In the last couple years I’ve learned a couple tricks for at least partially salvaging a run when everything feels like it’s going to hell. I can try and make a pitiful little game out of it and start leaping over cracks in the sidewalk and running on the bumpy grass alongside the trail. I can switch to intervals and do short bursts of sprinting followed by longer periods of gasping, eye-bulge-y walking. I can repeat a mantra over and over in my head until I get past the overwhelming sensation of wanting to stop and hail a cab.

Sometimes there’s nothing that can be done, the body just isn’t feeling it. I don’t know if Serious Running-Type People still experience this, but I sure do. It’s one of the maddening things about running, how one day you feel like you might just have this thing figured out and WATCH OUT BOSTON!—and the next time you get maybe one whole block away before your legs turn into cinder blocks and your lungs say “you know what, fuck this noise,” pull out tiny STRIKE signs, and start picketing your aorta.

Anyway, the single most important factor for me in non-suicidal running (aside from not wearing something that’s sliding down my hips or crawling up my ass) is music. An iPod loaded with newish-to-me tunes will almost always result in a good run.

The unfortunate thing about music is that it only works for a certain period of time. After listening to a song during three or four runs, it starts rapidly losing its magic. It’s the only thing that makes running somewhat of an expensive form of exercise, because I’m constantly trying to refresh my playlists in order to spend my tortuous pavement-pounding time blissed out on whatever’s in my ears instead of fiddling with buttons skipping through the lost-their-mojo songs.

Which is all to say, I’ve started running again and my iPod needs your help. I’ve asked for music suggestions before, and I plan to eventually collect every song that’s been recommended and publish a gigantor master list for everyone’s benefit—but for now, will you indulge me (again) and share your favorite get-up-and-move music? I’m partial to aggressive and/or dance tunes with a high tempo, but really, I listen to all kinds of stuff.

Here’s my running mix from November 2009, and the playlist I used during the marathon last April.

Currently, I’m running to:

Hello (Single Edit) • Martin Solveig & Dragonette
Chocolate • Snow Patrol
Come and Get It • Badfinger
No Man’s Woman • Sinéad O’Connor
Walk Like An Egyptian (Energy Remix + 190 BPM) • DJ ReMix Factory
End of the Line • The Traveling Wilburys
Gavotte from Orchestral Suite No. 3 – J.S. Bach • Various Artists
O Fortuna • Spiritual Project
Pro-Test • Skinny Puppy
Supernaut • 1,000 Homo DJ’s
100 Miles and Runnin’ • N.W.A.
Ready for the Floor (Album Version) • Hot Chip
Bulletproof • La Roux
You’re a Wolf • Sea Wolf
Rococo • Arcade Fire
White Blank Page • Mumford & Sons
We Used to Wait • Arcade Fire
Hey Boy Hey Girl • The Chemical Brothers
Got My Own Thing • Liz Phair
Telephone • Lady GaGa & Beyoncé
Sorrow • Bad Religion
21st Century (Digital Boy) • Bad Religion
Twin Cinema • The New Pornographers
Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo • Bloodhound Gang
Disturbia • Rihanna
So Bad • Eminem
Untitled • Eminem
Crack a Bottle • Eminem, Dr. Dre & 50 Cent
Furr • Blitzen Trapper
Loud Pipes • Ratatat
Montanita • Ratatat
The Ghost Inside • Broken Bells
Your Man • Down With Webster
Last Resort • Papa Roach
Click Click Boom • Saliva

(Here’s an iMix link of the above list, if you’re interested.)

Okay! Hit me with your best song. My lungs thank you in advance.


146 Responses to “Propellant”

  1. kelly on March 26th, 2011 6:56 pm

    Long-time reader, first-time commenter…usually I don’t have much to say (which is why I don’t have a blog). Anyways, I totally feel you on the music while running thing. Currently “The Fire” by The Roots & John Legend saves me when my legs are telling me to fuck off.

  2. Laura on March 26th, 2011 6:59 pm

    Totally agree about songs losing their magic. Right now Monster (Kanye et al) is doing it for me.

  3. Kate on March 26th, 2011 7:04 pm

    beep beep bee-beep beep beeeeeeeep…I just want to interrupt your iPod music request b/c I’m early on the comment list and I really want you to read this *because* I want to say THANK YOU for mentioning Breaking Bad in a previous post a long time ago. My hubby and I are catching up on Season 3 reruns and it is getting so flippin’ good. so THX!

    Now, back to music – Linkin Park’s new stuff is good! But I want to see what other people write. I’m stuck listening to toddler stuff or when I happen to be in my car by myself most days I find that I’ll have been in the car for 30 minutes with NO MUSIC. That’s how much noise is in my head.

    I need new out-of-the-box running music too so thanks for posting the request!

  4. Typelittlea on March 26th, 2011 7:07 pm

    OK, this is CORNY AS HELL but:

    Crazy Train- Ozzy Osbourne
    Gotta Fly Now (Theme from Rocky)
    Top Gun Theme
    Numb- Linkin Park
    Boom Boom Pow- Black Eyed Peas
    S&M- Rianna
    Grenade- Bruno Mars
    F’kin Perfect- Pink
    Blame It- T-Pain

  5. Christy on March 26th, 2011 7:09 pm

    I’m so not and never will be a runner, but these two songs get me motivated and make me kind of want to run… Burn It All Down by VHS or Beta and Destroy Everything You Touch by Ladytron.

  6. Amber on March 26th, 2011 7:09 pm

    It’s cheesy, but I love it: “Club Can’t Handle Me” by Flo Rida. I’m tempted to say it’s the best running song ever. For me, anyway.

    Passion Pit, “Sleepyhead.”

    Seconding “Monster” by Kanye! I will last just for the sake of getting to Nicki Minaj’s rap.

    Janelle Monae’s “Cold War” is pretty great, too.

    Okay, one more. “Something Good Can Work (Twelves Remix)” by Two Door Cinema Club.

    Happy running! And thanks for the recommendation of “Hello” — man, that is AWESOME to run to.

  7. jenn on March 26th, 2011 7:18 pm

    “Stop It” by Pylon. Heard it in a movie this week and immediately had to go find out what it is and download it. (It came out in 1980… they were playing frat parties in Athens, GA when REM was playing them.)

  8. Jill on March 26th, 2011 7:21 pm

    Same problem here. I got hooked on listening to NPR podcasts, specifically Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me and This American Life. I really get lost in the stories of TAL, and Wait, Wait makes me bust out laughing, which is funny given the suckage running can be. I’m quite slow, so I don’t miss the driving beat of the music. I find that the podcasts are the perfect length to knock out a good 4-5 miles.

  9. Jen_Ann_W on March 26th, 2011 7:31 pm

    First, LIBRARY. Sssh, don’t tell the Feds.
    Second, I’m not a runner either but I have to have something upbeat on when I clean to drown out the siren song of the couch. Don’t know if the BPM’s are high enough for running on these, but they’re good anyway: The Airborne Toxic Event, Kate Nash (who, BTW, is hysterically funny), The Gaslight Anthem, Circa Survive, the TRON soundtrack (Daft Punk)… but my go-to pump-me-up band will always be Flogging Molly. Nothing like some good Irish get-drunk-and-fight-your-cousin music to get the juices flowin!

