In this edition of Running Playlist, I’m compiling some songs that motivate me to get moving. Some of the songs have motivational lyrics, while some just have an undeniable rhythm that is bound to propel you forward. Here are a few off my list along with reasons why each jam is gonna PUMP. YOU UP.
Can’t Stop, Red Hot Chili Peppers – Ahhh, that guitar riff gets me EVERY TIME. And when I’m running and this song comes on, it’s like I can’t stop. Choose not the life of imitation, man!
Barracuda, Heart – From the get-go, this song makes me want to run. The intense, driving guitar along with rockstar vocals is powerful, and the sister duo that makes up Heart gets my blood pumping.
Long Black Road, ELO – “You gotta get up in the morning take your heavy load, and you gotta keep goin’ down the long black road.” My thoughts exactly on days when I don’t really feel like getting up for my morning run.
L.E.S. Artistes, Santigold – “Change, change, change, change, I want to get up out of my skin. Tell you what, if I can shake it, I’m-a make this, something worth dreaming of.” Along with a catchy, energizing sound, the lyrics point towards making life decisions and changes with the hopes of pursing something greater. Hello, isn’t that exactly why we run?!
Kashmir, Led Zeppelin – “Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream. I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been.” We are travelers when we run. We move as our life moves on, and it is part of our journey as humans.
Breakin’ a Sweat, Skrillex/The Doors – Not a song for the faint of heart (or faint of dubstep), but if it doesn’t get to you break a sweat, I don’t know what will.
Up Around the Bend, Creedence Clearwater – Sometimes when I’m running I just have to keep telling myself to make it past the next hill, past the next block, or around the next bend.
Don’t Bring Me Down, ELO – Okay, I realize this is the second ELO song on this list, but I couldn’t help myself! “You got me runnin’ goin’ out of my mind”. No one can bring you down when you’re feelin’ your run.
Tush, ZZ Top – Because let’s be honest. Running gives you a great tush.
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