I like to think that I do a pretty good job keeping everyone happy with the music that I use in my playlists. I try my best to work to my audience, but also to stay true to my ride profile. That sometimes means that I don’t use all of the songs I want to in one profile just because I or someone else really likes them. This is the case with this playlist. While there are so many really great songs that came out in 2012 that I would have loved to use, they didn’t all make the cut because they just didn’t fit my ride. And there are songs here that I’m not really in love with, but I know my members will like them and they work quite well here.
One of the things I think that is really important when you are making playlists for your classes is knowing your audience. Something else that I’ve learned is that while playing great, new tunes is cool, you absolutely have to throw in a good amount of songs in each playlist that will be recognizable to your members. That might mean some top 40, or it might mean some classic rock, or even a remix of a classic rock song if you aren’t really into that. As a class participant, nothing is more boring than going into a class and cycling to almost an hour’s worth of music that you’ve never heard before. Even if it is good. And don’t assume that just because you’ve heard it before, your members have. That’s why I mix up the top forty with the classic rock and remixes quite a bit. I do have a variety of age groups in my classes.
I take other instructor’s classes on a pretty regular basis, and I can tell you that while I’m there to get a killer workout, I also hope that the music is top notch too. And when a song comes on that I’m familiar with, it sometimes makes me work a little harder, and at the very least, it makes me happy. So make your members happy and throw in some songs that might just make their day. 🙂
Even though there are no classic rock songs here, I’m sure this will be a fun class because everyone will be familiar with at least a few of the tunes here.
My favorite song of 2012? I have to say ‘Some Nights’ by fun. (Even though I have to edit the f-bomb when I use it!)
What is your favorite song of 2012 to spin to or just for listening?
**POST EDIT: I changed out one of the songs from the original playlist with this mashup featuring 24 artists and popular songs from 2012: