Great running music: My top running tracks on CD and MP3

Running to music is great. It pumps me up, gives me energy and keeps me positive while I exercise. It also helps me keep a good pace. But more importantly, every time I go out for a run listening to my top playlists I somehow run faster and don’t feel as tired as I do when my favourite songs are playing full blast on my iPhone.

That’s the reason I started this site. I enjoy it so much that I want to share the best music for running I’ve found. Today I want to share a few of my favourite CDs for jogging.

Here are a few notes on each. I may write a full review of each of them later, but for now just a short note:

1. 101 Running Songs is a collection of 5 CDs. The songs are good although a little old, so if you like recent music only this one may not be for you. I do like it quite a bit though. It has music by Queen, Pink, Fatboy Slim, Billy Idol, Christina Aguilera, Coldplay, Wham and many others. I wrote a short review of the first CD a few months ago. 5 Stars.

2. 101 Running Songs Lap 2 is the sequel to the above and also a 5 disc set. This one is more modern featuring music by Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake, Blur, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Katy Perry, Alycia Keys, etc. mixed up with oldies by Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Duran Duran, Blondie, Erasure and Run DMC. I normally wouldn’t listen to some of these, but the combination is pretty good and all tracks are awesome for running. A little variety is great. This one is one of my favourites. 5 Stars.

3. Exercizer Maximizer Vol. 1 & 2 is a 2 disc set and it’s based on running at specific beats per minute. The tag line is “Workout Music Engineered To Get You Results” and it sure does. It has warm up and warm down tracks. The music was written specifically to work out by composer Raney Shockne. It’s not normal songs by known artists. It’s like having your own coach with you. However, the pace gets pretty high so it’s more geared towards regular runners that can already sustain a good pace. Skip it if you’re just starting out. 5 Stars.

4. The Biggest Loser Workout Mix – 80s Hits Remixed is as simple as it gets. Twelve up beat songs from the 80′s including Sussudio, Electric Avenue, Let’s hear it for the boy, Magic, and others. This one is a love it or hate it disc. Check out the song list and you’ll know if it’s for you. 3 Stars.

5. Bodymix: Sixties Cardio is good once in a while. The songs aren’t by the original artists (at least I don’t think so) and I wouldn’t listen to it when not running, but for a jog they’re good. I get this with some songs, don’t like them when I listen to them but like them while running. They have a good rhythm. 3 Stars.

So there you have it. If you’re looking for running music but don’t want to spend the time creating custom playlists these might be exactly what you want.

101 Running Songs CD 1 – 80 minutes

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:

Song Artist Amazon
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.

Rating:

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: