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Faves: Workout Playlist Songs

Song Lyric of the Day:

When I come through on the dance floor checkin’ out that catalog / Can’t believe my eyes, so many women without a flaw

Lady Gaga / “Just Dance

If you follow my Twitter stream at all, you’ll know that today I had very sore arms. Why is that? Because I’m trying to get back on track with my workout regimen. So last night’s overhead tricep extensions did a number on my upper arms. My abs are also feeling a bit sore today; I’m now up to 90 crunches, working my way back up to the 150 I used to do daily.

It’s not easy going, but I’m seeing results, and the spouse is seeing results, so that’s providing some good motivation. What really helps motivate me throughout my workouts, though, is a fun, fast-paced playlist. Here are my top 10 current favorite songs to listen to while working out.

“Give It 2 Me” by Madonna
She may be looking a bit scary these days (ahem), but this song gets my vote for favorite song on her album Hard Candy.

“Strict Machine” by Goldfrapp
This is a slightly slower song — although not by much — but it’s got a smooth, ethereal beat that’s great for establishing a pace when on the treadmill.

“Chelsea Dagger” by the Fratellis
Flat-out fun, much like the whole album Costello Music, one of my all-time favorites. These Scots know how to rock.

“Feeling So Real” by Moby
This is one of my all-time Moby faves, which also has a prominent place on my techno-centric workout playlist. Among the faster tracks on my playlist, I usually listen to this when I’m at my max speed on the treadmill.

“Ready Steady Go” by Paul Oakenfold
This is the song that makes me want to fly down the highway when driving. I blame The Bourne Identity.

“Song 2” by Blur
What do you need when you’re working out? A chorus of “woohoo” urging you on.

“Cobrastyle” by Teddybears
Used in countless TV promos, this song is as catchy as they come. Even if you can’t understand a lot of the lyrics.

“Setting Sun” by the Chemical Brothers
Noel Gallagher’s vocals helped make this the Chemical Brothers’ first number one song, kicking off a productive partnership that yielded other favorites, including “Let Forever Be.”

“We Are Rockstars” by Does It Offend You, Yeah?
This reminds me a bit of Daft Punk’s “Harder Better Faster Stronger” thanks in part to the synthesized vocals. And I admit — I had to track this song down after hearing it in the trailer for the new Fast & Furious movie. (See bonus video at the end of this post if you haven’t seen it yet.)

“Great DJ” by the Ting Tings
I love how the choreography in the video is so laid-back; it’s a nice contrast to how fast-paced the song is. Which is one of many reasons I love listening to this (among other songs by the Ting Tings) when working out.

*Here’s the trailer for Fast & Furious. Paul Walker’s so pretty. That’s all. He’s pretty. Really, really pretty. Sigh.

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Brit Music Rocks

Song Lyric of the Day:

I ain’t freakin’ / I ain’t fakin’ this / Shut up and let me go / Hey! / Shut up and let me go / This hurts, but I can’t show / For the last time you had me in bits / Now shut up and let me go!

The Ting Tings / “Shut Up and Let Me Go”

As my friend Caren pointed out a while back, I’ve become something of a music Anglophile. I still enjoy music by American bands and artists, of course, but lately my favorite bands and artists have all just happened to be British. True to form, tonight I bought The Ting Tings‘ debut album, We Started Nothing, on iTunes. I love the song “Shut Up and Let Me Go,”* featured in the new iPod commercial (I can totally dance like that when no one’s looking), but the clincher was seeing the video for “Great DJ” on VH1 the other day. As expected, the album is as fun and catchy as the first two songs hinted.

I also recently picked up Duffy‘s album, Rockferry. Duffy has a great, retro, ’60’s girl-band sound. She’s like the light to Amy Winehouse’s dark. And she’s sober, to boot. Her single, “Mercy,” is all over the place; it’s been used in half this season’s TV promos and was featured in the Grey’s Anatomy season finale.

I’ve also heard a couple of singles by Adele, who has the most amazing voice I’ve heard in a while; I look forward to hearing more from her. The video for her single, “Chasing Pavements,” fascinates me, revolving around the concept of sidewalk dancing.

Of course, I can’t wait for next week and the week after that, when the new albums from The Fratellis and Coldplay drop, respectively. As much as I love the first single, “Violet Hill,” I would’ve bought Viva La Vida just based on the song featured in Coldplay’s iTunes commercial.

Who am I kidding? It’s the new album from Coldplay — I would’ve bought it sound unheard.

*The puppy and I are working on a dance routine to this song. He’s an awesome, albeit reluctant, little dancer.

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