What are your favourite...

Just wanted an insight into everyones fave choons for running. I find certain songs make me run faster or are good for hills etc. I would like some new ones to prevent boredom so thought I'd start this thread!!

A few of my faves.....

The Futureheads - Favours for favours

Arctic Monkeys - Bainstorm

Razorlight - Back to the Start (this is the best song for hills and I'm not even a massive Razorlight fan)!!

Maximo Park - Our Velocity

A bit of funky house sometimes thrown in to jazz things up.



  • the Kaiser chiefs-Employment do it for me with a mixture of dance stuff
  • Sometimes you need a bit of dance or house to keep you going!
  • i have on occasion listened to a book on a long run-itkeeps me from wandering mentally
  • Do you know what? I'd never even thought of that! Might have to get myself some audio books!
  • Muse is always good for getting going
  • Amongst my favourite tunes to run to are

    Rise Above it : Afroceltic Sound System

    Mojave : Afroceltic Sound System (takes 3 about minutes to get going so it's great for a warm up)

    No Cars Go : Arcade Fire

    Occasionally some of the Radio 4 podcasts are good too

    e.g. In Our Time and From Our own correspondent

  • Muse, especially Plug In Baby, Hysteria and The Small Print (I'm a massive Muse fan)

    Papa Roach: Last Resort (thats kind of my 'power song')

    Anything off the Rocky soundtrack

    Elton John: I'm still standing (Good when I'm tired!)

    I've also got really cheesy stuff to keep me smiling like Girls Aloud and S Club 7 (Don't tell anyone I listen to S Club 7...image)

  • Lou lou, I promise I won't tell anyone! I've just put girls Aloud Something kinda ooooh on my playlist but shhhhhhhhh. I'm going to add Elton to mine now you've said that! Thanks!

    Chaka Khan - I feel for you...just because I love this song!

    Baywatch theme - this is a good track to run to!

    Bit of funky house is good, I really enjoyed running to this this morning.

    Someone on another thread suggested Welcome to the jungle which I think would be good!
  • I'm afraid only really nasty thrash metal, or hip-hop keeps me going: mostly - but some blues, soul and other stuff in the random mix to keep me surprised: like to have a few hundred songs on a an mp3 player - and leave it on totally random - never know what's next - and have the mp3 player where I can't easily reach to change the track - so I listen to whatever comes on.......

    sometimes get into the running and don't notice the songs at all - other times they are all that keeps me from collapsing into a heap...

  • I like a bit of The Who for running to, no particular reason why! Also can't beat a bit of Take That or other equally embarrassing cheesy pop!

    I'd thought about audio books, any good suggestions?

  • Green Day =Jesus of Suburbia

    Kate Nash=Foundations

    Anything by BOND or WILD (particularly thier version of Ave Maria...its funky!)

  • I'm new to these forums - hello!

    When I did the great South Run back in October I forgot my music so borrowed my friend's boyfriend's Ipod. It had Meatloaf on it so I started the Run to "Bat out of Hell", very appropriate! I would never have considered listening to Meatloaf while I ran but he really kept me going!

  • Hello Sarah! It's surprising what keeps you motivated - even Meatloaf! I've never considered it before but if it works for you!!

    LL - Good choice with Take That!! Someone else has suggested Audiobooks I might have to give it a go - I'm thinking Roald Dahl!!
  • I've just bought 'Clubland Classics' for running with, and find the bass line and beat is really helping my pace.  Reminds me too of going clubbing and having endless energy - pre children.

  • I quite like a bit of dance/funky house for running - I have quite a bit of Hed Kandi on my shuffle and it makes me feel summery as well!
  • I'm with Hourglass on this, good bassline and beat stuff, particularly 'instrumental' type stuff for me.. 

    Daftpunk is also always a winner... and my real 'power track' has to be Pendulum - Slam, always drags me up the beast of a hill halfway through my long Sunday route!

    Some great suggestions for other stuff here though, sometimes you do just need to mellow and not bang along at 'silly' bpm!

  • I always have dance music on when I go running.  Trouble is you find yourself pacing to the beat!  This can get a bit mad at times as I like all different types of dance and the beat goes up and down.  I'm just getting into longer runs, 15 - 20 miles ready for a 16 mile multi - terrain race I have lined up.  I need to find some mellow music to accompany me on these longer runs, any suggestions?
  • I like the instrumental stuff as well - Braveheart / Lord of the Rings / Gladiator sound track.

    Then, the inevitable cheese......  Avril Lavigne  image

  • War of the Worlds would make a good soundtrack.  It has all the right elements, a good story and up lifting music, with a feel good vibe as those nasty red martians are banished back into outerspace!
  • I like the idea of Mel Gibson on a horse shrieking "Freedom"....

  • Most things by the lovely Bono and his even lovelier leather pants lol! Here's my current faves:

    U2 - Mofo, Do You Feel Loved
    Runrig - Wall of China
    KMFDM - These Boots Are Made For Walking
    Cradle of Filth - Temptation
    Pink - U + Ur Hand
  • hi all - there is lots of great suggestions on here, cant wait to get on itunes now!! I have the album pump it up that i downlaoded from itunes and this has a really good mixture and does different timed mixes for long and short runs and also has cooldown music t

  • I've downloaded loads - I'm particularly enjoying Elton John and Girls Aloud (nost usually my type of music)
  • Hey Aitch!  Loving Elton John - and my Chemical Romance "teenagers" - always a laugh and then can squint at anyone younger than 20 in their silly hoodies too!
  • Try "NARCOZ Planete haine" Great track

    YouTube - Anton Krupricka ultra running movie 'indulgence'

  • Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Stadium Arcadium is a cracking album to run to. 

    Although most of the time its great to just run.  Its great to actually get in tune with how your body is reeacting to the training run.  Music sometimes distracts from this thought pattern.  As I love to compete in races its important to listen to my body and associate factors to when I'm feeling good, music has been a greta help in this department.

     ultimate running tracks;

    Faithless - Insomnia

    Blur - Song 2

    Felix - Dont you want (my love).

  • Anything by the New Pornographers.

  • 70's Rock, Foo Fighters, Audioslave, Linkin Park, Kings Of Leon anything with real instruments and some emotive vocals. Music to lose my self in on the 15 milers image  

  • The theme from "Rocky" is the ultimate tune. Followed by anything by Pearl Jam.
  • My current faves are: 

    Funeral For a Friend (of course!) - Bend Your Arms To Look Like Wings and The End of Nothing

    Avenged Sevenfold - Critical Acclaim 

    Taking Back Sunday - Cute Without the E 

    My Chemical Romance - It's Not A Fashion Statement, It's A Deathwish

    Bullet For My Valentine - Scream Aim Fire

    Still Remains - Stay Captive

    Ghosts on Pegasus Bridge - Ready Your Armour

    The $hit - The Idiots Are Winning

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