Couch to 5K

How to run 5k in 30mins (part 2) A less scientific approach that may not work for those much under 50yrs

Alice Cooper- School's Out

Beats International - Dub Be Good To Me

Blondie -Atomic

Blondie -One Way Or Another

Blue Öyster Cult -Don't Fear The Reaper

Blur - Song 2

Bruce Springsteen- Born To Run

David Bowie - John, I'm Only Dancing

David Bowie -Rebel Rebel

David Bowie -Suffragette City

David Guetta -When Love Takes Over

Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round

Deep Purple - Fireball *

Dodgy - Staying Out For The Summer

Don Henley - The Boys of Summer

Duran Duran -Girls On Film

Duran Duran - The Reflex

Eurythmics - Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves

Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Two Tribes

Frankie Goes To Hollywood -Welcome To The Pleasuredome

Gin Blossoms- Hey Jealousy

Gin Blossoms- Whitewash

Led Zeppelin -Rock & Roll

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Workin' For MCA

M - Pop Muzik

Madness - Baggy Trousers

Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger

Pat Benatar - Love Is a Battlefield

Rankin' Roger (The Beat) - Mirror in the Bathroom

Robert Palmer - Johnny & Mary

Robert Palmer - Looking For Clues

Rolling Stones - Respectable

Snow Patrol - Spitting Games

Spandau Ballet - Chant No 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)

Spandau Ballet - To Cut a Long Story Short

Sparks - This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us

Spiller - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)

Steely Dan - Bodhisattva

Talk Talk- Talk Talk

The Blues Brothers - Everybody Needs Somebody To Love

The Boomtown Rats - Rat Trap

The Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love

The Cardigans - My Favourite Game

The Clash - London Calling

The Clash - Rock the Casbah

The Cult- She Sells Sanctuary

The Cure - Boys Don't Cry

The Cure - Jumping Someone Else's Train

The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You

The Dickies - Banana Splits *

The Dickies - Sounds of Silence *

The Doobie Brothers -Double Dealin' Four Flusher

The Doobie Brothers -Long Train Runnin'

The Jam- Going Underground

The Selecter -On My Radio

The Style Council -Shout to the Top!

The Teardrop Explodes- Reward

The Undertones -Teenage Kicks

Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back In Town

Tina Turner - Nut Bush City Limits

Tom Robinson Band - Grey Cortina

Ultra Naté - Free

* Health warning: Fireball by Deep Purple & the 2 songs by the Dickies are only recommended for the finishing straight.

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Tee hee. I like your choices. I was running to Land of a Thousand Dances yesterday and that's mad! Wilson Pickett giving it large. LOL I absolutely love Zep's Rock and Roll. I was dancing about in the kitchen to Zep a few weeks ago much to my son's horror. Who cares!

I promised myself some Doobie Brothers and Eagle downloads as I absolutely love them, and I agree with your Long Training Running. Speaking of trains, I've got Flash and the Pan's Waiting for a Train which is good to run to. I love Blondie's One way or Another! The Blue Oyster Cult's opening riff to She sells Sanctuary is just fab isn't it.

Music definitely is the key to a good run, and some good old rock and roll fits the bill nicely. I've found myself running to country music though; not something I'd thought I'd ever say! "Mississipi I remeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeember yooooooooooooooo" You set me off now!


A strong woman with good musical taste! Ooh err, Nurse !

Good call on Flash in the Pan. I have just moved that over to my 'Fast' playlist.


Forgot to mention... Apart from being good to run to, Long Train Running is officially the best song in the world - ever!


Just checked out Land of a Thousand Dances as I didn't recognise the title - awesome song that everybody will know once they hear it again. Downloaded! Thanks


Oh, I love it. Jumping Someone Else's Train! And I bet Two Tribes is fabulous to run to - ow ow ow!

You've inspired me to try making myself a few playlists for running over the weekend.


Hey Snorkmaiden! I thought I was the only person left who still listened to the 1st (and by far the best IMHO) Cure album. Jumping Someone Else's Train is one of my absolute favourites for running to - a real pulsating, driving rhythm!


I think 17 Seconds is my favourite album - love their early stuff. Make sure you stay away from "Grinding Halt" for your running playlist though, eh.......


I really like AC/DC's Whole Lotta Rosie, which is a blast when you want some oomph. Perhaps that's where my running has been falling down. Not enough heavy rock! I was listening to Buzzcocks the other day and I think that track is so reminiscent of something else, and it was doing my head in trying to think what it reminded me of. I could only think it was Love the One you're with by Steve Stills. Not sure why it reminds me of that cos no-one else thinks it does. Dub be good to me! Flipping eck. That's a blast from the past. LOL


I went to see AC/DC in about 1974. And Thin Lizzy. And ... (sigh). Cost me 80p if I remember right..

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Add in falco - rock me Amadeus and some Adam ant and you have very song plus more of my playlist (oh yes and David Jordan - sun goes down which I have at the point I need most motivation!)


Hi Helcl. Rock me Amadeus is in my 'Unusual' playlist which I have not tried to run to yet (some of it is very odd).


It has a good running beat :)


Paolo Nutini's Pencil Full of Lead is great for the finishing straight. The tempo is fun and it's a short track so it's good for digging deep for those last couple of minutes.


Yep, another good track Hennith


Several great tracks on that list. Also some I don't know / remember. So I've added them all to a Spotify list to bring with me on my next run. Thanks!


You are welcome Tomas. I hope you enjoy them. You may find 1 or 2 of them a bit of an acquired taste but if you persevere...


Excellent choices!!


Love it, 'stats Chris' my fave has to be Blondie, 'Atomic' hope it works :)


Your post made me remember the worst ever song for getting a PB..I had my phone on 'shuffle' and at the last 500 sprint on came 'Flowers for Zoe by Lenny Kravitz'....definately the worst ever!!!


Update. After today's run I can confirm that Mirror in the Bathroom by the Beat is smack on a cadence of 84. Brilliant to run to.


Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love. The middle bit could be used for when I finally get into that 'zone' that everyone talks about.

Ram Jam - Black Betty

Hendrix - Fire

MissWobble - AC/DC's - Whole Lotta Rosie is a great choice.

ChrisL - Blues Brothers - Everybody Needs Somebody - top choice.


Great list! Have just downloaded some for my run this morning. Looking forward to it even more now :-)