The weather is warming up, and that means it’s a great time to take your workouts outside. Need a little extra motivation? That’s where music comes in. Hitting “play” on a list of upbeat tracks is the perfect way to keep moving through a tough run or bike ride. Here’s one to crank up while you sweat. Click the button below to listen to the full set on Made Man’s Spotify.
1. “Club Foot” by Kasabian
As you head out the door, ease into your run with the slow buildup of Kasabian’s “Club Foot.” That buildup doesn’t last long, though, and when the guitar and drums kick in hard, you’ll be itching to move your feet fast. So do it.
2. “& Down” by Boys Noize
You’re starting to hit your stride, and Boys Noize is here to help. The relentless, pounding rhythm of “& Down” puts you in a good place, while the pulsating, in-and-out wobble keeps you focused on what’s ahead.
The retro horn section on “Bust-Out Brigade” picks you up and drops you in the middle of Philadelphia, circa 1976.
3. “Bust-Out Brigade” by The Go! Team
The adrenaline is flowing and you’re feeling triumphant. Keep it going with the retro horn section on “Bust-Out Brigade,” a track that’ll pick you up and drop you in the middle of Philadelphia, circa 1976. Try not to pump your fist too hard. If you see some stairs, run up them.
4. “Gloria” by Them
Big sound is good, but sometimes you need a more subtle rhythm to keep your stride going. Cue Them’s “Gloria,” the aggressive protopunk anthem that put Van Morrison’s small-time Irish rock band on the map. Now it’ll put you in the zone.
5. “10 A.M. Automatic” by The Black Keys
Next, transition into “10 A.M. Automatic.” The Black Keys offer a beat-driven number that lets you chill in step while still pushing you to go faster. Which you should be doing right around now anyway.
6. “Harder Better Faster Stronger” by Daft Punk
Perfect time for a little Daft Punk. “Harder Better Faster Stronger” hooks you up with a fast, steady beat, and the lyrics conveniently remind you why you’re working out.
7. “Icky Thump” by The White Stripes
Need more rock? The White Stripes have you covered. “Icky Thump” is heavy on the bass and overlaid with plenty of distortion, a winning combination in the “songs that make you want to run” category.
“Poison Lips” is buoyant, basic and consistent, just what you need to close out the tail end of your run.
8. “Poison Lips” by Vitalic
Vitalic’s “Poison Lips” is essentially four minutes of one quick, driving beat paired with synthed-out vocals. It’s buoyant, basic and consistent, just what you need to close out the tail end of your run.
9. “KracK” by Soulwax
Finish strong with the hard-rock inspired sound of Soulwax’s “KracK.” Turn up the volume and power through without breaking stride.
10. “Chapel Song” by We Are Augustines
This is your cool-down song, a slow but triumphant track that gives you a moment to reflect on the awesome run you’ve just finished while still fostering your buzz. Good show, people.