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 »
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 »
Yes, I’m aware that we haven’t even quite made it through Christmas yet, but it can’t hurt to think ahead, right? I’ve got New Year’s Eve on the brain, and I’m already polishing my dancin’ shoes.
For the first time in years, I’m not hosting all of my friends for New Year’s Eve, which means my Christmas tree will remain intact, my floors clean, and random objects in my house will not be put into sexual positions. But there is one thing that will stay the same: I’m in charge of the beats.
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This morning on my way into work, John Mayer’s “Assassin” came on my iTunes, and I said “Ugh, this song is so underrated.” Then I realized I said it out loud on the train and the lady next to me shot me one of those “whatever you say” glares, having no idea what I was listening to. But the song speaks to me. It’s haunting in a beautiful way, but it was never pimped out like the majority of John’s other songs—which is probably why I love it.
I listened on to one of my favorite jams and realized there are SO many great tunes, by well-known and lesser known artists alike, that are completely underrated. Some songs just never made it big and others are simply underplayed and under appreciated for how freakin’ awesome they are. Because why listen to fantastic, fresh songs when every radio station can play Lady Gaga’s “Applause” one hundred times between breakfast and lunch, amiright? Keep reading »
It’s official. Fall is here to stay, and the same old dance jams of this summer’s BBQs and lazy beach days feel not quite right. Fall music is music you listen to wrapped in a scarf and sipping hot chocolate, walking thru freshly raked leaves. Fall music has a little more oomph, because fall is Serious Business. You’ll need a new soundtrack for handholding, cuddling, briskly shopping, and whatever other treats fall might bring you. We want to celebrate the glory that is new fall releases, with a healthy dose of some old classics. Throw on this playlist, make a lasagna, bake some cookies, or just sit and watch the light change through the leaves. Keep reading »