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160-170bpm chart music

Outofpuff
OutofpuffGraduate10

I know many of you amazing sportsters out there are happy to run only to the sound of the birds tweeting, whilst your feet rhythmically pitter patter and the wind gently kisses your face. That ain’t my reality. With beaming face, crazy eyes and the sound of heavy pounding I find myself constantly watch watching only to find I’ve run 0.01 of a KM since I last looked. Hence music. But there’s another problem - if I don’t like the track I can’t run to it so not for me Podrunner, Rock My Run etc - I can tolerate Audiofuel every so often - so to the point of my post. Running to songs that are 160-170bpm has really increased my pace and strength so I thought I’d post some of the tracks I run to in the hopes some of you out there have others you can share? Maybe someone has posted something similar in the past so apologies if this is repetition - I know all about repetition running to the same tracks over and over! Some of these are obviously faster than others all falling between 160-170bpm - eventually I’d like to run at 180 but at the moment 170 feels like a good workout and I’d struggle to consistently run 170 for any length of time. Anyway - I welcome your views and suggestions.

One way or another - One Direction (or Blondie)

Dance with Me - Olly Murs

I’m a Believer - Smash Mouth

Dear Future Husband - Meghan Trainor

Footloose - kenny Loggins

Rebel Yell - Billy Idol

Kids in America - Kim Wilde

Paint ItBlack - Rolling Stones

Every Little Thing - Police

Take on me - aha

Shake Zit Off - Taylor Swift

Surging USA - Beach Boys

River Deep - Glee cast

Hanky Panky - Madonna

Gypsies, Tramps etc - Cher

Mambo no 5 - Lou Bega

The Longest Time - Billy Joel

I Like It - Enrique Inglesias

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roseabi
roseabiAdministrator

This is one subject that never gets old - and don't worry about repeating anything, post away!!

I'm with the birds tweeting these days, but I used to listen to music and my favourite song was a 170 bpm-er - 'Is That Love' by Squeeze. I get huge C25K nostalgia whenever I hear it!

Outofpuff
OutofpuffGraduate10 in reply to roseabi

Duly added to the list - its a long track! Thanks very much. 😁

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Outofpuff

Just listened to it... must have something in my eye... :)

Outofpuff
OutofpuffGraduate10 in reply to roseabi

Big softie!!! I’m still too close to C25k to feel nostalgic!

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Outofpuff

Ha, I'm seeing it all soft-focus, forgetting the hard bits...

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Outofpuff

Hmm, it's only 2:31 - is that long? Heh :)

Outofpuff
OutofpuffGraduate10 in reply to roseabi

My version is 3 mins - they must have needed to put it on a loop to make time up on the compilation album...

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Outofpuff

Or could be the single version - I was looking at the album :)

sallenson
sallensonGraduate10 in reply to roseabi

Mine's 2:31 too.... made the list tho :-)

sallenson
sallensonGraduate10 in reply to roseabi

What a great band they were!! Top pick!!

Outofpuff
OutofpuffGraduate10 in reply to sallenson

👍😀

I'm mostly just replying to say Rebel Yell is the only thing that got me up The Hill for the Edinburgh 10k—the power of that song is not to be sniffed at 😀

Spotify used to do a running playlist which would populate on the fly based on your listening history and chosen bpm, but out of the blue they retired the service in February this year and I'm so sad about it. It was great 😔

Outofpuff
OutofpuffGraduate10 in reply to Sqkr

How frustrating. Maybe they’d bring it back if enough of us requested it?

Sqkr
Sqkr in reply to Outofpuff

There are pages and pages of people lamenting it's loss on the Spotify community forum, I don't really know why it went!

I realise my response was totally unhelpful there, so I'll list a few of my classic 160-170 run tracks to make amends! 😂

Beastie Boys - Sabotage

The Cure - Boys Don't Cry/Primary

The Black Keys - Lonely Boy

Ramones - The KKK Took My Baby Away

(Actually, anything by The Ramones.)

