I recently updated my running playlist because I found I had too many slow songs that I had to flip through to get to the high energy songs. Annoying if you’re trying to focus on making it through a workout. So I went through my phone and picked out the songs I most liked to run to or were really upbeat or that I just liked. What’s on my list?
Chris Brown “Beautiful People” – So Mr. Brown may be the poster child of domestic violence but this is probably my favorite running song. It has such a great beat that I can’t ignore it! It makes me pump out those strides longer!
Foster the People “Call it What You Want” – Anything by FTP from this album is a running favorite. Great beats, catchy tunes.
The Wanted “Chasing the Sun” – This Brit boy band has an okay album and I have actually downloaded a few of their tunes. I like this one because the chorus is really fast and is great to time your steps to.
Tegan and Sara “Closer” – This is a fairly new tune and I just love it. I’ve been a long time fan of T&S and their new album is pretty decent. This is one of their more faster paced songs though. Tidbit – a good love song on the album is “Love They Say”.
Young the Giant “Cough Syrup” – This is one of the songs I discovered when I was in California so it always immediately evokes images of palm trees and sun which make me happy and make me want to run.
The Wombats “Jump Into the Fog” – This is an obscure addition to a running playlist. It’s kinda creepy and somber and doesn’t have a terrific upbeat tune. It actually starts with a really slow pace first verse. But I like how it builds up and is kinda relaxing – it’s a good pacing song.
V.V. Brown “Shark in The Water” – This is a fun song! Catchy and playful upbeat tune – kinda beachy feel. What’s not to like?
DJ Tiesto (feat. Tegan and Sara) “Feel it in My Bones” – T&S makes a second appearance on the playlist. This is a great, fast tune with DJ Tiesto controlling the tempo. It has a marching-like quality, which I like, and some power-like lyrics. “Left hook, I didn’t see it coming…”
Robyn “With Every Heartbeat” – So she was popular a REALLY long time ago, but Robyn still has some good tunes that I hear from time to time. I like this song because it has a slower pace but quickens up through the song – really builds you up!
Radiohead “15 Step” – Not going to lie, I snapped this song up from the closing credits of Twilight. Not because I’m an enlightened Radiohead fan. I do like some of their music, but not enough to call myself a faithful fan. This song has a serene-like quality, very flowy and has a terrific back beat to keep you right on pace without blowing out your eardrums.
Phoenix “1901″ – One of the best songs to work out to. Great up beat tune from beginning to the end. Another song with a great beat to pace yourself with!
M83 “Midnight City” – I loooove this song. It reminds me of California and has a quirky, techy feel to it and a 80s-feel to the end.
Foster the People “Houdini” – FTP has the best music to run to. Futuristic and upbeat. I love their entire album and “Houdini” is one of the best tracks on it!
Florence + the Machine “Dog Days Are Over” – Um…is this not THE best song to run to? Gradually building up, super upbeat, and Flo’s amazing voice. I love it to pieces. Plus, I feel like they are clapping for me during the song – hello, encouragement!!
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros “Home” – A FUN song! I love the lyrics and it’s so playful. It reminds me of weddings because I think a lot of people use them in their wedding videos – so it’s a happy song to run to!
Calvin Harris (feat. Florence Welch) “Sweet Nothing” – A great DJ paired up with Florence’s AMAZING voice – can’t beat this. It’s a great super fast song! Seriously, it’s like being in a techno nightclub! Get your glow sticks out!
The Band Perry “Done” – I’m not a huge fan of country music, at all. I usually like a song here and there but I’ve liked the sibling trifecta of The Band Perry since they came out with “If I Die Young.” This is their newest tune and you may have seen it on advertisements of their new album during the NCAA tournament. It’s a fast song and full of break-up angst.
Atlas Genius “Trojans” – Another song that reminds me of California. Great pace and beat. Nothing too intense, but something to keep you bobbing your head to.
So, that’s my long list of my most recent running playlist. What’s on your playlist? What’s your favorite tune to work out to?