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Marathon Playlist: Big Sur, Big Time

June 22, 2010

This chick's about two decades younger than I am, but I bet my tunes are equally as hip

This might come as a bit of a shocker coming from the chipper one in the Dimity-SBS duo, but I’ve been going through a running slump lately. Nothing major: It just feels like my spark isn’t firing in the morning. I still head out the door, but the spring in my step is missing. I’ve tried to, um, jog my routine with some different music, but nothing seems to be hitting the spot.

So here’s what I’m hoping: If I share my most recent marathon playlist with you, will you tell me some new-this-year songs that have got you moving? Thanks, and here goes (along with some post-marathon notations). According to iTunes, it has 4.9 hours of music on it. I overcompensated for fear of running out of songs in case the hills really beat me down. Finally: In a race, I always turn “shuffle” off—I actually try to plot the beat and words to keep me from going out too fast and, later, from burning out.

Big Sur, Big Time

When You’re Falling: Afro Celt Sound System (My go-to premier song on any race mix)

Sun Children: Nickodemus (another awesome start-of-race song for me)

Electric Feel: MGMT

Kids: MGMT (eek: did I really have the same artist back-to-back?! Didn’t notice it.)

Viva La Vida: Cold Play (fairly tame for this playlist, but wanted to ease into race)

I Gotta Feeling: Black Eyed Peas (okay, ladies, it’s time to turn it up a notch!)

Hands in the Air: Girl Talk (GT is my Desert Island Musician if my island were big enough to run on)

Accidentally in Love: Counting Crows (a nod to the kiddies and Shrek)

Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It): Beyonce (never fails to excite. I even did jazz hands around mile 4 when it came on)

Hate on Me: Glee Cast (Mercedes rules!)

She Talks to Angels: The Black Crowes (heard this in my first marathon—on a Walkman radio!—so it’s now a 26.2 standard for me)

Borderline/Open Your Heart: Glee Cast

Spaceman: The Killers

Beautiful: Akon, Colby O’Donis & Kardinal Offishall

Supernova (feat. Kanye West): Mr Hudson

Halo: Beyonce (always need to add in a slower number occasionally to make sure I don’t burn out the adrenal glands)

Rude Boy: Rihanna

Like a Virgin: Glee Cast  (if you aren’t a “Glee” fan, skip down a few…)

4 Minutes: Glee Cast (sorry: Madonna ep had just been on! Madge’s version appears down the road)

Burning Up: Glee Cast (uh, one guess as to my current favorite show…)

Rehab: Amy Winehouse (tricked ya!)

No Rain: Blind Melon (sure, out of place, but just rediscovered it)

Umbrella (Travis Barker Remix): Rihanna

Gimme More: Britney Spears (wouldn’t be an SBS mix w/o her)

Gangsta Luv (feat. The-Dream): Snoop Dogg

Down (feat. Lil Wayne): Jay Sean 

Imma Be: Black Eyed Peas

My Prerogative: Britney Spears

Pinch Me: Barenaked Ladies (again, out of place, but love the beat)

Forever: Chris Brown

Just Fine: Mary J. Blige (my ultimate tempo-run song)

Right Round: Flo Rida

Gold Digger: Glee Cast

Vogue: Glee Cast (yeah, them again)

Feel Good Inc.: Gorillaz

I Like It, I Love It: Lyrics Born (my ringtone!)

Piece of Me: Britney Spears

God’s Gonna Cut You Down: Johnny Cash (Heard this on a Josh Cox YouTube vid once, and I’ve been hooked ever since)

Womanizer: Britney (yes, again)

Bounce That: Girl Talk

I Am Superman: R.E.M. (a psych-song from college crew days. Message still resonates)

My Life Would Suck without You: (by, say it with me) Glee Cast

I Know What You Want: Busta Rhymes/Mariah Carey

What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?: R.E.M.

