10 Must-Have Music Playlists

If you’re like me, then you’re getting tired of hitting the “shuffle” button on your iPod. Next. Next. Next. Next. Ohh I like this song. Next. Next. Next.

I recently just purchased a new iMac (yay!) and I’ve been transferring all 976 songs onto my new computer. I’ve been deleted songs I never listen to anymore, adding album artwork, etc. That’s when it hit me that I need to take the time to finally sort my songs into playlists, so I can finally stay away from the “shuffle” option. Sometimes you just feel like listening to a specific category of songs based on situational events, instead of divided by artist or song title.

Here are the 10 must-have music playlists for your iPod, according to me.

1. The “I Work Out” Playlist

Obviously. Everyone needs some heart-pumping songs to run to. And you definitely don’t want to be hitting the “Next” button every minute of your work out. Create a playlist that will have you in the zone for your next meeting at the gym. I would even suggest a separate “running” and “workout” playlist. Just put this playlist on shuffle, and you’re ready to sweat. See my recent post for great songs to run to here.

2. The “Dance Party” Playlist

Whether you’re having a party at your house, or you’re on your way downtown, you need a playlist that can get everyone dancing, laughing and having fun. And most of the time, these events are impromptu, so you definitely want to be prepared. Songs like “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO, “Yeah 3x” by Chris Brown, or any dub step song would be perfect for this kind of playlist.

3. The “Childhood Jams” Playlist

You know you love rocking out to those old songs from your childhood. This is a great playlist for those “I’m Alone In My Car” moments, when you just feel like belting out “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls or “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child. Don’t be ashamed, everyone has those songs that make them think of their first concert. I grew up in the 90s, so of course my iPod has some N’Sync, Britney and Christina on it.

4. The “Chill” Playlist

Everyone has those relaxing afternoons where some tranquil music makes the perfect background noise. Maybe you’re studying, working or just cleaning on a rainy day, those Jack Johnson, Citizen Cope and Kings Of Leon songs will fit the part. I always love having songs I can play in the background, but not distract me. Especially when I’m trying to be productive.

5. The “Relationship Status” Playlist

Recently broken up? Hopelessly in love? Create a playlist. Whether you feel like listening to “Bubbly” by Colbie Caillat or “Goodbye” by Jagged Edge, sometimes you need some songs to fit your love life. Get your “broken up” playlist or “I’m in love” playlist ready. Shuffle, and repeat.

6. The “It’s Just One Of Those Days” Playlist

The title should give it away, but just when you’re having one of those days, throw on some angry music to vent. Perfectly titled, “Break Stuff” by Limp Bizkit or “Drop The World” by Lil Wayne ft. Eminem would be great additions to this playlist. Save this mix for those days when nothing seems to go your way, it gives a theraputic touch.

7. The “Oldies But Goodies” Playlist

Oh, you know this category. Pull out all those hits from back in the day and stick them in one playlist, so whenever you want to jam with the ‘rents, you know what to put on. Everyone has some Earth Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, and the legendary Michael Jackson. Load them up on here and get ready to jam.

8. The “Guilty Pleasures” Playlist

This is for all those songs you’re ashamed to love. Maybe those teeny bopper hits like, “Baby” by Justin Bieber or “Party In The USA” by Miley Cyrus. This is even perfect for those annoying songs you’d love to hate like, “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion or “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice. Maybe this is the playlist you save when you’re by yourself.

9. The “Singing In The Shower” Playlist

Who doesn’t love to sing a great tune in the shower? Jeremy loves to belt out “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John in the shower. (I know this because I heard every word from the next room. Oh yes, even the high-pitched chorus, “Hold me closer tiny danceeerrr…” haha) And sometimes I can’t help but try to sing like Adele when “Rolling In The Deep” comes on. This playlist is especially useful, because it’s not like you can easily hit the “Next” button in the shower.

10. The “Fun On The Road” Playlist

Everyone must have a playlist for those long road trips. Pick out your favorite tunes you know all the words to, so you have no trouble singing at the top of your lungs on the open road. Driving for a long while, whether it’s for a trip or just stuck in the long commute to work, is just straight out boring. Unless you have Rihanna or Beyonce blasting through the speakers, that is.

100 Running Songs

It’s the new year and everyone is making their new year’s resolution for 2012. And obviously the top new year’s resolutions are always to exercise more and lose weight. Well, I’ve compiled a list of 100 songs to run to. These songs have great beats to help make your workouts a little more enjoyable.

It’s perfect if you make a playlist on your iPod titled “Running Songs” so you can just leave it on shuffle as you run. I’ve attached links to the songs that direct you to Youtube.

I tried to get a variety of songs to suit different people. Old and new songs, hip-hop and alternative, for men and for women, etc. I encourage you to listen to a song or two that you’ve never heard of. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find your new favorite song to run to (you can never have too many.) Happy running!

