I told a friend of mine, who’s also a runner, that I had started this site for running songs. We were having coffee on the weekend and he suggested I looked at a CD set that he had that was a collection of running songs. I looked it up and it’s great.
It’s called, appropriately, 101 Running Songs and it’s exactly what the title suggests.
The set is a collection of 5 CD’s, each with around 20 songs chosen specifically as running music. I imagine it would be pretty cool as workout music for most types of exercise as well. I suggest you have a look at the songs as, like me, you might find many of them are already in your iTunes library. If so, it might be best to buy the individual songs you’re missing and make your own running songs playlist out of it.
This is how the Amazon product description explains it:
This collection of tracks, the latest offering from the hugely successful 101 brand, is the ideal motivation to get the heart thumping and the legs pumping. Contains 101 tracks including cuts from Queen, Outkast, The Ting Tings, Pitbull, Hot Chip, Fatboy Slim, Survivor, T. Rex, Kenny Loggins, Billy Idol, The Dandy Warhols, David Bowie and many others.
Today I put together a playlist with the tracks in the first disc of the set for my morning run. It’s about 80 minutes worth and I have to say it really is a great bunch of running songs.
Even if you don’t particularly like the songs, the beat is relatively fast and consistent and it did keep me pumped. I actually finished the 8 kilometre run at a higher pace than ever before!
The Running Songs:
|Don’t Stop Me Now||Queen||Buy in Amazon|
|The Rockafeller Skank||Fatboy Slim||Buy in Amazon|
|Hey Ya||Outkast||Buy in Amazon|
|Wake Me Up Before You Go Go||Wham||Buy in Amazon|
|Rebel Yell||Billy Idol||Buy in Amazon|
|Lust For Life||Iggy Pop||Buy in Amazon|
|One Way Or Another||Blondie||Buy in Amazon|
|Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Dub||Apollo 440||Buy in Amazon|
|Reet Petite||Jackie Wilson||Buy in Amazon|
|Candyman (radio edit)||Christine Aguilera||Buy in Amazon|
|Mambo No 5 (A Little Bit Of)||Lou Bega||Buy in Amazon|
|Footloose||Kenny Loggins||Buy in Amazon|
|Modern Love||David Bowie||Buy in Amazon|
|Black And White Town||Doves||Buy in Amazon|
|Milk And Alcohol||Dr. Feelgood||Buy in Amazon|
|Goody Two Shoes||Adam Ant||Buy in Amazon|
|Fascination||Alphabeat||Buy in Amazon (album)|
|Ooh La La||Goldfrapp||Buy in Amazon|
|Speed Of Sound||Coldplay||Buy in Amazon|
|How To Save A Life||Fray||Buy in Amazon|
Lesson learned from these running songs:
There were a few surprises. For example, I was amazed at how good Footloose is as a running song. I don’t really like the song that much. I certainly wouldn’t listen to it in a different context or just because I felt like it. But as a song for running it’s great. As soon as it started I could feel myself getting pumped and for some reason made me smile.
Mambo No 5 is also pretty cool. I felt like I was dancing to it more than running, which made it more enjoyable.
I give it a 5 out of 5. It’s a great collection of running songs.
If you’re interested in the full 5 CD set you can get it from Amazon: