The extreme sports playlist
Music to pump you up for your extreme sports session
Music to pump you up for your extreme sports session and make you the strongest version of yourself.
You can drastically improve your extreme sports sessions with music. Lots of studies have been conducted showing that music can positively impact upon sports performance. One such study was conducted by Dr. Costas Karageorghis, who found that running performance could be improved by as much as 15 per cent when participants listened to music, because it acts as a distraction and engages the entire brain so that the perception of anxiety and stress is lessened. Here we reveal the songs that will help you create a fantastic extreme sports playlist.
The Strokes, Last Nite
Kick off your playlist with this hard-hitting beginning and lead guitar excerpts that you simply cannot go wrong with. The medium to fast pace mixed with both mixtures of slight screaming and excellent inbetween tones is just fantastic, really.
Upbeat, loud and exciting. Norgaard by the Vaccines has everything you need in a song that’s going to sit on your extreme sports playlist. This feel good classic is a sure found way to enhance your experience and feel good factor.
Buzzcocks, Ever Fallen In Love
This legendary punk song is well suited to extreme sports because both the song and the sports make you feel alive, unconquerable and strangely free. If you haven’t listened to the genius of the Buzzcocks in a while it’s time to dust off that record or re-download a few of the classics and reacquaint yourself with this timeless band.
Listening to Kasabian’s Clubfoot track feels like plunging your head into a bucket of ice-cold water, in that it aggressively wakes you up and makes you want to rise to any challenge. This is the perfect song if you don’t feel 100 per cent motivated to perform and is the perfect song for your extreme sports playlist.
Mutemath’s uplifting and original sounding guitar tones, as well as the partial synthesised beats and vocals, render this 2015 hit a sure fire way to get yourself in a pumped frame of mind. Allow the melody that comes over the top to help inspire. Although the lyrics are present, they aren’t clear or loud enough to distract you. During your pumped activity the euphoria you experience will make you feel like you’re fully capable to achieve. This uplifting christian-rock anthem is unbeatable.
Nitro Fun, New Game
Okay, we have moved slightly into the realm of mega high electronic high beats per minute, but this intense multi-faceted masterpiece will help you forget the pain and the strain you’re putting your body through, and it’s all about avoiding the pain to help you to focus on your bigger goal. Towards the midsection of your workout this comes at you from all angles to keep you at a sustained pump.
5, 6, 7, 8s, Woo Hoo
We’re back to the punchy, punkie rhythms now with this unbeatably good song by the 5, 6 7, 8s, which was brought to everyone’s attention by Quentin Tarantino’s movie Kill Bill. Originally this track was a surf song from the 1960s, but the Japanese girl band has given their cover version a decidedly different feel and this tune is aggressive and in your face. Surprisingly though, the song remains upbeat and the war-cry-like lyrics are incredibly catchy.
Martin Solveig and Dragonette, Hello
No matter what time of the year you listen to this song by Martin Solveig and Dragonette you’re reminded of summer and all of the happy feelings that go with it. No matter how much pain you are going through at this stage of your extreme sports session you’ll be able to power through if you listen to this high tempo hit.
Steppenwolf, Born To Be Wild
We’re back to the punchy, rock n roll rhythms now with this unbeatably good song by Steppenwolf, which was brought to everyone’s attention by the film Easy Rider in 1969. This feel good classic, named the first ‘Heavy Metal’ song ever will take you away to the sound of the rock n roll sound of the American highway. With its fast moving beat broken up rarely with their life motto ‘born to be wild’, you simply cannot go wrong with this classic fresh from the plains.
Caesars - Jerk it out
This song is, according to the Caesars, to just “let out some steam, freak out, let yourself go, get crazy, etc." song contains everything you need to push you on when you’re in the midst of your extreme sports session – speed, a solid amount f aggression and a beat that builds and whips you up into a frenzy - perfect for receiving those endorphins. Add this rock classic to your extreme sports playlist and you’ll get the results you were looking for.
Nina Simone, Feeling Good
As the title suggests, Nina Simone’s powerful song will leave you feeling good as your extreme sports session begins to draw to its end. Although slower than the other tracks, the images conjured and the forceful momentum of the song will push you on to reach your limits and will help you to end your session on a high.
Coldplay - Adventure of a lifetime
This groovy song talks about feeling alive, and is a change from his broody electronic former self, as he worked with the producers who helped create tracks from the likes of Rihanna to Katy Perry. His repeating finish of 'oh oh oh oh oh oh's is perfect for the extreme mood because the catchy instrumental allows you to immerse yourself more fully into an adventure, as the song name suggests, instead of potentially being distracted by the lyrics.
C2C - Down The Road
This mix of rapid harmonica, guitar and synthesiser blends into a layered harmony that hits those endorphin centers the first, second and third time you hear it. We recommend listening to this while snowboarding - but as with all of these songs, they are applicable to whatever extreme sport you’re going to try.
Sigma & Logistics - Dreams to Reality
With its incredibly high beats per minute and melodic synth vocals, this is one for those looking to add extra focus to their extreme sports.
Can't Stop Won't Stop - Up and Away (feat. June)
The multiple trumpets, classically a jazz style, mixed with the rap genre come together in what can be described only as an ultimate feel-good-fun song, and surely one for all occasions.
Alan Walker - Fade [NCS Release]
Whether it be scuba diving while exploring the ocean depths or mountain biking or jumping into the sea from the cliffs, this song with its series of mini bass drops is a sure way to get the adrenaline flowing with this immensely popular remixed version of Walker’s fade.
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