It’s Time To Update My Running Playlist!

I’ve been asking my readers for a lot of advice lately. How to not get sick so much when you have toddler. Strategies for running a sub four hour marathon on low mileage and no 20 mile runs. This post is no different. My go to playlist of music is in serious need of an update. My current playlist consists of some all time favorites that have not been alternated out of the list since I had to dub the songs onto a cassette tape and lug around a huge $100+ Sony Walkman on my runs. This Walkman was bad ass in its day. It was state of the art and had five digital presets for my favorite radio stations. We can all thank whatever higher power we believe in for the invention of the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle. The only downside of using an iPod when I run instead of the bulky Walkman is that my right bicep is significantly less developed from not carrying the bulky contraption on 10-20 mile runs.

stiller Jogging

When it comes to soliciting suggestions for songs to update my playlist, I must give full disclosure that my musical tastes are far from common in my age bracket. I am 34 years old, but I have rarely been interested in the current music being played on the radio. The presets in my car consist of two classic rock stations, three easy listening stations, and one country station. My presets consisted largely of this same breakdown when I got my first car at age 16. I rarely am caught listening to anything from this decade. With that being said, I am open to trying new things, so feel free to get creative with your suggestions for my new playlist.

To help you get started, I have created two lists below. The first, lists some of my all time favorite songs that rarely, if ever, have fallen out of heavy rotation on my running mixes in the last two decades (you will notice the newest song on my all time favorite list came out in 1993). The second list has a couple of newer songs that have made their way onto my current playlist. I’m not proud of some of the selections (Adam Lambert anyone?), but they are all catchy and help me get my miles in.

All Time Favorites:

  • Going The Distance, Rocky Soundtrack
  • Gonna Fly Now, Rocky Soundtrack
  • Hearts on Fire, Rocky IV Soundtrack
  • No Easy Way Out, Rocky IV Soundtrack
  • War, Rocky IV Soundtrack
  • Chariots of Fire, Chariots of Fire Soundtrack
  • Living On A Prayer, Bon Jovi
  • Where The Streets Have No Name, U2
  • Running on Empty, Jackson Brown
  • Hurts So Good, John Cougar Mellencamp
  • Old Time Rock and Roll, Bob Seager
  • Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen
  • Highway To the Danger Zone, Kenny Loggins
  • Mr. Jones, Counting Crows

Current Staples That Could Be Replaced At Any Time:

  • Listen To The Beethoven, Warrior Soundtrack
  • Demons, Imagine Dragons
  • Check Yes or No, George Straight
  • That Summer, Garth Brooks
  • Bad Romance, Lady Gaga
  • Stacy’s Mom, Fountains of Wayne
  • Whataya Want From Me?, Adam Lambert
  • We Didn’t Start The Fire, Billy Joel
  • Love The Way You Lie, Eminem and Rhianna
  • Walk On, U2
  • Any number of Counting Crows or Ben Folds songs

I look forward to hearing what some of your favorite songs to run to are in the comments and to discovering some hidden gems that I have missed.

16 thoughts on “It’s Time To Update My Running Playlist!

    • Thanks Heather! I used to live that song and may have even had it in a list in high school. I’m putting it back in!

  1. Lately I’ve been LOVING the app “Rock My Run.” You can sort by genre (so 70’s or 80’s, check) or by artist and it will find DJ mixes with your preferences. The Mashups in particular are amazing. Katy Perry with AC/DC? Neil Diamond over “Push It”? Outkast plus Fatboy Slim? Yes, please!!! It’s free for mixes that are 30-45 min, or there is a fee for “premium” mixes that go up to 2 hours but I figure I’d quickly spend that amount on separate iTunes purchases..

    Also, “Stacy’s Mom” and Ben Folds = the best. Maybe some old school “Its Tricky” from Run DMC? Also older, but what about anything from the album Get Born by Jet?

  2. It doesn’t look like you prefer female singers…but….I love The song One by Superchick. Totally motivating for running

    • Kat… I have a few female singers. I listened to a little Alanis Morrisette yesterday. I have some female country singers as well. I love the lady from Sugarlands voice. I’ll check out the song you mentioned. Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. I have a few Billy Joel that I just added and love, But I am much older than you and it takes me back to the 80’s. Plus you can’t go wrong with The Cars. I also added Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond just for some extra fun. Good luck finding some songs for you race. I just added these for when I ran the Salt Lake Marathon so I think my playlist will be okay for Ogden.

    • Cyndie… I love every artist you mentioned in your comment and have most of them on my playlist rotation already. I actually ran to Sweet Caroline yesterday. Great minds think alike!

  4. “All These Thing I’ve Done” by the Killers, “Twice as Hard” by the Black Crowes, “Beds are Burning” by Midnight Oil and “Hall of Fame” by the Script are some of my favorites.

    • Thanks Brhine! I love running to the Killers as well. In fact, I love running to all of your suggested songs. 🙂

  5. Two of my favourite running songs are ‘shoot the runner’ by kasabian and ‘farewell to the fairground’ by white lies, the chorus will serve you very well. Two british indie bands hope you enjoy

  6. Not exactly fitting with whaat you have listed as your taste, but I like the majority of the songs you listed, and I also find the following good to get going to:
    – ‘Somebody that I used to know’ Gotye (dubstep remix (trust me, it’s not terrible))
    -‘Louder’ Flux Pavillion
    -Most popular songs by Nero, but in particular ‘Promises’
    -‘Sail’ Awolnation (always brings a smile to my face)
    -I Fink U Freeky’ Die Antwoord
    -‘Lose Yourself’ Eminem
    -‘Danger! High Voltage!’ Electric Six
    -‘I bet you look good on the dance floor’ Arctic Monkeys
    -‘Paint it Black’ Rolling Stones
    -‘You and Me’ Disclosure feat. Eliza Doolittle

    Hope at least one of them provides you with a little kick! 🙂

    • Thank you Medal Slut! Words cannot describe how much I like your domain name!I’ll take a look at your suggestions. I love the list of unknown gems this post has provided so far!

  7. Some of MY Favs are:
    “Radioactive”–Imagine Dragons
    “Room to Breathe”–You Me at Six
    “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark”–Fall Out Boy
    “Pain Killer”–Three Days Grace
    “Sinnerman”–Felix Da Housecat
    “Flower”–Moby

    Hope some of those work for ya!!

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