Lovely, Love My Family: The Roots (always inspirational to call the fam to mind)

Gives You Hell: Glee Cast (okay, yes, overkill, I admit it. But at the time…)

Like a Prayer: Glee Clast

How Do U Want It: 2Pac (reminded me of all my track workouts as it always seems to come on while I’m doing repeats)

Young Forever: Jay-Z (would have fast-forwarded as I was feeling ancient, but I decided to not fiddle with nano)

Not Ready to Make Nice: Dixie Chicks (country IS out of place, but this song fuels me. I listened to it countless times on one long, hilly route I often ran)

Mr. Brightside: The Killers

In My Head: Jason Derulo

Express Yourself: Glee Cast

Twice as Hard: The Black Crowes (my going-out-at-night psych-song during my divorced days. A Tab soda, some ginseng, and The Black Crowes and I was set)

Disturbia: Rihanna

Let’s Get It Started: Black Eyed Peas

Baby One More Time: Britney

4 Minutes: Madonna (one of the best workout-songs in my book)

Love Sex Magic: Ciara

Wake Up Call: Maroon 5 (I think I finished up right around here)

Here’s the Thing: Girl Talk

Stronger: Kanye West

Hard Knock Life: Jay-Z

Pass Out: Chris Brown

Under Pressure: Davie Bowie & Queen

Low: Flo Rida

Hard: Rihanna

OMG: Usher

Please Don’t Leave Me: Pink (just discovered this song thanks to Shazam)

Not Afraid: Eminem

One: Mary J. Blige & U2

Empire State of Mind: Jay-Z

Up Up & Away: Kid Cudi

Hell of a Life: T.I.

Show me the love: Please tell me your favorite 2010 songs

58 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah permalink
    June 22, 2010 4:51 am

    My playlists are full of Glee too. 🙂 I actually like Kurt and Mercedes’ version of 4 minutes better than Madonna’s.

    I don’t have any new suggestions for you as I’m behind on the current music, but I’m looking forward to seeing what others have to say.

    • Sarah permalink
      June 22, 2010 10:20 am

      I just though of something. No specific songs in mind, but my sister in law just introduced me to a band called Fun and they’re, well… fun!

  2. Susan Riley permalink
    June 22, 2010 5:02 am

    Here’s a couple of my favorite high energy songs:
    Your friends are tearing us apart by Eric Clapton
    Uprising by Muse
    Right Round by Flo Rida
    Let it Rock by Kevin Rudolph

    One favorite steady beat is:
    La Grange by ZZTop

    I hope you enjoy these!

  3. Gen permalink
    June 22, 2010 5:48 am

    Love “St. Elmo’s Fire” Man in Motion – totally throws my pace off but i can’t help but groove to it at some point in my run. I sing it if I don’t have my pod :S Thank goodness I live in the country the huff and puff along with yelling St. Elmos Fire is usually enough to keep the Bears away and no neighbours to think i have finally lost it.

  4. June 22, 2010 5:51 am

    Say Hey I love you~Michael Franti

    Waka Waka~Shakira ( World Cup Anthem)

    Alice~Avril Lavigne (Alice in Wonderland Soundtrack which has a few others that are good as well.)

    Those are just a few that I have added to my playlist as of late. 🙂

  5. alison permalink
    June 22, 2010 5:54 am

    i was going to say empire state of mind by jay-z but you had it on the bottom! but another good one (but slower) is free by zak brown band. great song especially if you are going down hill!

  6. Christina permalink
    June 22, 2010 6:28 am

    “Here Comes Your Man” by The Pixies- “Dancing With Myself”- Billy Idol- “Walk This Way” Run DMC… My kids love “I Love Rock and Roll” by Joan Jett

  7. Jessica Whittaker permalink
    June 22, 2010 6:30 am

    You gave me some good suggestions for mine, but here are few I have been using lately.

