Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Songs That Get Stuck in Your Head

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Sorry for what I’m about to do, you guys: This week’s playlist is two hours of songs that are pretty much guaranteed to get stuck in your head. The good news is, all the songs are awesome, which means having them stuck in your head, on repeat, isn’t totally a bad thing.

I got some outside input on this one, so the songs really span generations and genres: the Grease soundtrack’s “Summer Nights,” Boyz II Men’s “Motown Philly,” Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” and, the pièce de résistance, Aaron Copeland’s “Rodeo.” (I thought I was pretty clever with that one.)

Enjoy!

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: American Top 40′s Casey Kasem Tribute

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Broadcast radio icon Casey Kasem died this week, so it seems fitting to dedicate our workout playlist to his life’s work: the American Top 40 countdown, a radio show he co-founded and hosted for 24 years. Although he passed the torch to Ryan Seacrest in 2004, he continued to make appearances on the show and host spinoffs until his retirement in 2009. In other words, this guy played a lot of music in his day, so today we will do our best to honor his legacy. With music, duh.

The American Top 40 website features archived Top 40 charts through August 2001. I’ve pulled two hours worth of tunes from these archives, so what you have below is basically the most popular, workout-able music of the aughts through today. I think Casey Kasem wouldn’t have had it any other way. And by all means, feel free to crank up the volume and do The Sprain in his honor.

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Edition

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I don’t know about you, but all the rain this week has got me seriously bumming. Thank Jesus it’s almost the weekend, and all signs point to sunny skies and perfect temperatures. Finally.

To help pull us all out of this weather-induced funk, I thought we should go with a playlist jam-packed with a roster of happy-go-lucky songs—ones that make you smile and dance whenever they come on the radio. So girls (and guys!), let’s just have some fun. Capisce?

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Amped-Up Jams from Flywheel Philly

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The Be Well Philly team typically masterminds your weekly workout playlists, but every now and then, we like to mix it up by asking a guest curator to share his or her favorite songs. Today, Flywheel Philadelphia instructor Emily Rothrock picks 25 songs to keep you spinning, running, boxing—whatever!

Here’s what she has to say:

I’ve put together a pumped-up workout mix full of songs right around 130 beats per minute At Flywheel, we ride to the beat of the music and vary the bpm counts of each song to match the resistance level that we want our riders to achieve. For other workouts, like a long run or even tabata training, it’s important for the beat of the music to stay consistent so your pace stays consistent. Each song on this playlist hovers right around that 130 bpm range so you can put it on shuffle and just zone out with a steady rhythm.

If you’re looking to spice things up during the run, try this trick: Run at a moderate pace during the verses of the songs and push yourself to breathless during the choruses. Most songs have about three to four 30-second choruses—instant interval training!

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Come On, Get Happy Edition

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Friends, I come bearing good news: The gloomy, miserable weather we’re having today won’t last through the weekend. My never-wrong weather app is telling me we’ll have sun and clouds on Saturday and Sunday with highs in the low to mid 70s. So, pretty much perfect.

To celebrate the good weather (and to push out the gloom of this nasty Friday), I thought a playlist of a few happy-go-lucky, sunshine-filled songs would be fitting. So come on, get happy with me—and, well, the Partridge Family. You won’t be able to help but smile once you hit the play button.

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: 90s School Dance Edition

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With Broad Street behind us (sniff), you may have thought our weekly long-run playlists were long gone. Oh, how wrong you are, my friend. You all seemed to love them so much—at least, the 212 people who signed up to follow the Spotify playlist week to week seemed to—that we decided to keep the playlist feature alive and well, with a batch of fresh, new workout tunes each and every Friday.

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Ultimate Broad Street Run Race Day Playlist: Get Pumped Anthems

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The time has finally come, friends: Broad Street Run weekend is here. And we come bearing race-day gifts! Here, we’ve got two full hours of pump-up anthems to push you through the race, from start to finish. (And we know, we know: Headphones are totally against race rules. But let’s be honest, have you ever seen a runner follow that rule?)

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Broad Street Run Training Playlist: Radio Hits

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No matter how off the beaten path your music taste happens to be, sometimes a good ol’ fashioned pop hit just hits the spot. So for this week’s training playlist we’ve given you just that: an hour’s worth of radio hits that are sure to keep you moving through your grueling weekend run. So lace up your running shoes, head outside, and get your sweat on. You might just find yourself singing along, too.

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