15 Not-So Typical Songs for Runners

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In a moment of complete insanity I decided to register for a half-marathon in September (probably because it’s rock and roll themed), and I’ve since been subjected to spending hours a week running around the suburbs of Philadelphia. Whenever I tell someone how many miles I’m putting in a week they look at me like I have six heads and usually say something along the lines of “HOW do you run that much? That sounds miserable.” Then it’s my turn to look at them like they have six heads.

I listen to music, duh.

I don’t care if you’ve won 5,000 Olympic gold medals in cross country, run 25 miles to work everyday, or are one of those strange breed of humans that enjoy the treadmill. Every runner has bad runs that require a little extra encouragement to push through. Mine comes in the form of music. I’ve spent hours scouring through pre made running playlists on the internet and 99.99% of them contain Katy Perry’s Roar, Rihanna’s We Found Love, and Beyonce’s Crazy in Love. Nope, not for me.

Therefore, I’ve created running playlist after playlist loaded with songs that I enjoy and give me a little extra pep in my step. Here is a hybrid list of some of my favorite tracks and I encourage you to take it for a test run (no pun intended). If you’re one of those people that run without music: Ignore this post, but if the world is attacked by aliens I’m sticking to you like white on rice. People that can run without music are the chosen ones.

1. One Republic: Love Runs Out

The lyrics “I’ll be running ’til the love runs out” are used in this song and it is extremely upbeat. Clearly it is an obvious choice. Also: I like to post Instagram pictures of my sneakers using those lyrics as a caption to fool people into thinking I’m one of those runners that skips around smiling and waving at fellow runners.

2. One Direction: Better Than Words

C’mon c’mon now. This is my playlist. You knew One Direction would be slipped in here one way or another (okay,okay I’m done).  It’s a known fact that all One Direction songs are good to run to. However, for this one the lads used titles from hit love songs (More Than a Feeling, Baby, Hips Don’t Lie, Best I Ever Had, All Shook Up, etc) to write their verses. Pretty cheeky,huh? Because the lyrics are short and clipped I find them easy to whisper out when I feel like my left lung has collapsed on mile 8. Plus, Harry Styles does this when he performs “Better Than Words” live. So thats a nice visual to keep in your head while running. MOVING ON.

3. Ellie Goulding: Goodness Gracious

Fact about Ellie Goulding: She’s an avid runner. Therefore I run to her music and tell myself the combined forces of running  + listening to her music will make me turn into her. 5,283 miles later it still hasn’t completely happened, but she recently dyed her blonde hair a shade closer to mine soooooo….coincidence? I think not.

4. Cage The Elephant: Shake Me Down

Ohhh yes Cage The Elephant. Bless you and that beat that strikes at :35.

5.  The Fleeting Ends: Deceiver

As a rule of thumb my favorite band at the moment will always make my running playlist. Therefore, The Fleeting Ends’ tunes have been allllll over my running playlists for the past month or so. “Deceiver” happens to be my go-to track of theirs at the moment and I literally wait for it to come on while running to give me a burst of energy. Like I tell everyone “Wait until 2:17-2:30. That part’ll make you dizzy.” (So maybe don’t listen to it for the first time while running?)

6. Led Zeppelin: What Is and What Should Never Be

It starts off a little slow, and you may be wondering why I’d prefer to run to this. Ohhh just wait ’til the chorus and sprint, baby, sprint.

7. Fitz and the Tantrum: The Walker

“Cause 99 miles per hour baby is how that fast I’d like to go”

8. Miley Cyrus: #GetItRight

This is a judgement free zone.

9. Oasis: Morning Glory

I’m not sure why, but a little Oasis treats me so right during a long run. P.S.: Remember that the helicopters in the beginning are in the SONG. Not flying above you. Sometimes I forget.

10. The 1975: So Far (It’s Alright)

I’m convinced that the 1975 has a song fit for every occasion, and this one is the piece missing in my running playlist puzzle. The background is a twinkling sound in the best way possible, and Matty Healy almost rolls his lyrics when he sings creating an epic beat to run to. You’ll get it.

11. Blur: Song 2

Duh.

12. Haim: The Wire

When your legs feel like they’re about to fall off just let Danielle Haim remind you that “You’re gonna be okay anyway.” Note: If you like running to a bit of a heavier sound swap this for their My Song 5. I prefer that, but didn’t want to overkill with the Zeppelin + Blur +…Well you get it.

13.  Goo Goo Dolls: Slide

Ahhh. I’ll admit that I’m slightly biased as this is one of my favorite songs of all time, but there is just something about the beat of the drum in this song that makes me feel like I’m flying when I run. It separates me from the rest of the world Seriously. (Go ahead and laugh)

14. Spacehog: In the Meantime

35 seconds in when Langdon sings “OooooOOOOooOOOOooo” you’re going to be like “Oh yeah. THIS is my running song.” I’ll totally say I told you so.

15. One Direction: I Would

Because this is my playlist and I make the rules.

What is your favorite song to run to?