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Brooklyn Fit Chick’s Top 7 Workout Songs of 2016 19

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“The Top 7 Workout Songs of 2016”

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

2016 will soon be leaving us and may I just say on behalf of Prince, Davis Bowie, Alan Rickman and Carrie Fisher fans everywhere—don’t let the door hit you on the a** on the way out! (Sheesh—you sucked butt horrible year!)

So, I want to finish the playlist for the year on a happy note and pick my “Top 7 Workout Songs of 2016.” These tunes came out in the past year and made an appearance at one time or another on my playlists. Each is special to me for their tunefulness and ability to motivate my students.

I hope you like the selections listed here and maybe one or two may wind up on your iPod soon?

Let me know what you think in the comments below. Also—be sure to leave a few of your favorite workout song suggestions as well!

The Brooklyn Fit Chick “Top 7 Workout Songs of 2016”

  • 24 K Magic: Bruno Mars

This song was sort of a “slow burn” for me. Wasn’t too crazy about it at first but then it just got under my skin and now I need to hear it every day. Bruno knows how to write a hook!

 

  • Tearing Me Up: Bob Moses

Bob Moses has a dreaming kind of style to his voice and this tune has a great steady beat that gains in energy as it grooves along. This is one of those songs my students ask the most about after class.

 

  • This Is What You Came For: Calvin Harris/Rihanna

I really love opening the class with this collaboration from Calvin Harris & Rihanna as it does that thing I love most—it builds in energy as it moves along. Try NOT to sing along to it—the beat is irresistible!

 

  • Welcome to Your Life: Grouplove

If there is anything that has left me in a positive mood, it’s this single by Grouplove that feels both majestic and hopeful for the future. (Warning if you use it for your classes—the chorus is LOUD!)

 

  • Wish I Knew You: The Revivalists

This New Orleans band is new to me and this tune is my introduction to their sound. Me likey!

 

  • Got Your Number: Serena Ryder

Serena is a Canadian chanteuse who writes fun, catchy pop songs. I like to call this the “perfect second song to a playlist” as it helps to up the energy level.

 

  • Hymn for the Weekend: Coldplay & Beyoncé

I love the combination of Chris Martin’s piano with Beyoncé’s lovely voice which builds in energy and excitement as they song along together. One of my favorites of the last year!

 

That’s it for me this time. See you all in 2017! (Stay safe this holiday weekend!)

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist with @Beyonce @OneRepublic #Coldplay and more! 14

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Counting Stars (2016)” Playlist (50 Minute-Ride)

Turns out they know each other!

Turns out they know each other!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I quickly threw together a playlist over the weekend and guess what? I managed to NOT include Avicii in one this time! (I will give you a moment to recover from the shock.)

Instead, I went back to a OneRepublic (their spelling, not mine) song that I love and did my usual “mix the old with the new” and see if magic can happen.  (The initial reviews are looking good so far!)

Let me know what you think and please leave some song suggestions in the comments below or on Twitter @BrooklynFitChik.

Oh! And just wanted to remind you I am co-host of the brand new  Fit Bottomed Girls podcast so come check us out! http://fitbottomedgirls.com/podcast/

Now let’s get to gettin’!

  • Counting Stars: OneRepublic

This song is a uniter not a divider because it makes the whole room happy when they hear it. Perfect for the warmup portion and gets things off to an energetic start.

 

  • Got Your Number: Serena Ryder

Canadian chanteuse Serena Ryder writes these kick-ass songs that are strong and bold. I really love to play this one as a “second song’ as it builds on the energy of the warmup.

 

  • Can’t Hold Us: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

This is the Macklemore I love—loud and brash without any sentimentality going on.

 

  • Promiscuous: Nelly Furtado & Timbaland

Some of my favorite jams comes from Timothy of Timbaland,

 

  • Waterfalls: TLC

I can’t think of any human being who doesn’t absolutely LOVE this song when I play it. I love using it for slow climbs in my spin classes.

 

  • Lust for Life: Iggy Pop

For this song I ask the students to perform some running out of the saddle drills but with some punk rock attitude. (Most attempt which is so adorable.)

 

  • Houdini: Foster the People

This is the most fun and bounciest tune in the whole ride. (LOVE it!)

 

  • Only: Nine Inch Nails

My inner 90s rock chick needs to hear some Trent Reznor from time to time and this song fits the bill. (Warning—there is a clean and an explicit version of this one!)

 

  • Hymn for the Weekend: Coldply (with Beyonce!)

