Brooklyn Fit Chick: “This is What We Came For” 50-Minute Ride


“This is What We Came For” Playlist (50 Minute-Ride)


Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Sorry for the delay everyone. I did not realize how much time has gone by but between work (two jobs,) turning my hobbies into paying gigs (two podcasts) and travel– I have been terrible about keeping up my playlists. When I began teaching I would make the point to create a new one each week. Over time it has turned into maybe once per month that I can curate a new set of tunes that I feel good about.

One of my big lessons in teaching fitness is that quality trumps novelty anytime. Sure some people can churn out new and different with an almost alarming frequency but are they creating anything good? If the  list is contains only 20% good tunes—then who cares if it is all new?

Many of my old playlists (I keep them all on file cards like some kind of a spin maniac) embarrass the hell out of me. I am so much more thoughtful now as to what my students want to hear which is a variety of styles. By getting out of my own iPod and looking at other places to gain new music I have learned how amazing Pink, OneRepublic, Maroon 5 and Justin Timberlake really are. That 80s music (no matter how it makes me) is not everyone’s favorite genre. How amazing and inclusive it is to have all kinds of music represented in one hour and that produces happy students.

So today is a collection I have been trotting lately out that has been getting lots of praise. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

  • This is What We Came For: Calvin Harris with Rhianna

Welcome to the Brooklyn Fit Chick playlist Calvin! It only took you shading Taylor Swift on Instagram to get my attention! (Not really—you make great music and I should have included you ages ago.


  • Kid Icarus: Sam Roberts Band

Second songs on my playlist are sometimes the toughest one for me to figure out. They need to gain on the energy from the starter and help set the mood for the workout.  The Sam Roberts Band has lost of great tunes of you are not aware of them. Check them out!


  • Uprising: Muse

This song is a uniter not a divider. Everyone loves banging their heads along to this one!


  • I Don’t Feel Like Dancing: Scissor Sisters

This is my absolute top song for when I am in a bad mood. Elton John co-wrote which adds to its overall awesomeness.


  • No More Drama: Mary J Bloge

Everyone is powerless to this magical power ballad. I have seen straight white boys cheer along to it!


  • Tongue Tied: Group Love

I like the overall “boppiness” of this tune and yes, I did make that word up on the fly. You like?


  • Monkey Wrench: Foo Fighters

It would not be a Brooklyn Fit Chick ride without my beloved Foos.


  • Ride: twenty one pilots

I really enjoy this band but can someone please explain to me why they use all lower case letters in their names? (Coughs) affected (coughs, coughs.)


  • Keep the Car Running: Arcade Fire

This is one of the best songs to sprint to so why is it only 3 ½ minutes? Work on that Arcade Fire peeps!


  • Sexy Back: Justin Timberlake

A blast from the past and cannot believe it took me so damn long to bring it back.


  • Creep: TLC

Supposedly Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez (“Turn on channel 5—she’s burning the house down!”) hated this song as it seems to promote people cheating on one another. Thankfully they talked her into releasing it as it is the dopest jam.


  • Baby, You’re the World to Me: David Gray

Can someone please tell me what happened to David Gray? I miss hearing him on the radio!


  • Simple Man: Lynrd Skynrd

Never have three guitars dueling it out have sounded so down, dirty and amazing.


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


Until next time…

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  • Posted October 17, 2016
    by Debbie

    I’m glad you’re back! I always appreciate your playlists.

  • Posted October 17, 2016
    by Coco

    After my iPhone wiped itself clean I haven’t been able to restore my playlists. These are some great ones to start with.

  • Posted October 17, 2016
    by Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    I like the new Calvin Harris song. I need to update everything getting bored of my music

    • Posted October 17, 2016
      by brooklynfitchick

      I got very stale with my playlists. You have to work to shake things up from time to time.

  • Posted October 17, 2016
    by Jaycie Sullivan

    These are some great ideas! I love the one from Grouplove and they’re currently on my playlist now 😀

  • Posted October 17, 2016
    by Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    Welcome back!! I always love your playlists.

  • Posted October 17, 2016
    by Kimberly Hatting

    Gosh, I’m such an 80’s gal LOL Currently, I’ve been listening to a lot of AC/DC….believe it or not. I totally missed the boat 30 years ago when they were in their prime, but they have a lot of great stuff that’s awesome for running.

    • Posted October 19, 2016
      by brooklynfitchick

      I love AC/DC! The problem with the 80s is for some people it is way too old for their tastes. I used to play it more often but I try to be careful about it now. I remember the 80s and feel old! 🙂

  • Posted October 17, 2016
    by Mary Beth Jackson

    Always a fun playlist! Can you ever get tired of Justin Timberlake? nah……..

  • Posted October 17, 2016
    by Jenn

    Great selection! I love Uprising and Sexy Back. Both would be great in my spin class.

  • Posted October 17, 2016
    by Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    I love your playlists. They always make me want to find new music. But is it just me or do Calvin Harris’ songs (no matter who is singing) start to sound the same after awhile?

    BTW I’m digging Move by Saint Motel. What a fun song!

    • Posted October 19, 2016
      by brooklynfitchick

      OOH I need to check out that Saint Motel song. Thanks!

  • Posted October 18, 2016
    by Kathryn @ Dancing to Running

    I love blasts from the past, and I love me so Justin! So glad that you included him,.

    • Posted October 19, 2016
      by brooklynfitchick

      I forgot all about that song and then it just popped into my head one day. 😉

  • Posted October 18, 2016
    by Michelle Rogers

    Hi Margo, thanks so much for these great ideas! As a newbie group instructor, I’m still figuring out what the music should be. I know what I like, but that may not be what moves others. I guess it really depends on the particular group you have. Mine will be seniors and I’m just going to try some variety, and see what they like, and also ask them, I suppose!

    • Posted October 19, 2016
      by brooklynfitchick

      I found my way with playlists due to trial and error. It took some time but I ma finally feeling like I have good instincts to please my audience. Be sure to ask them what they want to hear!

  • Posted October 18, 2016
    by Patty @ Reach Your Peak

    I always discover new music in spin classes! I love when instructors play a variety like you said, and choose different genres. Also a big fan of theme rides 🙂

    • Posted October 19, 2016
      by brooklynfitchick

      I used to do more theme rides but they can be tough when people aren’t totally into the theme. I made that mistake more than once!

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