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.
Here is a list of 15 of my favorite workouts songs from this year; keep in mind, most of these songs haven’t necessarily been released this year, these songs have just been my favorite to workout to for first half of this year. Enjoy.
#15 Passion Pit – “I’ve Got Your Number”: I’ve obsessed with this track. The chorus sends goosebumps down my spine. Passion Pit is some of the best danceable rock music you can find. They put a lot of passion (no pun intended) into their lives shows, make sure to check them out.
#14 GroupLove – “Tongue Tied: You might have heard this song during a commercial for Apple. I saw Grouplove perform live (met them too), and man they were so energetic! During the show I was thinking to myself that I needed to add some of their songs to my workout playlist. This track feels like it belongs on the dance floor and is currently my go to song from them when I need a pick me up. Enjoy.
#13 The Naked and Famous – “Young Blood”: Exploding with energy, this song sounds like the love child of Passion Pit and MGMT. I saw them perform live last March; they really impressed me. Check this New Zealand band out!
#12 The Black Keys – “Gold On The Ceiling”: “Gold on the Ceiling: a serrated organ growl backed up with a SWAT team of hand claps. It’s Sixties bubblegum garage pop writ large, with T. Rex swagger and a guitar freakout that perfectly mirrors the lyrics, a paranoid rant that makes you shiver while you shimmy.” – Rolling Stone
#11 The Kooks – “Sway”: This track is an epic rock ballad that get’s me pumped up during my workouts. It has a slow and delicate build-up, leading to an intense, passionate chorus.
#10 Modest Mouse – “Float On”: While this song is not new (released in 2004) by any means, it is a classic for me. This indie-pop march is my go to song for cardio. There is something special about reaching that exhaustive point while “and we’ll all float on” plays in the background.
#9 Arctic Monkeys – “R U Mine?”: It kicks off with a thumping drum intro and a dangerously waving guitar riff. NME magazine describes this song as “a riff-tastic, 70’s-indebted monster”. The music video is really cool, make sure to check that out.
#8 The Naked and Famous – “Girls Like You”: This song has been on heavy rotation during my workout sessions. I love how it starts off slowly and builds brightly. I love this band because they clearly have an electronic edge but they are approaching its music from more of a rock than electronic angle. The chorus is powerful and catchy, it’s everything you would want in a workout song.
#7 Foster The People – “Call It What You Want”: FTP are one of my favorite bands. You can’t help but get energized and sing along while listening to these guys with their catchy, funky, and electronic-driven beats. Make sure you get a chance to see them perform live!
#6 Jack White – “Sixteen Saltines”: Jack White is a music making machine; he never stops recording kick ass tunes! Sixteen Saltines is a “three-chord rocker that is as close to the Stripes as Blunderbuss gets.”
#5 The Rapture – “Whoo! Alright – Yeah…Uh Huh”: This indie-rock band from New York City has been making hipsters dance for years now. They have an aggressive guitar/funk sound that’s really fun to listen to.
#4 M83 – “Midnight City”: This French band lays down a dance-pop song that’s loaded with some awesome synths and stadium-sized drums. It also has a sexy sax solo in it! I like to shout out the line “THE CITY IS MY CHURCH” when I workout to this song.
#3 The Killers – “Read My Mind – Pet Shot Boys Stars Are Blazing Mix”: Truth is, you could never go wrong with any Killers song; no matter what mood I’m in they will scratch that itch every single time. This remix has an 80′s vibe to it courtesy of The Pet Shot Boys.
#2 The Shoes – “Time To Dance (Extended Video Edit): Here we have one of those songs that when you first hear it, you automatically start stomping your feet, and want to know who sings it; it’s that catchy! The music video is disturbingly brilliant as Jake Gyllenhaal goes around murdering hipsters. Make sure to check it out.
#1 The Airborne Toxic Event – “Innocence”: The build-up in the song is epic; it starts out slow paced with the beautiful sound of Anna Bulbrook’s violin, it then proceeds to explode in your face. Lead singer Mikel Jollett is one of the most talented writers in the music industry; I can feel his pain as he shouts “And I tear, I tear, so hard, And I tear, I tear, so hard And I beg and scream, I was wrong. It’s over, she’s gone.” By the end of it I am overwhelmed with emotions, it makes me want to fight for what I want in life. If you haven’t heard of this band, you should really give them a listen, you can thank me later.
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