My Running Playlist: My Three Latest “Adds” and the Three Songs that Have Survived the Longest

As I mentioned in a previous post, one of the things I most look forward to when going out for a run is having the opportunity to listen to my running playlist. Although I don’t always listen to music while I run, I definitely listen to music more often than not, especially for longer runs. Music distracts me, it energizes me, and it makes me feel like I’m running to my own personal soundtrack…and I just love music in general. Though I’m far from any kind of expert or “music buff,” I really do enjoy listening to, learning about, and discovering new music. So, it only seems natural to write a post about what I’m listening to on my runs 🙂

(And, please, share with me your favorite tracks to listen to while you’re running – I’m always in search of new music to add to my playlist!)

(And, for those of you wondering, I use Spotify Premium for music and Aftershokz Trekz Titanium headphones for listening.)

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When I first started running, I had separate playlists for races and “regular” runs. When I combined the two, I kept the one named “Race”, even though I now listen to it during races and training runs.

It’s hard to classify the songs on my playlist into any single definition or description. I only have one playlist that I listen to while running (creature of habit, I guess…) and I add songs as I find new ones that I like and remove others as I get bored with them. Oddly enough, I don’t add songs all that regularly. For me to add a new song to my playlist, it first has to have a good beat or tempo for running, and second, it has to make me feel something. This second detail is really the most important part, and also why I have songs from multiple genres – classic rock, country, hip hop, pop, alternative, and more – all on my running playlist. Whatever song I add needs to make me feel…pumped up, excited, thoughtful, nostalgic, motivated, energized…about running. Coming across these songs, for me, only happens occasionally, which is why my running playlist changes pretty slowly.

The three songs below encapsulate this, and have been on my running playlist since I created it over two years ago:

  1. “Mountain Sound” – Of Monsters and Men
    • I dare you to listen to this song while running and NOT feel at least a small pang of joy and freedom. Even though I’ve heard this song during most of my runs for the past two years, it still gives me a sense of being free and alive when the first few notes burst through my headphones.
  2. “Remember the Name” – Fort Minor
    • If the lyric “…This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill, fifteen percent concentrated power of will, five  percent pleasure, fifty percent pain, and one hundred percent reason to remember the name…” isn’t the perfect description of running, I don’t know what is.
  3. “Right Now” – Van Halen
    • There are reasons this song is a classic. I could probably write a blog post just on why this song should be on everyone’s running playlist, but I’ll save that for another day 😉 Suffice it to say, nearly all the lyrics can be applied to running in some way, and the dramatic feel of the song is enough to push you through the toughest parts of any run.

Recently, I went through a spurt of adding new songs to my playlist, which has had the benefit of freshening it up a bit and giving me something extra to look forward to on my runs. Here are three songs that made the cut within the past month:

  1. “Ain’t Got Far to Go” – Jess Glynne
    • I first heard this song in the most random place: I was at Carter’s shopping for new clothes for Brooke, and was able to use Shazam to figure out what it was. Jess Glynne debuted on my running playlist years ago with the song “Rather Be,” by Clean Bandit, and I generally like her as an artist. This song is a no-brainer for a running playlist, especially if you like pop. It came on as I was in the final miles of the Wineglass Half, and hearing her sing “And I ain’t got far to go” helped power me through the toughest part of the race.
  2. “Up All Night” – Beck
    • This is a song that’s on my running playlist simply because it’s just so catchy and fun. Last year, Beck’s song “Dreams” had a short stint on my playlist for the same reason, but got cut because it was a bit light on “feeling”. I don’t know how long “Up All Night” will last, but for now, it definitely gives me a little boost when it pops up on the playlist during a run.
  3. “That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars
    • I’m not a HUGE Bruno Mars fan – some of his songs that have become major hits, I’ve found to be pretty so-so. But, it seems like when I like one of his songs, I don’t just like it – I LOVE it. “That’s What I Like” falls into this category. Like “Up All Night,” it doesn’t really have much to do with running, but it’s upbeat and catchy enough to jolt me out of focusing on how tired I am during a run and give me a little extra pep in my step. Plus, if you’ve seen the music video, I like to imagine similar effects as those in the music video happening around me while I’m running (that would look cool, right?!). I’m weird, I know.

So, as I mentioned, I love hearing what others are listening to on their runs – please feel free to share your favorite tracks (and tell me why they’re your favorite!) so that I can add them to my playlist!

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