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Old 04-22-19, 04:50 PM
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Best song to push on through

What's that one song that ALWAYS picks you up & gets the pedals spinning. I have mine, but am open to more - y'see I often tire easily.

Today I was on my first real ride of this ND spring. Of course I rode into the wind to start. When I turned for home, somehow I was riding into the wind again!

Half way back & I am dragging! But, that one song came on - the one that makes me go, picks up the cadence, makes me smile ear to ear, & I remember how much fun it is.

For me, it's "I Gotta See Jane" by Golden Earring. But then it ended, I was back to the grind.

So give me more - name the song & artist that always helps.
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Wipe Out by Safaris... Ventures did a pretty good version too.
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Old 04-22-19, 05:34 PM
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1980's Geoffrey Downes stuff from the Tour de France has lasted me quite a few listenings, always makes me wanna go ride. I dare you not to crank the volume at the 5:00 minute mark:

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"Highway to H*ll" or pretty much anything else by AC/DC.
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I agree with AC/DC. Thunderstruck is mine.
Van Halen - Panama has a tempo set for a nice cadence.
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Since you're already familiar with Golden Earring, I'll throw in 'Radar Love'.
The Tubes - 'White Punks on D0pe', Driving All Night, and Turn Me On.
Harry Nillsson - Jump into the fire (its all about that bass)
Grandmaster Flash - White Line (really thumpin' bass line works wonders for cadence!)
Eric Johnson - Cliffs of Dover
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run and Thunder Road
Joe Satriani - Summer Song
Talking Heads - life during wartime
Tommy and Dorsey Burnette - Tear it Up
Queen - Don't stop me Now
. . . and too many early Beatles songs to mention in one post.

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Old 04-22-19, 07:24 PM
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You are out riding in nature. Why contaminate the experience with urban noise? Get in tune with yourself, your bike, and whatever is happening all around you. Cycling affords a chance to breath, think, recharge and get in touch with your environment. Happy 50th Earth Day!
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Originally Posted by Sapperc View Post
You are out riding in nature. Why contaminate the experience with urban noise? Get in tune with yourself, your bike, and whatever is happening all around you. Cycling affords a chance to breath, think, recharge and get in touch with your environment. Happy 50th Earth Day!
It all depends on what kind of a ride you are doing. Workout, commute, tour. Sometimes the music is on and sometimes not.
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AC/DC Jailbreak or Slayer Angel Of Death. While riding no music too dangerous in route.
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Aerosmith or the Yardbirds - Train kept a Rollin'
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son
Jefferson Airplane - Somebody to love
Public Enemy - Fight the Power
Patti Smith - People have the Power
The Interrupters - By My Side and/or Take Back the Power
Nick Lowe (or Elvis Costello) - What's so Funny about Peace Love and Understanding
The Offpsring - Come out and Play
The Jam - Thick as Thieves or Happy Together
A lot of ZZ Top's catalogue
Motorhead- Ace of Spades and Get Back in Line
The Who - I Can't Explain

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My outside stereo system to crank up some AC/DC before a ride.
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Every time this subject comes up I go with this reply, to me the best cadence song there is with a consistent 6 minute bass line that drives through the whole song. That said it's always in my head not my ears.


....and Stewart Copeland setting the beat !

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Old 04-23-19, 03:33 AM
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Best song to push on through
Originally Posted by KCC74 View Post
What's that one song that ALWAYS picks you up & gets the pedals spinning. I have mine, but am open to more - y'see I often tire easily.
Originally Posted by Sapperc View Post
You are out riding in nature. Why contaminate the experience with urban noise? Get in tune with yourself, your bike, and whatever is happening all around you.

Cycling affords a chance to breath, think, recharge and get in touch with your environment. Happy 50th Earth Day!
On these incipient popcorn threads, there’s always a subscriber who goes off-topic to futilely dissusade those who listen to music. As an urban cyclist, to me urban noise is cars, trucks, sirens, horns, etc.

In reply to the OP. I have in the past listed my playlist on my profile page.
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
There have been two recent contrarian threads on the Road Form, “How can you ride with music” and “How can you ride without music.” So IMO, the arguments have been well-debated.

I recently got an I-pod and have been voraciously seeking tunes with cycling in mind. My criteria are listed in this post...:
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
I use my cadence meter faithfully when I ride, but I only synch my cadence to the beat when going up hills if I want to raise my cadence. On stiff hills then, even a low cadence, say 50-60, can be beneficial. I select my playlist not only by tempo but by the melody and harmony. So on the flats or downhills, the music is a pleasant accompaniment.

My main criterion to put a tune on my playlist is "Do I want to hear this while struggling up a hill (and do I want to hear it more than once, since it is on my playlist)?".

BTW, don't knock Lawrence Welk; he had good musicianship. If you object to his tunes, IMO, Big Band standards (and Classic Rock) are great for cycling.
In particular there was a similar thread to the current one:
Originally Posted by guadzilla View Post
No, not what music you listen to on your ipod - plenty of threads there already.

More specifically - when you are in a world of serious hurt while riding, what are your favorite songs that help you keep pushing through the pain? Please post just a few favorites.
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
OK vk,

Though this is like choosing who is my favorite child, I made an arbitrary limit of ten songs and selected my ten top "push songs" out of 250. It could change at any time.