    Beautiful Day – U2 (great now that the weather is better)
    Boom Boob Pow – Black Eyed Peas
    Free – Donavon Frankenreiter / Jack Johnson
    Good life – Kayne West
    Hey Soul Sister – Train (currently my 4 year old’s favorite song)

    I am sure there are more and I will add when I can think of some …

  8. June 22, 2010 6:35 am

    These are not exactly from 2010 but a few favorites I didn’t see on you list (you had most of mine):
    ~Now that We Found Love by Heavy D & the Boyz
    ~Fighter by Christina Aguilera
    ~Work That by Mary J. Blige
    ~Switch by Will Smith
    ~Just Dance by Lady GaGa
    ~This is How a Heart Breaks by Rob Thomas

    • bowenshea permalink*
      June 22, 2010 4:08 pm

      So glad you suggested a Christina Aguilera song! Over the weekend, while reading Entertainment Weekly, I decided I need to give her music a chance. Thanks: I am downloading Fighter as I type this!

      • Erin permalink
        June 22, 2010 7:33 pm

        I was gonna second Michelle’s “fighter” suggestion. It is one of my go to running songs. I mean, come on, with lyrics like this:

        ‘Cause it makes me that much stronger
        Makes me work a little bit harder
        Makes me that much wiser
        So thanks for making me a fighter
        Made me learn a little bit faster
        Made my skin a little bit thicker
        It makes me that much smarter
        So thanks for making me a fighter

        How could you not get fired up?!

  9. June 22, 2010 7:02 am

    I LOVED your playlist & added to mine. Here’s a few that might interest you (some are not for kiddos ears). 🙂

    Invincible – Adelitas Way
    Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne
    If You Can Afford Me – Katy Perry
    Misery Business – Paramore

  10. June 22, 2010 7:07 am

    Can I just say that your playlist is way cooler and way more hip than mine?
    However, here are my add ins:
    Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus (never fails to pump me up)
    Just Dance – Lady Gaga
    Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
    Telephone – Lady Gaga (I don’t own this song yet but I do love it).
    I love the Glee songs – sometimes better than the original artists. LOL

  11. June 22, 2010 7:27 am

    I definitely steer towards the alternative / hard rock, but my favorite newer band to run to is Silversun Pickups. I currently have Growing Old is Getting Old, The Royal We, and There’s No Secrets This Year on my playlist, all from their album Swoon.

  12. SS Mother Runner permalink
    June 22, 2010 7:47 am

    Are you sure you didn’t just copy my playlist??
    I also have some Cavo – good hard rock/alternative.
    Favorite running song of all-time “Champagne” by Cavo.

  13. June 22, 2010 9:01 am

    I’m a classic rock/80’s new wave/alternative kind of gal, but I’ve been thinking in the past couple of weeks that I should get some recommendations for current music that would be good for running. So, thank you for this post!

    I will second the suggestion for “Uprising” by Muse. I just added it to the mix last week, and that song always pumps me up a notch.

    Another suggestion that is not new but is a fun song and a perfect fit for this group is “Fox on the Run” by Sweet.

    • bowenshea permalink*
      June 22, 2010 5:26 pm

      I LOVED “Fox on the Run” as a kid!! Right up there with “Kung-Fu Fighting” and “Run Joey Run.” (Needless to say, I’m bummed the Glee version didn’t make their newest CD!)

  14. Caroline permalink
    June 22, 2010 9:36 am

    not all from 2010 but some ideas

    Say Hey – michael Franti
    you and your heart- Jack Johnson
    just like a pill – pink
    it’s my life- bon jovi
    days go by- keith urban
    sweet thing -keith urban
    down under-men at work
    the sign- ace of base
    one week- barenaked ladies
    waitin on a sunny day- springsteen
    somebody- bryan adams
    mustang sally – the commitments
    big machine -goo goo dolls
    only want to be with you- hootie and the blowfish
    half of my heart- john mayer
    the emperor new clothes- sinead o’connor
    all summer long-kid rock

    • bowenshea permalink*
      June 22, 2010 5:27 pm

      I had NEVER heard “All Summer Long” until I was selling RLAM at ZOOMA race in Annapolis. The band played it and my friend who was with me clued me in. I now LOVE that song in part b/c it reminds me of the spirit of that day.

