Summer 2016 Workout Playlist

There are a lot of songs I am currently digging on my workout playlist. Here are the songs I’ve added to my ever growing iTunes playlist in the last month:

  • “Light It Up” by Major Lazer (with Nyla & Fuse)

You may have heard of this song thanks to the new Malibu Rum commercials. I have been a big Major Lazer fan for a long time (I saw them in concert back in 2010) and they always bring the energy.

  • “This Is What You Came For” by Calvin Harris (feat. Rihanna)

This is probably the biggest song of the summer right now, so there’s a good chance it’s already on your playlist, but it still deserves to be here.

  • “Five More Hours” by Deorro (feat. Chris Brown)

  • “Calm Down” by G-Eazy

This song hasn’t gotten nearly enough airplay. It’s hands down my favorite G-Easy song yet and references Keak Da Sneak – I’m always a sucker for Bay Area love.

  • “I’m In Control” by AlunaGeorge

AlunaGeorge continues to produce electronic/synth songs with dreamy vocals. Love this one.

  • “Girls Like” by Tinie Tempeh (feat. Zara Larsson)

  • “Be Right There” by Diplo and Sleepy Tom

Diplo makes my list again (he’s a member of Major Lazer). This song, like the song by Deorro has more of an EDM festival vibe, but the high BPM makes it great for working out.

  • “For Free” by DJ Khaled (feat. Drake)

Another huge summer anthem. This collaboration is hard to beat.

  • “Gold” by Kiiara

A little more relaxed than a lot of the other songs in this playlist, so this one is great for running when you’ve hit your stride and are just cruising.

  • “All In My Head (Flex)” by Fifth Harmony (feat. Fetty Wap)

  • “Don’t You Need Somebody?” by RedOne (feat. Enrique)

This song is really picking up on the radio right now. It’s extremely catchy and features a whole bunch of people (Shaggy?!) that make it feel like a early 2000s throwback.


What is your favorite song for working out right now?

Is there a song on my list that you currently love/hate/love-to-hate?


  1. Gillian @ That's G

    July 16, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Thanks for this! Always looking for new music to add into my rotation.

    Shockingly, I play songs to death until I’m sick of them. Off that list, I love Five More Hours and also This is What You Came For, especially after learning about the Calvin Harris/Taylor Swift drama that she wrote it under a pseudonym!

    1. Angela @ GardenVarietyRunner

      July 21, 2016 at 11:22 am

      Oh man, I have loved following a long with all the Calvin Harris/T-Swift drama!!

  2. Jefferson Kothari

    August 27, 2016 at 3:35 am

    February’s top picks play more like summer workout mix than a winter one — thanks to a wealth of pop and dance favorites. In the same way the playlist bridges the musical past and the present, it can also serve as a bridge 4 between the person you were in 2015 and the person you resolved to become in 2016.

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