Now that it is finally nice out (well, at least some days…) I like to take advantage of the weather and skip the bus commute. Walking to and from work helps me to energize and de-stress, especially when accompanied by an amazing playlist.
“Angel From Montgomery (Live from Austin, TX)” – Susan Tedeschi
I love Susan Tedeschi – this is a great song to start your walk. Bonus: she breaks into “Sugaree” by Grateful Dead at the end.
“Dreams” – Beck
This is a great pump-up song. It’s super fun and will get you in a good mood in no time.
“Friend of the Devil” – Grateful Dead
A classic, this song has the perfect walking tempo.
“Sing a Simple Song” – Sly and the Family Stone
Old-school funk that will have you feeling like you’re walking straight into the weekend.
“Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
Is it weird I still like this song?
These summer travel songs for your vacation, road trip or drive down Lake Shore Drive will get you in the mood for open blue skies, summer heat and relaxing by the beach. Enjoy these tunes while the wind hits your hair, the sun is in your eyes and your hand hangs out the window. Within in no time, you will catch yourself singing along and sporting a smile.
“Free (feat. Emeli Sandre)” – Rudimental
I love the theme of this song. Free is perfect for the wanderlust spirt and open roads!
“Feeling Ok” – Best Coast
The sound of “Feeling Ok” reminds me of laying by a beach and hearing the sound of the ocean.
“Catch My Disease” – Ben Lee
Ben Lee is an all-time favorite for me. “Catch My Disease” always puts me in the best mood.
“You & I” – Crystal Fighters
I discovered this song by Crystal Fighters last summer. It has been in my playlist rotation ever since.
“So Much To Say” – Dave Matthews Band
What is a summer playlist without Dave Matthews? “So Much To Say” is a classic travel song.
I recently signed up for the Chicago Marathon in October and although I don’t officially start training until June, I’ve been trying to stick with running every day so that I’m not starting at zero when June comes along. An hour long run can get kind of boring so I figured it was the perfect time to start Spotify premium; I really don’t know how I ever lived or ran without it! Here are a few of my favorite songs to run to right now…
“September” – Earth, Wind and Fire
“September” by Earth, Wind and Fire is a long-time family favorite. I can’t tell you how many times I was woken up to this song on the weekend way back in high school but really it never gets old. I love this song for runs because it’s so nostalgic for me – plus, it’s great feel-good song.
“Sweet Disposition” – The Temper Trap
This is another oldie that I used to listen to before my soccer games in high school. It’s not really your typical pump-up song but I find it so comforting. It would calm my nerves, and I’m sure I’ll need it before the big run on October 11th.
“Hold My Hand” – Jess Glynne
Every once in a while I check out Pandora radio to find new songs, and this is one that I discovered a few weeks ago. It’s so upbeat that I could listen to it while doing pretty much anything. It’s always a great pick me up song around mile four!
“Budapest” – George Ezra
I tend to run to the pace of my music so I like to throw a few relaxing songs into the mix for when I need to slow down a bit. “Budapest” by George Ezra is perfect for the part of my run when I settle into a slower pace because it’s still upbeat enough to keep my mind off how many more miles I have to go.
“Mine” – Phoebe Ryan
I always save this song for the final stretch of my run. It gives me that extra boost that I need to finish the last mile or so and ends my run on a great note even if my legs are burning in pain. ☺
I’ve always been a believer that a good playlist is crucial. From the morning commute, to making media lists, I have Spotify going to provide the perfect soundtrack. Right now, I can’t get enough of these five tunes – there’s a little bit of everything!
“What Kind of Man” – Florence + the Machine: I have been a huge fan of Florence Welch for years (especially after being front row at her show at Lollapalooza) and was thrilled to discover that she recently released a new single. In typical Florence fashion, this ballad shows of her amazing pipes and I can’t stop listening!
“Sweet Thing” – Van Morrison: Similar to my wardrobe, I always love to mix in a few classics to my playlist. I was recently shopping and heard this cheerful Van Morrison song and realized I needed it back in my life.
“Don’t Save Me” – Haim: I have never heard a Haim song that I didn’t love, but this one is probably my favorite. Although I could listen to this talented trio all day long, “Don’t Save Me” is the perfect mix of upbeat and easygoing, perfect for any occasion.
“Lights Out, Words Gone” – Bombay Bicycle Club: This band is one of my favorites; their songs provide the quintessential background music when I need to focus and check things off of my to-do list. I would suggest their Pandora playlist to inspire productivity.
“Sugar” – Maroon 5: This is definitely the guilty pleasure on the list. I hate how much I love this song, but it is just so cute. Now all I need to do is learn the words!
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