I am always on the lookout for motivating songs to add to my workout and running playlists, and lately has been no exception. I'm currently training for either my next half or full marathon and I am beginning to enter the part of training where boredom becomes a valid obstacle! My old playlist just isn't cutting it anymore because I am almost to the part of repeating songs during runs, and I'm running so often that even if my soundtrack doesn't repeat, it feels as if it does. As I was tidying up my apartment earlier in the week, I stumbled upon a playlist I had created recently filled with fun throwback songs. You know the ones, the songs you probably got down to at junior high school dances if you're about the same age as me. Running music definitely depends on my mood, so if you're in the mood for some songs that are fun and bring you back while motivating you to pick up the pace, these are for you.
1. Yeah! - Usher, Lil' Jon, Ludacris
Just the beginning of the beat of this song brings out the Halie of school dances past. Things are about to get LIT.
2. Goodies - Ciara, Petey Pablo
Let's be real. I definitely haven't grown any song worthy goodies since 2007, but this song makes me pretend that I have.
3. In Da Club - 50 Cent
Go shawty, it's ya birthday.
4. Walk It Out or Two Step - UNK
Have they even made any more music? Oh well. Walk (or run) it out. Also, how did our teachers let us sing that we were undercover hoes in junior high?
5. Drop It Like It's Hot - Snoop Dogg, Pharrell Williams
6. We Fly High - Jim Jones
Just pull up yo pants, and do the rock away. Whatever that is.
8. Party Up - DMX
Ya'll gon' make me lose my mind.
9. Get Low - Ying Yang Twins
Literally the dirtiest song ever, and it was played at every school dance. You were scarred in the 7th grade when you finally looked up what skeet skeet meant.
10. Teach Me How to Dougie - Cali Swag District
They gon' be on you when they see you hit that dougie right.
11. Got Money - Lil Wayne, T-Pain
The duo of my generation. (*sarcasm*)
12. Empire State of Mind - Alicia Keys, Jay-Z
In New Yorrrrrrrk.
13. Ridin' - Chamillionaire, Krayzie Bone
They hopin' that they gon' catch you ridin' dirty.
14. This Is Why I'm Hot - MiMS
Oh, yeah. This was definitely on every one of our cell phones for a ring tone, even if you didn't like the song. Hello, to the memories of having bluetooth names and swapping 20 second clips during gym on my RAZR.
15. My Love - Justin Timberlake
I can see us holdin' hands walkin' on the beach our toes in the sand.
16. Make It Rain - Lil Wayne, Fat Joe
Yes, 13 year old Halie. Make it rain on them hoes.
17. Forever - Chris Brown
Sigh. It was a simpler time.
18. Crank That - Soulja Boy
You know I had to put these two next to each other.
19. Hot in Herre - Nelly
Not to be used on summer runs when it really is hot in herre.
20. Dangerous - Kardinal Offishal, Akon
That girl is so dangerous.
21. London Bridge - Fergie
22. This Is The Way I Live - Baby Boy Da Prince
Again, have no idea if he made anything else. Ever.
23. Gold Digger - Kanye West
Now I ain't sayin' she a gold digger.
24. Run It! - Chris Brown, Julez Santana
Run it, girl! (or dude!)
25. Pop Lock and Drop It - Huey
OH POP LOCK AND DROP ITTTT. You know you tried, too.
26. Tipsy - J-Kwon
Nothing like a good ole' glorifying underage drinking song.
27. Glamourous - Fergie, Ludacris
28. Bring Em Out -T.I.
Forever ingrained into my memory being the last loser to run out of the locker room to this song.