While many people view their workout music as a deeply personal choice (I’m partial to “Alan Jackson’s Greatest Hits” when I hit the treadmill), there’s a scientific reason that some songs get your blood pumping more than others. In addition to beats per minute (BPM) that match up to a person’s running stride and heart rate, workout jams need to have a steady or subtly escalating tempo, and a truly great workout song will also have lyrics that encourage you to push yourself harder mentally and physically. Spotify brought in a team of London-based sports psychologists to analyze 6.7 million user-created workout playlists, and used their findings to compile what they call the “Ultimate Workout Playlist,” which takes listeners from a warm-up to high intensity to strength training to cool down. Check out the 20 hot pop songs that made the cut, after the jump! (Spoiler alert: your Ke$ha obsession is probably paying off…) Keep reading »
Despite the remaining members of Fleetwood Mac courting her to get back on the snow goose, since leaving the band in the ’90s, “songbird” Christine McVie has repeatedly refused, insisting that she “go her own way.” Keep reading »
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend!
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I generally find Lea Michele profoundly annoying. But you got to hand it to her: the girl can sing. Lea’s new song, “Cannonball” (from her solo album), is a total earworm. Even though she still belts out songs in her Broadway star voice, it works for her on this song like it wouldn’t for, say, Pink or Katy Perry. “Cannonball” has got a catchy hook and it’ll do really well in mashups. What do you think? [YouTube]
Love it or hate it, New York City might be the most romantic, mind blowing or worst date you’ll have in 2014. Ring in the new year with Brooklyn songwriter Marc Smith’s latest rocking love/hate ode that is the very embodiment of “it’s complicated.” This basically captures my entire vibe towards my home of the last 12 years. NYC, sometimes I want to quit you, but I just can’t. [MarcSmithMusic.com]
A new year is upon us, but not before we party hard during the last few minutes of 2013!
We asked you, our Frisky fans, which tunes have reigned supreme on your iTunes this year and deserve to be on the Ultimate New Year’s Eve playlist, and now your fantasy soundtrack has become a reality.
We’ve compiled a list of our own personal favorite jams along with some of your favorites, just in time for you to ring in the New Year with your pals. (Note: It also makes an AMAZING primping and prepping playlist, ladies!) You’re welcome, and Happy New Year’s Eve! Keep reading »
2013 was a pretty memorable year for pop music, especially if you had lots of opinions on blurred lines and riding a wrecking ball naked. In case you need a recap of pop radio in 2013, musician Robin Skouteris made a mashup of this year’s top 56 songs and their videos. It exhaustively clocks in at just under 10 minutes! IMHO, the Katy Perry “Roar”/Taylor Swift “Trouble” part is the best. (Thanks, commenter LR52185!) [YouTube]
A few weeks ago, I wished aloud for a sequel to Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” Apparently, the universe heard me loud and clear. Rebecca delivered with a sequel called, yes,”Saturday.” (Does this mean everything I ask for on the internet will now come true? In that case, I’d like the next winning lottery numbers please.) Now, a pop punk cover of “Saturday” performed by Patty Walters has surfaced on YouTube and it’s even more fun than the original. Enjoy! Let’s cross our fingers for “Sunday” to be recorded in another two years.[YouTube]