Ten Tunes to Get You In the Holiday Spirit

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I’ve been dying to share this list with you, but that also involved me stopping for a few minutes to tell you about each song. I occasionally get in my own way, and sometimes music is the only thing that keeps me moving.

Let these ten sublime tracks power you through the holiday season. They are alternately fun and brooding, joyous and thoughtful. This is honestly my favorite top ten to date. I hope you enjoy it. Be sure to subscribe to the play list on Spotify!

Happy Holidays!

Jess Glynne – You Gave Me Something

Every once in a while there’s a vocalist that emanates undeniable joy, and along came Jess Glynne. Her breakout anthem “Rather Be” (with Clean Bandit) propelled her to stardom, and her solo efforts continue spreading church-like joy, perfect for the holidays – or to pick you up from a hard day. Watch the video if you want to turn into a puddle.

White Sea – Future Husbands, Past Lives

White Sea is the newest project from Alaska’s Morgan Kibby, who has spent a ton of her career touring with and writing for the much celebrated band M83. I was initially struck by how the progressions and the pretty vocal, then realized the lyrics are about stalking. I love the juxtaposition. Read more »

Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Songs to Lift Your Spirits This Rainy Weekend

Confession: If my boyfriend broke up with me and my dog died and a doctor told me I was allergic to avocado all in the same day, Robyn’s “Show Me Love” would still put a smile on my face. There’s just something about that song — and the other 17 songs on this playlist — that makes you smile. And considering this weekend is supposed to be a very dreary, very rainy one, I’m sure we could all use some spirit-lifting. So listen up!
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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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