      • Caroline permalink
        June 22, 2010 6:36 pm

        It is the perfect summer song…
        this blog was fun…gave us all good ideas! thank you for starting it!!!

  15. June 22, 2010 9:40 am

    I too LOVE “Not Ready to Make Nice,” that song gets me up hills too. It’s a girl power song.

    A few of my new faves:

    A Star Is Born: Jay Z (feat. J. Cole)
    Lost : Coldplay feat. Jay Z
    Airplanes: B.o.B. Feat. Hayley Williams
    Run This Town: Jay Z Feat. Rihanna and Kanye West
    Beautiful, Beautiful: Francesca Batistelli
    Grapevine Fires: Deathcab for Cutie (one to make you slow down and save it)

    Hope these get your spring back! I seem to listen to the hardest core Rap when I run, and I tend to be a very demure girl otherwise! 🙂

    • bowenshea permalink*
      June 22, 2010 5:33 pm

      Funny: I couldn’t find “A Star is Born,” but when I searched iTunes for Jay-Z, I found “Run This Town.” Listened to clip and contemplated buying it…now, on your suggestion, Meredith, I’ll pull the trigger!

  16. Rebecca permalink
    June 22, 2010 10:06 am

    I really like: Jesus of Suburbia(Greenday), Evil(Interpol), For Real(Okkervil River), 59 Sound(Gaslight Antham), Mean Man(Sharon Jones/Dap Kings), Long Live the Queen(Frank Turner).

  17. June 22, 2010 10:29 am

    I got nuthin’ for you as I’m so far behind the times with new music here in India … that the only thing I’ve added in recent days is Waka Waka (Shakira) and Jai Ho …

    Pathetic .. MUST add these new songs to my to-do list as my current running music is tired!

    • bowenshea permalink*
      June 22, 2010 5:35 pm

      But, Naomi, it was you generously sending me all those burned CDs of your running club’s favorite songs that helped spur me out of my rut before. Thank you!!

  18. Rachel permalink
    June 22, 2010 10:53 am

    Tik Tok by Ke$ha
    19 and Crazy by Bomshel

  19. Grainne Keogh permalink
    June 22, 2010 11:44 am

    Waka Waka~Shakira ( World Cup Anthem)
    Glitter in the Air by Pink
    Break Your Heart By Taio Cruz
    What ya Say – Jason Derulo
    Money – by Pitbull

    Rocky Theme!!

    • bowenshea permalink*
      June 22, 2010 6:05 pm

      Not only do you keep buying copies of RLAM as presents (excellent idea!!!), but now you’ve turned me on to Glitter in the Air. Just watched Grammy performance of that song–wow. Downloading it now. See you next month in CT.

  20. Atha permalink
    June 22, 2010 12:15 pm

    I am in a Lady Gaga phase right now. Pokerface, Monster & Bad Romance are all new additions to my playlist. They really get me going!

  21. June 22, 2010 12:22 pm

    Sarah, I love all the Glee. My current running mix has “4 Minutes” on it, the Glee version.

    Two songs on my mix that never fail to make me pick it up a bit are:

    Walking Contradiction by Green Day


    Tidal Wave by Owl City

    I realize Owl City is a bit techno teeny bop, but I have to tell you: I adore the album. All of it. I think I’ll run to it tomorrow all by itself.

    • bowenshea permalink*
      June 22, 2010 6:08 pm

      Cathy–Do you have my Honda Odyssey bugged?? I just was groovin’ to Fireflies, but I had no clue who sang it and couldn’t grab my iPhone quick enough to Shazam it. Thanks for the suggestion!

  22. June 22, 2010 12:23 pm

    One more thing to love about you? That you have a song with Peter Gabriel singing as your go-to song. My hubby made a 2.5 hour Peter Gabriel running mix that he says he loves. I may have to test that baby out some day, as I worship PG.

    • bowenshea permalink*
      June 22, 2010 6:11 pm

      Oh, Cathy, I am a MASSIVE Peter Gabriel fan. In fact, my BFF and I have an on-going duel (that’s lasted, um, 15+ years!) as to who gets him as her Desert Island Musician. As in, if stranded, which one musician would you want on island with you. In 1995, Peter Gabriel was THE perfect solution: amazing singer AND smokin’ hot dude. (I mean, come on, if I’m going to be stranded…) But she had first dibs, so I had to “settle” for Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music fame (who, I might add, has AGED quite a bit better than now-puffy PG).

      I saw Peter Gabriel live in college. Sigh…

  23. June 22, 2010 12:25 pm

    Thanks for you list! Just in time for my marathon in two weeks!!
    Looking over your list, I’m going to recommend Vampire Weekend. I think you would REALLY enjoy either album. Either album sounds better when running than anywhere else, they are hip and current, and have a nice upbeat sound. They should keep you moving through a tempo run – I promise!

  24. Cathleen permalink
    June 22, 2010 12:38 pm

    Never apologize for Glee. It’s my go-to.

    Not from this year, but I love One Girl Revolution by Saving Jane. How can you not feel empowered with the lyric: “I’m here to start a one girl revolution; I’m not the girl next door anymore; Baby I’m an institution.” Always gets me pumped up.

    I always have Jump Around by House of Pain on my playlist. I have been known to “rap” along with the song, much to the amusement of my running mates. Distracting them and making them laugh always gives me a boost.

  25. Lisa Zieger permalink
    June 22, 2010 1:17 pm

    I was all excited to recommend Empire State of Mind, the only really current song on my iPod — but there it is at the bottom of your playlist. Maybe I’ll just recommend moving it earlier into the rotation?

    I’ve been mixing in some older stuff, mainly as fodder for later conversation with my dad — his favorite? Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult. (Or, for us 30 year olds, More Cowbell).

  26. Heidi permalink
    June 22, 2010 3:11 pm

    I am totally adding Dixie Chicks to my list!! I forgot all about that song – it’s a great one!

    I heard The Who’s Teenage Wasteland at the start of a race once and I found it really energizing, so that’s on my list. I also like Hips Don’t Lie (Shakira), When I Grow Up (PCD), Don’t Cha (PCD), Uprising (The Muse), Not an Addict (K’s Choice) (I know, I know, it’s a drug song, but running is a drug too) and Criminal (Fiona Apple). Most anything by Green Day has a good pushing beat.

    Thanks for the list – I’m going to be copying portions for sure!

  27. Megan Barnes permalink
    June 22, 2010 4:44 pm

    Can’t get enough of:

    “Magic” by B.O.B. with Rivers Cuomo
    “She” and “When I Come Around” by GreenDay
    “I’m Gone, I’m Going” by Leslie Roy
    “Numb/Encore” remix by JayZ and Linkin Park
    “Lose Yourself” by Eminem (best warmup or cooldown song ever!)
    Any of the Jock Jams CD’s from the 90’s

    Loving all the other recommendations too!!

  28. June 22, 2010 4:53 pm

    California Gurls by Katy Perry…my new fave running song…then again, I AM a Cali girl.

    Also…check out the Ting Tings…Shut Up and Let Me Go, That’s Not My Name…both good workout songs!

  29. June 22, 2010 4:54 pm

    Oh and I posted my 5k playlist with post-run notes here: maybe you’d get a song or two to try out…some of them come from your previous run lists too. 🙂

  30. Jennifer H permalink
    June 22, 2010 7:18 pm

    Wind It Up: Gwen Stefani
    Stupid Girls: Pink
    Fergalicious: Fergie
    Now That We’ve Found Love: Heavy D and the Boyz
    Push It: Salt n Pepa
    Cowboy Cassanova: Carrie Underwood (country, I know, but still fun)

    Thanks for sharing your list! I actually have the Glee CDs but didn’t consider putting them in my running tracks. Not sure why. I agree with the Butterflies song and many of the others above as well!

  31. Erin permalink
    June 22, 2010 7:43 pm

    I love Hey Ya! by Outkast. Used to be my Nike+ power song. 160 bpm

    I’ll also second suggestions for Right Round and Let It Rock.

