Music, the language of the soul, is as old as humanity. The therapeutic benefits of music can be traced back in time to ancient shamanistic rituals. Music, as tool of healing was recognized in the writings of Aristotle, Pythagoras and Plato. They believed that it can influence physical, emotional, cognitive and social well-being and improve quality of life. In fact, there have been many recent studies that show if you listen to music while exercising, your brain will probably work better too.
Here is my top 10 workout songs as of August 2012, enjoy!
#10 Phoenix – “Lisztomania”: This French band created a song that’s perfect to workout to; a feel-good hit that makes you tap your feet and curl those dumbbells (not at the same time!)
#9 Florence & The Machine – “Spectrum (Say My Name) – Calvin Harris Remix: To be honest, the original version of this song is perfect; I just thought Calvin Harris did a really good job with this remix. Flo’s vocals overpower the music, whereas Calvin Harris’s beats compliment the vocals.
#8 The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”: “This track moves like the album’s vintage Chevy namesake – a swift, sturdy hunk of all-American cool. Drummer Patrick Carney pounds out a hammer-of-the-gods backbeat while singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach peels off lean riffs and wails about a twisted affair (“You pull my heart out, and I don’t mind bleeding”), sounding like he’s practically frothing at the mouth.” – Rolling Stone Magazine
#7 Ok Go – “White Knuckles”: The sexy bass lines and the funky very upbeat danceable arrangement of this track make it a go to workout song. The video is really cool, you should YouTube it!
#6 Hot Chip – “Night And Day”: Lively and upbeat; this track will make you cut to some dance moves in between sets. NME say’s of Hot Chip, “Bass drums are manipulated expertly so they’re more like feelings than sounds, a steady thump living contentedly in your brain.”
#5 Walk The Moon – “Quesadilla”: First of all, I haven’t the slightest clue why it’s called “Quesadilla”; your guess is as good as mine. The opening drum sequence of this track is like taking a adrenaline shot, the drums come alive and wake me right up! Walk The Moon is currently being played by me on heavy rotation because of their huge, catchy choruses, danceable melodies, and poppy, life-affirming lyrics. Go give them a listen, you can thank me later.
#4 GroupLove – “Lovely Cup”: When I listen to GroupLove I can’t help but have a smile on my face. This track gives me a feeling of an undeniable zest for life, completely irresistible. If you ever get the chance to catch them live, do it!
#3 Awolnation – “People”: You might say this is an ideal song to run to with these lyics; “People, people. Have you heard the good news? There’s people, people. They’re running just like you. Today I say, it’s all that matters for now. For you and I. Wooo! So people, people. Make some good ol’ love.”
#2 Passion Pit – “Cry Like A Ghost”: Their fresh new album ‘Gossamer” hit the streets a week ago; and I haven’t been able to press the stop button ever since. This song in particular was immediately added to the SHREDFAT workout playlist. Go pick up their album, and enjoy!
#1 The Killers – “Runaways”: You didn’t think I’d go through the top 10 without mentioning The Killers did you? This is their new single from their upcoming album ‘Battle Born’, due for a September 2012 release. Last month I had the privilege of seeing The Killers perform live 4 times in 4 different states, in the span of 5 days. It was a truly epic experience. Now every time this song comes on during my workouts I relive those concert moments which get’s my heart racing, and me ready to push past my physical threshold.