Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: 50-Minute Intervals with Matthew Sweet, Gaga, Taylor Swift & More


“Girlfriend” Ride (50 Minutes)

Matthew Sweet

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Today’s playlist was inspired after I heard Matthew Sweet’s Girlfriend on the radio last week and my brain went “ahhhh” from happiness. I decided it would be the perfect warm-up song and created a 50-minute interval ride for indoor cycling that will work for any of your cardio needs. Hope you like it!

Let me know what you think of it and remember—I need song suggestions, always.

  • Girlfriend: Matthew Sweet

From the opening guitar riff right through all of the cool drum fills-this song seriously kicks butt and makes me want to work harder. Love, love, love, deeply love this song.


  • Pump It: The Black Eyed Peas

For all of you Pulp Fiction fans—the music “bed” here is Dick Dale’s Misirlou which gives it a retro cool kind of sound.


  • Can’t Hold Us: Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis

I love the consistent beat here and it always gets the class powered up to take it up a notch. (The video is a little strange but I kind of like it anyway.)


  • A Sky Full of Stars: Coldplay

The music and orchestration here are so lush and wonderful that I had to find out who produced it. Guess what? It’s co-produced by my favorite Swedish DJ Avicii!


  • Fly: Sugar Ray featuring Super Cat

It is basically impossible to NOT sing along to this tune from Sugar Ray which always reminds me of summer. Plus, I really do just want to fly.


  • Gold Guns Girls: Metric

Being the American superfan of this band brings a tremendous responsibility on my part where I must include them as often as possible in my playlists. You’re welcome!


  • Safe and Sound: Capital Cities

I like my bouncy fun dance pop tunes and this one fits the bill nicely.


  • Americano: Lady Gaga

Where did Lady Gaga go? I mean that seriously because I am happiest when she records pop tunes like this that have an edge.  Gaga, please come back when you are done touring with Tony Bennett!

(Also–can someone please find me the original video which included a cameo by Norman Reedus? Thanks!)


  • Style: Taylor Swift

This is my new favorite song and represents the first time Taylor Swift has been included in one of my playlists. Hello Taylor!


  • Hella Good No Doubt

I have an image from my friend’s wedding over ten years ago where they played this song at her reception and her grandparents boogied to Hella Good. (So much fun and the bass here is excellent!)


  • Shut Up and Dance: Walk the Moon

Every time I hear this song it reminds me so much of the kind of songs that would appear on 80s movie soundtracks. That’s meant to be a compliment.


  • Stars: Moby

This song is great for climbing or using the incline on the treadmill. Plus it features tons of stars including Corey Feldman whom Margo P. and talk about on our podcast here at this iTunes link.


  • Unknown Legend: Neil Young


This is my favorite song off of Neil Young’s Harvest Moon album and features background vocals (on the original album) from Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor and Nicolette Larson so it generally just rules.

That’s it for me this time. Now go out there get your workout mojo on!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,


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  • Posted July 27, 2015
    by Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    You’ve got a great selection here. A few new ones to me. I’m so out of touch with new music though, I tend to only listen to something when I’m on the treadmill but these days I’ve just been watching Netflix.

    • Posted July 27, 2015
      by brooklynfitchick

      I can’t watch Netflix and workout. I won’t work as hard!

  • Posted July 27, 2015
    by Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    What a fun playlist! I love Matthew Sweet. The way he sings such fun pop hooks…and then I saw what he looked like…sigh. Call me superficial…I still love his music tho. Great choices here! I’m looking for new tunes for marathon training. I put a fun one at the end of my blog post.

  • Posted July 27, 2015
    by Ivanna

    Thanks for this playlist, I must admit I don’t switch mine up very often, this is helpful.

    • Posted July 27, 2015
      by brooklynfitchick

      I have to really work on switching it up. I have about 20 decent playlists now but they can get stale after a while.

  • Posted July 27, 2015
    by Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    I don’t think I had heard that Matthew Sweet song yet. I am obsessed with shut up and dance. Hope some of their other music will be good.

    • Posted July 27, 2015
      by brooklynfitchick

      I love that “Shut Up and Dance Song!” It makes me happy.

  • Posted July 27, 2015
    by Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs

    I really appreciate reading other people’s playlists. It keeps me in tune with what’s going on with music (plus brings back some memories!).

  • Posted July 27, 2015
    by MCM Mama Runs

    I’m totally addicted to Shut Up and Dance – we listened to it a million times at Ragnar Cape Cod. I really need to add it to my playlist!

  • Posted July 27, 2015
    by Carmy

    Love the mix of older songs with new ones. BEP is an oldie but a goodie!

  • Posted July 27, 2015
    by Coach Henness

    Fun songs AND music videos – totally pumpin. In fact I don’t think I’ve seen a lot of these music videos so that was an experience for sure. Haha!

    • Posted July 27, 2015
      by brooklynfitchick

      Ha ha! I only see videos now when I put them together. 🙂

  • Posted July 27, 2015
    by Kerri Olkjer

    What a great mix! What?! First time with Tay Tay? Shh, I’m a closet Taylor Swift fan. Don’t. Tell. Shake It Off…

    • Posted July 27, 2015
      by brooklynfitchick

      ha ha! I am new to the wonders of Tay Tay’s music. Me likey!

  • Posted July 27, 2015
    by Marcia

    Lots of good picks here! I’ll never tire of Capitol Cities, much to my kids’ chagrin.

  • Posted July 27, 2015
    by Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club

    Actually several of these songs were in my past playlist. Macklemore’s beat had me running PRs.

  • Posted July 27, 2015
    by Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    Always love your playlists. Thanks for another great one!

  • Posted July 28, 2015
    by jill conyers

    Great selection! I haven’t listened to Black Eyed Peas in forever.

  • Posted July 28, 2015
    by Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC

    Fun list. A lot of throwbacks, too!!

  • Posted July 28, 2015
    by GinaB @ Mirror Watching

    I love this playlist. I love it mostly because it is not just a wall of consistent sound. There valleys and climaxes that is great. I’ll definitely check out some more of your playlists. I saw some Lauren Hill in there!

    • Posted July 28, 2015
      by brooklynfitchick

      I like to mix it up a bit. Makes it more fun for everyone.

  • Posted July 28, 2015
    by Artney @ My Pretty Brown

    What an awesome playlist! I have my Spotify open right now adding to my lists. I had a few already. Thanks for sharing!

  • Posted July 28, 2015
    by Kate @KateMovingForward

    Great list! Shut Up and Dance is one of my favorites! You just can’t NOT move when that song comes on!

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