    One more thing – I googled beats per minute and found this site that had a list of 48 songs that are between 155-170 bpm. Looks like you don’t have a few of them.

  32. June 22, 2010 7:44 pm

    hate on me – glee cast
    bad romance – lady gaga (or did i miss it?)
    run this town – jay z with rhianna
    rude boy – rihanna
    love today – mIka
    get on your boots – u2
    elevation – u2
    make it mine – jason mraz
    hot n cold – katy perry
    encore – jay z
    change your mind – the killers

    those are some of my favorites – btw excited to meet you all when you come to lululemon Greenwich!!! 🙂

  33. Erin permalink
    June 22, 2010 7:45 pm

    oops – meant to actually include the link to the site – DUH!

  34. June 22, 2010 8:13 pm

    Here are a few of my 2010 playlist tunes: Not Myself Tonight and Woohoo by Christina Aguilera; Rapture by Alicia Keys (remake of Blondie’s version for SATC2 soundtrack–so awesome); oh and one more thing, apologies as it is not from 2010, but if you love the Dixie Chicks you must run to Sin Wagon!

  35. Amanda permalink
    June 22, 2010 8:38 pm

    my newest obsession is “OMG” by Usher

    other mainstays on my ipod…
    “boom boom pow” by the black eyed peas
    “never going back again” by fleetwood mac
    anything by regina spektor seems to somehow always fit my pace
    the kings of leon & the raconteurs are both repeat offenders on my playlist
    “ain’t no friend of mine” by mason jennings is a great one
    “don’t you evah” by spoon always gets me through that point where i’m ready to throw in the towel
    last but not least, dave matthews is my favorite running partner…”You might die trying” might be the most inspirational workout song on my ipod. it’s amazing how many times it has come on during shuffle mode at just the right time! it”s a perfect “last mile, you’ve come so far, this is what it was all for” song.

  36. Joanne B permalink
    June 22, 2010 8:38 pm

    Rude Boy by Rihanna – perfect BPM for me; always gets my feet moving (just saw that you had this on your list, but I’m going to repeat because it’s the perfect running song for me – maybe because I’m short and don’t have a long stride?)
    Tik Tok by Kesha
    Till I Collapse by Eminem and Nate Dogg
    Alejandro by Lady Gaga

    Oldies but goodies:
    Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J
    The Hand That Feeds by Nine Inch Nails
    Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani
    Thunderstruck by AC/DC

  37. June 22, 2010 9:21 pm

    I’m more into the alternative stuff, but have a few of the ones you mention, and was able to add some more to mine from yours. Thanks!!

    Here’s a few faves:
    All-American Rejects – The Future Has Arrived
    Weezer – (If You’re Wondering if I Want You To) I Want You To
    Boys Like Girls – Contagious

  38. June 22, 2010 9:32 pm

    Madge’s 4 Minutes is definitely one of the best workout songs. No kidding it seems to pop up on my play list on the last 4-5 minutes before my cool down all. the. time.
    this year Glee is huge on my play list as is Lady Gaga along with my usual selections including Linkin Park…Bleed It Out always makes me run fast and strong and I don’t care who hears me singing along…and a little Dave Matthews (You and Me) and the American Idiot Broadway Soundtrack. I run strong to the title song, 21 Guns and Novocaine always sees me through when I find myself struggling.

  39. June 23, 2010 6:43 am

    “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) Beyonce
    “Come On Over” , “Fighter”, “Woohoo”, “Dirty” – Christina Aguilera
    “Lovedstoned”- Justin Timberlake
    “Who Knew”- Pink
    “SOS”, “Don’t Stop the Music”, Shut Up and Drive”- Rhianna
    “Rockstar”- Nickleback
    “Desire”, “ONE”, “Pride (In the Name of Love)” – U2
    “Long Train Runnin”,- Doobie Brothers
    “Jealous Again”, “Hard to Handle”- The Black Crowes

    Oldies, but Goodies. Thanks for the rest of suggestions provided. I just started running. Good selections.

  40. Deb permalink
    June 23, 2010 8:26 pm

    I love your blogs! I have been struggling to get back into running again (I have many lousy excuses). However, making a new playlist did get me out the door a few weeks ago.

    Strictly off the 2010/2009 entries:

    Slash’s new album – Ghost; Dr. Alibi; and We’re all gonna die (Iggy Pop on that last one).

    Pearl Jam’s Backspacer – Gonna see my friend; Got some

    And I’m liking the new Godsmack, but it’s a phase. I’ll get over it.

    Thanks for the tips!

  41. sarah permalink
    June 24, 2010 8:14 am

    these are my newest downloads (some may be duplicates)

    Muse, Uprising
    Pheonix, Lisztomania and 1901
    Rihanna, Hard
    The Temper Trap, Sweet Disposition
    White Rabbits, Percussion Gun
    Hockey (pdx band), Song Away
    Broken Bells, The High Road (kinda slow but good)
    Lily Allen, The Fear
    Metric, Help I’m Alive

    and my old school but dirty favorite:
    Ice Cube featuring Mack 10, You can do it (naughty but AWESOME!!)

    i hope you get your spark back, we all depend on your competitive fire to get us moving!! Go SBS!

  42. canuck_grad permalink
    June 24, 2010 10:42 am

    So like others, I haven’t really been keeping up on new music. But here are a few of my standard running songs that you haven’t mentioned:

    – Can’t Stop – Red Hot Chili Peppers (I usually hit skip somewhere in the middle, but that start always gets me pumped up)
    – Fighter – Christina Augliera
    – Survivor – Destiny’s Child
    – Ain’t Goin’ Down Til the Sun Comes Up – Garth Brooks (perfect pace for me!)
    – I Just Wanna Live – Good Charlotte (I am SO not a Good Charlotte fan, but this song is AWESOME to run to!)
    – Mr. Jones – Counting Crows (a little slow if I need pumping up, but a nice distraction in the middle of a long, slow run since I can zone out and sing along to it – in my head, of course lol)

  43. Stephanie permalink
    June 24, 2010 7:30 pm

    My new favorites are “Hey Baby” (Mocean Worker, Sun Children (Nikodemus), and “I like it, I love it” (Lyrics Born) — thanks, Sarah! — but here are some of my regular go-to’s:

    Steal My Sunshine – Len (upbeat)
    Run On – Moby (I like to start with this one – not too fast, but a nice rhythm)
    Hey Ya – OutKast
    Been Caught Stealing – Jane’s Addiction
    Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve
    Rockafeller Skank – Fatboy Slim
    Circles – Soul Coughing
    Tubthumping – Cumbawamba (I know the rest of the world is tired of this one, but I still like it)
    Soundtrack to Mary – Soul Coughing
    Walkin’ on the Sun – Soul Coughing
    That’s Just What You Are – Aimee Mann
    Gives You Hell – The All-American Rejects
    Come Out and Play – The Offspring (reminds me college/grad school)
    Don’t Tell Me – Madonna (this one keeps me going when I’m tired)
    Ray of Light – Madonna (high energy!)
    Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash
    Heavy Things – Phish
    Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down
    Touchdown Turnaround – Hellogoodbye
    Hot N Cold – Kary Perry
    Suddenly I See – KT Tunstall
    I Wanna Be Sedated – The Ramones (my kid used to sing “20-, 20-, 24 hours to go… I wanna be a tomato!” — love it! Good for the very hilly parts of runs)
    One Big Love – Patty Griffin
    I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow (short and high energy)
    Roots Radical – Rancid (my ringtone !)

  44. June 26, 2010 6:31 pm

    Lately I’m in love with Body Bounce by: Kardinal. I love it because it reminds me of the way my 20 wk preggo belly bounces when I run 🙂

  45. peter j young permalink
    January 23, 2011 3:31 pm

    You should check out “Thunder” by Nuttin but Strings.
    It is such a moto mover.

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