…”Cruise — Remix” by Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly. Yes, the same Nelly that did “E.I,” “Hot in Herre,” and “Air Force Ones.” I’m diggin’ the country and hip-hop/pop sound together. I’m thinking about purchasing that song along with:

  • “Troublemaker” by Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida. It’s so upbeat and catchy.
  • “Don’t Stop the Party” by Pitbull. I tend to really like Pitbull songs — don’t hate. I always want to dance whenever I hear them. And I sometimes fist pump, too.
  • “Light ‘Em Up” by Fall Out Boy. They’re baaaack. I was never really a fan of the group in the first place, but I do like a handful of their songs. I have “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” and “Dance, Dance” stored in my iTunes. Gah it feels like “Dance, Dance” came out AGES ago. I enjoy “Light ‘Em Up” in particular because it has a hard edge to it.
  • “Mama’s Broken Heart” by Miranda Lambert. Miranda seems like a sweetheart who is rough around the edges. Don’t mess with this chick. I know I’ll never have her persona, but hey, it’s always fun to listen to her.

I’m always looking for new, peppy tunes that will motivate me to work out. These will do the trick.

I’ve also been listening to a lot of music at work. I’m finishing up looking over 300+ chapters for a series of review books we publish. (I’m hoping to be done Friday — woo hoo!) While I enjoy working on them, it can get a little monotonous. Music gets me through (and helps me stay in a good mood). I highly recommend breaking out of your Pandora and Spotify boxes and trying iHeart Radio and/or Songza.

  • Songza is a lot of fun. I first found out about it in an InStyle magazine. There are a ton of playlists for you to choose from. The home page (or Music Concierge) directs you to certain playlists based on what you’re doing — whether it’s housework, working, or studying. Or quitting your job, lounging in a cool hotel, or driving in the left lane. There are icons to go along with all these activities, which I find fun and user-friendly. I tend to give into my guilty pleasure playlists most of the time, including The Golden Age of Boy Bands (Nsync, Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men, NKOTB, etc.) and At a ’90s School Dance (again Nsync, Britney Spears, Spice Girls, Ricky Martin, and the Macarena has been known to come up). But, there are also variations of today’s hits and all sorts of genres, too. I must mention that I haven’t found a way to create my own playlists — these all are ones that have already been created by music critics, musicians, and DJs.
  • iHeart radio is similar to Pandora in that you can customize a station based on a song or an artist. However, iHeart also lets you listen to live radio stations. Want to listen to 95.7 The Vibe (a local Kansas City station)? You can. Want to listen to a L.A. station or a Miami station just because you can? The option is there. I listened to a Miami station for awhile. I know, strange. But it was kind of fun. The traffic report would come on and I would just smile because I was nowhere near it. :) iHeart also has a “Perfect for” feature. For example, Perfect for Falling Asleep. So, if iHeart radio was a math equation, it would most likely look like this: Pandora + Songza + x (live radio) = iHeart radio.

Both are free and do not have commercials (except on the live stations). Thumbs up in my book. The only downside to Songza is that some of the playlists are short, so you may hear a particular song a couple of times.

Questions for you:
1. What music (artists/songs) have you been listening to lately?
2. Which do you prefer: Pandora, Spotify, Songza, or iHeart radio?

(By the way, Purple Stride went well! I wanted to finish the 5K in under 30 minutes and I did just that with a time of 28:20. I placed 15th in my age group.)