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workout and running playlist for spring

workout playlist - may 2010

Is your workout playlist stuck on repeat? Here are some old & new tracks to get your headphones (and body) jumping.

BULLETPROOF – LA ROUX
Super-fun summer pop perfect for, like, team workouts and getting-ready parties and stuff!

LITTLE LION MAN – MUMFORD AND SONS

The vocals are so warm and the lyrics so familiar-feeling on this track, you’ll swear you’ve heard it before. It IS new – but will be an old favourite in no time.

ZERO – YEAH YEAH YEAHS
Karen O is the coolest lady on the planet by a country mile. This song is solid proof.

MEMORIES – DAVID GUETTA FEATURING KID CUDI
It’s time to jump on the Guetta bandwagon – why not throw in some Kid Cudi for good measure?!

ONLY – NINE INCH NAILS
Five years later & I’m still upset that Trent Reznor cut his hair, but no matter: this is one heck of a diss track – Reznor makes getting dumped good enough to dance to! The worship continues…

B.O.B. (BOMBS OVER BAGDHAD) – OUTKAST
When people argue that electronica is the only music high-octane enough for cardio, I bring up this little ditty. Point – Lex!

PARIS IS BURNING (CUT COPY REMIX) – LADYHAWKE

Cut Copy + Ladyhawke = your new favourite song. It’s science!

STOP ME – MARK RONSON FEATURING DANIEL MERRIWEATHER
You know when you pull up to a red light and bust the guy next to you singing at the top of his lungs? It’s probably this song – it might have the catchiest chorus ever.

LISTEN UP (MSTRKRFT REMIX) – THE GOSSIP
Beth Ditto gives you some useful advice over a wicked beat. Where was this song when I needed it in high school? I could’ve used the wise words from Beth AND the street cred from MSTRKRFT. Sigh.

LET THE BEAT BUILD – LIL WAYNE
Do you have a set of intervals that hurt so good? Let Lil Wayne burn with you – this song will mimic the pain and the satisfaction at the finish.

ROAM – THE B-52’S
“Love Shack” gets all the credit – meanwhile, this hilarious track languishes on long-forgotten tape mixes. Put this on when you’re driving to the gym on “I don’t feel like working out” mornings – you’ll be ready to rock by the time you park.

TENNESSEE – ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT
Another feel-good track to lift your spirits – and we can never have enough of those, can we? We can also never have enough rhetorical questions, can we? Hmmm. Think about it and get back to me.

BANQUET (PHONES DISCO EDIT) – BLOC PARTY
“Silent Alarm” was one of the best albums of 2005 – and then Bloc Party went one step further and remixed it, causing a million hipsters to lose their collective minds. Listen to this and you’ll see why.

SKELETON BOY – FRIENDLY FIRES
One of the most unusual beats in years – you’ll spend so much time trying to figure out if this is 4/4 or 6/8 time that your run will be over before you have an answer. Running and partying at the same time – what a concept!

SHOOTING STARS (PARTY ROCK REMIX) – BAG RAIDERS

If Cut Copy and Massive Attack had a baby, it would be the Bag Raiders. Check out the remix version of the wicked “Shooting Stars” for added oomph.

MOMENT OF TRUTH – GANG STARR
Put this on during an introspective run and let Guru spit some truth at you. One of the most underrated MC’s ever.

STRANGE OVERTONES – DAVID BYRNE AND BRIAN ENO
The men behind Talking Heads reunited for an album last year, and contrary to must reunion acts, it kicked a$$ instead of sucking. This song is a thin slice of heaven.

Do you have any suggestions for the next playlist? Leave Alexis a comment below.

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19 Comments »


Alexis! I can’t wait to add these tunes to my running playlist!!!!!!

Comment by Shawna — May 29, 2010 @ 9:45 am


anything by Florence and the Machine!!

Comment by amie — May 29, 2010 @ 9:48 am


Awesome compilation.

Welcome to the East by Wyclef Jean.

