Saturday, October 25, 2008

Music Motivation

I read on The Daily Spark that we should make different playlists to go with the different activities we do: running, elliptical, cross-training, etc. I decided to spend a little bit of time on my Saturday to do this (so much better than cleaning my bathroom). In the process, I learned a little bit about myself and my music.

1) According to my "Top 25 Most Played" list, I've played "Waterloo" by ABBA 190 times, by far the most played song in my Itunes. "SOS" by ABBA was a distant second, played 83 times. I blame a random watching of "Muriel's Wedding" and then my viewing of "Mamma Mia!" And, seriously, who does not love "Waterloo" or ABBA?

2) My friend R and I exchanged CDs back in September of running music. My list to her included: "I'm Every Woman" by Whitney Houston, "Stronger" by Britney Spears, "Lose Yourself" by Eminem, "Labels or Love" by Fergie, "Stronger" by Kanye West, "Celebrity Skin" by Hole, "You Can Do It" by Ice Cube, "Canned Heat" by Jamiroquai, "Stupid Girls" by Pink, "Hung Up" by Madonna, "I Don't Wanna Be In Love" by Good Charlotte, "Fighter" by Christina Aguilera, "When I Grow Up" by the Pussycat Dolls, "She Bangs" by Ricky Martin, "Gonna Fly Now" from the Rocky movies, "4 Minutes" by Madonna and JT, and "Brand New Day" by Sting.

3) My recently purchased music includes "Hot N Cold" by Katy Perry, "Keeps Gettin' Better" by Christina Aguilera, "Mama Said Knock You Out" by LL Cool J, "Groove is in the Heart" by Deee-Lite, and "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads. I've started noticing that my radio listening turns into "running song analysis", as in, "this sounds like a good workout song."

4) Prior to this new playlist kick, I had 162 songs on my Ipod Shuffle. Unfortunately, I found myself shuffling to some specific songs, so I think these playlists are going to help me. Like "Thnks fr th Mmrs" by Fallout Boy. Not a Fallout Boy fan at all, but it is perfect for a mid-elliptical pickup.

5) Cheesy songs get me moving. Take, for instance, "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot. Yes, it's on my Shuffle. Yes, it is cheesy beyond belief and it makes me think of that episode of Friends where Rachel got her baby to not cry by singing it. However, if you got some JLo-type authentic booty (like me), you've got to embrace it. (Sidenote: I love on the 30 Day Shred when Jillian tells us to stick our butts out when we're doing squats... "Ain't no shame ladies!" She cracks me up.) "So Cosmo says you're fat? Well, I ain't down with that. Cuz your waist is small and your curves are kicking..." Yes, in all the misogynistic lyrics that are included in this song, sometimes, Sir M. comes up with some nice points.

So what songs are you totally loving right now? Tell me some cheesy/wouldn't tell your friends you like them songs that you LOVE to work out to. I'd like to know that I'm not the only one obsessed with teeny bopper music at the gym!


Anonymous said...

For Cardio:

Saul Williams - List of Demands

Fall Out Boy - I Don't Care

Any White Stripes


Angie Eats Peace said...

Mamma Mia! was the best! I have a few of the songs from the soundtrack on my running lists.

Cheesey songs are my guilty pleasure for running. I also love:
"Tootsie Roll" 69 Boys
"Bopgun" Ice Cube
"La Vida Loca" Ricky Martin

Everything I listen to know, I listen for it's playlist potential. I guess that makes us true runners :)

Cammy said...

One of my next projects will be to re-organize my playlists. I'm looking forward to checking out some of the songs you listed as possible additions.

My cheesiest song is "Cartoon Heroes" by Aqua.I always imagine myself in a cape as I'm churning away on the elliptical.

Anastasia Beaverhausen said...

I bust out some odd stuff. Mostly it is either high energy, or high anger. I do have an affection for ska when on a tredmill. The fast paced nature of it and the horn sections help keep your rhthym.

No Doubt
ReelBig Fish
Puddle of Mudd
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Cherry Poppin' Daddies
and my Pure Disco cds!

I do love the Muriel's Wedding reference, I should pull that movie out and watch it again. Tori Collette is great in that one.

RooBabs said...

I have some Pink, Shakira, No Doubt, Erasure, whatever is upbeat and fun and takes my mind off of how much time I have left. Heck, I even have Shania Twain, "Man I Feel Like a Woman". LOL. (And I love Aqua- I used to have some of their songs on a CD that I would listen to on the treadmill!)

I really need to change up my playlists, but it's definitely time-consuming. I'm just glad my iPod Nano is only 8 gig- I can't imagine if I had more music than that to sort through!