The Ultimate Spring 2011 Workout Playlist

Written by Anne T. Donahue

10 more songs to keep you moving

It’s time to bust out the running shoes and take to the streets: after being cooped up all winter, springtime calls for some QT outdoors, and in celebration of budding trees, green grass and the occasional patio-appropriate afternoon (maybe one day it’ll stop raining), we’ve assembled a follow-up to our original Workout Playlist. This time with added awesome.

1. Title: Judas
Artist: Lady Gaga
Crank it up because: It’s not “Born This Way”, and that in itself is a reason to celebrate.

2. Title: Heads Will Roll
Artist: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Crank it up because: The tempo will make you want to run with your fists in the air Rocky-style – or at least give you the attitude needed to simultaneously kick ass and take names. Take that, bathing suit season.

3. Title: I Want You
Artist: Summer Camp
Crank it up because: Starting with a slower vibe and picking up once the beat drops, this is the perfect track to kick off your workout routine and keep you amped throughout it.

4. Title: The Beat and the Pulse
Artist: Austra
Crank it up because: It’s normally hard to feel badass when wearing track pants and an oversize hoodie (hello, go-to workout gear), but this song will make you feel like the star of a police film with incredibly dramatic montages.

5. Title: Not In Love
Artist: Crystal Castles (feat. Robert Smith)
Crank it up because: It’s impossible not to move when Crystal Castles are involved. And if Alice Glass can tour the world with a broken foot, you can run that extra mile.

6. Title: All Summer
Artist: Best Coast, Kid Cudi, Rostam Batmanglij
Crank it up because: It combines hip-hop, rock ‘n roll and the feeling you get on a beautiful summer day. And even if you’re running on a treadmill, you’ll be convinced that you’re in California.

7. Title: King of the Beach
Artist: Wavves
Crank it up because: That’s the way you’ll feel when you’re sprinting down it.

8. Title: Til the World Ends
Artist: Britney Spears
Crank it up because: By no means should Britney Spears ever be left off a workout playlist. Ever.

9. Title: Monster
Artist: Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj
Crank it up because: This should be everybody’s workout anthem. All day. All the time. Or at least Nicki Minaj’s verse (which personally got me through Christmas shopping this year.)

10. Title: Girls (Should Run the World)
Artist: Beyonce
Crank it up because: Once you’re on the last stretch of your workout, you’ll end with a heartfelt “YES!”

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