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May 4, 2018

A Deep Dive Into Spotify’s Running Playlists

I rarely, if ever, listen to music while I run.  In fact, of the dozens of training blocks I have put in over the past decade or so I can only remember one in which I regularly listened to music, and it was mostly Meek Mill (the first six songs of Dreams Worth More Than Money are unreal). But my preference toward silence doesn’t change the fact that, for many people, music is an essential part of running.  

In fact, Spotify includes running as one of their playlist genres/moods. Next to Hip-Hop, Pop, Folk & Acoustic, Reggae and others, you’ll find Workout. Inside the Workout folder, you’ll see the subheading Running. One more step down the rabbit hole you’ll see that in the Running folder there are 18 different Spotify-sponsored running playlists. They vary wildly in popularity, from around 3,000 subscribers, to 2.2 million, and all told, there are over 4.3 million subscriptions to Spotify running playlists.  If all of those subscriptions were independent (they’re almost definitely not), they would equal the population of America’s 26th largest state (Kentucky), be larger than its second largest city (LA), and about three times the number of Americans that run a marathon each year.  

Let’s pause for a second to address Spotify’s old running feature. The app used to allow a user to link their personal music library to a cadence monitor, then shuffle through their music, playing songs that matched their current steps per minute. Spotify retired the feature earlier this year, and left us with the aforementioned 18 playlists. Glad we got that out of the way.

So, with countless hours of running playlists, how could someone possibly choose? I certainly couldn’t.  Instead, I listened to (almost) all of them so that you don’t have to. This is what I learned.

Rules, and Personal Admissions

Actually, before I tell you what I learned, let me tell you the rules I put in place for myself, and also some personal info that seems relevant.

Rule 1: I only listened to playlists that have over 10k subscribers.  18 playlists is a way bigger number than it initially seems. Cutting away those with less than 10k followers we’re left with 13 playlists, which, eventually works out to be 7.5 less hours of listening.  

Admission 1: I haven’t run in weeks.  My track season got cut short by Achilles pain, so I won’t be running when I listen to these songs.  I will be biking, and doing core, and writing and thinking a lot about running, but I won’t be running.  If that makes this exercise invalid to you then so be it.

Rule 2: Even though I wasn’t running I wanted to treat the listening experience as if I was.  That in mind, I hit shuffle on each playlist for 45 minutes, then turned it off trying to replicate an easy run. I did this two times per playlist, jotting down each song that came on in my 45 minute blocks. I also skimmed through each track list.

Admission 2: It seems important that you know that my favorite song to workout to is Pretty Girl Rock by Keri Hilson.  It’s ok if that makes you think less of me or my opinions, just don’t hate me ‘cause I’m beautiful.

Rule 3:  No skipping songs, obviously.

Admission 3: I have personal preferences toward hip-hop and indie rock.  Probably more importantly, I have a distaste for a lot of country music.  I can’t pretend I don’t but I’ll try not to let that color my breakdown.

Rule 4: Spotify lists the beats per minute ranges for the songs on any given running playlist. High level runners general have a cadence of about 180 steps per minute, while recreational runners might float more in the 160-170 range.  The idea is that you want to choose a playlist that matches your cadence. I am going to ignore the BPM numbers. I’ll list them, along with the number of subscribers, but those numbers won’t significantly factor into my thoughts on each playlist. Everyone has their own rhythm with the ground.

Rule 5: I am going to write 200 or less words about each playlist.  This is going to get bloated quickly, so I’ll try to keep my thoughts concise.

Ok take a couple of deep breaths… here we go…

Fun Run 150-165 BPM – 98,591 Subscribers

What I heard:

Dog Days Are Over (Florence + The Machine), Shut Me Up (Old Dominion), Power (Kate Graham), Take U There (Jack U), Dirty Harry (Grace), Payback (Rascal Flatts), Live Forever (The Band Perry), No Good in Goodbye (The Script), Stitches (Sean Mendes), Wide Awake (Katy Perry), Mirrors (Boyce Avenue), Run Run Run (Celeste Buckingham), What About Met (Keith Urban)x2, It Hurts (Bad Bad Hats),  Trust a Try (Janet Jackson), This Head I hold (Electric Guest), War Paint (Fletcher), Knock You Down (Keri Hilson), Come Under The Covers (Walk The Moon), I Do!! (Toya), Sydney (Brett Dennen), Yeah (Joe Nichols), Fight Test (The Flaming Lips), Fool You’ve (Landed Mumford and Sons)