  10. Laura on March 26th, 2011 7:33 pm

    The Thong Song
    Halo by Beyonce
    Gangsta’s Paradise
    Perfect by Pink
    Brown Chicken Brown Cow

  11. gm on March 26th, 2011 7:35 pm

    First, because I am a PEDANTIC INTERNET LOSER but mainly because I love that song so hard, it’s actually “Furr” by the band Blitzen Trapper. God, so amazing, right?

    And second, because I am not just here to push my glasses up the bridge of my nose while mouth-breathing, I have been loving Fabulous (shut up!), particularly “Killen Em” (shut up!) for my runs and walks lately. Peace out, indie cred!

  12. BBB on March 26th, 2011 7:42 pm

    Matt & Kim (most of it, but maybe not so much their new album)
    Sleigh Bells – it’s all pretty bad ass
    Ting Tings – Shut Up & Let Me Go
    Girl Talk – is a really good dj remix of popular and classics so many to choose from!
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll & Zero
    Cults – Go Outside
    Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home

    Keep it up! I’m in the same boat, took some serious time off and decided that running really is what does it for me, even though it kicks my ass.

  13. Linda on March 26th, 2011 7:47 pm

    GM: thanks for the catch, it’s fixed! Gah, option-8 typo. (Makes L sign on forehead.)

  14. Vince on March 26th, 2011 7:48 pm

    My ‘Gotta Get to the End of the Run’ list of 20 minutes worth of audio crack is:

    Ok Go – Here it Goes Again
    Halo 2 Soundtrack – Mjolnir Mix
    Rush – Marathon
    Back Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feelin’
    Foo Fighters – Learn to Fly

    Use only in case of emergency (or waning motivation!) Best of luck!

  15. Aubrey on March 26th, 2011 7:49 pm

    “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele. I haven’t actually ran to it yet, but every night when I drive home from work it comes on the radio and my legs start itching for a good run.

    I also find that some of the bass and drums in Kings of Leon songs make me want to run so fast and so far, too.

  16. mikhat on March 26th, 2011 7:54 pm

    I have to admit that I’ve never contributed before, but love your blog. I’m a sometimes runner, and although it’s old…Im always motivated by “How we operate” by Gomez. I feel myself picking up the speed, and powering through the hills.

  17. Toni on March 26th, 2011 7:59 pm

    Galvanize – Chemical Brothers
    Planet Earth – Duran Duran
    Feel Good Inc – Gorillaz
    Uprising – Muse
    Check it Out – & nicki minaj

  18. Molly on March 26th, 2011 8:08 pm

    So…at the risk of everyone falling off their chairs laughing, there are a bunch of songs from my Zumba classes that I also love to run to. And not sure how you feel about Latin music in general – but here are some from my playlist ranging from Latin indie to Latin cheesy or should I say ‘queso-y’ and other random stuff:

    Atrevete-te-te – Calle 13
    Buena – Bacilos
    Jenny Says – Cowboy Mouth
    Elena – Bacilos
    Hace Calor – Los Rodriguez
    La Camisa Negra – Juanes
    No Hay Nadie Como Tu – Calle 13
    Amor a la Mexicana – Thalia
    Whenever, Wherever – Shakira
    Bon, Bon – PItbull
    Danza Kuduro – Don Omar & Lucenzo
    King of Anything – Sara Bareilles
    Magalenha – Sergio Mendes
    Loca – Shakira

    Happy running. It is my sanity these days (that and the 8:30 pm Zumba classes that I can make if we get the kids down right at the official bedtime). Yes – big L on forehead – it’s always there.


  19. Jill Browning on March 26th, 2011 8:22 pm

    Atomic – Blondie
    Dance (Pt. 1) – Rolling Stones
    Hang Fire – Rolling Stones
    I Can’t Decide – Scissor Sisters
    I Don’t Feel Like Dancing – Scissor Sisters
    It’s My Life – No Doubt
    Use It Up and Wear It Out – Pat & Nick (remix)


  20. Tamara on March 26th, 2011 8:23 pm

    I’m working on a new running playlist myself and I feel like “I Need a Dollar” by Aloe Blacc could be on it, same with “How You Like Me Now” by Heavy. And also, embarassingly enough “Shots” by LMFAO.

  21. Tara on March 26th, 2011 8:28 pm

    It will sound absolutely crazy to many, and it may only work for me because I run slow, but I run to books on my iPod. I trained for and ran my marathon in 2009 to the Harry Potter series. It helps take my mind off of the tedium, but gives me room to think about my surroundings and run if I want or need to. Also, by listening to books I had already read, I was able to carry on conversations with running buddies and not be bored if I ran alone or the conversation lulled. And if you haven’t read the book, or are invested in the story, having to shut it off when you get home makes you look forward to the next run so you can find out what happens next!

  22. Linda on March 26th, 2011 8:31 pm

    Tara: I totally did that when I was marathon training — it was the only way to get through those endless long runs! I actually liked listening to books ABOUT running, just to get all meta and shit. (Dean Karnazes’ stuff was great.)

    If I start doing distance runs I will definitely be listening to stories again, I just find that music works better for anything under an hour.

  23. Erin on March 26th, 2011 8:43 pm

    I’m sure since you are from Seattle you already listen to the KEXP Music That Matters podcasts, right? If not, start downloading them immediately! I’ve found lots of great new music on there. :)

  24. Amy on March 26th, 2011 8:51 pm

    Raspberry Beret by Prince
    Goodbye to You by The Veronicas
    Devil went down to Georgia
    Aimie (or however it’s spelled, it’s not spelled AMy like my name)
    The wedding song from Father of the Bride (I’m so cultured I can’t remember the real song…maybe Beethoven)
    Quiet Dog
    Fat Betty
    Always a Woman (Billy Joel)
    Hollerback Girl (Gwen Stefani I think)

    I totally get you what you mean. I have 5 hours worth of songs on my iPod and one week a song is great, the next not so much. I’m pretty sure I run a lot more than I would have if the iPod had not been invented though. I did one marathon and when I did my 15 mile run, I decided to go without music so I could do the race without music. That was the only really bad training run I had. When I ran the marathon, I didn’t change the songs. I just put my playlist on random and let the songs come up as they may. When I came to the last mile, I felt like I was going too fast and thought about slowing down. Then, I decided to wait and see what song came up next….it was Eye of the Tiger. I barfed my brains out for 12 hours after that race, but I didn’t slow down, and I actually enjoyed it…well, until the puking started. It was worth it though.


  25. Amy on March 26th, 2011 8:53 pm

    I love what Aubrey wrote. I try to download any song I hear in my car that makes me drive too fast. I now have an app on my droid, Shazam, that listens to the song and tells me the title. Now I actually know some of the artists of the songs I like too.


  26. Carey on March 26th, 2011 9:02 pm

    Girl Talk. I’ve loaded his two albums on my iPhone and find that he’s mashed two completely opposite songs to keep me going. I find I focus more on the anticipation of what’s coming next than where I am in my run. But I also run intervals (Couch to 5k-er here) so it might be the combo of the music and the change in pace. Thanks for your list though!

  27. Allison on March 26th, 2011 9:07 pm

    I need a Doctor – Eminem / Dr. Dre, airplanes – b.o.b., be my lover – la bouche, Carry out – Timbaland/Justin Timberlake, I like it – Enrique Iglesias/Pitbull, Raise your glass – Pink, Upside down – J. Pinder, Irish Celebration – Macklemore, winner – Jamie foxx and Justin timberlake/T.I.

