05/30/2012 04:20 pm ET Updated Jul 30, 2012

HuffPost Workouts: Heat Wave Keep It Up Mix

If your area is anything like New York, you might be experiencing an intense heat wave. Yesterday, I stepped out of my house and was welcomed by a wall of thick, hot, humid air that made the prospect of running seem more like swimming. In this situation, no normal playlist will do. I needed a playlist that understood the extreme heat I was facing: a heat wave mix to feel my pain.

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas' "Heat Wave" was obviously the first song to come to mind, but subsequent hot weather favorites emerged from the recesses of my memory, including "Summertime Clothes" by Animal Collective -- perhaps the song most evocative of the particular discomfort of a dog day in New York City. New favorite, Fort Lean's "Sunsick" was another must-have, thanks to an encouraging drumbeat and a title that frankly, three miles into a run, really gets me.

"Summer Mood," Best Coast
"Goodnight Goodnight," Hot Hot Heat
"Just a Little Heat," The Black Keys
"Drop It Like It's Hot," Snoop Dogg
"Hot Blooded," Foreigner
"Summertime Clothes," Animal Collective
"Deadbeat Summer (Toro Y Moi Remix)," Neon Indian
"Hot Stuff," Donna Summer
"Sunsick," Fort Lean
"Hot Tottie," Usher feat. Jay-Z
"Heat Wave," Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
"Make It Hot," Wiz Khalifa

For more music, check out the rest of the HuffPost Workouts series here.