Spinning at the End of the World (12/21/12)

By Jennifer Sage On December 12, 2012 Under Music, Profiles

Here’s another fun theme profile for your Spinning classes! In May of 2011, there were dire predictions that the world was going to end. As we all know, that prediction did not come true, and the main “preacher” behind the warnings simply said “ooops”, his math was wrong and went on undeterred with his crazy existence. This next prediction of the apocalypse comes with a little more history behind it – the ancient Mayans supposedly ran out of calendar on December 21, 2012, so it is sometimes interpreted that the world will end on this date. Others will tell you it simply means a new beginning. Me? I believe every day can be a new beginning if you choose to make it so! You can also make that your theme with your music – the idea of change and a new beginning.

The following is my blog post from May of 2011, with a climbing profile and music to accompany it. I’ve added new songs at the end, including some with the theme of change (54 new ones, for a total of 76). Enjoy!


I admit that I can be irreverent at times and like to poke fun at things or situations. One way to poke fun is through music choice. The widespread proclamation that the world is ending this Saturday at 6pm is worthy of a chuckle and is a fun excuse to put together some great songs for my Spinning® class.

I made no other comment than put the songs together; everything I said in class had to do with coaching the profile. Incidentally, the songs I found worked really well for my planned profile, which was two long climbs. (The two climbs have a very specific purpose, since this ride is towards the end of a periodized cycling clinic I have been doing at my club. This profile, called “Load and Hold” will be turned into an audio master class on ICA in the coming month. But, without the End of the World Theme playlist of course. Members stay tuned!)

I asked my students to guess my theme. Since they might not recognize the first song, I suggested they pay attention to the lyrics. The lyrics of the first song were enough for one student to call out “The Rapture” before the song ended! After that there were giggles for each song.

You’ll notice some of my songs are kind of a “counter Rapture” theme – suggesting that this world is pretty cool, worth sticking around for! ;-)

Hey, and why not use this playlist AFTER Saturday! Just sayin….

Here is my playlist:
Warm Up:
Life Begin Again, Afro Celt Sound System

First climb:
Spirits in the Material World, The Police
World on Fire (Junkie XL Club Edit), Sarah McLachlan
Sinnerman (Heavenly House Mix), Nina Simone
Nothing is Real, Radar

Descent and recovery:
The End of the World as We Know It, R.E.M.

Second climb:
The World, Karmadelic (great lyrics)
When the World is Running Down, The Police (Fat Freddy Remix)
Joy to the World, Three Dog Night
World Turning, Fleetwood Mac
The World We Live In, The Killers

Cool Down and Stretch
Waiting on the World to Change, John Mayer
Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble, River Tribe

Some other suggestions (some aren’t really good for Spinning®, but you could have fun with them):
Rapture, Blondie
The Day That Never Comes, Metallica
Last Day on Earth, Duran Duran
Hell in a Bucket, Grateful Dead
Waiting for the End of the World, Elvis Costello
Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Goodbye (various artists)
Don’t Open Till Doomsday, The Misfits
Hells Bells, Ac/Dc
Surprise You’re Dead, Faith No More

NEW SUGGESTIONS for 12/21/12:

Survival, Muse
Supermassive Black Hole, Muse
I Will Survive, Cake
When the World Ends, Dave Mathews
Alive, Kate Ryan
Help I’m Alive (Immuzication B-ting like a Hammer Remix), Metric
We Are Alive, Paul Van Dyke
Staying Alive, Bee Gees
I Would Die for You, Prince
When Worlds Collide, Powerman 5000
Feel Alive, Benassi Brothers
The Final Countdown, Europe
Alive, Pearl Jam
Never Say Goodbye, Bon Jovi
Hold On, Triumph
Tenth Avenue Freezeout, Bruce Springsteen
Music When the Lights Go Out, The Libertines
I Will Follow You Into the Dark, Death Cab for Cutie
After the Storm, Mumford & Sons
Who’s Gonna Save My Soul, Gnarls Barkley
You Only Live Once, The Strokes
Golden Years, David Bowie
Road to Nowhere, Talking Heads
Fly Away, Lenny Kravitz
Take Over the World, Kidz in the Hall
Sober, Pink
Bad Moon Rising, Creedence Clearwater Revival
Dance While the Sky Crashes Down, Jason Webley
One Day/Reckoning Song, Asaf Avidan & the Mojos
Kick Ass, Mika and RedOne
A Change is Gonna Come, Sam Cooke
1999, Prince
Don’t Stop Believing, Journey
Just Like Heaven, The Cure
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life), Green Day
Hotel California, The Eagles
When the Levee Breaks, Led Zeppelin
Everybody’s Changing, Keane
Break On Through (to the Other Side), The Doors
Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen
Till the World Ends, Brittney Spears
Changes, David Bowie
Return to Innocence, Enigma
Live Forever, Oasis
What a Fool Believes, Doobie Brothers
Good Day Sunshine, The Beatles
Walking on Sunshine, Katrina and the Waves
Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, Wham
The Waiting (is the Hardest Part), Tom Petty
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, Starship
Last Breath, PFR
Bye Bye American Pie, Don McLean
Beautiful Life, Ace of Base
The Show Must Go On, Queen

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