We're three weeks into January, which means this is the time when New Year's Resolutions die. But not if Jennie and I can help it! Or, at least, not if we can create a motivationally themed playlist for it! No matter what your resolution is, Jennie and I are here to pump *clap* you up!
1. "This Is How We Do It" - Montell Jordan
Mandy W.: OMG YES YES. We mention Montell all the time in our book reports that it's only fitting he gets a shout-out in his actual realm of expertise.
2. "Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go)" - Garbage
Mandy W.: There's actually a v. different story playing out in the song, but I'm picking it because...
Jennie: Go baby go go, aw, we're right behind you!
3. "I Love It" - Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX
Jennie: Throwing one's shit into a bag and pushing it down the stairs is EXCELLENT exercise.
4. "#SELFIE" - The Chainsmokers
Jennie: I'm going to exercise, but first...LET ME TAKE A SELFIE. (Otherwise, how will everyone know?)
5. "Push It" - Salt-N-Pepa
Mandy W.: In my mind, this is the soundtrack for all Lamaze classes. Please no one shatter this illusion.
6. "Stronger" - Britney Spears
Mandy W.: For a more inspirational choice from Brit Brit's catalogue. Also because Spotify doesn't have "Work, Bitch", WTF?!?
7. "SexyBack" - Justin Timberlake
Mandy W.: For juxtaposition. Also because I absolutely veto "Rock Your Body". I actually hate it. Which is surprising, considering some of the stuff I like, I know.
8. "Work It" - Missy Elliot
Mandy W.: OK, so it's about a different kind of workout. But let me ask y'all this: IS IT WORTH IT? LEMME WORK IT. I PUT MY THING DOWN, FLIP IT, AND REVERSE IT.
9. "Mama Said Knock You Out" - LL Cool J
Mandy W.: My greatest hope for any day is an excuse to shout, "DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK!"
10. "All I Do Is Win" - DJ Khaled feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, and Rick Ross
Mandy W.: Thanks, Emma Stone's lip sync, for reminding me of this song!
11. "He Got Game" - Public Enemy
Mandy W.: Whenever I hear the intro to "For What It's Worth", I always feel a pang of disappointment that it's not this instead.
12. "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" - C+C Music Factory
Mandy W.: Why aren't we J+M Music Factory? Missed opportunity. Then again, JAM has more crossover product potential.
13. "Intermission" - The Offspring
Jennie: Everyone needs a break. Ahhhhhh.
14. "Here It Goes Again" - OK Go
Mandy W.: I didn't even check if the lyrics fits thematically. But -- spoiler alert! -- you will see this song again.
15. "Never Miss a Beat" - Kaiser Chiefs
Jennie: Solely here because the beat will carry you through.
16. "Another One Bites the Dust" - Queen
Jennie: Another song to help you find your rhythm, especially if it helps you to picture a particular someone biting the dust.
17. "Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh" - Say Hi
Jennie: Pretend you're in a parade with the cheerful horn intro.
18. "My Body" - Young the Giant
Mandy W.: Perfect song for conquering fatigue when you're running on fumes.
19. "Shut Up and Dance" - Walk the Moon
Mandy W.: I don't like songs (or anything) giving me such aggressive orders, but I still can't refuse this directive.
20. "Resolve" - Foo Fighters
Mandy W.: The song from which this playlist borrows its name!
21. "Balaclava" - Arctic Monkeys
Jennie: Run run run!
22. "Be Yourself" - Audioslave
Mandy W.: At the end of the day, don't be so hard on yourself if you fall short of meeting your goals. Screw what Yoda says; there IS a try! P.S. Jennie, I don't think we've ever discussed Vocal God Chris Cornell before!
23. "Can't Stop" - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Jennie: You can't stop! You won't stop! Anthony Kiedis forbids you from stopping.
24. "Physical" - Olivia Newton-John
Mandy W.: Really, this is just here to whet your appetites for the main event below.
Jennie: THAT VIDEO HAUNTS MY DREAMS. I used to see it all the time when I was really little, on VH1.
25. "DARE" - Gorillaz
Mandy W.: Work it out, and keep on keeping on! Also, there's a not-ucommon belief on the internet that this song is actually about masturbation. Oh, I'll give you a masturbation song next month.
26. "Doin' It Right" - Daft Punk feat. Panda Bear
Jennie: Time to cool down (because you want to do it right).
So how about it? Do you feel ready to tackle those New Year's resolutions yet? Let's get physical, y'all! (If you've never watched this before, you're in for a treat. As well as crop tops and banana hammocks.)
And if you still need some more inspiration -- or a better use of your treadmill -- take a cue from OK Go:
Which songs would you add to our pump-up mix? And how are your New Year's resolutions going? (I've yet to snowboard two more times, as per mine. Whoops!) Let us know in the comments!