black out playlist

Even dark music can be uplifting

As a child, the dark was something to be feared, held at bay by the magic of nightlights and parents' stories. As a teenager 'after dark' represented party time and freedom from those prying parental eyes. The black is back! Are you going to run and hide or just keep on running? (We suggest the latter.)

So as you can probably gather from the lack of colorful stretchy pants, our website is currently undergoing some behind-the-scenes renovations. Does this have you down? Me too - but what better way to turn that frown upside down than a good workout with a playlist to help you battle the technology blues. By the time you've finished sweating to this bad boy, our site may just be back up and running. (Okay, not quite, but you know what we mean.)

"Meet Me Halfway" - Black Eyed Peas
Okay, so my cool factor just dropped by about 98 degrees....but if you could see my co-worker Gordon workout on the stationary bike to this ditty, you'd swear it was the hottest thing ev-a. Great for warming up!

"Black and Blue" - Miike Snow
These Swedes make every song feel like summer. Warm up to this guy before a long run or while driving home after a satisfying yoga sesh.

"Black Velveteen" - Lenny Kravitz
Our pal Lenny tries a keytar on for size - and you know a guy that can make heels and scarves look dude-ish can pull it off.

"Out Of The Blue" - Julian Casablancas
We know our website might have struck some of you by surprise, but no matter - let Julian Casablancas pump you up. Just like those worn-in groove pants, this ditty will be one of your favorites in no time at all.

"Hurricane Jane - Twelves Remix" - Black Kids
These guys from New York are SO fun live. If you get a chance to see them in concert, do it - you'll sweat so much you'll swear you're at Bikrams. Werk!

"Talk Like That" - The Presets
No, this isn't the lululemon apocalypse - but this track from the album 'Apocalypto" might have you think so. This is a wickedly great song that will get you moving in a serious way.

"I Believe In A Thing Called Love" - The Darkness
Ever seen the video for this track? Justin wears a white jumpsuit. You know what I am scared of wearing and would motivate me on the hardest run? A WHITE JUMPSUIT. I rest my case.

blackout workout playlist

Happiness comes from within

"Paranoid" - Black Sabbath
Before Ozzy Osborne was just some old British dude shuffling around a big house muttering about small dogs & gardening, he was the baddest man in rock 'n' roll. This sucker will get your heart racing even if you aren't exercising.

"99 Problems" - Jay-Z
This banger off Jigga's Black Album was SO big that people literally wanted problems so they could identify with the track. In related news, counselors everywhere rejoiced.

"Black Betty" - Ram Jam
Okay, so this is a one-hit wonder...but it's AWESOME, so who cares. This tune is sure to get your temperature rising on intervals.

"Black Dog" - Led Zeppelin
Trying to push yourself up that last hill? Let Robert Plant's maniac voice scream through your headphones and drive you home.

"Everlasting Light" - The Black Keys
Stride through the end of your workout with a smile on your face thanks to this rad track. You might even just press repeat and go a little longer.

"Turn Your Lights Down Low - Remix" - Bob Marley featuring Lauryn Hill
One of the most chillin' songs ever, turn this on and bliss out - it's  perfect for unwinding and living in the moment.

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We came so close to including "Dancing in the Dark"; what else do you think we missed?

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I love some of the songs on this playlist! Thank you for inspiring me start dust off my ipod and create a new playlist.

Comment by Kilee — April 6, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

You forgot the best song!
Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones

Comment by Jenna — April 6, 2011 @ 3:14 pm


Comment by Jurgen — April 6, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

Sixteen Shades of Black and Blue by Fujiya and Miyagi; not hardcore workout music but great for warming up or cooling down.

Comment by Catriona — April 6, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

@Jenna – that’s exactly what I was thinking! Where’s the Stones?! When I clicked the link I thought for sure Paint It Black would be at the top of the list :-P

Comment by anon — April 6, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

Alexis I love you and your playlists so much. The Bob Marley/Lauren Hill tune makes me SO HAPPY.

Comment by lesia d. — April 6, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

I can’t resist a little AC/DC, “Back in Black” when I’m doing a longer run..

Comment by Nic — April 6, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

Black or white Micheal Jackson

Comment by Alliso — April 6, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

So happy you are posting playlists again…yours are so fantastic! More keepers than any other lists I have found in my many searches.

Comment by cee — April 6, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

Ditto, Alexis. I have to go track down my “Chant Down Babylon” album now. Wish me luck.

Comment by Elissa Joy — April 7, 2011 @ 8:26 am

I echo the need for one or more rolling stones numbers. Two of my favourites are “gone gone gone” by raising sands and Barbara ann by Carl Douglas. If people want to experiment I like some Bollywood music at the gym too.

Comment by Brinda — April 7, 2011 @ 9:58 am

Black and Gold by Sam Sparro is another great one!

Comment by Hannah — April 7, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

I do indeed love the Rolling Stones – so much that I played ‘Paint It Black’ out to death on my pod. My fave Stones tune for workin’ it out is the Dr. Dre remix of “Miss You” – all the snarl of Mick set to a sweet westcoast gangster beat. SO GOOD!

Comment by Alexis — April 7, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

Black – Pearl Jam

Comment by Shane — April 7, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

LOVE!!! Thank you :)

Comment by Missy — October 28, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

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