Thursday, September 3, 2009

Favourite Workout Playlists

A little bit of an off-topic subject, but a fun and revealing one. I've read in a number of places on the web, people wanting to know what music others workout to. My listening tastes cover a very, very broad spectrum. However, there is one mixed CD that I listen to more than any other while lifting weights. Consisting of 18 songs, the mix is geographically varied with music that originated in Canada, USA, Germany, Australia and UK. The one thing they have in common is that they are the furthest you can get from ballads!

  1. Oasis - Song 2 The woohoo song! So fitting to start off the workout with this song as it has been used so often to bring pro hockey teams onto the ice for the pre-game skate.

  2. Rob Base and DJ Easy Rock - Joy & Pain An oldy but a goody. This song reminds me of my 3rd unsuccessful attempt at college.

  3. ACDC - Beating Around The Bush Off the Highway To Hell album back in 1979. It wasn't a huge hit, but I remember it fondly from my grade school days. Probably the most up-tempo song on the album.

  4. Sammy Hagar - Where Eagles Fly I first heard this song in the backseat of a 442 with the stereo blaring at ear-drum destroying levels. Not only an adrenaline pumping song, but like a lot of Sammy's songs, the words are quite inspirational.

  5. Metallica - Fuel What would a workout CD be without a little Metallica?

  6. The Headstones - Smile & Wave Often referred to as the 'other' band from Kingston, Ontario (The Tragically Hip being 'the' band). The Headstones are one energy filled band.

  7. Danko Jones - Crazy Bitch Don't play this one with the kids around! Just simple old-school rock and roll.

  8. ACDC - Thunderstruck Once again, a song every hockey fan has gotten pumped to before the opening face off or between whistles.

  9. Alice Cooper - Clones What?? Oldie and probably not considered a goodie but it's got the right tempo and it's an old favourite of mine.

  10. Black Eyed Peas - Hey Mama They're just far enough to the left of cookie-cutter pop for me to like.

  11. The Trews - So She's Leaving The Trews are an awesome band from Eastern Canada. The have a number of great songs that are full of adrenaline.

  12. Beastie Boys - No Sleep Til Brooklyn Often I workout out to just the Beastie Boys. They are the most energetic trio I've ever witnessed. Check this out on YouTube - just the way they explode onto the stage, I find amazing. MCA, or Adam Yauch, is a Buddhist and Vegan. Despite my age, every once in awhile I still fantasize about donning an NHL jersey and jumping on the ice in front of thousands - often I'm in a Rangers jersey and this song is playing as we step on the ice...

  13. Green Day - American Idiot Green Day's punk sound just begs you to push yourself to the limit.

  14. Black Eyed Peas - Pump It Same reason as Hey Mama...

  15. Danko Jones - Sticky Situation Once again, it's just good old rock and roll. There's no hidden message in these lyrics...

  16. Van Halen - 5150 My favourite by Van Halen. Once again Sammy's vocals and words are so motivating.

  17. Rammstein - Feuer Fei Means 'Start shooting' in the German military. Rammstein never made a song that wasn't pure energy. All the lyrics are conveniently in German so you don't even have to think about what's being said! This song was featured in the Vin Diesel movie 'XXX'.

  18. Stone Temple Pilots - Down Just one damn good song!

This, of course, doesn't even come close to representing the music I listen to on a daily basis. Over the last few years, I've developed a taste for anything not English. Examples would be Control Machete (Mexican Hip Hop), Manu Chao (several types of music performed in spanish, english, french portugese, italian, etc.), Mago de Oz (old school metal group from Spain that is kind of a mix of Metallica and Great Big Sea) and Los Tucanes De Tijuana (Traditional Mexican music with a slight modern twist).

I would love to hear anyones opinion and their choice of workout music.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't heard a lot of these songs but so far so good. I love discovering new songs to add to my workout playlists.