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Running down the road

Getting an ipod nano changed the way I run.  Well, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but having music with me to push me forward, make me smile, or remind me what I'm doing helps me keep going.  My current running play list is just under eight hours long.  It's a lot but it means I can do all my runs for a week or a bit more without hearing the same song twice.  Some songs I listen to every single time they come up on shuffle, and some I skip if I'm not in the right mood or I'm looking for a different tempo to help me speed up or slow down.  I thought I'd share a selection of the songs on my playlist, maybe you'll find something to motivate you too.  Or feel free to argue my choices, or (please) make other suggestions.  I'm always looking for new running tunes.

Shortest song:  Main title from Alias
     Remember the opening credits and how much energy they had? 

Longest song:  "I'd do Anything for Love" by Meatloaf
     The tempo varies a lot depending on where in the song you are, but the whole thing has a drive that works for me.  And it's long enough that I should be running a whole mile before it's over.

In the middle by length:  "U + Ur Hand" by Pink
    "I'm not here for your entertainment"

Cheesiest 80's song:  "Rock Me Amadeus"  by Falco
    It's a touch slow, but it makes me laugh every time.

Obvious songs:  "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen, "Run" by Gnarls Barkley
     However, do not just search run on your itunes and assume all will be well.  "Running on Empty" by Jackson Browne is not the anthem you're looking for.

Obvious songs II:  "Gonna Fly Now (theme from Rocky)
    I dare you to not start to run faster when this song is on.

Movie Musicals:  "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins, "You Can't Stop the Beat" from Hairspray, "Kyle's Mom's a B**ch" from South Park
   Really the entire Footloose soundtrack is good and anything with 'you can't stop' repeating is helpful, besides the fact that song is totally infectious.  As for 'Kyle's Mom'?  It's bouncy and silly and I have to be careful that I'm not singing out loud when I pass people on the trail.

Stage Musicals:  "Schadenfreude" from Avenue Q
     "It's German for happiness at the misfortune of others"  Another song I have to be careful not to sing out loud.

Songs that come with hand motions:  "YMCA" by the Village People
     Yes, I have been known to do the motions while I'm running - it's a good way to keep your upper body from tightening up.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Songs that pick up my pace every time:
"Here it Goes Again" Ok Go
"Livin' La Vida Loca"  Ricky Martin
"Because We Can" Fatboy Slim (from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack)
"Cotton Eye Joe" Rednex (from the Malcom in the Middle soundtrack)
"Holiday" Green Day

You run to that?
"Enter Sandman" Metallica
"The Bad Touch (Discovery Channel)" Bloodhound Game
"The Devil Went Down to Georgia" The Charlie Daniels Band
"Bye, Bye, Bye" N'Sync
"Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" They Might Be Giants

Amazing covers:  "These Boots are Made for Walking" KMFDM, "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
     Punk covers of standards that are both fun and have a great beat

Just silliness:  "Theme from The Muppet Show", "Nations of the World" from Animaniacs, several songs from "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog"
     Because sometimes a smile is really all you need to keep going.

So there's a selection of the 134 tunes on my running list.  What makes you move?

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I love this list. I've been reading as I hike the Hill o' Doom each morning, but music is not a half bad idea. I have a Shuffle around here somewhere...

It became a lot easier to run with music once I got the nano. Before that I had an armband to hold my full sized ipod which gave me a lot more controls, but also a lot more buttons I could accidentally hit when I didn't mean to.

"These Boots are Made for Walking" KMFDM
The best cover in the history of covers.

It is truly amazing. It's the only KMFDM song I have so I feel like a bit of a poser for adding it to my list, but it is so much fun.

They also covered "Material Girl" and "Mysterious Ways." I have several KMFDM tracks. Good stuff.

Yay Village People!

For me, it's dance music, especially classic disco and P-Funk. And Madonna. Aw hell, throw Lady Gaga in there too.

It's been ages since I've made a playlist. I don't own an iPod or even a dinky mp3 player :(

I have some classic dance and disco on my playlist, but that is a good idea. Interestingly while I love Madonna to dance to, many of her beats are just this side of too slow for me to run to (and not so slow that I can ignore them) which makes me sad. I've tried adding 'Bad Romance' but it seems to be falling into that same category.

I got my first iPod used from a friend with all of his music on it. It was a long time before I bothered to do anything but keep it charged - heh.

Interesting list. :-) And it's very much easier to exercise with good music. Totally.

Occasionally the juxtaposition is bizarre, Ludacris followed by Yakko from Animaniacs is enough to make me giggle. And if I'm laughing, I'm not thinking about my legs.

lol... seems like a solid strategy to me!

Oh, thank you for this! Some good stuff here!

Glad to pass them along.

Late to the party!

I don’t run, so I don’t really know what tempo you are looking for, but here are some suggestions from my upbeat playlist.

Love you madly-Cake http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_jPuASK3FE (I had never watched the video, I just know the song, and the video is just not what I picture from the song).

I also love Joel Plasket. Here is ‘No where with you’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPZ42Bhqm-M&feature=related I also like Fashionable people

Awhile back Dachelle linked to Marina and the Diamonds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kwdxi1BATaU&feature=player_embedded It’s really catchy!

Thanks so much for the suggestions. I really like Joel Plasket I'll have to make a note to look for him the next time I'm on itunes.

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