The Best Indie Workout Playlist of All Time (100 Songs)

by Cameron Schaefer on April 17, 2013

Since Levi & I put our brains together for 25 Albums You Should Own On Vinyl we’ve been on a bit of a music-list kick. We know, we know – listicles are the death of writing & critical thinking, etc.  Yet, we love reading them ourselves, even when we vehemently disagree with the author’s picks…and we love making them ourselves.  Thus, we decided to do one more (we promise…probably) that would hopefully be useful to a lot of people – a workout playlist.

For quite a while both of us have been asked by our friends for good indie workout music, i.e. non-Top 40, stuff you don’t hear on the radio everyday. Thus, we present you with 100 songs (50 from each of us) that we think deserve a place on your workout playlist. Is this the top 100? Best workout playlist ever? Possibly, but you can decide.

What you WON’T find is Powerman 5000, Drowning Pool, Metallica – so if you’re a power lifter and that’s the music you’re looking for don’t bother reading on. However, if your workout includes more than A.C.-Slater-curls, things like running, biking, CrossFit, etc. then you may find some good stuff here you may have otherwise never discovered.  Enjoy!

1. Alexander – “In the Twilight”

 

2. Animal Collective – “Peacebone”

 

3. Animal Collective – “Today’s Supernatural”

 

4. Arcade Fire – “Keep the Car Running”

 

5. Arcade Fire – “We Used To Wait”

 

6. Arctic Monkeys – “I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor”

 

7. Arctic Monkeys – “Old Yellow Bricks”

 

8. Atoms for Peace – “Ingenue”

 

9. Band of Horses – “The Great Salt Lake”

 

10. Band of Skulls – “Light of the Morning”

 

11. Beastie Boys – “Gratitude”

 

12. Beirut – “Postcards from Italy”

 

13. Big Boi – “Back Up Plan”

 

14. The Black Keys – “10 AM Automatic”

 

15. The Black Keys – “Strange Times”

 

16. Blitzen Trapper – “Fire and Fast Bullets”

 

17. Broken Bells – “The Ghost Inside”

 

18. CHVRCHES – “Recover”

 

19. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – “The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth”

 

20. Cloud Nothings – “Wasted Days”

 

21. The Cribs – “Men’s Needs”

 

22. Cut Copy – “Need You Now”

 

23. Daft Punk – “One More Time”

 

24. Daft Punk – “Harder Better Faster Stronger”

 

25. Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr – “Simple Girl”

 

26. Das Racist – “Michael Jackson”

 

27. The Decemberists – “Calamity Song”

 

28. Deer Tick – “Easy”

 

29. Deerhoof – “We Do Parties”

 

30. Deerhunter – “Desire Lines”

 

31. Dirty Projectors – “Just From Chevron”

 

32. Ducktails – “Timothy Shy”

 

33. The Dutchess and The Duke – “Reservoir Park”

 

34. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes – “Home”

 

35. Electric Six – “Gay Bar”

 

36. Fatboy Slim – “Weapon of Choice”

 

37. Felice Brothers – “Run Chicken Run”

 

38. Flashy Python – “The Lady is a Ghost”

 

39. Fleet Foxes – “Grown Ocean”

 

40. Four Tet – “Locked”

 

41. Foxygen – “No Destruction”

 

42. Franz Ferdinand – “The Dark of the Matinee”

 

43. Fugazi – “Waiting Room”

 

44. Gil-Scott Heron – “New York Is Killin Me (Jamie XX Remix)”

 

45. Gorillaz – “Stylo”

 

46. Grizzly Bear  - “A Simple Answer”

 

47. Handsome Furs – “Repatriated”

 

48. Heartless Bastards – “My Maker”

 

49. The Heavy – “How You Like Me Now”

 

50. Hot Chip – “Flutes”

 

51. Jack White – “Sixteen Saltines”

 

52. Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”

 

53. Jeff The Brotherhood – “Staring at the Wall”

 

54. Justice – “D.A.N.C.E.”

 

55. Kid Koala – “2 Bit Blues”

 

56. The Kills – “Sour Cherry”

 

57. Kings of Leon – “The Bucket”

 

58. The Knife – “A Tooth for an Eye”

 

59. Kurt Vile – “Jesus Fever”

 

60. LCD SoundSystem – “All My Friends”

 

61. LCD SoundSystem – “Daft Punk is Playing at My House”

 

62. Little Dragon – “Ritual Union”

 

63. Local Natives – “Sun Hands”

 

64. The Long Winters – “Scared Straight”

 

65. Luke Temple – “Ophelia”

 

66. Lykki Li – “Get Some”

 

67. M.I.A. – “Paper Planes”

 

68. Metz – “Wet Blanket”

 

69. MGMT – “Kids”

 

70. The National – “Bloodbuzz Ohio”

 

71. Palma Violets – “Best of Friends”

 

72. Panda Bear – “Tomboy”

 

73. Parquet Courts – “Stoned and Starving”

 

74. Passion Pit – “Moths Wings”

 

75. Phoenix – “1901″

 

76. Radiohead – “Morning Mr Magpie”

 

77. The Rapture – “Sail Away”

 

78. Rage Against the Machine – “Testify”

 

79. Ratatat – “Seventeen Years”

 

80. Sia – “Breathe Me (Four Tet Remix)”

 

81. Solange – “Losing You”

 

82. Spoon – “The Underdog”

 

83. The Strokes – “The Modern Age”

 

84. The Strokes – “You Only Live Once”

 

85. Tame Impala – “Be Above It”

 

86. Tame Impala – “Elephant”

 

87. Temper Trap – “Sweet Disposition”

 

88. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – “We Don’t Call”

 

89. TNGHT – “Higher Ground”

 

90. Tune-Yards – “Bizness”

 

91. TV on the Radio – “Wolf Like Me”

 

92. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark)”

 

93. Wavves – “Demon to Lean On”

 

94. White Rabbits – “Percussion Gun”

 

95. White Stripes – “Blue Orchid”

 

96. White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”

 

97. Wolf Parade – “Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts”

 

98. Wolfmother – “Woman”

 

99. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Heads Will Roll”

 

100. Yeasayer – “2080″

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

John April 17, 2013 at 11:03 am

Great list. Go ahead and make this a Spotify playlist, mmmkay? Thankyouverymuch.

Andrew April 17, 2013 at 8:24 pm

+1 to John’s comment. If this was a Spotify playlist I’d already have it in the queue.

Michael Thiele April 18, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Working on making this a Rdio playlist if anyone is interested. I know it ain’t Spotify but whatevz.

Btw, that Wasted Days by Cloud Nothings is seriously top notch. Gave me goosebumps.

Once again V&C, your aim is true. Totally diggin this list.

John May 8, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Finally got around to creating the Spotify playlist…96 songs; there were 4 it couldn’t find.

http://open.spotify.com/user/geer08/playlist/7dv4YuKV5Nu9Zda0HNcyC1

Awesome.

Shalie May 28, 2013 at 5:16 pm

You may have different opinions, but I don’t really find alot of this indie. Daft punk for example, I find very electronic, not much indie. Although there were some good songs. So koodoos to you.

Todd @ Ferless Men August 16, 2013 at 11:24 am

How many years did it take you to compile this?? I’m about to go for a run, looking fwd to this new inspiration.

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