  28. Paige on March 26th, 2011 10:00 pm

    Awesome…I love foisting my musical tastes on other people!

    On the Floor – Jennifer Lopez
    Till the World Ends – Britney
    Stereo Love – Edward Maya
    Rude Boy -Rihanna
    Make Light – Passion Pit
    Little Sister – Queens of the Stone Age
    Black & Yellow – Wiz Kalifa
    What the Hell – Avril Lavigne
    Have a Cigar – Pink Floyd
    Triskaidekaphobia – Shooter Jennings
    I Drive a Lot – Starflyer 59
    Adagio for Strings – Tiesto
    Lloyd I’m Ready to be Heartbroken – Camera Obscura (they have another “If Looks Could Kill” that’s also great)
    Versus – Ladytron (the entire Velocifero album is damn good for running)

  29. Ness at Drovers Run on March 26th, 2011 10:20 pm

    My favourite song is “Meditation – Celtic Trance, by Clannad” its always the first song on my ‘move your ass’ play list. The first 42 seconds are for when you’re still going out the front gate, straightening yourself up, and picking a direction. Then bang on 42 seconds, it heats up and provides the most awesome rythymn for the next 9 minutes. *Love it*!

  30. Erin on March 26th, 2011 10:30 pm

    I’ve mostly been listening to Geek Comedy music lately so I’m probably not a whole lot of help but I do have a money saving recommendation! Rhapsody! Rhapsody has an “on the go” thing that lets you download songs into your iphone or ipod (or whatever) for like fifteen mucks a month and they have just about everything you’d want to listen to or download. That way you can switch between songs without having to worry about wasting money. I use it to test out music before I buy the songs on iTunes. It has saved me probably thousands of “aw I wish I hadn’t bought that” dollars.

  31. Kyla on March 26th, 2011 10:53 pm

    As heard on KEXP often these days – but so good and catchy- Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People. Love!

  32. Kathy on March 26th, 2011 11:15 pm

    Filter – The Only Way (Is the Wrong Way) is my guaranteed hit-the-pavement running song.

    I also kind of get off on Tatu’s cover of How Soon Is Now. Shh. Don’t judge.

  33. Phoebe on March 27th, 2011 1:28 am

    First time commenter with songs that make me feel like dancing while running:
    Dancing on My Own – Robyn
    Anyway – Duck Sauce
    Get Shaky – The Ian Carey Project
    When Love Takes Over – David Guetta and Kelly Rowland

  34. Lizzie on March 27th, 2011 1:49 am

    Pink’s Raise Your Glass is my current favourite get up and move song. Impossible to listen to without feeling energised and smiley.

  35. Fiona on March 27th, 2011 2:07 am

    Oh my, you described my run of yesterday! I had forgotten to charge up my iPod and so was running to Scottish provincial radio instead.

    Music – at the moment my 2 faves are:

    Adele – particularly “Rolling in the Deep”

    Imelda May – Irish singer, very catchy.


  36. J on March 27th, 2011 2:29 am

    The Sirius App. If variety is what you want this is an option. And I think there is a way to mark songs you would like to track and if you would like to purchase.

  37. Marina on March 27th, 2011 4:21 am

    Cheryl Cole – Fight For This Love, Promise This (or the remixes if you need a slightly stronger bass).

    T.A.T.u – Robot (but I think most of their songs are good for workouts).

  38. Elizabeth on March 27th, 2011 5:39 am
  39. lindsay on March 27th, 2011 6:22 am

    i’m selfishly so glad you are talking about running again. lady ga ga works for me…hardly original, I know.

  40. AndreAnna on March 27th, 2011 6:34 am

    I see you already have some Broken Bells on there which was going to be my main suggestion, but my current two favorites that make me push when I wanna give up are:

    Keep Runnin – Taio Cruz
    Kick Ass – Mika

    Of course, I love Girl Talk but someone said that already! Oh also, the Gossip! Their first album is great. Angry, great lyrics and beats. Great for running.

    God, I cant wait for this surgery thing to heal and the weather to get nice. I am a pasty ghost of a human after being trapped in this house in an Iowan winter, recovering. I’m teetering, here.

  41. Emily WK on March 27th, 2011 6:37 am

    My all-time “I need to power through this and just get to the end” jam is “Painkiller” by Judas Priest.

    Second to that is “Break Ya Neck” by Busta Rhymes.

    Both are super high intensity power jams that will totally do the work of getting your brain into it. And Painkiller is about a robot that comes to save humanity from itself! That is so awesome.

  42. Elaine on March 27th, 2011 6:42 am

    I’m pretty big on electronic and techno as a general rule so take these few suggestions with that thought in mind. These have really good back beats. And yes I know Ke$ha is annoying but this fucking song is perfect for exercise.

    Blow by Ke$ha
    Take over Control by Afrojack
    Sanctuary by Gareth Emory
    Hang on (digital dog remix) – Plumb
    Black and Yellow – Wiz Khalifa

    I would say of that list Take Over Control and Blow are probably the best but the others are perfect for exercise most especially running.

  43. Elaine on March 27th, 2011 6:45 am

    Paige, your list rocks. I love Adagio for Strings. Honestly almost anything by Tiesto is incredible.

  44. Meagan on March 27th, 2011 6:46 am

    Several of the songs from Panic! At the Disco could be good for running… Maybe some of Nelly McKay too, like “inner peace” or “It’s a Pose.”

    I’ve got my own musical challenge right now… first child is due to be born June 11… finding calming relax music for labor is easy, but I’m thinking about the pushing phase. I’d like fast, aggressive music to raise addrenaline, I’m thinking almost heavy metal type music. The challenge is finding that type of music WITHOUT angry distructive kill kill kill lyrics. So far the best I’ve been able to come up with is Japanese drum music. Any other suggestions?

  45. Jay on March 27th, 2011 6:59 am

    Use Pandora internet radio. It’s occasionally a little random (Elvis in a techno/pop channel?) but usually good. Bennassi Bros, Tiesto, Morgan Page, OceanLab

  46. Janet in Miami on March 27th, 2011 7:15 am

    Add in:

    The Dog Days are Over – Florence and the Machine

    Use Somebody – Kings of Leon

  47. Pam on March 27th, 2011 8:11 am

    Chely Wright – Damn Liar Remix

  48. Josie on March 27th, 2011 8:18 am

    A local (minneapolis)hip hop artist’s song I CANNOT STOP LISTENING TO AND/OR SHAKING MY BOOTY is:

    Sims LMG (Love my girl)


    Aquaduct- Heart Design (Seattle artist)

    Dessa- Dixon’s girl

    Kanye+Bon Iver- Lost in the World

    Atmosphere- Sunshine

    Olympic Hopefuls- Let’s Go

    Kid Cudi- pursuit of happiness

    These are all songs that I seriously can’t get enough of, so they should give you an extra run or two before they get skipped :)

  49. Mary O on March 27th, 2011 8:40 am

    I believe deeply in the power of pop music while running. These are not songs I would typically listen to in other circumstances, but for pounding the pavement they have the perfect beats:

    Till the World Ends- Britney Spears
    Born this Way- Lady Gaga
    What the Hell- Avril Lavigne
    Love you Long Time- Black Eyed Peas
    Blow- Kesha
    More- Usher
    1983- Neon Trees
    Grow a Pear- Kesha
    ET- Katy Perry
    Letting Go- Sean Kingston
    Dynamite- Taio Cruz
    Higher- Taio Cruz
    Last Friday Night- Katy Perry

    I love your tips for making a sucky run better! I will definitely be using those in the future.