Thoughts

Something that I didn’t give much thought before I started is that playlists meant for this many people are, necessarily, harmless.  That is, Fun Run appeals to one’s “don’t offend my mom” sensibilities. There is no better example of this than the Boyce Avenue remix of Mirrors. Justin Timberlake’s version of the song is not particularly crude — a 2013 Vibe article described the song as “something of a new-age wedding reception song” — but we still get a clipped-wing version of it here.  I suppose that the issue here is that Timberlake’s sex-appeal and general baby-making ethos might not play. Ironically, this logic broke for me when Janet Jackson’s Trust a Try came on, and I realized that maybe the curator here actually prefers the Boyce Avenue version of Mirrors. After scrolling through the rest of the playlist and finding Country Grammar (Hot Shit) by Nelly I was confused.

But then, in a flash, it all made sense: this playlist could perfectly sustain a 45 minute SoulCycle class.  After 40 minutes of those weird on-bike-pushups I can hear the words coming out of the instructor’s mouth, “Ok everyone, last song, I’ve got something spicy for you!”

…I’m going down down baby, you’re street in a range rover…

Run N Bass 170-175 BPM – 167,177 Subscribers

What I heard:

Holding On (Dawn Wall), Love on a 45 (High Contrast), Foul Play (State of MInd), Running (Friction), Implosion (Seba)x2, Decompression (Wilkinson), Fiction (SpectraSoul), Fly (Jaguar Skills), Stay (Delta Heavy)x2, Jewel Quest (Bcee)x2, Care For Me (Joe Ford)x2, Back Track (Survey), Higher Ground (T.R.A.C.), Nomad (Dawn Wall), Endorphins (Sub Focus), Forget Me Not (Frankee), Gorilla (Killer Hertz)

Thoughts

This playlist was overwhelmingly electronic.  When I was listening to it for the first time I was in my room and one of my roommates came in.  “Hey, want to hear what I’m listening to for the thing that I’m writing?” He said, “Nah.” Then, ignoring him, I unplugged my headphones and started playing Implosion by Seba.  This particular roommate is one of the calmer people I’ve ever met, but when the music hit his eardrums he started to bounce around violently and even threw a bunch of my stuff on the ground.  He was a human pinball until I hit pause. Then another of my roommates walked by and went. “Drum ‘n’ Bass huh? I listen to that.”

Not only is this playlist cleverly named, it will likely have you feeling like a real life lighting bolt.  I had a seizure last year so I had to be careful not to let this playlist swallow me entirely, which is probably the most telling detail I can provide.  

Runner’s Club 160 BPM – 14,059 Subscribers

What I heard:

Let’s Twist Again (Chubby Checker)x2, Every Little Thing She Does is Magic (The Police), I Want to be Sedated (The Ramones), Fly Away (Lenny Kravitz), River Deep Mountain High (Ike and Tina Turner), Take (Ike and Tina Turner), Take On Me (a-ha), Hard to Explain (The Strokes), The Twist (Chubby Checker)x2, We Will Rock You (Queen)x2, Great Balls of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis)x2, I Love You, Suzanne (Lou Reed), I’m Free (Kenny Loggins)x2, What I Like About You (The Romantics), Hard To Explain (The Strokes), Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (Wham!), Reptilia (The Strokes), Barbara Ann (The Beach Boys), The Boys Are Back In Town (Thin Lizzy), Paint It Black (The Rolling Stones), Don’t Look Back (The Remains), Young Turks (Rod Stewart), Danger Zone (Kenny Loggins)

Thoughts

The first thing to say here is that if Chubby Checker came on during a hard workout I would be pissed. I understand how important The Twist was — the philosophical forebear to hitting the Quan, and Milly Rocking, etc. — but goddamn it just doesn’t hold up at all.  Listening to The Twist for a workout is like eating plain cheerios for the flavor, then justifying it by saying, “Without these cheerios we would have never had Apple Jax! How could you not love the original?” It’s true, and fair, but now we have Apple Jax.

That said, this playlist shines in other spots.  The Ramones are a sure fire (literally the most sure fire) punk rock choice, and Take On Me is a fan favorite. Then again, if 70s-80s music isn’t your thing, welcome to the danger zone.

