You only have to do a quick google search of “running songs” for websites like Amazon & Play to start throwing hundreds of running compilation CDs at you – “101 running songs” “Running Trax” “NOW That’s What I Call Running”. There’s no denying that these music playlists contain some good songs but the most important thing about running is that you are able to maintain your routine – and also that you enjoy it. There’s nothing wrong with having one of these CDs on your iPod but in my opinion they won’t do much for your motivation – half of the songs on there you probably have never heard of before (i didn’t) and here will always be a few songs on there that remind you of that one really bad run you had a few months back.
Many of these compilation tracks are made up of cliché music that music companies think they know you want to listen to but you really don’t. Browsing some of the playlists made me laugh out loud. Here are a few that cropped up on a number of occasions:
Eric Prydz – Call on Me
Dizzee Rascal – Bonkers
The Rocky Theme Tune
David Guetta – Every single David Guetta song that has ever been released
Example – Every single Example song that has ever been released
Duck Sauce – Barbra Streisand
This could go on for a while. Most songs on these CDs have been played and played for months on commercial radio stations and you aren’t likely to have any personal connections to them.
Why do you think there are so many CDs in the world? No one has the same exact taste in music otherwise we’d all be listening to the same stuff – and the world would be very boring. No run you ever have will be the same so it’s important to ensure you have a wide range of music that will suit your mood – just like when you listen to your iPod in bed or on the way to work in the morning. Just because you’re running doesn’t mean you have to listen to the fastest uptempo 12 minute dance remix you’ve ever heard.
The best way to make sure you enjoy your time running (remember it’s probably the only peace and quiet you’re going to get to yourself in that day) is take some time out and create your own running playlist. Update it every couple of weeks with your new favourite songs to ensure you have your own ultimate playlist.
Below are some examples of what’s on my iPod at the moment. I update mine every few days as I’m constantly on the lookout for new songs. It’s best to have a mix of old and new I think as you’ll never get bored. Some aren’t necessarily the most upbeat songs you’ve ever heard – some I just enjoy listening to and therefore makes my running a lot more enjoyable.
This list is in no way exhaustive. I will start posting new songs I’m listening to over the next few weeks,
Remember – If you’re running in the dark or on a busy road, don’t have your music on too high. Always be aware of your surroundings.
Jake Bugg – 2 Fingers
Kendrick Lamar -Swimming Pools
Kendrick Lamar – Poeitic Justie (feat. Drake)
SBTRKT – Wildfire
Kanye West – Last Call
G.O.O.D Music – Clique.
Jake Bugg – Lightening Bolt
M.I.A – Paper Planes
Mumford & Sons – Babel
Jessie Ware – Running (Disclosure Remix)
Jessie Ware – 110 Percent
Destiny’s Child – Say My Name (Cyril Hahn Remix)
Rihanna – Diamonds
Kasabian – Club Foot
Alt J – Breezeblocks
Frank Ocean – Swim Good
Frank Ocean – Novacane
Azealia Banks – 212
Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
Of Monsters and Men – Dirty Paws
Miles Kane – Inhaler
Miles Kane – Rearrange
Kings of Leon – Black Thumbnail
Kings of Leon – Pickup Truck
Beth Hart – Bang Bang Boom Boom
Alabama Shakes – Hang Loose
Florence and the Machine – Shake it Out
Florence and the Machine – No Light No Light
G.O.O.D Music – Mercy