This is a master listing of running songs I have referenced in my blog. I plan to keep this list updated by adding newest songs to the top of the list. Enjoy, and happy running (or dancing, or walking, or listening)! (Of course, I do not own any of these songs or lyrics. I’m just a girl with a blog sharing some good music for exercise and entertainment. If you like what you hear, please support the artists by buying their music!)
Lust for Life by Girls NSFW-language (love the lyrics though- ”Oh, I wish I had a suntan, I wish I had a pizza and a bottle of wine, I wish I had a beach house, Then we could make a big fire every night, Instead I’m just crazy, I’m totally mad, Yeah I’m just crazy, and f’d in the head)
Today Was a Good Day by Ice Cube (NSFW-language)
— ever hear the stripped cover version of this song by Obadiah Parker?
Suggestions from Gus last week:
Here are a few running / “get-your-booty-moving” songs for the week, enjoy!
Rockafellar Skank by Fatboy Slim (video)
Shake It by Metro Station (video)
I haven’t run-tested this one, but it sounds like a great beat to walk to, the Metro Station song made me think of it… a little old skool for ya:
(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty by KC and the Sunshine Band (video)
Boogie Wonderland by Earth, Wind and Fire (video)
^ I’m pretty sure you’ll feel like dancing while you watch this video — dancing is good exercise too!
So for those about to rock, or run, I salute you! Happy running, walking, toe-tapping or air-guitar playing!
Oh, if you want more running songs, especially some you may have never heard, be sure to check out Eve’s post at “I’d Rather Be in Iceland”: 10 Icelandic Songs for Running.
Eleven Favorite Running Songs From This Week:
And my favorite running song this week (great lyrics, perfect beat!) is…
As I said, I skipped the running music, but while I’m on the subject of
bacon pizza non-conformity, here are some of my favorite “fight the power” running songs. Enjoy, and as always, happy running!
Public Enemy, “Fight the Power” (NSFW)
John Mellencamp, “Authority Song”
O.A.R., “Crazy Game of Poker” (and I said, how ’bout a revolution?, and he said right)
Tracy Chapman, “Talking About a Revolution” (you better run, run, run, run, run, run…)
Beastie Boys, “Fight For Your Right to Party”
Bob Marley, “Get Up, Stand Up”
I also downloaded and listened to some new tunes this run that I found on jog.fm in the 150-160 bpm range. Here are five for your listening (and work-out) pleasure. Enjoy, and happy running!
1- Bloc Party, “Flux”
“If your right hand is causing you pain
Cut it off cut it off
If your colors have started to run
Let them all run, run away from you”
2- Butthole Surfers, “Pepper”
(yeah, I know, crazy band name, but the band and the song are awesome.)
“I don’t mind the sun sometimes, the images it shows
I can taste you on my lips and smell you in my clothes
Cinnamon and sugary and softly spoken lies
You never know just how you look through other people’s eyes…”
3- The Game, “Dreams, The Original Version”
“On my iPod I’m listening to “Gin and Juice,” but I drink water cuz it got the most minerals, and I hope I’m not offending Snoop, cuz Beef is stupid…”
4- Death Cab for Cutie, “I Will Follow You Into the Dark”
(I had no idea this would be such a great song to run to; I thought it would be a little slow, but the beat is perfect and the lyrics just take my mind far away- they’re beautiful!)
“If heaven and hell decide that they both are satisfied
And illuminate the no’s on their vacancy signs
If there’s no one beside you when your soul embarks
Then I’ll follow you into the dark”
5- Eminem, “Lose Yourself”
(I can’t believe I haven’t listed this one yet! A tried and true, this one sent me
sailing stumbling through the final lap of my 18 (or 19.5, whatever). Plus, I love that he is Sober and Proud.)
“You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime you better…”
6- BONUS!- The Clash, “Should I Stay or Should I Go”
(I didn’t actually run to this one yet, but couldn’t resist adding it in. Sounds like the beat could work for walking (during the main verses) or for running (during the chorus). I’ll try it out this weekend.)
“Should I stay or should I go now?
Should I stay or should I go now?
If I go there will be trouble
And if I stay it will be double”
Listened to this a few times on my run. “I said a hip hop the hippie the hippie
to the hip hip hop, and you don’t stop…” They don’t make ‘em like this anymore folks.
I finished up with this one. I shared Glee’s version a few weeks back, but the original is my go-to. “And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back, so shake him off…”
Please note most of these songs are not suitable for work, or for young or sensitive ears due to language.
1- “Lust for Da Club Life” Iggy Pop vs. 50 Cent (currently #14 on DJ Tripp’s site here)
2- “Love the Way You Lie vs. Paradise City” Eminmen/Rihanna vs. Guns ‘N Roses (DJ’s from Mars)
3- “Whole Lotta Extra Dougie” Cali Swag District vs. Katy Perry vs. Led Zepplin (DJ Lobsterdust)
4- “The Way Billie Jean Are” MJ vs Flo Rida and more (DJ Shades)
5- “Crazy Logic” Gnarls Barkley vs. Supertramp and more (This is clean.) (by Arty Fufkin, #9 on the “Best of ’06 Bootie” list) Check out the other songs on the list there too- I’m digging #6 Madonna v Death Cab for Cutie, #8 Timberlake v Siouxsie, and #19 BIG v Red Hot Chili Peppers. The 2005 compilation is pretty awesome too. Lots of good (free) stuff over there.
And no number just a bonus because it so awesome: “Stayin’ Hot” Nelly (Hot in Here) vs. Bee Gees (Stayin’ Alive) (DJ Lobsterdust) I know, right! This one is on my tried and true playlist.
1- “Power” by Kanye West (lyrics NSFW)
2- “Sour Cherry” by The Kills
3- “Keep Your Head” by The Ting Tings
4- “What Difference Does It Make” by The Smiths
5- “Everybody Talks” by Neon Trees
6- “The Sharpest Lives” by My Chemical Romance
7- “Infinity Guitars” by Sleigh Bells
8- “Na Na Na Na Naa” by Kaiser Chiefs
9- “Sins of My Youth” by Neon Trees
10- “Why Do You Love Me” by Garbage
“Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson
“Shake It Out” by Florence and The Machine (below performance by the cast of Glee)
“Goodbye to You” by The Veronicas
Whip It by Devo
Parabol and Parabola by Tool: