I love music…I’m also sure that everybody and their mama says the same, in fact I think it would be more strange to be one that hates the sound of music.
It’s been proven time and time again music somehow plays a part in our performance whenever we are under stress, or we are quietly studying, lifting, running or just finding a way to kill time. It plays a part of our emotions as well typically you listen to certain types of music to how you generally feel I don’t think I am alone in this.
I have my own personal workout playlist I like to listen to when I’m running usually on rare occasions I will listen to this playlist while I’m lifting if I wasn’t feeling the day. Sometimes I don’t play music at all and just get right into it, its whatever works for you whether its one of the three or a mixture of all three.
M.A.A.D City – Kendrick Lamar
This is one of my favorite songs when it comes to running the beat just strikes a chord deep within nearly primal to me. If you haven’t ever heard of Good Kid MaaD City from Kendrick Lamar its worth a listen from start to finish, he tells a story of a day in Compton essentially and its very coherent and shows how brilliant hip hop can be at times.
Panic Switch – Silversun Pickups
Another one of my favorites although it took me years to figure out the lead singer was a guy. Despite his sexually ambiguous voice it goes along perfect to the riffs in this song. Also I’m not going to lie I have no idea exactly what a riff is since I’m not a music major, I just know the bassists is laying down a good sound and the electric guitar occasionally comes in with something killer.
Ghost – Snakadaktal
I have some sort of an affinity towards female singers and its a super chill song and I used to love kicking off long study sessions with this song playing in the background. For runs its excellent when you’re outdoors and have things to look at such as trails in the woods or whatever you fancy.
Can’t You See – Marshall Tucker Band
I heard this song for the first time in 2011 and it just spoke to me. I love it for running and love it driving down back roads in North Carolina full blast with the windows down, singing as loud and as horribly I can.
I Am Who Am – Mac Miller
The origin of the title is the answer God gave moses when he asked for his name I believe during of which when he came to him as a burning bush. In my opinion this is probably one of Mac Miller’s best songs where he actually goes on a more serious note. Although I am a fan of Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza its cool to see a rapper grow musically.
Rooster – Alice In Chains
Jerry Cantrell’s interpretations of how Vietnam was like for his father the song is chilling, awesome, and long enough to cover some good distance with when your running or at least finish a set.
Dead Underground – Opiate For The Masses
A post hardcore band from Arizona I admittedly don’t know much about them other than their band name comes from a paraphrased quote from Karl Max. I first heard this song actually when I was watching some footage of a hostage rescue in Afghanistan, the guys decided this would be a good song to play in the background and I definitely agree.