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The Best Kpop Songs for a Workout

March 25, 2014


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Hey guise!

This isn’t our typical Kpop Music Monday, but we like to switch things up a bit from time to time. We’ve been on a bit of a health kick lately, and have talked about our somewhat healthy lifestyle in a few videos. For our latest video on Our Morning Routine, the topic came up of talking about our Workout Playlist, so we figured this would be the best time to do so. Booya!

We talked a lot about our Kpop Workout Playlist, but we’ve got a bunch of non-Kpop songs as well that we listen to when we work out. Here’s a list of them, along with links to the vids on YouTube, if you feel like watching em!

A Sample of Simon’s Playlist

Japandroids “The House That Heaven Built”
–Great song for both a workout and a run. Totally gets me pumped, especially after reading dumb stuff on the internet, I totally feel like shouting “anyone wanna bring you down/ Tell em all to go to hell!” Quite cathartic.

The Knife “Full of Fire”
–Warning! This is a seriously WTF video. I didn’t even get to the end of it. I just really like the song. It really fits my running pace, and it’s got a bizarre dark energy vibe to it that really puts the fire in my heels. Is that what old people say? Stop judging me!

Pharell “Happy”
–Hey! A non-grumpy song! It’s great for running as well. Better for running during the day than running at night, though, I think. Also helps me keep a great pace. Great for the end of the run when I can barely lift my legs anymore and I feel like I look like a toddler trying to walk: it keeps my feet moving. Fun stuff.

Benny Benassi “No Matter What You Do”
–Probably one of my favourite songs of all time. It’s my power song for any moment. Tired from running? Play this, boi! About to bench a bagillion pounds? Play this, foo! I could fight a dragon listening to this song. Nothing gets me quite as pumped. Warning, though: another WTF video. I only saw it for the first time today and gave up halfway through…

M.I.A “Y.A.L.A”
–Great song for fart-licking! Especially when the chorus kicks in. Run a regular pace for the verse, sprint your ass off for the chorus. I do find the rapping in the verses rather silly, though, and the two of us make fun of it all the time:

I’m the Spuuuuud-gee!
My fur is smuuuuud-gee!
Don’t hold a gruuuudge-G
Cuz you can’t buuuuudge-me.
Hey I’m the Meeeeeemers
I am a dreeeeeamer
You’re just a screeeeeamer,
whenevs I preeeeen…err?

Still a great song, though.

A Sample of Martina’s Playlist

Electric Six “Danger, High Voltage”
–One of my all time favourite bands, who were just as awesome and energetic live. This song gets you up and dancing and shamelessly shaking your head violently to the chorus despite all the people watching you. It’s best not to watch this music video unless you’re prepared for an oddly sexual video. I mean odd. Like glowing electric light bulb boobs and crotches. You’ve been warned! BUT THE SONG ROCKS!!!

Death From Above 1979 “Sexy Results”
–A great beat for lifting weights and doing glute kicks. It’s not a very fast beat so you can control your lifts for every other beat or to the beat if you please. I like it for those glute kicks (the one when you are on all fours and curling one leg up to your chest and then kicking out) because it’s the perfect beat. Also, I like sexy sounding sounds to motivate me, it makes me lift weights with more joy and with less grudge towards the fact that I am indeed exercising. HAHA! Sexy workout music is like going dancing at a club to a great song except that you’re working out…at a club…to a song. Plus, DAT COWBELL SOLO!

Crystal Castles “Vanished”
–I use this song as an example simple because I use this song for my intensive jump rope sessions. For the days that I don’t run to get my cardio in, I jump rope between weight lifting and abs so that my heart rate doesn’t drop to low. I jump to the beat for as long as I humanly can but I could have chosen any song off of all the Crystal Castle albums. This band is freakin’ amazing and I actually like every single song they have ever made. Like ever. Angry? Crystal Castles. Depressed? Crystal Castles. Happy? Crystal Castles?

Jamiroquai “White Knuckle Ride”
— OOH! An official music video! Finally! This is a funktastic song that just gets me in the workout mood. I often start my workout with this song to get me into the mood as I head towards the gym. It’s a great beat for a warm up jog or some light biking to get your heart rate up and if I’m not using it for that I use it for sit ups. But whoa…the video kind of sucks for this awesome song.

Nine Inch Nails “The Hand That Feeds”
— There are a whole lot more NIN and various other rock songs on my workout playlist (like Korn, Deftones, 24Hours, Telepathy, Gogostar) but I wanted to include this song because it has a great build up that I can anticipate. I use this for planking which is a horrible horrible invention made to torture people. I stupidly tried to do the “Hollywood Ab Blast” workout on my Nike app which was only 15 minutes long. 15 minutes of hell. 15 minutes of you flailing on a mat like a fish out of water while trying to balance your side plank while also doing flapping V things with your legs. Looks soooo easy when the instructor shows you how to do it. Point is, this song allows me to hold my plank for the 1 minute I’m supposed to because I’m angry at having to do the planking and NIN guides me through that anger like a spirit animal. A lovely, angry, vampire/Snape-look-a-like spirit animal.

