Songs I downloaded from iTunes.
- Side to Side by Ariana Grande feat. Nicki Minaj. This is a fun song for the workout mix. Ariana Grande lyrics continue to baffle me. She loves to play an innocent, giggly girl in the media, and her songs are 100% about sex. It’s weird.
- Perfect Illusion by Lady Gaga. I was really skeptical about this song because Lady Gaga’s style has changed a lot in the last couple years. It took a couple listens, but I really like this one. It just blows my mind that she went from super avant guard fashion to tee shirts and cut-off jean shorts.
- Starving by Hailee Steinfeld & Grey feat. Zedd. I’m on the fence about Hailee Steinfeld. I like some of her songs, but not all of them, and I found her character in Pitch Perfect 2 really annoying. So I’m taking her on a song by song basis. This one is a winner in my book, but at the same time it’s not fast enough for the gym but not a slow song either. Probably best for car rides.
- Starboy by The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk. I really like The Weeknd, and if you saw him on SNL you’ll notice that he ditched the cartoony hair style. He looks like a normal civilian now! This song is a perfect mix of Daft Punk and The Weeknd’s styles.
- Mack The Knife by Bobby Darin. I had a serious need for Bobby Darin the other day. Is that normal? I might have downloaded a couple of his other songs as well. He just makes me so happy, I can’t explain it.
Songs I’ve downloaded from iTunes. (It’s been a while…)
- Gold by Kiiara. This is a really unique and cool song. It’s definitely not your average top 40. A little like Selena Gomez, but way cooler.
- Into You by Ariana Grande. It’s hard for me to say no to an Ariana Grande song. She’s got a Britney narrative with a Mariah voice. It’s a killer combination.
- Make Me by Britney Spears feat. G-Eazy. Brit Brit is definitely following the Bieber lead and getting more EDM by the minute. I don’t hate it.
- For Free by DJ Khaled feat. Drake. This song is a little blah, but it’s also pretty funny.
- Ruin by Shawn Mendes. Shawn is really finding his niche with his acoustic singer songwriter vibe.
- Sit Still, Look Pretty by Daya. This song is 100% girl power which is why I love it. It’s a little blatant but just awesome at the same time. It’s a great motivational song on the morning commute.
- Think of You by Chris Young feat. Cassadee Pope. I have to mix in a country song here and there. I like the story in the song, and it’s just plain catchy.
- Easy Love by Sigala. This is a great workout song. It’s basically an EDM remix of ABC by the Jackson 5. My spin class teacher uses it almost every week and I needed it in my rotation.
- We Don’t Talk Anymore by Charlie Puth feat. Selena Gomez. This has a pretty chill vibe but it’s somehow catchy at the same time. I think Charlie Puth is establishing a pretty good career with all of his high profile collaborations.
- Cheap Thrills by Sia feat. Sean Paul. I’m a sucker for Sean Paul. Sia, I get take or leave, but I needed something upbeat to add to the workout mix and this fit the bill.
Songs I downloaded on iTunes.
- Downtown by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz. You’re going to need to listen to this a good five times to appreciate it correctly. There are a lot of sections, and a lot of contributors, but the results are pretty fantastic. And watch the video too, it’s hilarious! I heart Macklemore.
- What do you Mean? by Justin Bieber. I kind of like Bieber’s new aesthetic. This is the second song I couldn’t live without!
- The Hills by The Weeknd. The music in this song sounds like the score of a horror film, and the lyrics are pretty perverted. I’m not sure how, but I’m kind of obsessed with it. It’s definitely walking the line very well.
- Bad Blood by Taylor Swift. I finally caved on this one. T Swift is the current Queen of Pop and I’m not going to fight it. It’s on the workout mix for sure. You need to watch the video if you haven’t seen it yet.
- Baby I by Ariana Grande. I’ve been having kind of an Ariana Grande moment lately. This song sounds eerily like an old school Ashanti song, but it’s also very 90’s Mariah, which is ok with me.