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Hello all, I was just reading another post and was wondering if you would like to share what songs you run to on your playlist? I am always looking for some new tunes to keep it interesting; today's favourites were Paradise City (Guns N Roses), Atomic (Blondie) and Benny and the Jets (Sir Elton)!!

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I have a running playlist from spotify. It's all mainly high energy, dancey stuff. Emiliana torrini, Stevie wonder, dance nation, la roux, Phoenix, DJ fresh etc etc....!


This is a vast topic, and one I'm personally getting a bit obsessed about. I'm experimenting at the moment with trying to reduce my 5K time by running to the beat as Laura suggests in the C25K+ podcasts, but with my own tunes. So my run last night started with a warm up walk to Seven Nation Army (around 125bpm, and a bit less than 5 mins, but gets me into the right headspace), then goes like this: The Beat Goes On - All Seeing I, Beezlebub - Orbital, Chelsea Dagger - Fratellis, Transmission - Joy Division, Girl From Mars - Ash, Ring The Bells - James, Stay On The Outside - Kitsune Maison, Recovery - Frank Turner, In Bloom - Nirvana, Everylong - Foo Fighters, Bloodbuzz Ohio - The National, Born To Run - Frankie Goes To Hollywood. And I use Garageband on my Mac to make it into a continuous playlist, as I hate long gaps between songs when I'm running :)

Once Seven Nation Army is out the way and the running songs start, each one is slightly faster by 1-2bpm than the previous. I think Beezlebub is at about 150bpm, and Born To Run is about 160bpm. I finished 5K before the last song yesterday, so next time I'll delete the slowest/first song on the playlist and replace it with another 160bpm or faster song at the end, if that makes sense? I hasten to add I have no idea whether this will work as a strategy to reduce my 5K time - perhaps someone else has tried this and could share? - but logically, if I'm running to the beat and the beat is faster, I'll be faster too, surely?

Other songs I've tried and like using are things like Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine ("run for your children, your sister and your brother" etc), Public Image - PiL, 54-46 - Toots And The Maytals, Hey Ya - Outkast, Happy - Pharell, Boys Are Back In Town - Thin Lizzy. These are all in the 150-160bpm range.

I've got quite an eclectic musical taste, but for me, the songs I love doesn't necessarily give me the best run. Aside from being the right speed, my running tracks have to be positive, encouraging and not too long as I get bored quickly! I've had a couple of songs on earlier playlists which were all the right speed but dreary, sad or negative, for example Away From Here - The Enemy talks about laying in bed all day watching Richard and Judy (or words to that effect) and that's not the sort of message I want to be receiving when I'm trying to lead a healthy and active life!

Just to close (I didn't mean for this to be such a long post, but you can see I'm on my pet subject now!), I really love my latest playlist and it works very well for me. When Transmission - Joy Division came on last night I was starting to get a bit hot and achy, but there's a line repeated in the song: "Dance dance dance dance dance to the radio". Well, I decided that it wasn't a run I was doing, but a dance (I'm a bit of a party girl and I LOVE dancing). If I can dance all night, I can sure as hell run for a piddly 5K :) I have also been known to air drum whilst running to the Foo Fighters!

If you read this through to the end then thank you! Wishing you happy running and a great weekend :)



I am glad this gave you an outlet, have you been storing that up for a while? :D


Ha! Only a little bit ;)


These are all songs I love! I tend to also play a lot of fat boy slim, daft punk, basement jaxx and I love ending my run with one day like this by elbow. When I'm struggling, it lifts me up like no other song!

I've also started running to that so g no place I'd rather be.


I might download Resurrection by Stone Roses and Kenny Loggins Footloose. There's another belter I thought of but my memory is like a sieve and I've forgotten what it was. Doh! It'll come to me

One track I stumbled across, and I love, is Oakenfold's "Starry Eyed Surprise"

"Oh my starry eyed surprise, gonna dance all night to this DJ ......." I'm 57 but I love this one!!! I love Rhianna's Pon de Replay too. It's right good to run to


Yep , another vote for Pon De Replay , top tune ! I also love a lot of Pitbulls stuff ha ha :-) xxx


Gotta love Pitbull! Dale! Mr Worldwide! :D xx


Misswobble, I'd forgotten about that Oakenfold track - it is awesome isn't it?


