BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S “Best of 2013”
Top 14 Workout Songs from 2013
(Plus, A Few Stinkers…)
Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!
It’s end of the year time and I am ready to look back on the “Best of’ 2013″ and the songs I most frequently played in my classes (I teach spin, core training and boot camp by the way.) Enjoy!
Also included a few tunes that I just could not get on board with this year at ALL. Let me know what you think!
- Unbelievers: Vampire Weekend
This is one of those songs that always made me smile when it came on the radio. They are also from Brooklyn which is pretty damn cool!
- Come & Get It: Selena Gomez
This has everything that would normally drive me crazy in a dance song (cheesy lyrics, weird “voice” work, droning beats) but dammit I just love it to death. Come & Get It brings out the giddy 15 year-old in me and I proudly put it on my “Best of” list.
- Came Back Haunted: Nine Inch Nails
So happy these guys are back and this particular song is so freakin’ motivating when you want to work harder and sprint faster. Get it now!
- Supersoaker: Kings of Leon
I love this band because they know how to write hard-driving songs without being too “heavy” or dark. This is one of those tunes that will help you keep a steady pace.
- Recovery: Frank Turner
Frank Turner has a fun, sexy British accent that he uses well in this happy, boppy song.
- If So: Atlas Genius
If you are not familiar with Atlas Genius—they are an Australian pop rock band and they write some catchy tunes and this chipper number had me from the first note.
- Out of My League: Fitz & the Tantrums
Fitz & the Tantrums have recorded some of the most fun and bounciest songs I have ever heard in my life and this one in particular gave me the “happies.”
- Royals: Lorde
I know some people are having Royals fatigue but I will never forget the first time I heard this song and how much it just caught my attention.
- Roar: Katy Perry
This is NOT my favorite video (cheesy McCheese, geez Louise!) However, listening to Roar always makes me want to be a teenager again so I can dance around my bedroom and sing along to this anthem.
- Timeless: The Airborne Toxic Event
Sure it is a tad overwrought and earnest but so the hell what? It’s a great song and perfect for either a steady climb or a cool down.
- Get Lucky: Daft Punk (Featuring Pharrell Williams)
Six minutes of mindless fun and a beat that is just so damn catchy. (Wish they were not being so rude to my imaginary boyfriend Stephen Colbert.)
- Feeling Good: The Sheepdogs
I included this one from The Sheepdogs in three different playlists this year because I lerve it so darn much. Go Canada!
- My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark: Fall Out Boy
I never thought I would see the day this band appeared on my iPod but this song kicks butt!
- Thrift Shop: Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis
The version full of cursing makes my heart soar. Love you Mackelmore!
And now my picks for the “4 Stinkers of 2013″
- Blurred Lines: Robin Thicke
Okay—yes, the song is insanely catchy and I did include it for one of my playlists this past year. However, after listening to Robin Thicke being interviewed on The Howard Stern Show I realize this guy is a total sexist dunce and he does not deserve a second of my time. (And Blurred Lines sounds like a Marvin Gaye rip-off!)
- Applause: Lady Gaga
I happen to love Lady Gaga and will defend her to anyone who dares to speak in a negative way about her. (So what if she is pretentious? The woman is a gifted, national treasure!) However, this song just did nothing for me. Blah, boring, snooze. (Sorry Gaga! The rest of the album is fantastic!)
- Work B***H: Britney Spears
The b-word has been abused way too often in music lately (honestly, sometimes I would rather hear the c-word instead!) I reject this lame offering from Britney Jean not only for that but also for the horrible monotonous beat that made me want to punch a kitten. (And I am a crazy cat lady!)
- Bound 2: Kanye West
Oof—this one is just indefensible. (But the “alternate” version is a gift from the comedy gods.)
That’s all I have for now. Let me know your best/worst for 2013. Also, what music are you looking forward to in 2014? Bring it!
Until next time…
Brooklyn Fit Chick
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