Any runner knows that a well-developed playlist can get you through the crappiest of runs. While I also like to run without music to just enjoy the moment, many of my runs have a soundtrack provided by my trusty iPod Nano. This week I decided to share some of my go-to tunes that keep me going on even my worst running days.
Not all of these are the fast-paced, in-your-face songs you may expect. Here are just a few songs that have made multiple playlists over the years, along with some newer additions:
1. Beautiful Day – U2: Sometimes it’s nice to stop and think about how grateful you are to be out and about enjoying your miles.
2. Neva Scared – Bone Crusher: An underappreciated little diddy from 2003, this one is sure to help you get yourself together when you think you can’t take one more step.
3. Roar – Katy Perry: Sorry guys – this is probably more of a “girl power” type of thing.
4. I Will Wait – Mumford and Sons: This may seem like an odd running song, but I actually have a few Mumford and Sons songs that I use – who doesn’t get jazzed up by a banjo?
5. Outta Your Mind – Lil’ Jon & LMFAO: It’s just so angry and driving – you have to love it!
6. Dog Days Are Over – Florence + The Machine: This one talks about running fast and is fun. I also like “Shake It Out”.
7. 99 Problems – Jay-Z: I’m a huuuuge Hova fan, and this is one of his songs that frequently makes its way onto my playlists.
8. Happy – Pharrell Williams: If this doesn’t have you skipping down the street, nothing will.
9. Mountain Sound – Of Monsters and Men: This one makes the list because it has a unique sound to it and can break things up a bit.
10. Born to Run – Bruce Sprinsteen: If you don’t have this loaded onto your iPod, you’re just doing it wrong.
I’m always looking for songs to add. Share your go-to running music with me: comment below, or tweet me at @AtlRnnr!