My past few workouts have been a struggle. I have a feeling my allergies have been bad and breathing is a little more difficult. So today when working out I asked my husband to turn on some music to help me keep motivated. The result was sometimes good, sometimes terrible, but overall an odd mix.

It started out by me saying he should play the Totoro theme. It was creepy. It was the perfect song for my warm up, as I swung my arms in perfect rhythm. I felt a little like doing morning warm ups at a Japanese school. Then Jon’s picked some nice songs, coupled with wildly different ones…

Azumi Inoue – Tonari no Totoro
Aaliyah – Are You That Somebody?
Aretha Franklin – Baby, I Love You
The Band – The Weight
Barenaked Ladies – Who Needs Sleep?
The Beach Boys – California Girls
Betty Everett – It’s in His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)
Billy Ocean – Get Out Of My Dreams, Get Into My Car
Billy Preston – Nothing from Nothing
Cake – Short Skirt/Long Jacket
House of Pain – Jump Around

That said, my husband did make his own real workout mix. This one is more consistent. He took some of the best upbeat songs and wrapped them around with the tackiest dance sounds out there. It is like the high end comfort food of workout playlists.

Daft Punk – One More Time
Jamiroquai – Canned Heat
Prince – 1999
Haddaway – What is Love?
MIKA – We Are Golden
Fatboy Slim – Praise You
Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal
Prince – Trust
Electric Light Orchestra – Do Ya
Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
Oliver Adams – Techno Syndrome (Mortal Kombat)
Night Ranger – Sister Christian
The Hit Crew – Jump On It
The Edgar Winter Group – Free Ride

Either way, I have both playlists on Spotify- the Worst and the Best.