Martina’s Bonus K-pop round: 2NE1 “Hate You”, GD&TOP “Oh Yeah”, Beenzino “Boogie On & On”, MBLAQ “Oh Yeah”


So let us know what you think! Did we miss out on any super awesome songs? We need more recommendations! We’ve heard our playlists for a long time now, and the songs are starting to lose their effect on us. We need moar!

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  1. I don’t really listen to Kpop anymore so my list to going to compose of a few English Songs, Japanese music, and old Kpop music.

    The Over – UVERworld
    PonPonPon – kyary pamyu pamyu
    Break Out – Tohoshinki
    The One – FAKY

    Tarantallegra – Junsu
    Incredible – Junsu

    Make it Up – Sam Tsui
    What if I was Nothing – All that Remains

    Both Sides of the Story – We Are the In Crowd

    6 years ago
  2. My cardio playlist also includes: Bar Bar Bar, Bo Peep Bo Peep, Paparazzi (Kan Mi Youn), Traveling (Utada), Dam Dariram (DDR!), Night of Fire (Niko Initial D), and some others. Some of these are great and I’m going to add them stat :D

    6 years ago
  3. these segments are fun, guise, but i wish you wouldn’t pass them off as music mondays… i really miss/like the normal music mondays… these are nice additions but they should be put in as something else! /endrant

    6 years ago
  4. lol you guise should make a work out video

    My Work Out playlist:

    1. Block B – Nilili Mambo
    2. The Pillows – Last Dinosaur
    3. BAP – One Shot
    4. 2NE1 – Scream
    5. Do As Infinity – Raven (starts a little slow)
    6. Akira Yamaoka – Angels Thantos (weight lifting awesome song)
    7. Bump of Chicken – Sailing Day
    8. Nami Tamaki – Believe (high BPM)
    9. Yumi Matsuzawa – You get to Burning (so old but still good)
    10. Asian Kung-fu Generation – Rewrite

    yeah, I’m dropping some (old?) J-Pop…

    6 years ago
  5. I watch Running Man when I run on the treadmill- or sometimes, a light or action-y kdrama. It goes so much faster that way, but I’m excited to try out some more of these songs too!

    6 years ago
  6. Wow, you said that and I started laughing because a friend of mine makes joke vampire noises whenever the sun glares in her eyes ;D I imagined you doing that and am glad no one else is home with me because they might have come out running asking me why I was choking! (sometimes a choking sound comes out when I laugh too much and no longer have air to breathe hehehheheh)

    6 years ago
  7. Those songs you’ve mentioned in your blog post are great! I love ’em all :) :) Please throw in more recommendations wherever you can. I’d love to listen to them :)

    6 years ago
  8. fartlek = speed play, it really is true! And this topic was great, it motivated me to create a new work out-playlist to use tomorrow morning at the gym!

    6 years ago
  9. when i’m doing pushups i always listen to BAP’s One Shot :) <3

    6 years ago
  10. I really loved this vid – for I was kinda hoping you would provide us a list with the perfect tracks to work out with – Anywho! I actually made a Kpop work out playlist on 8tracks with 45 tracks – thus far, for I plan to add 5 more to make it to 50 tracks -. Here’s the link below, hope you guys like it ^^


    6 years ago
  11. Simon and Martina!!
    I’ve only been watching your videos and I finally checked out the website and I’m glad I did! I made an account just to leave a reply here: First of all, fartleks are definitely a thing (one of my favorite workouts) and I am soooo happy to hear that you are running, Simon! I love running and trust me it only gets easier and better. Now I don’t really run with music… mostly cuz you can’t really race with music…but I sure do get pumped with my mp3 before and play my jams in my head during!! These are the best songs that get me through workouts that pre-kpop I seriously sucked at:
    1. BTS: Boy in Luv
    2. BTS: We are Bulletproof Pt. 2 (We go hard!! Click click bang bang!!)
    3. EXO-M: Growl
    4. EXO-M: Run (only cuz it’s called run :3)
    5. BAP: 1004
    6. BAP: Warrior
    7. Henry: Trapped
    And then are there a few non-kpop ones that have always got me going Paramore’s Now (there’s a time and place to die but this ain’t it! lol) and Part II (gives me such a fighting spirit)
    ANYWAY this was a really long comment but it was my first and yeah. I would love it if you guys could tell us a little bit about running and sports in Korean culture. Are track/cross country (and other sports) popular or even avaliable in most high schools? Do people just go for jogs by themselves often? Is it an active community? Like some places in the US you see people out all the time, but other places you never see a runner or biker… Would it be unusual to see a girl out for a run? ~too much curiosity~

