Some of us are still trying to work off last month’s extra calories by hitting the old treadmill or starting a new workout routine altogether. These are the songs that keep us motivated, and maybe push us just a little bit harder.


Some of us are still trying to work off last month’s extra calories by hitting the old treadmill or starting a new workout routine altogether. These are the songs that keep us motivated, and maybe push us just a little bit harder.

Danielle Bouchat, reporter
1 “Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO
2 “Black & Yellow” by Wiz Khalifa
3 “Shipping Up to Boston” by Dropkick Murphys

Jesse Chadderdon, editor
1 British Sea Power’s “Down on the Ground” — Anthemic arena rock that deserves to be heard in a stadium someday, but for now sounds just fine through my headphones.
2 Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga” — Specifically, the Live Aid version. In fact, that 25-minute performance is probably the greatest moment in rock ‘n’ roll history, and any workout that comes in under a half-hour is alright with me.
3 Elf Power’s take on the Jesus & Mary Chain’s “Upside Down” — Driving yet melodic industrial strength grit that's sure to have you running to or from something.

Jayne Gest, designer
Disclaimer: More than half the time I listen to my iPod, I’m working out so picking just three songs is like ... well it’s just really hard.
1 “Heartless at Best” by New Found Glory
2 “When You Were Young” by The Killers
3 “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes

Jennifer Hayes, enterprise reporter
1 “All My Life” Foo Fighters
2 “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys
3 “Dancing Choose” by TV on the Radio — All three of these get me in the mood to work up a sweat.

Sarika Jagtiani, arts and culture reporter
1 “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)” by Kelly Clarkson — I love a good empowerment anthem, especially when I’m trying to convince myself that another five minutes on the elliptical isn’t actually going to kill me.
2 “That’s Not My Name” by The Ting Tings
3 “Move on Up” by Curtis Mayfield

Christine Miller, reporter
1 Anything by Modest Mouse’s “Good News for People Who Love Bad News.” It’s a great pacer for me.
2 “Freedom 90” by George Michael
3 “Dancing Queen” by ABBA. Because when it comes on, even if I’m on the elliptical, I feel young and sweet and 17.