Favourite running tracks

So reading Fingaloo's post about running to Famous Blue Raincoat made me think about my favourite running tracks now I'm running without Laura.

I'm enjoying running to Chuck Berry (who I'd never normally listen to) Bruce Springsteens Hungry Heart works for me (tho' strangely Born to Run doesn't.) A bit of Pulp, a bit of Oasis, a bit of Orange Juice a bit of Talking Heads (um.... might be showing my age here) Surprisingly Michelle Shocked and KD Lang are making it onto my running play list in their more up tempo moments (Too Little Too Late is a great running track).

And for cool down music Peace at Last by Blue Nile can't be beat

What about you?


Featured Content

Join the NHS Couch to 5K community

Couch to 5K has been designed to get you off the couch and running 5km in just 9 weeks

Start today!

Featured by HealthUnlocked

26 Replies

  • I've got plenty of time to make new running playlists at the moment, I've got a reeking cold and feel too crappy to run :(

    This is my playlist at the moment-

    Warm up: Gwen Stefani- What You Waiting For?

    The Cure- Just Like Heaven

    Kiss- God Gave Rock n Roll To You II (I need to do a playlist consisting entirely of cheesy 80s stadium rock. It will be EPIC)

    Elvis Costello- (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding (my favourite running song ever)

    Barenaked Ladies- It's All Been Done

    Foo Fighters- All My Life

    Elvis Costello- Radio Radio (yes, I'm a big fan)

    QOTSA- No One Knows

    Cool down: Pearl Jam- Alive (because I am at the end of a run, and rather pleased about it)

    Hoping to see some inspiration for new running tunes!

  • If you make up that 80's stadium rock list, let me know. It's not my favourite stuff by any stretch but I reckon it'd be excellent music to run to.

  • I decided to have a go myself, I played a little fast and loose with the decade but the cheese is all there:

    Kiss - Crazy Crazy Nights

    Boston - More than a Feeling

    Rainbow - Since You've Been Gone

    Life Is Life - Opus

    White Snake - Here I Go Again

    Europe - The Final Countdown

    Starship - We Built This City

    Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now

    Scorpions - Wind Of Change

    Journey - Don't Stop Believing

    Argent/Kiss - God Gave Rock n Roll To You

    Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take It

    Chicago - If You Leave Me Now

    There were a few more 'classics' I thought of but they weren't available on Spotify. Any to add, this list needs more cheddar?

  • Brilliant, Fingalo - I'm an 80s girl at heart, so I love this! I think you need some Queen in there. How about Fat Bottomed Girls (one of my favourites :D ) or Don't Stop Me Now?

  • Unsure if that qualifies as cheese?

  • Good point - how about some Pat Benetar, then? Or - definitely - the Weather Girls - It's Raining Men :D

  • I know, it's great music to run to. If I keel over during a run and my rescuer finds out what I've been listening to I might get a bit defensive though.

    Awesome choices. The Final Countdown! Fantastic.

    How about-

    Van Halen- Panama

    Kiss- Rock n Roll All Nite

    Def Leppard- Pour Some Sugar On Me

    Alice Cooper- Poison

    Motley Crue- Kickstart My Heart

    That cheesy enough for you?

  • Cheese me up baby!

    That Def Leppard one is a cracker, sadly it's not available on Spotify.

  • Elvis Costello! genius - I love him and I've not thought about running to him, thanks

  • A bit of what I have on my playlist.....

    Labrinth - written in the stars

    Lenny Kravitz - are you gonna go my way

    Lynyrd Skynyrd -freebird

    Footloose from said film

    Irene Cara - Flash dance

    Salt and pepper - push it (always get visions of me rockin out at the school disco when I hear this)

    Blue Oyter Cult - don't fear the reaper

    ....and many more. I can't take dance or drum and base as it speeds up my heart rate and stresses me out when running lol.

    We listen to a lot of music, anything from classical, folk, metal to reggae, dancehall blues and jazz but running is a whole different ball game. I mean I can't imagine running to Nick Drake!

  • P.s. awesome post as I will be looking for inspiration too!

  • Very weird finding that my preferred running music (which isn't what I would usually listen to) matches the stuff my teenage son is listening to and writing... (in fact he is supposed to be writing me some to my requested BPM but he is incredulous that I could possibly be needing anything above 155)

    I've also listened to the Ouch! BBC disability podcasts and I know I am not the only one to do that whilst running.

