them live and said they were excellent) but their songs are becoming a favorite for me to play in class. This remix version has a fun “entering a stadium” feel to it.


  • Shut Up and Dance: WALK THE MOON (their name is in ALL CAPS for some reason)

This song just cracks me up because it sounds like it could be on the soundtrack for any 80s comedy film ever filmed. I mean this in a good way, by the way.


  • Pon de Peplay: Rhianna

Rumor has it Rhi Rhi is dating Leonardo DiCaprio and is making him work out until he gets a six-pack. I love her for this.


  • Lust for Life: Iggy Pop

Just about everyone in the world knows this song but do you know the story behind it? If you can stand some adult themes and cursing listen to this podcast from This American Life. It will change your life!


  • On the Road Again: Canned Heat

Get the long version of this song (about five minutes) and you take it for a climb. Great 60s groove happening here.


  • Supermassive Black Hole: Muse

The next band I hear that I MUST SEE LIVE is Muse so it is on my musical bucket list.


  • It’s Time: Imagine Dragons

Even my friends who are not into rock music like this band and enjoy this song in particular.


  • Lose Control (featuring Ciara & Fa Man S.): Missy Elliott

In my opinion the Super Bowl halftime show was all about Missy Elliott. She rocked it big time!


  • The Pit: Silversun Pickups

I love this song  for doing some hard core sprints and because it is over four minutes long, you will feel like you really feel the burn.


  • Can You Read My Mind: The Killers

The Killers really know how to write good hooks and this song always motivates my students to work harder.


  • Bohemian Like You: The Dandy Warhols

If you are in the mood to watch an excellent documentary about rock bands going on a tour check out The Dandy Warhols in Dig.


  • Every Breaking Wave: U2

The boys of U2 are busy getting ready for a new world tour and Bono is working on recovering from a bike accident. Hoping I get to see them live and play this tune when they head to NYC!

That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs and radio stations. I am always looking for good tunes.

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  • Posted February 10, 2015
    by Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    This is quite the mix! Looking forward to listening to all these 🙂

  • Posted February 10, 2015
    by Elle

    Canned Heat. AWESOME! It’s been years… brings back wonderful memories for sure.

    • Posted February 10, 2015
      by brooklynfitchick

      Did you see the documentary about Canned Heat Elle? I will find out the name for you but it is awesome. I became obsessed with them after seeing it.

  • Posted February 10, 2015
    by heather @ divas run for bling

    You have the best taste in music Margo. I will be adding some of these to my next playlist 🙂

  • Posted February 10, 2015
    by Kate @KateMovingForward

    I’m the worst about keeping up with new music. Thanks for sharing this list!

  • Posted February 10, 2015
    by Kathryn @ Dancing to Running

    I love how diverse your playlist is. My playlists are just about as diverse, which definitely helps to keep things interesting while I’m working out.

  • Posted February 10, 2015
    by Missy

    Good choices: The Killers; Muse.

    • Posted February 11, 2015
      by brooklynfitchick

      Thank you Missy. Did you see my mention of you? 🙂

  • Posted February 10, 2015
    by Cassi

    Quite a musical variety! There are several I haven’t heard of.

  • Posted February 10, 2015
    by Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club

    This is a pretty hot playlist. I used to work out to Lose Control. Glad to see Missy Elliot make a little comeback. That music is the jam!

  • Posted February 11, 2015
    by Rachel

    Love the variety! Thanks for sharing.

  • Posted February 11, 2015
    by RFC

    Great playlist! I haven’t taught any classes over the last year, but I used to stress SO MUCH over the playlist! It is so hard to please everyone!

  • Posted February 11, 2015
    by Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    Awesome playlist! I am kind of obsessed with shut up and dance right now. I used to spend hours on this stuff when I taught spin now I am just enjoying being a student. Thanks for sharing! Really enjoying following your blog!

    • Posted February 11, 2015
      by brooklynfitchick

      Thank you so much Deborah! I stress about it every time I put one together!

  • Posted February 11, 2015
    by Deb E

    Quite the list and I will enjoy bopping to them! Thanks for the list.

  • Posted February 11, 2015
    by Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    What a great mix. A lot of these are new for me, so will definitely be checking them out! I’m always on the hunt for new music to keep me moving! Thanks!

  • Posted February 11, 2015
    by AJ @ NutriFitMama

    Nice list! I love seeing what other people’s playlists are like and getting fresh ideas!

  • Posted February 15, 2015
    by GiGi Eats

    I love Imagine Dragons! I never even knew who they were but I know that song! ha ha!

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