Here's row2k's list of the 15 erg songs for your winter 2014-2015 erg playlist.
A couple notes on how songs were selected as this is once again, a highly subjective list: All songs submitted by row2k readers Each song is from the last year and a half, or so. Songs from pre-2013 were excluded Only one song per artist as there are many artists with multiple songs We tried to bring a variety of genres of music for a variety of types of erg pieces Some contain some explicit lyrics Once again, no Miley Cyrus Songs listed alphabetically by artist A couple of honorable mentions:
Spotify playlist here plus check out the embedded player at right.
- Not a song, but the Serial Podcast got several nominations
- Taylor Swift - Shake It Off. (Taylor pulling her entire catalog from Spotify just ruins everything)
Ariana Grande featuring Zedd - Break Free
"The lyrics are perfect."
Calvin Harris featuring R3hab - Burnin
"Great song to pump up the room in the middle of test week."
Charli XCX - Boom Clap
"I love this song for AT pieces. BOOM!"
Chromeo - Jealous (I Ain't With It)
Ella Henderson - Ghost
"The beat is strong, the lyrics are relevant to rowing, and she's just awesome. Duh."
Grandtheft & Keys N Krates - Keep It 100
"Rap, hip-hop, electronica, and all-around bad-ass song all in one."
Imagine Dragons - Warriors
"This song is so epic and it fills you up with a sense of power that pushes you to erg harder."
Jessie J featuring 2 Chainz - Burnin' Up
"This song has a sick beat and after a hard erg, we're definitely 'burnin up'!"
John Newman - Love Me Again
"Great for steady state work when turned up loud. Plus the lyrics are ironic when sung to the erg you are on."
Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
"Because modern Motown with killer brass and bass lines make thousands of meters less boring."
OneRepublic featuring Alesso - If I Lose Myself
"The powerful beat and lyrics are great for erging."
Pitbull featuring John Ryan - Fireball
"I don't know what it is about this song, but the meters just go by fast when this song is on."
Röyksopp & Robyn - Do It Again
"It's the perfect song for 2k training - it hurts, it feels wrong, but you just keep doing it again."
Run The Jewels featuring Zack De La Rocha - Close Your Eyes
"This song is for anyone going through Rage Against The Machine withdrawals on the erg."
Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance
"This is a happy song that helps me get through the pain on the erg."