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    Music, the language of the soul, is as old as humanity. The therapeutic benefits of music can be traced back in time to ancient shamanistic rituals. Music, as tool of healing was recognized in the writings of Aristotle, Pythagoras and Plato. They believed that it can influence physical, emotional, cognitive and social well-being and improve quality of life. In fact, there have been many recent studies that show if you listen to music while exercising, your brain will probably work better too.



    #10 Tegan And Sara – “Closer”:


    On their new track “Closer,” the indie-rock twins Tegan and Sara play with elements of dance-pop, merging synths with fleeting electronic blips and an inviting chorus that declares, “I want you close/ I won’t treat you like you’re typical.” – Rolling Stone.

    I wasn’t a huge fan of this song until I heard them perform it live last month (December 2012) in Boston; when they opened for The Killers.



    #10 Diamond Rings – “Put Me On”:


    “Distinctive vocals, syrupy yet harsh-edged, and synth lines, which are alternately clean, buzzy, and squelchy. ” – Tiny Mixtapes.

    Diamond Rings is Canadian synth pop/rock at it’s finest; the catchy hooks will have you nodding your head during your workout. Just make sure you maintain proper form! ;-)


    #8 The Shoes – “People Movin”:


    “People Movin” might have the most effective hook, an understatedly soulful revolving door chorus (“People movin’ out/ People movin’ in/ Why?”) set to a preset Rhythm Ace “Latin” beat augmented with live drums and a mopey flute motif.” – Pitchfork




    #7 The Vines – “Ride”:


    This classic song starts off with a guitar riff that immediately screams I’m going to rock you hard. A great boost to my workouts, and a great way to get me sprinting during my runs.


    #6 Imagine Dragons – “Bleeding Out”:


    “Bleeding Out” certainly sounds very epic and important. It will have you screaming your lungs out in the gym; who cares who’s watching.





    #5 Two Door Cinema Club – “Next Year”:


    This Northern Irish trio makes catchy hit after catchy hit. Snappy guitar riffs, and the soothing voice of frontman Alex Trimble make their music oh so enjoyable.





    #4 The Vaccines – “Teenage Icon”:


    “On ‘Teenage Icon’ The Vaccines are blasting right back to their anthemic best. A three-minute belter that will launch a thousand beers when it lands in festival tents this summer.” – NME




    #3 Hockey – “Too Fake”:


    “These scruffy bike-riding vegans could easily be enjoyed by fans of Dylan, Springsteen and the Hold Steady as much as they could by devotees of LCD Soundsystem” – Guardian UK




    #2 Purity Ring – “Fineshrine”:


    “Fineshrine” takes these bits of the band’s dark lyrical character and puts them at the core of the track. “Get a little closer, let fold/ Cut open my sternum, and pull,” James beckons on the chorus, with clear, synthetic glee.” – Pitchfork




    #1 The Wombats – “Techno Fan”:


    “Listen to ‘Techno Fan’, and you can almost see the bucket-hatted drunk dozing by the sound desk, hear the sobs of a 16-year-old who’s lost her friends, and smell the rained-on chips.” – NME

    This Liverpool three-piece do a good job at painting a picture; while making my head bop and foot stomp at the same time. A great workout song!




    You can view, listen and subscribe to my entire SHREDFAT workout playlist below. How cool is that!

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