    6 years ago
  12. I forgot that Martina used to be a punk kid lol until I see her playlist :P but all great music to listen to while working out. Thanks you two <3

    6 years ago
  13. You guys should make these downloadable playlists on 8tracks! It’s a great way to share a playlist easily. :D

    6 years ago
  14. My K-Pop Workout Playlist:
    What’s Happening-Bilasa
    Machine and Let Out the Beast-EXO
    Nu ABO-f(x)
    To My Boyfriend-Fin.K.L.
    Black and White-G.Na
    Bubble Pop-Hyuna
    Classic-JYP, Taecyeon, Wooyoung, Suzy
    Crazy-Lee Hyori
    Way to Go and Do the Catwalk-SNSD
    Oops!-Super Junior
    Also not K-Pop but it’s a GREAT workout song Dance With Me Tonight by Olly Murs

    6 years ago
  15. Hi Simon and Martina,

    I realized you have been getting a lot of negative attention lately. Some are really uncalled for “ban them for making videos” and what not. Do know that I am an avid (silent) fan who watches your videos on a daily basis and keep returning to the past videos over and over again.

    After a long day of teaching, going back and watching your video is something to look forward to, and the experience is priceless. I hope you don’t get discourage by all the negative comments. I’m sure there are others in the world who are like me! #nastiesforlife

    All the best S&M and I hope you never stop making videos!

    6 years ago
  16. The fast then slow running is called HIIT, High Intensity Interval Training. It’s my favourite wayt to workout :)

    6 years ago
  17. “If you don´t like EYKs sense of humor please tell them…so they can laugh at you”

    6 years ago
  18. Lee Hyori’s ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ is great for sprinting; sprint during the chorus and it feels awesome. xD Non-kpop wise, when I’m running, it has to be the Mortal Combat theme! “test your might” indeed.

    6 years ago
  19. Gosh, I really needed this playlist! I’ve been exercising to a lot of my favourite songs but I find you start to hate the songs (as you listen to them so much) I find “the illest”- far east movement is an awesome some to exercise to, makes me feel so powerful (even though when i dance i just sway and flap my arms like a chicken) Love to see you guys experimenting more these days, keep up the good work <3

    6 years ago
  20. My ultimate songs for working out are (note: I barely run the threadmill or jog, so these are more for pilates/lifting weights etc..):
    #10 EXID – Who’s that Girl
    #9 15& – Somebody
    #8 U Kiss – Tick Tock
    #7 LED Apple – Time is up
    #6 Fiestar – Vista
    #5 2PM – Don’t Stop Can’t Stop
    #4 GOT7 – Girls Girls Girls
    #3 Wonder Girls – G.N.O.
    #2 TVXQ – Are you a good girl?
    #1 JYJ – Mission

    Those always motivate me to keep on going somehow hahaha!
    I really like your list though! I’m totally gonna add some of your suggestions to my list ^o^d

    6 years ago
  21. I only workout to Kpop (or almost entirely). Mainly for when I run since I do pilates and other stuff at home, and when you’re home, well you can just do all this in front of the TV.

    For myself, here’s a few tracks that really help me run :

    9Muses – Ticket
    I always put this song first when I go running. Why? Because it helps me set my pace to aroung 5~5,5min/km. If I’ve been lazy and not going for a while, I try to not use it because I always run faster when I starts with this song. I think it has to do with the BPM, but I feel like it also has to do with the way they sing the chorus. I don’t really know, but it also worked for everyone that tried this after I told them about it.

    Exid – I Feel Good
    I also feel like this song was made to have an intense cardio session. It’s not as well known as other songs, but it’s extremely energetic and most of my friends that are not really into Kpop like to dance to it too.

    Miss A – Lips
    This is such a great song when you’ve just reach the exact half of you’re 5 or 10km run. It helps reset your energy to keep up for the other half. It’s such a shame they didn’t do a MV for this track because it’s that great.

    Baek Ji Young – either My Ear’s Candy or Good Boy
    Even though she’s the “ballad godess” of Korea, I really really prefer her up-beat track, and they are really great for working out. I like My Ear’s Candy for the first part of my run, then Good Boy for not too far from the end. It helps me keep some kind of motivation and the rhythm

    Fiestar – We Don’t Stop
    Because it actually say “Work it baby!” and “We don’t wanna stop”. Yes, the bridge is a bit girly/cheezy and reminds me of those old techno track with girls singing and stuff. But even though it’s not the best song there is, I actually enjoy it when I work out. Just like some Hello Venus tracks that I usually don’t enjoy much if I listen to them when I’m not working out.

    T-ara – Yayaya
    How is that not a work-out song? I don’t know. It makes no sense and and super repetitive, and that’s why it works so well.

    Girl’s Generation – Trick
    Just because I really like this song, and it’s energetic. It actually makes me think of the SNSD when they started to get big (Gee, Tell My Your Wish, etc.) without the “I’ve heard it sooo many times already” part to it.

    And of course
    2NE1 – I Am The Best, Scream
    Clazzi – Love & Hate
    f(x) – Electrick Shock
    Glen Check – French Virgin Party, 60’s Cardin, 84, Leather
    Peterpan Complex – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
    SuperKidd – Feel Good
    Venus Kim – Exercise
    WHOwho – Her
    Girl’s Day – Expectation
    Rania – Just Go
    ZEA – Phoenix
    U-Kiss – Standing Still
    WonderGirls – Like This
    Neon Bunny – Oh My Prince
    From The Aiport – Colors (mainly when I go for a run at night and everything is quite and peaceful)
    BoA – either Action or G.A.B
    Primary – See Through (feat. Zion.T & Gaeko)

    6 years ago
  22. First off, Martina, I’m curious! Have you ever watched the live action Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon drama? I love it! The theme song is definitely one that makes me wanna work out hardcore; I don’t even know why! If you haven’t watched it, you need to. It’s just so cute. >3

    I’ve realized that I have a LOT of J-Pop that makes for good workout songs. Some of the best ones are
    Drive Alive – Lead
    Don’t U Ever Stop – KAT-TUN
    Hero – Fairies
    Jumping Go Let’s Go – Hayami Kishimoto

    And there’s a few English songs that are really motivating also! Like Bon Jovi’s Have A Nice Day and It’s My Life. I also think ‘Sexy And I Know It’ by LMFAO should be on everyone’s playlist. XD Running on the treadmill like, YEA DAS RIGHT IM SEKSI AND I KNOW IT~ HAAAAY~’ LOL!

    6 years ago
  23. About the fartlek…since I´m from Sweden and I´m a former elit tennis player…i have done a whole lot of fartleks…..the translation is speedgame,,,,,if you ever feel bored running at the same tempo…you could jogg at the verse and rush at the chorus:)

    By the way.. I love the sporty part of you guys. You should start a new sporty segment FACK-U
    Finding Athletic Challenges Korea-Uhhh so nasty…:s

    I´m a sporty girl and if I ever come to Korea I would want to know were I could do taekwondo, play tennis, basket ball, ping pong, fotball etc.

    6 years ago
  24. Let me start off by saying you guise really look great. Keep on workin’ on your fitness.

    When I moved to Toronto, I decided I was tired of the whole treadmill/cross trainer thing and signed up for dance classes. I’ve done burlesque and pole and before I broke my wrist, I tried a hip hop class. I intend to return to it (wearing my Taemin, TaeMan, TaeMaximum! t-shirt) once my wrist feels better. While my instructors welcomed requests for songs, we mostly did routines to songs of their choosing.

    I’ve warmed up/done routines to:

    Cracks (Flux Pavillion Remix) – Freestylers feat Belle Humble
    Dub on the Track – Cher Lloyd feat Mic Righteous, Dot Rotten & Ghetts
    Bamboo Banga – M.I.A.
    XR2 – M.I.A.
    Miss New Booty – Bubba Sparxxx feat Yin Yang Twins
    The Ballroom Blitz – The Sweet
    Tigerlily – La Roux
    Girl Gone Wild – Madonna
    S&M – Rihanna
    Come Alive (The War of the Roses)
    Scream & Shout – will.i.am feat Britney Spears
    Up ‘N Down – Britney Spears
    Come Alive (The War of the Roses) – Janelle Monae

    She Wolf – Shakira
    Run the World (Girls) – Beyonce

    6 years ago
  25. I liked the playlist you guys made up (or rather just your favorite songs to workout to) and you brought up good points. But I noticed that the more I workout the less “fast-paced” the music is that I listen to. I noticed sometimes I move too fast, or want to move to the rhythm to music, which isn’t going to work.

    I’ve also been training for a half-marathon and I first loaded my playlist with lots of upbeat and fast pop songs. I slowly noticed it was an easier run if I switched to rock songs. 1) I stopped mouthing lyrics which made breathing easier, and 2) I think I stopped running so fast. Which is what you want to do, but not really if you are trying to run for a long distance.

    6 years ago
  26. I like listening to “Neverland” and “Someday” by U-KISS when bicycling. “Someday” is good for bicycling up a hill!
    Other good songs for bicycling: “너 한눈 팔지마! (Remix Club Ver.)” by Girl’s Day, “In The Air” by B1A4, “Love Beat” by After School and also “Aphrodisiac” by Akanishi Jin, “Another World” by GACKT, “トレゾア” by DaizyStripper (perfect background music when you’re not in the hurry).

    6 years ago
  27. A song that is really really good for working out is After School Bang. It is super motivating with its drumline and all. Whenever I hear it, is like military mode ON and time for some serious exercising. Then seven minutes and fifty six seconds later I give up and end up eating snacks again……crying alone in a dark corner……lol!!!!! As for this controversy thing I didn’t know anything until I read the comments. From what I get it is about the joke about bap’s name Simon and Martina made. I am a bap fan since their warrior days, I watched that KMM when it came out and I didn’t even think much of it. People might have been offended and it may have been an excessive joke, but I think that EYK were joking about the fact that bap who had a strong image with all of their songs warrior power no mercy oneshot badman and even their name is an acronym for best absolute perfect completely changed this style into sentimental staff, which are quite conventional in the kpop world and started crying a river(bad Timberlake joke SEE it can happen to anyone). So I think that Simon and Martina did not really wanted to hurt bap because of a personal grudge……WAIT!!! Unless Simon and Martina wanted to become bap members but didn’t make the final cut in which case the personal grudge reason woul be true. Whatever only one thing is sure AS RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(Oh and T-ara and Girl’s Day and Dal Shabet) there I finally said it…….

    6 years ago
  28. When I’m running I like songs that get me motivated to run a lot. CN Blues Run, MBLAQ’s Run and LED Apple’s Run to you(which play in that order, are really nice towards the end of my run when I am feeling a bit tired) The 1st two songs I will sprint with the chorus and run normal with the rest, for the last one it’s a nice constant pace to finish it out.

    6 years ago
  29. This video was funny and interesting but I was expecting ToHeart’s Delicious. I really wanted you guys to review that MV so badly….

    6 years ago
  30. I can’t work out and listen to music unfortuantely. I’ve tried multiple times, and my earbuds always fall out of my ear. I think I have some kind of mishapen ears that prevents me from listening to music while exercising. Also, I don’t really want to use those headphones either because I would get them sweaty and gross as I sweat a lot…

    6 years ago
    • Did you try bigger earbuds? Default earbuds don’t fit for my giant earholes, so I always have to swap out for the biggest ones. Maybe that’ll help?

      I’ve also seen some over-the-ear headphones that are supposedly great for working out, but I haven’t tried them

      6 years ago
      • I’ve tried the ones that go in your ear, but I can’t use them as jamming something into my earhole doesn’t go in properly and will fall out. Currently my default one are the ones that came with my Iphone, and they fall out all the time. (also one earbud is broken since music isn’t coming from that side.)

        Over-the ear ones feel extremely weird… I can’t get them to stay either… I really have strange ears if the same thing happened with my snake earring…

        6 years ago
        • That might work. Now all I have to do it find a good, cheap sweat headband…

          6 years ago
    • I had the same problem – I was using earphones that are like the Iphone ones, but as I was running I would get so sweaty that they’d end up slipping out. Headphones offered a good solution, but the only problem is that I run in the streets around the neighbourhood (for lack of a park) and so it was too dangerous, considering I needed to be able to hear what was going on around me as well, but headphones block outside noise. So if you run somewhere safe, over-the-ear headphones are a good way to go.

      Otherwise, I use this type of earbud:
      Which don’t slip out as much, especially if the piece that goes in your ear is a spongey material unlike the plastic on these ones.

      Or otherwise, this type works a charm:

      6 years ago
  31. First of all, loads of love from Sweden here… I still see my fanart on that wall… OOoh Yeah!

    Link: http://popcorn-cloud.deviantart.com/art/An-ode-to-Eatyourkimchi-405821817

    Secondly, to confirm what Simon said (note: not says), yes… Fartlek is apparently a Swedish word. Fart means speed and lek means play (as the verb leka) or game (as in what children do, not necessary board or video games). Literally it means having fun with speed.

    Here is therefore my utterly ridiculous and unnecessary explanation as to why Swedish can seem silly.

    1, Sweden LOVES to connect words. I can literally find a million examples for this, just looking around this room, such as blåbärsblad (blueberry leaves), sidenband (silk ribbons), dammkorn (dust particles), glastallrik (a plate made of glass), balettskor (ballet shoes), etc…

    This is more than obvious since Guiness book of records once listed this as the longest word in the world:

    Nordöstersjökustartilleriflygspaningssimulatoranläggningingsmaterielunderhållsuppföljningssystemdiskussionsinläggsförberedelsearbeten (133 letters)

    which means:

    preparatory work on the contribution to the discussion on the maintaining system of support of the material of the aviation survey simulator device within the north-east part of the coast artillery of the Baltic

    2, if you don’t follow this above rule, you get very funny meanings:

    kassamedarbetare (cashiers) – kassa medarbetare (horrible coworkers)
    herrtoalett (lavatory for men) – herr toalett (Mr toilet)
    rökfritt (no smoking, as in the sign) – rök fritt (feel free to smoke)
    stekt kycklinglever (fried chickenliver – stekt kyckling lever (fried chicken is alive).

    3, we tend to create tons of new words this way… unless the new words are based on a foreign language, new words tends to be made from connecting old words to somehow make sense. When ipads started appearing, they tried to Swedify it, by calling it surfplatta (“att surfa”- means to be connected on the Internet and “platta” means a flat object). It takes a while though before such words really become part of the language, because most still said ipads until the android really started to appear.

    6 years ago
  32. for how long can Martina plank?

    6 years ago
    • 1 minute! But she’s dealing with bad shoulders/EDS at the same time, so it becomes a shoulder issue as much as it becomes an ab issue. I’m sure she could go longer if it wasn’t for that!

      6 years ago
  33. Kim Hyun Joong’s “Unbreakable” hands down best song to workout to! I am a “runner” (I use quotations because I still struggle to run a mile :P) and whenever it comes on I just get all fired up! It’s so epic, plus Kim Hyun Joong…he’s so…*ahem* inspiring! ;D

    6 years ago
    • SO MUCH YES TO THIS. I also love whipping out some really old SS501 songs like A Song Calling for You and Fighter haha some of them are kinda cheesy (in a good way) and its perfect to put me in a motivated mood :p

      6 years ago
  34. Omgaaaaad this is so perfect~ I’m getting sick of my own playlist for jogging and is in dire need of fresh music to keep me going. Snsd’s run devil run chorus “you better run run run run runnnnnn” humoured me for a while but it wasn’t a really great running song… and what Martina said about Tara is so true! Some of the kpop dances just get programmed into the body that I start flailing my arms to the song as I’m jogging outside haha

    6 years ago
  35. I really like how this isn’t just another review. i really love these songs and I would love to use the playlist but i play water polo so I am always in the water. If i do have dry land practice i will so use this. I would add GD’s One of a Kind and BoA’s Energetic

    6 years ago
  36. Excellent list! Another two very good songs for jogging (excellent BPM) is Shinhwa – This Love, and MBLAQ – Smoky Girl

    6 years ago
  37. Sigh. I’m kinda torn. I _like_ hearing about your workout songs because it’s always nice to get new ideas. I even _like_ some of your choices and it’s a great place for all the Nasties to throw in their choices and discuss it. But………. I kind of feel like this would have made a better TL;DR or WANK, rather than a “KMM-type” video. Or even better, an Open the Happy type video. The video flew by and was kind of fun but I guess that I just don’t like “list” videos, to me, they are boring: I can read a list faster and more enjoyably than see a video about it, the video format is completely unnecessary and loses my attention because there is no enough content to keep my eyes on the screen. This is just my personal preference and I seriously considered if I would even comment on this video at all because just because it is not my cup of tea doesn’t mean that it isn’t a great video for others. To me, the audio pretty much is sufficient to convey the subject, the video is only adds entertainment every once in a while by funny poses. I’ll just try to illustrate my preference this way: take this video – sample a frame every 12 seconds, then play those frames for 12 seconds each and leave the audio intact. Now, if that “new” video has the same entertainment quotient (or higher) than the original, why did you need the video and all that fancy scripting and editing?

    I feel bad if you feel the limit of KMM’s entertainment is funny poses every 15 seconds, but there is a much higher video content than that and the audio is very insufficient to convey the subject and this is what makes KMM a great video (whatever the content) and why I feel that these “list” videos just fall short. Just my opinion, it was still a good video, my expectations were just too high. I hope that in trying to explain why, it makes up for my disappointment in it.

    Cyber_3 – working out to the new Chromeo album – “I’m jealous! I ain’t with it!”

    6 years ago
    • Totally valid point. We’ve been playing around with the idea of lists videos for a while now. We’re not fully comfortable with them yet. We’ll keep mulling around the idea, though :D

      6 years ago
      • I have a different opinion of that… I love list videos :D And I think it is fun to watch them, I actually get a lot of songs I want to see from videos like these! Like your underrated fall music videos/songs? LOVED IT! Your Simon songs video where simon said all his favorite for the year? LOVED IT! So do what you want, because your videos always come out great :D Like seriously this youtubing and videomaking is something you started because you really enjoyed it, it should stay that way!

        6 years ago
      • A Top 5 S&M Picks for the month could be an awesome edition to the line up. That way you can scratch your monthly “but we want to talk about THIS video” itch and people voting on the charts don’t feel disappointed that their efforts for the week are going to waste (I vote when I remember to so I really not fussed there).

        6 years ago
      • I’ve actually been pleased with the list video concept. I don’t usually like online lists because there are billions of them, most ending up saying the same thing and some being too subjective that I don’t really feel comfortable with the choices. But the lists you guise make always resonate with me, mainly because we have similar tastes, but also cause they expose me to a lot of new songs and videos I wouldn’t normally encounter. I must confess, sometimes when there’s a music video at the top of the Kpop charts that I like, but another one ends up getting reviewed for KMM, I get a little bummed out for a moment. Although, that has never happened when I found a list instead of the MV of my choosing. Also, the lists feature fragments of the songs and lots of insightful thoughts about them, which makes for a ‘really easy to digest’ format. I’m always looking forward to your upcoming playlists, because in my books you guise have a great record of endorsing amazing songs.
        I understand why some Nasties don’t find the lists as entertaining as the regular Music Mondays. It’s safe to say that the best KMM videos were the ones that picked apart an MV frame by frame for ridiculously amusing stuff, then channeled that stuff into awesome sketches with hilarious characters. The thing is, lately, very few music videos have provided the amount of entertaining content needed to fill a whole KMM segment. So, instead of an overstretched regular KMM, I prefer a list of videos that helps expanding the search area for comedic valuable scenes.
        I agree that these types of videos don’t rise up to the visual level of epicness we’re used to from S&M, but neither do the TL:DR’s and that doesn’t stop them from being my favorite segments. In my opinion, the writing in them makes up for the lack of dynamic visuals. If you guise think the list video idea isn’t working for the majority of Nasties, I wouldn’t mind if you moved it to a different segment or stick with it just for the blog posts, as long as you keep featuring awesome songs and share your hilarious insights about them. After all you created a pretty democratic system around here:D.
        Lately, I realized that I find your blog posts as entertaining or even more so than your videos.

        6 years ago
      • Do you mind if I ask “why are you playing around with the idea of lists videos?” ? Not that this is anything wrong with that but, it seems like a waste of your talents to me. Any yahoo e-tainment host can rattle off a list of things about whatever on whatever but who really cares? Top 10 things to remember to bring to Korea? Useful if going to Korea! Top 10 kpop songs of the year? Once a year! Top 10 kitty treats? Only if I have a dissatisfied kitty! If you’re going to make a list, consider what audience cares about this information on its own, not just because it is delivered by EYK, otherwise you’re just rinsing and repeating the Nasties. Not that you have to grow your audience with each video but you can only rinse your fans so often…..that sounded better in my head ^^;;; To me, most of these list-videos (made by others) are just re-packaging other people’s information or of known information you’ve already given, they seem lazy. If you have something new to say, a new opinion or joke to share, why not be more in depth about it than a list? Aren’t all the EYK videos pretty much about the content? Isn’t that where their greatness lies? It is to me, but I don’t know what it is for you…..just something to consider.

        6 years ago
        • Rather than edit, I’m going to add something/correct myself here. Not to get all Marshall McLuhan about it, but while the content is super awesome, most of the time the greatness is in the delivery that makes (for me) an EYK video great. Seriously, you could make a video about pretty much anything, as long as you keep the delivery method and it would be great. I don’t need to have a Monday video about kpop, but because it is called “Kpop Music Monday”, I tend to expect it to be about that. There are lots of other formats you could play if not lists, I do really miss making up dance names bits. I still can’t put out the trash without “manly sweeping” first ;)

          6 years ago
        • I know what you mean :D I became a fan in like 2009 after I saw their interpretation on the “sorrysorry” dance. I also liked indie playlist and kpop chart update and I was also happy when they tried to do this kpop month review where they also talked about dramas…..and I kind of would be happy if they would also talk about dramas because they had plans about it. Unfortunately they do not have time for these things but what I’m the most happy about is that the WTFs are back :D yeahh! I also like those MMs where they review like 2 songs they can be sooo much fun for me. And the comments I like thhe conversations here and also under the charts, people have good points and interpretations and jokes :D

          6 years ago
        • I have a different opinion of that… I love list videos :D And I think it is fun to watch them, I actually get a lot of songs I want to see from videos like these! Like your underrated fall music videos/songs? LOVED IT! Your Simon songs video where simon said all his favorite for the year? LOVED IT! So do what you want, because your videos always come out great :D

          6 years ago
        • Fair question: we play around with the idea because we want to change things up with Music Monday. Some days we’re just not inspired by any of the videos in the top 3. Some days we feel like we’ve been doing the same thing too much. Some days we feel like there’s a bunch of stuff we want to mention, but don’t get the chance to.

          We put lists like this in Music Mondays because I don’t want Kpop spilling over too much into our other segments. Kpop isn’t the most popular thing on our channel. Some people don’t like it at all, and want our other videos to focus on their content rather than music content, so having this spill over into those videos might not get the best reception, you know?

          6 years ago
        • I like this a lot. Personally I don’t have much interest in Kpop but I tend to watch KMM’s just because you guys are great so I watch all of your videos. But the main reason I like EYK and how I found you guys was through the TL:DRs, WANKs, FAPFAP, and WTFs. If everything was just Kpop Kpop Kpop it wouldnt be nearly as fun.

          6 years ago
        • ^This, definitely.

