Despite the impending arrival of snow on the east coast, it’s March, and I’m ready to run. I am the world’s biggest wimp when it comes to running in the cold, but when the calendar flips to the third month of the year, I have to press go. I get stir crazy. I went out during snow flurries on Saturday because my lungs were that desperate for fresh air. And when one finds herself running in 32 degree weather, one does best with a new playlist.
What’s working for me now are all those songs on the radio that you want to hate, but you just can’t.
So we start with who else? T.Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble.” (source) CV(D) and My Ex were super into her all the way back in ’08 when she was wailing about getting married, and slamming screen doors, and I rolled my eyes at their country ways. And now here I am, practically screaming the lyrics to this at the top of my lungs whenever my car so much as touches an interstate. Whatever.
On to Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop.” (source) You’re going to have to act fast if you want in on this because it’s only going to be on the radio for about five more minutes. But man those lyrics are pure gold. “I wear your granddad’s clothes, I look incredible.” I mean, really.
Next, keep going with “Little Talks,” by Monsters and Men. (source) I played this song when it first came out and I don’t think I’ve stopped since. If you’re really feeling it, shout “Hey!” when they do.
Ever since this happened, I am obsessed with Ke$ha’s “Die Young.” It’s like I could hear through the cheesy, Dancing with the Stars band, and tell there was greatness in this catchy little pop anthem. It’s carefree, and since I’ll never have Melissa Rycroft’s moves, I’ll have to pound it out on the pavement instead.
“Locked Out of Heaven,” by Bruno Mars. (source) Dear readers, I cannot put the image for this single on my blog. It’s NSFW. It’s NSFmylife. Please accept this album cover in its stead. I love the do-woppy feel of this song and the complete lack of do-woppy lyrics.
How can you make a running playlist without Alicia Keys, “Girl on Fire?” (source) Of course, it helps if you actually are a girl whilst running and listening to this song. I’m not sure how inspirational you’ll find it otherwise.
Once you’re into a nice little trot, it’s time for “Suit and Tie,” by JT and Jay-Z, neither of whom can do wrong in my book. Finish strong. Period. (source)