What is on your iPod’s running playlist?

As someone whose musical taste spans over seven decades and multiple genres, I adore music in all forms. I’m constantly seeking the new song that will touch me, or the very old band I never knew existed. This has led to an iPod packed with over 9,000 songs – yet that classic, What do I listen to? feeling.

Does this happen to you? You’re running and nothing is what you’re in the mood to hear, so it’s skip, skip, skip. You’re sick of the old favorites, you’re annoyed by the new popular tracks after hearing too many replays, and nothing is jazzing you up enough to sprint the next half mile.

Realizing that I’m probably not the only one with this frustration, I thought I would ask you, what are your favorite running songs? Asking people to share seems like the way to learn about a hidden gem that Pandora hasn’t yet served you or learn which songs push others.

Do you bounce to the deep techno tracks? Is it a Hip-Hop song? Or maybe an Indie Rock jam? Please, share your favorites either in the comments, at my Twitter handle (@the13thmile) or by e-mailing me (the13thmile(at)gmail.com). I will then compile a “runner’s playlist” of favorites and share.

In the meantime, I will share my go-to running list. Below is a mix of highly energized songs that I play when I need that extra air beneath my sneakers. I have reasoning behind their order as well. “Circus” is my adrenaline-pumping song, I like to kick off with it. The Killers allow me to keep pace, some of the slow songs give me a break when I’m tired and some of the fast songs make me want to sprint so fast I feel like I’m flying.

When I have nothing left to give, The Black Eyed Peas and Queen take the effort  away. Would love to add some new favorites to this list, so please share your top tracks!

Circus – Britney Spears
Toxic – Britney Spears
Read My Mind – The Killers
When You Were Young – The Killers
Sex is on Fire – Kings of Leon
Crazy in Love – Beyonce
Dancing in the Moonlight – Van Morrison
Rosalita – Bruce Springsteen
The Pretender – The Foo Fighters
Paralyzer – Finger Eleven
Stronger – Kanye West
Lose Control – Missy Elliot
Stronger – Christina Aguilera
Running – Gwen Stefani
Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt – We are Scientists
Time to Pretend – MGMT
Vienna – Billy Joel
Beautiful Day – U2
Oxford Comma – Vampire Weekend
Welcome to the Black Parade – My Chemical Romance
What a Feeling – Peter Luts
Rock This Party (Everybody Dance) – Bob Sinclair
I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
Imma Be – Black Eyed Peas
Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen


About the13thmile

I am proud to now say I am a half-marathon runner! Three half-marathons qualify for that status, I think. I blog about about running, nutrition and sometimes some other stuff. I share my research, tips and experiences with you, and am inspired by the supportive running community! I enjoy connecting with other runners, and hearing about other people's running experiences. Feel free to reach out if you have ran marathons or half marathons in the past!
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9 Responses to What is on your iPod’s running playlist?

  1. Danielle says:

    Pink- Raise Your Glass
    Christine Aguilara- Fighter
    Lady Gaga- pretty much all of her songs
    Cobra Starship- Hot Mess
    Green Day- Basket Case
    Muse- Uprising
    Rihanna- Only Girl

  2. Dana says:

    I just posted my current favorites on my blog


    Love the Queen one. I HAVE to add that one to my list for sure

  3. Crestina says:

    My current favorite is Katy Perry’s “Firework”, makes me run a mile longer, with a goofy smile on my face. 🙂 I also like the following:
    Linkin Park – Waiting for the End
    The Killers – Mr. Brightside
    Pink – Raise Your Glass
    Fefe Dobson- Ghost
    Nine Inch Nails – The Hand That Feeds

    Thanks for the post.

  4. Gabi says:


    This is a great article! Varying a running playlist is so important and a new playlist always gets me excited to get out the door! My playlist depends on what I want to accomplish with my running session. My current playlist is the Iron Man II soundtrack by AC/DC – not everone’s taste I know but it gets me psyched!

    I’ve written about 3 cool resources to use for playlists while running on my blog http://bit.ly/bkVLpc there is a link to free software that will calculate the bpm of your songs this will help you taylor make your playlist.

  5. I’m not currently training for a marathon but when I do it does seem as thought there are no more songs left. Michael Franti is good Life in the City, I love you. Cee Lo Green. I don’t have my itunes on this computer and I’m blanking. I can go back to Blondie, Bruce (Old Dan Tucker). Lady Gaga always works. Some Green day. I can’t wait to see your list. You seem to have as varied music taste as I do.

  6. cherie Misas says:

    Dude (looks like a lady) Aerosmith
    Good vibrations–Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
    Sunshowers M.IA.
    B.O.B. Outkast
    Come on Eileen Dexy’s Midnight
    Things can only get better- Howard Jones
    I’ve been thinking about you– Modern Pop workout
    right here right now–Jesus Jones
    This is how a Heart Breaks–Rob Thomas
    I Feel it all–Feist

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