5 Songs You’ll Regret Putting on Your Morning Workout Playlist


Ok, we’ve all arrived at work or a morning class to find someone sitting near us humming some obnoxious tune that we get stuck in our heads all day. You know what we mean. Is anything worse than sitting in a morning meeting with Mambo No. 5 running on a loop in your head? No! And if you accidentally hum it and get it stuck in your boss’s head? Watch out!

So how do you make sure you’re not the one who infects the whole office with a terrible ear worm of a song? We all learned long ago that we need to keep our earbuds in at the gym—because who knows what may be playing over the speakers. But it’s also important to curate your morning workout playlist!

So we’ve got a list of songs that might get you pumped on the elliptical, but will absolutely get stuck in your head. Avoid these five songs on your morning workout playlist:

My Humps – The Black Eyed Peas

You know this one will get stuck in your head the minute you hear it. Sure The Black Eyed Peas bring all the nostalgia, and it’s not that we don’t love this song (we do!), but this is not a great tune to have stuck in your head while you’re trying to convince your boss to give you a promotion. If you’re looking for a song to replace it with that will pump you up (but is less likely to get stuck in your head) stick with The Black Eyed Peas, but try I Gotta Feeling instead. (We’ve got a feeling you’ll us later!)

Gangnam Style – Psy

Look. No one’s saying this isn’t a bop. If anything, it’s maybe too good. Because it will get stuck in your head like microwaved oatmeal to the side of a bowl. And the bad thing is, you’ll be singing it all day, and soon everyone around you will be singing it too and—you know how this goes. Also, there’s a non-zero chance you’ll also be trying to bust some of Psy’s dance moves in the break room at some point and there’s probably no recovering from that. So delete Gangnam Style from your pump up mix and try Psy’s Daddy instead—same energy, less likelihood you’ll call your co-worker “oppa” and make everything awkward.

Baby – Justin Bieber

We’ll just assume we don’t need to explain this one. If you need to replace it with something from the Biebs, Sorry is a great choice.

We Will Rock You – Queen

This is one of the most powerful songs set to music in the English language. But like the one ring and other far too powerful things, it must be used sparingly! Sure it’s great to get your heart rate up, but you know it’s going to be in your head all day. We definitely applaud your excellent taste in choosing a Queen song for your workout playlist, but humbly suggest I Want To Break Free instead, because it’s excellent and far less likely to cause you to start a stomp-clap during your afternoon strategy session with your team members.

Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars

Yes, we know this is on your playlist. There is no doubt this is a song that will improve your workout, but there is also no doubt that you’ll be wandering around all day telling people that uptown funk is going to give it to them. Luckily Bruno’s catalog is deep! Try Locked Out Of Heaven instead!