I like "Harder and Harder to Breathe" Maroon5,...."One Day Like This" Elbow...."Sunny Side Up" Paolo Nutini. ... Loads more, will have another think. Happy running to you. :) x


Prodigy firestarter is a great power song. I just go with what makes me smile and happy. I like bat out of hell (meat loaf) for starting out. Iron maiden, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, black sabbath. I'm only just starting to use my own music and I think of great tracks and then realise it's locked away on a cd and not in my iTunes library, I really will have to upload the rest of my collection


Thank you all, I am getting some great ideas. I don't know the oakenfold song, will def look it up xx


Righto, my musical choices! I just chucked about 150 songs in a folder; I add to it frequently. Hit shuffle and off I go! I do favour pop/dance but really, like all kinds of things. Going on memory, I have in my playlist:

Tik Tok - Kesha (first song on today!)

Levels - Avicii

Selfie - Chainsmokers

Ghost - Ella Henderson

Loyal - Chris Brown

Just a Few Things I Ain't - The Beautiful South

Rock the Casbah - the Clash

Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen

We R Who We R - Kesha

Timber - Pitbull & Kesha

I Will Never Let You Down - Rita Ora

How We Do - Rita Ora

Gotta Keep Smiling - Scouting for Girls

Rocky Balboa - Scouting for Girls

Teenage Dream - Katy Perry

Pitbull & GRL - Wild Wold Love

BOB - Airplanes (I could really use a wish right now - how apt! :D)

Borderline - Michael Gray

Alone Together - Fall Out Boy

Misery Business - Paramore

Dreams - Gabrielle

Panic Cord - Gabrielle Aplin

Midnight City - M83

Umbrella - Rihanna

Sean Paul & Fuse ODG - Dangerous Love

Chocolate - The 1975

The Riddle - Nik Kershaw

Hideaway - Kiesza

Pretty Girl - Stockholm Syndrome

5 Years Time - Noah and the Whale

We Found Love - Rihanna

Perfect Day - Cascada

Runaway - Cascada

Choices - The Hoosiers

Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO

Pass Out - Tiny Tempah

Frisky - Tiny Tempah

Breakeven - The Script

Keep Your Head Up - Andy Grammer (apt; came on today!)

22 - Taylor Swift

Rock n Roll - Avril Lavigne

What the Hell - Avril Lavigne

Hot Right Now - DJ Fresh

Self Esteem - The Offspring

Like a G6 - Far East Movement

Dance With Me Tonight - Olly Murs

Sober - Pink

Whistle - Flo Rida

Replay - Iyaz

Velvet Elvis - Alex Winston

Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People

King of Wishful Thinking - Go West

Once More - Jens O (I'll be off full throttle when this comes on!)

Misery - Maroon 5

Another Night - Real McCoy

Famous - Scouting For Girls

Inner Smile - Texas

The Science of Selling Yourself Short - Less Than Jake

Watcha Say - Jason Derulo

U +UR Hand - Pink

Rains in LA - Scouting For Girls

And many, many more which I can't now remember. Well, you did ask.......!

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Hi Miles, do you get your tunes from Spotify ? xxx


I don't, Poppy; I have them mainly from albums/compilations or buy random tracks. And the odd naughty convert to MP3 from YouTube! I've never used Spotify and don't think I could after being subjected to their annoyingly tedious 'say it with a song' advert that is on before EVERY BLOODY FILM at the cinema and makes me want to hurl my bottle of water through the screen in protest! :D xxx


Ah, I use Spotify all the time , the adverts are very few and far between I find. They do have a song for every occasion though ! :-) xxx


Hmmmm, I may have to have a look at it then! Thank you for the tip! A few of the songs I have in my running playlist are on the Now That's What I Call Running album too, which does seem very arbitrarily put together! xxx


I think its good , I have all mine from there , they have some decent tunes and all types of running songs, give it a whirl ! :-) xxx


I will do, thank you; I'll have a look over the weekend! :-) Sounds good! xxx


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