Hate is such a strong word. As a mom and a kindergarten teacher, I strictly forbid my kids to use it. I guess that makes me a hypocrite then. I try to keep my hating quiet around the kids. There are just certain things that I hate that most people seem to like. Like Oprah. And Zumba. And chocolate. And then there’s hot weather. I mean, I like summer (hello……I’m a teacher), but I’d rather have a cold, wintery day than a hot, humid day anytime.
Same goes for music in my cycling classes. There are certain songs that other instructors seem to love using in their playlists that I just don’t like. This was the topic of conversation recently on one of the Facebook groups that I follow. The wonderful instructors in this particular group love to share playlists and songs with one another because we know how time consuming it is to do it alone. And with Spotify, you can lift someones entire playlist and use it any time you want to. It’s amazing the sharing that goes on. But sometimes you just have to switch out that one song that you just don’t like. (And if YOU don’t like it, chances are, your class will catch on.)
In this particular case, the song was Madness by Muse. This is a song that I happen to LOVE and have used several times as a standing climb. I was shocked at the number of instructors that came out and said they didn’t like it. Everyone has their own tastes, and this one just isn’t for everyone I guess.
Do you have any bands/artists/songs that everyone else seems to love but you just can’t use in your classes? For me, it’s Florence and the Machine. I have used the Drumming Song, but other than that, I won’t use any of their songs in my playlists because, well, I just don’t like them.
There are also the songs/bands that maybe you really like, but you just don’t think they are good for spinning. For me, that’s Mumford and Sons. I LOVE them, but many of their songs, to me, just don’t feel right to me when cycling. I did recently find one exception: I attended an indoor trainer ride a while back, and the instructor used I Will Wait for seated accelerations. I was so pumped because I LOVE that song. I never thought it would work, but it did! I ran home and added it to my next playlist.
What are your ‘can’t play’ songs? What songs to you love, but don’t use in your classes?
Here are two new playlists that I’ve used recently: