While classes during three-day weekends can be hard to navigate due to sometimes near-zero attendance, they’re also the perfect opportunity to mix it up with a playlist full of themed workout songs. My Monday classes were cancelled today, since the gym closed early. So, I planned a themed playlist last week instead that was loosely linked to Memorial Day. I say, “loosely,” because I pulled together a bunch of songs that remind me of Memorial Day for different reasons. Some center on memories/remembrance, others are patriotic and then I sprinkled in a few with a summertime vibe.
It’s important to keep in mind that Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for everyone who has died serving in the American armed forces. So, you’ll want make sure to be sensitive and respectful of the holiday when explaining the theme.
Here’s a look at fourteen workout songs for a Memorial Day playlist.
Memory-themed Workout Songs
“Do You Remember”, Jay Sean — upbeat, Top 40’s-esque song with some sexy Sean Paul and Lil Jon flavor.
“Memory”, by SugarCult — fast-paced song, good for intervals, that your inner teenager will love.
“Remember The Name”, Fort Minor — slow, steady song with pump-you-up motivational lyrics.
“Remember the Time”, Michael Jackson — slow crowd-pleaser with a strong beat.
“Thnks Fr Th Mmrs”, Fall Out Boy — the verses build up into a quick, catchy chorus.
Songs about the USA, Yay!
“Born in the U.S.A.”, Bruce Springsteen — slower, classic song that will have people singing along.
“All-American Girl”, Carrie Underwood — pop/country song with a cutesy storyline.
“Party in the U.S.A.”, Miley Cyrus — the song everyone knows that will undoubtedly get stuck in your head.
“American Idiot”, Green Day — a fast, punk rock anthem good for sprints and intervals.
“American Woman”, Lenny Kravitz — slow and powerful. That, “uhhh,” speaks to my soul, Lenny.
Summertime, and the Songs Are Easy.
“Summer”, Calvin Harris — EDM/house song with a big buildup at the chorus.
“Holiday”, Green Day — moderately-paced, with a heavy beat. Not your average beachy tunes.
“The Boys of Summer”, Don Henley — a solid summer throwback to round out the mix.
“Soak Up The Sun”, Sheryl Crow — A carefree, easy-listening cool down song.
For more workout songs, check out the workout routines and playlist page.