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The clunk as your gears shift into that next stage of thigh-burning. The whoosh of wind in your hair. The chirrup as nature speaks all around you. Or the “Pump that sh*t!” from your cycling class instructor. Sure, cycling provides its own soundtrack. But that’s no substitute for amazing tunes! We built a killer playlist for every type of cycle.

From pedaling indoors to pulling off ambitious climbs up a hill in the middle of nowhere, good tunes can provide the support you need to get the results you want.

We’ll step up as your DJ. Just stick these in your ears and get those legs moving!

Sure, your instructor may have music lined up. But when did you ever do what your teacher told you? You’re a rebel, born to cycle as hard and fast as possible to whatever music you damn well please.

The ultimate cycling class playlist

Crank up the intensity the right way. Plus, we’ve included options for different types of cycle.

Mountain Climb Intervals

Driven, pounding tunes to help you get through those steeper moments.

9 songs, 43 min 4 sec

See this playlist on Spotify.

  1. “Mobilize” by Vessels
  2. “Don’t Hassle the Hoff” by Aiming for Enrike
  3. “Savage (Major Lazer Remix)” by Megan Thee Stallion
  4. “The Journey” by Seven Lions
  5. “Legend Has It” by Run the Jewels
  6. “Spin” by Strobes
  7. “To Hell with Good Intentions” by Mclusky
  8. “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush
  9. “Carnival Kids” by the Futureheads

Cycling Sprint

GO! Tempo is your friend here.

9 songs, 37 min 50 sec

See this playlist on Spotify.

  1. “B.O.B (Bombs Over Baghdad)” by OutKast
  2. “Don” by Ocean Wisdom
  3. “Manoeuvres” by Naibu
  4. “Masa” by Adebisi Shank
  5. “Power” by Little Mix
  6. “Outta My Mind” by Busta Rhymes feat. Bell Biv Devoe
  7. “Dragula” by Rob Zombie
  8. “Shutdown” by Skepta
  9. “Tell Me a Ting” by D Double E & Kano

HIIT/Tabata Cycling

Every cycle (and day) has its ups and downs — so do these tunes, matching your energy as you move through HIIT intervals.

8 songs, 31 min 23 sec

See this playlist on Spotify.

  1. “Humans Are Such Easy Prey” by Perturbator
  2. “Rumble Slow” by Dada Life
  3. “Wrong” by Cleft
  4. “Silent Earthling” by Three Trapped Tigers
  5. “Knights of Cydonia” by Muse
  6. “Alphabet Aerobics” by Blackalicious
  7. “Chemical Calisthenics” by Blackalicious
  8. “Next Level” by Bop
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We’ve gone for the happy midpoint between driving music and workout jams.

The Great Outdoors: A Playlist for Escaping Your Crib on Wheels

Grab your bike, stick your headphones in, and hit the road.

11 songs, 39 min 30 sec

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  1. “BMX” by Aesop Rock feat. Rob Sonic & Blueprint
  2. “D” by Lite
  3. “Saveur Cheveux” by Totorro
  4. “Glory” by Axes
  5. “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac
  6. “Get Me Bodied” by Beyoncé
  7. “Keep the Car Running” by Arcade Fire
  8. “Fitta Happier” by Quakers
  9. “Interstate” by 38 Spesh feat. Che Noir
  10. “Build and Tune Your Car!” by Hello Meteor
  11. “Flava in Ya Ear” by Craig Mack
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Cycling isn’t all flailing limbs and pools of sweat — sometimes, it’s amazing to just get out, bump your mood up, and clear your head.

Floating Pedals: A Mellower Outdoor Cycling Playlist

13 songs, 1 hr

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For when the headspace is more important than the burning thighs.

  1. “Blazin” by Nicki Minaj & Kanye West
  2. “Anomaly” by Unfound
  3. “Sit Back” by The Mouse Outfit feat. Truthos Mufasa & Black Josh
  4. “Sun” by 憂鬱
  5. “Time” by Hotel Pools
  6. “Glider” by Tycho
  7. “Next Door’s Dog” by Felman
  8. “Pjanoo” by Eric Prydz
  9. “Young Folks” by Peter Björn and John
  10. “I Need You” by Children of Zeus
  11. “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” by Radiohead
  12. “Last Bloom” by Floating Points
  13. “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People
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