Le Tigre - Deceptacon

sallenson
sallensonGraduate10 in reply to Sqkr

Big thumbs up for Sabotage.

And The Adverts "Gary Gilmore's Eyes" I think makes the cut. I wonder if anything by The Buzzcocks is in range. I'll check.

Bela Lugosi's Dead I think works, but 9mins plus and gloom may rule it out lol

I think Dogs of Lust by The The might be on the list and possibly Eminem Lose Yourself, but they may be just out of range....

amanda2463
amanda2463 in reply to sallenson

Dogs of lust????

Should that be dogs of cruffs??😁

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to sallenson

Omg I love the idea of running to Bela Lugosi's Dead!!

Outofpuff
OutofpuffGraduate10 in reply to Sqkr

🙏🙏😀

Outofpuff
OutofpuffGraduate10 in reply to Sqkr

Excellent suggestions - I’m off to google...

It’s great to have a list like this, thank you! I too need the rhythm to run at my best so this is perfect. I’ve been using the audio fuel polyrunner albums as they seem to work for me. I also found Wham!’s wake me up before you go go is a good one too. How about making a playlist on Spotify for us of all these perfect bpm tracks? I’d sign up to it!

Outofpuff
OutofpuffGraduate10

😀 good plan- I just need to find a bit of time to do it...!

misswobble
misswobbleGraduate10

Rebel Yell is fabbo as is Paint it Black. I still have my Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves 45! It’s a belter! Her voice is sooo good on that one

Footloose is mental! I love dancing to that while I run, just throwing shapes as you do 😁. I can cos as an older female runner I have the cloak of invisibility 😎

It’s not all about fast paced running though. Slow running builds legs 💪👍. You can still run slow to fast music, oh yes Find a hill, and go 😁

Outofpuff
OutofpuffGraduate10 in reply to misswobble

No hills near me but it’s on my to-do list - trough of bowland is nearedt but even walking up hills is a killer so I’m gonna have to search around for some positive thinking to make me do it...respect to you!!

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Outofpuff

We drove through the Trough of Bowland on our journey from the Lakes this month Outofpuff. Just so lovely. A great pub there too.

🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🍺🍻🍷🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

Outofpuff
OutofpuffGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Yes - the pubs are more appealing than the hills!

misswobble
misswobbleGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Turn right at the Slough of Despond 😎

Outofpuff
OutofpuffGraduate10 in reply to misswobble

😂

sallenson
sallensonGraduate10 in reply to misswobble

Is that the first time someone's made a John Bunyan joke on here?

Kudos!! xx

sallenson
sallensonGraduate10

Oh hon!! This post is gonna run baby. Or is Born to Run. Or similar.

There's a dearth of good songs in this bracket. But you could add in 80-85 BPM and run on the half beat. And take out outliers like James Taylor (tho i love James Taylor).

I'll check my list when I'm home but LedZep Kashmir (either LZ4 or Celebration Live) is defo on there. Rock and Roll makes the numbers but i just dont like it as much.

For the neo-Emos, then My Chemical Romance (both Sleep and The Sharpest Lives) might do it.

Paint it Black's on your list and rightly.

Rihanna Take a Bow might be in there (and there's a fantastic version of Umbrella by Manic Street Preachers too).

I ramble.

I need lots of things to keep my physio happy so cmon team!!! Life is too short for Podrunner lol

Xx

Outofpuff
OutofpuffGraduate10 in reply to sallenson

Thanks for the suggestions - I’m gonna hit Apple Music tonight in bed - maybe TMI!

Daftclare
Daftclare in reply to sallenson

Umbrella by the manics

Going on my playlist

Thanks

sallenson
sallensonGraduate10 in reply to Daftclare

They used to do a Christmas song every year for a bit of fun. And that one's a cracker!!

Whatsapp
WhatsappGraduate10

I love putting together a nice track list for a run. However, I just go for songs that give me a lift, no idea of the bpm, which I imagine varies greatly with the tracks I play.