  50. Lori O on March 27th, 2011 9:29 am

    My favorite motivating workout song lately is Diamond Eyes by Shinedown. Also good is When They Come for Me by Linkin Park.

  51. maggie on March 27th, 2011 9:44 am

    Hey, I totally agree with you on the music thing….here are a few that help me!

    Pumped Up Kicks-Foster The People
    An Honest Mistake-The Bravery
    Gamma Ray-Beck
    Nothing(Headcleaner Rock Mix)-Depeche Mode
    Higher-Taio Cruz
    All You Need Is Now and Nice-Duran Duran
    E.T.-Katie Perry
    Discipline-Nine Inch Nails
    Tarantula-Smashing Pumpkins
    Army Of Me-Bjork
    On The Floor-J.Lo….I know, right?
    Pts. Of Athrty-Linkin Park
    Airplanes/DJ Frank E. remix-B.O.B.
    Dirty Laundry-Bittersweet

  52. GJ on March 27th, 2011 9:52 am

    My favorite
    “Fuck the world…I’m running” album is Andrew W K’s I Get Wet album…every song holds up for a great workout.

  53. Christine on March 27th, 2011 10:38 am

    Obviously these things are subjective, but I really like, Fitz and the Tantrums, “Money Grabber”… I like to imagine me singing it to my MIL, who has entered our lives after running out of inheritance money….

    Also, Cee Lo’s “Forget You” or “F— You” (which I prefer)if you aren’t sick of it already.

  54. Laura on March 27th, 2011 10:48 am

    This comes at the BEST time for me. I never comment here but I just quit a planned hour run after 30 mins, feeling like a loser. Thank you! I am going to check these out, and remind myself that sometimes even LINDA has a bad run. :)

  55. Liz on March 27th, 2011 10:50 am

    i get music from the library, which helps keep my costs down!

  56. Playstead on March 27th, 2011 10:57 am

    Try something with drums.

  57. Abby on March 27th, 2011 11:05 am

    “C’mon (Catch ‘Em by Surprise)” by Tiesto (feat Busta Rhymes). It’s a hard, fast beat and Busta knows how to amp the energy. :) Gotta check it out!

  58. Carrie (in MN) on March 27th, 2011 11:16 am

    Jay – I was just about to ask if anyone had tried using Pandora for running music.

    This is embarassing but I find Michelle Shocked’s Captain Swing disc has several good keep on running songs.

  59. A. on March 27th, 2011 11:30 am

    These have been making me run faster lately…

    Intro The XX
    Steady as She Goes The Raconteurs
    Coma Girl Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros
    Triumph Wu-Tang Clan
    Palaces of Montezuma Grinderman

  60. Holly on March 27th, 2011 11:42 am

    i know this sounds crazy, but my boyfriend is a big runner and he always puts a podcast of some sort on his ipod. he says listening to non-music helps his mind wander and he forgets that he’s running, his body just sort of takes over.

  61. wheelmaker on March 27th, 2011 12:03 pm

    Pick Up the Phone – Dragonette
    Fire with Fire – Scissor Sisters
    Someday Baby – R. L. Burnside
    This Too Shall Pass – OK Go
    Something Good Can Work – Two Door Cinema Club
    We Are Golden – Mika
    One Day – The Juan MacLean
    Body and Soul – Tori Amos
    In My Soul – Tavish Graham
    Voodoo Child – Rogue Traders
    Cecilia – Simon & Garfunkel
    Shine – Cyndi Lauper
    Shimmy Low – The Clarks

    There’s a lot more on my “exercise” playlist but I don’t want to leave a years-long comment!

  62. Ashleas on March 27th, 2011 12:17 pm

    “Evacuate the dancefloor” by Cascada. That’s all I got for now.. haven’t listened to music in months..

  63. Amy on March 27th, 2011 12:54 pm

    Here’s my current jogging playlist (in no particular order):

    Clumsy – Fergie
    Hot N Cold – Katy Perry
    Falling Down – Atreyu
    Poker Face – Lady GaGa
    Beautiful, Dirty, Rich – Lady GaGa
    Run This Town – Jay-Z
    Magic (feat. Rivers Cuomo) – B.o.B
    Live Your Life – T.I.
    Last Good Kiss – Last Train Home
    So Happy I Could Die – Lady GaGa
    Down By the Water – The Decemberists
    Say Hey – Michael Franti & Spearhead
    Gettin’ Over You – David Guetta & Chris Willis
    California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg) – Katy Perry
    Ridin With the Radio – Crystal Bowersox
    Hot Revolver – Lil Wayne
    One of the Boys – Katy Perry
    Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say) – Lady GaGa
    Better Day – Saving Jane
    Airplanes (feat. Hayley Williams) – B.o.B
    The Fame – Lady GaGa
    Paper Gangsta – Lady GaGa
    Accidentally In Love – Counting Crows
    Pocketful of Sunshine – Natasha Bedingfield
    On the Run – Crystal Bowersox
    Stuck Like Glue – Sugarland
    Firework – Katy Perry
    Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) – Shakira
    Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z
    Goodbye – Kristinia DeBarge
    Be OK – Ingrid Michaelson
    All I Need – Natasha Bedingfield
    Strip Me – Natasha Bedingfield
    Rolling In The Deep – Adele

  64. Kelley on March 27th, 2011 1:20 pm

    Silent Shout by The Knife. They have a few great running songs but Silent Shout is incredible.

  65. Amy on March 27th, 2011 1:53 pm

    Sleigh Bells, basically the entirety of the Treats album. The sequence of the first four songs makes me go CRAZY. In an awesome way.

  66. Jess on March 27th, 2011 2:18 pm

    I can’t get over how many of those songs either are or were on my own running list. I’ll add two artists. Jonsi and Robyn. Different but way runnable.

  67. Laura on March 27th, 2011 3:15 pm

    Anything by David Guetta- I’m partial to “On the Dance Floor”, “Toyfriend” and of course “Sexy Bitch” which really helps to propel me when I feel like I am done. I also love any Lady Gaga and “Smack My Bitch Up” by Prodigy. The soundtracks to the movie “Cool World”, “Strange Days” and “The Fifth Element” are awesome as well.

  68. Elaine on March 27th, 2011 4:02 pm

    Oh man Laura reminded me that movie soundtracks can be totally awesome too. I love love love the Swordfish soundtrack to exercise to.

  69. Kathy on March 27th, 2011 4:35 pm

    The one that always gives me my second wind is “When the Sun’s Out” by James Maddock.

    My husband heard it randomly on the radio last year, liked it, and downloaded it. Somehow it ended up on my iPod and it is now my favorite song to run to. It has the perfect beat, and there is something about it that makes running feel almost exhilerating (instead of the usual torture.)

    As always, thanks for sharing your list!

