BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST
“Bruno Mars” Ride (50 Minutes)
Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!
There have been so many tunes running through my head lately and I have been remiss in creating a new playlist over the last couple of weeks. My bad habit of procrastination rears its ugly head when I can’t seem to find the “just right” song to start or finish the ride. Then one of my students recently asked “why aren’t you playing more Bruno Mars in your classes?”
With that suggestion I moved on through to create a playlist with a mixture of old and new tunes that I hope will serve your workout needs. The cool down tune was my mother’s idea and I think it makes the whole ride really special.
Let me know what you think of it and remember—I need song suggestions, always. So be sure to post them in the comments below!
- Locked Out of Heaven: Bruno Mars
In my opinion Locked Out of Heaven is the best song on Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox album and it has a fantastic steady beat to start the workout in a bouncy, fun mood.
- Out of My League: Fitz & the Tantrums
This is one of those “every eventually starts bopping their heads” tunes that always makes me smile when I see the effect it has on the room. Also—it sounds amazing on a good stereo out loud so go for it!
- Let it Whip: Dazz Band
If you really want some early 80s funk mixed in with some perfect roller boogie swagger than you have to try this one out in your ride. (I had to include an American Bandstand video just for nostalgia’s sake!)
- Boys Wanna Be Her: Peaches
Peaches is a kick butt singer and songwriter that I first learned about on The Henry Rollins Show and it has been my mission to get as many of my students to learn about her as a I possibly can. Enjoy!
- Apparitions: Matthew Good Band
Climbing and strength segments are a big part of most of my cycling classes because even though it is a cardio workout—your leg muscles can get some great definition if you add resistance. This song is slow and deliberate but has a great “build” to it so that at the end—everyone is working at their highest level.
- Everlong: Foo Fighters
This song was David Letterman’s favorite by the Foos and he had so much clout that the band played it on one of his last shows. It also totally rules and I can listen to it every day.
- Hypnotize: The Notorious B.I.G.
Let me make this clear—if you wish to play this out loud in one of your classes please be sure to use the “clean version. Trust me on that (holler back from Brooklyn!)
- Somebody Told Me: The Killers
When I ready to work in some sprints into the mix this tune from The Killers moves at a quick place and will get the heart rate up.
- South Side: Moby
What is better than Gwen Stefani and Moby collaborating on a song? Nothing, I say! South Side has a languid, dreamy quality with a killer guitar riff tearing through it.
- Creep: TLC
One thing that drives me crazy about playing this out loud in class is that it is recorded so low that I have to blast the volume to get it to sound correctly in the room. Otherwise to me it is damn near perfect though Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes hated the message it conveyed to young women. (She isn’t wrong, by the way) However, I love it because the beat is so catchy and powerful!
- I Heard I Had: Dear Rouge
If you are looking for a dance/electronic tune to play in your class that has not been played everywhere—try this one from this Indie Canadian band. (LOVE IT!)
- Doin’ Time: Sublime
Just did some research and learned that Doin’ Time is almost 20 years old (released in 1997) which makes me feel completely ancient.
- Drive: The Cars
The cool down song is brought to you at the suggestion of my mom which makes me happy. :
That’s it for me this time. Now go out there get your workout in!
Until next time…
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Some oldies but goodies there! My playlist needs an overhaul for sure.
Ahhh some of those 90s hits are SO good! Takes me back to high school, haha. Especially TLC. Great round up of jams!
GREAT list! totally forgot about Southside!! Outstanding by Gap Band is also an amazing old school song! We just did a Friday Five linkup of workout songs – check it out for some ideas!!
Outstanding is a fun song! Love the Gap Band.
Bringing some oldies back! I love it!
fun list! I <3 Burno Mars!
How did I not know Gwen was in on that Moby song? I’ve only heard it 100’s of times. Love me some Fitz!
Oh goodness. Matthew Good Band takes me back to high school. Crazy.
I had a feeling you would like that song! 🙂
Great song choices! I’m always looking to spice up my running playlist.
Fun playlist. I do love that Bruno Mars song, it may be one of my favorites.
I love the mix of oldies and new stuff. That’s exactly how my playlist is as well.
I love The Killers and I love Bruno Mars. Great playlist with lots of awesome stuff!
Ohhh, some great songs here. Some new and some old, love that combo! Love that Bruno Mars song!
I’m so pathetic – the only song of those that I knew was Drive. Love that song!
I love that song too!
I haven’t listened to Gwen Stefani in forever. Great songs.
aw man. singing creep w/my gals = takes me back!
What fun songs! Now I want to dance! L:)
Solid playlist ! Just downloaded every song and going for a run tomorrow with these tunes blasting. To add to this 90s collection, may I suggest moon boots, got somebody ?
Thank you for the suggestions Kate!
Loving some of those throwbacks! Totally forgot about Mobi lol
Plus One to “Somebody told me”. Great Playlist. Downloaded all 🙂