Outofpuff
OutofpuffGraduate10 in reply to Whatsapp

When you’ve got a mo would you share some favourites?

Outofpuff
OutofpuffGraduate10

Share some of your favourites?

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate10

I’ve got quite a long 160bpm playlist here. I can’t vouch for every track - I built it via a website which lets you search Spotify by bpm.

open.spotify.com/user/jay66...

Outofpuff
OutofpuffGraduate10 in reply to Jay66UK

Some brilliant suggestions there Jay - thanks very much. 👍

Fionn42
Fionn42 in reply to Jay66UK

Ah, so such a thing as searching by non exists - I didn’t realise that - can you give me the web address please? Many thanks 🙏🏻!

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to Fionn42

There are lots of em - here's one bpmdatabase.com/music/searc...

sallenson
sallensonGraduate10 in reply to Jay66UK

Taylor Swift??? :-)

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate10 in reply to sallenson

I’m a fan.

Outofpuff
OutofpuffGraduate10 in reply to Jay66UK

Me too!

Saartjie
SaartjieGraduate10 in reply to sallenson

Don't underestimate the power of Shake it Off in the middle of a run to make you smile and sing out loud!

sallenson
sallensonGraduate10 in reply to Saartjie

Does it include air guitar options?

Saartjie
SaartjieGraduate10 in reply to sallenson

No air guitar but lots of shaking hands in the air!

sallenson
sallensonGraduate10 in reply to Saartjie

Loony xx

Outofpuff
OutofpuffGraduate10 in reply to sallenson

That makes two of us then. Shake It Off is just perfect for loony runners...whereas Led Z....

sallenson
sallensonGraduate10 in reply to Outofpuff

Be very very careful about how you finish that sentence.... 😂

The lads were out with me this morning. They were fantastic!!

sallenson
sallensonGraduate10

I was just writing up my list when we had a power cut. Normal service to be resumed asap. Total list that met the criteria was 6155 tracks with a total playing time of 405hrs.

Needless to say I'll shorten the list 😁

sallenson
sallensonGraduate10

Right. Tracks I could broadly tolerate with a BPM of 160-170 or 80-85 (you'd run on the half beat). Any oddities in then there are just symptomatic of my baffling musical tastes:

[Sadly Bauhaus' Bela Lugosi's Dead missed the cut by one beat - 159 :-( ]

Here we go for a start:

Adverts: Gary Gilmore's Eyes

Air: La femme d'argent

Althea and Donna: Uptown Top Ranking

Artic Monkeys: Brianstorm

Barbra Streisand: Don't Rain on my Parade (?? It's a belter tho!!)

Beastie Boys: Sabotage

Beatles: The Night Before

Beatles: Helter Skelter

Beatles: Can't Buy Me Love

Beck: Loser

Ben Folds: Hiroshima

Blondie: One Way or Another

Bryan Ferry: Shame, Shame, Shame

Buzzcocks: I Don't Mind

Cat Stevens: Peace Train

Coolio: Gangsta's Paradise

David Bowie: Let's Spend the Night Together

David Bowie: Young Americans

Destiny's Child: Survivor

Dixie Chicks: Long Time Gone

Eminem: Lose Yourself (HURRAH!!)

Genesis: Mama (BOO!!)

Girls Aloud: Sound of the Underground

Gorillaz: Clint Eastwood

Harry Manx: Your Eyes Have Seen [JUST ADDED]

LedZep: Black Dog (YES!!)

LedZep: Kashmir (YES!!)

LedZep: Rock and Roll

LedZep: What is and What Should Never Be

Monkees: I'm a Beleiver

My Chemical Romance: This is How I Disappear

Police: Every Little Thing (Hmm...)

Primal Scream: Kill All Hippies (LOL...)

Queen: We Will Rock You

Radiohead: Airbag (Hmm...)

