Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is here. (Insert sighs of anticipation or disgust here.) Our resident DJs created playlists for the lovers and the haters: one for working out, one for afterward. Each is around thirty minutes. No matter how you celebrate/avoid the holiday, you're covered.
for the lovers
Work it out
"If you're a hopeless romantic like me, this playlist will get you running a smooth 5k thinking about your sweetheart. The opening track by Robyn is my anthem this V-Day. I dare you not to smile during The Bag Raiders' "Sunlight" - it's pure gold. Enjoy!" - Andrew, educator at Rideau Centre, ON
"Indestructible" - Robyn
"Sunlight" - Bag Raiders
"Digital Love" - Daft Punk
"Find Your Love" - Drake
"Hang With Me" - Robyn
"When Love Takes Over" - David Guetta
"This Boy's In Love" - The Presets
After your run
Kick off your running shoes, hit the shower and enjoy this playlist from Alexis.
“You Make My Dreams” – Hall & Oates
"This song is pretty self explanatory: you literally make Darryl Hall’s fluffy haired dreams come true. Are you magic?"
“With You Forever” – PNAU
"Because nothing says true love like hypochondria, Luke Steele experiences lust-induced chest pains and sings about it."
“Wicked Game” – Chris Isaak
"Listen, this is an all-ages blog…but all I can say is 'hot yoga.' Ahem."
“Girls Girls Girls” – Jay-Z
"Sometime the line between hopeless romanticism and being a straight player (hollll-a!) is a blurry one. Take inspiration from the master…our pal Jay knows how to do it."
“Forbidden Love” – Madonna
"Crushing on someone off limits? Madge feels your pain and throws it over a pulsing beat perfect for running out your angst-ridden frustrations."
“The Light” – Common
"Hint to the gents: Common saying sweet nothings over a beat is a non-try hard way of getting your lady in the mood. Just do it."
“I Feel For You” – Chaka Khan
"If you look up synonyms for ‘spicy’ in the Dictionary, a sample audio track of this song plays. True story."
“Suck My Kiss” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Dating a bad boy and loving every minute? YEAH YOU ARE!"
for the haters
Work it out
"Obviously not everyone is happy on Valentine’s Day. These lyrics will give you extra motivation on your run. Robyn’s ‘Love Kills’ is the highlight and if you’re experiencing heartache, you probably agree. ‘You Used To Hold Me’ closes out the playlist with authority. If you fall in the 'I-loathe-Valentine's' camp, this is your anthem." - Andrew
"Heartbreaker" - MSTRKRFT
"Getting' Over You (Remix)" - David Guetta
"Love Kills" - Robyn
"Better Off As 2" - Frankmusik
"Far Away" - Cut/Copy
"You Gave Me Nothing" - Mark Ronson and the Business Intl
"Not In Love" - Crystal Castles ft. Robert Smith
"You Used To Hold Me" - Calvin Harris
After your run
Get out your arsenal of red wine and chocolates before cranking up this playlist from Alexis. Who needs a date when you have company like this?
“Foundations” – Kate Nash
"Do you know you’re relationship is doomed but don’t quite have the guts to pull the plug? Kate is your girl."
“Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” – The Smiths
"If you are depressed, there is no one better than Steven Patrick Morrissey. Here he talks about how cool it is to walk past two people PDA-ing when you’ve just gotten dumped (hint: not awesome.)"
“Where Do You Go?” – No Mercy
"Made a romantic dinner and your partner is nowhere to be found? We’d say that’s enough to end up on the naughty list."
“Heartbeats” – The Knife
"Still choked that someone you thought you knew, wasn’t…well, the person you thought they were? Yeah, that sentence confused me too."
“What Have You Done For Me Lately?” – Janet Jackson
"Are you feeling neglected? Taken for granted? If it can happen to Janet 'my-abs-are-3-D-without-the-glasses' Jackson, it can happen to anyone."
“Momma’s Boy” – Chromeo
"Do you feel like your man’s focus is elsewhere? Girl, join the club."
“Ex-Factor” – Lauryn Hill
"Really struggling this Valentine’s Day? Pull out this gem – it’s a real bummer remix." (Editor's note: if you're tempted to just hit 'repeat' on this one, give in. I would.)
“Pieces Of What” – MGMT
"More over it than a bridge? MGMT feels your pain."
There you have it. Valentine's will be over soon so enjoy/curse it while you still can.