As much as it pains me to say it, summer is coming to a close. While the weather isn’t quite with the program yet (as it’s still high 90’s), the start of school is just around the corner. I love all four seasons for different reasons, but I’ll miss the freedom and lazy days that come with summer. But even though the in-season produce is changing and Michael’s is already celebrating Thanksgiving, I still have one thing that can keep the feeling of summer alive…music.
I’m sure you’re just as sick of “Fancy” and “Rude” as I am, but wait a few years and hearing that song might remind you of summer 2014. Maybe you’ll equate a certain song with that one time you drove to the beach with friends in a convertible. Or the weekend when you drove 4.5-hours to visit friends and ended up staying out way past your bedtime. Or when you ran your fastest mile and felt like an Olympian. Or when you made a big personal/professional/life leap. (<– All those happened to me this summer)
Just listening to a song can transport us back to a certain memory or time in our lives, and that is a pretty special thing. Yes, we also associate songs with negative events that we don’t always want to remember, but for every sad song there are 5 more that jog good memories.
Enough rambling, my point of this post is to share songs of summer’s past…via a spin playlist. These songs were all in Billboard’s Top 10 Songs of Summer, in their respective years of release. I picked the ones that would be best for a workout class (upbeat), but you can check out the full list here. I also included songs from before I was born so while some songs don’t have any meaning to me, I know they will for others. (I think I started really paying attention to music around 2000 aka the Britney era).
Savor the last few days of summer and remember that one day, “Happy” will actually make you happy.
1. Semi-Charmed Life– Warm-Up
2. Pon De Replay– Jumps
3. Absolutely (Story of A Girl)– Rolling Hills
4. Crazy in Love– Moderate hill (7/10) seated during the verses, standing pick-ups (in 2) during the chorus
5. Pour Some Sugar On Me– Heavy Hill, pick-up on chorus
6. Super Bass– Sprints on the chorus
7. California Gurls– Jumps
8. Don’t Phunk With My Heart– Sprints; Flat road on verses, increase resistance for chorus and sprint
9. Viva La Vida– 1-2 minute recovery, slowly build back on a moderate hill
10. The Middle– Sprints on a moderate (7/10) hill
11. Umbrella– Hill in position 3, pick-up on chorus
12. She Looks So Perfect- Sprints
13. Hey There Delilah- Cooldown