I consistently hear two things from my barre students: that my thigh sets are killer and my music is good. I take great pride in both. In barre, as a student, you are either a thigh person or a glute person. I am a thigh person. And of course, I love music. One of the things I love about the barre.[d] method is that we incorporate the music into our workouts – musicality – and are encouraged to show our personalities through our playlists.
One of the things I struggled with early on when building a barre playlist was finding pop songs I could stand to listen to. I don’t listen to much Top 40, and tend to roll my eyes a lot when I do. Miley Cyrus just doesn’t do it for me. I have even left mainstream country behind after 100 too many songs about trucks, tailgates, beer, and girls in tiny jean shorts. I listen to a lot of indie bands, bands that don’t always have the beats per minute to make it onto a barre playlist.
But my goodness, are those indie band songs beautiful…
I overcame the aversion to pop music by utilizing my fellow instructors, asking my little sister what’s “cool” (she’s super into boy bands right now), and biting the bullet and listening to Top 40. In very small increments. A girl can only stand but so much auto tune. While I make sure I have a good mix of the popular stuff on my playlists, I also find slots to slip in songs from acts I love.
I just put together my latest – which makes it my favorite – barre playlist. If you take a class with me at barre.[d] studio, this is what you will likely here:
“Steal My Girl (88 Ninety’s ‘Raiders of the Lost Art’ Remix)” – One Direction
“Every Night” – Milkman
“Primadonna” – Marina and the Diamonds
“Style” – Ryan Adams (the first of a few Ryan Adams songs. I can’t help myself)
“Like I Can” – Sam Smith (I am not a fan of Sam Smith, so this is huge for me)
“Love Runs Out” – OneRepublic (such a great beat for keeping time during thighs)
“Sound Of Your Heart” – Shawn Hook
“Shut Up and Dance” – Walk The Moon (a barre.[d] favorite. I like to add in some cardio to make the set “dancey”)
“Jackie and Wilson” – Hozier (stretching song – I love Hozier’s entire album)
“Welcome To New York” – Ryan Adams (Ryan Adams again. I know.)
“Bad Dancer” – Sons of Bill (This song makes a number of appearances during my thigh sets, too; #CvilleMusic)
“Anthem” – Thomas Rhett (And here’s my bro country track…)
“Intoxicated” – Martin Solveig
“Burn The whole World Down” – Kip Moore
“Ride Wit Me” – Nelly (I try to put at least one throwback song on each playlist)
“You and I” – Wilco (That time I managed to slip WILCO onto a playlist!)
“Party Rock Anthem” – LMFAO (I like ending my classes with something upbeat – final 2 minute push, right here)
“All Your Favorite Bands” – Dawes (It’s DAWES and there is a Charlottesville shout out)
“The Driver” – Charles Kelley
“How You Get The Girl” – Ryan Adams
Cool down songs tend to be where I can slip in my favorite songs of the moment. I only need one cool down song, but I stick two or three on my playlists and then pick whatever strikes my fancy at the moment. Other favorite cool down songs: “Speakers” – Sam Hunt, “Lost In The Cosmos” – Sons of Bill, “Work Song” – Hozier, “Magic” – Kip Moore, “Take Me Out of the City” – Dawes, and the list goes on.
I tend to change up my playlists pretty often. The above list is for my TONE 60 and SCULPT 45 classes. My playlist for my SPORT classes are totally different. I’ll share my SPORT class playlist someday soon, but here’s to the Fast and the Furious soundtracks for helping me out with it. I’m an expert in pop music when compared to what I know about hip hop.
What are some of your favorite songs to workout to? I’m always looking for ideas!