Hey there all of my fellow North American Fit Bottomed Girls! Today is Canada Day and — no matter where you live — here are 10 songs to celebrate the excellent music from the Great White North. (No hockey jersey required to enjoy the tunes here!)
Canada Day Workout Playlist
1. Bryan Adams, “Summer of 69” (3:34). Canada’s No. 1 export of the 1980s focuses his energy on photography these days rather than touring, but this classic song sounds as fresh as ever and makes for the perfect warm-up tune.
2. Arcade Fire, “Keep the Car Running” (3:29). If you need a little extra motivation to pick up your pace on your next run then try this Arcade Fire tune that has a fantastic beat.
3. Metric, “Gold Gun Girls” (4:05). One of the most underrated bands (IMHO) in existence is Metric and “Gold Girls Guns” shows off their trademark riffs and hooks.
4. Barenaked Ladies, “It’s All Been Done” (3:13). This is one of the bounciest offerings from the Barenaked Ladies, and I am sure its very existence is the cure to the common bad mood. (It always cheers me up, anyway!)
5. Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe” (3:13). How much more Canadian can you get than being a finalist from Canadian Idol? Carly Rae Jepsen did just that in 2007 and went on to record one of the catchiest songs of all time. (Just to try to resist singling along — it’s freaking impossible!)
6. Tegan & Sara, “Hell” (3:24). Calgary’s Tegan and Sara Quin are identical twins who know how to rock out and are Academy Award winners to boot (Runner-up to this workout jam? “Everything is Awesome” from the LEGO movie!)
7. K-Os, “Crabbuckit” (3:49). K-Os is a an alternative hip-hop rapper who puts on an excellent live show. This is one of his biggest hits from his arsenal.
8. Dear Rouge, “I Heard I had” (3:11). Vancouver’s Dear Rouge is a husband/wife duo who record electronic music with a pop sensibility and have won multiple music competitions in their native land. They just may be taking over the U.S. sooner than later. (My prediction!)
9. The New Pornographers, “Use It” (3:27). There may be 20 unofficial members of this group as they tend to fill up an entire stage when they perform, but this song shows off their collective musical and singing abilities to the max.
10. Alanis Morrisette, “Hand in My Pocket” (4:08). Now you can cool down with one of the best songs from Alanis’ first album Jagged Little Pill and enjoy the rest of your day-long celebration.
All right Canadians, what did I miss? What are YOUR favorite workout songs? —Margo