Rihanna: Take a Bow

Rolling Stones: Stray Cat Blues (Live)

Rolling Stones: Paint it Black

Squeeze: Is That Love?

Status Quo: Caroline

Steeldrivers: Brother John

Steve Miller Band: The Joker

Sting: Shape of My Heart (Hmm...)

Stranglers: Goodbye Toulouse

Sweet: Hellraiser (Lol...)

The The: Dogs of Lust (no, not Cruft's...)

Ultravox: Vienna (yes, surprised me too)

Chip in anything else!!

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to sallenson

Goodbye Toulouse ❤️

sallenson
sallensonGraduate10 in reply to roseabi

A great band!!

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to sallenson

One of my absolute faves!

sallenson
sallensonGraduate10 in reply to roseabi

One of our neighbours used to be the secretary of The Stranglers' Official Fan Club...

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator in reply to sallenson

Awesome

sallenson
sallensonGraduate10 in reply to roseabi

Something about Sussex. Cult capital of the world..... :-)

Shame we couldn't smuggle in Bauhaus tho :-(

Outofpuff
OutofpuffGraduate10

Well all those should keep the Physio happy and you from stomping on your mp3 after no longer tolerating podrunner. Let me know how you get on. There’s a few others I’ve added - Martha and the Muffins Echo Beach, Blondie Maria, Diana Ross Why Do Fools - I’m itching to get back out there now even though I ran this morning. Have fun!!

sallenson
sallensonGraduate10 in reply to Outofpuff

I'll try. 36 of the above are now on my iPod waiting for tomorrow. Tho C25K W2 only has 90 seconds of running so I'll be walking pretty fast between times :-)

Both knees felt a bit sore this morning, so I'm assuming it's just general "un-use" creaking going on and nothing more sinister. Happy hypochondriac me :-)

wyersmith
wyersmithGraduate10

Great post! How are you finding the bpms of the tracks? Thanks.

Outofpuff
OutofpuffGraduate10 in reply to wyersmith

sallenson? Knees held out?

sallenson
sallensonGraduate10 in reply to Outofpuff

Absolutely. Full post later. Happy memories and remembering just how much i love this.

LedZep did a cracking job and EJBs were rustling away like troopers xx

That’s more like it

I love lists of songs (esp when I have forgotten many of them)

Kids in America!!! Fab

This will keep me ticking along nicely!

Outofpuff
OutofpuffGraduate10 in reply to Daftclare

Great! Enjoy and let’s hope the KM’s fly by without us noticing!

Fab! Thank you all - I am feeling like I’m getting slower not faster and those audio fuel podcasts are painful - I can’t run to the beat as the musics so awful! As the beat supposedly increases my running slows 🤔 I’m sure I’ll do much better with music I know! 😳 watch this space.....

Outofpuff
OutofpuffGraduate10 in reply to Crittermad

Good luck! Let us know how you get on...

mrrun
mrrunGraduate10

I run ‘outside of beat’. That helps me focus on running and music is there to colour the rest. Running ‘on the beat’ can backfire as you can be tired and the song could be too fast. Not much fun in that. Sometimes l would do fast runs against heavy, slow beats such as those of Rammstein or Marylin Manson, or longer 15-20k runs listening to Pink Floyd or classical pianists (lvo Pogorelic, for example). I cannot, though, for the life of me, even if threatened, run and listen to happy and carefree pop music, lol. Just can’t do that.. ;)

Outofpuff
OutofpuffGraduate10 in reply to mrrun

Shame. There’s nothing like a bit of ABBA to perk one up. Each to their own but five minutes of listening to Marylin Manson and I’d be looking for the nearest cliff to run off. 15-20k runs though. Wow. Respect.

mrrun
mrrunGraduate10

That’s the point. You run away from his music not along. That gives you that extra push during interval running. Lol

Thank you. Off to download

Outofpuff
OutofpuffGraduate10 in reply to Walker56

Enjoy!!

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