Yeah, as much as my self deprecating humour contributes to about 80% of who I am as a person, this playlist isn’t specifically for death. More so for working out. Which I am convinced, every time I climb those twenty stairs up to my gym, will most definitely be the death of me. This was definitely inspired by the lovely Jules, who’s blog I’ve linked. She shared her own workout playlist, and we definitely share a love of the same type of music and artists, so I thought I’d share my own!
The songs I’m sharing are going to be split into two parts for the two playlists I listen to at the gym. One will be the songs that are perfect for the first part of my workout, the horrible, real shit stuff – the cardio, and the second will be the tunes I listen to when I do weight work. There’s too many songs on these playlists, as per usual, to share them all with you, so you can find them on my Spotify account, ‘inhaler’ and ‘pump’, respectively.
Let’s get it.
So first, songs that are perfect to run to, or formally known in my case as. . .
death by cardio.
I know there’s all that science stuff about running to songs that are set to 180 beats per minute. Son. If you think I’m sticking to one solid pace the whole half hour that I’m running, you’ve sincerely over-estimated my cardiovascular health and I. I tend to do my HIIT workout on the treadmill as well as afterwards in a studio separately, so I mix between solid sprints, jogging and incline walking. That said, the songs in this playlist fit all of those different levels. Songs with an asterisks are songs that I find myself listening to every day, either because they come up on shuffle and I don’t skip them, or because I actively set them up in the queue.
Don’t Leave- Tkdjs, Ayer
Intoxicated – Martin Solveig, GTA*
i – Kendrick Lamar
Flipmode – Fabolous, Velous, Christ Brown
My People – The Presets*
Do It Right (Blinkie Remix) – Anne-Marie, Blinkie*
Instruction – Jax Jones, Demi Lovato, Stefflon Don
Uber – Litek, Tom Zanetti, Curtis Clacey*
Not Nice – PARTYNEXTDOOR
Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man*
Mercy – Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz
Kiwi – Harry Styles*
Do It Right – Martin Solveig, Tkay Maidza
All Night – Chance The Rapper, Knox Fortune
Give Me Love – Izzy Bizu
Attention (Bingo Players Remix) – Charlie Puth, Bingo Players*
Real Life – Duke Dumont, Gorgon City, NAATIONS*
Tonight – Don Diablo*
Stuck – The Aces
Truffle Butter – Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne
Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis*
White Tiger (Cat Carpenters Remix) – Izzy Bizu, Cat Carpenters*
XXX – The Bohicas*
Violet – Bad Suns
Bonfire – Childish Gambino*
This second list, is from the playlist ‘pump’.
I enjoy weight training far more than I will ever enjoy doing any form of cardio. It’s the funnest (funnest?) part of going to the gym, and I look forward to it everyday. That said, I still need songs to pump me up, and you’ll notice an obvious difference between this playlist and the previous.
A Tale of 2 Citiez – J Cole* (every. single. day)
Perplexing Pegasus – Rae Sremmurd
You can Do It – Ice Cube ft Mack 10 and Ms Toi*
Side To Side – Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
Kriss Kross – C. Breezy*
Work Out – J. Cole*
Trini Dem Girls – Nicki Minaj, LunchMoney Lewis
Fire Squad – J. Cole*
Bonfire – Childish Gambino*
DNA. – Kendrick Lamar
She Knows – J.Cole, Amber Coffman, Cults*
Fade – Kanye West
Rake It Up – Yo Gotta, Nicki Minaj*
Lemon – N.E.R.D, Rihanna
‘Till I Collapse – Eminem, Nate Dogg
Bang – Rye Rye, M.I.A
All Day – Kanye West, Theophilus London*
Venus Fly – Grimes, Janelle Monae*
Honor – DJ Cassidy, Grace Lil Yachty
Tone It Down – Gucci Mane, Chris Brown
King Kunta – Kendrick Lamar
Your Time – Nick Murphy, KAYTRANADA
Future Heroine – Ecca Vandal
No Role Modelz – J. Cole*
Faking It – Calvin Harris, Kehlani, Lil Yachty*
So those were my two lists for you! There is definitely a lot more where that came from, and I add to ‘inhaler‘ and ‘pump‘ (which I’ve linked), whenever I find some more good tunes. Make sure you check out Jules’ post and let me know what you think of the songs I’ve shared above. I know not everyone listens to music when working out (though I’m not sure why you’d put yourself through that???) but if you do, I’d love to know what you’re listening to, and any recommendations you have!