DJ Carl Michaels Presents Pool Party Classics

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Have you ever seen wanted to recreate Ibiza by your pool? Do you long for fabulous days spent in a lounge chair somewhere on South Beach with $22 drinks and beautiful people? Whether your answer is yes or no, there’s no mistaking the sublime feeling that house music can create while sunning, swimming, or just lounging poolside with an umbrella drink…whether you are in a Mediterranean paradise or Voorhees, New Jersey.

Don’t believe me? I’ll attempt to convince you with a definitive playlist of 70 songs for your pool parties, just in time to wind up your summer with some sublime, uplifting, laid-back beats to satisfy your crankiest party guest. Sit back and relax!

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Un-Halloween Halloween Tunes

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It being Halloween and all, we couldn’t not do a Halloween-esque playlist. But at the same time, I’m pretty darn sure you’re going to get your fill of “Monster Mash” and “Thriller” tonight wherever your Halloween revelry takes you. So we’re thinking a bit outside the box for this one, with songs about darkness (or played by The Darkness, because duh), magic, ghosts, psychos and more. In some cases, you may not even want to puzzle through our logic—just go with it.

This is the un-Halloween Halloween Playlist you’ve been hoping someone would put together.

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Girl Bands vs. Boy Bands

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I’m pretty sure this week’s playlist needs no introduction. If you’re here, it probably means you’re some kind of latent NSYNC or TLC or Destiny’s Child fan, am I right?

I sure am, except for the latent part: I am very, extremely, outgoingly proud of my undying love for both boy and girl bands. And since I don’t like choosing favorites, I decided to put them together into one giant playlist.

You’re welcome.

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Throwback to 1994

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If you’re anything like me, you’re going to be shocked when you realize that the music below is 20 years old. Twenty years! How has it possibly been that long?!

The good news is, 1994 was a good year for music. It was the year of Green Day (Dookie!), Ace of Base, Notorious B.I.G, Beck (“I’m a loser baby…”), Weezer, TLC and more. So jam out to these throwback tunes during your workout this weekend. And go ahead—sing ‘em at the top of your lungs.

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Rock Out at the Philly 10K

Philly-10K-BadgeYou didn’t think we were going to leave you high, dry and music-less for the Philly 10K this weekend, did you? Even if you don’t run with music (who are you?!), you can totally use the playlist below to get yourself amped beforehand.

You’ll find a nice solid mix of classic, upbeat running-playlist songs, with some oh-so-Philly songs thrown in for good measure because—duh—this is the Philly 10K, after all, a race meant to celebrate all that is good and awesome about our city.

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Sing-Out-Loud Karaoke Favorites

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This week’s playlist was a real team effort, you guys. Earlier today, I asked Philly Mag staffers to send their favorite karaoke songs for a singalong edition of our weekly playlist series and, my goodness, did they deliver. The query actually ignited quite the conversation about which karaoke song is the BEST karaoke song, but I’ll let you peruse our selections below and decide.

As the headline implies, this playlist meant to get you to sing aloud. Like, actually out loud while you work out. Have you ever done it? People will look at you like you are insane, but it’s totally worth it because there is no better way to have a blast while you run, spin, burpee, whatever than by singing aloud as you do it. I promise.

So check out this week’s genre- and decade-spanning playlist, clear your throat, and Belt. It. Out. Your adoring public awaits.

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Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Readers’ Choice

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Earlier this week, we asked readers on the blog, Facebook and Twitter to share their favorite workout songs for a massive readers’ choice playlist for this week’s lineup of sweat-able tunes. We got lots of great responses from Robyn’s “Hang with Me” (well, anything Robyn, actually) to Eminem’s “Shake That” to Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.”

So without further ado, here are your picks for nearly three (!!) hours of sweating your face off.

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We Want to Know: What are Your Favorite Workout Songs?

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We need your input, Be Wellers! As some of you know, every Friday, we wipe our Spotify Ultimate Workout Playlist clean and load it up with a bunch of new songs that will get you through your sweat session with a smile on your face. Each week, we choose a different theme—from classic rock to rap you can run to and more—and this week, we want it to be all about you guys: Think of it as the Be Well Philly readers’ picks edition.

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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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