Music for Running: A Guide to the Perfect Playlist
Try: "Don't Change" by INXS
There's just something that gets you moving when you hear Michael Hutchence sing that there's a "resolution of happiness/things have been dark/for too long." The soaring synths combined with a simple guitar riff was welcome as I started to lose weight.
Avoid: "Ceremony" by New Order
For those familiar with the history of New Order, this song was originally intended for Joy Division, the band they were in before their leader Ian Curtis hung himself. No one wants to think about suicide while running. Running already feels like suicide. This is why there's no room on any playlist for anything from the '90s. Everything from that period makes me think of Kurt Cobain.
Try: "Tightrope" by Janelle Monae featuring Big Boi
Featuring the classiest brass section from future, Monae's fun track from her funky 2010 opus based on the silent film Metropolis swings high and low from the rafters. Add a smooth guest appearance from Outkast's Big Boi and you've got something to get you moving.
Avoid: "Holy Grail" by Jay-Z
When Justin Timberlake is the best part of your track, you need no explanation.