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My Top 20 Running Songs

My Top 20 Running Songs
(In no particular order)

1. The Distance – Cake – 2:58

Funky bass line. It’s all about racing.

2. Pump it – Black Eyed Peas – 3:37

Fast paced riff for that burst from the starting line.

3. Master of Puppets – Metallica – 8:35

The guitar riff will blow you away!

4. Elevation – U2 – 3:37

Wooohooo! Nuff said.

5. Breed – Nirvana – 3:04

Snare flair courtesy of Dave Grohl…before there were the Foo Fighters.

6. Paint it Black – The Rolling Stones – 3:46

Used in Full Metal Jacket, The Devil’s Advocate and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

If you ain’t first, you’re last. Shake and bake!

7. Where the Streets Have No Name – U2 – 5:39

Opening for the Joshua Tree album, Rolling Stone ranked the song at #28 on its list of “100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.”

8. Sweet Emotion – Aerosmith – 3:15

Released in 1975 in the Toys in the Attic album. Feel free to guess the lyrical interpretation. The song was written by front man Steve Tyler and bassist Tom Hamilton.

Yes, Steve is Liv’s daddy.

9. Born to Run – Bruce Springstein – 4:31

Not really about running but it’s often associated with it.

“We gotta get out while we’re young, ’cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run.”

10. Highway to the Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins – 3:35

Included in the Top Gun soundtrack. This song will will either make you fly or advocate jingoism.

11. Highway Star – Deep Purple – 6:08

A single “G” guitar riff from guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and improvised lyrics from Ian Gillan resulted with this song while the band was on a tour bus going to Portsmouth in 1971.

12. Low Rider – War – 3:13

Inspired by hot rod classic cars, the song extends to a lifestyle.

It was used as Nick Cage’s song in the remake of the 1974 film Gone in 60 Seconds (2000).

13. I wanna be Sedated – The Ramones – 2:19

Punk’s not dead. One of the most popular songs of the group.

Checkout the music video featuring a young Courtney Love.

14. Golden Years – David Bowie – 4:01

Another funky tune in the list. Featured in Stephen King’s Golden Years and the late Heath Ledger’s A Knight’s Tale.

15. Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones – 3:46

Classic. The song opens and drive through with a three-note guitar riff followed by lyrics with reference to sexual intercourse and anti-commercialism.

The song gave the Stones it’s first number one hit.

16. Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz – 3:32

One of Lenny Kravitz signature songs.

17. Breathe – Prodigy – 5:35


18. It’s So Easy – Guns N’ Roses – 3:23

This one’s from the Appetite for Destruction album. Written by Duff Mckagan.

19. The One I Love – REM – 3:18

This is NOT a love song. In fact the lyrics are extremely violent. I like it.

20. It’s the End of the World As we Know It – REM – 4:05

Perfect for the last 2 kilometers of a full marathon. It’s the end of the world as we know it (And I feel fine)

March 15, 2010 - Posted by | Music, Running | ,


  1. I have a lot of those songs on my running playlist, which makes me think I might enjoy the others that I haven’t yet considered.

    Great Big Sea has a slightly faster cover version of REM’s End of the World that is also terrific for running (I have both versions on my playlist).

    Comment by runshorts | March 16, 2010

  2. cool!

    Comment by therainman96 | March 16, 2010

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