I thought their paring at the last Superbowl was a fluke. Turns out Bey recorded with the boys of Coldplay a while ago. Who knew?

 

  • Starships: Nicki Minaj

Once again—a clean and explicit version exists here!

 

  • Tearing Me Up: Bob Moses

This is my new favorite, sexy slow jam and I am turning many of my students into Bob Moses fans. (You’re welcome, society at large!)

 

  • I Feel Love: Blue Man Group

We finish with a faster pace song before the cool down and people seem to dig this version of the Donna Summer classic.

 

  • Wildflowers: Tom Petty

The world is better because Tom is in it and let’s just all form a prayer circle around him so we do not lose another amazing musician this year!

 

That’s it for me this time. What are your new favorite tunes you think I should check out?

 

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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New Playlist Time! With Katy Perry, Serena Ryder, Lorde, The Lumineers and More. #Playlist 8

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“What I Wouldn’t Do for You” (50-minute Ride)

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Hey there! Hi there! How there!

I am officially off vacation mode and back to doing what I love to do—write for you lovely people! So today I bring to you my latest playlist which features some new music (and artists) mixed up with some of my favorite rock tunes to get you through your next workout. Let me know what you think of them!

 

  • What I Wouldn’t Do: Serena Ryder

Serena is a Canadian artist who is just starting to catch on here with her hit Stompa. This is her next single which I think makes for a perfect warm-up song.

 

  • Out of My League: Fitz & the Tantrums

I like this fun & quirky beat.

  • Recovery: Frank Turner

With a name like Frank Turner you think he would be a Chicago bluesman but this Frank Turner is an English folk/punk dude who knows how to write a catchy tune.

 

  • Stubborn Love: The Lumineers

This is one of those songs I am not sure if I love it because I hear it everywhere or if it because I think it is good—but I love it.

 

  • Tonight, Tonight: The Smashing Pumpkins

Not to date myself but I could drive all day to this song back in the 90s.

 

  • Synchronicity II : The Police

I am a HUGE Police fan and always loved this song & video but I can’t get the original video on You Tube dammit! Try this clip out instead which I pray to god includes a political ad that features Miss Bunny in it. It made my day!

 

  • Royals: Lorde

Check out this super cool video and know that this singer/songwriter is just 16 years-old! Some people complain about her being played on Alternative radio but I tell them to go to hell. Lorde rules!

 

  • All My Life: Foo Fighters

I love my Foos when the energy needs to go through the roof.

 

  • Steady As She Goes: The Raconteurs

This is for my friend Jennifer who is IN LOVE with Jack White.

 

  • Blurry: Puddle of Mudd

Ignore the fact that the singer Wes Scantlin has his issues and enjoy this old grunge one-hit wonder (Is there any more of an ignominious fate than that?)

 

  • Roar: Katy Perry

Here is the official video which I love almost as much as this song. I am not being snarky here. I LERVE this so much. But one criticism–she kind of looks like an overly glam Alanis Morissette here, no?
 

 

  • You’ve Got Time: Regina Spektor

Have you seen/read Orange is the New Black yet? No? Well get on it dammit!

 

  • Timeless: The Airborne Toxic Event

This is the song I think should be played at graduations everywhere.

 

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

 

Until next time…

 

Ox Ox,

Brooklyn Fit Chick

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist “Feelin’ Alright” with Fave Radio Stations the @Shazam App 7

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S WORKOUT PLAYLIST

“Feelin’ Alright” Playlist (50-minute Ride)
The online radio I listen to every day plus the super-groovy music app Shazam.

Sarah and Tennessee

(A picture of my cats “Feelin’ Alright” because they are too damn cute not to show off to the world!)

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

It’s been a while since I put up a playlist so I today I present one that I think will rock your socks off. (Or just give you some ideas for tunes to add to your MP3 player.)

Students have commented on my “eclectic” song selections which I take as a supreme compliment. The fact is I plan put together all of my classes carefully so that music swings, wails, bounces, grooves and more. Every single song must work with the others in sound, pace, mood, male vs. female voice and more.

In fact, my playlists are so unpredictable that people try to guess how old I am (not saying) and where I am from. Some of the things I have heard from my students:
• “You have GOT to be from Boston to know that band!” (I’m not.)
• “Are you from Detroit?” (Nope.)
• “Did you really see Nirvana in concert? (Yes.)

But my favorite was the time a dude who looked like a typical 20-something Brooklyn hipster (complete with handlebar mustache) whisper to me slyly “Please tell me you are a Canadian, too!” (Sorry—born and raised in the U.S.)

