Posted at 5:00 AM Apr 29, 2010
By Andrea Grimes
Finding the right gym is like finding the right cocktail--it should have exactly what you want in it, leave you refreshed after you finish it and also come at the right price. Ideally, it's also something you can have several times a week with no problem. Perhaps that complicates things, but let's go with the metaphor.
You've found your gym. It's affordable, has a zillion of that one machine that you like and isn't overrun on Monday nights. The only thing left in this sweaty work-out cocktail is the right playlist, which I think I've finally whittled down to the best of the best. These are my 10 favorite songs to work out to right now--and also why they should be yours, too.
10. "Starstruck" by Lady Gaga
This is the first Lady Gaga song on the list, but it certainly won't be the last. "Starstruck" has a nice chunky, powerful beat that doesn't sound exhausting the way "Just Dance" does. Also ideal for fantasizing about pop-stardom while you're in the last minutes of a cardio hell.
9. "Bounce That" by Girl Talk
Mash-up experts Girl Talk mix all kinds of pop, rock and hip-hop samples into an energetic cornucopia of "Holy cow, I can't believe this is--Britney Spears? Smashing Pumpkins? Fleetwood Mac? Wreckx'n Effect?!" I often get so into digging the samples that I forget how long I've been jogging.
8. "Electric Feel" by MGMT
Songs about good-looking women ("Oh! Girl!") are always good ear candy when you're drenched in sweat and wearing mismatched gym socks that smell like wet butthole. I like listening to "Electric Feel" while doing a circuit work out. It makes me feel like dancing. Which brings me to ...
7. "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" by Leo Sayer
This is my current favorite disco hit, and it makes me feel like staying on the elliptical for 3-and-a-half more minutes.
6. "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" - Jay-Z/Beatles mashup by DJ Danger Mouse
I am but a weak thing, but when I'm doing my 30-lb bicep curls amid the 'roided out iron-pumpers and listening to this version of "Dirt Off Your Shoulder," I am a hard-ass bitch from the streets, ya heard? BEST RAPPER ALIVE!