Power Run 145 BPM – 11, 624 Subscribers

What I heard:

Impossible (Lion Babe), Hello Bitches (CL)x2, Temporary Fix (One Direction), Alarm (Anne Marie)x2, Chapter 4 of 7 (Spotify)x2, Chapter 4 of 9 (Tiesto), Whatcha Say (Jason Derulo)x2, Killer Whales (Smallpools), Unsteady (X Ambassadors), 1901 (Phoenix), Locked Out of Heaven (Bruno Mars)x2, Inyathi (Gaia), Pt. 2 (Kanye West)x2, Be My Baby (Ariana Grande), Tokyo (The Wombats), Kiss N Tell (Kesha), Make Them Gold (CHVRCHES), Hiding (Florence and The Machine),

Thoughts

Something happened while I listened to this playlist that was genuinely disorienting. The fifth song I heard was Chapter 4 of 7, a Spotify original track. There are no words in the song, it’s just 3 minutes and 21 seconds of drumming with some synth in the background. It sounds like it belongs on the Metroid Prime soundtrack. I kept expecting there to be a big drop, or something exciting to happen, but that never came.  Chapter 4 of 7 ended abruptly, and chapter 4 of 9, a Spotify production by Tiesto came on, and after that, Inyathi by Gaia. It’s actually amazing how easy it is to imagine Samus running away from a parasite to any of the three of these songs.  

What I mean to say is, if you exist in the middle of the triple venn diagram of Metroid Prime fans, Jason Derulo fans, and runners, this playlist is probably for you.  Otherwise, it’s really weird to workout to Metroid Prime music. The rest of this playlist was fine..

Morning Run 150-165 BPM – 22,331 Subscribers

What I heard:

Mirrors (Boyce Avenue), Anna Sun (Walk The Moon), No Control (One Direction), A Guy With A Girl (Blake Shelton), 21 (Hunter hayes), Animal (Neon Trees), This Night Back (Canaan Smith), Kick The Dust Up (Luke Bryan), 7 Days (Craig David)x2, Walkashame (Meghan Trainor), Road Trippin’ (Dan + Shay)x2, Country Grammar (Hot Shit) (Nelly), Trap Queen (Fetty Wap), Baby Be My Love Song (Easton Corbin), Take It Or Leave It (Great Good Fine Ok), What Good Is Saturday (Train), Run Away With You (Big and Rich), I’m A Mess (Ed Sheeran), It’s Gonna Be Me (NSYNC), Celeste (Ezra Vine), Give Me Something (Jarryd James), No Good in Goodbye (The Script)

Thoughts

I am really stumped by the Boyce Avenue Mirrors cover coming up again, but that’s beside the point.  The more troubling thing with this playlist is going from a steady flow of pop-country to Nelly (again).  Instead of a Soulcycle class, this time imagine you’re listening to this playlist while driving your kids to elementary school.  Four minutes out from the school your daughter takes the aux cord and goes, “Last song! I’ve got a spicy one for you, dad!”

…I’m going down down baby, you’re street in a range rover…

That’s a much weirder scenario, right? Obviously that’s not a workout situation, but that’s what I kept picturing while I listened to this playlist.

To be clear, I still don’t like pop-country music, but I can see how it makes sense for a pleasant morning run — it sets an easy-living tone before you jump back into the fast flow of work.  It all makes sense, until Trap Queen comes on and messes that all up. What is this playlist?

Indie Kicks 150-155 BPM – 17,971 Subscribers

What I heard:

Banquet (Bloc Party), Built To Fail (Veto)x2, Do Me Like That (Penguin Prison), Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots pt. 1 (The Flaming Lips), Flashlight (The Front Bottoms)x2, Triggered (Chase Atlantic)x2, Breezeblocks (Alt J), Young Boy (Snny), Go It Alone (Beck), Disparate Youth (Santigold), Chelsea Dagger (The Fratellis)x2, Cannons (Youth Lagoon), The Ghost of Beverly Drive (Death Cab For Cutie), Sex on Fire (Kings of Leon), Blue Orchid (The White Stripes),  7 (Catfish and The Bottlemen), Love is an Only Child (Monico Blonde), Temple (Kings of Leon), Love Illumination (Franz Ferdinand)

Thoughts

I have an extremely small amount to say about this playlist.  I listened to it while I was biking one day, and spaced out for the entire ride, only checking in to punch tracks into the notes on my phone.  This is the type of thing that you might make freshman year of high school then give to whoever you just started dating. Overall it’s very boring, except you try to sneak some Flaming Lips on there, hoping that your boyfriend/girlfriend doesn’t think it’s too weird.  A couple days later you ask them if they liked the mix, to which they respond, “Yeah, I really liked…*squints at phone*… Penguin Prison!”