Comment by Beth — May 29, 2010 @ 12:32 pm


bonus points for having Arrested Development and Brian Eno in the same blog post. SHAZAM!

Comment by Elissa Joy — May 29, 2010 @ 9:08 pm


Um, there are a couple of songs I’m listening to right now. Not sure how you’ll like them.

1. Mika – Kick Ass – Some great lyrics put to something upbeat. Mika is a bit unique, but it works with this song.
2. Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed – I don’t even know why I like this song. I just randomly heard it one day and immediately downloaded it and added it to my playlist. It’s upbeat and kinda dance-y, which I like to listen to if I need a pick-me-up during the workout.
3. Alexandra Burke (feat. Pitbull) – All Night Long (Remix) – Good beat and fun to workout to (there’s a theme to my playlist it would seem =P)

Anyway, those are just a couple. Thanks for your playlist, there are a couple songs in there I’m going to have to steal!

Comment by Mike — May 29, 2010 @ 10:46 pm


how does one download these playlists?! would be outstanding if there were a mediafire download link. :) do we have to get these songs on our own? thx!

Comment by ask — May 30, 2010 @ 8:48 am


the playlist is Alexis’ own and aren’t in a file for download from this site.

My songs for the summer;
“sexy chick” by David Guetta and Akon, to get me jumping
“great DJ” Ting Tings to get me dancing (aka my happy song)
“let’s stay together” Al Green when I want a relax or take a gentle walk

Comment by Jenna — May 30, 2010 @ 5:14 pm


And when you’re on that ticked off at your job, mother-in-law, head of your country run…there is always: Oildale(Leave Me Alone) from KORN ;-).

Comment by Laura — May 30, 2010 @ 6:26 pm


Some tunes to add to your workout playlist:

Breathe and Stop – Q Tip
Vivrant Things – Q Tip
Ring the Alarm – Beyonce
Imma Be – Black Eyed Peas
Touch It(Remix) – Busta Rhymes

Comment by Shawna — May 31, 2010 @ 7:22 am


Anything from the Linkin Park/Jay Z “Collision Course” Album and The Blackeyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feelin”

Comment by Abby — May 31, 2010 @ 7:30 am


thanks…anyone know where we can find a file for download for these tunes?

Comment by ask — May 31, 2010 @ 8:10 am


Just what I needed to get my playlist together for my half marathon in ukee on June 13th. Another one to add to the list
“Gotta get through this” Daniel Beddingfield
Seems appropriate ;)

Comment by Heather Prencipe — May 31, 2010 @ 8:15 am


I only have 3 of those tunes on my playlists, I’ll have to check out the others. Thanks!

Comment by Joshua — May 31, 2010 @ 9:10 am


Needs MOAR Tiësto!

Comment by Brendan — May 31, 2010 @ 9:18 am


I think you can actually create playlists in iTunes and publish them and it provides people with an easy way to purchase the tunes. Maybe LuLu staff could publish their favourite playlists on iTunes?

Comment by Joshua — May 31, 2010 @ 3:58 pm


I second Florence + The Machine… Especially Dog Days are Over for running!!

Comment by Jennie — May 31, 2010 @ 5:53 pm


strangely enough, I had my iPod on shuffle this weekend while i was running my first 50 mile race. Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin was amazing to run to, and it filled up a good 20 minutes. It’s got some great ups and downs and has a nice flow if you’re out by yourself.

Comment by Brian — May 31, 2010 @ 7:32 pm


oooohh….I love Gershwin! Porgy and Bess was the first stage act I ever saw. I can totally see what you are describing with Rhapsody in Blue – it does flow up and down beautifully. I’ll bet it was very calming mid-race :)

Comment by Alexis — June 1, 2010 @ 7:23 am


LOVE this whole concept!!! I haven’t even read through all the songs but you had me sold on all other recommendations after I saw Little Lion Man. Thanks for this!

Comment by Haley — September 20, 2010 @ 10:05 am


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