Songs To Run To

If I didn’t have my iPod, it’s quite possible that I just wouldn’t exercise at all.  I’m not one of those people like D (cough – freaks) who enjoy getting all breathless and sore for the sake of being breathless and sore. 

I need motivation. I need distraction. I need music.

At the moment, I am trying to compile the perfect soundtrack for an hour long run.  The following tunes are songs which regularly appear on my “Exercise” playlist.  I understand that there will be serious music fans out there who might baulk at The Pixies and Destiny’s Child being grouped together but I care not.  They make me want to keep running. 



Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen (Have you seen the Cadbury’s ad using it?  Fabulous!)

Hotel Yorba – White Stripes

9 to 5 – Dolly Parton

Elvis Ain’t Dead – Scouting for Girls (I challenge you not to sing along)

Bat Out of Hell – Meatloaf (Very good for fartlek training)

Professional Widow (remix) – Tori Amos

Valerie – Mark Ronson (feat. Amy Winehouse)

White Trash Wedding – Dixie Chicks

Crazy in Love – Beyonce

Respect – Wheatus

Somewhere Else – Razorlight (play this at the end of a run and imagine the applause is for you!)

Come Home – Placebo

Bootilicious – Destiny’s Child

Debaser – Pixies


Now, here’s where I’d like your help.  I’d like to add more songs to this playlist and need some inspiration. 

Can you suggest any songs to run to?

31 thoughts on “Songs To Run To

  1. How about Alesha Dixon’s The boy does nothing. I can’t explain why I like this song it’s not like anything else I like but it makes me want to move.

  2. Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for some time and I thought I should finally post a comment. Here are my “go faster!” songs:

    “Hip Hop A Lula” – Junior Senior
    “Just Dance” – Lady Gaga
    “Keep Yourself Alive” – Queen
    “Suffragette City” – David Bowie
    “Rock and Roll Train” – ACDC
    “I Want It All” – Queen

    Hope this helps! 🙂

  3. How about –

    You Look Good On The Dance Floor – Arctic Monkeys (what ever people say…)

    Red Carpet & Rebellion – The Distillers (the distillers)

    Don’t Want To Go To Bed Now – Gabriella Cilmi (lessons to be learned)

    Jamestown – The Movielife (Forty Hour Train Back to Penn)

    These all have nice fast beats to run to!

  4. How about the Killers – Mr Brightside? I also like Bush – Swallowed, and a lot of the Libertines’ stuff has a good rhythm for running. Same with things like Jimmy Eat World if you like loud slightly angry music to pound along to.
    It certainly looks like you’ve got a beautiful running route worked out, which always helps a great deal! 🙂

  5. I’m afraid I can’t add much seeing as running is my idea of absolute hell, but I have to say that that is a fantastic list of tunes. Quite similar to the tunes I listen to for the morning commute actually – I travel for two hours and leave super-early so I need these kind of songs to wake me up and get me going for the day!!

  6. Debaser! What a great little tune that is.

    Any 60’s Soul number makes me move, but, mostly I would recommend anything by Sam and Dave – ‘cos no-one makes movement more fun in my book. And Bowie as mentioned by Mo above. But I cannot condone whipping out that ACDC number. They still remind me of sweaty, pimply teenage boys headbanging at school dances.

    I wish I could listen to music whilst running, but for some reason I need complete slience. I do love your hodge-podge list though!

  7. I don’t run! But I have read a heap of research recently that the desired beats per minute to run to is the same beat as ABBA’s ‘dancing queen’.

    Slower beat but to get me dancing – Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” will get me every time!

  8. Well I used to run to Virginia Plain by Roxy Music segued into Blindness by the Fall. I find this made me run with a pounding relentlessness but didn’t make me want to dance around or sing along – which can be a bad thing in public!

  9. i always draw blank on these questions but I remember a similar question and a gym playlist from last year – I even made some long-forgotten suggestions in the comments – I would always pick Pulp but perhaps not E’s current playlist of Death in June and assorted neofolk – anyway check out stephanie’s list and comments:

    just remembered the other song that I would recommend is aussie band The Triffids’s song – Wide Open Road!

    PS – I don’t run at all – maybe walk fast if I need to catch a train!

  10. These always make me move:

    – Feelgood Inc. (Gorillaz)
    – Lift me up (Moby)
    – Song 2 (Blur)
    – Town called malice (The Jam)
    – Salvation (Cranberries)

  11. Definitely agree on The Killers Mr Brightside and Song 2 by Blur, another one that makes me move fast (which is a mean feat in itself) is Depeche Mode Just Can’t Get Enough. My dog goes mad when I play Song 2!!

  12. I’m not crazy about Madonna, but ‘Like a Prayer’ is one of my favorite work-out songs. I also like Katy Perry’s ‘Use Your Love’ and Santogold’s “Creator” and “Light’s Out” (or anything by her.)

  13. Oh! Great list – I love the mix, mine is just like that, Metallica and Justin Timberlake, all the same! I’ll be adding some of yours to my running track, so I guess I better give you some in return:

    Foo Fighters: Long Road to Ruin
    Faithless: Insomnia
    Chris Brown: Forever
    Katy Perry: I Kissed a Girl
    Barry White: Any Fool Could See
    Michael Bublé: I’ve Got the World on a String
    Metalicca: Whiskey in the Jar

    – and then there are all the Danish ones, but I guess they’d make you laugh, rather than run! 😉

  14. Marie – Don’t know it but will definitely check it out. 🙂

    Mo – Hello. 🙂 A couple of crackers there. Not familiar with the rest but will become so!

    Holler – Love them all! Thanks for the links.

    Gen – Very good point, honey. Can’t believe I didn’t think of this one.

    Jane – Mr Brightside! Of course! Won’t be able to stop myself from singing though…

    Anne – I feel stupid. ABBA are perfect! Thank you.

    Antonia – You have a TWO hour commute????? That is insane. How many miles do you actually travel? I work 25 miles away and it takes me 35 minutes.

    Lucy – You’re always so zen! Envy you, sweetie! Christ, even my exclamation marks are un-zen.

    AOF – Sexual Healing makes me giggle. Would undoubtably end up doing some kind of weird bum giggle thing whilst running. Hee hee. Sounds fun, actually.

    Jane – I’m lucky that I tend to run in places where I either don’t see many people or I can see them coming but for busier runs I shall definitely check these out. 🙂

    Johanna – Ah, Pulp. Love them. With all my being. Great link. Thank you.

    pseudorlaya – Oooh, great suggestions! May even jump a bit with Song 2. That has to be good for me?

    Sarah – Never heard of it but am off to investigate. 🙂

    Lady K – That’s the only Depeche Mode song I like. Great! Wonder how Marco will react to Song 2…

    Zoe – I just snorted tea out of my nose because of you. lol

    Robin – Like A Prayer would definitely work, you’re right. Will check the others out. Cheers. 🙂

    Zarah Maria – Insomnia! Fantastic! And Kings of Leon are great. Totally agree.

    Susan – It’s a very nice run along the river. Goes through the town centre with the castle and cathedral then past some beautiful old houses and through some small wooded islands linked by little wrought iron bridges. Lovely jubbly.

  15. Here’s what’s currently loaded on my i-pod. Some are getting bumped soon because I’m getting sick of them, but it’s a good mix.

    All These Things that I’ve Done – Killers
    Candy – Iggy Pop & Kate Pierson
    Got Money – Lil Wayne & T-Pain
    Hollow Man – REM
    How to Save a Life – The Fray
    I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance – Black Kids
    I Believe – REM
    Jane Fonda – Mickey Avalon
    Lazy Eye – Silversun Pickups
    Live Your Life – TI & Rihanna
    Misery Business – Paramore
    Sometime Around Midnight – Airborne Toxic Event
    Starlight – Muse
    Surrender – Cheap Trick
    Talk – Coldplay
    The Next Episode – Dr Dre & Snoop Dog
    Thrash Unreal – Against Me!
    Time to Pretend – MGMT
    Wave of Mutilation – Pixies
    When You Were Young – Killers
    Bubbles – James
    Requiem for a Dying Song – Flogging Molly
    Common People – James
    You Can Do It – Ice Cube

  16. Arctic monkeys – Teddy picker
    Velvet Underground – Heroin
    Foo Fighters – best of you
    Theme tune from 28 days later is great to run to!
    Kings of Leon – Crawl
    The Progidy – Voodoo people
    Blackstreet – No diggity
    Florence and the Machine – Dog Days
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Give it away

  17. i recently started running and heres my playlist
    shake it up-Elizabeth Daily
    Lose yourself-eminem
    right here right now-Fat-boy slim
    MTV MASH-Eminem vs Fatboy slim
    Just a day-Feeder
    Numb Encore-linkin park jay z
    Word up-Korn
    In the end-Linkin park
    Valerie-mark ronson and amy winehouse
    push it to the limit-Rocky
    Its a Fight-three 6 mafia
    i hate everything about you-3 days grace
    live your life TI feat rhiana
    The way i are-Timberland
    I luv it-young jeezy

  18. I love running to the music that John Tesh wrote for the Tour de France. There are no words, but the beats and rhythm are great! Give it a try.

  19. Hey, My ultimate running songs are:

    Beachboys: surfin USA, Surfin safari, Barbara Ann
    Buddy Holly: Peggy Sue
    (oh the shame) Busted: Air hostess (don’t like them much but it has the perfect beat)
    Puretone: Addicted to bass (best ever)
    Greenday: Holiday
    Teitur: Catherine the waitress (something chucked up that is pretty good)
    The Boo Radley’s: Wake up Boo

    Charly x

  20. pretty much anything off of LCD Soundsystems Sound of Silver cd …go check it out. i’m soo with you running + ipod is thee only way to run.

    on another note; i have competition on the ‘best looking dog in the northern hemisphere’ Baxter, is also a black cocker!

    email your email and i’ll send you a couple of photos of the wee guy


  21. Love your blog – I’ve been following it most of the past year – but missed this post. Ive just downloaded most of your tracks but need to add
    chelsea dagger by The Fratellis
    single ladies by Beyonce

    mixed with some kaiser chiefs, blur and oasis
    got me round my last event

  22. Brilliant post and really helpful comments too! I’m trying to put together a playlist for half-marathon training and need new tunes, so these suggestions are great.

    My favourite tune that picks me up everytime is “Monster” by The Automatic…”what’s that coming over the hill, is it a monster, is it a monsterrrrrr?” (yep. sounds, looks and smells like one, must be one!)

  23. These are some of my favourites for running to –

    Fragma – Tocas miracle 2008
    Britney – Toxic
    Teddybears – Different Sound
    Tv on the Radio – Wolf Like Me
    Yazz – the Only Way is Up
    Alien Ant Farm – Smooth Criminal
    Muse – Supermassive Black Hole
    Audioslave – Revelations
    Christina – Candyman
    Kelly Rowland – Work

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