Best spin class playlist

Readers request list of music mentioned in Connections column.

Gracia Lam

In an essay for the Boston Globe Magazine, Michelle Faulkner wrote about her experience sharing her iPhone playlist with her spin class, after the instructor’s iPod died. Faulkner said she “bared my soul via playlist.” The piece prompted a nice response, but several readers had a request: “I wish I had been in Michelle Faulkner’s spinning class when she bared her soul with those ’90s hip-hop and rap songs. Any chance her ‘5k’ playlist can be shared?” wrote Christine Swartz of West Roxbury. Faulkner was happy to share it, so here it is, for your listening (or spinning) pleasure.

In the comments below, add your favorite spin song and quite the playlist could emerge.

Empire State of Mind,” Jay-Z (featuring Alicia Keys)


I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That,” Cypress Hill

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“Mama Said Knock You Out,” LL Cool J

Livin It Up,” Pharoahe Monch

You Can Do It,” Ice Cube (featuring Mack 10 + Ms Toi)

“We Found Love,’’ Rihanna (featuring Calvin Harris)


“The Phuncky Feel One,” Cypress Hill

“Jump Around,” House of Pain

“I Can’t Live Without My Radio,” LL Cool J

Gold Digger,” Kanye West (featuring Jamie Foxx)

“Get It Together,” The Beastie Boys


“Friendly Pressure,” Jhelisa

“Fallin’ Up,” The Black Eyed Peas

“Break ‘Em Off Some,” Cypress Hill

“The Boy With the Thorn in His Side,” The Smiths

Beats to the Rhyme,” Run-DMC

“Airplanes,” B.o.B (featuring Hayley Williams)

Vivrant Thing,” A Tribe Called Quest

“Stop Me,” Mark Ronson (featuring Daniel Merriweather)

“Back to Life,” Soul II Soul

“Feel So Close (Radio Edit),” Calvin Harris

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