What they don’t say is that Penguin Prison is the first thing that played, then they switched back to whatever it was they were listening to before, likely The Flaming Lips.

What I’m saying is that like halfway through this playlist I switched to my own music (Run The Jewels) for a little while because I was really bored and started biking way slower.  🙁

Just Get Going! 155 BPM – 31,481 Subscribers

What I heard:

Everybody Talks (Neon Trees)x2, Shake It Off (Taylor Swift)x2, Side to Side (Ariana Grande), Lemme See (Usher), Dear Future Husband (Meghan Trainor), Pump It (The Black Eyed Peas), Sirens (Angels and Airwaves), Can’t Stop (Maroon Five)x2, Going On (Gnarls Barkley), Hey Ya! (Outkast), Holding Out For a Hero (Bonnie Tyler), Sultans of Swing (Dire Straits), This is Gospel (Panic! At The Disco), Mirrors (Justin Timberlake), On My Mind (Ellie Goulding), Hair (Little Mix), Good Luck (Basement Jaxx), Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked (Cage The Elephant), Heavy Crown (Iggy Azalea), Don’t Let Me Down (The Chainsmokers)

Thoughts

Hey Ya! is the first song that I ever knew all of the words to. I hold a deep affection for it, and anecdotally I have never met someone who actively dislikes this song. It’s a great workout song because it’s a great everything song.

On the flip side, since I am resorting to personal experiences, one time I was supposed to go to Chainsmokers concert but my friend threw up on the way there and so I just took him home instead.  I was more relieved to not be at the concert than I was mad at my friend. So, for me at least, this playlist is pretty much a wash. Also, importantly I have never been happier to hear the original version of a song than I was when Justin Timberlake’s voice came through my headphones.

At this point I am increasingly realizing that anyone who chooses to listen to a Spotify playlist instead of their own music while they workout is making a mistake.

Run This Town 150-165 BPM – 49,604 Subscribers

What I heard:

I Got (Three 6 Mafia), King Sh*t (Yo Gotti)x2, Sock It To Me (Missy Elliot), All I Do Is Win (DJ Khaled), No Sleep (Wiz Khalifa), Like Toy Soldiers (Eminem), Just Like Me (Jamie Foxx), My Chain (Gucci Mane), NY State of Mind (Nas)x2, Hey Ya! (Outkast), Breathe (Fabolous), Wiggle (Jason Derulo), Pretty Girl Rock (Keri Hilson), Oops [Oh My] (Tweet), Jungle (Remix) (X Ambassadors), Stay Schemin’ (Rick Ross), Power (Kanye West), International Players Anthem (I Choose You) (UGK), Don’t Make Em Like You (Ne-Yo), Oh Boy (Cam’ron), Blockbuster Night Part 1 (Run The Jewels)

Thoughts

I take every bad thing I have ever said about Spotify playlists back.

There is Wiz Khalifa to get through on this playlist before you can bask in the Rick Ross, Nas, Kanye, UGK run that I did. Sure “Bitch you wasn’t with me shooting in the gym” was objectively awful to Vanessa Bryant, but damn if I didn’t do like 25 pull-ups in a row immediately after Rick Ross shouts that on Stay Schemin’.

Separating my own biases from this collection of music, it does have one of the clearest directions of the playlists I have listened to so far.  Where ‘Morning Run’ leaps from country pop to Fetty Wap, Run This Town departs from Hip Hop only nominally, mixing in an X Ambassadors remix that features Jay Z.  

Folding my preferences back in, this playlist has Pretty Girl Rock on it. That song is my Arc Reactor and I’m Tony Stark on a bike.

