2. Honest Man by The Gracious Few. If this sounds like Candlebox, you're not crazy. The singer is Kevin Martin of Candlebox and the band behind him is who most would remember as Live. And I've been on a Kevin Martin kick lately. Once again, I just love the way they come out swinging with this one and unapologetically (is that a word?) carry that tone for the duration of the song.
3. Push It by Static X. I'm not much of a metal head, but this one works well in the gym. If you were at the group class last Wednesday, you were lucky enough to do our finisher to this song. For this song, hold a plank in the push up position during the verses. When the chorus hits and he screams "push it," go straight into push ups. Back to the verse, back to holding the plank. Back to the chorus, back to push ups. So on and so forth for a brutal, yet incredible few minutes.
4. Jump Around by House of Pain. Mainly for reasons given for Push It. Try this for a finisher to your workout. During the verses do high knees or run in place. When he says "jump around," go right into a jump squat. Back to the verse, back to high knees. Back to the chorus, back to jump squats. So on and so forth. Once again, a great way to make sure you've given every last bit you can in a workout!
5. Hook, Line, and Sinker by Royal Blood. This two man band packs a punch. One of the few bands in recent years with genuine rock and roll in their sound.
6. Lydia by Highly Suspect (Explicit). I think my draw to this song is that it has a crunchy groove reminiscent of one of my favorite Pearl Jam songs, Tremor Christ. Nonetheless, it's a well written song. Maybe a little slow for some, but I really dig the raw emotion and feeling from the music and vocals alike.
7. Shine by the Burden Brothers. Feels like a glam rock/modern rock hybrid. I wanna watch you shine!
8. Salute Your Solution by the Raconteurs. One of my favorite Jack White songs. Not sure what the hell he's saying for the most part. It's up beat and it just works.
9. Old Friend by Rancid.
10. If It Feels Good Do It by Sloan. One of my favorite bands in the high school and college years that I've kind of grown away from. But every now and then songs like this come back to me. They really do have a good collection of rock and roll riffs and can harmonize vocally pretty darn well.