          6 years ago
        • Hahahahahaha! “Valid point”? “Fair Question”? Please don’t give me that kind of legitimization, you are FAR too polite – LOL! I am touched that you have answered but I am just one friendly person out here on the ‘net. Come to my house for supper and then I’ll feel legit ;)

          I can sympathize that Music Mondays are feeling repetitive and maybe don’t always go in a direction you feel motivated to follow. In the past, you’ve really pulled some amazing stuff out of your butts in trying to deal with that but it’s got to be frustrating. I do not have any saesaeng attachment to the KMM format or content and mixing it up is totally great in my book, it’s certainly got to be more fun for the EYK crew……Maybe there is a Simon-and-Martina-special-format that you will find your way to, something that no one else is doing, something you enjoy. I wonder also if there is something completely different that you want to try in the slot? Something sequential or a series that can be maintained for a set period? While all the slice of life stuff in the other videos is awesome, sometimes it’s nice to have a predictable series to anticipate and look forward to. Something you could film in advance? Maybe a different kind of outlet for your mad skit skillz and characters? If you are worried about what the Nasties think, why not create a survey/poll/discussion to get ideas? (not to follow directly or it will be spammed).

          People are always going to object to change, so what? People seem to object to just everything on the internet these days, completely inexplicably and disproportionately to sane behaviour around the world. Crazy be crazy, don’t let it get you down. Maybe some die hard fans will be disappointed but you may make more new ones. You have to move forward yourselves as you want to or these fun times will just become a job, one that you can’t quit since it’s become your life. Don’t let it go there.

          Cyber_3 – “It may sound like something from a cat poster, but ‘I believe in you’ ” – LEGO Movie

          6 years ago
        • I see your point, but I am sad that you do not enjoy the “list videos” as much as I do. Sometimes I forget older songs and then I get reintroduced to them. I also do not listen to every existing K-pop group so in most cases I can always find newer ones. I think it is also a great way to show some other bands to the people that do not necessary have to be Kpop. Also not every Kpop-fan become a Kpop fan in the Middle ages so showing older or newer bands is nice, and yes as you mentioned not every nastie follows S&M from the beginning. I think bringing something different once in a while is refreshing.

          6 years ago
        • Well, as I had to re-watch the video with my son when he came home from school, I can say that it has grown on me some . It is definitely, by far, the best of the list-type videos that S&M have put out, I can tell they pulled out all the stops on this one and it paid off.

          Just for the record though, I don’t hold allegiance to any kpop group and I’ve only been watching EYK videos for 2 years now. I do like their suggestions and certainly I skip to school to get my son to lots of their suggestions. I have made a habit of watching KMM then perusing the kpop charts here at EYK to find more tunes that I like, EYK is almost my only kpop exposure. Lots of great songs never even make the top 10 so it is fun seeing what I can find that I like. Maybe that’s my bias, that I consider the kpop charts a list already so I don’t need a video about one too. I do love the discussions here too though, so I am not unhappy about the topic. I also liked the kpopchart update and k-indie lists when they existed. Maybe I am remembering there being a few lists already and thinking that KMM was one too many. Thank you for encouraging me to re-think my views on EYK list-videos more objectively.

          6 years ago
        • I actually agree. One of my favorite recent KMMs was the Unsausage Fest Edition, which for all intents and purposes is a list video. I really enjoy the format where they discuss a couple videos at once. Maybe because I’m not invested in any one group (that whole stanning/biased mentality just doesn’t appeal to me), or maybe because it seems that they say what they want without trying to stretch the video out. I don’t know. But I definitely do enjoy those type of videos.

          6 years ago
  38. Ahhhhhh Martina I love “Danger high voltage” so much!!! It pumps me up every single time! Fire in the discoooo! But yeah even though I don’t really work out as in a gym and stuff what does it for me is reggaeton, EDM and kpop like Seungri’s “Gotta talk to you” but the Hard remix version. It’s good stuff.
    SHINee -“ready or not”
    2ne1 – “I’m the best”
    BoA – “Action”
    Kim Sori – “Dual Life”
    SNSD – Flower Power
    Eniac – Love again… well most of electronic-sounding kpop will do it for me honestly haha.
    I should really search through all my kpop and make a party-super-fun-time-playlist. Thanks for the idea you guise! :D

    6 years ago
  39. I would really recommend Surfing Wave by House Rulez (or anything else from them) because dat saxophone and beat. mmm-mmm

    6 years ago
    • HOLY SNAAZZZZBALLS!!! I just looked it up. AMAZING!!! I want to perform at a magic show while working out. 0_____o

      6 years ago
  40. My running music is Blue Stahli – Takedown… I could kill a dragon while that song is playing. But I wouldn’t kill one though… dragons are cool. xD

    Anyway any video game music is really good for running. :)


    6 years ago
    • Video game music! I personally love the songs from Sonic Adventure 2: Battle; songs like Live and Learn and City Escape ALWAYS get me moving and trying to run like Sonic. XD

      6 years ago