Harmony: Pairing Our Favourite Hobbies with Our Favourite Songs

A lot of people who listen to music will do just that, listen to and concentrate on the music without any kind of distractions. On the other hand, when a lot of other people listen to music, they enjoy doing so whilst going to one of their favourite hobbies or engaging with something that coincides with the song. With this fact came a challenge, what song goes best with which hobby? We have tried to pair some of them together, and as such, this article has been put together in order to try and make it so the next time you listen to music and do an activity, the two complement each other better than ever.

Kanye West – POWER / Working Out

Working out is an activity that gets your heart racing and your blood pumping. Sweat drips down your forehead as you run to your last breath or lift as much as you can, absolutely blasting through the pain barrier to improve your fitness, stamina, and strength. So, what better song to go with this activity than POWER by Kanye West? POWER has a beat sampled from a King Crimson track and was released on his critically acclaimed album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The song is intense, electrifying, and enough to help you with your workouts, especially as lyrics such as “no one many should have all that power” are rapped down the mic.

Various Songs / Gaming

The fact is that it is hard to pick one track for the hobby of gaming due to the fact there are so many different types of the game out there. As such, here are some suggestions for different genres:

  • MGMT – Kids / Arcade Games

A lot of people enjoy the classic-style arcade games, and as such, you want some music that accompanies it. The electronic riff on MGMT’s song Kids is as close to 8-bit pop music as you’re going to get, so it’s a great choice.

  • Motorhead – Ace of Spades / Casino Games

No track manages to capture the art of gambling quite like Motorhead’s Ace of Spades, and as such, if you’re heading onto a website such as https://www.kingjohnnie.info/en/ in order to play the likes of blackjack or poker, then there is no better song to do it with.

  • Jay Z and Kanye West – Who Gon Stop Me / Sport Games

Yes, it’s Kanye West’s second time appearing on this list, but when you release such intense and exciting music like the tracks on Watch the Throne, it’s hardly a surprise. Who Gon Stop Me is the perfect anthem to get you in the mood to beat any of your rivals in whatever sports game you’re playing.

Miles Davis – So What / Writing

Realistically, you could have any song from Miles Davis’s legendary album Kind of Blue here, but the smooth sound of the opening track provides the perfect backdrop for a bit of writing. Whether you are creating something funny, serious, or in between, a nice drink and So What will put you in the perfect setting.

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