Fast Pop Run 180 BPM – 13,057Subscribers

What I heard:

Gold Guns Girls (Metric), Paris (Magic Man)x2, Breathe (Eric Prydz), The Ocean (Mike Perry), Do Me a Favour (Arctic Monkeys), Treading Water (Alex Clare), Cobrastyle (Robyn)x2, Duele el corazon (Enrique Iglesias), 1000 Nights (Frenship), River (Eminem)x2, Behind These Hazel Eyes (Kelly Clarkson),  Stay Young (Mike Perry), Fireflies (Owl City), You’re Not Missing Me (Chelsea Cutler), Holdin On (Flume), Just Like Fire (Pink), Winner (Jamie Foxx), You Owe Me (The Chainsmokers), Roar (Katy Perry), Sober (Pink)

Thoughts

There is a line in 1000 Nights by Frenship that says “I’ve been known to run just to feel the rush, but the dying sun illuminates so much.”  That line is a pretty telling microcosm of this playlist. If you’re response to that lyric is like mine, “that’s not why I run, and I don’t think the word ‘but’ is used correctly there…” this playlist is probably not what you are looking for. If you’re reaction is more along the lines of “I also run to feel the rush, but the dying sun does illuminate a lot.  Six minute paces feels pretty mellow right now!” then you’ll probably like working out to this playlist a lot.

‘Fast Pop Run’ checks a lot of the boxes of what you would want in a workout playlist.  There are feel good songs, a song about winning, and even some Enrique Iglesias, but it’s all very disjointed.  Like a smoothie with too many vegetables in it, this playlist is healthy, but doesn’t have the taste I want.

Metal Charge 180 BPM – 10,168 Subscribers

What I heard:

False Light (Cabal), Looking Down the Barrel of Today (Hatebreed)x2, Of Jupiter and Moons (Temperance), Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath), Sad But True (Metallica), God of The Mind (Disturbed), Moth Into Flame (Metallica), Holy Diver (Dio)x2, ULTRAnumb (Blue Stahli), Blind (Korn), Help (Papa Roach), War Pigs (Black Sabbath), Killing In The Name (Rage Against The Machine), The Mountain (Three Days Grace), Shadows Inside (Miss May I), Painless (Fozzy), Down With The Sickness (Disturbed), Scarlet (Periphery), From The Pinnacle to the Pit (Ghost),  Blood (Breaking Benjamin), Kickstart My Heart (Motley Crue)

Thoughts

Have you ever heard someone say that they feel like they could run through a wall?

This playlist made me feel like I could walk through a wall.  It wouldn’t have to be a violent thing, I was pumped up enough that it could have been pretty nonchalant.  This is how I felt.  My skin peeled away from my muscles as I was biking. The music turned my biceps into literal pythons, surrounding bones that had been changed into adamantium.  The new Medusa/Wolverine hybrid version of me broke the bike I was on, and when the gym worker told me that I would have to pay for a new bike I ate his head. Forty five minutes later I woke up sweating in my bed, finally understanding why people are drawn Metal.

It should be said that the continuity of this playlist was more obvious than any prior, and although I don’t listen to Metal regularly, this is one of the only times that I felt like I knew what I was getting during this entire experience. Holy Diver by Dio was a revelation for me.

Running to Rock 170-190 BPM – 267,786 Subscribers

What I heard:

American Idiot (Green Day), Hollywood (After Midnight Project), House of Cards (Madina Lake), Gasoline (Seether), Life Marches On (Birds of Pray), If These Sheets Were States (All Time Low), Ready to Start (Arcade Fire), Tunnel Vision (Tokyo Police Club), Hold My Hand (New Found Glory), Little Tyrants (Anberlin), Get It (Deepfield), Family Reunion (Saliva), Hounds of Love (Futureheads), When Did Your Heart Go Missing (Rooney), Monkey Wrench (Foo Fighters), Memory (Sugarcult), Until The Day I Die (Story Of the Year), If These Sheets Were States (All Time Low), Same Direction (Hoobastank), Doing Time (Avenge Sevenfold), Enemy Down (Ramin Djawadi),

Thoughts

This playlist is the one that I have been having the most trouble with my thoughts on. It came directly after the metal playlist, so I wasn’t particularly aching for rock, but more importantly this wasn’t the type of rock that I ache for.  We could go through the middle school nostalgia that comes with Green Day (or the Blink-182 that is on this playlist, obviously), or the fact that Ready to Start is a strong song from the Album of the Year at the 53rd Grammys (where it was also performed), or that Five Finger Death Punch (on the tracklist even though I didn’t hear it) is appearing one playlist too late, or I can just tell you that this is the playlist that I wanted to be done with the fastest.  

If aforementioned nostalgia, and Arcade Fire, and Five Finger Death Punch, or Foo Fighters, etc. is appealing to you, this playlist is probably your bag. That said, I just described this as ‘Foo Fighters, etc.’ so take that as you will.  