  70. Lauren on March 27th, 2011 5:14 pm

    While I am slightly embarrassed by this list, these are the tunes that are helping me get my run on while New England weather flat out refuses to move toward spring:

    E.T. – Katy Perry (the version with Kanye, even though I think he’s a giant DB)
    The Pretender – Foo Fighters
    Blow – Ke$ha
    Take It Off – Ke$ha
    Who’s that Chick? – David Guetta, featuring Rihanna
    Hey Baby, Drop it to the floor – Pitbull, featuring T-Pain
    More – Usher
    Hold it Against Me – Britney Spears
    Till the World Ends – Britney Spears
    Sing – My Chemical Romance
    Dynamite – Taio Cruz
    Like a G6 – Far East Movement
    Little Lion Man – Mumford & Sons
    The Cave – Mumford & Sons

    P.S. Psyched to read thru the comments to get new suggestions. I completely agree that downloading new running tunes is necessary for my running sanity.

  71. GypsyRain on March 27th, 2011 6:07 pm

    X-Amount of Words, Amnesia, Independently Happy, Dirt Room all by Blue October.

  72. Mico on March 27th, 2011 6:38 pm

    David Guetta
    DJ Christyle
    WNYC Radiolab podcasts

    I second the suggestions for David Guetta, in fact the whole album “One Love”. Some of the collaborations can get a little diva-voicey, but if you don’t have a million years to listen to everyone’s suggestions before deciding go/no go, then I say just get the whole album. Most of it will be great for running.

    Also, if you can find anything by DJ Christyle, download it. I have one of his compilations that is about an hour of music and it has seen me through tons of runs.

  73. Tracy on March 27th, 2011 6:50 pm

    Electric Six…my favorites by them for running are “Gay Bar” and “Danger! High Voltage”

  74. Ally Norris on March 27th, 2011 7:41 pm

    Right now, I’m listening to Girl Talk’s “All Day” for the entirety of my running playlist. The tempo is consistent while the songs are varied enough to stay interesting. Fantastic. Been using it two weeks and it hasn’t worn off yet.

  75. Karla on March 27th, 2011 7:42 pm

    LCD Soundsystem and Daft Punk get me through pretty much every race. That, and “High Roller” by Crystal Method and “We Are Rockstars” by Does It Offend You, Yeah?

  76. Shannon on March 27th, 2011 7:47 pm

    I’m trying to get back into running after about a year-long break, so I’m really glad to see your list and all these suggestions. For my contribution, how about some Yaz? “Situation,” “Don’t Go,” and “Bring Your Love Down” are all great for some upbeat 80s throwbacks.

  77. chelsea on March 27th, 2011 7:49 pm

    I like entire Albums:
    Robyn’s newest
    Adele ‘21′
    Crazy Heart Soundtrack
    New Britney album
    Linkin Park Meteora

    The Robyn & Adele albums I used on my long run this week and LOVED them.

  78. Karen on March 27th, 2011 8:18 pm

    I don’t run (or generally comment) but since I’m so lovin’ the suggestions in here, I feel like I should throw out a couple of my own from my gym playlist that at least boost me on my “climbs to nowhere” on the cardio machines…

    There’s No Other Way – Blur
    The Distance – Cake
    Everything to Everyone – Everclear
    The Last Time Again – Lit
    Latest Heartbreak – 22-20’s

  79. Kristin on March 27th, 2011 8:27 pm

    Ran a half-marathon this morning, and I FORGOT MY DAMN ipod!!! It sucked.

  80. Heather on March 27th, 2011 8:34 pm

    I’m currently attempting to run, it’s more like a slow painful half jog/half walk with a very sad limp all while pushing a stroller and dragging a 3 year old… On my playlist when I manage to get out alone to hobble around the neighborhood are my following favorite songs which I am certain red flag my age – hope you enjoy a few of them!

    Bloudhound Gang – The Bad Touchl & Fire Water Burn
    The Flys – Got You Where I Want You
    All American Rejects – Gives You Hell
    Bush – Synapse (the remix version)
    Lo Fidelity Allstars – Battleflag **BEST SONG TO RUN TO FOR ME**
    Talk – Coldplay
    The Cure – The Walk
    Jealous Sound – Hope For Us & Guard It Closely
    Langhorne Slim – Checking Out
    MGMT – Kids
    Travis – Sing
    Violent Femmes Best Of
    Johnny Cash Best Of
    Soundtrack to Good Will Hunting (very good)
    Soundtrack to Garden State
    Crystal Method – Comin’ Back
    Fatboy Slim – Weapon of Choice
    Sneaker Pimps – Six Underground
    Chingy – Balla Baby
    TI – What You Know
    Jay Z – 99 Problems
    Jay Z – My 1st Song
    Pete Rock & CL Smooth – I Reminisce
    Kanye West – Gold Digger
    Rick Ross – Hustlin remix
    Snoop – Drop It’s Like It’s Hot
    Busta Rhymes – I love My Bitch
    JLo – Get Right (I KNOW I KNOW, but good song to run to)

  81. deanna on March 27th, 2011 8:49 pm

    so, i just made a new running list the other day. i have some chunks of albums and some singular songs. but it definitely amped up my runs these past few weeks. some are new downloads and some are old standbys that are making a repeat appearance in my rotation. new music = new energy, i suppose.

    ra ra riot: the orchard (download now, thank me later. can NOT recommend this band enough. fantastic.)
    two door cinema club: tourist history
    bloc party: silent alarm
    vampire weekend: contra
    foo fighters: great hits (everlong has been one of my standby running songs for YEARS.)
    the bravery: the bravery
    stars: five ghosts and the seance (such a great band)
    phoenix: wolfgang amadeus phoenix
    weezer: ratitude
    florence + the machine: lungs
    panic! at the disco: a fever you cant sweat out AND pretty. odd.
    mgmt: oracular spectacular
    dashboard confessional: dusk and summer

    missy elliott: pass that dutch
    los campesinos!: you! me! dancing! (this is the song on the budweiser commercials! starts out slow but really gets me going to start out!)
    jay-z feat alicia keys: empire state of mind
    bruce springsteen: born to run
    arcade fire: neighborhood #1 (tunnels) [i LOVE arcade fire, but find most of their stuff too slow for running]
    matchbox 20: how far weve come
    spoon: the underdog
    green day: holiday
    interpol: PDA
    kings of leon: sex on fire
    death cab for cutie: title and registration (also LOVE, but also mostly too slow for running)

    and just for good measure, not necessarily runable music but loving at the moment:

    the civil wars: barton hollow
    adele: 21
    gregory alan isakov: this empty northern hemisphere
    fistful of mercy: as i call you down
    broken bells: broken bells

  82. deanna on March 27th, 2011 8:51 pm

    holy hell LONGEST COMMENT EVER. sorry, i love music…

  83. Eden on March 27th, 2011 9:21 pm

    Alanis Morisette – Citizen of the Planet
    Alanis Morisette – Straightjacket
    The Tragically Hip – I’ll Believe In You

  84. Andrea on March 27th, 2011 9:27 pm

    Must second (third? fourth?) great trance DJs like Tiesto. Starry Eyed Surprise is an old fave. The song from the roller skatin’ Diet Coke commercial? classic.
    Cascade’s Evacuate the Dance Floor – that’s also in a commercial right now… hmmm.
    Another classic trance, Sandstorm by Darude.

  85. Dangergirl on March 27th, 2011 9:48 pm

    I download the podcast of Above and Beyond : Trance Around the World ( week and that usually is a nice break from running mixes. Best dance music since my ‘92 mixes.

