Your New Workout Playlist


I have recently come into 'possession' (we don't own anything, I know; we borrow it from a cloud) of some really great music. I credit this fact with three things: 1) SoulCycle: Twice weekly classes with Akin (intense cardio, hip-hop dance moves) and Parker (he's a Pentecostal preacher in Lululemon) have turned me on to Ginuwine remixes and Iggy Azalea; 2) Hype Machine: I know I am VERY, EMBARRASSINGLY late to the game, but guys, there are all these music sharing services on the internet! Like Hype Machine, which aggregates a bunch of blogs that are much cooler than me into one feed, where you can find rap remixes and house tracks before they hit the mainstream/iTunes/etc. Great for working out. And 3) Burberry’s recent Kerry Centre Flagship opening in Shanghai, which included live sets by Brits George Ezra and Paloma Faith, plus lots of choreographed dancing, rain, and trench coats. God bless Shazam, without which I never would have found Ezra’s “Blame It On Me,” a song I’ve since added to my running/subway/15-hour-flight-back-from-China soundtrack. My current list—take it or leave it, but I’m pretty happy with it—is below (Note: Beyoncé is on there three times, but one is a song about her, by Drake, one is a Kanye remix, and one is a cover, so I think it’s fair):

1)    George Ezra - "Blame It On Me"

2)    Iggy Azalea - “Fancy ft. Charli XCX”

3)    The Weeknd - “Drunk in Love (The Weeknd Remix)”

4)    Ginuwine - “Pony (eSenTRIK Remix)”

5)    Pharrell Williams – “Happy (NEUS Remix)”

6)    Erik Hassle – “Pathetic”

7)    Drake – “Girls Love Beyoncé”

8)    Disclosure – “F For You (feat. Mary J. Blige)”

9)    Beyoncé – “Drunk in Love feat. Kanye West (Remix)”

10)  ASTR – “Hold On We’re Going Home (Drake Cover)”

Now that you know what I'm looking for, give me suggestions! My iPhone thanks you.

—Nick Axelrod

Photo by Nick Axelrod at the Burberry Kerry Centre Flagship opening in Shanghai, China. 

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  • Vanessa V

    I love when people post their workout playlists! I'm always looking for new tracks b/c songs get stale fast when you've started associating them with sweating and feeling like death. My current "run" playlist is heavy on the 90s rap (Method Man/Redman, Ice Cube, DMX, etc.) but also has some random metal (Mastodon, Baroness) and "pump me up" music like Sleigh Bells and Gossip. It's all over the place but keeps me going. Can't wait to see other people's favorites so I can add them to my list!

  • Emma Hager

    Hey Nick, awesome playlist! I guess another important component of the workout is the post-workout stretching, and I really like to listen to Odesza when doing so. There music has an awesome flow that is both relaxing and motivating.

    Try "I Want You" and "How Did I Get Here," and then I suggest delving into their awesome remixes. Not sure who chooses the music for ITG's past videos, but I think whoever does would enjoy Odesza.

    Have a great Thursday!

    • Sarah

      I agree with Emma. ODESZA! I listened to them all the time last year in Japan. I enjoy "Hey now", "Beat Connection" and "If you don't".

    • Kerry

      holy cow this is amazing

      • Emma Hager

        glad you like!

  • kathS

    Was just thinking I should go for a run after work today - now def going to! Thanks Nick!

  • Emma Hager

    Sorry for the infiltration, but I figured while I am at it I would recommend just a few more! I don't listen to music when I run so I am not entirely sure if these fit more into the Workout Playlist or General Life Playlist, but here goes:

    1) MeLo X "Handle It"
    2) AlunaGeorge - Kaleidoscope Love (Kaytranada Edition)

    3) FKJ - "Lying Together"
    4) Slow Magic - "Feel Flows"
    5) Little Dragon - "Klapp Klapp (Girl Unit Remix"
    6) Ben Pierce - "What I Might Do"
    7) Ta-KU - "Higher" (Flume Remix) ♥
    8) Le Youth - "Cool"
    9) Anna Lunoe - "Breathe"
    10) AlunaGeorge - "You Know You Like It" (DJ Snake Remix)
    11) Beyoncé - "Flawless" (Madeaux Remix)
    12) SBTRKT -- "Wildfire" ft. Little Dragon
    13) BANKS - "Goddess" (!!), "This is what it feels like," and "Brain."

  • Karla Orbegozo

    Wut - Le1f (yeah that song from the a to z dance video ad)
    Together - Sam Smith x Disclosure x Nile Rodgers x Jimmy Napes (it's not even three minutes long but it's so damn perfect)
    Imagine it was us - Jessie Ware
    Bring 'em out - T.I
    A Milli - Lil Wayne
    Shutterbugg - Big Boi ft. Cutty
    Backseat freestyle - Kendrick Lamar
    This head I hold - Electric Guest
    The new workout plan / Flashing lights ft.Dwele / Touch the sky - Kanye West
    The way you move - OutKast ft. Sleepy Brown
    Smiley faces / Run / Going on - Gnarls Barkley
    Elevate - St.Lucia
    Party up - DMX (come on y'all it's a classic)
    On & on - Erykah Badu
    Somebody to love me - Mark Ronson and the business intl ft. Boy George (goddamn when the bass drops!)
    Brian Storm - Arctic Monkeys
    I'm shakin' - Jack White
    Sweet nothing - Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch
    When a fire starts to burn - Disclosure
    Boyz / Galang - M.I.A
    Hello good morning - Diddy ft. T.I
    Baby I'm yours - Breakbot
    212 - Azealia Banks
    Hot mess - Chromeo
    Daft Punk is playing at my house - LCD Soundsystem

  • AmySF

    Iggy Azalea Top Shelf please!!!

  • Adrienn

    My list might be considered as mainstream, but... here we go, this is my list of power songs

    Gorgon City: Cycles, Odyssey, Real
    Julio Bashmore: Battle for middle you
    Duke Dumont: The Giver
    Gorgon City: Ready for your love
    Breach: Everything you never had, The click, Let's get hot, Claim to be
    Eliphino: More than me
    Flashmob: Need in me
    Movement: Feel Real
    Bobby Womack: Love is gonna lift you up (Bashmore remix)
    Infinity Ink: Infinity
    Oliver Koletzki & Fran: Arrow and bow - Marek Hemmann Remix
    Claptone: Wrong
    Route 94: My love
    Doc Daneeka; Walk on it
    Dusky: Nobody Else, Careless, It's not enough
    George Fitzgerald: Thinking of you
    Weiss: My sister
    Taches: Don't you know
    Cyril Hahn: Raw Cut