I’ve always thought that music can have an incredible effect on the mind. It can be cathartic, it can be romantic. It can also be energetic stuff. That’s why you see so many people with a smartphone on their arm and a pair of earphones dangling across their chest. There’s just something about the right tune at the right time pumping you up to push yourself further on a treadmill or underneath some stupidly heavy weights.
Music is…properly subjective however. Whereas some people might like a heavy strum on the ol’ electric guitar, others prefer bopping their heads to a collection of bleeps and boops from electronica. Some folks dig harmonious symphonic arrangements with which to set a pace on a run, others channel the anger of a death metal solo towards pumping weights. Different strokes, different folks.
To give you an example, here’s a random selection from my own playlist. Watch YouTube embeds below of course, because it’s never too late to rawk:
Slipknot – Before I forget
This is just…raw. I’m not a massive fan of Slipknot, but there’s an unbridled sense of purpose in this song that never fails to get my blood pumping.
Dethklok – Blazing Star
Likewise, Dethklok may be a fictional band but you can always feel the Metalocalypse emanating from their heavy metal. Blazing Star sums up the sound and feel of the band, ending in a note of triumph that resonates with the end of any workout session.
Linkin Park – Easier to run
It’s kind of ironic that this is one of my favourite tracks to hear shuffle in when I’m on a treadmill, but it has a remarkable effect of always managing to push me that little step further.
The Hives – Tick Tick Boom
The Hives may just be one of the most polarising bands out there. I know of people who’d rather set themselves on fire than listen to them, but I’ve always enjoyed their peppy singles that pack in a ton of energy.
R.E.M – It’s the end of the world (And I feel fine)
I’m a 90’s alt-rock fanboy for life, with R.E.M’s signature world-ending track having a particular sense of timing that can’t be matched. High energy results with perfect cues to remind you to slow down between them.
Beastie Boys – No sleep till Brooklyn
One of my personal favourites for a session of spinning, the Beastie Boys always have the skills to pay the bills.
Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song
Much like the R.E.M example above, Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song has an odd pace but one that you can quickly get used to if you open your mind up a little. A short but sweet track that pushes you.
David Bowie – Heroes
Gone but never forgotten, Bowie’s music always feels like a reminder that you can be better. Heroes moreso, as it’s that one track that can always break the wall you might find yourself slouched against when fatigue rears its ugly head.
Queens of the Stone Age – You think I ain’t worth a dollar, but I feel like a millionaire
If you’re going to finish, do so on a high note. Specifically that one song that you put whatever is left in the tank to one race to the finish. And hot damn, Queens of the Stone Age manages just that with this early single from their career.
That’s a taste of what I listen to. But I want to hear what you guys recommend. If it has a beat, throw it in the comments below so that we can start building a list for people to pick and choose from. With music streaming services like Google Play or Deezer, there’s no excuse to not have a playlist at your side at any given time. Submit away and let’s create something awesome as I kick off this list with a few more recommendations.
Editor’s note: Anyone suggesting the Parlatones will learn the hard way to “feel the burn”.
- Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
- Blink 182 – Adam’s Song
- Blink 182 – Always
- Blink 182 – Carousel
- Blink 182 – M & M’s
- Coldplay – Politik
- Cornershop – Brimful of Asha (Norman Cooke Remix)
- Daft Punk – Derezzed
- Distubed – Land of Confusion
- Foo Fighters – All my life
- Foo Fighters – The Pretender
- Genesis – I can’t dance
- Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL – Is she with you?
- The Hives – Hate to say I told you so
- Linkin Park – Breaking the habit
- Papa Roach – To be loved
- Rage Against The Machine – Sleep now in the fire
- Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Under the bridge
- Skidrow – Youth gone wild
- Stereophonics – Dakota
Last Updated: April 24, 2017