Written on October 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm , by Samantha Shelton
Ever since that notorious VMAs performance, people cannot stop talking about Miley Cyrus. And I’m no exception: every time I see a link about her latest antics pop up in my newsfeed, you know I’m clicking through to see what’s up. While I’m shaking my head most of the time, and I may not agree with all of her – eh hem – visual antics, the girl’s got me hooked. Which, of course, is the point. She’s even got me jamming to her music on my late-night runs, and no matter how ridiculous I find the music videos to be (I really want Michael Jordan to weigh in on “23″), I will admit to being mildly obsessed with “Wrecking Ball.”
But the latest Miley trend? Combining forces with other musicians, whether she knows about it beforehand or not. We’re talking mash-ups, collaborations, spoofs and covers. In case you’ve missed out on the good, the bad, and the absolutely hilarious, I’ve rounded up my faves. Get watching, and then maybe mix a few tracks from Bangerz into your playlist. Girl may be cray-cray, but her voice is motivating.
Miley and Mumford & Sons mash-up to create “Little Wrecking Ball.” Now this is a video I can actually get behind. And adding Miley’s power-ballad vocals on top of Mumford’s fast-strumming, bluegrass beats was brilliant.
Jimmy Fallon, Miley and The Roots sing an acoustic version of “We Can’t Stop,” and it’s set up Brady-bunch style. Genius.
Written on September 2, 2013 at 10:01 am , by Samantha Shelton
We know: It sucks that summer is coming to a close. While you pack up your bikinis and flip flops, and take out your (super cute) sweaters and boots, press play on this lineup. Just because the seasons are changing doesn’t mean we have to let go of the hottest jams quite yet, and right now, we have no intention of doing so.
Now you tell us: What was your favorite song of summer?
Written on August 26, 2013 at 11:15 am , by FITNESS Editors
Now that summer is officially in full swing (and bringing the heat!), we really want your playlists to pop. And don’t worry, we get it – your tastes vary. Heck, they’re ridiculously diverse amongst our staff! To keep everyone’s earbuds happy, we’re plugging you in to the songs that make us sweat. Every Monday will reveal a new editor’s playlist – pick one who lines up with your preferred beats, download their top tunes and get back to enjoying your workouts.
Melissa Freeswick, Assistant Fashion Editor
I’m not a runner or a yogi, and I don’t do Pilates – my workout of choice is hardcore High Intensity Training, otherwise known as HIT. Music plays a huge part in my sweat sessions because sometimes I just don’t feel like lifting a heavy weight or doing a pull-up. But when I step through the doors of my local gym, there’s always a sick beat pumping through the speakers, and it instantly puts me in the mood to move. Check out my list of favorite techno tunes that will hopefully make you want to get of the couch and workout, or at least dance!
Follow Melissa on Twitter for more of her faves!
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Written on September 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm , by Marianne Magno
Written on May 7, 2012 at 10:04 am , by Marianne Magno
For someone who’s gotten used to the nonstop sounds of NYC, doing a yoga class in complete silence is, well, a foreign concept. Which is why I was glad to hear that SLT Yoga officially opened their doors in NYC this May. The offspring of Pilates-based SLT (Strengthen Lengthen and Tone) combines Vinyasa yoga with popular tunes to sustain and enhance your energy throughout the hour-long routine. I worked up a sweat while giving my muscles a much-needed stretch session and my mind a feel-good recharge.
SLT co-founder Erin Jacques, who led our class, shared her playlist so you can move to the music on your own mats.
- “Changes“, Tupac
- “Good Day,” Greg Street Presents Nappy Roots
- “What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction
- “Payphone,” Maroon 5
- “Kush,” Dr. Dre, featuring Snoop Dogg and Akon
- “We Built This City,” Starship
- “Lonely Boy,” The Black Keys
- “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem),” Jay-Z
- “Never Forget You,” Lupe Fiasco, featuring John Legend
- “Your Love,” Nicki Minaj
- “Rocketeer,” Far East Movement
- “Slice,” Five for Fighting
- “Empty,” Ray LaMontagne
Tell us: Do you prefer yoga with complete silence or need a soundtrack to move with?
Written on February 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm , by Christie Griffin
Talk about an impressive guy: Olympian silver medalist hurdler Kerron Clement also holds the indoor world record for the 400-meter sprint, is ridiculously handsome (what? we’re all mostly girls here), and is even nice enough to share his personal playlist with us! He’s also combines some spirituality in his sports too: “Sometimes listening to gospel music for me puts me ‘in a zone’ before training or competing,” Kerron says. Interesting!
Bonus: After the songs, we reveal a little more inside dish on 26 year-old Trinidadian-born Kerron.
