Ahh. The fall of 2018. The biggest hit for my "gym" was Start A Riot. It may be too intense for younger listeners; but when that beat drops, my students would go absolutely bonkers. I discovered Young Fathers, an indie hip hop group, and Kanye dropped his Kids See Ghosts project with Kid Cudi. Greta Van Fleet revived the classic rock sound (The New Day being my personal favorite). I also discovered '39 by Queen, which led me down a delightful rabbit hole of Queen's deeper cuts. But nothing compared to my students' love for Post Malone & Swae Lee's Sunflower from the Spiderman soundtrack, which is full of gym bangers.
About Spicy Lyrics
Everybody has different views on what's okay to play around kids and what isn't. So here's how this works. Below, you'll see all the songs on the playlist. If you click the song, you'll see the lyrics pop up. But not just lyrics. You'll also see questionable content is highlighted like this.
Questionable content is highlighted by word so you can read it for context. The spiciest words are highlighted in red. Medium words are highlighted in orange. And any word highlighted in yellow is either very mild or it's a word like "head" where it could be okay or absolutely not okay, depending on the context.
Spicy Lyrics is a tool I created on my iPhone/iPad to help me quickly see if songs are appropriate to play in the gym. I love it so much, I'm giving it away so you all can use it on your phones.
The Fall 2018 PE Playlist
Border Girl - Young Fathers
TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME - The 1975
When the Curtain Falls - Greta Van Fleet
Reborn - KIDS SEE GHOSTS
Happier - Marshmello & Bastille
Watching Over - Greta Van Fleet
Nina Cried Power (feat. Mavis Staples) - Hozier
The New Day - Greta Van Fleet
Every Step That I Take (feat. Portugal. The Man and Whethan) - Tom Morello
Bad Liar - Imagine Dragons
Nobody but Me - The Human Beinz
Nothing Breaks Like a Heart (feat. Miley Cyrus) - Mark Ronson
'39 - Queen
Home - Vince Staples
Scared of the Dark (feat. XXXTENTACION) - Lil Wayne & Ty Dolla $ign
Start a Riot - DUCKWRTH & Shaboozey
Elevate (feat. Denzel Curry, YBN Cordae, SwaVay & Trevor Rich) - DJ Khalil
Good Night ft Al Be Back, Mos Def - Kanye West
The Instrumental (Feat. Jonah Matranga - Lupe Fiasco
Sunday Driver - The Raconteurs
Now That You're Gone - The Raconteurs
Believer (feat. Lil Wayne) - Imagine Dragons
Mountain of the Sun - Greta Van Fleet
What About Us - Gary Clark Jr.
Papercut - Linkin Park
The Untitled (In the End) - Linkin Park
Enth E Nd - Linkin Park
Outta My Head (with John Mayer) - Khalid
Other PE Playlists
The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Four Square - Using mini-games to teach all the skills and rules
Ultimate Kickball - Kickball without all the problems that come with Kickball. Also insanely fun.
The Ultimate Sub Plan - A fool proof plan for emergency sub days
A Better Way to Make Teams - Give children the power of choice