As a consultant I work a great deal from home and like to have music keep me company. Unfortunately most stations in the New York City region suck BIG TIME so I usually listen online (when Time Warner is not screwing with my Internet) to get any good, new and interesting music.

I wanted to give a “shout out” to a few of my favorites today:
• 107.1 “The Peak” Nyack, NY: http://www.1071thepeak.com/  I get up every morning and put them on first thing as I apply my makeup. Great selection of adult alternative rock and Caroline Corley is my favorite radio personality out there right now. (Hey Caroline—Gordon Downie is MY boyfriend!)

“Alice at 97.3” San Francisco, CA: http://radioalice.cbslocal.com/ Midday here I listen to “Sarah & Vinnie” live from the West Coast to get my daily dose of celebrity gossip plus they play all of the popular (and current) songs people seem to like. Normally I hate “hit” music but occasionally they play something that makes me really happy. I have to know what the kids like amIright?

104.5 KFOG San Francisco, CA: http://www.kfog.com/ They used to be my favorite station in the world but the morning show has been busted up so I just check in from time to time. I would say it is also adult alternative rock station as well but a bit on the mellower side.

“The Edge” Toronto, Ontario: http://www.edge.ca/ I have a strong, passionate and innate love for Canada (as well as most Canadians) plus head-banging “alternative rock” music and this station is my secret fix. I am convinced no women listen to them but I still just love The Edge to death. Fearless Fred in the afternoons is my main guy.

WXRT-FM Chicago, IL: http://wxrt.cbslocal.com/ Not to oversell it but this is now my favorite station in the whole wide world and when their internet stream doesn’t work I want to bawl my eyes out. They play everything from The Who to Fiona Apple to Paul Simon to Feist to Led Zeppelin. If you do nothing else—check them out today and let me know what you think. (DJ Frank E. Lee rules my word by the way!)

Please feel free in the comments to send me links to your favorite stations. I am always on the lookout for good music!

When I do find songs that I like, I reach for my iPhone and Shazam the hell out of it. This app can identify songs and artists by some sort of magic system and I would be lost without them. I seriously do not know how it works but if you want to learn more about the Shazam app (there is a free & a paid version) check them out here :http://www.shazam.com/

I was contacted by Shazam and they offered me the following quote which I think works well with my ride today. (I am getting to the playlist—be patient!)
“We all have a soundtrack to our lives – music to drive to, read or study to, and, of course, work out to. In fact, studies have shown that music can really help your motivation when you’re exercising, helping you train faster or longer. ”

Will Mills, Director of Music and Content

Go and check out Shazam’s Blog if you want ideas for more songs. They are NOT paying me to talk about them. It’s an app I have happily paid for and just wanted to pass along for your information.

And now—on to today’s playlist!

Feelin’ Alright: Joe Cocker
I love every single thing about this song and think it has such a wonderful build in energy that is really makes for the perfect warm up tune. (Though sometimes I picture John Belushi doing an imitation of him and it makes me giggle.)

Everybody Talks: Neon Trees
This is the fastest damn song I have heard in a while and people seem to love it.

Just Like a Pill: Pink
This is one of those songs I learned from “Alice 97.3” that has been around for ages but did not fly in my radar before. (I think I have a crush on Pink now. She is so damn cool!)

Who Loves You: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
If you get a chance to see “Jersey Boys” do so. It will have you obsessed with Frankie Valli music.

• Zombie: The Cranberries
God, I just love this song to death and it is perfect for a long climb.

…Baby One More Time: Britney Spears
The one and only song from her I really care about.

She: Green Day
Excellent, fast-paced tune to get people in the mood to move fast.

Gold Guns Girls: Metric
One of my favorite bands that I am dying to see live (please come back to New York!)

No Light, No Light: Florence & the Machine
When I put this on I blare the living hell out of it. Florence RULES. Period.

Icky Thump: The White Stripes
For some reason Jack White has been occupying my thoughts. Hmmm….

Time to Pretend: MGMT
Another “perfect climb” song that gets everyone in the mood to add more gear and work harder.

Stompa: Serena Ryder
A new favorite tune that came into my world through The Edge in Toronto.

Unknown Legend: Neil Young
The “Grandfather of Grunge” writes some of the most beautiful songs in the world and this one is one of my favorites.

So what do you think of my list? Do you have any suggestions? Please feel free to send me your suggestions!

Until next time…

Ox Ox,
Brooklyn Fit Chick
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