Spin Spin Spin Songs for the Road
June 9, 2016 9:57 PM   Subscribe

What are your favorite cycling spin songs? I'm heading out for a 150 mile bike ride this weekend and need to beef up my playlist with stuff that makes big wheels keep on turnin'.

I have a workout-inspiring playlist that's really excellent for long rides. It's pretty wide ranging in style. For example:
  • Foo Fighters - The Pretender
  • Britney Spears - Work Work (radio edit of Work B***h)
  • Miscellaneous Mashups
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - American Girl
  • Skrillex - Bangarang
  • The Crystal Method - Trip Like I Do
Now I'm asking for MOAR. The playlist hasn't been significantly updated in more than a year and I'm at a loss for new great I-want-to-ride-faster-because-of-this-music music. Lyrics need to be safe for public airspace. Help me Metafilter, you are my only hope.

Backstory: 2 years ago I asked this question regarding gear for playing music on a bicycle. I've been rocking a belted up pair of Goal 0 Rock Out Speakers alongside a Sansa Mp3 Clip clipped to my bike shorts to great effect since then. The tunes are publicly blaring alongside hundreds/thousands of other cyclists, so lyrics should be Rated PG at worst.
posted by mcstayinskool to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am not sure from your question... do you want to range more widely, or do you want more songs like the ones you list?
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 10:14 PM on June 9, 2016

Mötley Crüe - Kickstart My Heart

I cannot bike slow when this song comes around on my bike playlist....
posted by alchemist at 12:35 AM on June 10, 2016

My House by Flo Rida
Troy by Die Fantastischen Vier
Kiss Kiss by Tarkan Şımarık
Main Vari Vari by AR Rahman
No Te Veo by Casa de Leones
Folgers Crystals by J. Cole
Pagg Wala Munda by Jatinder Shah
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 1:43 AM on June 10, 2016

My goto for getting into a zone is the Philip Glass album Glassworks. It was written for a ballet company so has tempos for movement.
posted by sammyo at 4:20 AM on June 10, 2016

Response by poster: do you want to range more widely, or do you want more songs like the ones you list?

What I meant to say was that all genres are welcome. I'm looking for your favorite songs to spin to.
posted by mcstayinskool at 5:38 AM on June 10, 2016

Best answer: My favorite songs to spin to include:

Tour de France - Kraftwerk
You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) - Dead or Alive
Bicycle Race - Queen

Also, here's some cycling music playlists.
posted by Rob Rockets at 6:51 AM on June 10, 2016

I don't bike with music but when I'm really pushing against the wind or climbing a hill, here are two songs I play in my imagination:

Rob Zombie - Dragula
Behemoth - Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer
posted by beyond_pink at 7:11 AM on June 10, 2016

Best answer: In my opinion, these would all be perfect if they came on mid-ride, with a big group of people riding to them. Please enjoy!

Queens of the Stone Age - "No One Knows"
alt-J - "Left Hand Free"
Tanlines - "Green Grass"
Metronomy - "The Bay"
Cut Copy - "Where I'm Going"
Arcade Fire - "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)"
The New Pornographers - "Sing Me Spanish Techno"
Sigur Ros - "Gobbledigook"
TNGHT - "Higher Ground"
Röyksopp - "Happy Up Here"
JR JR - "Gone"
El Ten Eleven - "Fanshawe"
Nine Inch Nails - "14 Ghosts II"
Kylie Minogue - "Can't Get You Out of My Head"
posted by a good beginning at 8:42 AM on June 10, 2016

My standard answer for this kind of question is: Almost all of the Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense.
posted by The Deej at 9:46 AM on June 10, 2016

Well, these are kind of old school, but I like them. I remember once back in the days of 55MPH, Radar Love came on, I reached over to turn the radio up, and when I looked at the speedometer again I was already doing 75.

Golden Earring Radar Love.
Kenny Loggins Danger Zone.
posted by Bruce H. at 9:59 PM on July 11, 2016

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