Run Wild BPM N/A- 2,202,679 Subscribers

What I heard:

My Silver Lining (First Aid Kit),  Ways to Go (Grouplove), Edge of Seventeen (The Wind and The Waves), Lay It On Me (Vance Joy), Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold (The Lone Bellow), Chateau (Angus and Julia Stone), Pumpin Blood (NONONO), Babel (Mumford and Sons), First Time (Vance Joy), As We Ran (The National Parks), Beat The Devil’s Tattoo (Black Rebel Motorcycle), The Dream’s in the Ditch (Deer Tick), Hard Time (Kretsen Remix) (Seinabo Sey), Don’t You (Forget About Me) (The Wind and The Wave), Riptide (Flicflac Remix) (Vance Joy), Renegades (X Ambassadors), Ancient Waves (PORTS), Elephant (Tame Impala), Home (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), Gone (The Snow Ponies), O’ Be Joyful (Shovels and Rope), Rolling Stone (Reuben And The Dark), Water Fountain (Tune Yards),  Hey Mama (David Guetta)

Thoughts

There’s this thing that inevitably happens in high school where a student makes the homecoming dance playlist, and puts Flo Rida on there like 6 times.  Everyone has a great time other than one of your friends’ mom, who is chaperoning and is “appalled that kids behave like that!!” After the principal catches wind, and hesitant descriptions, of how the students were dancing they assign a random teacher to make the playlist for prom.  This is the playlist that that teacher would make. They’ll try to get into a young mindset, which is why there is a remake of Don’t You, instead of the original, or why there is a remix of a Vance Joy song. And, honestly, you didn’t mind the teacher-made playlist that much, but you would never tell any of your friends that! And, even if you didn’t hate it for dancing, it would have been a crummy workout playlist!  

Unfortunately, this is a workout playlist.   The non-remixed Vance Joy songs don’t belong within smelling distance of a workout playlist, nor does Edward Sharpe and Magnetic Zeros, nor Mumford and Sons.  Calling this a workout playlist is like calling darts a table sport.

Electro Workout BPM N/A – 1,405,697 Subscribers

What I heard:

Natural Blues (Showtek), Genetic Drift (Rembrandt), I Rave You (Basto), Sweet and Sour (Mike Williams), Never Give Up on Love (Alex Gaudino)x2, One Second (Blasterjaxx), Rift (Dirty South and Michael Brun), Crunk (Showtek), Inside (Oliver Smith), Unite (Tony Junior), Boneless (Steve Aoki), One Nation Under Lasers (Dad Life), 070 (Blasterjaxx), All Aboard (Bassjackers), Swagga (Ron Reeser), Ignite (Firebeatz), Seek Bromance (Instrumental) (Shaggy), Whistle (4B), Narco (Blasterjaxx), Rave Me (Tom Tyger), Lullaby (R3HAB), Bouncer (Showtek)

Thoughts

Something weird about Electronic music is that the artists normally fall into one of two categories: they chose a name that sounds like what a 12 year old would name a robot they just built, or they chose a name that is a normal human name.  There are obviously exceptions, but those are the two major camps. I mean check this out… Robot names: Showtek, Basto, Blasterjaxx, Bassjacker, Firebeatz, 4b… Normal person names: Mike Williams, Alex Gaudino, Michael Brun, Oliver Smith, Tony Junior, Steve Aoki, Ron Reeser.  This has nothing to do with the quality of this playlist, but I couldn’t help thinking about it. Honestly if a DJ came out next year with the name Goddard, would it feel wrong? No, right? (Jimmy Neutron’s dog was named after Robert H. Goddard who is credited with creating the first liquid fueled rocket, which is clever because it’s a show about science, and also Goddard starts with ‘dog’ backward.  If a DJ was to use Goddard as their name they could do things like fold some Jimmy Neutron samples into their music, or some rocket sounds, or robot dog barking sounds. It just seems like there are A LOT of ways you could go with that DJ name. Jimmy Neutron has aged super well.)

This is the last playlist that I listened to, and by the time I heard it I was very tired of listening to music that wasn’t my own, yet this playlist does present a certain level of continuity that is only there in a couple of others.  It’s also hard to deny the workout spark that much of the music on this playlist provides. For the most part these songs pass the Tom Haverford “Is it a banger?” test, which makes for good workout music. 

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