Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Worst Workout Playlist

So, now and then, I goof up my iPod playlists and something completely inappropriate comes up during my Workout. This got me to thinking -- what are the most completely demotivating, inappropriate workout songs? Here is the start of my list:
  • "I Like Big Buts" or Queen's "Fat Bottom Girls" -- Both songs have great beats, but can be somewhat demotivational, I sometimes feel like I don't have to work as hard knowing that there are people who do appreciate my fat butt.
  • Roberta Flack's "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" -- Not a bad song, but the slowest paced song ever recorded. It is so slow that I think it actually goes backwards in places.
  • Tom Wait's "The Piano Has Been Drinking" -- Great song, but somehow a slow song about being really really really drunk just isn't particularly conducive to a good workout.
  • Counting Crow's "Colorblind" -- I love the Crows, but some of their music is very very dark -- this song in particular is so bleak if it came up at the gym I would probably put my head under a weight stack.
  • REM's "Everybody Hurts" -- As most people know, REM is my favorite band ever. Except for this song. It is physically painful to listen to, and listening to it in a gym is the only thing that can make it worse.
  • Celine Dion -- that horrible whiny Titanic song. The only way this would be appropriate for a gym would be if someone tied me down with leather straps and started playing this song, and the exercise was to escape the straps before I go insane.
  • Neil Young's "Helpless" -- True story -- back when I went to the gym on Merritt Island I forgot my walkman one day (yes, it was that long ago) and incredulously -- this song came up over the gym's music system. To this day, with such pump-you-up lyrics as "helpless, helpless, helpless, helpless" I cannot think of a more inappropriate workout song.
What songs do you think should never be on your workout playlist? Post a comment and share!

1 comment:

  1. Joy suggested the classic Macarthur Park. Not only are the lyrics somewhat drug crazed, but it also is mostly about cake. Mmmmm cake.... sweet green icing.... probably not too motivational for a work out.