June 15th, 2010

Running down the road

Music to run by

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?