Well, Sheila had to go and post her running mix, so I, of course, must follow suit. I always throw my 50 or so songs on shuffle, and keep in mind that a lot of times I’ll skip through the slow songs while I’m working out and then skip through the fast songs while I’m stretching and cooling down. Ok, mostly I just find Natalie Merchant’s “My Skin” for the stretching, crank it, and play it over and over until I get home. UPDATE: I’m going to pare the list down to the songs I’m keeping when I reload my phone later.
The current list of songs:
“Bridge Over Troubled Water”, Clay Aiken. Yeah, that’s right, shut up. And I was at Target at opening minute the day the single came out too.
“Calling All Angels”, Train.
“Main Title” from ALIAS, J.J. Abrams. Oh yeah. Jammin’. Makes me feel like Sydney Bristow, and I just work my little butt off and feel like a super spy. For 30 seconds.
“Anywhere Is”, Enya. Stretching song.
“Bigger Than My Body”, John Mayer. Short people song, love it.
“It’s Gonna Be Me”, ‘NSYNC. Actually a little slow, but I just high-step it instead, so it’s good.
“Learning to Breathe”, Switchfoot. Joke song for when Sarah is short of breath. Works great for stretching, not so much for working out because it’s too slow.
“Life is Sweet”, Natalie Merchant. Love this song, love it love it love it. Usually stretching or slower workout.
“Why Georgia”, John Mayer.
“Wordplay”, Jason Mraz. Fantastic workout song, if for no other reason than you can completely distract yourself from the fact that you are, in fact, expending energy doing unenjoyable things by trying to memorize the twists and turns in the lyrics. Mr. A to Z is a master of the twist and turn. It’s all about the wordplay.
“Bad Day”, Jason Powter. Yes, yes, I still love it. No, no, American Idol did not tire me of it. I never skip it.
“Gravedigger”, Dave Matthews. In there solely for the drumbeats, and for some reason, my phone has not once given me this song while I’ve worked out, only while walking the dog. So I can’t tell you if it’s a good workout song.
“My Stupid Mouth”, John Mayer. This song makes me think of Frank and the dumb things he says every time I hear it, so I keep it around. I especially love the long pause part. “I’m never speaking up again… starting now … … … one more thing… why is it my fault?”
“Red Hair is Better”, and instrumental from ALIAS, Michael Giacchino. It’s an electronica type beat from the pilot, where she’s dying her hair and going on a rogue mission, and then it all crescendoes and builds up to the part where Sydney is breaking into a car in Taipei and there’s this rabid scream-type thingy, and that makes me grin maliciously every time, and people all look at me. I love it.
“Superman”, Five for Fighting. Piano, vocals. Mmm.
“Did You Get My Message”, Jason Mraz. Ok, yeah, a lot of my old boyfriend Muh-raz in here. But I do adore that voice, and let’s not forget the wordplay. It’s all about the wordplay. And he’s so upbeat! This one’s not going away any time soon.
“If You’re Not the One”, Daniel Bedingfield. Ace Young’s botched attempt at this one (you know, the one he called “If I’m Not Made for You”) renewed my love for the original. It’s best as a stretcher. Not so much for the exercising. Great for walking the dog, though.
“Jesus Take the Wheel”, Carrie Underwood.
“All Along the Watchtower”, DMB. Love this, it’s their Central Park Concert version. Honestly, I prefer the one from their Dallas TX concert … hmm, I think it was 7/18/2003. I’m going to switch the versions. This one is way too much intro, too much cheering, the solos aren’t as good. And Stefan Lessard’s bass intro in the Dallas concert was just so much better, if you ask me. Perhaps it’s because I was there in Dallas, and that was the kick off of my big liberating birthday week when I hopped in Pinky and drove to Utah alone to hang out with Sandy and her folks. Hiked the Grand Canyon. Read Order of the Phoenix for the first time. Yes, I simply must switch to the better version.
“Come on Over”, Christina Aguilera. Shut up.
“My Skin”, Natalie Merchant. One of my many ALIAS pickups. I don’t know if Giacchino picked out all music for ALIAS aside from also doing the score, but whoever picked out the songs for that show introduced me to so much music. I don’t know how long it will take for me to tire of this song, but it shall be a long time, because the piano and strings mesmerize me every time.
“Pink Houses”, John Mellencamp. This one sticks around for a while.
“Weight of the World”, Chantal Kreviazuk.
“Ants Marching”, DMB. It has everything required for working out.
“Green Eyes”, Coldplay. Stretcher.
“Iris”, Goo-goo Dolls. Yum.
“Jackson”, Johnny & June Carter Cash. I love how she totally puts him in his place.
“Ring of Fire”, Johnny Cash. It’s the ringer I use for Frank.
“Who’s Your Daddy”, Toby Keith. Embarrassingly, it’s the ringer I use for my dad until I find a better one, and I do like to work out to it. Except for that horribly misplaced cymbal crash.
“You Ain’t Leavin’ (Thank God Are Ya?)”, Toby Keith. It’s funny.
“You Thought Wrong”, Kelly Clarkson & Tamyra Gray. This one’s never come on while I’m working out either.
“Confrontation” between Jean Valjean and Javert from Les Miserables. It palpitates my heart.
“Let’s Embrace”, Joseph Arthur. Fun, happy, great workout song.
“Robin and Marian”, Nickel Creek. Great bluegrass instrumental. Their first album is their best. Second one was a third as good as their first. I’m afraid to buy their third. Is it any good?
“Mockingbird”, Toby & Krystal Keith. I always want to sing this one out loud. Frank’s & my song.
“The Taliban Song”, Toby Keith & Scotty Emerick. When it gets to the chorus, I just grin.
“Gotta Get Thru This”, Daniel Bedingfield. Acoustic version. Dance (radio) version would be better for workout, but there’s no beating the acoustic, so I pretend it’s fast.
“Zero Percent”, Jason Mraz. Live at Java Joe’s version. It’s something like 7 minutes long, so it’ll take me half a circuit around at Curves, and I know every syllable, and it’s so funny and twisted. And it makes not a lick of sense.
“Proud Mary”, Tina & Ike Turner. Y’all should have seen me one day working to this song. I was jammin’. They were watching me, and I was smiling so big, running with high steps and running hard with loud feet and then when I was on the machines, I was pumping hard and fast, and they all had their crappy canned aerobics cover music. They all wished they’d eaten the same salad I had. One of the best workout songs ever.
“Bring Me to Life”, Evanescence.
“100 Years”, Five for Fighting. You know, get me thinking about age, and I just can’t get enough of this song. Plus the piano is so yummy.
Now I just have to find the songs to replace all the ones I’m dumping.