🎧 My Gym Playlist, vol. 1

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A while back I started Pop 101, a regular music series to cover the music I’m currently interested in or the gigs/concerts I went to. I only wrote two posts (volumes) of that before I realised I wasn’t enjoying it. I decided recently that I wanted to write about my gym playlist and the music that gets me through a gym workout. 😄

I sense that this playlist might change over time, which is why I am also open to writing regular updates. This post will be published as volume 1, with the potential for it to change over time.

  1. Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne – Rather Be
  2. Ariana Grande feat. Zedd – Break Free
  3. Weezer – (Girl We Got A) Good Thing
  4. Blur – Ong Ong
  5. Little Red – Rock It
  6. Avicii – The Days
  7. Maroon 5 – Sugar
  8. The Wombats – Give Me a Try
  9. Billy Joel – It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me
  10. The Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You
  11. The Griswolds – 16 Years
  12. Foster the People – Coming of Age
  13. Thin Lizzy – Dancing In the Moonlight (It’s Caught Me In Its Spotlight)
  14. Velociraptor – Ramona
  15. Hey Geronimo – Bake a Cake
  16. Shortstraw – Good Morning, Sunshine
  17. Capital Cities – Safe and Sound
  18. Bastille – Pompeii
  19. Calvin Harris – Feel So Close
  20. Empire of the Sun – High and Low

I’ve had this playlist of music for at least a few months now and I usually shuffle all the songs when I hit the gym. I listen to it whether I’m doing cardio or weights and it generally gets me in the mood.

I’ve also taken a liking to the My Favorite Murder podcast, so that has taken over some of my gym sessions too (since discovering the podcast I’ve been quite hooked on it and just catching up with all the episodes). Some people find it difficult to listen to podcasts whilst exercising but when I’m at the gym I find that it helps me get through my workout because it’s like I’m just listening to a conversation in the background. I get really engrossed in what is being discussed in the podcast and at the same time my workout becomes automated, so I don’t really stop and think, and I even take much shorter break times.

In terms of music for exercise, I enjoy music that I have already listened to and am familiar with. While many people like gym music to be super upbeat pop music, I like music that has a bit of a rock taste. On this list, Ramona and Dancing In the Moonlight are definitely examples of those.

My favourites on my playlist that I feel really set the mood are High and Low and Dancing In the Moonlight. There are some unusual tunes on there like (Girl We Got A) Good Thing, which has a bit of a gentler rock ballad feel, but in my opinion is super catchy and chilled out. I’d say Sugar is a little like that as well.

I have to admit I’m a little bored of a couple of them like the Billy Joel one and Bohemian Like You – they don’t get me powered up as much as they used to and I’m a tad sick of the lyrics in the latter.

I do think gym playlists have to be recycled especially if you go three or more times a week like I do! I expect to have a second volume to post in a matter of weeks, since I’m posting this one later than expected. But let me know – what kinds of songs do you need in a workout? Have you got any suggestions for me? 🎧

Comments on this post

Thank you for sharing your playlist. I have been struggling to find some good music to listen to while I work out. I had a free week on Spotify and I found some really nice playlists for working out, but since it isn’t available in my country, I can’t pay for membership.

I will definitely download the songs and listen to them, and I will get back to you with my opinion.

Thanks for sharing your playlist. I’ve recently started one for my longer runs and it’s mostly rock music, although I do have Eye of the Tiger in there too – I find it motivates me when I approach a hill to run up. ;-)

Thanks for sharing your playlist! I could spot a few of my favourites there – Calvin Harris – Feel So Close especially! It plays all the time at the gym and is also on the playlist I listen to.

EDM / remixes are my favourite genre to listen to at the gym, it just gets me SO PUMPED. Remixes of my favourite songs like Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl is another thing I love listening to. It helps make the tough reps more bearable. ;) https://soundcloud.com/edsheeran/galway-girl-martin-jensen

I don’t listen to podcasts as such but I do sometimes listen to my favourite fitness gurus on YouTube! :D Whitney Simmons is one of my fitspos!