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By Matt Murray

When you're tackling a 226-mile bike ride like Matt Lauer is, you need a little extra motivation to help power through the rough patches.

Before setting off on his five-day Red Nose bike ride to raise money for children living in poverty, Matt made a 141-song playlist to help push him through.

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He shared a sample of his picks with us. Take a listen:

Matt's playlist spans decades of popular music, and includes artists like Marvin Gaye, U2 and Bruno Mars. Excuse us — we're adding them to our own workout playlists right now!