My favorite part about summer is the weather. As a runner, winter is awful. I hate treadmills and gyms, so I usually stop working out during the winter. Once spring and summer roll around, I’m ready to hit the trails again. A good run is only enhanced by the soundtrack.
Feelin’ Myself by will.i.am, Miley Cyrus and French Montana
This is a prime warm-up song, to get in the groove. If you’re not feelin’ yourself, it’s hard to be motivated to get out and work hard when you could be watching the new Game of Thrones episodes.
Bon Appetit by Katy Perry, Migos
I’m not usually a Katy Perry fan, and I wasn’t thrilled with her new album, but Bon Appetit has a chill, yet driving beat that makes it great for keeping a consistent speed.
Diva by Beyonce
This song is by Beyonce. I don’t think I have to say anything else.
I’m the One by DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne
I, vi, IV, V – it’s the standard, go-to tonal harmony for pop music. And you know what? It works. The chords are repetitive and simple, the verses aren’t anything inspired, but this song feels like summer. The bassline seems to bounce along under the lyrics and keeps me moving forward.
Side to Side by Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
Another great song with an interesting and groovy bassline. The tempo is just fast enough I feel like I’m challenging myself, but not too fast.
Don’t Tell ‘Em by Jeremih, YG
For when you need to walk or jog slowly, but still feel cool and motivated.
Bad Blood by Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar
I honestly wouldn’t be into this song but for Kendrick. His slick verses, over a simple yet aggressive beat, keep me in the zone. This song is also helpful for when you’re in the mood to run off some anger.
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