Bruno Mars Ride with Foos, Fitz, B.I.G, TLC, and More


“Bruno Mars” Ride (50 Minutes)

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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…

Ox Ox,


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  • Posted September 21, 2015
    by Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    Some oldies but goodies there! My playlist needs an overhaul for sure.

  • Posted September 21, 2015
    by Bri

    Ahhh some of those 90s hits are SO good! Takes me back to high school, haha. Especially TLC. Great round up of jams!

  • Posted September 21, 2015
    by Mar @ Mar on the Run

    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!!

  • Posted September 21, 2015
    by Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    Bringing some oldies back! I love it!

  • Posted September 21, 2015
    by Carmy

    fun list! I <3 Burno Mars!

  • Posted September 21, 2015
    by Marcia

    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!

  • Posted September 21, 2015
    by Ange @ Cowgirl Runs

    Oh goodness. Matthew Good Band takes me back to high school. Crazy.

  • Posted September 21, 2015
    by Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Great song choices! I’m always looking to spice up my running playlist.

  • Posted September 21, 2015
    by Becki S

    Fun playlist. I do love that Bruno Mars song, it may be one of my favorites.

  • Posted September 21, 2015
    by Kathryn @ Dancing to Running

    I love the mix of oldies and new stuff. That’s exactly how my playlist is as well.

  • Posted September 21, 2015
    by Jenn

    Great stuff!

    I love The Killers and I love Bruno Mars. Great playlist with lots of awesome stuff!

  • Posted September 21, 2015
    by Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    Ohhh, some great songs here. Some new and some old, love that combo! Love that Bruno Mars song!

  • Posted September 21, 2015
    by MCM Mama Runs

    I’m so pathetic – the only song of those that I knew was Drive. Love that song!

  • Posted September 22, 2015
    by jill conyers

    I haven’t listened to Gwen Stefani in forever. Great songs.

  • Posted September 22, 2015
    by courtney

    aw man. singing creep w/my gals = takes me back!

  • Posted September 22, 2015
    by Rachel

    What fun songs! Now I want to dance! L:)

  • Posted September 22, 2015
    by Kate Chan

    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 ?

  • Posted September 23, 2015
    by Patty @ Reach Your Peak

    Loving some of those throwbacks! Totally forgot about Mobi lol

  • Posted October 10, 2015
    by Alex @ The Life Square

    Plus One to “Somebody told me”. Great Playlist. Downloaded all 🙂

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