A lot of people are surprised I listen to music during the majority of my runs. In fact, it’s very rare that I am not wearing my iPod even for one run every once in awhile. I don’t think listening to music is a “crutch”, but an added perk to my running experience, if you will.
This year, I haven’t been that diligent in updating my running playlist. Last year I compiled my favorite songs following the Chicago Marathon and I noticed this year that a lot of my favorites haven’t really changed. The list below, however, are the new additions that I’ve been addicted to lately. Some of them are slower than you might expect for a running playlist, but I find that most of them work for my cadence. And if they don’t have a “good beat”, they usually have an emotional component that makes me motivated to run faster.
Enjoy! (Links to songs on Spotify included)
- Sail – Awolnation
- The Bomb– New Young Pony Club
- Little Talks– Of Monsters and Men
- Princess– Datarock
- Canned Heat– Jamiroquai
- Up Up and Away– Kid Cudi
- One– Ratatat
- Ambling Alp– Yeasayer
- My Body– Young the Giant
- List of Demands– Saul Williams
- Midnight City– M83
- A Kiss to Send Us Off– Incubus
- Learnalilgivinanlovin’– Gotye
- The Distance– Cake
- Gold Guns Girls– Metric
- Lonely Boy– Black Keys
- Can’t Stop– Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Think Twice– Eve 6
- Big Dancin– Bounce Camp
- It’s Time– Imagine Dragons
What kind of music do you listen to when you run? Do you prefer running with or without music?
2 thoughts on “Inspiration: Running Song Playlist”
I don’t run with music, I tried it once and didn’t like it. I did like it on the cool down and stretching though.
Nice list. Although I never run with music, I play songs over in my head. During my last 5k I ran with Metric’s Speed the Collapse http://tinyurl.com/dyzajuj in my head. I kept repeating the lyrics “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” during the last part of the race. I also like some remixes that elevate my mood and have a rolling beat like Love Without Love: http://tinyurl.com/8uhqkjd and this awesome remix of Mr Brightside: http://tinyurl.com/26rxvq