Good music is good music.

Gretchen Wilson, American country music artist (1973-present)

Everyday I go to the gym, I wonder what people listen to while they workout.  Obviously not everyone listens to music while they workout, i.e. my one friend studies on the treadmill by watching chemistry videos, but most of us are generally plugged in while we whip ourselves into shape.  Some may have their go to playlist, while others just listen to whatever’s on their phone.


Personally, my playlist(s) changes depending on my mood.  There are days when I just want to listen to the old songs on my phone, while on other days, I will listen to a set of playlists targeted for certain workouts.

On my old songs days, some of the songs I jam to are

  • Avicii vs. Nicky Romero, I Could Be The One (Nicktim)
  • Boys Like Girls, The Great Escape
  • DJ Sammy, Heaven ft. Yanou, Do
  • Enrique Iglesias, Bailando ft. Descemer Bueno, Gente de Zona
  • G-Dragon, Black/Without You
  • Jimmy Eat World, The Middle
  • Justin Bieber, Sorry
  • Marina and the Diamonds, Blue/Forget/Froot/Primadonna
  • Phoebe Ryan, Mine (Illenium Remix)
  • Secondhand Serenade, Fall for You
  • Seven Lions x Illenium x Said the Sky, Rush Over Me ft. HALIENE
  • Shakira, La Tortura ft. Alejandro Sanz
  • We the Kings, Check Yes Juliet

On my old songs days, I basically workout to any song I have heard from the late 90s to today.  And if I’m not feeling a song while I work out, I just simply skip it and listen to the next song in the queue.


When I’m feeling anal, I have multiple playlists that I must listen to.  These playlists are targeted for a specific workout; the cardio songs are different from my weight training songs.  I may be projecting too much, but I try to match the energy required for the workout with a respective song that will maintain that energy during the workout.  I don’t know if this is a scientifically proven thing, but personally, I feel that whenever I do this, I’m able to maximize on my productivity.


Here are some of the songs in these playlists, separated by routine:

Walking to the gym and warm-up

  • AJR, Weak
  • Avicii, Wake Me Up
  • Daft Punk, Get Lucky ft. Pharell Williams
  • Jason Derulo, Talk Dirty ft. 2 Chainz
  • Sean Paul, Get Busy/Temperature
  • Slushii x Marshmello, Twinbow
  • Survivor, Eye of the Tiger


  • All American Rejects, Dirty Little Secret
  • Cash Cash, Matches ft. ROZES
  • Ellie Goulding, Burn
  • Lady Gaga, Applause
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Can’t Hold Us ft. Ray Dalton
  • Pitbull, Timber ft. Ke$sha
  • Sia, Cheap Thrills ft. Sean Paul
  • The Chainsmokers and Tritonal, Until You were Gone ft. Emily Warren

Weight training

  • Alan Walker, Alone/Faded/Sing Me to Sleep
  • Eminem, The Monster ft. Rihanna
  • Jennifer Lopez, On the Floor ft. Pitbull
  • Jon Bellion, All Time Low (Shew Remix)
  • Snakehips & MØ, Don’t Leave (Gryffin Remix)
  • The Chainsmokers, Roses ft. ROZES
  • will.i.am, #thatPOWER ft. Justin Bieber


  • Alan WalkerTired
  • Alexandra Stan, Mr. Saxobeat
  • David Guetta, Play Hard ft. Ne-Yo, Akon
  • Lady Gaga, Paparazzi
  • Porter Robinson & Madeon, Shelter
  • Rihanna, Diamonds
  • The Chainsmokers, All We Know ft. Phoebe Ryan


I feel like when you work out, you can never go wrong with songs by Sean Paul, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna.  Their songs have a great combination of relevant lyrics and addictive beats that get you into the mood to move.

While I didn’t include my dance playlist, many of the songs scattered throughout my playlists have gotten inspiration from my dancing days.  Sean Paul, Usher, Britney Spears, and many more greats all have a place in my heart, as they are the original dance practice songs I would listen to when I was younger.  Just writing these names makes me want to dance as often as I used to.


EDM songs are also a great choice to work out to because their beats usually keep you motivated throughout your workout.  Some of these choices are obvious, like Ellie Goulding’s Burn, to burn off your fat, or like The Chainsmokers and Tritonal’s Until You Were Gone, whose music video was a tribute to cardio (shoutout to soul cycle 🤗).  Other songs are there to boost your self-confidence, like Rihanna’s Diamonds and AJR’s Weak because “I’m weak, and what’s wrong with that?”, a clear tribute to my noodle arms that struggle the most during arm workouts.


the girl who proudly shows off her noodle arms at the gym

p.s. I compiled the songs featured in this posts into a large melting pot playlist.  Feel free to listen to these songs while you work out, and I hope they help you on your fitness journey!



+june playlist+

I know this is late, but here is this month’s Top Ten!

Erik Satie, Gymnopédie No. 1
This summer I’m trying to go back to my creative roots, and this song just tickles you in a pleasant way to get your creative juices flowing.  Also shameless bragging, but this was the song I used in my final for my creative writing class in freshman year.
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Fall Out Boy, Sugar, We’re Goin Down
These days everyone has been talking about the return of some of our favorite groups (#RIPMCR), and I know everyone had a crush on Pete Wentz at some point, even if it was for five minutes 😁.
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Future, Mask Off
To be honest, rap music is whatever Biggie or Tupac made, but Future has a nice voice, plain and simple.  I can actually understand his words, rather than bob my head to a bunch of gibberish.
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Jasmine Thompson, Old Friends
I recently saw Jasmine Thompson, and reconnected with literally old friends that I haven’t spoken to or seen in a few years now.  It literally captures the reason why old friends will inevitably be better than new friends.
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Lady Gaga, Paparazzi
I remember the first time I listened to Lady Gaga in my friend’s dark computer room, and I remember thinking that she was weird, yet ten years later, I know the lyrics to many of her popular pieces.
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Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee, Despacito
My friend told me to listen to it because Justin Bieber was featured, but I think it sucks.  Do yourself a favor and learn some Spanish and listen to the original, and NOT the remix, even if I do love JB’s songs.
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Marina and the Diamonds, Primadonna
I recently applied for a part-time job and one of the questions was, “What is your anthem?” and the only song that came to mind was this song because every girl, well most girls, would love to live the life Marina sings about.
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The Chainsmokers ft. ROZES, Roses
This was my gateway drug to The Chainsmokers because even after the release of Don’t Let Me Down, I was still wary of them, and who wouldn’t be?  #Selfie was a disaster.
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The Night Game, The Outfield
I love it when artists explore different genres because I can truly appreciate their singing ability, but also because as a fan, I feel like I am graced with the opportunity to see a beloved performer grow and develop over the years.  Also Martin’s cute.
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Zara Larsson, Lush Life
Besides Symphony and Never Forget You, I didn’t think that Zara Larsson had any memorable or popular songs, but was I wrong – Lush Life is so addicting and dance-able.
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Like May, June is also filled with a seemingly mismatched set of songs.  Most of these are not of the recent kind, one even being 130 years old.  As it’s the summer, everyone should experience new things, like new genres.


the girl who projects (?) with her music

p.s. Here’s June’s Spotify playlist!

+may playlist+

Usually, I listen to the same 15 songs until I get sick of them, but since my blog is a way to reinvent myself, I decided to start publishing a monthly playlist.  The understanding is that from this experience, I can discover new genres/sub-genres and artists that I’ve never heard of before, and share the wealth for others who also may have not heard of these hidden gems.


Rules: Each month, I will be posting my Top Ten songs.  To be a Top Ten song, it must either

  • be a hidden gem – a new genre/sub-genre that I have not yet explored OR a new artist from a genre that I enjoy listening to
  • be an indulgence – an artist that I already enjoy listening to

Obviously, I’ll try to limit the indulgence songs because what’s the point of reading this post if all you’re going to see are songs from the Billboard Hot 100?  Also, I may not always post exactly 10 songs because there are some months when music is dry and uninteresting, so I can only scrounge together less than 10.


For May, here are my Top Ten:

Black Veil Brides, In the End
This song came out years ago and it’s probably the only BVB song that I like, though I can’t tell you why I don’t listen to more of their stuff.
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Chase Atlantic, Cassie
A friend recommended this song and artist because of the title (can you guess what her name is?) and it’s a pretty nice song, though I probably would have never found it, which is pretty embarrassing because I like to explore genres.
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Clean Bandit ft. Zara Larsson, Symphony
This song has to be on everyone’s playlist, asap.  I’m in love with Clean Bandit’s angle these days, singing about struggle and frustration, yet delivering it with beautiful melodies and strong female vocals.
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Harry Styles, Sign of the Times
Okay, so I was in love with One Direction because of Harry, don’t judge because everyone had their favorite One Direction member and loved 1D more than they would like to admit.  I love the angle that Harry goes in this song, with a soft classic rock that he probably wanted to sing all along instead of the cheesy pop genre.  Though I am confused why iTunes would label it as pop 🤔.
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Kendrick Lamar, HUMBLE.
I think rap music is perfect when you want to think about things, well not all rap songs, but the artists I do listen to always make me think about my life’s struggles in comparison to others.  Kendrick Lamar is not an exception and his music video is beautifully shot, with cool angles.
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Slushii x Marshmello, Twinbow
Marshmello, whoever he is under that mask-hat thing is a genius.  Slushii is like the go-to name everyone goes to, so they can show off their EDM knowledge.  While it is a shorter piece, this is no doubt a perfect song to ~groove~ to.
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The Story So Far, Clairvoyant
I generally don’t go crazy about guitars and stuff, but this song is beautiful.  It kind of a has a chill vibe from the 2000s (it was released in 2013), and the essence of a struggling musician, which is kind of cool.
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Twin Forks, Cross My Mind
This folk song is a sweet song that always makes me think of a sunny road trip by the beach.  #summer
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Vampire Weekend, California English
I love this song.  My friend reintroduced me to this song, but it’s trippy and really cool.  I’m kind of upset that I haven’t listened to Vampire Weekend in a while because I forgot all the fun songs, but I guess this is what happens when you have trouble remembering titles 😥.
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May’s songs may seem like a hodge podge of things, but given the point of the semester, I need an eclectic variety of songs to soothe the pain of finals and get me excited for summer vacation.  I hope you enjoy these songs like I do!


the girl who can’t be pinned down with her song choices

p.s. I made a Spotify playlist, so you can enjoy my May finds!