  86. Kelly on March 28th, 2011 1:45 am

    Hm, I’m old but also generally like fast poppy music – but also? Girl power songs. Recommend:

    Martina McBride – This One’s for the Girls
    Train – Hey Soul Sister
    Ini Kamoze – Here comes the Hotstepper
    Destiny’s Child – Lose my Breath

  87. Jon on March 28th, 2011 5:31 am

    Two from the Deftones:



    Rocket Skates

    Ugh I hate running…music makes it only slightly better…

  88. Jenny on March 28th, 2011 6:17 am

    holy crap this thread is awesome.

    I only see one Florence + Machine on your list – add Dog Days Are Over – the chorus goes “Run for your mother run for your father and your sisters and your brothers…”!

    Kiss with a Fist is a good angry song too – a little violent but good to rock out to.

    I also am a little in love with Kate Nash and her angry self – Foundations is good.

  89. nonsoccermom on March 28th, 2011 6:36 am

    I love this post. I think I’ll spend some of my birthday money on iTunes downloads.

    As for my running motivation – I’m a huge fan of old school White Zombie and find that anything on Supersexy Swingin’ Sounds is good to get the blood flowing. I also like Be My Thrill by The Weepies as a pick-me-up.

  90. Em on March 28th, 2011 6:57 am

    Here are my favorites from my running list. I have to add more songs to mine so I have enough to get me through 26 miles…My first marathon is on 5/1 (I emailed you for the training plan you used, and that extra nudge of encouragement to register!)

    Thrash Unreal – Against Me!
    Swing, Swing – the All-American Rejects
    Hallucinations – Angels & Airwaves
    Friends – Band of Skulls
    All I Want Is You – Barry Louis Polisar (the opening song from Juno…it always makes me perk up and trot along when I’m feeling lethargic)
    Feeling This – Blink 182
    The Sound of Settling – Death Cab for Cutie
    Pumped Up Kicks – Foster the People (already mentioned)
    Chelsea Dagger – the Fratellis
    Bang Pop – Free Energy (catchy, poppy song…the ones I like best for running!)
    Heartbeat Song – the Futureheads (ditto)
    Song Away – Hockey
    Out of the Blue – Julian Casablancas
    Feelin’ Alright – Len
    Float On – Modest Mouse
    Yeah Yeah Yeah – New Politics
    Gigantic – Reel Big Fish (Pixies cover)
    A-Punk – Vampire Weekend
    Quiet Little Voices – We Were Promised Jetpacks
    California On My Mind – Wild Light

    Glad you’re back on the horse…good luck!

  91. Em on March 28th, 2011 6:58 am

    Also: My Body – Young the Giant

  92. Liz on March 28th, 2011 7:23 am

    American Boy: Estelle & Kanye
    OMG: Usher
    White Stripes: Hotel Yorba

  93. Bree on March 28th, 2011 7:24 am

    Jogging Gorgeous Summer & Rough Gem, both by Islands. They are my home stretch songs.

  94. Ris on March 28th, 2011 7:28 am

    I was just thinking that I needed to retool my ipod something serious. Perfect timing! I don’t have any suggestions but THANK YOU Linda and everyone else for your awesome recommendations.

  95. Redbecca on March 28th, 2011 7:30 am

    The album wasn’t so hot (except “Box Full of Honey” is a sweet tune), but I find this song to be a motivator, which you’ll figure out when you hear it. I swear someone wrote it while they were out for a jog!

    “The Valley” by Duran Duran

    Anything fast by Garbage – the angrier the better.

    But I’m a dedicated 80s girl, so just about anything fun from that decade will get me moving. Def Leppard, JGeils, Depeche, INXS, Missing Persons, Cyndi Lauper, etc.

    And dance mixes were all the rage, so you should be able to find extended versions of a lot of stuff out there somewhere!

  96. Niki on March 28th, 2011 7:31 am

    Heart of a Champion – Nelly
    Shots – LMFAO feat. Lil John
    Club Can’t Handle Me – Flo Rida
    and of course: Whip My Hair – Willow Smith

  97. Renee on March 28th, 2011 8:02 am

    I have to have a certain number of bpm to get the running on – definitely NOT a fan of the running. With that said, these songs consistently make a non-runner person want to bust it out:

    Whoever said Daft Punk – YES. I am dorky and love Technologic. LOVE it when that bass line kicks in.

    Rob Zombie: a few songs from the Educated Horses album: Foxy Foxy, American Witch, and The Scorpion Sleeps.

    But older Rob Zombie too:

    Never Gonna Stop – Rob Zombie
    Dragula – Rob Zombie
    Living Dead Girl – Rob Zombie

    Du Hast – Rammstein

    Seconding the “Don’t Feel Like Dancing” by the Scissor Sisters. Love it.

    Another interesting group that hales from Australia – Shiny Toy Guns. Really super good running songs:

    Le Disko and Voodoo Child are my favorites.

    Loser – Eminem (this is my workout theme song. The one I play when I am digging into the reserve tank.)

    King Nothing – Metallica

    She’s Crafty – Beastie Boys

  98. Heather on March 28th, 2011 8:13 am

    March Fourth. I love this Portland band, tons of energy, lots of drums, crazy brass. Their album “Rise Up” is my favorite running soundtrack (lasts just about a 10K for me), and their first album “March Fourth” is also good.

  99. perl on March 28th, 2011 8:20 am

    Every time I hear a song by Rapture on XM radio it reminds me of an aerobics class (in a good way). I think it would fit what you’re looking for!z

  100. Kris H. on March 28th, 2011 8:25 am

    Anything non-ballady by Linkin Park. Bleed It Out has an aggressive beat.

  101. Carrie on March 28th, 2011 8:37 am

    You totally just wrote what is on my mind! I desperately need new tunes for my 1/2 marathon training. Case in point: yesterday on a run I listened to “Right Above It” by Lil Wayne at least 10 times, no joke. It’s the newest one I’ve downloaded and didn’t have time at work to get to others, so there it was: the only song I haven’t been listening to for like, a year.
    “Horchata”- Vampire Weekend
    “Right Above It”- Lil Wayne
    “Eye of the Tiger”- whoever sings that

  102. Simon on March 28th, 2011 8:43 am

    I like the podcast called PODRUNNER. It’s electronic mixes, each one to a different BPM, each one about an hour long, so you can have them for different exercises. And although I’m not into techno, they are actually really enjoyable, and since all that techno shit sounds the same, it’s tough to get tired of them.

  103. Jessi on March 28th, 2011 8:44 am

    Lots of great suggestions here!

    Kids by MGMT (Love it!)
    Raise your Glass by Pink

    And for clapping fun while running – Private Eyes by H&O. Yes, I clap. I already look funny running…so why not!

  104. Missy on March 28th, 2011 8:49 am

    I don’t know if it’s good running music, but you must listen to Katy Perry’s Peacock. It’s funny as hell and cracks me up every time I listen to it.

  105. melissa on March 28th, 2011 8:50 am

    Thank GOD – I’m glad to know it’s not just me whose legs revolt two minutes into the run. C25K made me run for twenty-five minutes straight in the last session, and about three minutes in I said, out loud, alone on the treadmill in my basement, “I’m never going to make it twenty-five minutes”. Then I switched from my lame playlist of repeatable forgettable songs..and turned on Pandora – Bon Jovi channel…and somehow with the randomness of those songs, I finished those twenty-five minutes.