(btw these are in no particular order)

  1. Afrojack – Take Over Control
  2. Bruno Mars – Runaway Baby
  3. Kelly Clarkson – Whyawannabringmedown
  4. Barenaked Ladies – One Week
  5. Kanye West – Champion
  6. The Offspring – The Kids Aren’t Alright
  7. T.I. – Bring Em Out
  8. Lady Gaga ft. Colby O’Donis – Just Dance
  9. Chris Brown – Yeah 3x
  10. Alien Ant Farm – Smooth Criminal
  11. YoungBloodz – Imma Shine
  12. Beyonce & Jay Z – Crazy In Love
  13. Black Eyed Peas – Pump It
  14. Neon Trees – Animal
  15. LMFAO ft. Lil Jon – Shots
  16. Usher ft. Will-I-Am – OMG
  17. Willow Smith – Whip My Hair
  18. Rihanna – Disturbia
  19. Will-I-Am ft. Mick Jagger & Jennifer Lopez – T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)
  20. Tinie Tempah ft. Wiz Khalifa – Till I’m Gone
  21. Samantha Jade – Step Up
  22. Fatboy Slim – Rockafeller Skank
  23. Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo & Afrojack- Give Me Everything
  24. Outkast – Hey Ya
  25. Nicki Minaj – Starships
  26. Will Smith – Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It
  27. Prodigy – Breathe
  28. Janelle Monae ft. Big Boi- Tightrope
  29. Kanye West – Power
  30. Ke$ha – Blow
  31. Destiny’s Child – Survivor
  32. Nicki Minaj & David Guetta – Turn Me On
  33. Black Eyed Peas – Don’t Stop The Party
  34. Chris Brown – I Can Transform Ya
  35. Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera – Moves Like Jagger
  36. Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
  37. Lenny Kravitz – Are You Going To Go My Way
  38. Skrillex – Bangarang
  39. Usher – More
  40. Rihanna – Breakin Dishes
  41. Smash Mouth – All Star
  42. Calvin Harris ft. Ne-Yo – Let’s Go
  43. La Roux – Bulletproof
  44. Madcon – Beggin’
  45. LMFAO – Sexy And I Know It
  46. Michael Franti & Spearhead – Say Hey (I Love You)
  47. Justin Bieber ft. Ludacris – Baby
  48. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
  49. Pink – Raise Your Glass
  50. Rick Ross – Push It
  51. Black Eyed Peas – Don’t Phunk With my Heart
  52. Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
  53. Christina Aquilera ft. Nicki Minaj – WooHoo
  54. Eminem – Lose Yourself
  55. Eiffel 65 – Blue (Da Ba Dee)
  56. Trapt – Headstrong
  57. Salt ‘N Pepa – Push It
  58. T-Pain – Church
  59. The Veronicas – 4ever
  60. LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
  61. Eminem – Won’t Back Down
  62. The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name
  63. Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris – We Found Love
  64. Kevin Rudolf ft. Lil’ Wayne – Let It Rock
  65. DJ Khaled – Out Here Grindin’
  66. Lenny Kravitz – Where Are We Runnin’?
  67. Fabolous – Breathe
  68. Jessie J – Domino
  69. Kris Kross – Jump
  70. Flo Rida ft. Sia – Wild Ones
  71. Kanye West & Jay Z – Ni**as In Paris
  72. Drake ft. Lil Wayne & Tinie Tempah – The Motto (Remix)
  73. Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
  74. Cobra Starship – You Make Me Feel…
  75. Britney Spears – I Wanna Go
  76. Enur ft. Natasja & Mims – Calabria 2008
  77. Fergie – Here I Come
  78. Eve – Tambourine
  79. Outkast – B.O.B.
  80. House Of Pain – Jump Around
  81. Kelly Clarkson – My Life Would Suck Without You
  82. Gwen Stefani – The Sweet Escape
  83. Fort Minor – Remember The Name
  84. Paramore – Ignorance
  85. Lady Gaga – Born This Way
  86. Linkin Park – Papercut
  87. Rihanna – Where Have You Been
  88. B.o.B ft. Rivers Cuomo – Magic
  89. Selena Gomez & The Scene – Love You Like A Love Song
  90. Britney Spears – Till The World Ends
  91. Matchbox Twenty – How Far We’ve Come
  92. ATC – All Around The World
  93. Beyonce – Countdown
  94. Christina Aguilera – Fighter
  95. Kanye West – Stronger
  96. Flo Rida – Good Feeling
  97. Smash Mouth – I’m A Believer
  98. DJ Khaled ft. Ludacris, Rick Ross, T-Pain & Snoop Dogg – All I Do Is Win
  99. Madonna ft. Justin Timberlake – 4 Minutes
  100. Maroon 5 – Makes Me Wonder

What are some of your favorite running songs?