After nearly a decade of discussions about workout music, I’ve noticed that success of most playlists hinges on one thing:
Striking a balance between freshness and familiarity.
If you have too many old tracks–even if you love each one–the allure will have begun to fade. If you have too many new tracks–even if they’re all great–the charms might not yet be apparent.
Finding the sweet spot isn’t complicated, but it does require a bit of commitment. Namely, you’ve got to add new contenders into your mix over time–while removing old standbys.
By that token, remixes prove handy because they cast songs you already know and like in a new light–thereby combining freshness and familiarity in a single track. Moreover, most remixes are engineered with a club audience in mind. To that end, you’ll generally find they aren’t just different takes on the original versions–but faster, more kinetic, and designed to make folks move.
Given that they provide such a simple, reliable way to improve a playlist, I’ve gone back through the votes placed on the site and compiled Run Hundred Remixes–a $10 set including a list of the top 100 remixes for working out and 20 bonus remixes that you can download at no additional charge.
If you’re starting from scratch, the bonus remixes provide over an hour of music you can put to use straightaway. If you’ve already got a playlist you like, you can use them to fortify that instead. Plus, when you need more motivation, you can draw from the site’s 100 most popular picks.
Put simply, remixes provide a shortcut to a great playlist–by combining freshness and familiarity in one. And, this set provides a shortcut to the best remixes by pairing a list of the top options with a starter pack you can use right now.
Given the volume of feedback that shaped the set, the results are consistently formidable. But, the fact that they work for most folks doesn’t mean they’ll work for everyone. So, if you find they don’t do the trick for you, let me know–and I’ll issue a refund. (My contact info accompanies each order, in case you need to touch base.)
To see which remixes came out on top–then put them to work in your routine–you can download Run Hundred Remixes here.