Good Music To Workout To

Greg the DJ

I love music.  Have as long as I can remember. My very first favorite song was "Smokin' in the Boys Room" by Brownsville Station. In high school, I would watch MTV for days.  When I got to college, I joined the radio station, eventually became Program Director, and DJed all the big campus parties. And over 25 years later, I'm still DJing. Since I spin every Saturday night, I need to be on top of popular music, especially what gets a dance floor moving, and much of the time these tunes works for the gym as well.  People are always looking for new songs that can motivate their cardio routine or weight-training circuit, so here are 10 artists you might want to add to your playlist.  (click on the name of each song to see and hear the video) M83 - "Midnight City" Moody, atmospheric, sonic soundscape that is a great warm-up or cool-down song. The retro "wall of synth" that washes through the song wraps up with a visit from the musical comeback of 2011: the sax solo. Avicii - "Levels" If 2011 was the year of David Guetta, I wouldn't be surprised if 2012 is Avicii's year. If you like "Good Feeling" by Flo Rida then this song is for you as it's the base for the music used throughout.  Avicii remixes lots of hit singles for other artists, so if you see his name attached, give the tune a listen. Calvin Harris - "Feel So Close" Harris is the writer and producer of Rihanna's mega-smash "We Found Love" and is a singer himself whose third album should break in the States this year thanks to his new-found name recognition. Grouplove - "Tongue Tied" Yes, the song was recently featured in an iPod commercial, so, of course, it will become a smash.  But this is a truly catchy, toe-tapper that should put a smile on your face, even when the elliptical machine is kicking your ass. Erika Jayne - "Party People (Ignite the World)" In today's pop music world, the producer is more important than the singer, who is often just an interchangeable hot blonde. If the producer is Swedish, even better (I don't know why, but the country produces hit-makers).  Jayne is the latest flavor of the week, but she does have a strong track record on the Billboard Dance Charts; this tune could be her pop crossover. Karen O, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross - "Immigrant Song" If you've seen "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," you might recognize this surging, industrialized Led Zeppelin cover. Great talent on this track: Karen O fronts the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails fame) and Atticus Ross won an Oscar for their score to David Fincher's prior film, "The Social Network." Chris Willis - "Too Much in Love" Having provided the vocals on a number of David Guetta hits including "Love is Gone" and "Gettin' Over You," Willis is stepping out on his own with this high-energy dance/rock hybrid that samples the guitar licks of Lenny Kravitz. Skrillex featuring Sirah - "Bangarang" Dubstep is a popular sub-genre (described to me once as "the heavy metal of dance music") that broke through in 2011. It's not everyone's cup of tea (I find it hard to relate to some of the stuff), but enough people dug it to get Skrillex a Best New Artist Grammy nomination. This dubstep track works for me because I think it's got some "funk" to it. Thievery Corporation featuring Mr. Lif - "Unified Tribes" Great for cooling down at the end of a workout, Thievery Corp. has always made atmospheric chill-out songs (you might know their song "Lebanese Blonde"). This number has an uptempo chill instrumental as the backing for Boston-rapper Mr. Lif. DJ Earworm - "United State of Pop 2011 (World Go Boom)" Finally, why not take all the hits of the past year and compress them into one track? That's what mashup artist extraordinaire Earworm has been doing the last five years, and his offering for 2011 may be his best one yet. Lisa has always benefited from having a husband with a vast music collection and know-how. I've made mix tapes for her Spin classes, I've made mix CDs for her "Disco Pilates" class, I've made iTunes workout playlists for her iPod.  And these days, I'm making music mixes exclusively for her email newsletter. If you'd like to keep up to speed on cool songs for working out each and every month, sign up for her newsletter, which you can do in the right-hand column. You can even hear the mix for January 2012, but first you'll need to download the free Spotify program to do so.

About Greg Wymer

Greg Wymer is Principal and Chief of Creative for Healthy Dose Media. He was an award-winning radio copywriter and morning show producer for WFNX-FM in Boston in the 1990s, and in the 2000s won Best Viral Marketing Campaign and Best Non-Profit Campaign for his work with e-tractions, a provider of custom online entertainment. Before launching Healthy Dose Media, he spent 10 years at the MIT Enterprise Forum working as a developer of programs, content, and marketing for a global audience of startups and entrepreneurs. Greg has been a mobile and club DJ for 25 years, created and ran a pub trivia night called Useless Trivia, and is on the Board of Directors of ImprovBoston, where he performed as a cast member of its Mainstage for seven years.

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2 Responses to Good Music To Workout To

  1. Caitlin January 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    Just reminded me I need DJ Earworm’s 2011 mashup, thank you! I love it each year.

  2. Lisa Johnson January 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    Caitlin it’s a pretty good mix this year :)

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