  • Proclaimers -

    Life with you, 500 miles and I'm on my way

    Peter Gabriel -

    Sledgehammer and Solsbury Hill

    Queen -

    Bohemian Rhapsody and Don't stop me now

    Bruce Springsteen -

    Born to Run and Thunder Road

    Kaiser Chiefs - I predict a riot

    Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet home Alabama

    Leonard Cohen - Don't go home with your hard-on (because that song makes me smile!)

    Corner shop - Brimful of Asha

    Also a selection of Oasis, Paul Simon's Graceland album, Stereophonics.

    Obviously I can't play all that on a run so I keep myself entertained with shuffle :-)

  • I chop & change but the one track that always gives me a boost is 'Harder, better, faster, stronger' by Daft Punk (I live in hope that by listening to it I will miraculously become so).

    I often favour Queen & 'Don't Stop Me Now' has been known to speed me up.

  • Funny you should mention Hungry Heart, I believe there isn't a better opening line in any song ever written.

    Mrs Fingalo and I have music on from the time we get up (I even have it on in the shower) and share a similar taste to many of you guys by the look of this blog. I learned my lesson though, this morning was the first time I just picked any old playlist instead of making up a specific running one, that won't happen again.

  • Hungry Heart is genius

    but my best ever opening line "I don't believe in an interventionist God" (Nick Cave natch)

  • Great line, great song!

    Did you see the gig they released on YouTube last week? It was only up for 24hrs and was brilliant. Played the whole of the new album and then some old numbers.

  • As I said earlier, I am an 80s girl, but having teenage daughters brings some odd stuff into my playlists occasionally. I am very fond of Let It Rock (Kevin Rudolf), and Low (Flo Rida) makes me smile, and my current shameful running track (ssh, don't tell anyone) is You Light up My Life (1D).

  • showing my age but T-Rex I love to boogie just makes me want to keep moving.

  • Updated list. I've tried not to stray from the remit but some will be down to taste. I've only included those suggestions available on Spotify.

    It seems it's almost a uniquely male genre and Foreigner are the kings of Stadium Rock Cheese!

    Kiss - Crazy Crazy Nights

    Boston - More than a Feeling

    Rainbow - Since You've Been Gone

    Life Is Life - Opus

    Whitesnake - Here I Go Again

    Europe - The Final Countdown

    Starship - We Built This City

    Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now

    Scorpions - Wind Of Change

    Journey - Don't Stop Believing

    Argent/Kiss - God Gave Rock n Roll To You

    Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take It

    Chicago - If You Leave Me Now

    Yes - Owner Of A Lonely Heart

    Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger

    Van Halen - Why Can't This Be Love

    Air Supply - All Out Of Love

    Foreigner - Waiting For A Girl Like You

    Foreigner - Cold As Ice

    John Farnham - You're The Voice

    Mike & The Mechanics - The Living Years

    Pat Benatar - Love Is A Battlefield

    Here's the link to the Spotify playlist, for anyone interested:


  • The cheese continues to roll....(ahem!)

    Toto - Africa

    Marillion - Kayleigh

    Whitesnake - Is This Love

    Chicago - You're The Inspiration

    Rainbow - I Surrender

  • The playlist that keeps on giving, if this gets any longer it will do me for a half marathon, never mind a 10k!

    REO Speedwagon - Take It On The Run

    REO Speedwagon - Keep On Loving You

    REO Speedwagon - Can't Fight This Feeling

  • I've just ordered 101 Running Songs (http://www.amazon.co.uk/101-Running-Songs/dp/B002NXNZRC) so hopefully having that lot on shuffle will keep me going for quite some while. It's my graduation run this morning - woohoo - so I'll do the three C25K+ podcasts and then see what happens.

  • I'm feeling bereft. Phone jack knackered. Running in silence. I've been laughing my head off at these lists. Respectfully of course. That's it I need a new phone then I'll be on to spotify in an instant. It's foreigner that did it!

    Though I must say I'm up for a bit of nick drake. Maybe on the cool down?

  • Good point Tish!

  • OK i love all this cheese BUT there are days when I want a dairy free play list. How about really gorgeous songs that happen to have a running beat? Can you wrap your brilliant brains round that one?

You may also like...