    Songs I can always run to:
    Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby
    DMX – Up in Here
    Limp Biscuit – Rollin’

  106. Jen on March 28th, 2011 8:52 am

    I am so looking forward to a list, and will take some of yours. My workout list is getting old and I’m bored and need some fresh beats. Thanks for asking ;-)

    Another White Dash – Butterfly Boucher
    F**k You – Cee-Lo
    Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked – Cage the Elephant
    Cupid’s Chokehold – Gym Class Heroes
    Let It Rock – Kevin Rudolf
    Can U Dig It – Pop Will Eat Itself
    What Time is Love – KLF
    Headhunter – Front 242
    Energy Sucker – Luscious Jackson
    Put It Down – Mike Doughty
    Beat the Devil’s Tattoo – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

  107. Carrie on March 28th, 2011 8:54 am

    And more (not that I’ve gotten into my laptop)

    Walking On A Dream- Empire of the Sun
    Stay With Me- Faces
    I Want You Back- Jackson 5
    Virtual Insanity- Jamiroquai
    Down- Jay Sean
    Feelin’ Alright- Jay Cocker
    California Girls- Katy Perry
    Up Up & Away- Kid Cudi
    American Honey- Lady Antebellum (surprisingly)
    Unwritten- Natasha Bedingfield
    52-50- OAR
    Da Art of Storytellin’- Outkast
    Hey Daddy- Usher
    Right Now- Van Halen
    Crystalised- The XX
    Intro- The XX
    I Wanna Dance With Somebody- Whitney Houston
    Skeletons- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    Mony Mony- Billy Idol

    HAPPY RUNNING! This thread was amazeballs. I took a ton of music from everyone. :)

  108. Molly on March 28th, 2011 10:07 am

    Okay, this list is all over the place but I think the songs are fun to run to…

    Walk this way: Aerosmith & Run-Dmc
    Lose Yourself: Eminem
    Pump It: Black eyed peas
    What’s the frequency kenneth? R.E.M
    Baby got back: Prof of Funk
    Angel of harlem: U2
    Bad reputation: Joan Jett
    Beverly Hills: Weezer
    Intergalactic: Beastie Boys
    Supermassive black hole: Muse
    TKO: Le Tigre
    Welcome to the jungle: Guns n Roses

    Aw man, wish I could go for a run but I’m 8 months pregnant and the size of a small ocean mammal. Have fun!

  109. Jennifer on March 28th, 2011 10:21 am

    Have you tried listening to podcasts? There was a whole training cycle where almost every run I listened to a (hilarious) morning radio show – Preston & Steve. They’re engaging enough to take my mind off the boring parts of running, esp. on longer runs, but not so consuming that I can’t watch out for cracks in the pavement or oncoming bikes or whatever. And FREE. Always good.

  110. Kim on March 28th, 2011 10:51 am

    my body by young the giant

  111. Kari on March 28th, 2011 10:52 am
  112. Shanon on March 28th, 2011 10:57 am

    Here are a few of my favorites:

    Just Say Yes – Snow Patrol
    Animal – Neon Trees
    Chasing Pirates – Nora Jones
    Breakeven – The Script
    Stop for a Minute – Keane
    Rhythm of Love – Plain White T’s
    We R who we R – Ke$ha
    Magic – B.o.B.
    DJ Got us Falling in Love – Usher
    Like a G6 – Far East Movement
    Riding Solo – Jason Derulo
    I Like It – Enrique Iglesias
    Faster – Matt Nathanson (new single – not out yet… but oh, so good!)

  113. Dorie on March 28th, 2011 11:23 am

    Current faves to get me through the second half of a run when I really need the distraction of some screaming in my ears.

    bulls on parade – rage against the machine
    killing in the name of – rage against the machine
    pokerface – lady gaga
    just dance – lady gaga
    love game – lady gaga
    we r who we r – kesha
    your love is my drup – kesha

  114. Pete on March 28th, 2011 11:32 am

    Anything by The Go! Team or Handsomeboy Technique.

    Also, library CDs + ripping = free loaded iPod

  115. katie on March 28th, 2011 12:45 pm

    Thanks so much for posting and asking for requests! I’ve been trying to get back into running, but I don’t follow Top 40 music and really need to update my workout beats playlist.
    Here are some of my favorites that have popped up on my slacker station:

    Giving Up the Gun – Vampire Weekend
    Come On, Get In – KT Tunstall
    Dog Days Are Over – Florence & the machine
    Magick – Ryan Adams
    The Moneymaker – Rilo Kiley
    Give A Little – Hanson
    Zorbing – Stornoway
    King of Anything – Sara Bareilles
    Enough’s Enough – Jamie Lidell
    Gypsy Blood – Jamie Lidell

  116. Rachel on March 28th, 2011 1:33 pm

    Pink’s “Greatest Hits…So Far” album is really doing it for me right now.

    So What and Raise Your Glass are the songs I go to when I want to boost my pace.

    Now if they could only make an mp# player for long distance swimming…

  117. Elizabeth on March 28th, 2011 1:39 pm

    The Remnant by Josh Ritter

  118. Linda on March 28th, 2011 1:45 pm

    Just a quick note to say I went for a run last night with some of your suggestions in my ears and I had the BEST RUN EVER. Like, one of those great runs where you’re all I AM A FLYING UNICORN! You guys are incredible, thank you so much.

  119. telegirl on March 28th, 2011 2:19 pm

    I’m a bit late on this but why not kick it old style, like I do? A couple of my favorites:
    Twilight Zone by Golden Earring
    Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel
    Without Me by Eminem
    I swear, a little Hall & Oates really lifts my spirits
    Evidence by Faith No More

    A DJ friend just sent me a remix from Sia called “Clap Your Hands Prince Vince Remix” and I luuuuuuuuurve it. I have no idea where she got it, though.

    But, now I’m going to get thee to iTunes and look at the stuff everyone else suggested. I know having good music is *key* to a good run, for me at least.

  120. Elaine on March 28th, 2011 4:00 pm

    telegirl, that Sia mix of Clap Your Hands in freakin’ incredible. That keeps popping up one of my pandora stations and I am in love with it every time it comes on. The woman singing on that track has an awesome voice.

  121. Kay on March 28th, 2011 4:18 pm

    I’m a bit late with this I know, but I have the ‘Hello’ song on my running list too so thought you might like some of my others .
    Lights on – Katy B featuring Miss Dynamite
    Traktor – Wretch 32
    Pass Out – Tinie Tempah
    Anything by Dizzee Rascal (But especially Dance Wid Me)

    This is mainly British rap/grime stuff. I don’t usually choose to listen to this stuff but it’s on the radio all the time over here and bloomin ‘eck it gets me moving.

  122. Kylydia on March 28th, 2011 5:13 pm

    Making Me Nervous by brad sucks its one of my current favorites

  123. Taube on March 28th, 2011 5:15 pm

    Try Ke$ha’s Sleazy, although you might stop running and start dancing.

  124. dembrat on March 28th, 2011 7:14 pm

    wonderful night by fat boy slim

  125. Alecia @ Hoobing Family Adventures on March 28th, 2011 8:31 pm

    Dog Days are Over by Florence & the Machine

  126. mixette on March 28th, 2011 9:23 pm

    Cazwell – Watch My Mouth

  127. michal on March 28th, 2011 9:40 pm

    i am obsessed with my Pandora station. it is the only thing I listen to on my distance runs.

    some of the stuff played recently:

    Kickstart My Heart – Motley Crue (yeah, a little old school)
    Crazy Bitch – Buckcherry
    Lit Up – Buckcherry
    Little Sister – Queens of the Stone Age
    Steady, As She Goes – The Raconteurs
    As Good As Dead – Local H
    Cumbersome – Seven Mary Three
    Talk Dirty to Me – Poison
    Muse – Supermassive Black Hole
    Velvet Revolver – Falling to Pieces
    Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby
    A Million Ways – Ok Go

  128. Chaya on March 29th, 2011 1:32 am

    Tesselate, by the Tokyo Police Club.

    I’m training for a marathon, and I generally only run with music once or twice a week, but I can’t get through a long run without it.

    I’m a runner now partly because of your inspiration, and it turns out I’m not half bad at it (plus I totally love it). I ran a 1:46 half one year after finishing C25K, and I’m running Eugene in 5 weeks. So thanks for the music and running.

  129. Sundry on March 29th, 2011 7:32 am

    Chaya: not half bad is quite the understatement! Talk about an inspiration. Good luck in Eugene!

  130. Nicole on March 29th, 2011 12:25 pm

    This is truly an amazing amount of songs – I have quickly scanned them and wanted to add a few I didn’t see – I tend to like songs that build and have a steady beat:

    Valkyrie Missle – Angels & Airwaves
    Little Bird – Annie Lennox
    The Rising – Bruce Springsteen
    Hang Me Up to Dry – Cold War Kids
    Spotlight (into Twilight) Mute Math
    State of Love & Trust – Pearl Jam
    Wishlist – Pearl Jam
    Paint it black, Rolling Stones
    Ecstasy – Rusted Root
    Lazy Eye – Silversun Pickups
    Sweet Dispositin – The Temper Trap
    Possum Kingdom – The Toadies
    Bittersweet Sympony – The Verve
    Rock & Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution – ACDC
    Move Along – All American Rejects
    Brian Wilson (live) – Barnaked Ladies
    Cannonball – The Breeders
    All I’m Thinking About – Bruce Springsteen
    Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
    Flathead – the Fratellis
    Let Go – Frou Frou
    Big Love (Live 2005) – Lindsey Buckingham
    How Far We’ve Come – Matchbox Twenty
    Teenagers – My Chemical Romance

    I have to stop there – I have about 500 songs in my ‘Run’ playlist and I just hit shuffle, so I never really know what is coming, and can always skip if not the right fit… is this weird??!

  131. runbei on March 29th, 2011 6:28 pm

    Making my own music works better than anything. Gets me in the moment, which is the secret to enjoying ALL runs. Enjoying each moment is the beginning of the end of crappy runs. I hum, chant, repeat tuneful mantras, sing out loud. Practicing my tenor part for “Three Wise Men,” a Xmas song by my spiritual teacher, REALLY got my endocrine system cracking during a long run.

    ALSO, starting slooooooooowly helps a lot. There’s always a BEST pace for the day. When you do the right thing, you feel great. When you argue with your body, you’re sunk.

  132. Christy on March 29th, 2011 8:09 pm

    I have LOVED so many of the music suggestions you’ve made over the years so I just had to delurk to offer:

    Young Blood – The Naked and The Famous
    Barton Hollow – The Civil Wars
    Uprising – Muse
    Satellite Mind – Metric
    The Weight – Thrice
    I Can Talk – Tourist History
    Backfire – MuteMath
    Rumour Has It – Adele
    Millions – Starfucker
    Drumming Song – Florence + The Machine (really anything from that album)
    I Want Nothing – Kerli

    Happy Running! :)

  133. Penny on March 29th, 2011 8:35 pm

    I’m not a runner, but anything by The Lovehammers can get me motivated to get moving, especially Straight as an Arrow, Hold On, Better Off/Walk Away, and Call of Distress.

  134. Sarah on March 30th, 2011 8:28 am

    Some favorites from my current playlist:

    “All These Things That I’ve Done” The Killers
    “At The Beach” The Avett Brothers
    “Dog Days Are Over” Florence & The Machine
    “Drink Your Whiskey Down” Reckless Kelly
    “I Feel Lucky” Mary Chapin Carpenter
    “Oxford Comma” Vampire Weekend
    “Surrender” Ben Lee
    “Walk of Life” Shooter Jennings
    “Love Struck Baby” Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
    “F!&$ You” Ce Lo Green

    And yes, this list is totally random. :)

  135. Maria on March 31st, 2011 3:00 pm

    I love that The End of the Line so much. What. I had a weird inappropriate crush on every dude in that video when I was TEN. I feel like this somehow influenced my taste in men in a really weird way.


    The ENTIRE Awolnation album is good for running.


    Architecture in Helsinki – Contact High

  136. Maria on March 31st, 2011 3:01 pm

    Oh and Daylight by Matt and Kim.

  137. dee on March 31st, 2011 9:44 pm

    “My Body” – Young the Giant

    That’s a sure-to-get-your-butt-moving song.

    Thanks for this massive collection of tunes. I’m always on the hunt for new music.

  138. Lana on April 1st, 2011 5:38 am

    Hashpipe – Weezer. Hands down my favourite running song.

  139. Kelly on April 1st, 2011 8:15 am

    Although this is days old by now, who could deny a flying unicorn more gas for her tank?

    Trouble Comes Running- Spoon
    What Part of Forever- Cee Lo Green
    Bum Like You- Robyn
    Just Like Zeus- Jenny and Johnny
    Fee Da Da Dee- The Guggenheim Grotto
    If I Ever Feel Better- Phoenix
    The Belle of St. Mark- Sheila E.
    Life in Technicolor- Coldplay
    Let’s Get Out of This Country- Camera Obscura
    Lloyd I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken- C.O.
    If Looks Could Kill- Camera Obscura
    Tall Boy- Har Mar Superstar
    Dead Disco- Metric
    Fun, Fun, Fun- Pharrell

    Hey, could you publish some of your new playlists? THANKS!

  140. Sabrina on April 2nd, 2011 6:00 pm

    Ida Corr : Let Me think about it

    Needs to be on your playlist.

  141. Mallory on April 5th, 2011 10:55 am

    I’ve found Kanye’s newest album to be running magic! Especially Power, All of the Lights, and Lost in the World.
    Neon Tiger – The Killers
    Bloodbuzz Ohio – The National

  142. Sarah on April 5th, 2011 12:05 pm

    My favorite new-to-me band is Volbeat, which has an awesome blend of a little country but mostly really upbeat (at least in terms of rhythm, the lyrics aren’t always “uplifting”, so to speak). Great example: Guitar Gangsters and Cadiallac Blood

  143. Amee on April 13th, 2011 5:11 pm

    I have to have good music to work out, too.

    A couple favorites from the “workout” playlist:

    Uprising – Muse
    I Love to Hate You – Erasure

  144. Adrienne on April 27th, 2011 2:51 pm

    Don’t know if anyone else has already said this – but ditch the ipod and try the Pandora app on your phone. Its the best for working out and gives you a fresh list of music and I always find myself thinking “Damn! I love this song, havent heard it in forever!”

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