Just Hit Play

A weekly series where you’ll find a handful of songs to add to your workout playlist. 

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — Can’t Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton)explicit lyrics

As a former Seattleite, I’ve gotta start out with a shoutout to Seattle’s best rapper — Macklemore. It’s been good seeing him come up on the national scene lately with a couple songs on the radio. And his live shows are supposedly insanely good.

You’ll definitely be seeing more of him in future Just Hit Play’s, but for now check out this track — it’s got a nice uptempo beat, a good chorus with Ray Dalton, and some cool bridges with some horns that’ll get you pumped.

As always, he’s reppin’ his hometown strong in the music video for “Can’t Hold Us”:

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Daft Punk — Around the World/Harder Better Faster Stronger (live version)

To be honest, I’m not that into techno. It’s too confusing. What’s the difference between house/electronic/techno/dubstep? What’s good and what’s bad?

What I do know? This song is great to run to.

It’s got a driving beat that keeps building, and then it happens. This filthy bass drops and the crowd (this is a song recorded live) goes nuts.

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It’s like all the energy of a Berlin techno concert with 80,000 people — all on who knows what kinds of drugs — gets shot through my earbuds and passed on to me, and I have to physically hold myself back from going into a full out sprint.

Check out the song below:

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Maynard Ferguson — Gonna Fly Now (Theme from “Rocky”)

Sly Stallone has done some questionable film work in his time, like this and this. But, you can’t really nitpick with “Rocky“. Plus, “Rocky” has what a lot of other movies in that motivational/underdog genre lack — a classic theme song that’s guaranteed to make you want to keep going even when you want to quit.

Time for a confession: I was a band geek growing up. Playing the trumpet is sort of a tradition passed down on my Dad’s side; that might explain why I’m a little partial to the Maynard Ferguson version of Gonna Fly Now, even though it’s not the original version from the movie. I was fortunate enough to see Maynard twice with my Dad before he passed, and it’s something I’ll never forget.

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This might not be for everyone, but check it out. And if it does end up making it on your running playlist, try this for a challenge: re-enact the movie scene by finding some footsteps of a building to run up before the song ends

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That’s it for this week, but I’ll be back next monday with a few more songs for ya. In the mean time, leave a comment or post a suggestion on how I can embed the songs a little more cleanly? Thanks as always for reading.

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