We know that nothing gets you through your workout like music—a good melody to distract from the pain, a steady rhythm to keep the pace or a jolt of extra emotion to get you closer to the finish line.
And though your local gym might think that a mix of throbbing pop music works for everyone, we’ve compiled some of our favorite workout songs into 10 unique playlists ranging from classic rock to hip hop to, well, throbbing pop music. The Fixed Gear Biking playlist features 10 indie rock songs for when you’re working out on two wheels.
1. ON AN ON, “The Hunter”
Especially good warm-up for those of you who are biking in outer space.
2. Arcade Fire, “Wake Up”
Five-and-a-half minutes of pure inspiration for your perspiration.
3. of Montreal, “Gronlandic Edit”
I’m having to resist bouncing along while listening and typing right now.
4. The Postal Service, “We Will Become Silhouettes”
Perfect for that misty-day ride.
5. Sigur Rós, “inni mer syngur vitleysingur”
This is why there are no fat people in Iceland.
6. Frightened Rabbit, “Swim Until You Can’t See Land”
Not only will the steady riff keep you going, but you can take Scott Hutchison’s lyrics as encouragement not to quit.
7. Generationals, “Ten-Twenty-Ten”
If only this song was longer than 3:22… I guess I could just bike to this on loop?
8. Reptar, “Stuck In My ID”
With guitars, bass, keys and drums all doing something a little different, this will counter the most monotonous stretch of your route.
9. Dirty Projectors, “Stillness Is The Move”
Sometimes you need something a little more mid-tempo to catch your breath. Plus the existentialist questions at the end are wonderful to ponder on a long ride.
10. The National, “Apartment Story”
The National proves that not all workout music needs to be in your face.