5 songs you love to warm-up to:
- “Rain on Us,” Earnest Pugh
- “Make me Over,” Tonex
- “Thats Why I Praise You,” John P Kee
- “Fantasy,” Mariah Carey
- “Always be My Baby,” Mariah Carey
5 songs that get you really motivated:
- “Dance (A*$),” Big Sean
- “Rack City,” Tyga
- “Fireball,” Willow, featuring Nicki Minaj
- “Ayy Ladies,” Travis Porter, featuring Tyga
- “Man Down,” Rihanna
Interesting Notes Kerron Told Us:
Q: Off the topic of playlists…what do you think makes you such a successful athlete?
KC: My will to overcome many obstacles in my sport truly fuels me to be the best. I’m determined to excel at everything that I do.
Q: Do you have a mantra and if so, what is it?
KC: “Make it happen.”
Q: What is your immediate goal in your sports career? What about down the road?
KC: My goal is to be both the Olympic Champion in the 400-meter hurdles and world record holder in that event. Down the road, I’ll take it one step at a time.
Q: Are you single? If yes, do you prefer girls who run?
KC: I’m single, but I don’t prefer a girl who runs—just someone who loves to stay in shape. Fitness is key to a healthy lifestyle.
Written on February 13, 2012 at 10:47 am , by Karla WalshThe world lost a huge pop icon over the weekend. While artists and music industry members honored Houston last night at the Grammys, we decided to celebrate her life and legacy by downloading this playlist—a collection of some of her more upbeat greatest hits.
- “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” I’m Your Baby Tonight
- “I’m Every Woman,” The Bodyguard (Original Soundtrack)
- “How Will I Know,” Whitney Houston
- “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” Whitney
- “It’s Not Right But It’s OK,” My Love Is Your Love
- “So Emotional,” Whitney
- “Queen of the Night,” The Bodyguard (Original Soundtrack)
- “Million Dollar Bill,” I Look to You
- “My Love Is Your Love,” My Love Is Your Love
Photo courtesy of Shutterstock
Now tell us: What’s your favorite Whitney song?
Written on October 31, 2011 at 10:07 am , by Marianne Magno
Since it’s Halloween, we decided to add a little fun to our workout playlists with some spooky songs. Don’t worry, we’re not going to tell you to blast “Monster Mash” at the gym—unless you want to!—but we just couldn’t resist adding M.J.’s “Thriller” into the mix.
- “Bones,” The Killers
- “Welcome to the Black Parade,” My Chemical Romance
- “Monster,” Lady Gaga
- “The Ballad of Mona Lisa,” Panic! at the Disco
- “Thriller,” Michael Jackson
- “She Wolf,” Shakira
- “Kill the Lights,” Britney Spears
- “Monster,” Kanye West, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver
- “I Don’t Wanna Stop,” Ozzy Osbourne
We think this would be perfect for the Pumpkin Workout!
Now tell us: What songs put you in a festive mood this last day of October?
Written on October 17, 2011 at 11:52 am , by Marianne Magno
This summer, I got the chance to try trainer Amanda Russell’s AR Program at Hudson River Park. Her group workout was a mix of plyometrics and strength exercises, and combined with Amanda’s motivating cues, the one-hour session got my energy up and my muscles working full time!
Pump up your own workout this week with Amanda’s picks for motivating tunes to move to.
- Warm-up: “Human,” The Killers
- “Without You,” David Guetta, featuring Usher
- “Mr. Jones,” Counting Crows
- “Beds Are Burning,” Novaspace
- “Eye of the Tiger,” Survivor
- “Sex on Fire,” Kings of Leon
- “Bleeding Love (Workout Remix),” Leona Lewis/Workout DJs
- “The Edge of Glory,” Lady Gaga
- “Raise Your Glass,” P!nk
- “Firework,” Katy Perry
- “Touch My Body (Workout Remix),” Mariah Carey/Power Music Workout
- “Grenade (CPR Remix),” by GG
- “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Journey
- “I Gotta Feeling,” Black Eyed Peas
- “Not Enough Time,” INXS
- Cooldown: “Glitter in the Air,” P!nk
Written on September 19, 2011 at 11:47 am , by Marianne Magno
Our October issue with Glee‘s Heather Morris hits newsstands this week and tomorrow is the hit show’s season premiere, so what better way to celebrate by working out to some of the show’s best beats? Here’s a list of our favorite tunes to move to:
- “Bust a Move,” Glee Cast Version
- “Don’t Stop Believin‘,” Glee Cast Version
- “Jump,” Glee Cast Version
- “My Life Would Suck Without You,” Glee Cast Version
- “Physical,” Glee Cast Version featuring Olivia Newton-John
- “Dream On,” Glee Cast Version featuring Neil Patrick Harris
- “Bad Romance,” Glee Cast Version
- “Forget You,” Glee Cast Version featuring Gwyneth Paltrow
- “River Deep, Mountain High,” Glee Cast Version
- “Sing,” Glee Cast Version
Tell us: Which Glee songs are your favorites?