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Andrews Sisters
Stars and Stripes Forever John Phillip Sousa
Gonna Fly Now (Theme from "Rocky") Bill Conti
Stumblin' In Chris Norman & Suzi Quatro
Feelin' Stronger Every Day Chicago
Hold On Tight Electric Light Orchestra Part II
You're the One That I Want Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta
Gimme Shelter Rolling Stones
My Old School Steely Dan
Eye of the Tiger Survivor
...IMO push songs are effective performance-enhancers and leave no tell-tale residues in the blood stream.
Indeed I have a subset of my playlist entitled "Hill Country" for that purpose, with continuous up-tempo tunes.

Apropos of a subscriber to the Fifty-Plus Forum, my playlist has Big Band tunes, and Rock and Roll Golden Oldies, rare songs after 1980.

PS: Since that thread in 2009, some additional favorite push songs on the Hill country list are:

At the Hop Danny and the Juniors
Eye of the Tiger Survivor
Free Bid Lynard Skinner
Going Up the Country Canned Heat
I'm So Excited Pointer Sisters
Let's Dance Benny Goodman
Love Train OJays
Rescue Me Fontella Bass
Runnin' Back to Saskatoon Guess Who...
Originally Posted by skidder View Post
Since you're already familiar with Golden Earring, I'll throw in 'Radar Love'....
That too. I remember well a difficult hill climb when Radar Love was in perfect synch with my effort, and the crescendo coincided with cresting the hill.

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Old 04-23-19, 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Sapperc View Post
Cycling affords a chance to breath, think, recharge and get in toubch with your environment. Happy 50th Earth Day!
It also affords an opportunity to listern to audiobooks, podcasts, music, etc. for those who prefer it. I am one who prefers audiobooks and have listened to hundreds while cycling. When I want a change in pace for spinning my pedals, wy recent short playlist is:

Aaron Carter - Little Bitty Pretty One
Alicia Keys - Fallin'
Aretha Franklin - I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
Aretha Franklin - Tracks Of My Tears
Chiffons - My Boyfriend's Back
Erma Franklin - Piece Of My Heart
GQ - I Do Love You
James & Bobby Purify - I'm Your Puppet
Judy Clay & William Bell - Private Number
kool and the gang - celebration
Lional Richie - Night Shift
Lionel Richie - All Night Long-6minutes
Lisa Stansfield - Someday I'm Coming Back
Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson - Best Thing in My Life are Free
Madonna - Don't Tell Me ( DJ Dream Weaver Remix )
Madonna- Ray of Light (Sasha Twilo mix)
Marky Mark - Good Vibrations
Ollie and the Nightengales - I Got a Sure Thing
Rufus & Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody
Slim Harpo - Shake Your Hips
Stax - Joy
The Soul System - Its Gonna be a Lovely Day
Them - Baby Please Don't Go
Them - Mystic Eyes
Watts 103rd Street Rythm Band - Express Yourself
Who - Magic Bus
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Nobody picked REO speedwagen and "Keep push'in on"?
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Anything by rage against the machine

Old Van Halen
Public Enemy
Yatch Rock golden oldies
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Like galloping horses, some world music, guaranteed to be worth 300 watts;


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Hmmmm... I don't listen to a radio/MP3 or whathaveyou while riding, but I'll have a song in my head that helps me stay on cadence. Believe it or not, Disco has the right beat for my cadence. Think Earth Wind and Fire's 'Boogie Wonderland' or 'September.' AND it is 'happy music'....













I suppose it is better than ....





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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
It also affords an opportunity to listern to audiobooks, podcasts, music, etc. for those who prefer it. I am one who prefers audiobooks and have listened to hundreds while cycling. When I want a change in pace for spinning my pedals, wy recent short playlist is:

Aaron Carter - Little Bitty Pretty One
Alicia Keys - Fallin'
Aretha Franklin - I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
Aretha Franklin - Tracks Of My Tears
Chiffons - My Boyfriend's Back
Erma Franklin - Piece Of My Heart
GQ - I Do Love You
James & Bobby Purify - I'm Your Puppet
Judy Clay & William Bell - Private Number
kool and the gang - celebration
Lional Richie - Night Shift
Lionel Richie - All Night Long-6minutes
Lisa Stansfield - Someday I'm Coming Back
Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson - Best Thing in My Life are Free
Madonna - Don't Tell Me ( DJ Dream Weaver Remix )
Madonna- Ray of Light (Sasha Twilo mix)
Marky Mark - Good Vibrations
Ollie and the Nightengales - I Got a Sure Thing
Rufus & Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody
Slim Harpo - Shake Your Hips
Stax - Joy
The Soul System - Its Gonna be a Lovely Day
Them - Baby Please Don't Go
Them - Mystic Eyes
Watts 103rd Street Rythm Band - Express Yourself
Who - Magic Bus
oh hell yes. imho...their best song but relatively unknown.
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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
Harry Nillsson - Jump into the fire (its all about that bass)
Yaaaaassssssss.

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You are out riding in nature. Why contaminate the experience with urban noise? Get in tune with yourself, your bike, and whatever is happening all around you. Cycling affords a chance to breath, think, recharge and get in touch with your environment. Happy 50th Earth Day!
Sometimes you just want/need to let nature soak in. But when music adds to it:

CCR - Born on the Bayou
Doors - Riders on the Storm

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Madonna- Ray of Light (Sasha Twilo mix)
Marky Mark - Good Vibrations
Yes to both.

I'll add: Stayin' Alive (the CPR tempo song).
Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy
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