Let’s face it, February is a dreary month. For the bulk of us it is cold and dark outside, and that jolt of motivation inspired by New Year resolutions is starting to wear off. There is, however, one wonderful thing about February (at least in my opinion): Valentine’s Day! Say what you will, but there is nothing I love more than an entire day devoted to celebrating love and romance. February is also a great time to start gearing up for swimsuit season. With all of this in mind, I am dedicating this month’s pump up playlist to all things love: spreading it, receiving it, and making it.
Could You Be Loved – Bob Marley – This song is a great tempo for starting up a workout, and it also reminds me of my favourite fitness film, Blue Crush. Nothing makes me work harder at the gym than thinking of Kate Bosworth as a kick butt surfer!
We Used to Be Friends – The Dandy Warhols - This is the perfect break up ballad. It says to me; “we’re over, and I’m going to be so much better off without you”. Getting into shape at the gym is a great place to start!
What Is Love – Haddaway - This tune by Haddaway is kitschy as heck, but it never gets old.
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson - So iconic. So fun.
Hungry Eyes – Eric Carmen - This song is from one of the greatest love films of all time (in my opinion), Dirty Dancing. How could I not include it?
Oh, What a Night – The Four Seasons - “You know I didn’t even know her name, but I was never going to be the same. What a lady, what a night”.
Not in Love – Crystal Castles ft. Rob Smith - The high energy tempo of this song is perfect for a mid-workout pick-me-up!
Do I Wanna Know – Arctic Monkeys - The Arctic Monkeys are coming back strong. This song is so very sexy.
Sex on Fire – The Kings of Leon - I always like to show the Kings of Leon some love on my playlist, and this song is a perfect fit for Valentine’s Day.
No You Girls Never Know – Franz Ferdinand - This song epitomizes what it must feel like to date the high school bad boy…and this one happens to be an exchange student from Glasgow.
I Believe in a Thing Called Love – The Darkness - I would love to see this song performed live. The Darkness’ energy is so infectious!
Lovefool – The Cardigans - Would a playlist be complete without a great 90s throwback?
Love Long Distance – The Gossip - If you haven’t yet, google Beth Ditto, lead singer of The Gossip. She is one rocking chick. The song is pretty cool too.
Save Tonight – Eagle Eye Cherry - I love the idea of having a finite amount of time with someone and making the best of it. I think we have all been there at some point.
Love Rollercoaster – The Red Hot Chili Peppers - This song is so under-appreciated. I will always love the Peppers.
Geek in the Pink – Jason Mraz - I definitely have a soft spot for the geeks of this world. I love the idea of the underdog triumphing in the end. It’s also great motivation material!
Sexual Healing (Remix) – Marvin Gaye - This song reminds me of really dated sexual motifs: fur rugs, bath robes, and way too much bubbly. The tempo of this remix makes it perfect for a post-workout cool down.